I would like to respond to your (concerned atheist) letter backwards.
Paragraph (para) 8: You say, “Our beliefs should not follow what our parents and forefathers believed in the past. Innovation must prevail in us.” Do you realise that it was not so innovative of you to be an ‘atheist’? Atheism is an invention of certain ‘forefathers’ somewhere.
Para 7: You refer to “Pseudo-Christianity.” Anything “pseudo” is not the real thing. I am glad that what you are opposing is Pseudo-Christianity and, logically, not Christianity. It is “pseudo” Christianity that deceives people. Yes, true, Christianity “promotes peace, love, harmony, respect and reconciliation.” And the true, not pseudo, fear of God brings these qualities out.
Para 6: Education about the Bible does not spread lies. It is in the Christian Bible that you find the Truth, and this Truth sets free rather than oppressing. “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free…. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:32; 36).
Para 5: Christianity teaches “love”, even to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). You say it very well that oppression is in “contradiction to the teaching of Jesus Christ and God [the Father].” You therefore have a correct idea of how Christianity should present itself. Interestingly, as an “atheist” you seem to contradict yourself when you mention the teachings of “God” and sound as if you believe in Him and His teachings.
Para 4: Christianity is not against reasoning and being intellectual. In fact, if you look back into history, Christianity made a major contribution to civilization. Christians are encouraged to think and to reason, and to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15), but we are cautioned to do this “with gentleness and respect.”
Jesus Christ frees us from sin. True Christianity does not dehumanise; its vision is to glorify God and to bring many to Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Para 3: Christianity is not entrepreneurship, and God encourages thinking. It is foolishness and idleness that are discouraged, and “A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). You refer to Christianity as a “thinking limitation”, but I have already said that there is freedom to think in Christianity. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – THINK about such things” (Phil 4:8).
Para 2: You seem to equate the “prophets’ movement” with Christianity. Christianity does not refer to such a movement. If the prophets’ movement discourages thinking and promotes fear, then it contradicts true Christianity, which encourages thinking, and God who says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God (Isaiah 41:10).
Para 1: Jesus is coming soon, and God is Spirit and holy. Your words are just fulfilling a biblical prophecy: “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be….” (Matthew 24:37-39). “The Lord is not slow about keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
True! Bad religion is an opportunistic virus that flourishes through false promises and blatant lies. But Christianity is not in that category; it is true life!
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