Ok I see a lot of pple goin:
OMGZORZ CHRISTIEN CRUSADE KILL PPLE ROFL GOD TELL DEM NOT TO KILL DEY KILL ROFL CHRISTIEN GHEY!!!
First of all, the commandment states:
"Thou shalt not MURDER."
The definition of kill is: to deprive of life in any manner; cause the death of; slay
The definition of MURDER is: the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder)
For those of you with sub-dual-digit-IQ's, let me spell this out for you.
Kill =/= Murder.
If you're painting a wall, and your painting bucket accidentally drops and KILLS somebody, do you become a MURDERER? No, it was an accident. This is not sinning, and it is in fact OK because you did not have the aforementioned "malice aforethought".
MURDER is "characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime". Basically, you're breaking the law, and you kill someone with MALICIOUS INTENT. Notice I did NOT say "on purpose". Self-defense kill is not MALICIOUS INTENT nor is it murder.
God said don't murder. He didn't say don't kill.
Now, I'm not saying the crusades was a good thing. It was bad. Horrible. Wrong. Delusional. Caused by zealous religious men, just like the Pharisees who had Jesus crucified. I just wanted to clear up this whole "no killing" thing.
As a side note, if you have any other arguments against Christianity, I'd love to debate that. I'm not attempting to prove Christianity RIGHT, I just want get rid of some of the bad connotations to the word "Christianity".
To the Christians. We are NOT to "forcefully" in any way try to convert anybody. Hell, we don't even have to TELL people about it. The BEST way to actually make someone interested in God is by EXAMPLE and your ACTIONS. Christians are meant to be Christ-like, meaning in that we have to be different that what a "normal" person would do. When someone flames you, reply in an orderly and organized yet non-agressive manner. At school, be nice to the kid who sits alone at lunch. At a party, refuse to smoke. Eventually, people will say,
"Hey, look at that kid. He's Christian. Has he done anything bad around here?"
"Why, no. I tried to beat him up one day, he didn't even try to fight back, he just ran away. He's a coward."
"But did he tell other people or try to get back at you?"
This is what the Bible says should happen. Actions speak louder than words. This is the IDEAL Christian. I am in no way near being this "good" a person, but we all must try.
Call us delusional for being nice, we'll take it. Call us stupid for letting others take advantage of us, we'll take it. Eventually you'll notice that if everyone in the world were Christian, even if there was no God, the world would be a MUCH better place.
This is basically our beliefs and philosophies. If you must slander certain hypocritical Christians, by all means, you are free to speak. However, please, leave the religion itself alone.
Proving "love". Love can be so called "hinted at". You can measure and recieve a scalar amount of "proximity" or "brain activity at the mention of a certain person's name". This is all evidence. Maybe I'm just horny and like to stick around a girl alot, and when I hear her name I start gettin all ansty. I don't love her; I'm just horny. See? Love can not be fully "proven".
So to sum up, I will re-write my plea:
Please, please, please, leave the religion alone. Don't make generalizations based on your encounters with one, two, or even twenty hypocritical Christians. Maybe you've met REAL Christians, it's just that they didn't make such a lasting impression on you. You can say "This Christian the other day took a gun out and shot a cashier to get his money." Does this mean all Christians will rob 7-11's? No. And I can't say "This aethist robbed a bank. All aethists rob banks."