maybe I’m just paranoid, but…

am I the only one who has been targeted by the God Squad SPAM specialists? I have received a number of the following emails – the text is all the same – from people trying to save my eternal soul:

“A eternity of torment is forever.
If you or someone you care about to you has not accepted God please do today.
As he is real and alive you need to realize this.
The following prayer can save you or someone that you love.

Say,”Oh God,save my soul. I’m so sorry that I have
sinned against you, but I have come home. I will
serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. Deliver me
from all my sinful habits. Set me free! I do believe
Jesus died on Calvary for me, and I believe in His
blood, that there is power in His blood to wash away
all my sins, all my sins!” Say,”Come into my heart,
Jesus; come on in,Jesus.Come on in!”

If you meant it, He has come. If you meant it,
Jesus is yours. Start reading your Bible, pray daily
for all those you care about,including your dead loved ones,
and believe that somebody’s listening; His name is Jesus,
and you are now saved.”

What’s most disturbing for me is the automatic nature of it. If I meant it, I’m saved. Personally, I think it should be a lot harder than that. I think it requires living a life dedicated to tolerance, charity and love of your fellow man every day without exception. I don’t think Jesus Christ is the only way to live a “saved” life. And I think you’ve got to do more than say a few words and mean them at the time.

So, here’s this liberal’s challenge to the religious right – Live lives dedicated to tolerance, charity and love for your fellow man every moment of every day. Throw away your dogma and embrace all of your brothers and sisters in a single community. Pledge yourselves to inclusion and reach out in love. You’ll be met with love.

Author: terry

I am a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Berkeley grad who loves words and makes my living manipulating people with them. In short, I am a marketing consultant. Straight, married, white female with a healthy appetite for good food, fine wine and great times with friends and family. I've got a thick skin, a sense of humor and I am absolutely without shame or political affiliation. I don't do religion, though I do believe in God. I am a true believer in personal responsibility, personal privacy and active philanthropy. My personal philosophy: Live with integrity, love passionately, fight bravely and never give up! So, go ahead, challenge me, my opinions, my facts - I'm looking forward to it.

2 thoughts on “maybe I’m just paranoid, but…”

  1. “Throw Away your Dogma” is a righteous phrase for the new era. It’s way better than “Vote or Die” and right up there with “Silence=Death.” Though if we’re going for sustainablity, we might try to find a way to recycle that dogma into something useful.

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