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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

We can condemn them the same

You're right.

I was really just talking to Justin . . . and didn't read the thread topic . . . Hoping that Justin might make a new thread for me . . . as I've actually never made a single topic that I can remember.

But as to this topic . . .

We can condemn them the same way GOD condemns them.

GOD did not allow evil to win . . . either on earth or in Heaven.

On earth . . . the war is won by Love and Sacrifice . . . but not by allowing evil to win at all costs . . . stepping out of evil's way does not work.

If it comes down to it, will we fight for the Lives of our Children and Wives and Families . . . or will we let evil have its' way without resistance?

Seems a cop-out to me that we have allowed unrestricted sin to have the day in our day . . . until we see good as evil and evil as good.

It seems too late to turn it around . . . without Divine intervention . . . but regardless . . . we have to start acting like it matters and we have to put up a fight . . . with as much Love as we can muster . . . but we actually have to resist and fight . . . in conversation . . . with prayer . . . with kindness . . . with example . . . with good actions in the face of evil . . .

. . . I'm not sure laws will do any good . . . it is hearts that must be won.

It seems impossible . . . but maybe the HOLY SPIRIT will be there to help us when we need it.

GOD Bless us all.