Dark Christianity
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May 2008
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Letter to a Fundamentalist Talk-Show Host

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]davidkevin)

Last night Bob Wells of KJSL-AM radio here in St. Louis said that Oprah Winfrey was not a real Christian, but believed in a demonically inspired false Christianity, listing his reasons why. Here is the text of an e-mail I sent him afterward.

Bob, I love the inverted 1984 Newspeak universe in which you live.  Not.

A God Who condemns 90% of His creation to eternal fire and punishment, a God Who proclaims love as evil and war as good, Who proclaims hatred to your brother and sister humans who perceive Him differently than your interpretation, is the scriptural God.

A God Who loves his creation and proclaims a Gospel of Redemption, a God Who doesn't care who you love as long as love and decency toward your brothers and sisters is in your heart, a God Who proclaims mercy and charity, that's a really a demon in disguise.

The God of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy Who proclaims Death and Murder to those who violate the least of His laws, to the point of striking dead someone who tried to keep the Arc of the Covenant from being despoiled by grabbing it before it could fall onto the ground; a God Who killed for the attempt to practice primitive birth control (Onan), a God Who said it was okay to sell your daughter into slavery for money; a God who thought it was a cool trick to make His prophet believe that he had to murder his own son in a bloody ritual sacrifice; a God who tortured his servant Job, murdering his family, afflicting him with painful illness, destroying his wealth for a whimsical test, that's the True God.

The God of the Sermon on the Mount, Who said to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, pray in private, comfort the widowed and imprisoned, that's the demons talking.

The God Who wishes to take Dominion over others, to rule by the sword and the gun over even those who do not acknowledge Him, that's the real God.

The God Who said "My Kingdom is not of this world" and "render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's", that's the God of demons.

It's terrible to live in either sheer, unadulterated terror or false righteousness under a God like that. I know, I lived under the first as a child, seeing God through a glass darkly.  Now I've put away childish things.  I wish you could, too.

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