Tumblr: The Internet’s Biggest Game of Telephone
I posted this a while back with this comment:
I don’t fully agree with this. I was able to ask all the questions I wanted when I was a believer. The problems arose when I challenged the answers. We’re taught to look to our spiritual leaders for guidance. As non-ordained congregants, we are usually encouraged to study scripture and seek help when we get stuck or need clarification. I just never got the answers I was looking for. Unlike most I took the expensive route of enrolling in Seminary to be able to answer not only my questions, but the questions of others. Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, it led to me leaving religion more equipped and in possession of the answers I had always sought. There was no God, and I was being deluded by the writing and teaching of men.
Not a single word of the Bible was penned by God. Not a single word in red in the New Testament was written by Jesus. The fact of this is evident in the inconsistencies found in the gospels. So while I was encouraged to ask questions, I was expected to accept that the Bible was the inspired word of God, to turn to it for my answers, and believe it to be true. Is that making anyone else dizzy? Walking that circle, can tend to throw you off balance. But once I found a spot to focus on, restoring my equilibrium, I was able to realized that I’d been spinning in circles for far too many years.
As often happens here, my comments were lost somewhere along the reblog trail causing people to be upset about the message that appears in the image, one I don’t even agree with. The only reason I even looked at this again is because the cosmic order vs. cosmic purpose comment added by the last blogger showed up on my dash with the reblog. I won’t even address the incongruent nature of that statement, this is about reblogging. When something comes across my dash that’s particuarly offensive or if I believe it to be wrong, I usually go to the source and see what the original poster had to say. Doing so has stopped me from shooting off some pretty nasty replies. It’s amazing what gets added and subtracted in this game of blogging telephone that we play here on tumblr. Not trying to change anything with this one, just an observation. What a curious place this tumblrverse is. ~ Kim
Not to stir up shit or anything, but I’ve never been told to shut up or not question my faith. In fact, every leader I’ve had has encouraged me to openly ask any questions I’ve had - not only that, but has volunteered to help me find the answers. Just so you all are aware… we’re not all like that.
Omg this! Reblogging for the commentary and the tags!!!
Me too. My religious teachers and mentors have never, ever, ever, told me not to ask questions or challenge my faith. Science is about cosmic order. Religion is about cosmic purpose. We need them both. Let’s stop forcing them against each other, mmkay?
Stalin vs. Biblical God.
but Stalin loves you.
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