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What should I believe?

fransalley

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I truly do not know some days what I am supposed to believe anymore.

I believe in God, and I believe that Jesus is the only way to God, which will probaby get me into trouble with certain people.

But people can, have, and do use the name of Jesus to lie, to manipulate, and to exploit.  I've been there.  

People use the Bible to "prove" that they are right about everything. 

I am supposed to support immigrants and open borders .  . . Or I am supposed to support border security.  

I am supposed to support women in ministry . . .  Or I am supposed to follow the versesthat say "women can't preach"

I don't dare post this onFB because I don't want to get into an argument with people there.  But even here, I'm afraid of coming off as too conservative or too fundy.  

And it just seems that to know what the Bible really says, I have to do university-level study.  And I am just too overwhelmed at the moment to do it.  

News these days is fake.  I don't know what fact-checking sites to believe. And even when I share fact checks, there are the people that scream that "they're liberal and they're biased!"  All news seems biased and I don't know who's telling the truth.

"Think for yourself" carries the undercurrent of "as long as you come to the same conclusions I do".  

"Let love lead" translates into "you don't love me if you call me out on my behavior, so you have to agree with everything I do/say."

There's no one I can really tell everything to, except for God.  There's some subjects I don't want to delve into even with my BFF even though she's assure me that I won't lose her friendship.  

It has become exhausting just trying to live from day to day at times.  I don't know who to trust.  And the day in, day out of living is just exhausting.  I have to do work for pay this afternoon.  I can't keep the house clean.  I'm trying to write and I'm stalled.  I'm 55 and running out of time to write everything I want to.  I have a son with a disability that needs to be provided for and the mechanisms of doing so are just plain overwhelming.  And the longer I put stuff off, the harder it's going to be for him.  My husband talks about "We" doing this stuff, but it usuall ends up being "me" because I'm the one with the time to do it.

And I haven't done any sewing or knitting or crocheting in months.

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polecat

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Maybe re-read your very last sentence, take a deep breath, and go from there.

Sometimes we all just need to step away from all the noise and chaos and bluster of the world and do something that brings the soul peace and nourishment. ❤️ 

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    • lumpentheologie

      Posted

      10 minutes ago, Irishy said:

      I think because the theories, (and the facts!) threaten people’s comfort levels. Suddenly we are all Marxist nutters. 

      This has been extremely civil unlike discourse you’d see on social media for example, but the cognitive dissonance is clearly present. 

      I agree.  Although it was surprising to me to see that kind of anti-intellectualism from someone whose username is a minor character from The Odyssey.  But it's just that widespread. 

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    • Irishy

      Posted

      20 minutes ago, lumpentheologie said:

      This is a great example of bias against the social sciences among conservatives.  Most educated people wouldn't say that climate scientists or evolutionary scientists all exist in an echo chamber and you're just not convinced of the validity of their work. But when a sociologist tries to explain how race and class function in our society suddenly research, field work, and peer review are all just an echo chamber divorced from the real world instead of actual, hard-earned expertise. 

       

      I think because the theories, (and the facts!) threaten people’s comfort levels. Suddenly we are all Marxist nutters. 

      This has been extremely civil unlike discourse you’d see on social media for example, but the cognitive dissonance is clearly present. 

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    • lumpentheologie

      Posted

      29 minutes ago, Jinder Roles said:

      Also it’s baffling that anybody could accuse you of existing in an eco chamber or not doing thorough research.

      This is a great example of bias against the social sciences among conservatives.  Most educated people wouldn't say that climate scientists or evolutionary scientists all exist in an echo chamber and you're just not convinced of the validity of their work. But when a sociologist tries to explain how race and class function in our society suddenly research, field work, and peer review are all just an echo chamber divorced from the real world instead of actual, hard-earned expertise. 

       

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    • hoipolloi

      Posted (edited)

      1 hour ago, SolomonFundy said:

      If she's pregnant, it's kind of odd that she isn't "celebrating life" by posting a pic like the one Stephen put up, or a family shot where the pregnancy gets center stage as she has in previous years.

      Yes, when a new baby is one the way, she usually likes to make an announcement of some kind.

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    • Jinder Roles

      Posted

      @Cleopatra7 I wish I could like your response 100x over. Privilege can really blind people to how violent some policies/ideologies/systems can disenfranchised groups.

      Also it’s baffling that anybody could accuse you of existing in an eco chamber or not doing thorough research.

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