Heylo, I'm Lily.I was raised Episcopal (though now due to divisions of the church they're Anglican) but due to some of the more rabid evangelical and for the most part extreme-fear sorts of teachings my church taught, I've had to step away from them and reconsider my faith.And as much as it has burned me, I can't manage to step away from Christianity completely.So far I've started attending a UCC church in town and even joined the choir (which is much fun. We're singing Bach for Christmas!) But in terms of faith I'm still on very shakey legs. I know that it's certainly not all bad, for one of the reasons I walked away from the church I grew up was BECAUSE I read the bible and saw they were more like the hypocritical temple heads more worried about pointing the finger and storing up brownie points than actually loving their neighbor. I've also been having trouble reconciling the discrepancies between the Gospel and the Letters.
Welcome to the community. :)
Discrepancies? Care to point some out? I don't mean to seem appalled or antogonistic, I'm just curious. I don't even disagree... After all, Paul and John weren't perfect.
I think one of my biggest problems with Paul has to do with his stance on women's role in the church. IE: the covering one's head but more importantly the staying silent.The gospels speak nothing of this and if anything Jesus encourages women. The Samaritian woman at the well as a particular example.Paul's stance on homosexuality, women's roles, and prophesy have made me particularly wary of his letters and I hold the Gospels as a higher truth.
I think Paul was a bit on the extreme right as far as early Christianity goes. He condemed a lot of things that supposedly Jesus did, but that are not written in the Gospels. But, he was a charismatic speaker, so people listened and people read and people trusted.