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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

The Soul is that part which

The Soul is that part which is eternal in man as he was created . . . and cannot ever become non-existent. The Soul is eternal.

The Second Death is the permanent and everlasting Death of dying in our sins and Living forever without the Presence of GOD . . . separated from GOD . . . forever and forever . . . something that cannot be humanly imagined or fully understood in this Life . . . just as the eternal Joy of Heaven cannot be fully imagined or fully understood in this Life.

Since JESUS is the Way, the Truth and the Life . . . being separated from the Life WHO is JESUS for all eternity is called the Second Death. Don't die this death due to any un-repented sin or through lack of Faith.

The Angels cannot cease to exist . . . and neither can the Soul of a man made in GOD's Image and Likeness . . . neither can the soul of a man cease to exist . . . ever.

Believe what you want . . . this is what the Church has always understood and always Taught as to this.

The torments of hell are as eternal as are the Joys of Heaven . . . as eternal as is GOD HIMSELF . . . and this . . . whether you or I Believe it or not.

If hell were not the way it is described and were not so awful, just as both you and I believe, JESUS would not have bothered to come . . . and simply would have started over . . . what for . . . to put HIMSELF and us through so much.

But hell is as described and is just that awful as you and I believe . . .

. . . and so JESUS came and Died for us . . . so that we can follow in HIS Footsteps and do the same for GOD and for ourselves and for others.

After the bad time of the anti-christ . . . if that is what is coming . . . we do expect a 'Time of Peace' to be granted to the world . . . this in anticipation of JESUS' Second Coming to Judge the Living and the Dead (speaking both physically . . . and also most especially . . . speaking Spiritually . . . as referring to both the living and the dead).

GOD Bless us all.