Sunday, March 2, 2014

Worth Quoting # 5 How Much Do You Have To Hate...

From The Storytelling God by Jared C. Wilson:
If hell exists--and I know that it's a big "if" in the estimation of some--it is entirely reasonable to speak and act as if it were the gravest danger facing anyone. It would certainly be more dangerous than bodily death, if Jesus's logic is to have any influence.
You don't even have to be a Christian to understand this. Perhaps you've seen Penn Jillette's YouTube video rant on Christian proselytization which went viral a couple of years ago. Jillette, one-half of the celebrated illusionist duo Penn and Teller, is an atheist. He does not believe hell exists. But he says pointedly to Christians in his rant that if you believe hell exists, it would not be hateful at all to warn him about it. It would in fact be hateful not to. This is what we should all call being logical. Jillette uses the illustration of a speeding bus. If he's standing in its way and doesn't see it coming, the loving thing to do is to push him out of its way. He then asks, "How much do you have to hate someone not to proselytize?" (101)
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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