I have been perusing your blog for about an hour now, and have read a few dozen of the hate mail posts. I am 20 years old and was raised a strong Christian my entire life. More than anything else, it seems like the sharing of God’s love was more important than anything else in Christianity. At least, that is what was proclaimed. In my experience, I did not encounter love. Instead, I encountered judgement, condescension, and pity; none of which were welcome. I am an athiest now (reason got the better of me), and I am just saddened by the fact that most of the hate mail is from CHRISTIANS!? Their comments are filled with anger, wrath, and, well… hate. Is this the kind of “love” their savior told them to share with all? I have no problem with Christians, Muslims, Mormons, Hindus, or what have you. I have a problem with hypocrites and people who devote their lives to sharing God’s love but giving it out only to those who believe the same as they. What are your thoughts on this?
I agree completely! I believe that Christians are morally (and Biblically) obligated to try and spread their religion. I also think that berating or attacking non-believers is pretty much diametrically opposed to “what would Jesus do.”
But looking at the big picture, I think the real problem here is that people are not well taught when it comes to dealing with opposing positions. We tend to get defensive or lash out when we meet disagreement, instead of trying to iron out our differences or understand the other side of the argument. You see this all the time in online discussions, with both theists and atheists lashing out (and generally making fools of themselves) instead of trying to have honest dialogue. It’s really unfortunate, and it makes progress an uphill battle.