- Dec 2015
Ex-believers usually consider themselves out of the trap of lies and deceptions, and they are often much more resistant to proselytizing.That attitude smells of certain flavours of evangelicals. Why would ex believers be insulted, and why is that relevant? --
Every person has 100% right to be offended. What they do not have is the right not to be offended. If we are not free to give offence, then we are being censored There is a distinct difference between freedom and licence; freedom/the right to offend does not extend to inciting violence or other criminal acts, such as yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre..
Here in Australis, we no longer have the right to offend. We have anti-hate laws . It is an offence for example, to hurl racist or religious insults at others. I think the last time a hurled that type of offence(against protestant children) I was about 7 years old. So ,it's no biggie for me to obey that law. However,I do not support that law because of its repressive nature..
Such threats are mostly hollow for many Ex-Christians; they no longer believe such things.Ficino said:For Christianity apostasy is worse than simple unbelief. From the Epistle to the Hebrews, 6:
1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
Don't even mention "the devil" either; Ex-Christians often don't believe in this.
Now, go back to Christianity in China.
Heylouis mentioned that Christianity is only thriving in rural China; many webnovel writers are not that friendly towards Christianity, either.
In the Mythic Three Kingdoms (神话版三国）, the Romans defeat other belief systems by summoning their "gods" and beat them.
Your quote demonstrates Christianity does not even embrace freedom of conscience.