Holier-Than-Thou vs. Empathy

I hate when I’m reading a person expressing his problems with religion, and some holier-than-thou Christian responds, “Well, you obviously have not been born again!”  I much more admire the Christians who demonstrate compassion.  And, by “compassion”, I don’t mean, “I pity you because you’re lost”, but compassion that actually contains empathy.

Or here’s a question: Do I actually hate when holier-than-thou Christians respond as they do?  After all, that gives me a chance to throw tomatoes at them (in my mind, of course)!  I have to admit that there is a pleasure that comes over me when people I don’t like act in an obnoxious manner, for that validates to me that I’m right to dislike them!  Still, I should focus more on being inspired to do good, by the example of the Christians (and others) who are kind and empathetic.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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