Well, I have discovered the identity of A. The fact that he was/is (I don't want to presume anything, but it's up to him) a close friend of mine hurts a little bit, especially with the harsh language used. But I'll put that up to hyperbolic writing, just like mine and go from there.
There is a particular point in the letter that I did not respond to in my last post, and I would like to get to it now, since it has been nagging at me all morning.
'To someone like you, who knows the Gospel and has professed Christianity for a time, and then rejects it, the only thing you can be sure of is a fearful expectation of judgment. It will be terrible for you, especially if you lead any other helpless person astray.'
Aside from the apparent disgust and disdain that this paragraph contains, which hurt on a more personal level, what really bothers me about this is the part about leading people astray. First off, I am well aware of the line about causing others to sin. But come on! "Helpless?" Since when are Christians helpless? Since when is anyone helpless? Was I helpless once? Is that how Christians see themselves? As lambs in a flock just milling about harmlessly and foolishly, hoping that an evil hunter (that'd be me, I suppose) shoots one in the soft and unprotected neck?
No. We are all in this together. I am a part of everyone's landscape just as everyone else is a part of mine. Each person has to be responsible for their own actions. How unfair does god get to be? So when I get to hell, I will be responsible for those that I influenced, but do I get any mitigation for those who influenced me? Is this all some crazy pyramid scheme of blame?
I'm glad that A is happy to believe that his beloved god is willing to pick and choose those who he will reward and those he will punish. I guess, if I thought that he were real, I might want to cast my lot in behind him, no matter how evil and unpredictable he might be. For a group that claims to take their morals from an immutable and perfect source, Christians sure are willing to hide behind their god's unfair tactics. Might makes right, I suppose.
Now for some disclosure: The post that started all of this was also posted in a Christian Facebook group. Admittedly intended to ruffle some feathers, although the length of the post would have deterred all but those most determined to be offended. I would have mentioned this earlier, but I didn't realize that A had replied to the post on Facebook until several hours after this morning's post.