The world has lots of Christians. For some reason, many of them believe different things. The Rapture. Purgatory. Papal edict. Hating non-Christians. There are a ton of varying ideas and ideologies, some more dangerous than others.
Two words: show me.
Book, chapter, verse. Show me where those things are in the Bible. Without taking the verses out of context. Without putting human intentions on it.
A recent event has me a little upset. Last month, a pastor in Florida burned a copy of the Quran. News travels slowly, it seems, but when word got to Afghanistan last week, there was a violent protest at the United Nations complex. I've heard varying reports on how many died over the weekend—some reports say 20, some say 22.
That's a lot of people.
Did those people know Christ? They sure don't have a chance to now.
Where in the Bible does it say that God wants us to be hateful? Where does it say it's OK for us to give up the lives of others for our beliefs (especially the non-Biblical ones)? The Bible says that God wishes that none would perish and all would come to repentance. He wanted those twenty people in his arms.
Is there a "No Muslims" clause somewhere in the Bible? What about a "No Gays" clause? Because those two groups seem to get a lot of unwarranted hate from Christians.
Show me where God thinks that's OK. Because I'm pretty sure Jesus said the two greatest commandments are, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength," and, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
I don't see any exceptions printed. Did I miss some footnotes? Nope. Don't think I did.
Everyone has the chance to be saved. We need to show radical love, not radical hate. There's no way people are going to follow Christ if his followers are jerks. If you think it's fine to hate this group or that, to be mean or cruel or disrespectful to them, or to think they're excluded from God's grace if they ask for it, I have two words for you: