Allan Ruhl, Conservative Christian blogger:
There’s a fellow named Gary Matson who runs a website. I’ve been reading this website for a while but have refrained from referencing it by name. He’s an ex-Lutheran turned agnostic who now possesses extreme hostility to the Christian faith.
Just to set the record straight. I am only hostile to those forms of Christianity (and all other superstitions) which are fear-based. Beliefs such as, “Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or you will be punished for eternity in Hell” are evil. This belief is no different than fundamentalist Islam which at times in history told non-Muslims, “Believe in Allah or you will be cut down with the sword.” Threatening people to believe something or else is immoral. Belief based on fear is evil. Period.
It is good and moral to be hostile to fear-based superstitions.
Conservative Christian commenter on Ruhl’s blog:
Gary (if I may), all beliefs are fear-based. Many people don’t commit crimes solely because they’re afraid of being imprisoned. Do you think their fear is unhealthy? You believe statement X because you fear believing the opposite statement Y is wrong, and you fear having wrong beliefs, right? Fear of God is nothing like the fear of heights or of nasty bugs. It is unique in and of itself. Your comparison of Christian beliefs to the ones held by Muslims is unfair and inadequate, because the most important commandment in Christianity is “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’”(Matthew 22:37-38). The second is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(Matthew 22:39-40). St. Paul urges: “Abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”(1 Corinthians 13:13).The moving force behind Christianity is love, not fear. Where in the Quran are these or similar commandments revealed? It’s all about “Fear and obey Allah, and you’ll know you’re on the right path”. May God help us all.
Any being who promises to torture you —physically, mentally, or emotionally—for not loving him is a sadistic, blackmailing, evil, immoral, monster. Period. Your attempts to justify the behavior of this (imaginary) monster demonstrate the perverse effects of the intense indoctrination used by this ancient cult on children and psychologically gullible adults.
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