I do, and if this is true for you as well, I would consider myself blessed for the opportunity to correspond with you. For then, you would be a child of God, and my spiritual brother.
I'm not particularly interested in chit-chatting with someone who denies Jesus, for then the only thing we have in common is our basest natures. I'm quite weary of mine. Some of these threads
>>A Christian festival celebrated by Catholics the world over. The faithful's foreheads are crossed with ash created from the burned palms used to celebrate the previous Palm Sunday. The ash is a reminder of our mortality of our body's eventual return to ash. We are also asked to abstain from meat and to fast by not eating in between meals.<<
The mark of the ash signifies we are not our own. I am not my own -- but I am not Christ's -- I am God's. Jesus is my brother; not my Father. It is the Father's flocks he watches over -- a multitude of flocks. All God's children are called to be shepherds. They are the true shepherds.
>>Perhaps the lesson is humility. Perhaps the lesson is merely to focus our temporal minds on our immortal souls lasting importance.<<
It is both.
As Jesus was first -- eldest -- he will be King, and I'm okay with that -- I will defend with my life his right to be King. How many second sons and third sons and fourth sons SUPPORTED their elder brother in his inheritance? Democracy -- Republicanism -- came consequent to the second sons stabbing their elder brother in the back, undermining his legitemacy, colluding with merchants whose god is Mammon.
>>In my experience those who would find cause and time to criticise Christianity are people who nurture a great ignorance of the religion while enthusiastically embracing ill conceived factitious stories that basically go a long the lines what all those religious people who have spent time studying their religion in an informed manner are wrong and this wild idea from this philosophical conjurer who is probably got as many good intentions as a paedophile on heat.<<
Those who rely on experience only are often surprised by events outside their experience. They call these events supernatural. They call them miracles. Others suggest them as some form of demonism.
"And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. (Lk 11:14-20)
. . . Therefore they shall be your judges. Well, that certainly seems to be the case in this day and age, wouldn't you say, Paul?
>>Forgive the rant.<<
Nothing to forgive. After reading some of these threads, it becomes clear that believers in the Christ of the NT are held to a higher standard -- as they should be.