The thin skin of the religious is caused by the fact that their faith is untenable, undependable and illogical. It is built in quick sand and as such easily shaken. Nothing terrifies them more than the facts. It causes their reality to shatter temporarily and that really boils their blood.
So do we treat them with kid gloves? That would stifle free speech. So, like I always say, if someone has a problem with anything I say, it is their problem and don't give them any solace. If they become antagonistic that constitutes abuse and are fare game.
A prayer avowing that your are truly sorry for your sins which you just confessed.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving
of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.
Now I see we will begin the nit picking. I never said a belief in god or a higher power is illogical. Religion is illogical because most, if not all, require blind belief in or obedience to something someone else' (pick any church, synagogue or mosque) version or dogma.
A personal journey of discovery is the only logical one; question, investigate, study, communicate with others.
I think you will remember that Jesus said the path is narrow.
Religion is a super highway leading nowhere.
Jesus, according to the myth,
spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness fighting his personal demons in search of the truth.
Anyone who takes the short cut of religion, who accepts that a bunch of stories written by men is the truth, is lazy and short circuiting the process.
That path leads down blind alleys.
If you have been out in the wilderness, you know that it is easier to communicate with your creator than it is in a city. There is a good reason for that and I think you can easily figure out why.
When a local minister asked me why I did not go to church I said that god made forests, man made churches. Who you gonna trust?
Lennon pardon 'probably not' work of Pope - Yahoo!7 News (external - login to view)
I was asking if anyone saw the actual words "I forgive John Lennon"? Anyone? I've been browsing around the web site and suddenly have the urge to recite the angelus and hour early!
If someone feels like searching try here: Vatican - Search (external - login to view)
I don’t know about searching the website, Said1, but I do remember seeing it on television in the last couple of days, that there will be an item in the official Vatican newsletter (or whatever they have got) officially forgiving John Lennon. It is not just an Internet rumour.
If it is not already there, it will appear shortly, I saw it in the news on TV