Hello to everyone! My name is Scott, and I've been a regular visitor to this site for about 5 months. I had meant to join two weeks ago, but after reading and listening to things posted Frank Walton, Ray Comfort, Dennis Markuze, Jean Chauvin, and others like them, I became very discouraged. However, I soon realized that giving up would, obviously, do nothing to solve the problem. It frightens me that people can so passionately hate an entire group of people merely because of their shared non-belief. It greatly disturbs me that someone can actually take pleasure in the thought of others suffering for eternity.
Now, I know (and am very glad) that the majority of theists are not like this. However, I am somewhat puzzled as to why this is. It seems to me that the reason most believers are not fundamentalists is because they don't question or investigate their beliefs. After all, the major tenets of moderate/liberal Christianity (the Golden Rule, being a good person, helping others, etc.) are only briefly mentioned in the Bible. Also, none of them are actually original to Christianity.
I was thinking that: if not many people would take an action they don't believe is justified; does it follow that even the most horrible actions were done by people who thought (at that moment, at least) that taking that specific action was justified? Sorry for the badly worded sentence.