reply to post by SumnerKagan
First I would answer with a criticism of you and the need for this post. We teach best by example and this is not a good example.
What we read here are just words in print upon a monitor screen; penned by strangers. They can not jump off the screen and harm us. They pose no
physical threat to us.
What you should be doing is setting an example by being above becoming emotional over the words from those with differing beliefs. Shake the dust from
your feet and move on to another conversation.
Turning the other cheek is a literal thing. It teaches us that we need not fear, that pain (both emotional and physical) is transient and shows others
the wisdom of self control in our lives. I know it is easy to say but hard to do, but that makes it no less pertinent or correct.
We are not attacked out of anger. We are attacked out of fear. Most who attack do not even know the difference between a real Christian and the wrongs
committed by bad people who are false Christians. Unfortunately, many if not most Christians are false Christians. They are more of a danger to us
than any Atheist or Secularist could ever be. Look at the damage they have done to peoples view of us throughout History. Be angry at them instead. Be
To be Christian is to emulate Christ and his lessons. Tear up the Money Changers if need be, but in nearly every circumstance walking away is the
correct answer. Arguing and fighting are almost never the correct answer. If someone does not believe, they do not believe. All you can do is try to
follow His Teachings and hope your example influences others in a positive way.
Why does it matter what is or is not said of other Religions? In what way does that affect us or concern us? This is not a game where we are keeping
We should offer our message if it is desired and sought out, but we should never force our message on those in whom it would be wasted or unwanted.
That is the meaning of "Cast not your Pearls among Swine". It is not a reference to non-believers being Pigs because they are not and are no
different than you or me. It's meaning is to not waste your time delivering a message to those who have no interest in it. To even attempt to do so,
does far more harm than good.
Those who should receive the message will seek it out themselves. We should not even post on these threads or enter into these arguments. They serve
no positive purpose and only lead to hate an division.
Look into that mirror in your minds eye and ask yourself, am I being a true Christian or a false one when I let the words of others anger me and
threaten me or my beliefs. I know that is something I need to work on myself at all times. What I'm saying here is as much a message of reminder to
me as a response to your query.
When others attack you for your faith, rejoice as it is a testament to your Faith. The reason they don't attack the other Faiths in the same manner
or frequency should speak volumes to you. Let them say anything they wish about us and leave those who hate us to their own beliefs. Don't fall into
the dangerous trap of letting your anger make you hate them.
I confess that I did not read the thread but instead responded to your OP. My apologies if it is repetitious.