Answering the charge of infidels against Christianity

JeffLogan's picture

There is a verse in the Bible which reads,

"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me." John 16:1-3 (KJV)

The infidel claims that if not for Christian history we would not know the depths of depravity to which the human mind may descend. That Christian fellows, claiming to follow in the steps of their Lord, have exhausted the limits of human imagination dreaming up the worst atrocities to carry out on those who claim to be their brothers in Christ yet deny one or more tenets of a creed. That the lives of millions of men, women and children have been sacrificed to preserve a creed all in the name of a God who taught them to love their enemies and turn the other cheek. That in this life the church persecutes those who disagree with her doctrines and at death sends them on to her god to be tortured through-out eternity. A god whose appetite for revenge is implacable and whose love for torment insatiable.

My question is, in light of Christian history, its decretals, its current doctrines and attitudes, and the way in which we treat others who do not agree with us, how can we answer the charge of the Infidel? Have we fulfilled the command to love one another, or have we fulfilled John 16:1-3 in putting them out of our midst and even killing them. Of course, we are stayed by civil power today but the Infidel contends that had we the power we would today kill heretics as in times past. How can we justify our actions? How can we condemn radical Islam who is but following in our steps? How can we condemn Hitler's slaughter of Jews who are classed with Infidels?

I would like to hear your thoughts. I will share mine as well.

De Maria's picture

Islam is not following in our steps.

How can we condemn radical Islam who is but following in our steps?

Islam does not follow in our footsteps. And there is no such thing as radical Islam. What you are calling radical Islam is Orthodox Islam. The form of Islam that is nonviolent is a heretical movement within Islam which has adopted some Christian teaching. But Islam itself teaches domination of others by force.

Your opening statement reveals a great mistrust in the Church.

I believe the Church was justified in protecting the deposit of faith given Her by Jesus.

I believe, we as Christians are justified in defending innocent lives from those who attack them unjustly.

I believe the majority of Christian history shows that Christians defended themselves from such attacks.

Yes, certain Christians acted in spite of Church teaching and committed atrocities. But, by and large, it is nonChristians who committed atrocities and continue to do so. Especially atheists.

Sincerely,

De Maria




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