A Christian man by the name of Gennaro wants me to LISTEN to him. What follows is what he wants me to hear. Are you ready? Drum roll, please. My response is indented and italicized. All spelling and grammar in the original.
I think you have missed the point, and I will defend the gift that GOD has given all, Jesus Christ.
What point, exactly, have I missed? You are defending a dead guy. But even if Jesus resurrected from the dead and ascended back to Heaven 2,000 years ago, why does he need you to defend him? Is Jesus so weak and powerless that he can’t defend himself or speak for himself; that he needs verbal masturbators such as you to speak on his behalf? If so, Jesus really needs to choose better spokespeople.
But free will, which GOD had also given us, as He doesn’t make us into Robots? It is up to the individual, a choice to follow Christ Jesus, and as a Christian Believer, I know I’m not perfect in the flesh, and deserve death!
Is God sovereign? Is God in control? Are predestination and election taught in the Bible? Is God the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end? Does God have free will? Can I thwart God’s will? Has anything happened that God doesn’t know about? Are there things God has no control over? Was Jesus a lamb slain from before the foundation of the world; before anyone “chose” to believe?
So many questions! What evidence do you have for your claim that we have free will? Something tells me that you have not really thought about these things, nor studied the Bible. Yet, you come to this site preaching that which you do not know.
The World is wide, and the road to destruction is also Leads to Death! If we are to follow Christ, we Must Have Faith, Living In His Commandments! If we say we Believe that Christ Came In The Flesh, we Are His Children! If we Say that We Have No Sin, The Truth Is Not In Us! If we are Truthful to GOD, Knowing, that We Need Him, and Confess Our Sins, He is Our Mediator, Who Asks The Father, as Our High Priest, Our Deliverer, Who Knew Not Sin, but Became Sin for Us! For GOD So Loved The World, that He Gave Us His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that Anyone Who Calls Upon His Name, Shall Be Saved!
What is the “world?” Don’t you live in the “world” just as all of us do? The only difference between you and me is that you are irrationally in love with a dead man, and you think it your duty to tell others about your love affair with this man. Do you have any evidence for your claim that Jesus is still alive, that he walks with you, talks with you, and tells you that he is your BFF? Not your personal testimony. Not verses from an errant, contradictory religious text. Actual verifiable, empirical evidence. Get together with Etienne, another Jesus-loving masturbator, and try to come up with compelling evidence for your claims. Just because you say something is true, doesn’t make it so.
Personally, I love life on the broad way and wide road. It’s paved with freedom. Why would I ever want to walk the road you are on? No thanks.
Listen Bruce, Men have tried through The Centuries, to Created a Perfect World, Clearly Without GOD, and Not IN His Plan!
You mean Christians aren’t trying to create a perfect world? Sure, they are. Don’t you want a world where everyone worships your peculiar version of God and follows your interpretation of the Bible? Don’t you want a world where the flashing sign on the strip club says, JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! 24/7?
I am a humanist. Through humanistic principles and ideals, I want to make the world a better place to live. After all, I only have one life, as do you, and then we die and go to He . . . we just die, end of story. My children and grandchildren will live on, and I want them to have a better life than I had. You, on the other hand, think this world is a shithole. Sin and Satan have ruined everything, and so you are just hanging on until you die and God rewards you with a sweet, gold-plated room in Trump’s Heavenly Mara-Largo. And what will you spend eternity doing? Praising and worshiping a narcissistic God who demands your eternal fealty.
The Catholic Church, has deviated, and Destroyed Many Souls for Christ, Throughout the Centuries, Before the Protestant Formation? Waldesians, in The Italian Alps, Celtic Christians, in England and Ireland, Viadous, French Alps, and many other Authentic Christians from many parts in The World at that Time, and GOD is still working Through Many, Searching, Praying, and Living The Gospel as the evil one’s Time is Short, as a Roaring Lion, trying to Destroy Our Souls, and What is GOOD! Repent and Walk in The Faith! GOD knew that we were NOT PERFECT! But Christ was PERFECT, which we must Try and Emulate In This Life, as Our Heavenly Farther Searches The Heart of Man, even with our Shortcomings in The Flesh, We Strive to Perfection, as in Our Hearts and Minds, Following GOD and Christ, Inwardly, ,without The Oral Law of Tradition but as in Faith, We can Keep His Commandments. Blessed Be GOD, Creator of The Universe Amen
Ah yes, there’s a pure, true line of believers down through history that have kept the one true faith. And let me guess . . . you are one of those believers, right? Sure glad such a saintly Christian stopped by to tell me the TRUTH.
Gennaro then sent me a another message:
Another Thing Bruce, it Isn’t GOD’S Fault, But Only Men! As the evil one, puts a Stumbling Block in Our Way, Enticing us with All That Is Of The World! GOD has Given Us, the Gift of Christ, to Die in Our Place, Not Because We Deserved This, but Because GOD Loved Us and as A Father, we Should Love Him, Respect Him, Fear and Obey Him, Just Like Our earthly father’s, We Should Love, fear, Respect, and Obey, Amen
If God is who and what the Bible says he is, then he is responsible for everything. God even created evil according to the Good Book. You have shaped and crafted a God in your own image, Gennaro. You ignore God’s character traits and behaviors that disagree with you or present your deity in a bad light.
Dr. Richard Dawkins had this to say about your God, Gennaro:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
THIS God is in the Bible too. You can’t pick and choose. Either God is who the Bible says he is, or he doesn’t exist. I’m going with the latter. And if the God of the Bible is real, I wouldn’t worship him. Such a being is not worthy of my worship and obedience.
I read Gennaro’s comments to Polly after she came home from work last night. I said, “imagine a huge, life-sized picture of Jesus hanging on a bedroom wall. Imagine a man with his underwear and pants dropped to the floor, busy masturbating to the picture of Jesus. This is Gennaro.”
Gennaro finds pleasure in telling strangers that they are headed for Hell unless they believe what he believes. He loves constructing long sentences filled with Bible references, certain that his words will bring Bruce Gerencser and others like him to Jesus. Perhaps, Gennaro can share with us how many people he has “reached” with his masturbatory evangelism efforts. I suspect the answer is none, leading me to conclude that Gennaro’s messages are all about him, and not effectively reaching others for Jesus. You see, deep down in his heart of hearts, Gennaro has a pathological need to be right. What better way to reinforce his rightness than putting an Evangelical-pastor-turned-atheist in his place?
Good job, Gennaro, good job. You have reminded former believers yet again how glad they are to be free from the mind-numbing, harmful teachings of Christianity.
Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.
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