History tells us that the Roman Catholic Church butchered and killed people they considered heretics. When confronted with the brutality done in the name of the Catholic God, Catholics will often say the Church never killed anyone. It was civil authorities that carried out the punishment of heretics, so the blood is on their hands and not the church’s.
This is a classic dodge used by many Christians to avoid the logical conclusions of their actions and beliefs. I am sure you have heard countless times, hate the sin but love the sinner. To the homosexual, they say, yes God hates your sin, but we love you and so does God. They never seem to understand how disingenuous this sounds. Telling someone they are hated and at the same time telling them they are loved is contradictory and quite confusing.
But Bruce, it is the sin God hates not the person, the Christian says. Only in the Christian bubble does this kind of thinking make any sense. I look at it this way…if you came upon a skunk in the woods and he sprayed you, would you say, I hate the smell but love the skunk? Of course not. The skunk and the smell are intricately linked. (besides the Bible says, The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (Psalm 5:5-6) The LORD tests the righteous, but His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5) )
I wish Christians would be honest about this and quit trying to cover up the harshness of their beliefs with cheap clichés that no one believes. I wish they would own what the Bible says and just tell it like it is. Don’t Christians have the mind of Christ? Aren’t they filled with the Holy Ghost? Don’t they have God’s perfect Word at their disposal? Why not be honest with what God says? No need to sugar coat things.
We get it. God hates sin and those who do it. We get it. Unless we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we will die in our sins and be tortured in hell by the Christian God for all eternity. It seems atheists are more willing to accept the Bible for what it says than many Christians are,
Yesterday, a commenter said to me:
About the most I know about atheism is what God said in a verse that you used to love, but don’t love it much now. Ps. 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God.”
Besides, I am a fool in your eyes, yes?
The commenter replied:
NO, you are not a “fool” in my eyes. That’s what God said, not me.
In other words, God said it, he didn’t, so he can’t be held responsible for what GOD said.
Christians need to understand that when they quote Bible verses at nonbelievers the nonbeliever does not separate the quote from the person saying it. When a Christian tells me God thinks I am a fool then I understand that to mean that they think I am a fool too.
The commenter needs to own the harshness of the words he quoted from the Bible. It is his God speaking and I would assume that a Christian would want to speak the same words as God on how an atheist is to be viewed. Doubly so, since this commenter is a pastor.
Christians either need to quit quoting the Bible to nonbelievers or they need to own what the Bible says and quit trying to deflect accountability for what it says.