11/14/2015 | Share this article: View CommentsBy Astreja
Dear Christian Visitor,
First of all, bear in mind that quite a few of us have been where you are now: Flushed with excitement at sharing the Gospel, and believing that your words are divinely inspired and have the power to soften the hardest heart.
I hate to break this to you, but your words aren't magic. Not only that, but we've probably heard them before -- Sometimes dozens of times before -- and any power they might have had over us is long gone. Your impassioned plea has been reduced to a tasteless gob of chewed-out bubble gum. Please don't stick it under the desk.
Secondly, have you ever really thought about what you're saying? You blurt out John 3:16 as if it's a good thing, not considering that a god who would allow his own son to be killed might not be all that trustworthy. Ditto for things like hell, and the Apocalypse, and other divine nastiness. You're also inordinately fond of using words like "holy" and "just," but as far as we can tell you don't actually understand them. Mostly you use them as excuses for why your god is obligated to do unspeakably horrible things to unbelievers, and then you have the unmitigated gall to describe your god as good and loving. Please don't pretend you're standing on the moral high ground, as your ideas about justice, love, good and evil are frighteningly wrong-headed.
Finally, and most significantly, we simply don't believe you. You're asking us to believe totally ridiculous things that we've already examined and discarded. If we were still capable of believing in people coming back from the dead, giant floods, and chatty serpents with insider knowledge about magic fruit trees, we would. We don't. Deal with it.
No, there's nothing for you here. Sorry 'bout that.