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The Bible as Weapon: My Response to Christian Bullying

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For many people who aren't really sure of their faith, an easy shortcut to feeling better is to find ways to make everyone else appear bad and wrong, which gives the illusion of lifting oneself up. But it is only an illusion, because there are no shortcuts.

However, a person who is sure of their faith has no reason to want to make another person wrong.

In fact, making others feel bad and wrong is probably the worst way to encourage them to have any interest in searching for God. Why would any so-called "non-believer" on the receiving end of this email be inspired to go to the church of a person who thinks this is appropriate? Aren't Christians supposed to entice others to look for God, instead of drive them away?

I think the role of a true Christian is not to put others down, but to quietly live a life of such love, charity, humility and joyfulness that others notice, and want what they have.

So people who send out emails like this are actually putting stumbling blocks in the path of others who might be searching. I can't imagine that God would be happy with that.

Still, many of the people who think this sort of mocking email is clever can't really be blamed, because they have never learned critical thinking in school. Because of the way some educational systems are run, many people have only learned to parrot back what others have told them, without ever thinking things through. This is why I'd like to see more money put into our educational system. Society never got ahead by the people who can only regurgitate what they've heard someone else say. Society moves forward because of the people who use critical thinking to analyze things and come up with new solutions to old problems.


My favorite Republican, Abraham Lincoln, said: "The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend."

But it's a tricky thing to do. Bullying is easy, and it is often the choice of the weak in spirit. Figuring out how to "love your enemy" takes a lot more strength as well as faith, love and intelligence. I think that's what Solomon meant.

Love,
M

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Ugh.Whoever said a little knowledge is a dangerous... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 2:57:59 AM
Thanks, Scott, for all that fascinating info! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 8:15:42 AM
Right and left do make a whole, chop off the left ... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 6:19:56 AM
Yes, like Lillith did!  ;-)I love what you sa... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 8:18:03 AM
Thse people do not read the Bible.  Instead t... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:34:31 AM
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Mark, I think those "friends" were not really your... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 8:21:40 AM
I have it at home and whenever I hear or read ... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 9:03:10 AM
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That's myopicThere was a decision once ( I think i... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 9:17:23 AM
Mark we will just have to agree to disagree. ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:02:01 PM
I can only state what is so... About the different... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 2:15:10 PM
Mark you can not blaspheme something not believed ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:02:05 PM
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I am an atheist and I don't believe in any Gods. B... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:18:41 PM
Mark the Canaanites were not coming after the isra... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:41:48 PM
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Thanks Mark, that's just how I see it.... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:31:37 PM
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 I do not see any intelligent or thoughtful d... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:32:52 PM
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Stunning essay, a big pat on the back for Declyn! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:40:40 PM
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I often think of them as Krazy Killer Kristians, s... by Richard Pietrasz on Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 11:50:54 AM
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Go Meryl Ann!  Your retort is eloquent, sensi... by Lise Stoessel on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:14:06 PM
Thanks Lise! I don't know whether my reply had any... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:47:32 PM
Right vs Left = "Goats" vs "Sheep" and Hawks vs Do... by E.J.N. on Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:15:45 PM
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