Monday, 19 December 2016
How do so many Christians convince people to believe things which clearly contradict what Jesus taught?
The answer is simple - intimidation.
They threaten people with eternal damnation in hell if they contradict what they are teaching them.
Obey me or burn in hell forever.
Whether they actually believe this (having perhaps been subjected to corporal punishment by strict parents) or whether this is an attempt to subjugate people to their political will is uncertain.
Perhaps it is both.
But the damage remains.
Fear begets fear.
"But perfect love casts out fear." 1 John 4:18b (NRSV)
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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