When people use their religion to defend repulsive behavior, killing or hurting others, I would hope it would make others quickly question that religion.
Kirstie Alley and other outspoken scientologists may not be as ruthless as terrorists who bomb families in the “name of religion,” but they certainly are not doing their religion any favors.
I saw on my MSN homepage that Kirstie Alley is attacking Leah Remini for actually having an opinion about a religion in which she was once associated. I do not know either person, but in terms of faith will very briefly discuss them. Leah Remini belonged to the Church of Scientology and has recently left. She does not have anything good to say about it. Neither do I, but she has actually been part of the group. I would say it is fair for her to express her opinions. Kirstie Alley who remains a scientologist cannot be friends with anyone who disagrees with her religion as she was quoted saying, “she’s a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn’t be mine. It’s not selective, I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”
It confuses me. As a Christian, my faith is attacked continuously. Not always directly and certainly not directly in a way that my life is at stake, but the Christian faith is definitely attacked by a large group of people. Do I like it? Of course not. Was it predicted in the Bible? Yes. Am I supposed to shun people who do not share my faith? NO NO NO! If you truly believe in your religion, you want others to be part of that religion. As a Christian, I truly believe the Bible. I believe that people need to have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior to spend eternity in Heaven. I believe that so strongly that I do not want ANYONE to go to hell. NOT ONE. So whether or not you attack my religion, I will still pray for you. I will still be friends with you. I will not drop you because you leave my church. I would think every religion would feel this way. What good is anyone doing by being cruel “in the name of religion”? It baffles my mind!
I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin. Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging. I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.” That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading. Alas, “The Clash” is now completed. After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga. There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added. 😉 It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set. I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc). I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.
I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn Treader. It is great, of course. Aren’t all Narnian books? I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.
The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together. (Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.) We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther). I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through. I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.
I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.
And those are our reading updates for the moment… 😉