Quote: Originally Posted by Andygal
My problem with the extremist religious right is that they are hypocrities, they say they believe in the teachings of the Bible, but they believe in the parts that promote intolerence and mistreatment of those with different viewpoints, they do not pay any attention to the parts of the Bible that promote understanding and acceptance. If you say that the Bible should be taken literally, then you can't just take the parts you like literally. Of course the Bible contradicts itself so many times that you have to pick and choose, and unfortunately the religious right seems to choose the parts that promote intolerence.
If you are going to call yourself "Christian" then you should follow what Christ is said to have taught, as in "Love thy neighbour", not "everybody who disagress with me is a Satanist and will burn in hell".
With that said, you have probably never done theology in your life.
Jesus says "love thy neighbor" and not "tollerate thy neighbor." You can love your neighbor and completely dislike what they are doing.
You mention how some Christians pick what to believe from the bible. That is a wise choice. When John wrote Revelations for prison he had visions on par with Leviticus. His were clearer than Leviticus' though and so the book of Leviticus is only put in the bible for comparitive analysis... not to be followed.
NO WHERE in the bible though does it say to accept someone for who they are. I do not know where you got that. Jesus ran around Judea converting people from one belief to his.
Also remember that Jesus told Peter that he was the sheppard, leading the sheep away from the wolves and in the right away (ironically Socrates said that the sheppard will only protect the sheep because they will benefit him).