Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Why Christians often irritate me

If you're bothering to read this far, you probably already know that, as a Christian myself, I'm probably not talking about all Christians as irritating. However, it does seem as though there are quite a few out there who give the rest of us a really bad name.

Today's example: for the past several weeks on the newsgroup, the following message has appeared.
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life: no one can come to the Father(God)(in Heaven), but by me." (John 14:6) This means that if you die without trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you will die in your sins and be forever separated from the love of God in a place called Hell. The Holy Bible descibes Hell as a place of eternal torment, suffering, pain and agony for all those who have rejected Jesus Christ. The good news is that you can avoid Hell by allowing Jesus Christ to save you today. Only then will you have true peace in your life knowing that no matter what happens you are on your way to Heaven.
Now, besides the fact that this kind of message has nothing to do with Transformers whatsoever, the person who posted this (and continues to do so on a regular basis) has placed all this text in the subject of the post. There's no avoiding it. If it were in the main body, as any message of this length should be, I could just ignore it by not clicking on that post. But as the subject, it takes up the better part of the screen in bold text. This is annoying enough, but one expects spammers to post off-topic messages from time to time. But this guy (I assume it's the same one, although that may not be the case) keeps posting something of this nature once every few days. And there's no way to stop or block such messages using Google as my newsgroup reader.

Is it really too much to ask that Christians treat other people, non-Christians included, with respect by not posting such off-topic proselytization material all over the place? I'm pretty confident no new converts are to be won by such tactics. In fact, I expect most non-Christians are even further driven away from Christ by them!

As an Evangelical, I'm all for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, but this is most assuredly not the way to do it.

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