Well, readers, I can assure you that my butt will be rather sore today as I transverse the miles between Rome, Ny and Canajoharie, NY, into the southern Adirondacks.
Number 3: Fundies Never Change
This doesn’t just go for Christian fundamentalists, but any fundamentalists. They always use the same arguments, because that’s what they’re trained to do. And their closed minds may piss you off, but battering them with your own wit isn’t going to make those iron doors open.
We all get almost a conversionary zeal sometimes in defending our own path. It’s what we know to be natural and right, and when we hear things like, “You’re going to hell because the Bible is God’s Word, and all men fall short of the glory of god. Repent, sinner, and cast your cries to Jesus to make your life better…” it can piss us off, especially at the end of a long day. They may be on the street, on the phone, or on your favorite forums, but its always wise to remind yourself that it’s best to back away.
It can feel so good though, to throw their words back at them, to use their own weapon (the Bible) against them. Even I slip occasionally – just the other day I was forced to email a fundie who ran a website and had insulted the 13 Principles by misinterpreting them beyond the normal standards. I believe the man had related the third principle, about the respecting the world in which we live, to abortion. Apparently, caring for the environment murders babies. Who knew.
Anyway, the point is, the best we can do is say, “You have your way and I have mine. May you walk a long and fruitful path that does not cross with mine again.” And pray for the gods to open their hearts – much as, I’m sure, they’ll be praying for Jesus to open yours.