Comment from: nikki [Visitor]  

I rather enjoy your reasoning d. You at least give others something more to ponder than what they themselves have been able to come up with (because they have closed their minds to the simple question, “What if?")although your alternative thinking can (and will) boggle the more simple minded.

You put all us “Christians” to task if we are able to understand your “journey” and show us too, that we are on a “journey” of our own, forcing us to search inwardly about why and how strongly we “believe” like we do.

Should we find that our Faith is not enough, and our Christian belief is rattled, we fall apart. For those of us who live our lives “by Faith” because our Faith has been tried and we have come through our “trials” victoriously, the story of your journey is just that: Your Story.

I love you more with every new understanding I have about you! :)

05/26/11 @ 10:01
Comment from: Joy [Visitor]

I enjoyed reading this very much.
I’ve felt similarly, how could I leave myself ‘open’ to a god, the concept is so broad and full of implications, which inevitably would lead down the path of some sort of appearance for confirmation, which as you stated would make me question my own sanity.

near the end, “I still try to find ways to open that door. I don’t know everything–none of us does.”
the voice in my head says ‘does’ should be ‘do’ though I’m not sure either choice would be grammatically correct.

Never stop thinking, that would be the end of the journey.

05/26/11 @ 12:19
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


More to follow when the boss isn’t looking over my shoulder. But I wanted to take a minute to say I like your writing better when you’re not in school. Thank you.


05/26/11 @ 14:08
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

To Joy, first, Diana is right when she writes near the end, “I still try to find ways to open that door. I don’t know everything–none of us does.”
The reason the voice in your head says it should be “do” is that most of us don’t realize that DOES is singular, and DO is plural. (I was an English teacher for a few years.)

As for you, dear niece, I can understand, in part, the reasoning you use. But I think that you also can understand the reasoning, or whatever you want to call it, that believers have. Eventually, it won’t matter which way we “believe", because we will eventually all die and LEARN which was correct. (Of course, at that point, it will be too late to change our minds, right?)

Keep writing. Love you!

05/26/11 @ 18:41
Comment from: diana [Member]

Thanks, all. :)

Wasn’t sure about this one. It felt so disjointed. I very much appreciate the feedback.

I think Joy’s issue with my grammar :) starts with the interpretation of “none” as plural, which would mean the verb would be, as she says, “do” and not “does.” I think of “none” as another word for “not one,” though, which would make it singular. I read somewhere that it’s now acceptable to use “none” as singular or plural, though, which means we’re both right.

Dave, I like writing when I’m not in school. ;) True fact: the more a person enjoys writing something, the better of a read it will be (provided the person has a certain amount of skill and something to say, natch).

Aunt Bann, from my perspective, we’ll never know if there’s a god, because when you die, nothing follows. Think about it.


05/27/11 @ 03:47
Comment from: lorraine [Visitor]


On the grammar, I think there is correct and then there is common usage. As our dictionaries tell us how words are used rather than how they should be used, English is an always evolving language. I was taught that “none” is singular, thus takes the third person singular of the verb. It depends on the context as to which one is used, the singular or the plural verb, as one is technically correct while the other may make people feel more comfortable.

“I” in sentences like, “She is going with you and me,” which is correct rather than, “She is going with you and I.” Or more glaringly, “It is I,” rather than, “It’s me.” Sometimes it’s just a matter of comfort rather than correctness. The ultimate example of excessive grammatical correctness was Churchill’s, “That is something up with which I will not put.” It was said to make the point.

The latest two evolutions in English that I am having trouble swallowing, making me feel that I am tending towards old fogeyhood, are firstly using “impacted” rather than “affected.” Until recent use took over, “impacted” meant something quite different, worth looking up in the dictionary.

The second bugbear is using “different than” instead of “different from.” Just to couch this in terms that refer back to the original text of this post, I believe that proper English has its place in this life. I have faith that good grammar will prevail somewhere, somehow. ;)


05/27/11 @ 10:12
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Sorry it took so long to get back. Holiday weekend, driving, thinking up excuses, etc. Busy time.

I wanted to say a couple of things. First, you can decide to love someone, for certain definitions of love. You can decide that a person’s well-being matters to you. You can decide you want what’s best for them. You can decide they deserve the fruits of your labors, even if you don’t like them very much. I agree you can’t decide to feel love (which I think was your point), but you can decide to perform love. (Quit smirking. I’m not talking about that.) Which, I might add, is how the rest of the world tells if you love someone - by your actions. ("Show, don’t tell” doesn’t just apply to writing fiction.)

The other thing I wanted to say is belief has at least as much influence on our decisions and actions as knowledge does. We don’t always have enough knowledge to make a decision; sooner or later we have to rely on what we believe. It may be based on experience and extrapolation, or it may be based on faith, but we still have to “go with our gut” sometimes. Consistent beliefs, whether they’re based on science or scripture, lead to consistent behavior - what we would generally call integrity.


05/31/11 @ 19:06

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