By: Darrelyn L. TuttBarbara believes in the toleration of all for the consideration of all.She is kind, sympathetic, and good-hearted, holding fast to ideals of total acceptance in all conditions.Her colorful belief system looks like a child's paint set;A conglomeration of multiple colors which can be splashed together, dashed together, and blended together to create a whole new formation of eye-popping new colors.Barbara opposes Christianity on the grounds that it is unmerciful, prejudiced, and filled with pride, hatred, and bigotry. Barbara grew up in the church,And now she wants nothing to do with it."The church can maintain its 'enforced absolutes' but I must love," she says.Hmmm ...------If your thoughts toward Barbara are composed of harsh judgment, dear Reader, "you" are likely one of the individuals who unfortunately impacted her present ideology.Barbara is a beautiful and brilliant woman inside and out.The words she utters are profoundly deep and painful;A wounded soul demoralized and shattered by the rules, regimented behavior, and traditions imposed upon her by the church.The Pharisaical lens which studied her and demanded of her, finally broke "her" and she is unwell in spirit and in truth. "Absolutes" in Barbara's mind, represent condemnation, therefore she doesn't want to believe they exist.She is definitely not alone in her thinking.------However, the "absolute" truth asserts that:Absolutes are essential to the lives we live,To the way we love,To the truths we conform ourselves to,To the grace and compassion we offer.It's a great tragedy that Barbara's view of "Christ" is composed of hatred, bigotry, and prejudice based on men she has observed and been affected by.Truthfully, I can't say that I would be drawn to such a Christ either.-The reason Christ came to earth, according to His scripture, was not for the purpose of condemnation but for the salvation and sanctification of sinful mens' souls."For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."John 3:17----- -The reason Christ came to earth was to free us "from" our hatred, bigotry and prejudice; not launch us into it."Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love."1 John 4:7-8----Christ is a Savior and not a hater; And His word is expressly meant to liberate and not isolate.Christ's words and actions were tenderly and emphatically charged and employed with grace and compassion toward those suffering from sin's consequences and understood themselves to be "sinners."Indeed, the strongest most emphatic exhortations in the scripture were not to the "sinners" but to the Pharisees (the teachers of the law.)"For I say unto you, 'That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"Matthew 5:20Hmmm ...------Christ is absolutely God and His word is absolutely true.Man is absolutely bad and He is absolutely good.Man is absolutely untrustworthy and He is absolutely trustworthy.Everything that man is and is not, in a negative sense;God is and is not to the contrary.God is absolutely loving, faithful, and good,And His word is a conveyor of His character and leads to absolute truth.Get to know "Him" and get near "Him."Discover Him for yourself;No man preventing.-----"Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.'"John 14:6-----
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