Another thread I borrowed. But I wrote it this time, so it's okay! The html codes may be different, but I don't feel like going through them right now, so just go with it, k? ----- Let me start off by stating that I am a Christian, so this is not a hate-thread. Don't turn it into one, either. I've seen many threads on this site, other sites, and many real life examples of this. Whenever people find ways that explain how something is not wrong, therefore capable of reducingthe "hate"/unacceptable level, many Christians find ways to try to counter them. I want to know why. These people are giving us opporitunities to welcome those who we never thought were welcome. They are giving us ways to help the world out by helping ourselves. They are giving us ways to love those who deserve to be loved and accepted by both us and society as a whole, so why are we denying them that? Of course, the biggest debate is with homosexuality, so I will use that. People have given good/convincing proof on why homosexuality is not a sin or not bad, and yet, instead of welcoming it with open arms and open hearts, people insist upon finding ways to declare it false. I am not saying to just sit here and accept it for no reason. I think that you should research it and try to find the answer that you believe is correct. But you should try on behalf of wanting an excuse to love someone new, not deny it for the chance to keep bashing them. (This is not a debate on whether homosexuality is rigt or wrong. There are other threads for that - take them there. I was merely using homosexuality as an example - not discussion material.) Do you love to hate? Do you love being hated? I know that I cannot talk to my mom about anything she thinks the bible disagrees with her views about. She tells me that I need to study the bible for myself more and stop feeding on what the internet crap gives me. However, the internet crap has opened my eyes and my heart. In the end, I am not so much of a bitter, unaccepting person. Is that not what God wants?I like everybody, and I don't hate anybody. Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of people that I do not like, but, in my opinion, it takes more energy to hate someone than it does to love them, like them, or dislike them. In the end, you've just wasted valuable time hating someone that you could have spent liking or loving someone else. I don't mind the internet crap. But you know what had to happen first? I had to allow it to open my eyes. I had to welcome it with open arms and an open mind. The first step is not accepting it, but allowing it to enter your stream of thoughts. I also want to know why Christians accept certain parts of the bible and not others. Leviticans is a popular defense, however, people have proven how it does not need to be followed and should not be. Why are we ignoring these? Is this part of the bible not good enough because it requires acceptance of more people? It requires loving more people? Is hating really that much fun? So, again, I ask why we, as Christians, are not willing to accept people when given the opporitunity. "We" is not for every Christian alive, by the way. Just those who it pertains to. So please don't go off on me. Now, I am not saying to be gullible and believe everything that you see and hear. Common sense is good, no? Discuss: ~ Why we don't want to accept certain people ~ Why we don't want to accept certain ideas ~ Why we keep trying to find ways to falsify these ideas/people when accepting and loving them could potentially make society a better place ~ What's so great about hating/not accepting people ~ Why you think God hates all these people and wants us to as well ~ Why they (certain people/ideas) are not worthy of being loved/accepted ~ Why a Christian who hates and does not accept certain people is better than one who loves and accepts everybody ~ Anything else pertaining to this thread Do NOT discuss: ~ Random crap that has nothing to do with this thread. -Icy EDIT: Because there was confusion on the other website, I will clarify. The question is "Why don't Christians WELCOME" ways to stop the hatred." That is not implying that they have to ACCEPT the ways. My argument is, if they are presented with ways to possibly love and accept more people, then why do they just blow them off? If they look into it and decide that it is false, that is fine. At least the tried, right? They didn't just dismiss it as bologna before they even tried to understand it.