…and lack of respect burns them.
I didn’t need to read much more than the following to know where Harry A. Gaylord’s post “A quick comparison between Hinduism and Christianity” was leading:
Its teachings may differ from sect to sect of the religion, but here are some of its basic teachings compared to the truth that we learn from God’s word…” (Emphasis added by me.)
Yet another lopsided, poorly-researched, loosely substantiated “my way is right and yours is wrong because the Bible says so” diatribe. Unfortunately, some of the responses were equally non-impressive.
I’d really like to have a calm, civilized discussion with Mr. Gaylord. Given this opportunity I’d ask him to share with me what he hopes to accomplish with his blog. I wager his answer would be something similar to “spread God’s message of salvation as put forth in the Bible.” I would then ask him to consider whether he’d be more successful achieving this aim if he presented the differences between his religion and others in a way that didn’t immediately cause his audience to become defensive. Being persuasive requires intelligence, charisma, and a willingness to find common ground. Spewing venom while standing on a pedestal of self-righteousness will only serve to weaken Mr. Gaylord’s credibility and further advance the decades-long erosion of his religion.
If I were Christian, I’d be embarrassed to be associated with him.