Because this was just awesome. And as a person who didn’t leave Christianity with ill will, I greatly appreciate thoughtful, articulate posts like this.
Chances are that you’ve seen John 3:16, either in total, in part, or by reference. From the King James Version:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This is often combined with John 14:6, which goes:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
These two statements are often (too often) combined to make the arguement that Christianity is the “one true way”, that one’s specific interpretation of the Gospel is the “only way to salvation”, and that anyone straying from this particular path is evil, wicked, sinning, and bound for destruction and annihilation. This has been used to justify endless prosecution, endless pain, and endless death at the hand of mankind, who take judgment into their own…
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