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Yes, I am a Christian.
That doesn't mean I'll be showing up on your front porch
Waving a Bible in your face screaming "Have you heard?
Heard the Good News?"

Yes, I am a Christian.
That doesn't mean I'll condemn you to hell for drinking that glass of wine,
Telling you to treat your body like a temple and keep it pure.
Jesus Christ drank wine, didn't he?

Yes, I am a Christian.
That doesn't mean I'll be picketing your home, your work, your friends
Just because your beliefs don't agree with mine.
That's a little childish, right?

Yes, I am a Christian.
That doesn't mean that I devote my Sundays to God, turn off the phone,
TV and light and read my Scriptures by daylight.
I'm a college student. We call Sunday the "day of catching up."

Yes, I am a Christian.
That doesn't mean that I will spit on you because you deign to walk down the street arm-in-arm or hand-in-hand with a member of the same sex.
God created us all equal, didn't He?

Yes, I am a Christian.
That doesn't mean that I can't accept you just how you are.
One of the first lessons we learn in Church is love for each other and ourselves.
Christ died on the cross for us.  Can't we love our neighbor?

Yes, I am a Christian.
I'm not perfect, better than you or first in line to get to Heaven
(To tell you the truth I'm more like 4,476,658,578th or so).
But I love you like a friend, I believe you have merit no matter what you believe.

Yes, I am a Christian.
I might fall, lose faith and curse the Heavens whenever things don't go my way.
I'm in no way a perfect person, but I know that I am blessed.
Because, despite all my imperfections, I am loved by a perfect God.
Just something I wrote after doing research for a class. I found a website, Conservapedia, that really makes me angry because it has that elitist Christian attitude that I can't stand. And I started thinking about what kind of Christian I am, and well, this poem was born. What do you think?

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PanHead537 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
"I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except thorough Me."
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visceralwings Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Student General Artist
I commend you for thinking this way and respect you as a person, although I do not respect your religion. The doctrine of your Bible is still not always positive. It fuels the elitists as well as those who are more compassionate. In the end, to be a "good" Christian, Christians have to cherry pick the peaceful messages in their holy book and ignore the numerous hurtful ones. 
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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AllegraWylden Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it's great! Balances acceptance with knowledge and awareness of God and what it actually means to "love your neighbor"...to love your neighbor even if you don't agree. God is the Judge, not us.

Thank you for putting this into such clear, precise words! I really like how you used the questions and repetition. 
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PanHead537 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
Amen 2 that.
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rustidog Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Does it feel lukewarm in here?
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LaikiWolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Accepting is easy but it is not love... For if the world truly accepted. Nothing would be wrong.
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UltraSaiyan419 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said like a good Christian. Amen.
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deng-li-xin32 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
This is awesome! :)
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BiohazardousDiva Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This poem describes me except I'm not in college
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Queen-of-Ice101 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student Writer
I love this! You did a really awesome job summarizing how a lot of Christians live their lives, and that the stigma attached to the Christian faith doesn't apply to all of us.  
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Nothing against you, but where does it say in the bible that Jesus drank wine?  And assuming He did, was the wine fermented or unfermented?
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Queen-of-Ice101 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student Writer
Just a couple I can think of off the top of my head is before his crucifixion during the last supper when Jesus's goblet of wine was passed around the table for everyone to drink from. 
Another one that I think they may be alluding to is when Jesus turned water into wine although I'm not sure if it mentioned him drinking it. I think Jesus drinking wine is mentioned in a couple of other places although I'm not exactly certain where since I never really payed attention to that part. 

The reason I believe he did drink wine (aside from the last supper thing) is because in that time just drinking fresh water a lot of the time could make a person very sick because often the source of the water they drank from was also the dumping ground for their toilets as well as used for bathing and cleaning clothes. The water in the wells would often be contaminated as well. 

To kill germs (although they didn't realize then that was what they were doing) they would often mix  wine with the water to prevent themselves from becoming ill or just drink straight wine. So back then drinking wine in smaller amounts would have been considered rather normal because it was a common practice done to prevent serious sickness. 

Hope me this answers your question^_^
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Well, it didn't answer the question if it was fermented or unfermented.  Of course, Jesus being the Almighty Son of God, He wouldn't taint his body with an alcoholic poison.  And no, it didn't mention Him drinking wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee, just Him turning the water into wine, though again, He being the Almighty, He would make it pure, essentially grape juice, since wine is made from grape juice, hence they called grape juice wine as well.  Now whether He drank it at the last supper or not is up to speculation, and again, to repeat, it more than likely would not have been fermented.  Thing is, people like to use that as an excuse to get drunk, since people usually associate wine with alcohol.  Those that try that angle usually have never read that part of the bible; they just heard it from someone else without looking for themselves, so they automatically assume that Jesus drank wine, and try to use the marriage of Cana as the base for their reasoning.  So whenever someone says that Jesus drank wine, I usually ask them to show where it says He did.  I kind of use their own tactic against them, to where I ask them to show explicitly where it says He drank wine, since they sometimes like to use the angle of demanding where in the bible it says not to explicitly do certain things.  Kind of pointless arguing with people like that.  but anyway, that's why I said that
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Queen-of-Ice101 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Student Writer
Oops, I missed the fermented part when I read that. Haha I should really stop trying to respond to questions when I'm so tired. 

I do believe that the wine he turned at the wedding was fermented wine because if it was just grape juice the master of ceremonies that tasted the wine would have complained but instead he exclaimed that it was the best wine he had ever drank and that normally the best wine would be brought out when everyone was sober and then once they were drunk the cheaper wine would be brought out but they have saved the best for last, which leads me to believe that wine Jesus turned was true fermented wine hence the statement about it being brought out first for guests to get drunk on. 

Because now you got me curious I actually went and looked it up out of curiosity to see if there are any scriptures talking about Jesus drinking wine and came across this scripture. Luke 7:33-34 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 

I do believe that Jesus did ingest some form of fermented wine, however I personally believe the level of fermentation would have been very light and it wouldn't have been drank straight, but mixed with water to kill harmful bacteria so that Jesus didn't get sick because his human body would have been susceptible to illness. I don't believe he would have ingested in straight but that's purely speculation on my part. My thought is that if he did drink any form of wine straight it would probably have been the non-fermented kind. 


Yeah, people do always bring up the water into wine thing and claim that simply because of that Jesus absolutely must have drank wine. It's rather irritating that people always fall back on that one and then get mad when someone points out the flaw in their argument. 
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Indeed.  I also believe He didn't drink fermented wine.  He wouldn't be God in the flesh if He did, know what I mean?
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Queen-of-Ice101 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Writer
Yeah, I definitely agree that Jesus wouldn't have gone around drinking straight fermented wine. 

You know, I've never actually thought about the Jesus drinking wine thing before now. I mean, I've heard the arguments and everything but I've never personally looked into it because it never really caught my interest until now. 

I found the research and hearing your view of this really interesting, thank you for indulging my inner debator^_^
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
No problem.  I like being able to talk or "debate" with people who don't let their feelings get in the way, and start lambasting me, trying to convince me that I am wrong for believing what I believe.  It matters none to me if the person doesn't believe what I believe; it's not about trying to prove how right I am.  My hope is to win people to Christ through His wisdom.  If people just want to talk and keep things general, fine.  No skin off of my back.  If a person has a question about something, or if something they said is questionable, I'll engage them in conversation, again not to prove how right or wrong one of us are, but basically to prove the bible right
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ShootingStar1925 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
THANK YOU!  This is what I try to tell meh friends all the time XD
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KdogTop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! I love you <3
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xXSilveretteRoseXx Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is wonderful~! You've brilliantly phrased what many of us think daily: 
that Christianity, nor any other religion, should be condemned because of the actions of some.

Not only was the message outstanding, but the poem itself was pleasant to read.
I love your use of repetition! It really helps to emphasize your initial point. 

Wonderful poem; I applaud you for speaking your mind and voicing what some
of us may be a bit too scared to do. 
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015   Writer
Thank you so much! I am so honored and humbled to read your joyful words
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SkyDuck Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
As a Christian myself, I hate when people have the elitist personality, being Christian shouldn't come with a superiority complex.

In other words, thank you for writing this, you've made my day. :D
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015   Writer
Thank you so much!  I'm so happy to see that :)

I'm glad that this piece touched you in that way
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Wicked-HP-Disney Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! Hits all the right points!
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Writer
Thanks so much!
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DoveAngel8 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Big hug.
High five!
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Writer
Thanks! Hug :MissedFive: 
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DoveAngel8 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol cute high five
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Writer
happy dance 
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DoveAngel8 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww cute emotions icon tanks
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014   Writer
Snowman hug 
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DoveAngel8 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cute
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ZIEB Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Wow! I absolutely love this! It's great to finally meet another follower of Christ on DA!
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Writer
Thanks so much!  Great to meet you too!
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ZIEB Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
:D
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ZIEB Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
BTW. Thank you so so so much for adding From Snakes to Sanctuarry to your favs!
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
One thing about this; can you prove by scripture that Jesus actually drank wine?
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   Writer
I can't prove by Scripture that he ever drank wine, unless you look at 1 Corinthians 11:25 and infer he drank wine.  However, it was a common drink back in the day, referenced many times in the Bible.
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
That was referring to Communion. The thing about wine is that it had two meanings in the bible, depending on the place setting; fermented and unfermented. I'm sure that even if He did drink wine, it was unfermented, which is just really grape juice. Wine is made from grape juice, just with additives to make it alcoholic (fermented). Since Jesus was/is pure through and through, assuming He did drink any wine, it was unfermented. His disciples also had unfermented wine as well.
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Writer
Okay, so you might have gotten me there.  But I decided to take a little poetic license to make it all work out.  No harm in that, right?
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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
None at all. I like a little poetry myself
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014   Writer
:happybounce: 
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This poem may have garnered alot of attention for you because of its generic God loves everybody message, but it has nothing to do with Bible-based true Christianity  
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lorenlorenbro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
That's really the point,generic or not it speaks the real truth
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
it only speaks gray
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lorenlorenbro Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Gray or not, still truth
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plathfan910 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014   Writer
That was the point :D (Big Grin) 
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Steve-C2 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014
My outlook on things became so much more clear when I remembered John 3:17.  If HE didn't condemn, then who the heck am I to do that?
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