"For those of you who are not Christians what is your main objection to the Christian beliefs? Not to the people themselves just the beliefs"
I was Baptist. The problems were twofold, at least there were the two issues that opened my eyes, so-to-speak, when I was in my early teens:
1. The pretty viscious condemnation of homosexuals that struck me as way wrong, especially as a friend if mine was clearly homosexual (or going to be). Even (or because!) he was at an early age it seemed that it was something out of his control. So we had a conflict between a Christian teaching of tolerance and the anti-homosexual rantings of our preacher.
2. The virulent anti-Catholic sentiments that raged among the Baptists. MY grandmother I think really believed that JFK was the anti-Christ. That is, until he was assassinated. I remember walking home from school on 11-22-63 and wondering what her reaction would be. Watching her closely when I arrived home, her comment to me and my sisters was "well......you don't really want to see that happen to anyone". Not quite a shrug of the shoulders, but close. I think subsequent events had the effect of persuading her that JFK was actually a human being, and maybe a good human being.
I also had friend or two at school who were Catholic.
DSCH: a Soviet artist's reply to unjust criticism.
Like you, I have problems with certain people acting "Holier than Thou". I couldn't, myself, put down any denomination. Denominations, IMO, are like personalities. If you are the quiet type then you will probably like Presbyterian, if you follow rules well, you might choose Baptist. If you like to dance and sing, Pentacostal ect...
But when people put down an entire group of people because of a few bad apples it is just like racism to me. My church (Vineyard) was formed by a group of surfers behind lifeguard chair number 9 on Huntington Beach. They were long-haired hippies who weren't accepted by conventional churches. All they wanted to do was love and serve God, so they formed their own church. It is now nationwide. We have electric guitars, bass, drums and hard rock music. You will see "goth" kids in there sitting next to 60something retirees. It's come as you are and our preacher wears shorts, flip-flops and a golf shirt most times. We are looked at as "crazy" to other churches, but as long as you accept Jesus as your Saviour, he doesn't really care what you're wearing, as long as you are learning from the Bible.
He will feel sorry for you? He will try to "save" you? Or he will respect your beliefs and admit that it is possible that you are right and he is wrong. Unless the answer is door number three, that's what I don't like about Christianity, or actually almost all organized religions.
Atrophy: what you get when you win atournament.
God works in mysterious ways and maybe you and I being on the same website is a way to save us both. You never know!