May 23, 2019

Two-thirds condemned?

In the BDN’s Oct. 11 “Voices” column, Daryl Witmer declared that “A Life Without Christ is a Life Without Hope or Meaning.” I can’t help but wonder why a loving God would condemn two thirds of the world’s population (about 4.5 billion) to such a fate simply because they weren’t born into Christianity. Witmer’s harsh judgment conveys an unabashed Christian superiority.

History has repeatedly shown us that, taken a step or two further, such superiority leads to discrimination, segregation, imprisonment, state-mandated religion, and ultimately ethnic cleansing. Is it through this superiority that some now speak as though the words Muslim and terrorist are one and the same? Could it be that Witmer himself is “living in a bubble of irreligious self-deception,” as he stated, since his words convey the kind of judgment that the Bible warns us against?

Duane Hanselman


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