I'd just like to share my frustration.
I love debating on religious topics,when I speak to agnostics etc I like speaking to them as long as they are being respectful and not insulting or calling God bad names or anything as it can put me off people big time, although id forgive them as we are meant to and it will be up to God to judge them after but I wont be able to think of them in the same way as before if they are being insulting about God. Sometimes I reluctant to talk about religion with my friends in case they say something I dont like and it may put them off them, its happened before as God comes 1st and I pray for God to forgive them and open their eyes.
Ive spoken to some agnostic today and who is a very good man, but a non believer and sadly he said something that quite hurt me when we were talking about Christianity, he after realised that he had upset me and kept appologising as he's a got a good character but anti religious,shamefully..
One of the things he was saying is that the OT is so violent, many wars and killings have been because of the religion, but I said atheists have killed many people too etc. I was saying that we ,as Christians, not meant to kill people and be kind, but he was referring to the OT saying it is vindictive referring to people were ordered to kill non believers,gays,so basically because of religion there is so much trouble in the world.
Ive tried to defend by saying how loving Christianity is and kind but he and some other person kept talking about the OT atrocities, killings,fighting etc. I said we are not to follow it as the Old Scripture had been fulfilled etc. But ,nevertheless, the OT is par of the Bible,so they said because of the amount of violence in the OT, the NT was brought out to soften the religion sort of thing...
How can we convince people that Christianity is a kind and loving religion if people keep referring to the OT violence and a call to kill people in the name of religion?? If the Jews still follow the OT, then they are encouraged to kill non believers or non Jews as according to Torah, right?