So many years

Dear Dave,

I have been absorbed in your site all month since I discovered my eight years of radical Christianity was based on a 'belief' and nothing else. I am sad that so many people think you have denounced Christ because of other people. I don't think they read it very well. I think they are having an emotional response to your letter - as they are to Christianity. Like another or your readers, I have had a very favorable experience in God but in my ever increasing search for Biblical history I popped right out of the whole thing.

I can't believe it took you so many years!

I feel fortunate to have found the truth in less than 10, but dumb because it took another friend only two, you know. I remember a friend said to me, "and then I thought - this man lived 900 years!" You have read much more than I, however, although I have spent much time in Christian books that would take one line from the Bible and devise a whole biography from it so as to train me how to be a submissive person. And I am so grateful for you reaching out to us with your website.

My challenge to any believer who has not realized what we have is to read the whole Bible - at least a couple times, and look at the character of God. Remember that God is flawless. We are the sinners. I think it's easy for Christians to accept the injustices of God - who is supposed to be perfect - but can't accept the injustices of humans - who are innately flawed. Case in point - God promising a land to the Israelites that belonged to other people and him ordering them to kill them all and take their plunder, and the plight of our American forefathers who managed to take land from the Native Americans.

Also, read books about the history of the Jews in Jesus' time. The one thing I want to do first as a non-Christian is to accept people as they are and stop trying to make them see how they have to change for God, or our Ministry leaders or anyone else. It will be nice, too to meet people for the sake of liking their company rather than the mission to convert them to something so racist as the Bible.


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