First off, I was not one bit offend by your comments and I really appreciate you visiting my blog and commenting.
Now, I will try to answer your questions.
“I want to know, if you are willing to explain, your justification for the cussing”. This one is pretty simple cause I have no justification for it. I know I shouldn’t do it but I don’t have the will power to stop and it is not a big deal to me to stop.
“Iâ€™m just saying that Christ would never say â€œShut the Fâ€” upâ€ or call someone, no matter how rude or accusing, a dipsh*t.” No he wouldn’t. But there are many things we do daily that are considered normal human emotions that Jesus wouldn’t do. He wouldn’t become jealous or have feelings of Lust even though we as humans experience these things quit often. I am sure you yourself have had feelings of hate, something that Jesus wouldn’t do.
“From what I can see on your blog, you donâ€™t seem to struggle with cussing, you just seem to accept it and even embrace it.” Yes I do. That’s me, that’s who I am. I have had many people who tell me I am un Christian like cause of my cussing. Yet, these same people have things in their closet that would make them un Christian. My cussing isn’t a problem to me or my husband. I don’t do it in public and if you would visit me I wouldn’t do it in front of you cause I respect other people’s feelings. I don’t go around screaming curse words, even though it might seem like I do. 🙂
“The celebration of curse words on your blog does doesnâ€™t say â€œChristâ€, in my humble opinion.” My honest response to that is I don’t care. This blog helps me get out my emotions and just plan rant about things that piss me off. And I need to do that. Keeping emotions inside is not a good thing. I’m not some great Christian. I don’t go around preaching the word of Christ to anyone or thumbing them upside the head with my Bible. My husband and I try to live by Jesus’s word as best as we can. We sin just like everyone else. We could care less if someone is a homosexual or even if they are Pagan. We are trying to live a good life, without judging people cause I know I sure in hell don’t want to be judged.
jenApril 10, 2006 at 6:00 pm
Why do people feel the need to leave negative comments? Some people are soooooo fucking stupid. I had to throw in at least one swear word into this comment just so you know I support you in this one.
MatthewApril 10, 2006 at 6:54 pm
Wow. I have to say that I am throughly impressed with your response.
You are very smart and your honesty is admirable.
I completely agree with everything you said and I have nothing but respect for you.
I will continue reading your blog and now that you were kind enough to answer my questions, I can put that question out of my mind.
I’m glad you realized that I wasn’t tryign to cause problems, unlike “jen” above who called me “f*cking stupid”.
Jen, I’m new here and just wanted some answers. It wasn’t a negative comment I left, it was a collection of honest questions. “Supporting” Amanda is pointless in this instance because there were never opposing sides. Am I not allowed to ask respectful questions? Maybe read what I said and talk to me personally before you act like a jerk.
That’s all I got.
JaniceApril 11, 2006 at 4:28 pm
You go girl!
I must say I adore this layout!!!
DebApril 12, 2006 at 8:39 am
Wowsers. Fancy having to justify your use of language to a total stranger on your own blog!
What’s that whole bible quote about not judging others again?
Surfing on through via BlogAdvance and I lurve the lurvely Ewan. I’d worship…
MatthewApril 12, 2006 at 10:46 am
Once again, it was just a question that I politely asked. Go read my full comment to get the whole picture.
I didn’t “judge” her, I asked her questions about her to understand her. That is completely the opposite of judging someone.
After asking those question, I have come to find that she is a honest, smart, nice person. That is my judgment. If you want to sacrifice me for that, so be it.
TimApril 12, 2006 at 11:10 pm
I hear you if no one else does Matt. I have my own Christian site, and though I don’t openly cuss the way Amanda does on my site, (all the time anyway) I cuss like a sailor off the net. (Maybe cause I was one) We as Christians actually have no way of knowing if what we deem to be cuss words are unacceptable or not. The Bible doesn’t list all the inappropriate language, and “freak”, “frig”, “gosh”, “darn”, and those sort of words, in the Biblical sense, are just as bad as what we deem cuss words, because of the meaning behind them. Jesus judges based on motives, and replacing “shit” with “crap” doesn’t really make a difference. That’s my two cents.
MatthewApril 13, 2006 at 11:06 am
First, thanks Tim. Yeah, I know exactly what you mean! I was thinking about that the other day as a matter of fact. It’s not like the Bible has a list of “naughty words”, but I guess what I’m mostly concerned with is the stumbling block issue.
But yeah, motives. Yelling “crap” instead of a dirtier counter-part would still be cursing, wouldn’t it?
Great point. Great point.
MishaApril 18, 2006 at 2:34 pm
OK -I’ve never been on your site (found it through Crazy/Hip Mamas – or something like that) and I had to weigh in…isn’t the whole idea of a blog that you make public your comments and thoughts *so that* you can have interaction with others over it and hear from a variety of opinions? So isn’t a compliment to Amanda that someone would even be interested enough to ask?
I don’t know Matthew from a bar of soap (or a bar of cussing sailors for that matter) but I sure admire his attitude and tenacity to keep commenting.
I also thought it may be interesting to add in the mix that Paul used the word sh*t in the original greek in one of his letters. He also said something along the lines of those who promoted circumcision over grace and inclusion to emasculate themselves only his terminology was a good deal more graphic. (Gal.5:12)
Just a thought.
MatthewApril 19, 2006 at 9:14 am
I don’t compare with bars of soap. I know many bars of soap. Them’s good people.
I appriciate your kind words, Misha.