I’d like to ask non-Christians: If integral to Christianity was the belief that it was right and good to love each and every person exactly as they are, and to encourage and respect whatever their understanding and experience of the divine (whether they even think in terms of “divine” or not–and assuming that whatever they believe doesn’t involve the harming of others), would that that change your attitude toward Christianity?
If you knew that intolerance of other belief systems violated the tenants of Christianity, would you be more open to the rest of Christianity?
Am I right in guessing that the main thing that keeps non-Christians away from Christianity is the Christian conviction that Christianity is the only good, true, and valid way to experience or know God? Before I became a Christian that sure was the thing that kept me away from the faith — I’m crazily intolerant of intolerance — but I don’t know if that’s true for all or even most nonbelievers. So I figured I’d ask, see if anyone had anything to say it.
(Oh: in a recent post, What Non-Christians Want Christians To Hear, I did share a bit of what I’d heard directly from non-Christians about this sort of thing. Pretty interesting stuff, if you’ve not seen it.)