I do not mean to focus specifically on Christians because I know this can apply to other religious folk but I am using the term because of my own experience. I am wondering if any of you have had a related experience to this when you were theist.
Before I decided to be Christian during my teen years I listened to punk rock. When I was saved I was told to not listen to secular music but I did not want to give up punk rock so low and behold I find that there is a whole underground Christian punk scene - Christian punk bands, Christians that dress like punks (spikes, mohawk, steel toe boots, the whole deal) and Christian punk shows with mosh pits. Throughout most of my Christian years I associated myself with this scene despite people telling me that Christian punk is unacceptable and I even published a Christian magazine that had macabre themes involving classic horror characters, death, etc.
When I think back on my theist years I am amazed that I still pursued my chaotic and macabre interests despite having devoted my life to something that is more often associated with being calm and serene. I was definitely an outcast in church lol but it goes to show that Christians can twist practically any style into their liking and still claim that they are living for god. For this reason I think there is so much conflict between Christians because they all have their own idea of what is acceptable based upon their personal style preference. It really has nothing to do with interpreting the bible, some christians simply do not like punk rock and so therefore they will say Christian punks are going to hell.
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