Now of course this kind of feeling doesn't apply to everyone; you know who you are.
I don't know if I was supposed to take this to the moderators in private instead of having a public post. If so, I apologize in advance.
Say what you will about the ex-INC, it doesn't matter. By my own freaking testimony I've already seen here, a few times already, that it's really hard to talk about oneself converting to Islam, Catholicism, Lutheranism, etc. without at least once being called a cultist, neo-nazi, or that we automatically approve of rape, murder, misogyny, etc. That's such a clouded judgment made towards a complete stranger that doesn't help anyone at all.
Yes we get it. Converting to another religion has to be an educated, well-informed decision, and if the person turns out happier and of better character than before, we can't really argue with that. I remember watching the BBC documentary Sea of Faith covering the life of Søren Kierkegaard, and hearing the words:
I personally trust that after everything, the people here can make their decisions educated and worthwhile for themselves.
Now of course I get that this is the internet, and that we can just ignore these small comments; the majority of ex-INC is more neutral, and the moderators here are really good at what they do when it comes to dealing with aggressive comments. Ex-INC is supposed to be a neutral support space.
But by then, the damage can already be done. Say what you will, the vocal toxic minority does stand out as far stronger among the more neutral majority, to the point where my thoughts when I make these kinds of posts are now "why the heck should I let them hear me in the first place if I'm gonna get these kinds of responses?".
I don't know, I'm ranting here (flair and all). But that's because I feel a bit heartbroken and discouraged. Having broken off from the Iglesia ni Cristo, we're supposed to be people who support and lift each other up. We're supposed to be better than making others feel torn down just because we think their beliefs are wrong and ours is right. That's EXACTLY the kind of petulance in the Iglesia ni Cristo that caused us to leave in the first place.
I don't know, I'm curious what you guys... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hello friends, first of all I have to thank you all. This subreddit has honestly changed my life and I can't thank you enough. I'll give a tiny bit of background,
I was raised very, VERY conservatively Lutheran, but honestly I don't think it ever felt right to me. The parts that I connected to was the ritual aspect and the fact that my family had practiced Lutheranism since the Christianization of Scandinavia. It made me feel closer to my people since I viewed it as a 'Norwegian thing'. During my senior year of high school I began to have serious doubts about Christianity but didn't know what to do. I got involved with an evangelical group when I got to college because I was desperate to find community (especially during covid), and while they were/are all lovely people I never felt like I could be myself. I felt like I was lying every week and I was 100% faking it when it came to the spiritual aspects. I tried so hard to find that lost spark that I had when I was younger, but I couldn't seem to find anything no matter how much I prayed or praised. I was an agnostic at best during all of this, but I never felt right calling myself an atheist. I thought I would have to spend my whole life in this limbo of not knowing and feeling like an outsider,. The day that I decided finally that I would officially give in to atheism was the same day that I stumbled upon an Ocean Keltoi video and everything just clicked in a way nothing before had.
I reflected back on my childhood and realized that the Gods have always been with me. I felt especially connected to Odin, because I've always had an insatiable desire to learn. I spent hours and hours watching every documentary that I could about all different countries and cultures in the world and I felt this burning desire to travel to any place than I could. I always loved hearing stories and meeting new people from all different places and backgrounds, and I always felt most at home in school when I was learning. I've also always felt a pull to my ancestors and those who came before me, and especially those who lived in the 'old country'. I was also so interested in the Norse Gods as a kid (pre-Vikings TV show btw). A part of me always wished that they were real and that they could be apart of my life. I got several mythology books and books on Viking/old Scandinavian life, and I really loved them. I also found myself as a child doing things like making alters out of stone in the woods and leaving thin... keep reading on reddit ➡
The Republican Party has a few different wings, a libertarian wing, a fascist wing, and a Neo-conservative wing. What they're missing is a Christian Democracy wing of the party. Christian Democracy is center-left economically and socially conservative, they're often the dominant conservative party in Europe. I was thinking about starting a movement within the Republican Party to move to towards the left, since right now they're far-right. This is because a lot of them believe in conspiracy theories and want to overturn a fair election.
Christian democracy is a political ideology that emerged in 19th-century Europe under the influence of Catholic social teaching,as well as neo-Calvinism.[nb 1] It was conceived as a combination of modern democratic ideas and traditional Christian values, incorporating the social teachings espoused by the Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, and Pentecostal traditions in various parts of the world.[nb 2] After World War II, Catholic and Protestant movements of neo-scholasticism and the Social Gospel, respectively, played a role in shaping Christian democracy.
In practice, Christian democracy is often considered centre-right on cultural, social and moral issues, but centre-left "with respect to economic and labor issues, civil rights, and foreign policy" as well as... keep reading on reddit ➡
The funeral director was asking us what we think Mum should wear in her casket.
Mum always loved to wear sarongs (fabric wraps that go around the torso and drape downward a bit like a long skirt would), so my uncle suggested that she wear a sarong in there.
The funeral director looked a bit confused, as did some of our family members, to which my uncle added:
"What's sarong with that?"
I started laughing like an idiot. He was proud of it too. The funeral director was rather shocked. We assured her, and our more proper relatives, that Mum would've absolutely loved the joke (which is very true).
His delivery was perfect. I'll never forget the risk he took. We sometimes recall the moment as a way help cushion the blows of the grieving process.
--Edit-- I appreciate the condolences. I'm doing well and the worst is behind me and my family. But thanks :)
--Edit-- Massive thanks for all the awards and kind words. And the puns! Love 'em.
I would have a daughter
Capital of Ireland
It's Dublin everyday
But Bill kept the Windows
True story; it even happened last night. My 5-year-old son walks up behind me and out of the blue says, "hey."
I turn to him and say, "yeah, kiddo? What's up?"
He responds, "it's dead grass."
I'm really confused and trying to figure out what's wrong and what he wants from me. "What? There's dead grass? What's wrong with that?"
He says, totally straight-faced, "hay is dead grass," and runs off.
You officially hit rock bottom
And then you will all be sorry.
Now it’s syncing.
He replied, "Well, stop going to those places then!"
I will find you. You have my Word.
She said how do you know he was headed to work?
“thank you for your cervix.”
...sails are going through the roof.
Made me smile
Mods said I'm a cereal reposter...
But now I stand corrected.
Wait. Sorry, wrong sub.
Because you can’t ‘C’ in the dark
I said, “That makes two of us.”
so I had to ground him.
He's doing better currently.
And conducting himself properly.
Now he’s a great grandfather