reply to post by prepared4truth
Except that one who does not love as Christ loves, doesn't have such love, since love that excludes, isn't love, you're right it must be
unconditional, and I would add, all-inclusive, this is the problem with fundamentalist exoteric Christianity, according to a misinterpretation of the
spirit which said "no one comes to the father but by me". Jesus cannot be used as a weapon, as a point of leverage for purposes of domination and
submission, there's no Christ-love in that, and so it's not the mytics who are anti-Christ, but if anything, the fanaticism of fundamentalism.
One who extends Christ as a loving invitation does the work of Christ.
Christianity must also be reasonable and accessible to reason, so that the logos can be read and understood or "grokked" (appropriated), and in this
way, with people becoming "so one" that we can understand Jesus' sent calling from the father as a first/last cause, the principal personified may
become like a torchlight, or more properly like a pearl in the gate, something attractive, inviting, but also entirely free and non-coersive (no small
And hey no one's perfect, we are a work in progress. A true Christian does not have to be without any sin, to share the gospel or the good news.
Anyone who claims otherwise, is a hypocrite, and is not being honest.
At the same time, principals must be proven right by their application, and so it's incumbant on Christians to operate as models of what Christian
transformation looks like, since the heart is made apparent in it's activity.
"You will know them by their fruits."
Also the attacks against Christians and Christianity by many, can be very hurtful, to one who understands, and so it's understandable, to a degree, if
he responds forcefully in the face of those assaults, many which accuse him of being a fool and ignorant, or worse. At the same time however, this is
probably where the rubber hits the road and really goes somewhere far and wide, and I'll openly admit to having failed in that regard many times, of
having hated my atheist brother with the strong desire to strike back, and that's a failure on my part in presenting something which falls short of
the type of demonstration required. It's doubly hard in many ways, which only makes the effort all the more worthwhile. So I'm sorry for my own
failings in the matter of authentic Christian love, so you see, that's not "false prophet" material, since I'm being honest!
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