Hello again. I am new at how to respond to others. I still have many religious friends and family. It seems that Facebook has become more of a place to express you religious or political views. I am the kind of person that if I find a great quote, I will usually post it. Then one of my “friends” decides to start reading something spiritual into it. No matter how many times I tell them it’s just a freakin’ quote and I had NO religious reason for using it.
I have been around this for so many years and now it just seems that they wear their religion on their sleeves. How can I reason with them without getting into a drawn out discussion? Below is a sample of what I am talking about.
Me: “When the act of reflection takes place in the mind, when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Spiritual Laws
1st response: Emerson was a philosopher of Transcendentalism, though his words sound harmless they are very dangerous because his ideas are centered around indivualism and not directed toward Jesus or Our Father who is, and always will be the one we should center our mind around
Me: Why do we have to always bring religion in on a simple quote? Just take it at face value. Not everything has to religious. Some people would say that religion is dangerous too…
2nd response: Because reigion is our alegion to God , that we will always follow him first and foremost , No one else , God loved us first , and we are to love him also first . We are to love him with all heart, and with all our soul, and all our strength , He is the Alpha and the Omega , The beginning and the end . So no other quotes or thoughts matter . They are just meer words or ideas . Nothing you can put any truth or trust into . As far as dangerous, never ! I would die for my God , Because I know the promise he has made to me , For my faith, my belief in him . So threats or worry of danger don’t exsist .
Me: It’s just a quote not a declaration against God.
1st response: I have a God centered mindset so everything I read, see, and experience is focused on Him, like it should be….and like I said before I am not concerned about religion and their laws, my mind is more spiritual minded…..and Emerson was spiritual speaking in this quote, though it is from the wrong spirit
Me: What does that have to do with the quote? I am sure that Emerson was describing something good. If so, doesn’t ALL things good only come from God? I think you cannot always judge the quote based on the author. Let the quote stand alone for the meaning.
1st response: you just said it….all things that are good come from God, all else does not matter because it will fade away but God is eternal and all that is eternal is all that matters, this mans words will fall to the ground but Gods words are eternal and bring life
Me: Wow! Why all the preaching over a quote? I guess you would be in favor of banning any book that is not “Christian”
1st response: I never said to ban books, and dont agree with doing that, I just dont agree with some of these people who push their liberal ideology on us whether we like it or not, you think it is christians that do it and I think its liberals that do it…....hmmmm
me: Christians can be liberal too. I am NOT pushing anything. I believe there is truth in a lot of Non-Christian literature. Wisdom comes from a lot of different sources.
Any help would greatly be appreciated…thanks