When I hear Christians talk about redemption I can’t help but think that chastising them is insufficient. It’s as though they’re trying to find any way possible to cheapen the concept.

In my eyes it is one of the most beautiful facets of our humanity that few of us are ultimately beyond emancipation for past failures. But we all pay a price for redemption, and it’s not as uncostly as believing in miracles. It is a paltry thing to want to be free of the guilt of our past. However, to deserve to live without shame is a harrowing process. It is a monumental undertaking that can take the dedication of years, if not the entirety of our lives. Nobody embarks on that march who does not also carry the weight of an admirable conscience.

To say that a person can conquer the path to redemption merely by forgetting that man is mortal is an insult to the best, most noble virtues of humankind. It leaves me powerless not to absolutely loathe Christianity.

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