A liberal friend of mine posted this on her FB page today, and while I'm not religious, I thought it makes a good point. Not sure I have the guts to re-post it on my FB page, but I saved it just in case I ever want to use it as a reply comment to some of the hateful posts some of my friends and relatives post.
They will post hateful things, and then if I comment in disagreement, they "like" the post and then private message me about how much they "love" me.... Grr... I want to reply "Um... but you just said something hateful against people like me, so maybe you should think about that?" I guess they just like to perpetuate the hate to fit in with their church's stance.
Interesting that several comments bring up the hate in the Bible, when that comment/post is clearly about others who do the judging when that spot is clearly reserved for "God".
Another point is the word homosexual does not appear in any Bibles prior to around 1940.
My Dad was born into a very Catholic family, some are real believers. Dad was the youngest son so he was pegged for the priesthood. That clearly did not work out and he was atheist or agnostic most of his life, right up until he passed. BUT he really enjoyed reading the Bible, the hypocrisy and the bullshit amused him. As he said, "There are lots of good stories in it". He told me this when he realized how much I enjoyed Sci-Fi authors.
I never heard one judgmental comment -ever from my Dad. Yes, there were people he did not like but he did not judge them.
While your motivation is certainly understandable, it's not the best comparison out there. For a start, I'd recommend reading the following bible verses, which demonstrate a clear hatred against any individuals in the LGBT community and even towards those who are non-believers and women who've opted for an abortion procedure.
1 Corinthians 2:14
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
1 Timothy 1:10
Just to point out a few verses there in which the god of the bible demonstrated clear hatred towards any sort of perceived sexual immorality and non-believers. So while well intentioned, the above meme would not be accurate from a strictly biblical point of view.
As for those who post hateful things, there are two sides to every story and unfortunately no shortage of hatred to go around on both sides of that argument. While it cannot be denied that there are many religious individuals out there who are hateful towards anyone who is different than themselves, there are equally many individuals on the other side (other side meaning non-believers, abortion rights supporters, and LGBT individuals) who harbor hatred towards any perceived opposition. I know that to be true, as over the years I've crossed paths with such people from both sides of the social spectrum, people who seethe with hatred towards anyone who holds differing point of views than themselves.
Using someone's own words or ideas against them is a perfectly valid tactic, but let's be clear. Just because you point out their hypocrisy by citing their words or ideology does not necessarily mean that you accept that ideology in its entirety. You can agree with the "love thy neighbor" part while rejecting the omnipotent sky daddy part. Just because you see the value in everyone doing their best to appreciate the good in others does not mean you have to betray your own capacity for critical thinking and turn a blind eye to the many inconsistencies in the God hypothesis, principal among which are the facts that [a] there is no independently-verifiable evidence for God's existence, and [b] if such a being did exist then the shocking and continual suffering of innocents in spite of His purported omnipotence would indicate that He is a cruel and sadistic son of a bitch and therefore not worthy of worship.
When in reality no one asks you anything when your dead!!!
I have never heard a dead individual or a dead pet talk to anyone!!!
That is why some humans kill others because “”dead men tell no tells”, a human reality of control over others and protection for those who have some sort of Elicit reason, hence the actions to let or have individuals die or succumb to death!!!