We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I cannot hear this one without tearing up. We ask non-believer and other-believer readers to be tolerant of all of our Holy Week posts: it's just my "spiritual orientation," ya dig? In my blood. At Maggie's, all spiritual orientations are welcome.
Everybody has his own spiritual orientation, like it or not. It's human. Christians orient themselves to Christ, who we see as the Messiah who was promised, our North Star, rock, redeemer and salvation. As apes, there may be only a little good in us, but we can be changed. That's the offer. Take it or leave it. Speaking only for myself, I don't care at all about eternal life but I care very much about the richness and depth of my life today.
Do not apologize for the posts on your site - it's why I visit. I ignore the ones from your new member, which are disruptive. The faith and devotion daily displayed here in a practical sense are a beacon for us. Happy Easter!
I am an areligious seeker, I suppose is the best way to put it. I have strong Christian relatives. I envy their faith in that it certainly appears to help them be better people than perhaps would otherwise be the case. Their lives indeed do have a richness and depth missing in too many lives.
They pray earnestly for me and I appreciate it. One should never need to nor have to apologize for true faith.
Have a Happy Easter. "He has risen" has been wonderful news for many.
To all, a happy and blessed Easter. That which was promised to man did indeed happen, Kristos Voskres! (Spelling May be off, loose translation from the Slovak/Ukrainian/Czech/etc., ). The rationale for the faith depends upon His rising from the dead and ascending into heaven. The contemplative nature of the question, "would you allow this to happen to your Son" leads to many hours college type discussions that saw lots of coffee and cannabis. How many of us would not/could not allow the murder of their son, if they could prevent it? It was/is an act of supreme love by our God. One is humbled by the story. Vostine Voskres! He has risen! Indeed, He has risen!