Last year I began my first semester at Concordia University. I met beautiful people and learned a great deal about important subjects and issues, but in the end I knew I did not belong there. I gave myself over to experiencing religion in a new and different way; I attended sermons, gospel nights, and prayer meetings. For the daughter of fundamentalist atheists, this type of awareness and reflection was an entirely new experience. I studied the Bible while I was there and found it to be heart wrenchingly beautiful, a testament to the things humans can accomplish when working together towards a common goal.
Today I am not more religious than I was in the past, but am simply more educated on the Bible and biblical issues. It is truly tragic to me that the beauty and grace I saw when reading this document has morphed into something which is used to justify such hate in modern times. I have read the Bible as a book of poetry or stories which discuss morality and kindness and found the teachings within to be of upmost importance.
"But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul"