Hate Is Against My ReligionI know a lot of so-called Christians throughout existence have given the religion a more-than bad name. Murder, wars, inquisitions, torture, forced marriages, rape, etc. There have been a lot of crimes committed in the name of "God". Even the Bible is full of shocking tales of war and infanticide and other atrocities. I won't deny that. It was another time. A barbaric time when people died as easily as they were born, and kings did anything to prove their power over the people. In the old testament especially, there are numerous passages describing violence and strife and how God wanted someone or other to be "smote".
A lot of the hate-promoting rules are in the old testament as well, like the ones a lot of Christians use to justify hating gays, other races, other cultures, and other religions. But what people forget (or just don't pay attention to) is that within those same books of the bible, there are also "abominations" like wearing two fabrics at the same time, eating shellfish and pork, and cutting one's hair. If you are going to adhere to a belief in one, you surely would be obliged to adhere to believing in them all. Otherwise, you would be a hypocrite.
I think of the old testament as a sort of historical record book. It tells of how violent and terrible things were, and how far the strict rules had gone and all of the strife that caused. When Jesus arrived in the new testament, his teachings changed all of that.
Jesus was about love, acceptance, charity, and humble hard work. Jesus kept company with lepers, prostitutes, thieves, and other outcasts of society. He didn't teach to "love thy neighbor *if* they are like you". He taught to love thy neighbor. Simple. He teaches it and shows examples of it several times in the bible. It baffles me how so many so-called Christians can practice and promote judgment and hate.
I am a Christian and hate is against my religion.