The Gospels terrifying? What did you do, read them upside down?
biro, you must be joking. I think I posted an entire thread on the matter and of course, I was called cryptic or something for believing in stuff the like the Parable of the Last Judgement.
I agree that some the Scriptures can be rather sobering, and perhaps we, the faithful, need to realize this. However, they are sobering in the fact that we will be held responsible for our actions and in-actions. That is the gist of it.
The Final Judgment makes us uncomfortable because we realize we will be held accountable. When Christ was blunt or less than politically correct, it was to drive home the need to follow the Commandments, in order for us to realize that we WILL be held accountable.
What exactly will we be held accountable for?
For loving or not loving each other, as biro mentioned above.
Love God above all else, and love your neighbor as yourself.
If you do these two things, you will have no need to belittle, humiliate, be rude to, injure, etc.
It's not just people you come across in the real word whom you should feed, and cloth, and visit, and nurture....but, in today's world, it is the people you meet in the Cyber world, as well.
Remember, that the written word is still a word, and that YOU WILL BE HELD accountable for supporting, teaching, spreading the Word, or for pushing people away, humiliating them, damaging their belief in Christ, etc.
It is not the moderators of this Forum whom you should fear and respect, it is God, who will also hold you responsible for what you write.
Now THAT is a sobering thought.