I know the nut job “Christians” tend to turn people off of religion, but if it makes you feel better, people like those at Westboro Baptist Church are acting not of the Bible but by their own homophobic social agenda. In response to their list of “verses about God’s hatred” I’ll post verses about God’s love, and other verses that explain why WBC is wrong…
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Proverbs 27:22 – Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, you will not remove his folly from him.
Proverbs 6:16-19 – There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (ironically enough, this is posted on WBC’s list too)
Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.
1 John 4:7-8 – Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. (btw, “Thou shalt not be gay” isn’t a commandment.)
John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (It’s safe to assume that calling people fags in a public setting isn’t exactly loving one another…jussayin.
Matthew 7:1-2 – Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Matthew 19:16-17 – And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments. (again, none of God’s commandments are “don’t be a fag.”)
John 8:7 – And as they continued to ask him, [Jesus] stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (excellent parable about sinners condemning others’ sins above their own…which leads me to the next verse…)
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
The Bible does speak about times where God was angry and abhorred the immoral acts of his creation, but it went FAR beyond homosexuality. God abhorred those who mocked his name, lived a life of constant immorality and disdain for God, and spread their lifestyle to others by their example. Homosexuality may have been involved, but that’s hardly why God hated those people. And God’s instruction is for those people who aim to seek God. If the homosexuals and the heathens have no interest in serving God or doing his will, combating their folly with signs of protest is so absolutely ineffective. And in the case where a believer and follower of Christ happens to be homosexual, are they sent to Hell anyway? Romans 10:9 doesn’t think so – “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Pelting sinners with hate speech does nothing to change their path (Proverbs 27:22). It does however disgust those of us who actually follow Christ and try to live a Christ-like lifestyle, and I would interpret as sowing discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Christ didn’t teach us to live a life of harsh scorn for those who don’t live for God. He taught about using compassion and love to give people a deep-rooted DESIRE to live for God. Those who deny God are not intimidated by the punishments you propose. You don’t have to support homosexuality if you honestly believe the Bible condemns it as a Hell-worthy sin, but there are much better ways to reach those who need to find God. Slapping them in the face with your signs just turns people away from the God you claim to worship, making your attempt counter-productive and against God’s will.
If someone protested your gay brothers funeral with signs that said “Xenu hates fags.” would you suddenly reach the epiphany that you needed to change your ways to please Xenu? Obviously not. A more reasonable and effective process would be to first explain why people need Xenu…or even who Xenu is why I should care.
You can’t work under the assumption that everyone knows God and should just blindly do what a bunch of hate-filled wackos tell them to do, because the end result will always be the opposite of your intention. Learn from the example Jesus set…you’ll catch more flies with honey.