Anna: I totally didn't explain myself. The type of non-educated preachers I'm talking about might just be a Texas-thing; they are usually good-meaning, but totally miss the mark. These guys decide that the church is missing the point (which is good for them!), so they decide to plant their OWN church....only they tend to rapidly go from preachin' the Bible to preachin' their *interpretation* of the Bible. They usually call themselves "Such-and-Such Bible Church".....and the members tend to be...well, racist and bigoted. Oh! Think Westboro Baptist Church, only with a Texas drawl, and you've pretty much nailed it. (Westboro needs to be smited. ANY group that pickets soldiers' funerals with hate messages don't deserve the lead it would take to deprive them of life.) Around here, they tend to believe that women belong in the home (barefoot and pregnant is optional, but ideal), the husband is THE man, and can run his family like a slave owner, and the girl-children are almost worthless while the boy-children are prepped for a life of football/baseball success. Yes, I'm serious - in fact, some of these preachers are why the Southern Baptist Convention declared a few years ago that a woman who worked outside the home was almost evil. THAT made the national news (not in those words, of course - but that was the jist of it, if you read in between the lines).......:sigh:)
Ministers (see the word? NOT preacher!) like you really ARE God-ordained. YOU put the Truth out there, and don't add in your own biases. In fact, YOU go out of your way to apologize when you realize that you had some wrong thinking to get rid of. These preachers? Are NEVER wrong. About anything. And they preach truth, not Truth. And THAT'S what I'm worried about here - IF this guy is of this ilk, then he is very, very dangerous for SG, because he'll accept stuff that sounds right without trying to disprove the guy (which *I* do with every minister I listen to - I try to prove them wrong. Sometimes, I get lucky and can't; that's when I start to really pay attention to them.) Oh - and you don't mind questions (as long as they are sincere ones, I mean. :grin:) about what you've taught. These guys? HATE being questioned.
Ali - I would LOVE to find a church that teaches Truth. I miss the.......all right, I'll admit it - social aspect of a church family. Not enough that I'll settle for milk, though. I would LOVE for this guy to be "real".....I just have doubts.
IF SG wants to trek out there this weekend (or next), then yes, I'll go with him. I'll even keep my mouth shut while we're there......because I don't want to influence him wrongly just because I am so jaded on any type of organized religion.
And Ali- I'm not depressed alone, but I miss real-time discussions. (Which, honestly, I've only had a few times - most of the church discussions degenerated into "But this is what the Church does! It's OK!!! You're too Jewish!!!" which.......yeah. Didn't go well. :lol:) I like debating - I would have made a good Torah-student, because I want to know WHY. And WHAT it says, in the original. And WHY it's translated like *this*, when it could have been translated like *that*, and what exactly does *this word* mean, really? I love TorahClass.....but I would REALLY like to be there personally, instead of reading the archived lessons, y'know? I learn a lot from your and Anna's posts, but I learn even more from the discussions that spark off of them. THAT is what I want......and maybe this is an opportunity. I dunno......If SG says "go", we'll go. I'll even dress up! :lol: (We'll see how that goes over....when we were going to church, I felt like I needed to wear *something* on my head - so I have a ton of nice hats, plus the caps I've been knitting. This could get interesting...NO, head-covering isn't Torah, nor is it required. I just.....feel like I should when I go to church, and I've started covering on Shabbat and the Feasts. :shrug:)
This'll probably be my last post today - so Shabbat Shalom!
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