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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.

jwmcmac's picture

justin said: "I think China

justin said:

"I think China had some thousand years or two of unbroken civil order, peace in the land, etc; I suppose that's why they wanted the Europeans to stay away from their end of the continent :)"

jwmcmac commnents:

But what was the basis of the Peace? Freedom? Dominance? Religious Belief?

. . . any idea?

Did they still 'lop of heads' during this period of Peace?

Did they 'bow and scrape' to the emperor?

There's always some of that, isn't there?

The other side of this question . . .

What will be the basis of the False Peace which the anti-christ will usher in during his brief time of false peace followed by his brief but bloody reign of terror?

What is True Peace?

What is false Peace?

To me . . . a very false peace is being laid at our feet today . . . looks very tempting . . . but is purely human and without GOD . . . without the CHRIST of the last 2000 years.

This 'false peace' thinks that it can found itself on 'abortion rights' and on a 'contraceptive' mentality . . . this being a 'way that seems right unto man, but the way there-of leading to the death' . . . of millions of babies and their parents and societies in an 'orgy' of mass 'suicide' and 'murder' the likes of which the world has never before seen.

I've heard it said that Justice without Mercy is not Justice.

It seems to me that in order to have True Peace . . . Justice must be fulfilled in Love or this is not Peace and is not Love . . . and might be instead . . . might be 'license' . . . freedom without responsibility . . . might be entitlement . . . another name for theft (almost) . . . might be anything but Peace, Justice and Love.

True Peace comes through Loving Obedience to Rightful Rules that respect GOD first and respect the dignity of Life which HE gave to us with a Natural Law built into this Life.

Peace requires 'righteousness' in Actions . . . Sacrifice of self for the sake of the other.

Not easy to do in real life.

What say you?

GOD Bless us all.