Following is a discussion I had with two Christians on Facebook. I think it highlights the end to which our current approach to theology inevitably leads, that theology being: (a) that God loves everyone unconditionally, (b) That what the world doesn't realize, and needs to be told, is that Jesus loves them, (c) That God hates the sin but loves the sinner.
Missing in this theology... (well maybe it doesn't qualify really as theology but probably more as pop-theology, or perhaps an approach to reaching out to the world) is any suggestion of God's holiness or his wrath. It is a contorted theology in which the Christian becomes ashamed of the wrath of his God. While pop theology doesn't necessarily reject God's wrath, or eternal damnation in Hell fires, they simply become the big pink elephant in the Bible.
In this discussion both of these guys hold "judging" as the offense of offenses. Both hold to relativism, one takes a hard view, the other a softer view. The personal view trumps everything. What is absent in both views is a sense of not being loved and accepted by God.
So, here is the discussion. I've removed the names and replaced them with with Bob and John. It took place in a short time so please excuse the typos on everyone's part.
Dan-Where do you get Jesus accepts everybody?
Dan-What I mean is, where does it say that in the Bible Bob?
Bob- well doesn't Jesus love everyone?
Dan-Are yo asking me? What does my opinion matter? What does the Bible say Bob?
Bob - one of our commandments say "love thy neighbors" am I right or wrong?
Dan-what if your neighbor is an unborn child Bob?
John - I personally am very against abortion, I believe it is murder and even unborn children should be loved. However, Jesus does not view anybody with different views as lesser people.
John - I believe he does, but he loves and cares for their parents too.
Dan - Does Jesus love unborn babies?
John - And people who disagree as well
Dan - What does loving the parents too have to do with anything?
Bob - This is where I disagree with a lot of stuff. I believe that my god is a merciful and forgiving god and that is not judgmental. Yes, Jesus does cares for unborn child its a gift from god.
Dan - And yet you vote for one who advocates their slaughter?
John Abortion. Even if the parents get an abortion he loves them just the same. I didn't vote for Obama, but that doesn't make me right.
Dan - Who you voted for has no bearing on what is right or wrong. I'm simply trying to reconcile the murder of innocent human beings and your professed beliefs.
Dan - God is merciful, yes. But does that make it OK to crush and dismember the unborn?
John I DO NOT agree with abortion, and I would never get one. Not even if I was raped. But I don't want to say other's beliefs are wrong when I expect them to be open minded about mine. It's a 2 way street.
Bob - See this is where the problem is. Those our president advocates for it doesn't mean he is the one dragging people to the hospital to get an abortion. its an individual choice on that person. who are we to say NO!! her judgement should be between her and God not US!!!!
Dan - So you would be OK with me killing my 1 year old son?
Dan - After all, God is merciful right? And it would be open minded, right?
Bob - That's up to you and God. I won't say it's okay but due it it your choice and you will face the consequence judgment day.
John - This is why I'm against abortion Danny. I do truly believe it is the same thing to kill a one year old and an unborn child. Bob doesn't, but her beliefs are hers and I don't want to tell her how wrong she is when she's never told me that. We all just need to be respectful of what others think.
Dan - So John, what you are saying is that there is no absolute truth.
Dan - Right?
Dan - So if I tortured, raped and then killed my 1 year old, while you don't agree with it, you have no right to tell me its wrong?
Dan - Then God would judge me, but I'm still ok because Jesus died for ALL people. right?
Bob - I have a right to tell you your wrong. but i can't STOP you from doing it!
John - Not what I'm saying at all. I'm simply saying if you want people to listen to your side you have to listen to their's. I believe it is an absolute truth, and it is part of the reason I did not vote for Obama. But I still think we should be respectful and listen to Bob.
John - And If you believe Jesus is your savior and accept him as such then yes, you're still fine.
John - Jesus never stops giving second chances.
Dan - John, how have I been disrespectful?
Dan - Disagreement is not disrespect, though it may feel like it at times.
John - You haven't. I'm sorry, it did seem like I meant that. That's not how I intended that to come across at all. You've been very respectful. I think a better word for what I meant was open-minded.
Dan - I believe I am open minded John. But that's another discussion and I don't want to get distracted. I'll get back to that in a moment if you wish.
So, what you are saying is that I can torture etc, my child and its OK if I accepted Jesus? Is that what you're saying?
Dan - Just trying to clarify, not wanting to put words in your mouth.
John - If you believe you're open-minded you probably are. And technically yes. Jesus died to forgive all of our sins, all of the things he declared wrong. That would be one of them and technically you could get away with it. Still, he gave up his life on the cross so why would you want to do that. Wouldn't you want to try and do what he wanted as a way of thanking him?
John - Jesus never said ANYWHERE that murder was worse than lying. A sin is a sin, harmless or not. Who are we to decide what's worse in Jesus' eyes. When we sin we all suffer death, but Jesus died so that we may have the chance to live with him in heaven.
Dan - I'm not seeing where anyone is advocating lying. I am seeing where Christians are saying that murdering the unborn OK>
John - Lying was just a comparison. To us a lie seems way more acceptable than murder, but Jesus didn't ever say that to be true. And Danny, I agree with you on abortion, but I'm with Bob. I've got a lot of work to do. I respect your opinions and I hope you respect mine as well.
Friend of mine - And where does Jesus say to keep on sinning after you accept Him?! He says to turn from your wicked ways and repent. He says in Matthew 18:15-17 that if you see your brother sinning to GO TO HIM, even eventually brining him before the church. He never ...See More
John - It is entirely impossible to quit sinning. Realize it or not we sin everyday. We look at somebody and make a judgement, that's a sin. We may not even mean to, but it happens.
John - Anyway, I can't keep debating, I really do have a lot of homework this week. Ciao.