|Alien Youth, I used to be a nominal Catholic. I had been baptized, and knew a few of the prayers. I had even attended mass once. My parents are lapsed Catholics, however, and never pressured me to accept religion of any kind.|
Let me see if I have this right: sex is a "gift from $DEITY", but to enjoy this gift one must be legally married? Why must I seek permission from other men in order to enjoy one of $DEITY's gifts? That makes no sense, Alien Youth.
No, not every good and meaningful relationship requires sex. In fact, in some relationships sex is inappropriate. I have a fairly close relationship with my parents; but I have no intention of having sex with them.
I see more than just rules in Christianity, Alien Youth. I see a religion that condemns me as evil because I possess reason, emotion, and volition. I can think, feel, and choose -- and by Christianity's standards that makes me a sinner. Remember the myth of Adam and Eve? Original sin?
I see more in Christianity than mere rules. I see pure evil. A truly loving god would not demand servility, blind faith, fearful obedience, and self-negating worship of its creations. Considering what your Bible says God demands of his followers, I can only conclude that you worship a demon.
What's stopping me from marrying somebody I love? Nothing at all, unless I'm gay (which I'm not). Remember, in the People's Socialist Republic of Amerika, gay people can't marry. They can't even formalise their union before a judge. This condition can be blamed on Christians, by the way.
Patience? Sure, it's a virtue -- but only in moderation.