Is God a Christian?
Children are taught in Sunday Schools of Christian Churches that God commands them to obey all the rules and to pray for those who hurt them, to do good for them, to forgive them seventy times seventy (which means to forgive and keep on forgiving), and even to love their enemies! But God, they are also taught, will condemn all people who do not accept Christ and will cast them into hell wherein God will punish them in literal fire forever! God is thus the big hypocrite who says, "Do as I command you, but do not do as I do."
The author, Allan Ernest Chevrier, who
wrote Whatever Became of Melanie? said that he remembered
reading about a Sunday school teacher who was teaching a class on
the subject of "hell." After awhile, a bright young girl
apparently grasping the inherent contradiction, innocently blurted
out, "I think that God should become a Christian." This
child insightfully understood what adults (including pastors,
priests, and theologians) often do not seem to understand.
How can God command people to practice a high standard of behavior
which He does not even practice? Such a God is, therefore, a
terrible role model for members of the Christian Faith! This
can be both profoundly confusing and frightening for children as
well as adults, who have analytical minds, to live the Christian
life with this kind of God as an example!
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