Monday, September 20, 2010

Hell And God's Love: An Alternative, Orthodox View

I agree with you that your interpretation of Jesus sounds much more reasonable to me as well. I'm not one of those atheists who thinks there is no value in religion. I think the story and teachings of Jesus are inspiring, poetic, etc.

But, my point is that there is a fundamental difference between questions of faith vs. questions of science. Science has metrics for evaluating competing theories. Thats why it makes progress. There are no such metrics with religion. Its all about how you interpret one or more holy books. And interpretation all comes down eventually to your faith, what you believe in your gut and there is no way to debate gut feelings.

As for the bad Christians going away, well that may be your faith but there we can evaluate facts and they don't support you. The vast majority of Christians have supported imorality: inquisition, slavery, genocide of indigenous americans (north and south), torture in the name of anti-communism, invasion of Iraq, persecution of Muslims.

The list of evil done in the name of Jesus is quite lengthy and if we had to go with the evidence I think The Family are in the majoirty. Keep in mind they aren't some fringe group. They include some of the best known congressmen and church leaders: James Dobson, Gary Bauer, John Ensign, ...
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