(Quote) Sally-894891 said:
I think it's just the American mentality I guess in comparison to my mentality. I was...
(Quote) Sally-894891 said:
I think it's just the American mentality I guess in comparison to my mentality. I was raised to be open-minded and to respect everyone'sdecision to the extend where it doesn't hurt me or it doesn't hurt anyone else it's their life not mine and God will judge them for it. I was raised to focus on my life rather than focusing on other people's life's and decisions. In America it's still a huge thing when someone gay is for example in the government. We don't have that here as there are actually quite a few people in the Dutch government that are gay. I, personally, with my beliefs and morals don't like it. Let there not be any misunderstanding about it! But what do you expect to do about it? discriminate them from society, not hiring them, not giving them a future?? I specifically said not to ever be afraid to express your opinion. But there's a time and place for everything. In the classroom when they were teaching us the facts about the subject it was and is not a time and place to express my opinion about it. And I'm not sure how it works in America, but here under no means is a teacher allowed to use their authority to push on their beliefs and opinions. They are there to do their job and not have their personal life involved.
I also don't really understand how you can judge?? Honestly I don't judge anyone and it's rather saddening to hear that you do, or the American society does. The forum is a time and place where one can express their opinion, so I will. I just wonder if you judge whether you have understood God's words? All you can do is judge yourself, see other people's actions and think very deeply how this applies or doesn't apply to you. I truly believe actions speak louder than words, and I truly believe we were not placed on this earth to push our own beliefs in other people throats. It's the 21st century, people are more than capable of finding out the truth for themselves. If you go and openly tell them that what they are doing is wrong, first of they will not listen as it is human nature too do exactly the oppisote and secondly what you are doing is not letting them respect you. I have ALWAYS had respect from other people. No matter what their beliefs were or their actions in life, and I think it's because I respected them. And it just keeps surprising me that the country that is supposed to be the number 1 multi-cultural and free country is so divided in groups and unrespectful to other people's opinion and lifestyle. Let your way of life change people, and honestly this has happened to me. That through my way of living people were curious wanted to know more and learned and changed from me because they seeked the knowledge themselves.
The evil in this world is growing and growing, and good people can not change that. Don't you believe in our savior coming? Our savior will come and he is the only one that can change the evil in good. Just focus on yourself and your children instead of focusing on other people.
Again I don't think anyone in this forum agree's with me on this subject, as I can tell by no one liking my posts in this thread. But that's ok. I know myself and I know my thoughts and this is my opinion. Agree or don't agree with it, but I'm not going to waste more energy on this subject. I said and made my views clear enough I think.
Why is evil in this world growing and growing? Because we're becomming too wimpy to stand up for what is moral and just. That's just what the opposition hopes to accomplish. Not speaking out leads to acceptance and tolerance of these evils. It's true that we will always have some evil on earth because of the sinful nature of man. That doesn't mean throwing in the towel. We need to do our best to minimize the problems. If we each take care of our back yard, that's an accomplishment. To say "to each his own", or "it's none of my business", or "live and let live" is just a cop-out. People who ask us to be open minded, especially when we have the Truth on our side, are asking us to compromise.
We ARE obligated to be respectful to other human beings; there's never been a question about that. Our Creator endowed each of us with certain human rights which shouldn't be violated. But do these rights include choosing a lifestyle that is corrupt and immoral? Those aren't God-given, but they are the result of abusing free-will given to us by the Almighty. Life is about choices; we make judgments about something being good or bad for us. Can we judge in the sense of the Good Lord's judgment? No. We can't determine or predict another's salvation.
Our Lord has handed down His Commandments; given us His words in the Bible; and enriched us with Sacred Tradition. Actions that depart from those are morally wrong or intrinsically evil. Is the person performing such acts committing a sin? That's something we can't say with certainty, but we can judge the action itself to be wrong.
True about your teachers -- a class setting wouldn't be the time or place to delve into their personal lives. However, you no doubt are aware of the fact that homosexuality is being taught in elementary schools as an acceptable, normal way of life. There are children's books about kids having 2 fathers or 2 mothers (same-sex relationships). Some teachers have promoted their gay agenda, without bringing up any statement as to the morality of such a lifestyle. I could go on, but you get the idea.
Please see my earlier post about dealing with gay people. They are our sisters and brothers, but we still need to distinguish what is moral and what is not. "Anything goes" or "whatever" aren't appropriate to the Catholic way of life. I hope you will think about this further, and what will happen to society if there are same-sex unions that don't produce children, increased use of birth control, and so on. We already see the damage that abortion has caused (over and above the killing of innocent lives issue). With a drastically decreased birth rate, there are too few young people to support the older generations. Once a birth rate falls below a certain level, a country is in danger.
We have the present -- but we also have to lay solid groundwork for the future.