I post honestly what I think about. I make no apologies for the things I consider. I’m entitled to think about what I want, and to post those ideas for the consideration of my readers. People read some of my posts, and most reply graciously, even if they disagree with me. That is fair, and not a problem for me. I find it deplorable however, that some people read my posts and respond with nasty, venomous comments, cursing me because I rocked their perceptions of reality. I usually don’t approve these vitriolic, hateful statements because I don’t want to respond in kind, and don’t really want to grace their bad behavior with an audience.
What I don’t understand, is why people feel that rules of good behavior are somehow suspended because they are responding on the internet. The person in particular gave an amorphous Hebrew name so he could not be identified, and went on to criticize Rabbinic Judaism, my motives, and intentions. While he quoted scriptures, out of context, he apparently forgot about the scriptures that admonish us to admonish in love. I wonder if he even knows how to do it. I genuinely feel bad for the guy because not only is he deluded, but he will probably have the horrible things he wished on me come back on himself.
Bitterness is a horrible thing, and I have found that if you want to convince someone of the rightness of your view, cursing them is not the way to do it. He claimed to be speaking for Yeshua, but I never saw Yeshua spoke as he did. The Yeshua I have known and walked with does not behave as this guy did. If he wanted to disagree with me, he could have done it with kindness. He could have been a decent human being. I would not have taken offense.
So why do people feel they can behave badly if its on the internet? Is it the sense of anonymity the internet affords us? Is it because we don’t perceive there are human beings with feelings we are communicating with? Or is it that, deep down, some people really don’t care about others?
The reality is, people hide behind religion to justify bad behavior. They feel like they have a free pass to act badly for a heavenly cause, which their cause is believed to be. When God hates the same people you do, and hates the same things you hate, you have created an idol of your own views. Submission to the will of God means you can’t always be right, and you have to recognize God loves the people you don’t. It means you might possibly be wrong. If that is possible, you can’t curse others and still claim to be loving God. This is the problem with fanaticism. It’s not restricted to religious people. There are political fanatics, and sports fanatics, and fanatics about almost anything. I don’t like when people blame fanaticism on religion. Religion is how we express faith in God. The problem comes when people want to kill each other for the love of God. I can’t imagine anything that would bother God more. May God keep us all from such things.