Parents, I Promise We Can Understand Scripture

Parents, I Promise We Can Understand Scripture

We learn from Him and want to be closer to Him through student religion.

"I will tell you when you are older," "you are too young to understand," "this is something that you will discover later in life." Every kid grew up hearing some variation of these phrases from their parents, I know I definitely did. Whether it was about politics, finances, trouble in the work place, etcetera.

Eventually I came to understand, along with many others, that as kids, we probably wouldn’t have understood those concepts. However, at 19 years old I have reached a point in my life where I am a junior in college, living two hours away from home, and learning how to balance fun and school. In addition, I am learning how to cook without burning down my apartment and doing my laundry without turning my whites pink, and yet, there is still one concept that still brings around these old phrases: Student religion.

Many kids grow up going to church, temple, mosque, or another house of worship to pray, sing, give money as a sign of thanks and learn about the God associated with their religion. Again, I was one of those kids. I was taught from a young age that I must attend church every Sunday to worship someone who is supposedly incredibly powerful but not physically present on Earth. While obedient and curious to learn, much like other young children, I was being taught messages of God while still being told by my parents, "the message of this scripture will make sense when you are older." After overhearing the revival of this old phrase this past Sunday between a college student and their parents, I believe I speak for them, and many college students by saying, I think we are old enough to make sense of scripture.

Student religion is not uncommon on college campuses today. Many colleges offer undergraduate degrees in religious studies with a place of worship nearby or have their religious affiliation in the name of the school with a place of worship on campus. If colleges and faculty across the nation can acknowledge that some students are old enough and want to professionally learn about and study God, or take time every Sunday to attend a religious service to learn about God, why can’t parents acknowledge this too?

If I have the ability to balance learning about rhetorical theory, develop a professional PR campaign, create surveys for PR Research, and apply organizational culture processes to multiple different cultures five days a week, I believe I have the ability to conceptualize scripture.

Moms and dads, your kids on their religious journeys around this age often aren’t in it alone, but rather they are on a journey with friends that help them decipher the messages of scripture. They also find the religious services they attend at their place of worship to be a time to destress and seek guidance from a higher power. The last thing your kids want is to be told is that they don’t understand the message of the scripture. If you trust us enough that we aren’t going to burn down our apartments or ruin the shirt we might have borrowed from you, then I promise you we are old enough now to understand the scripture guiding our religious journeys. We want God in our lives. We want to learn from Him and about Him and we want to be closer to Him. And we do this through student religion.

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.


"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"

Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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