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Banning or Shunning?

Posted by rayww on December 21, 2002, at 23:12:08

It seems you need a spark here to get a discussion going. I can't see the point of the faith board if polars aren't allowed their swing time.

There is no possible way to make a statement of one's belief without that statement being an inferred put down to another's belief.

Am I an irritant? Irritants make pearls you know.
There's three topics. How am I doing so far?

(a point, not a put down:) Some religions actually teach the doctrine of shunning. (Anababtists, Mennonites, Hutterites). If one goes against rules he is shunned by the rest of the colony during his discipline time. Some are made to stand up in church. Could you imagine being the only one standing during your regular worship service?

Checking the silent faith board and seeing my name makes me feel like I have been standing up in church. Picture me standing in the middle of your congregation. Now, the preacher is directing his sermon at me. I am feeling:

I have a dreadful sense of humor, and I am an irritant, but I am also very good at making people think.

Yes, I felt bad/good about the discipline, and in one of my "moments" I opened my scriptures randomly, as I often do when I need comfort, and the very first verse I read was this one:

Maybe God has a sense of humor too? Or, perhaps his comfort was found in his explanation of why a person might get shunned on the faith board.




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