When I was a lot younger and had adopted Christianity, with some reservations, as I could never believe the concept of the Nicene Creed in the literal sense among some other outright contradictions in the “good” book. I was a lot more judgmental about the actions and attitudes of others than I am today.
Why was that? I wondered to myself.
The Old Testament and the dictates therein have influenced many on this world, Christian and non-Christian. From the Religious police in Saudi Arabia to the Catholic hierarchy and other institutions, there are many burdens laid at our feet to follow and some enforce it with violence, imprisonment or outright discrimination.
For example, I advertised for a roommate and a young lady of about thirty years of age applied. She came to check out the house and me. She loved the house and location and after a pleasant conversation expressed an interest in becoming my roommate.
She only had one confession to make, she was not a female, although upon a very close examination she appeared every bit like one and spoke like one. She had an appendage and looked at me, wondering what my reaction would be.
I was a little surprised, trying to be non-conspicuous in seeing if she had an Adam’s apple and noticed her throat was smooth, arms and face like a woman’s. She was the kind of women many men would drool over, except for her “secret”.
Years ago, I would have been taken aback, thinking this was not right and who knows how many other negative thoughts would have entered my mind.
Her parent’s were aware and were very close to her. Our conversation was very comfortable and she seemed to be a decent person.
“I have no problems with what you are, it is who you are that is important and I like you,” I answered.
Funny how time, experience and life itself can change attitudes and actions.