Originally posted by Great King Rat
I agree with most everything you say here, but it's not quite answering my question.
What was the question I messed ?
I'm not talking about people who want to be turned on or off. I'm talking talking about people who are objectively reading GBs posts.
I don't know what you're asking. But you can always stop reading.
How can you stop anyone from posting ?
Hey, there's people I wish, after six years, would simply stop posting.
Too bad for me.
They have every right to keep posting. Am I right ?
I remember I would always look intensely into the faces of the Christians and ask myself -
"Look at his face. Is he or she telling the truth? Do they REALLY believe these things that they are saying ?"
This is a bit more to the point. In this comparison GB to me comes across as a lying, deceitful Christian and as such damages religion and specifically Christianity.
That's one man's opinion.
Are you going to try to get RHP to introduce a new rule?
No Christian shall post in a manner detrimental to the furtherance of the Christian mission to spread the faith.
Some Forums may have such a rule. This one is very free style and quite unmoderated as they come.
If you are concerned about a more effective presentation of the Gospel, you could always show by example how you think it should be done.
Although I disagree with pretty much everything you write within these pages concerning spirituality, I do respect your thoughtfulness and candor. The exact opposite is true of GB, which is why I think he is damaging to Christianity.
I try to put myself a little bit back into the frame of mind I was in when I was seeking to know if God was real.
It takes a long time to teach anyone. Many people are not ready to be taught on personal matters like this. And pretty much no one wants to be treated like they are a blank sheet of white paper with nothing.
When you approach people like they are without any knowledge or any experience like a blank sheet of white paper ready to be written all over, it does annoy some folks.
GB is an older man than I. He may be an older Christian also. We all have our respective styles. I am sure his heart is very good towards his readers.
We all have different styles of participating.
Jesus had twelve disciples. The leader Peter was a character and made many mistakes. And none of the others were perfect. James and John could get angry. Thomas could be doubtful. Somehow they all got perfected in time by their Master.
Between the years 1960 and 1972 Christians came across my path and told me things. Some I never got to know well. I can't say any were perfect people.
One guy told me that I would never have rest until I came to Jesus. But he did not say it in a belligerent manner. He said it in a caring manner. But I had a question mark about him because he had a girlfriend. And I wondered what a Christian was doing with a casual romantic girlfriend.
Anyway, I picked up a little truth from here and from there. I didn't wait for the perfect Christian to come by. I dealt with only the truth or not the truth.
And that is what I would advise you to think about, the message more than the messengers.
Do you not think that how and what he writes is counterproductive?
It is not for me to judge.
Maybe it is just what some people need.
It is not my style, usually.
Because as an atheist I can tell you that it's people like him that push me further and further away from understanding the theist point of view. One of the reasons I come here is to understand you people's POV concerning religion (which, incidentally, is why I think it's a shame there are almost no muslims and other religions here). GB is accomplishing the exact opposite.
I think that he is a praying man. And though you may be annoyed, I would wager that your name is being mentioned before God with this poster.
Look - HOW you come to Jesus is secondary.
That you COME
to Jesus .... THAT'S what is most important.