Don’t Judge Me

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Religion, Tolerance
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Sometimes you need to use the “unfriend” button on Facebook.  Sometimes, it’s with family.

That’s what I felt I needed to do this morning.  Why?  They believe it is their job to judge me, or anyone who isn’t in their particular prayer circle jerk.  That is, judge my christian or non-christian beliefs.  Condemn me to HELL.  They so firmly believe that only their viewpoint is correct and all the rest of us are heathens whose souls will burn in an eternal fire.

First of all, even though we are related, we have never met.  So basically, we don’t know each other.  They do not know how many times I have extended my hand to help others.  They have no idea of the lengths I will go through to offer what I can to help someone out.  If I have the resources, and sometimes not, I will help out.  I don’t care if you are a Catholic, Jew, Muslim or atheist.  I will not judge someone who believes differently than me, but I will help when I can.

Second, this all started because of a simple reply to their post:  “There is not one single more loving act than to warn a person of eternal hell.”  I replied “actually I’m OK with not being warned.”  It got worse from there.

It was the following post though that finally made me decide to just eliminate these people from my life.  I mean I already have enough stress without worrying about my eternal damnation.

“Jesus spoke 3x more about hell than heaven you should read your Bible more. 
Obviously you do not have the spirit of God, you want to keep your sin and expect Jesus to accept you.
I’m afraid you and George wont be seeing me in hell although I AM sure you will end up there unless you repent.
You obviously are worshiping a false God a Jesus you have made up in your own mind. 
You have no fear of God but see him as a limp wristed pot smoking tree hugging hippy child.
You call yourself a ‘christian’ but by your statements you condemn yourself as the furthest thing from one.
“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.” – Luke 12:5

Finally, it was additional posts in this string of like-minded individuals in their condemnation of me and also my Catholic Faith, (not that I’m a strong practicing one) that made me decide I just don’t need people like this in my life.

So they can be free to practice what they believe.  They’ll just have one less person to preach to from their pulpit.

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Comments
  1. LadyBlack says:

    Well done! Welcome to the world of atheism. Or not, as the case may be. I hope you look at the works of Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and the like, it might give you some comfort to know that you are not alone.
    I don’t believe in heaven or hell. I believe in life. I believe there is nothing after death. I hope you find comfort somewhere

  2. alohagar54 says:

    Thanks for the comments Lady. I’m not an atheist, but I do have reservations about organized religion. I don’t believe in Hell so people threatening me with spending an eternity there has no effect on me. I also believe that most of the Bible is a work of fiction so I won’t waste any time in reading it. My split personality would however like to believe that there is something greater than all of us and does provide a path to, well, I don’t exactly know. Hopefully a place where people don’t judge and hate.

  3. stacey says:

    sorry and have a wonderful day. hugs. an my god or whom every bless you as you forward with your day…

  4. alohagar54 says:

    Thanks Stacey. God is fine as I still believe in Him. I just get upset that people use religion to scare people, condemn people, use it for personal gain instead of altruism. Believing in God which provides us with comfort and hope when we are at our lowest, or gives us relief to know that someday we will reconnect with those that are gone is fine. It provides many with a moral compass to do good and to not cast away people who are “different”. However, the “Devil”, I think doesn’t exist. Split personality, eh?

  5. Tracey says:

    I love that you’re keeping it real for you, because in the end that is all that matters.

  6. LadyBlack says:

    Oh, OK, I wasn’t sure. I hope you find answers though, I believe that we should aspire to be better people and then as time goes on, we will improve the human condition (hopefully not at the cost to the planet or to animals). We shall see. I don’t find that god/the gods is a source of comfort since I think it is a fantasy, and I can’t find comfort in non-reality. But that’s me, it’s not you.Perhaps Dawkins book “The Greatest show on Earth” might be of interest – not about god bashing, it’s about looking at the beauty of science. Wish you well.

  7. I’m really okay with not being warned too. Nice post. Sorry you had an unfortunate FB experience. FB has created an opportunity for some of my family members to express unfortunate (and offensive) “beliefs” as well. Good for you for having the nerve to “unfriend” (defriend?) the offender(s).

    • alohagar54 says:

      Fork, thanks for the comments. FB has really been great for reconnecting with friends and family separated by time and distance. But, there’s always someone who can upset an otherwise great medium. Thanks also for following.

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