Monday, January 23, 2012

Religious Militants - Guest Post by Chris Beltrami

mil·i·tant   n.  A fighting, warring, or aggressive person or party.

Okay, I have a question.

Why do some people violently hate others for the way they believe?   

Think about it!

Why do some militant Muslims want to put a hood over their face and chop off someone’s head with a sword?     That’s savage!    That’s evil!

Why does the militant Westboro Baptist Church picket and protest other peoples’ beliefs with such hateful signs and yelling?  Demonstrating at a young man’s funeral because he fought in the war  -  That’s outrageous!  That’s cruel!   

Why, even, do some atheists become militant towards people who believe in God?

They can be quite mean also.

It seems as though some Darwinian Academia are repulsed with God-believers.  They seem to view them as 2nd class living beings of the human race, mocking their beliefs and ridiculing their prayers.  I dunno - They just seem to be so mad!   ... Because someone believes in God!  

Especially Christians!  Not so much Hindu!  Nor Buddhist!  Especially - Nor Muslim! 

Now, many people believe that there is a God and that through Christ, when they die, there will not be one millisecond of time where their soul and spirit are not still alive.   I believe that!   I believe that when I die, I will slip out of my body and be in the presence of God, who created all things.

Other people don’t believe that way.   Some say that your soul and your spirit will disappear into nothingness and your body will be burned to ashes or rot away in the grave.

Now, I don’t believe that … But, I’m not mad at them for the way they believe.  

I’m not mad at anybody for the way they believe.

There is no real reason to be militant.  

We should not want to fight or war against those who do not believe the same way. 

Proverbs 11:12  “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Romans 12:18  “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Ephesians 4:29  “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Let’s be filled with love and peace and grace.   Let’s desire that we might be able to offer something good to anyone who is “running on empty” and asks for help.  

Usually one person at a time!      

You cannot change the world.   But, you can help to change the world for someone. 

James 3:17  “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

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