Today I respectfully set out the reasons on an online forum why I could no longer align myself with the Christian tradition and by extension, all Abrahamic faiths. This was as a response to someone who was stating that the Bible god represented Truth and Love.
The replies came.
I found myself rudely insulted with a vulgar term used to mean the anus. My words were twisted. Their tone was uniformly aggressive and unfriendly. I was spoken down to in a superior, sneering tone. My intelligence levels were questioned. These people professed to be Bible-believing Christians and yet felt this was the best way to show me God’s redeeming love for all.
I have witnessed this countless times happening to others, both online and in the real-world. Shunning, ostracism, alienation, condemnation, name-calling, guilt-tripping, shaming, harassing. The ‘hatred disguised as love’ narrative coming from religious folk has never ceased to surprise me. Then there are those I knew who went on to become Christians and the change in them has been marked and never for the better.
I am reminded of the passage in Mark, Chapter 7 – “You will know them by their fruits.”
Yes, indeed we will. Rotten to the core.