The purple demons are back. Ozgeorge, can you please lead in prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ may deliver us from the evil purple demons.
Seriously thought, I really hope we can calm down in this Great Lent. If I may suggest, perhaps many of the things GiC writes may seem outright offensive, and if I know GiC just by the way he writes, he writes in a manner that tends to, as prodromas mentioned earlier, push buttons.
I do recall however someone earlier, whether intentional or not
, did pass indirect judgment. "I really do pray for you. And I hope it works." How should one respond to that? Sure, we accept prayers from and to everyone, but not to single out someone's flaws and hoping that you could be the one to save him through your intercessions. I believe right after that Nektarios, if one is able to read in between the lines, made a parody immediately for such judgmental language:
O God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this transvestite.
In other words, the person who did say, "I really do pray for you" sounded like a Pharisee to people like GiC, whether you intentionally meant to or not. Now, I'm sorry to make this obvious for you, but maybe people don't understand how to read what they're reading, especially when understanding how they have written before in other subjects. And even if GiC did believe science is above God (which I don't think he does believe; I think he has such a great respect for science that he exaggerates this respect in comparison to Greek-like gods, not the Trinity), I still think it does not warrant us to sound so self-righteous wishing for his "enlightenment to the right path" or "salvation." Especially at this time, in this Lent, we should contemplate on our own faults. Engage in the argument of the person, but do not engage in the person himself. We don't even know GiC or Nektarios or Livefreeordie or me personally. All we are are a bunch of screennames. Therefore, if I don't know the person, I should not make indirect judgments on the forum to the person.
And before anyone replies and says "I didn't say..." put yourself in their shoes and think about how someone would say that to you. Does it sound respectful? Does it sound like when saying that, you will win them over? Be humble. Make yourself want his prayers before you exclaim to pray for them.
Forgive me, a sinner.