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01 May 2008 @ 03:09 pm
Letter from a Christian  
I was going through some stuff today and found the actual letter I had talked about previously, from the fundamentalist Christian who used to live down the road from us when my children were in school. I didn't think I still had it, but when it comes to things like letters--especially such an amazing one--I am quite the pack-rat.

Here is the full text. She originally wrote all in printed caps so I am using my judgment about capitalization. I am leaving the spelling exactly as I found it.



Hi--First of all I need to apologize for not calling you and explaining why the kids couldn't come over but I needed to have time to pray about what the Lord would have me say to you. I think you are a nice person and your children are sweet kids. I enjoyed meeting them and you. That's why I'm writing this letter. I know you will probably destroy it or not even read it but I hope you will at least hear what I have to say and meditate on my words. I write to you in love, not in condemnation though I will not cover up the truth as is written in God's word the Bible.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not. John came to bear witness of that light, that was the True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many received Him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believeth on his name.--John: 1-13

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. John 14:6

I know you have probably heard all about Jesus. I'm not talking to you on religion. I'm not going to argue or defend beliefs with you. Why you have chosen to worship Krishna is unimportant. The important thing is that I do love Jesus. He has told us, in his word, to tell others of him. Please don't judge Jesus by us fragile human beings. We are all despitefully wicked. We all deserve to die. Yet God loved us so much he sent his son to die for us. He, Jesus, who had no sin came to take our sins upon himself. That if we believe on him we should live.

The bible says thou shalt worship the Lord God and Him only shalt thou serve.

It also says that--who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ--He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the son. Whosoever denieth the son the same hath not the Father.

Please consider what I'm saying. Krishna is not Deity. And by worshiping Him you are offending God our creator. You are in danger of Hell Fire. God is a jealous God.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers; For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For God's spirit dwells in us when we believe on Jesus. He says to come out from among them and be ye separate.

1 Cor. 5 says not to keep company with fornicators, or with covetous, or extortioners or idolators.--Eph. 5 Be not partakers with them--Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them.

That is why I don't or rather will not let the kids come to your house. What you are doing or rather why you are doing it is not my concern. It is wrong, it is an abomination to God. You will stand before the judgement seat and be judged for it. Also you have to blood of those two children on your head. You are responsible for them.

In heaven their angels behold the face of God. It is not His will that one of the little ones should perish.

The children are welcome to play at our house but we will not hide the truth from them. We all love Jesus and we care about you and your kids. Our door will always be open to you if you need to talk. Please know I say these things in love because you need to hear the truth. Our family is praying for you.

Dianne--(Joshua and Jessica's Mom)


I see her as one of many intolerant people I've encountered in this life who were hell bent to save me from, well, their version of hell. Members of my own family have said similar things, though not in so long-winded a manner. It has always made me that much more committed to finding a balance between my own passionate beliefs and respect for others to determine their own. I may sometimes privately think that someone is misguided or might be better off in another faith than some of these strictly fundamentalist versions, but I wouldn't presume to tell them so. No, not even if they're going to hell--or like the Mormon fundamentalists, creating it on earth.
 
 
 
aimeefleagirl on May 1st, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
"i'm not talking to you on religion, but jesus is the christ and you are gonna burn in hell. love you!"

*sigh*
Tapatitapati on May 1st, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
It's funny in retrospect but I was really pissed at the time. But I calmed down and wrote a gentle and respectful response explaining why my kids couldn't visit where our right to believe in our own religion wasn't respected. And something about Jesus dining with sinners and tax collectors and so on.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on May 2nd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
ROFLMAO :D
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on May 1st, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
right.
and while she is forbidding her kids to come over to your place lest they be 'tainted', she thinks your kids coming to hers will be their 'salvation'. Like you should have no qualms about your kids being exposed to the hatefulness of xtians. . . .

sadly, this letter reminded me of my own sibling's reaction to my spirituality 2 xmas ago, when we exchanged holiday cards. They blew up receiving a solstice card from me, yet they felt nothing wrong with sending me the most heavily-religious xian cards. . .

Mari Adkinsmariadkins on May 2nd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Stuff like that pisses me off...{{HUGS}}
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on May 2nd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
***moan****
I can't even read it all. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I've come to the conclusion that I can only feel sorry for those people - just as they feel they have to pray for me, I'll think positive thoughts and send blessings for them.
Sarahilovefucking on May 2nd, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Why do they think saying stuff like that is going to make you feel appreciated? They think that telling you you're going to hell is going to make you be like "Well kids! it's about that time I turn my life over to JEEBUS!!"
You wouldn't go out of your way to tell her that she needs to believe in your religion, so why does she think she has the right to do that to you? These kind of people piss me off.

I'm not religious but I would never tell my kids (if i had kids) that they couldn't play at a Christians house, or a Muslims house, or whoevers house. As long as they are people that respect me and care about my children then their religion is their own business.