Member Rara Avis
I have condemned Hussein for torture, murder, genocide and brutality. Yes, I will concede that, for anyone who considers murder, torture, genocide and brutality, moral actions then I am doing them a disservice. Am I convinced that these actions are worthy of condemnation? I'm afraid I do. Does that make me judgmental? Yep, I suppose so. Do I consider this to be comparable to Christians telling all other religions they are damned? Not in the foggiest. Perhaps I am being unfair...it happens.
They're exactly the same, Mike, in the sense that both you and WhiteRose are willing to stand up for what you believe. Even though neither of you can possibly "prove" you are right, and I strongly suspect neither of you can even exactly articulate what it is you believe. Yes, in 2003, there are differences, of which I am supremely glad. I would much rather have someone praying for me than gunning for me. But even those differences are only a few hundred years old.
Before you declare religious supremacy of your word over those of other religions you should learn it's history and it's infamy.
That has to work both ways, Raph. Ignorance leads only to impotence, and arguments against Christianity will remain toothless if they fail to address the role of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is NOT a static document, but a continuing revelation. The books that comprise the Bible were not selected by men, but by the hand of God. The history of Christianity is muddied by human weakness, but the underlying message of Christianity remains untouched, protected by omnipotence and redeclared every day by the living, teaching Holy Spirit. You don't have to believe that, of course. But it is impossible to effectively argue against it, and doubly impossible if your ammunition is material already rejected by the Holy Spirit.
What I personally believe is irrelevant, though I've stated many times in these forums, in many different ways, that only the most rash could think God has revealed His entire truth to us. Any plan the human mind can understand is far too simple to encompass the will of God. I suspect we are like the three blind men, each describing their own piece of the elephant, each right, each wrong, and each largely ignorant of what the others are experiencing. I feel certain Jason is right, that God is not a bigot, but I'm equally certain Man is. We divide when we should unite, argue when we should learn. We demand we are right, yet bristle when others do the same.
Anyone who truly believes they have "the answer" is a fool if they announce it and a hypocrite if they don't. The recalcitrant alcoholic doesn't want our sympathy. The delirious man dying of a high fever doesn't want our help. The abused child doesn't want to be taken from their mother, and the patriotic Iraqi doesn't want our interference. But if you know you have the answer that will save the alcoholic, cure the dying man, protect the child, and free the Iraqi, how can any decent human being willfully ignore their obligation to help? Ironically, I think those most apt to bristle at the uninvited prayers of a Christian are the ones the least likely to stand by and do nothing when they are called upon to make their own decision.