Fugitives from Fundamentalism

The Musings of Adult Missionary Kids (MKs) & Former Born-Again Believers

Becoming a Christian is a choice

Posted by Ann on May 30, 2010

4 Responses to “Becoming a Christian is a choice”

  1. Paulo said

    You know, actually, it is a choice: a choice between burning in hell for all of eternity, or choosing Jesus as your personal Savior and spending an eternity in heaven, pain-free and no suffering. Hmm… gotta think about that one for a while. Such a hard choice, you know…

    But technically, it’s still a choice, right? Except for those poor native bastards out in remote places who’ve never heard of Jesus. There’s no choice for them. They’re gonna die without ever hearing the Gospel. They have no choice but to burn forever. In hell. For some reason, that is somehow supposed to be fair because I’m told God is a just god. Oh, wait, I forgot! We are all born sinners and deserve to die…

    • I heard several missionaries argue that people who had never heard about Jesus still had a choice, since God was revealed to them through “Natural Revelation.” (The idea that God’s existence should be recognized through nature.) I made the mistake of trying to apply logic to those statements (huge mistake when it comes to Christian dogma), and I thought, “Then what’s the purpose of missionary work if people already know about God’s existence?” I now realize that these missionaries were not aiming for logical consistency; they were offering up justification for why it was ethically okay for God to torture non-Good-News-receivers for eternity.

      • Paulo said

        Yes, I remember missionaries using Romans 1:18-20 to justify the fact that God would send those who never heard of the Gospel to hell to burn for all eternity:

        The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse…

        “so that men are without excuse…” that was their favorite phrase in that passage, as if that made God’s judgment okay and logical. If you read further in that passage you realize how judgmental the rest of that chapter is and how hate-filled and insane of a dude Paul was.

  2. Ann said

    Look up “crazy asshole” in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of Paul. Come on. He was not a nice guy. Those verses in Romans sum up his perspective nicely.

    SURRENDER! This is a stick up! But Jesus is not satisfied with only your heart. Oh no. He wants you to give Him your mind as well. It’s not enough that you feel love, you must give up your reason as well. He created you exactly the way you are so you can burn in hell for eternity. For not loving Him. For not surrendering your sanity in order to believe. Now that’s cold.

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