My latest posts on Jack Hyles, Jack Schaap, and the IFB church movement have had a wide circulation on the internet. With wide circulation comes an increase in nasty comments and emails. I fully expected this but I am still shocked and amused at the emails
Jesus Hyles, Schaap loving Christians send me. Their emails remind me of the bankruptcy of the IFB movement and their inability to embrace or accept any form of criticism. (when you are certain you are right it is hard to accept anything that says you are not right)
I received an email from a woman in Florida. From the email, I assume she is older. (she references a picture in the post from the early 1970’s) Without further adieu, I present to you reason number 3,241 why I am glad not to be a Christian any more:
Hi, I want to thank you for the picture of Dr. Hyles on your article. I am going to copy and print it for my husband who was in Hammond at the time of this photo. He dearly missed by us and we both think he was honor to be in his ministry for seven years. By the way, I am glad that you are an atheist and out of all church. Maybe you can join Madame Murray O Haire in Hell one day and you both can have a heyday criticizing each other. Good luck with the hereafter, there is one but you are going to in the dark place where no one can see your ugly face again. So glad for that place called HELL.
*all spelling and grammar errors belong to the email writer
BTW, I have also been encouraged by the emails from Christians who appreciate the attention I am giving the IFB church movement. A reminder that I must never assume that all Christians are the same. I may disagree with every aspect of their belief system but they are kind people who sincerely want to be the “good” Christian that is hard to find these days. Some may object and say, but Bruce you think the supernatural Jesus is a myth. How can you accept people who believe in things that are a myth?
Simple. As I type this post, I am listening to Southern Gospel music on Spotify. (drives my wife crazy, btw) I don’t believe the “message” of the songs but there is something about this kind of music that appeals to me at a visceral level. I suspect if atheists start doing 4 part harmony Stamps-Baxter music, I will love it too.
I find some sort of emotional benefit from listening to this “style” of music. I view the religious beliefs of others in the same way. If they get some benefit from believing in God and worshiping God,even of I think that God does not exist, who am I to condemn and ridicule them. There are atheists and agnostics who still attend church because they get an emotional, psychological, or social benefit from it. Each to their own, I say.