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Barber: Only Christians are Free or Good

Barber: Only Christians are Free or Good January 7, 2014

One of the hallmarks of the fundamentalist mindset is that they are utterly incapable of stepping outside of their ideology, even for a moment. Here’s a perfect example from Matt Barber in his latest Worldentdaily column, responding to a column by Valerie Tarico at Salon that pointed out the ways that his positions are losing.

What is the meaning of life? It’s not complicated. The meaning of life is to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27).

This is true freedom. “It is for Freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:5).

From the freedom of Christ stems “the fruit of the Spirit,” which is “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Without Christ, there is no freedom.

There is only death.

Oh, of course. No one but a Christians has ever been free since the beginning of time. Or loved. Or had joy. Or showed kindness, goodness, gentleness or self-control. I would consider this a sort of group solipsism, which defines everyone but Christians, indeed their particular brand of Christians, entirely out of the world. They do not exist, or if they do they exist only as terrible wretches with no positive attributes whatsoever.

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