Consider this exchange from “Conan: The Barbarian”: Conan: What gods do you pray to? Subotai: I pray to the four winds... and you? Conan: To Crom... but I seldom pray to him, he doesn't listen. Subotai: [chuckles] What good is he then? Ah, it's just as I've always said. Conan: He is strong! If I die, I have to go before him, and he will ask me, "What is the riddle of steel?" If I don't know it, he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me. That's Crom, strong on his mountain! Subotai: Ah, my god is greater. Conan: [chuckles] Crom laughs at your four winds. He laughs from his mountain. Subotai: My god is stronger. He is the everlasting sky! Your god lives underneath him. [Conan shoots Subotai a skeptical look. Subotai laughs] These heroes talked at night about whom they prayed to for help. They had different views on spirituality, devotion and the nature of their gods – and yet they were partners that continued fighting side by side.
There are moments in each of our lives where the philosophical need for significance comes to the fore, where personal spirituality comes into question, where we find ourselves in need of help, and we have an innate desire to share these things because we are social beings. The Columbus Bible Discussion is made up of people coming together as friends to talk about our gods during the night watches. Specifically, we have guided discussions about Jesus and sacrificial love in the context of the Bible. Many would answer Conan: “I pray to Jesus”, and have found Him to be a trustworthy and personable God.
However, those who think differently are also welcome! We also partner together and work to help each other out as well. There has been much moving help, renovation on member's houses, babysitting, job recommendations, etc.
Demographics - We are: Christians and non-Christians (many consider themselves Christians) Men and Women from multiple countries (U.S., Mexico, India, Japan etc) 2 months old to 50+ years old, Married/Re-married and Single/Divorced, Parents and Non-Parents, Employed and Unemployed, Students, Blue and White Collar...
What will it be like? As you walk up to the house, you will be greeted by children playing in the yard, and folks talking and smoking (a few) on the porch. Inside, you'll always find coffee and snacks in the kitchen and folks chatting over refreshments. After a while, the kids will head to the play room for some supervised play time (4 volunteers with experience watching children) and 30 or so adults will take a seat to start a discussion lead by a moderator / teacher. The meeting will begin with prayers offered by whoever would like to, followed by a 30-45 minute guided discussion on a passage from the Bible (led by one of several men or women) – often with multimedia component, followed by an open discussion. In the discussions, everyone is invited to participate regardless of viewpoint. Then we will finish the formal part of the meeting with more voluntary prayer. Afterwards, people hangout often up to 10pm, talking and eating.