I totally saw the ironic-ness of that. I think it's because she's not really "happy" with her home life and how the family functions. Just a guess.Originally Posted by DesertRose
To be a true Bible Belt Christian, you must have a clear understanding of the things you don't do, like smoking, dancing, going to the pool hall, drinking, or making a public appearance without a Bible in hand. You must believe that your actions are controlled by the Holy Spirit and that doing God's will is the most important part of your life -- no matter what scoffers might think.
Some say that certain people in the Bible Belt go overboard in both their religious and political (usually conservative) practices. But Bible Belters believe that their lives are totally controlled by God and they could no more change their ways than fly. Furthermore, they don't apologize for their seemingly irrational behavior. Like a favorite bumper sticker declares, "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven."
The Great Awakening was the beginning of the movement. If there was a "Bible Belt" in America before then, it was located in the North with such groups as the Massachusetts Puritans and the Pennsylvania Quakers. But, about 1790, something happened. It was as if a great wave suddenly flooded the land. The second Pentecost had begun.
Religion has always been an important part of American life. Since the 1600's over 85% of the population had participated in some kind of church activity. Towards the end of the 17th Century, however, religious fervor took on an even greater ferocity. It was then that America experienced its first great revival and todays fundamentalist Bible Belt is a direct result.
The "Great Awakening", which had swept the British Isles, infiltrated the American Colonies. The Southern states, especially, received this "new birth" with fervor. Some said it was because of the great population of blacks below the Mason-Dixon Line. Others said it was because because the Southerner was closer to God than anyone else. It simply depended on who was doing the talking.
Preachers scattered across the country healing, raising the dead and collecting money. Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and other denominations, were swept up in the Great Revival. The Holy Spirit was moving and so was the human spirit. Although some revival meetings were bogus -- scam artists and frauds taking advantage of the faithful -- not all were a ruse. In Finis Ewing's lecture on sanctification, he delivered strong testimony on the subject. An anecdote illustrates that these people had abiding spiritual power.
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