Bearcub wrote:Another reason, that concerns me more, is that many people are afraid of how their post will be recieved. When we post something on the a forum, it is there for the whole world to judge. And many people do not want to be judged by the whole world, or even by those on this forum. This concerns me, as it seems that having an opinion is now considered to be wrong by some. To those that don't like my opinions I say, "Tough nuts." That is your problem if you allow yourself to be offended by some guy's opinion that you don't even know.
This is a good point. A member of a band I'm in started a Yahoo group for the band, and there were arguments beginning within the first few posts. I, in my diplomatic way, had to jump in and remind people that being right (or labelling someone else wrong) is not the point of most of these groups. The point is to discuss
Right and wrong can be determined later, if that is necessary.
I am very
good friends with people with whom I disagree 100% about issues such as politics and religion. It is extremely shallow to let these things interfere with a friendship if you really want the friendship.
I feel a certain friendship with the members of this group, even though I know none of the members here personally.
So while we might want to challenge issues that are brought up in posts, I'd be the first to say that I don't think anyone is wrong for believing most of the things they say on these boards, especially when it comes to issues of spirituality.
There's no way to confirm what's true anyway, so why judge?