You constantly spew forth against Christians your hate and derision with your mind already made up that we are all like the pathetic examples you like to parade before us. You need to look at all the real followers of Christ who are seeking to help and make the world a better place. Jesus is about love and he came to save those that are lost. He is the only way to God the Father. You are lost. That is not judgmental and intolerant; that is me saying I love you enough to tell you the truth.
“The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.”I’ve tried very hard to be clear about my feelings about modern Christianity. For those of you who haven’t read this umpteen times prior, I have no problem with the concept of Christianity. Peace, love, tolerance, and understanding are all very good things, qualities this world too often suffers a pronounced lack of. No, my problem is with Christians, too many of whom use their faith as a club with which to bludgeon those who happen not to be “enlightened” enough to share their beliefs. I’m tired of preachy judgmental types who feel it’s their place to tell me I’m “lost,’ and that only the love of Jesus Christ can save me. Yes, “truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.” Sadly, the quote above is from someone I love, but who for whatever reasons deems themselves worthy of sitting in judgment of me for my “lack of faith.”
This is the very definition of my problem with a certain segment of the Christian population. You’re free to your beliefs; you’re not free to belief that I’m lost without your beliefs and therefore you must witness to me in order to save my soul. Thank you, but my soul is fine as is.
What truly upsets me is that, even as I try hard to respect the beliefs of others, that respect is very often not returned in kind. Many Christians are convinced that their faith makes them possessed of a superior morality, and that it’s their duty to share the “Good News” with me. They see me as a sinner, lost and in need of salvation. The idea that I might just be good without God is something they just can’t seem to fathom.
I don’t believe in God, because I choose to live in the reality-based world. More people have been killed in the name of religion than any other factor in human history. Religion has been the source of hatred, oppression, and all manner of things inimical to the concept of religion. I look at the historical record and wonder why anyone would want any part of that? Sure, the concept may be sound, but the execution has been corrupted and bastardized beyond all recognition. Seven states still have laws on the books banning atheists from holding public office (The laws are unconstitutional and unenforceable, but they’ve yet to be repealed). In many respects, discrimination against those who don’t believe in God is the last open and socially acceptable form of discrimination allowable today.
There are so many reasons to reject modern Christianity. What was once a religion based in love, tolerance, and acceptance has been destroyed by its followers and turned into something evil and unrecognizable. Yes, there are those who endeavor to lead Christ-like lives, and I admire those people for living their beliefs. Unfortunately, there are too many who believe their faith gives them license to judges those who don’t share their beliefs harshly. Evidently, the Gospel’s message: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1) has fallen on deaf ears.
Before deciding that I’m lost and in need of salvation, how about getting your own house in order and letting me live my life in the manner of my choosing? You don’t get to decide that my life is “less than” and preach the Gospel to me. Your faith is yours. My life is mine. If you want to have any part in my life, you’ll agree to keep it that way. And if honestly discussing my feelings on the subject of religion makes me guilty of spewing forth “against Christians your hate and derision”…well, I suppose I’m guilty as charged. Except that when dissension is held to equal hate and derision, it’s no longer about my views; it’s about your narrow-minded refusal to accept that your truth isn’t THE truth. That’s kind of sad, don’tchathink??