I have been trying my darnedest to figure out how to put this in a manner that is PC. I cannot in good conscience vote into the White House a woman who believes that all who are not Christian will burn for eternity. If she is truly Assemblies of God, there are a number of other things with which I have an issue. Yeah, OK, I’m trying to be PC, otherwise I’d have said I simply disagree. After all, it is her faith, and I do not necessarily feel that a person’s faith should be part of the equation when I am voting. Except for one little thing. The fundies made it my issue the last major election.
Now, I will grant anyone who asks that, yes, I do believe there are those deserving of eternal damnation. Hitler, Stalin, Dahmer, Amin, to name but a very few, but I am not even certain that they are cast there.
Why would I believe, or want to believe that those who live compassionate lives, and indeed center the practice of their faith around compassionate acts, such as the Buddhists, the Jews, the Taoists, again to name but a few, are going to spend eternity far removed from the source of Love? Y’shua said that if you obeyed the command to love you would see the Father. He did not say that if you believed in him and hated the rest of the world you would be “saved”. You can believe in Him, but you must love also(John’s Gospel), if I read Matthew correctly, if you do not believe in him, but love, you will be “saved”.
I am well aware that there are many Christians, not just the fundies that beleive that one will perish if one does not accept Jesus as personal savior, but I cannot buy it. I do not believe a compassionate God, and I do believe Hashem has such compassion as to make even Mother Theresa look mean, would condemn anyone who had been a victim of the Crusades or the Inquisition to burn in eternity for not accepting the one seen as authoring their torture. Yet, that is the fate of all who reject the Master if Christianity is to be believed.
I am also aware of those who would say that they are protestant, and both of those horrors happened under the Roman church. I know the history of the church as well as many, and one of the things that puzzles me, there were no new texts until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, yet there is no Protestant church that has embraced the Gospel of Thomas. The Protestants are quick to call the Roman church many things ungodly, but you depend on the very same book to enlighten your followers, changing only on principle a few of the apocryphal tomes.
I think I am saddest for those few gentle souls who sincerely believe your bashing of other humans as condemned, and spend their nights in tearful prayers for those who are already living in obedience to the highest command!