Just a Theist stumbling into this den of iniquity...
Just Kidding about the Den of iniquity. I am a Theist but please dont pigeon hole me into a "Bible thumping young earth Creationist" because Im not, so put any pitchforks away. Here is where I am coming from. Overall, I actually believe religion has done more to manipulate and distort the message of Christ than all the Atheists who ever existed combined!
So therefore, Im not here to debate the Bible nor am I here trying to convert anyone. I take the stance of Show me God working in your life or shut the hell up! BTW, I think its foolish for people to push their Bible as the ultimate authority onto a group of people who think its just a comic book for adults, especially when that group more than likely knows more about the Bible than they do. Truth be told, I am skeptical of some of the tenets in the Bible and I view that as healthy because Im not one who is simply going to believe and swallow whole just because Im suppose to. Also, I would never intentionally put myself into a position of being a hypocrite pushing a "Do as I say, not what I do" theology. As a result, I have kept an open mind and have learned a great deal from my atheist friends. Perhaps my greatest lesson learned has been to protect the freedoms and rights of those who do not believe, to support them to live their life to the fullest without any judgment or religion imposing on it. I try to remember first and formost that we are called to love all, not to judge or suppress all!
I believe in science and evolution, but just not an evolution driven by "random mutation." Overall, I find that Science does not threaten or conflict with my Bible beliefs and actually support it.
So my desire is to simply engage and try to understand the other side of the friendly lively discussion while sipping on a nice single malt scotch.