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Questions about your faith

Every Sunday night at 8:30 a group of young adults descend upon a classroom at First Christian Church of Orange. They pile onto couches and chairs, bring out the not-so-healthy snack foods and briefly catch up on each other’s lives.

And then they get down to business. The Bible.

They come from all walks of life: young college students, older college students, single parents, single parents in college, young married couples, young married couples with kids, full-time jobs, part-time jobs…

They come from different religious backgrounds: no religious background, Catholic background, born into First Christian Church of Orange, 4th generational attendees, 1st generational attendees, transfers from other Disciples of Christ churches…

And they all agree on one thing: they don’t agree on most things. All of these young adults have different foundations in their faith, different questions, different interpretations, different preference for which version of Bible they read.

On March 6, 2011, the usual 10:00 morning worship service will be led by young adults that attend our church. The young adult Bible study class is currently discussing theme, music, scripture, sermon and all the various aspects of a worship service.

As children, many of the young adults learned the same Bible stories and songs. Some learned more than others. Some didn’t learn any. And their faith as children changed and morphed as they get older.

One of the thoughts brought up at the study last night was “As a young adult, how do you grow your faith? Why? What challenges do you face? Why?”

So, I’m asking YOU to answer this question. No right or wrong answer; answer what’s right for YOU. If you’d like to comment anonymously, that’s just fine.

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4 thoughts on “Questions about your faith

  1. danielle

    Minus the first comment which has absolutely nothing to do with the question (and I would suggest anonymous poster that you take your personal gripe and address it with Michelle, not here) I’m not sure how my faith grows. I hope through age and wisdom. I feel like I grow everyday through experience. And Michelle, your daughter is so well adjusted, smart and beautiful. Just like her Mommy.

    1. MomOfRose Post author

      My religious views have nothing to do with my daughter’s development as an actress.

      Anyone who has ever been in the acting profession understands that children are treated very carefully. In “Joshua Tree” she was only present for the parts that she filmed; she witnessed nothing that would be deemed “inappropriate” by the on-site teacher (which, again, anyone in the acting business knows that on-site teachers are required by law for minors on any set). My daughter is able to separate fact from fiction, and she understood that her “attacker” was only acting, just like she was only acting that she was scared. In fact, the “attacker” was quite concerned that he might scare her for real. When each take ended, she smiled and told the actor that he did a good job.

      I wonder if your comment had been the same if the show she’d been filming was Law & Order, instead of a start-up series?

      I also wonder what religious views you have in place that make you want to judge someone for their decisions.

      Matthew 7: 1-5 “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    2. Cassie

      That little girl is extremely intelligent and should be able to express her creativity. Just like many other things in life, children learn, ask questions, and witness/go through things that are unfortunate… As long as we teach them gently what’s right and wrong (what’s real and what’s fake) then we can say they learned a part of growing up at a normal, age appropriate pace. From what you have described, she very much enjoyed her experience on set and the actor that ‘attacked’ her was very good with her. This is not a religious discussion. This is a blatant attack on someones ablility to parent. Nothing went wrong, the kid is obviously smart enough to know she is playing a role, and was probably extremely excited to participate. Why take that joy away from her?



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