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Answering the charge of infidels against Christianity

JeffLogan's picture

There is a verse in the Bible which reads,

"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me." John 16:1-3 (KJV)

The infidel claims that if not for Christian history we would not know the depths of depravity to which the human mind may descend. That Christian fellows, claiming to follow in the steps of their Lord, have exhausted the limits of human imagination dreaming up the worst atrocities to carry out on those who claim to be their brothers in Christ yet deny one or more tenets of a creed. That the lives of millions of men, women and children have been sacrificed to preserve a creed all in the name of a God who taught them to love their enemies and turn the other cheek. That in this life the church persecutes those who disagree with her doctrines and at death sends them on to her god to be tortured through-out eternity. A god whose appetite for revenge is implacable and whose love for torment insatiable.

My question is, in light of Christian history, its decretals, its current doctrines and attitudes, and the way in which we treat others who do not agree with us, how can we answer the charge of the Infidel? Have we fulfilled the command to love one another, or have we fulfilled John 16:1-3 in putting them out of our midst and even killing them. Of course, we are stayed by civil power today but the Infidel contends that had we the power we would today kill heretics as in times past. How can we justify our actions? How can we condemn radical Islam who is but following in our steps? How can we condemn Hitler's slaughter of Jews who are classed with Infidels?

I would like to hear your thoughts. I will share mine as well.

JeffLogan's picture

The Infidel contends that

The Infidel contends that had the churches the power they would today kill heretics as in times past. Is this true? What is our attitude toward those who stubbornly oppose our church's creed? How can we justify our attitude? How can we condemn radical Islam who is but following in our steps? How can we condemn Hitler's slaughter of Jews who are classed with Infidels? Does our perception of God move us to kill our fellow man in order to preserve our religious life, our creed? Or, does it prompt us to give up our life to save them?

There is a verse that says "by their fruits ye shall know them." Well, what are the fruits of these persecuting "christian" organizations? Do they not produce the same fruit of hatred and killing as Hitler and radical Islam? And, aren't the later condemned by the churches? How then can the churches, which have done the same things, escape judgment? How do we answer?

A tree that produces bad fruit cannot bring forth good fruit. But a good tree does not produce bad fruit. These men who produce such fruits appear pious outwardly but inwardly they are indeed false prophets. Wolves in sheep's clothing come in secretly among the sheep to ravage them, disperse them, and kill them to satisfy their appetite with the flesh of the innocent.

But wait, a man lives only a short time and he is gone. Yet, this horrific persecution lasted some 1600 years and if not for our current state of affairs would continue to this day. Therefore, it must be the creeds of the religious organizations themselves which create such inhumane monsters. What is it about their teachings that have caused men to look upon dissenters with such malice and hatred so as to build up in them a zeal, like Saul, to eliminate all such disagreeable persons who challenge their creeds?

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

"Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

--Matt 7:15-20 (KJV)

It would seem to me we need to lay the ax to the tree and uproot these false doctrines which have been a cancer in our society.

"Iniquitas mentita est sibi"

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV