Perhaps it would be useful to reflect on the fact that no one flamed you, as you predicted they would. Aren't you glad that didn't happen?
No flood of people claiming Christ came here to attack you, or any posters who replied to your thread. That has not happened. Do you allow this to
permeate your reality? Do you accept and acknowledge these facts?
Beginning here is only reasonable for empirically-minded humans like all of us.
If hard facts do not matter, then the basis for this thread is a pool of sinking sand and will only produce more of those things mentioned in the OP
as reasons for contempt...
You have a fine mind, so I expect these realities to have a pretty deep impact on you, and I look forward to watching your position develop
I am living proof that the Christians who you profile in the OP are not the representatives of Christianity, but merely humans like ourselves. Were
they at some kind of display or booth in the mall?
Were they free to ignore you or walk away, or did your friend bring you to their stand or kiosk, knowing they were there all day and could not be
reasonably expected to abandon their spot? How long did you argue with them? And please, help me understand why your friend set this confrontation
in motion? Does he like to see you get upset, offended, or contemptuous of Christians, or just whoever? Please clarify, and thanks for sharing your
concerns about the public face (as you see it) of Christianity.
Your protests/complaints/criticisms are valuable to us, I'm sure, and will help us to improve our service to you, if we want to do that, as we
should, and many do. Please know that God will send others, like myself, that have an abundance of love and acceptance for humans of all types. I
don't restrain or dictate who is to be loved and who isn't.
I am free in my own mind after all. I can choose to love whoever I want for however long I want, even forever/my whole life, if I choose.
I choose to love every single person, as much as I can, to the extent my mind can conceive. As a parent, I know that love is not merely hearts and
flowers, but a lot of other things we might not realize until we are into the long journey of commitment true love requires. It's easier for me
personally to love all and hold none of it back, and it makes my heart ache and bleed for the suffering of so many, and it makes me able to hold even
more love because of it.
My heart is very much like the Grand Canyon, but those deeply-carved channels hold so much when flooded to the top and overflowing, even, with concern
for others, for their needs being filled, for those who are struggling with a million different, equally desperate situations of trial, testing, and
sorrows. No life escapes unscathed, as we all should realize. I can do all I can do, but then, in the privacy of my own heart and mind, I am free to
do even more.
That is what a Christian is, will be, and is being shaped into, no matter what stage of the process he or she is in when you meet them, or catch them,
or insult them. Each one of us (insider talking here) is in the process of refinement, according to our belief system.
Of course there are errors. I've made some right here. = See, there's one now!
If someone made you feel differently, please understand that it is not true. The only way humans can accept one another is in terms of common
weaknesses, since even strength is not common to every person. Some people call me strong, but I know I am very weak in the matters that I am very
weak in. How is that strong? So there is no non-subjective strength, while weaknesses like the liability of death are common to every single one of
us. That is the true foundation of our existence, and happens to be the true foundation of Christianity, and indeed, most religions.
If you'd like to know more about whether I fit those ten points, I will offer myself up to be tested on each of them. Question away, but do it in a
way that I can actually answer, not a million different attacks. A reasoned approach will allow me to be as forthcoming as you like, since I am not
worth much and neither are my beliefs, facts, etc, if I cannot stand testing or examination.
I already know I'm not perfect, that's why I'm glad to be an aspiring Christian. That is the whole basis of it, after all. I'm sure those people
in the mall did not think they were perfect either. If they made errors, they made errors, but did they really? Your outrage at the ten points you
mentioned does not make them either right or wrong. It just is. I don't discount what you say because of your passion or emotion in saying it, so
that is not a correct repudiation of the mall people or their beliefs/positions, either.
Please respond, intelligent and angry poster. I have been you, and will be again, very soon, I'm sure, so let's talk here.