Image via WikipediaI recently found out that Jeff Musall of the Portland Atheist Examiner linked to my article about Dr. James White's response to the announcement of Christopher Hitchens' illness. You can read my article and get a link to White's response here. The reason I bring this up again is because I have to take issue with what much of what Musall said. Musall wrote:
What the myriad comments like these are saying with we will "pray for you" is a slap in the face to the nonbeliever more pointed than any simple insult. It would be better if they took the sly smile off their faces and just went ahead and laughed at him.
Like the "hate the sin, not the sinner" chant fundamentalists use against homosexuality, the cloak of love doesn't quite cover the body of hate.
Of course, atheists aren't innocent. Many smiled with glee at the passings of Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell, and D. James Kennedy. And some will party when James Dobson slides into his imagined eternity.
But we are in the open with it, we don't hide behind false feelings. We didn't like them, and were glad to see them go. I wish the religious could be so honest about atheists.
Here's hoping Christopher Hitchens comes through this just fine, and emerges on the other side not in any way thankful to those who offered their prayers.
It's sad that Musall would think that Christians are hiding their true feelings.Why would I be happy for Christopher Hitchens to die painfully and end up in hell? Can he really think that Christians are that mean and petty? I guess so. By definition if we believe the Bible about God's attitude about such things we can't take that attitude.
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? - Ezekiel 33:11
9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
It's not Christians who pray for the physical and spiritual recovery of Christopher Hitchens who are being hateful. Hate fills those who are described by:
Many smiled with glee at the passings of Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell, and D. James Kennedy. And some will party when James Dobson slides into his imagined eternity.
A video of Hitchen was also posted with Musall's post. Let's look ast it juxtaposed with the attitude Christians like Dr. White have.
"Gotcha!" isn't the appropriate response. Prayer is. No one is better or worse. We are all sinnersand withoout Jesus Christ we have nothing.
Christopher Hitchens has cancer, the faithful begin to respond - "gotcha"