Anyone want to start a betting pool on how long it takes before I get disgruntled Christians spewing the salvation message at me and telling me how I’m distorting Christianity and obviously I don’t know what I’m talking about?
I think it might take a day or so since it is Easter and most of them will be spending the whole day at events or dinners.
Great post, by the way. I also wanted to add on the one paragraph that I have also found that I tend to have a love-hate relationship with the genera of Christian-Horror as well.
You don’t just make them fear and doubt their choices— you also reduce them into either/or good/evil binaries. The reduction of choices into a false dilemma fallacy is a classic abuser and oppressor technique. If the abused can’t even recognize that there’s things outside of a limited spectrum, then they resort to choosing that which causes them the least pain or suffering (often the safest, least risky decision that continues to keep you under the abuser’s thumb).
Sin is inescapable by Christian beliefs. It is impossible to be perfect in a flawed world. That is not so much divine mandate as fact of life. For example, we keep the autism tags liveable for autistic people by making it unpleasant for ableists. My harassment of trolls is sin. It is failure to turn the other cheek. I still do it because it is better than seeing the most vulnerable members of our community harmed. Harming others is wrong under any circumstances. Getting by without doing it sometimes is impossible. Wrong is tangled in everything. God did not do that. We created a system where the production of goods within the means of the American working class means slave-labor or something like it in the developing world. Helping one person often means hurting another since we are all grasping for ourselves in ways that make resources a zero-sum game. That was humanity’s doing. According to Christianity, divine grace is the only way out of the maze. God is the liberator, not a monster who tries to control us.
I have no interest in converting you. Live as you see fit. Stop misrepresenting my religion in the process. If I knew as little about something as you do Christian theology, I would not make strong assertions about it. Some Christians do think we should tolerate earthy injustice, wait for a heavenly reward. Joe Hill wrote a great song about it:
Those people have not read their Bibles. Jesus spends much of the New Testament talking about overthrowing oppression. Learn about my faith before you criticize it.