have never forgotten that I was once a true believer
(Fundamentalists type) for 23 years. I suppose that it was the
expressed passion of the Fundamentalist preacher types that
initially attracted me into the faith. What I found appealing
was: 1) the urgency of the message 2) the earnest defense of the
faith 3) denunciation of sin 4) music 5) the assembling together
6) the unquestioned ďtruthĒ of Christianity 7) the
camaraderie of standing for something. All of these helped to
bring me into the fold.
back, I cannot recall anyone questioning the legitimacy of
Christianity prior to my graduation from Bible college.I knew many that didnít like it, but nobody that was
speaking out intellectually against Christianity.Looking back, Christians were always taught to defend
their faith, yet no serious challengers ever presented
themselves (at least to myself until I was the age of 33).
of my post-university years were spent living in California.Californian religious culture was so different than in
the Carolinaís, where I was raised. People questioned things
in California. Below, I have copied an article from the San
Joaquin Record dated May 24, 1996 in which I picketed the
appearance of the National Council of Churches president, Melvin
was then, and that was how strongly I believed in Christianity.
I look back and laugh now when I read what I had said to that
reflect upon this and other threatening episodes during my years
of faith, my mind is drawn to the story of David and the giant
Goliath. I felt the urge to stand up to the giant.
Christians that I know or have known are usually decent people,
until you question their belief system. Valerie, I understand
why my brother and family would be defensive. Adding to his
burden is my background. He feels that he canít stand up to
me, his ex-minister brother who changed his faith viewpoint. But
what I donít understand is how a belief in belief system,
1)Divide blood relations like a brother or family
2)Cause bloodshed in the battle to promote its supremacy?
In times like these, when Christianity undergoes greater
scrutiny and challenges for its survival, the number of polite
seasoned responses to challenges seem to dwindle. Here is an
excerpt from a Christianís letter that understands, and
responds with a true Christian spirit.
" With Christ, his
love is not conditional which is
why I don't understandwhy believers cannot love
or accept you. All of us
must choose faith or not.
When Jesus was here on earth, he
was accused of being a
"friend of the
sinners" for he loved
people. What I don't
understand is how can Christians
not do what Jesus would do."
don't wear my faith on my sleeves, but the only faith I am
interested in is what Jesus would do, not what any church or
people who call themselves Christians would do.
can you speak about the depth and intensity of Christian
responses that have been expressed in this letter or elsewhere?
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