Let me say from the start that I have a strong faith and although I’m willing to discuss it, I have not started this thread to try and evangelise anyone. Simply I’d like to discuss with other autistic Christians how they cope with church, other Christians and trying to resolve their head around everything.
Practicing Christian myself; was raised in the Church. I can get very anxious in services at times - the whole 'sin' thing can be quite upsetting. It doesn't help that my vicar's sermons can be very long and rambling.
As autistics we are probably better at recognising sin than neurotypicals, as for us it is black and white, therefore we are less likely to justify our actions with some absurdly incorrect argument. Hence, the Autistic Christian could be seen as a purer Christian if you follow my arguement.
As someone who’s father is a retired vicar I can sympathise about the rambling sermon. Why is it that after about ten to fifteen minutes they have made some great points and it would make a great sermon if only they would stop there. So often though they continue it and ruin it by then waffling on.
Let them know this impact on you and if it persists the stop going. In the bible it teaches being tolerant of each other then that has to be practiced or its not real Christian living. Jesus expects us through the spirit to practice and demonstrate what love is. We need the space and freedom to be ourselves and not feel condemned about it.
we are meant to confess our faults to one another (James 5:16) but our sins only to God (1 John 1:9) as we are only human...we will either judge or temp one another. (Romans 14:13-23)