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Re: germination temps was: hum....

I'm older than both of you, and grew up in an evangelistic church, but
somehow - partly because I was just "wilful," as my grandmother
who raised me described me - learned to think things through for 
myself and make my own decisions.  I was always religious, but
in my college years left the Baptist church for the Episcopalian one,
because it allowed much more freedom of thought.   I have recently
changed parishes  because the priest in the church I attended 
had become very rigid in his interpretation of right and wrong - I 
don't need to hear about other people's sins.  As long as I feel
that I'm right with God, I don't make decisions about other people - 
that His business, not mine.

In a message dated 10/13/2005 7:02:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
genebush@otherside.com writes:
Hello Kitty,
    I may be just a few years older than you.... also perhaps different 
background...... I can clearly remember church getting very upset about 
situational ethics coming into vogue. That one was fought tooth and nail by 
the powers that be... if not clear right and wrong, everything is a "yes, 
but..." then sin will soon disappear for no one will be responsible for 
their own behavior. If no sin, then no shame, lack of self control... 
morals. "Sin is like butter on bread.. if you spread it around thin enough 
no one will be able to taste it." Paraphrase for Menninger, I believe.
    But, here we are and no one even thinks of the changes any more.
What color is the middle ground between black and white... grey, I wonder?

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