They are all true Christians

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As a fan of Christianity for a very long time I find their special pleadings amusing, curious, sometimes obnoxious.

So many of them want to be recognized as the 'true Christians,' maybe all.

The deepest entertainment is offered by the born-again who inhabit their own private parts of outermost space, usually in the seventh dimension of self-delusion. We cab all laugh at them when the write about UFOs being piloted by demons or God's Throne being in the center of the Earth. (Well, I should hope you would laugh, otherwise you are hopeless yourself.)

Most famously here in the UsofA are the Fundamentalists. Fundamentalists exist in all sorts of flavors. At the darkest extreme we have the Christian Reconstructionists and Theonomists who can be said to verge on being an American Christian equivalent of the Taliban (well, they want to be anyway). Most powerfully we'll have what I'll just call the Baptists, this is a sort of private shorthand. Whatever is currently taught in their Bible colleges you can with reasonable fairness say that they tend to think of their God as writing somewhat highfalutin early 17th century English. Thanks to John Nelson Darby and the Scofield Bibles they actually believe they can look up a passage in the ruthlessly selected group of texts that eventually came to be Protestant Christian Bible and tell you what year, say, Jonah was swallowed by the whale.

They are my enemies. The enemies of any gay person in the English-speaking world right now. There's a touching fantasy that America was settled by people who wanted to be free of that sort of nonsense. Really their theological ancestors settled this nation. Spying on your neighbor wasn't just OK; it was your duty as a servant of God.

Let us not forget the liberal Christians. Nice folks, well intentioned, feed the poor, wring their hands. For decades their number has been diminishing. Better educated, often wealthier they are politically irrelevant. Often they speak of dialogues but who wants to talk with them. The fundies will often spend a stretch denouncing them in sermons but that is mostly habit. Atheists don't much care about the milquetoast of human kindness. They hit my radar only when they assert their view of God or Jesus Christ (who may or may not be the same person, part of a tripartite entity) is the real one. And from an atheist's vantage they don't understand our metaphysical, epistemological skepticism any better than a fundy. And they want us to see Christianity as some essence (as imagined by them) instead of as a historical process with many variations.

Me, really, I just wish all metaphysical, theological mumbo-jumbo would go away. It never will. To say that people have a will to believe is akin to saying that ice cream is sweeter than sour cream. Given the billions and billions of cosmogonic possibilities it is tedious and annoying to encounter special pleadings from Christians, Muslims, (supposedly anti-theistic) Buddhists and all the rest.

Believe, be happy and shut up.

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These people confuse me….

If God carved out the Ten Commandments, then that surely is, “the word of God” But I have no idea how the bible became the word of God. God didn’t write it or even publish it. In fact mine says right on the cover King James Version. Doesn’t that mean King James wrote it?

I guess “The word of King James” just doesn’t carry the weight it used to.

Amen! :-)

Seriously, I just finished deleting one GARY’s ramblings about “UNITED STATES HAS BEEN GOING DOWN HILL EVER SINCE PRAYER WAS TAKEN OUT OF SCHOOL” and “ALL CHRISTIANS NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND VOTE THESE HEATHEN POLITICIANS OUT OF OFFICE BEFORE THEY CAUSE THE UNITED STATES TO BE DESTROYED” from Clack.

I had written a smart-assed reply as I am wont to do occasionally, and posted it, then thought “why provoke them?” and deleted both entries. And, just for the record, my response ended with “turn your f*cking caps lock key off.” ;-)

Why do you say racist comments are not allowed when your some of your articles or “entries, whatever, are racist against Christians? Just wondering.

Christianity isn’t a race.

Sorry, I did use the wrong word…However what would you say if I said all gay people are idiots? (I dont believe that! just trying to understand your logic) Also hate speech. It is apparent you hate Christians. Are Christians just the exception to the rule, or what?

I have Christian friends and read a number of Christian writers even when they are writing about their faith.

As I said above a specific subset are my enemies. They wish me and other gay men harm: whatever they call it, it is still harm.

The latter point is that most varieties of Christians even the nice one want to claim a specific flavor of Christianity as the true one, even the nice liberal Christians.

The final point is that for me, practical political issues aside, I don’t distinguish the varieties of Christianity from among one another or from other relgions.

My closing dig express a wish they’d all be quiet but it did say believe and be happy.

I can see where you’re coming from now, it was just you were kind of unclear.I don’t give a crap what you say about Christians. In fact, I even agree with some what you are saying. Some Christians do try and claim that they are the “True Christians”. Thats a load of crap. Either youre a Christian or youre not. Thats all it comes down to. Thanks for your insight.

Your feelings?

Please share your feelings about They are all true Christians.
Thanks,
Richard

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