The Cause of Atheism

‘We live in an age in which people, when they hear the word Christian, are much more, likely to think of people who hate gays than people who love outcasts, and that is a dangerous thing.

Shane Claiborne

Bumper stickers and buttons read, “Jesus, save me from your followers.” Over and over I see people rejecting god because of the mess they see in the church.

The greatest cause of atheism is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then Walk out the. door and deny him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

Brendan Manning

Extremism

The answer to extremism is not to ban extremism, it is rather to respond with extreme grace. As for example in the crucifixion.

Shane Claiborne wites on Martin Luther King & Gandhi…

Dr. King was another one of our elders who spoke of God’s love and grace amid hatred. King marked Gandhi as one of the great teachers of nonviolence and said this just before he died:

“To our most bitter opponents we say: “Throw us in jail and we will still love you. Bomb our houses and threaten our children and we will still love you. Beat us and leave us half dead and we will still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the procress, and our victory will be a double victory”