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Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
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Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005 - 8:36 p.m.

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Snowflakes and a question

Surfing for snowflakes.
Here is a list of all the types, with photos. Very cool.

Here, if you'd like to quickly but very niftily, go blind, are a bunch of 3D pics of snowflakes. follow the simple instructions and they will zoom out at you! (my eyes still hurt!!)

More links for snowflake info.

Next, about the Christian thing.
I'm dying to know what makes each of you Christians believe that you're Christian. What is the irreducable thing that you believe in, and if you didn't believe it you would be not-Christian?

Why do you believe in that vs any other religion or spiritual explanation or belief? (I'm not even going to go with non-religious, or non-spiritual beliefs). Ie if you believe there is a one creator, why not Allah? If you believe that there is sufficient evidence for an afterlife, why not reincarnation? If you believe in a meaning of life, why not Hinduism?

Note, I am not asking for proof, or logic, rationalism or any of that.
Just why this and not that.

Ie I love butter cuz it melts on my tongue and the texture makes me cream. I don't like margarine cuz the taste disgusts me. If I was Inuit I'd probably be into seal fat and wouldn't give a hoot or three about butter. But I'm not. But then it just comes down to cultural familiarity and the fluke of birth.

There is no logic there. Really. None at all.

I believe my Dad is my biological father, even though I have never had a DNA test. Or quizzed my mother. But then I am not confronted with thousands of other beliefs that other people have, that THEY know differently who is my biological father, and thus, I stick with my belief, and don't even bother going for the DNA test....

Maybe y'all like Christianity cuz it makes you warm and fuzzy inside that the creator of the whole entire universe cares about your happiness personally. I admit the "forgiveness for all your sins" has got to be a huge draw. Especially to those more sinful than usual. Maybe it is comforting to think that you'll see your Aunt Lucie when you die. (though not your non-believin friends or your dogs, though y'all will be so blissed out in oneness with the Lord that I suppose you won't miss us).

Anyways, really curious.
Esp given some of the things written in the comments: "Its one of the few religions that promotes capitalism, and paying your taxes. An economically powerful religion is going to have a lot of staying power."

Now that's strange. Most Christians who are the strongest politically in the states do NOT believe in taxes, they believe in faith-based charity. They are all for killing taxes. Not to mention I believe Jesus was way for giving money and belongings away, not amassing funds by getting people to slave away for you for less than their labour is worth, so you can make a profit on them, and the goods you have taken from the earth that others covet (isn't non-coveting things a Christian principle? Capitalism is based on covetousness).

Anyways, I'm real darn confused by what exactly people who profess to be Christians believe (since though the Bible is supposed to be the Word of God, most Christians disregard whatever they feel like disregarding... makes it real hard to talk about the religion).

So if y'all would like to state in a paragraph or so what makes you a Christian vs a non-Christian, I'd love to know.


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previous meanderings - future past

Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
Taking Care of Your Cows - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
Saint Joseph robs the cradle and eats spaghetti - Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009
sticky notes and broken irises - Friday, Jun. 12, 2009
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