Love and Hate
CARM is constantly getting e-mails of thanks and praise and condemnation. Here are a few...in the raw. (At the suggestion of a reader, the hate mail is first so that the last taste in your mouth, is the love mail). "
- Hate mail:
- "I bet you fancy yourself smart and wise and must feel a personal sense of satisfaction in tearing down other's beliefs. There are so many contradictions in your own philosophies and understandings of what you profess to know that it would take a lifetime to work them out. Why don't you take your precious knowlege, gained from a school taught by men, with man's limited understanding, and do something productive with your life? You profess to helping others know the truth about other religions but in fact enjoy the personal sense of feeling important. My and my testimony of the Savior are strong and unwavering and I pity your answer when you are asked by the Lord to what end you spent your life."
- "how does it feel to judge hearts of millions of people? How does it make you grow spiritually? What a great amount of love you must feel towards Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and other denominations? How does it make you closer to Christ when you say "those Mormons are evil doers" or Joseph Smith is fraud. Oh, it must make you feel happy!!!"
- "Thank you for showing me the type of Christian forgiveness through Jesus that you follow. The teachings that I follow allow me to be gracious in the face of hypocrisy, so pax vobiscum." [this means 'peace be with you']
- "I just wanted to thank you for your ministry. I’ve plugged it on my blog a couple times. I started listening to your Podcast recently and am really enjoying it. You have a great mix going: Very humble, yet always forthright. You exercise a lot of patience with atheists and others hostile to the faith. You are also very conversational and approachable."
- "While the true idea of atheism, a belief in a lack of god or even the refusal to acknowledge the possibility, appalls both my emotional and philosophical instincts, by the standards outlined in your series of essays I am considered to be one. Despite the many criticisms sent in to you by offended atheists, I would like to commend you on your articles. The authors of those criticisms seem to forget what part of the atheism-associated movement of humanism holds rather high: we are all human beings and we all deserve to be treated as such. Although I would not consider myself to be religious, I wouldn't disregard you or your ideas because you are religious. It is hypocritical of the authors to discriminate in this fashion while acting from a place of bigotry stood upon by very few Christians, or --for that matter-- anyone."
- "Just wanted to say thank you for all that you are doing Matt and all those around him who help in any small or little way, the Lord tests the heart and knows the motives. Not only supplying and equipping the saints with knowledge as we so desperatly need, but the sound teaching of Christian doctrine. Praying for you and your family, God bless you!"