Many Christians do take extreme measures – and they are criticized for that, too. Many Christians also respect other people’s rights to make their own decisions.
I made several attempts throughout my teenage years to quit masturbation.
I even got an ‘accountability partner’ where we both swore off masturbation and kept tabs on how long we lasted.
Ben believe that abortion is murder, why do so many of them choose to protest peacefully and non-violently?
One way to deal with this may be to adopt the deontological stance of considering certain actions intrinsically evil (as in Catholicism), but in that case you can’t justify the death penalty or even basic stuff like self-defense. I know that when I was a Christian, my answers were no, yes, yes. Perhaps I didn’t I think Alex gives a better example, since if Pro-choicers really were accessories to murdering say, teenagers, there’d be no way they’d react the same way. How could you even stand to hold a debate with pro-choice people if that’s really what it means in moral terms?
The whole concept of heaven and hell are somewhat misunderstood, I think.
Our concept of hell is due more to Dante than to what the Bible actually says.
I think the answer to the question you posed is yes, Christians really believe. Seems to me there is only so much they and other Christians can do (didn’t even the Apostles shake off their sandals if their message wasn’t heard and accepted? Should some react in a greater capacity than they have?
So why aren’t they frantic, as they should be, if God is going to torture the vast majority of humankind forever for not loving Him? they don’t seem upset that their beloved son will be tortured forever in hell. Absolutely, with respect to this I agree with your article.
“Jesus just has to put up with it regardless,” should be their position. Ben Lorkas, I actually remember the masturbation dilemma for myself!
I really believed that Jesus could see me masturbate, but the urge was so overwhelming I just blocked Jesus out of my head and apologized later.
Besides the mundane answers like laziness, shyness, etc., the answer, I believe, lies in the fact that if they really meditate on the idea of hell they could not believe in a loving, just God. Prayed about it–no insights received as you might expect. If God is good and hell is real then we must redefine what we mean by good as it pertains to God. They believe their son, whom they love dearly, is going to be tortured forever. I wonder what it means to demand consistency from people who subscribe to a (supposedly) delusional “you got word that soon, the Nazis were going to invade” Well, how soon?