God Saves, with or without Jesus
Disclaimer: Israel is taught to regard Christianity as follows:
[Ultimately,] all the deeds of Jesus of Nazareth . . . will only serve to prepare the way for the Messiah's coming and the improvement of the entire world, [motivating the nations] to serve G-d together, as [Zephaniah 3:9] states: "I will make the peoples pure of speech that they will all call upon the Name of G-d and serve Him with one purpose." (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings/Hilchot Melachim 11:4)
However, a writer called Robert Lido, who signs himself, "Wilkinsr," posted this on our blog as a comment. All we know about him is what he's told us - that he left Christianity two years ago. Obviously, also, he's a hard-hitting writer. And this one point can't be emphasized enough: we appreciate true Christians. True Christians, in our eyes, are people who want to come closer to God, who seek His light, who want to become more like Jesus of Nazareth.
We are posting this only for the benefit of people who want to look at Christianity from every angle - including the point of view of someone who left Christianity:
"Wilkinsr" writes (CovConnect blog, September 26, 2006):
Christianity reduces man to a fearful petitioner before Gd, who is reduced to a petty tyrant who must be satisfied in order to grant forgiveness. Or, the court of Christendom is a kangaroo court unless your defense attorney is named Jesus Christ. Didn't Abraham say to Gd, "Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?" and "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly?" This is Christianity's error, because it presents Gd as dealing unjustly with His world. Man isn't a partner with Gd in the Christian mind, but merely a prisoner. No matter what a man does, he can't be forgiven unless he accepts Jesus. He'll never be set free from that prison. Even if he reforms, the prisoner is still going to get the death penalty (Hell). Even if he appeals directly to the Judge, skipping the middleman (Jesus), there's still no hope of reprieve.
If all of this is true, then Gd is not merciful but selective and spiteful. If Gd is selective and spiteful, then He is not Gd but an imposter.
Thankfully, I don't believe any of the nonsense that Christians claim to be true. I always had my doubts about it, even when I was still a Christian. I now see that I was right in being skeptical of Christianity. Who is the true Savior? It should be obvious.
"For I am the Lord thy Gd, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour..." (Isaiah 43:3)
I don't have any desire to follow after Christianity again because it grossly mischaracterizes Gd. Yes, it makes me angry at times. I get worked up but then I'm reminded that Gd will have the last laugh. Christianity won't be around forever, I think. It seems to be on a collision course with Islam (war of Gog and Magog?) and a lot of people are looking for a way out of it. This results in people finding their way into strange cults (Wicca, Scientology, New Age, Atheism, etc.) because they've given up completely on Gd due to Christianity's abuses. Luckily for me, I never let go of Gd, just Christianity and Jesus. The day that I dumped all of my Christian literature into the trash was one of the happiest days in my life. I said "Thank you Gd" just as I've said every day before and since. No fear, no heavenly anger from Jesus (as if he had any power outside of the opinions of Christians!), no evil laughter as Satan claimed me for his own. Just a calm resignation that I was free from error and that Gd had said "Now you belong to Me in your entirety."
I've come to believe that Gd doesn't like Christianity very much. His mercy is such, however, that He extends his love and care to the Christians in a way that Christians don't extend their love or care to non-Christians. When I threw it all away, I think that He clapped His hands. I think that He shouted for joy. He bowed out of respect for me, just as I do for Him. Why? Gd is humble and kind and isn't afraid to raise someone up, even at His own expense.
"...the LORD said unto me: 'Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee." (Psalm 2:7)
Gd was gleeful because the image of Gd - that is, I - finally realized what he was.