By Mario Raphael Boothe
Jamaica's Conservative Christians accepting the fact that 'we aren't a Christian nation' ruled by theocracy must happen this year of Jamaica's 50th Indepence, we cannot live under the delusion any longer. I know, coming from a christian it sounds weird but I'm compelled to allow common sense, discussion and love be the substitute for hate and bigotry.
Not even The United States of America can claim the title of "Christian Nation". Their founding fathers of the nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution. Its major tenets included belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems and belief in a supreme deity who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws. The supreme God of the Deists removed himself entirely from the universe after creating it. They believed that he assumed no control over it, exerted no influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation to man. A necessary consequence of these beliefs was a rejection of many doctrines central to the Christian religion. Deists did not believe in the virgin birth, divinity, or resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer, the miracles of the Bible, or even the divine inspiration of the Bible.
Many people in the christian faith and other religions use their Theology as a defense to spread undesirable hatred around the world be it Anti-American Jihad-Muslims, Anti-Palestine Jews, or Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Premarital Sex Christians.
We have to change the tone of the discussion from war to therapy or motivation for change (we don't war against flesh and blood but strongholds and principalities). If spiritual Christians really believe in 'Spiritual World' then they should not be attacking "Gay Demons" through the eyes and ears of man but through Prayer of the Holy Ghost.
Christians (Liberal or Conservative) have not learnt from the teaching of Jesus or seen the mistakes of the past, when we burned people on crosses and torture them because they had sinned, if Christianity continue down this road of "out casting and rejecting:" sinners rather than receiving them and touching their lives and hearts in a meaningful way, we shall be cast back into the times of the Christian Crusades (hieght of religious intolerance for christians) of the 11th Century, in which millions of muslim followers died. Christianity must show that it too has grown not just the world.
And for those Christians that need biblical evidence, here it is:
Luke 19:10 reads, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."