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I appreciate reading this exchange because it epitomizes my own journey in the Christian faith. I was raised to believe that making certain verbal proclamations immediately put me with the ‘in group’ and the people who couldn’t make such pronouncements boldly were spineless or ‘hated Christ’ as it were. My journey since then has been one of discovering how difficult the journey towards the Truth can be and how selective the reading of the Bible I used to subscribe to actually is.

There is nothing easy or plain about the Gospel - and reducing it to pithy verbal formulas that read an us-them jingoism into the Bible and the Church really cheapens the revolutionary message of Jesus Christ.