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May 2011
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Ys [userpic]

If these sorts of things don't horrify you...then I'm not sure I can ever wrap my brain around your way of thinking.

I cannot see this sort of thing as anything but a way for petty people to make themselves feel good by controlling other people, at the expense of those other people. If that's not firmly into evil, I'm not sure what is.

This sort of thing is why I worry about religious power, particularly the self-righteous variety.

Current Mood: distresseddisturbed
Kinda Awkward

Doesn't that stance sort of make for some kind of painful scenarios with people you actually like. Isn't it sort of painful when someone who reserved judgement on asks you if they're going to hell and you get to say, "Well yeah, probably."

I'm all for Christians avoiding psychotic condemnations and such, but doesn't that make for a masochistic situation?

Re: Kinda Awkward

Heh, well, it would...if I thought they were going to hell. The God I know, the God I see in Jesus, the God I feel in my heart, is a loving God. I just cannot fathom this God condemning *anyone* to hell. I can see this God letting people go and choose where they go after we pass on, but I can't see God just sending people to hell. The analogy my mom always likes to draw is, imagine a guy and his girlfriend, and the guy says "I love you more than anything else in the world, and I would even die for you, and if you ever leave me I'm going to douse you in gasoline and set you on fire."

I think Hell, and the Devil, are both metaphors designed to give us a focus to resist sinful nature. We aren't condemned because we don't believe in Jesus, but if we allow ourselves to be consumed by a sinful nature (greed, hate, that sort of thing), then when it comes time to make our choice for eternity, we'll choose to give ourselves over to that nature instead of letting go of it and entering into a closer relationship with God.

That's what I think, anyways. I could be wrong. ^^;

Re: Kinda Awkward

THAT'S IT! You sure have earned yourself a friending, whether you like it or not!