Sadness

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An exchange I found between a Christian and an atheist. Rich is the atheist and Ottmann is the Christian. What a horrible approach taken... it makes me so sad. Christians- love! As Christ loved!
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"To clarify, I do not believe that all Christians are evil. Far from it. There are some I love and cherish. But I think the ideology is at its core evil -- not because of the good things some people do in spite of it, but because it is an ideology of ultimate judgment, torture and death for those who don't ultimately believe. Some may deny that's its core ideology, but they're wrong. it is what it is.

Individuals are free to cherry pick, of course, but they're not really the dangerous ones. It is the fundamentalists -- those who essentially don't cherry pick. The very fact that there is such a thing as fundamentalism is the fact that makes the argument of its core (i.e., fundamental) evilness."
-Rich


Rich,
"Matt 23:23
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. (But) these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
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Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!
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"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
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Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.
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"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of filth.
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Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

Sorry you're such a lost soul. I hope soon you'll be shown the way, the truth and the life before it is too late."
-Ottmann

"Ottmann,
Seen it a million times. Lived it. I've got one thing for your imaginary friend: a big middle finger."
-Rich


First of all, let me say that I did not include the entire dialogue. I included the highlights (in my mind) to give the reader the general gist of what is going on. Obviously, I am not against using the Bible as a means to portray the truth, but I do despise the misuse of it. This passage that "Ottmann" uses is directed towards the Pharisees who claimed to be religious and oppressed others by their piety. It is, by now means, talking to those who do now know Christ. The context is very important. It is so sad that Christians condemn those who do not hold their beliefs because they are being immoral. Why in the world would someone who doesn't know Jesus follow his morality? They do not have the Spirit, so why should we expect them to abide by our moral code???

We are alienating an entire generation of people because we are being hypocrites by claiming to follow Christ and not exhibiting His love. It is sickening.

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