They are a bunch of hypocrites. They take the Bible usually the King James Version, and take it as written in stone.
Here a secret on that. It was completely misinterpreted. It was translated from earlier versions and languages (key point) and written in English of that time (it has changed thru the centuries). So there are words and phrases that do not mean what they really mean.
Just look at the word heaven in the KJV. It is used more times than any other version. And at that time the phrase heavenly sky, usually meant the night sky, starlit or if you would, mean space (just outside the atmosphere).
I could write a whole thesis on the subject. Many southern baptists are the same, with going fundamental meaning and taking it for word. This is not including the fact that when the bible was translated from ancient greek and aramaic it was mistranslated or misinterpreted numerous times over.
I was raised a Roman Catholic and had 13 years o RC education. And in my theology class we even touched on this subject. Many do not want to hear they are reading the wrong version. Or reading misinterpretations.
I go by what many traditional martial artists go by. Do not do what you can not undo. In other words do not break someones arm i you can not set the broken bones. Do not take a life if you can not give it back.
And same force with force. In other words. You do not have a right to kill a person or as example break there whole arm if they pick your pocket. Just break the hand, not arm. Always do good.
Another misinterpretation that is always thrown around are the 10 commandments. with 1 in particular. Thou shall not kill. That is wrong. It is thou shall not murder. It is a big difference in meaning. Murder is murder and usually premeditated. Killing can be justified. And it is numerous times in the old testament.
Killing can be justified by self preservation (self defense and attacks on loved ones and self) or in combat. In combat it is not murder, only if it is civilians (old, woman and children, etc..) or unauthorized killings. Than that is murder and is punishable.
So take it with a grain of salt. And if you want bring up that discussion with them. Mainly card carrying NRA and gun users. If they say it is for home and loved ones protection, throw that back at them as why you do martial arts.
And the other issue they claim it is evil or work o the devil. Tell them to prove it not just some word or bs. actual proof in the bible it is wrong. They will not find it.
Another point is the health aspect, which is well known mainly with Tai Chi.
If the get into the meditation deal. I usually comeback with it is the same concept that monks and priests do. Even in some cases chants well i use example of Gregorian Monks and their chants or prayers. All it is is a way to tap into your inner self and be at piece with you and the universe or God.
Oh wait the church does not want you to know you do not need them to lead you to God. That is the actual teaching of Christ. No church or building just a group of people, that was the original church. With no priest, just a leader of the group and one who leads in prayers. And it can be a woman or a man.
So whatever you believe as long as you believe in something and as long as you are a good person, neighbor, and help those who need help.
I hope this helps. I could go on and point all the bs in the bible and why the christians do not want anyone to know you do not need the church as it stands.
Besides sounds like you church is a bunch of hypocrites, and they hide behind the bible. Very low people type of people.
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