Well, Scott, I too once held that Christians were a bunch of weak, squeamish, hypocritical bunch of losers. Then I became one after years of searching: atheism, agnosticism, wicca and paganism, nihilism, doaism...tried them all. Finally settled on the one which I felt right to me.
And, sure, I will admit that many self-proclaimed Christians have done unspeakable things, from destroying the last of the Coptic faith, sacking Constaninople during the 4th Crusade, the KKK and their rigid Southern Baptists ethics.
But others have done the same under different flags...Hitler was pagan, Stalin was atheist, but since they were not "Christians", I guess their crimes against humanity really don't count.
Now, I have no problems at all with other tenets and beliefs, much to the chagrin of pagan friends...they would actually feel better about what they hold to be true if I hated what they believe, like they do towards me. But I turn the other cheek, and actually try to learn about what they hold so dear, and if their faith can withstand the fires of scorn and ridicule. Despite hardships, deaths, and persecution, my faith in my Lord God and Jesus Christ has not faltered nor broken. If anything, it has increased.
I agree with you on the point that there are many hypocritical Christians walking around today...there are. I refer to them as Church Clothes Christians...like their Sunday Best, their faith and beliefs are worn but once a week. But I do not hate nor disdain them...rather, I have pity on them for what they are missing out on...the beautiful, sublime, wonderous love of God, felt and known.
As I was working tonight, the thought came up in my head once more of all the little rumors of things one DreamEvil had said about me to others...made me smile, it did. And, like I said once before, for this and for other things, I forgive you. And, unlike a gift you don't care for, it cannot be given back to the giver.
Alicat, the twitterpated satiated kilted kitty
[This message has been edited by Alicat (edited 10-08-1999).]