In response to my post, a local blogger stated on his own blog that he thinks most people hate Christians because of their own guilt and insecurity.
People do not hate Christians because they feel "guilty" about their own actions. They hate them because of the behaviors and the attitudes of the Christians they have met in their life.
I hated Christianity for the longest time because of the way I was treated as a young person by the people in a local church's youth group. I was not guilty of my own sin. I hated them because the "Christians" were big jerks!
It is obvious that we can not be EXACTLY like Christ. The idea is that we STRIVE to be MORE Christ-like. If you just going to be a complete butthead toward people that are different than you, you obviously are NOT trying very hard!!!
I am not saying any Christian is better than another. I am saying that some try to be Christ-like and other are just Sunday morning Christians that don't give a rip about other people and just want to look good by going to church.
There is a HUGE difference between condemning bad behavior and defining right and wrong. I actually DID point that out in my post. Jesus did not condemn anyone but the religious leaders. The sinners he treated as friends. Do you remember him coming down on the adultress? Nope.
Another comment he made in his post was that some people hate Christians because their own religion teaches them to do so. Okay, I might give you some slack on that one. The problem is though that this religion, and I know he is talking about Islam, has its share of extremist adherents just like Christianity does. The problem is that these extremists preach hate toward Christians. However.....the teachings of the religion in its "pure" form (could not think of another word) actually stresses that its followers show love and respect toward Jews and Christians. So the problem is not with the religion teaching hate toward Christians, the problem is the followers teaching fellow followers false information....hmmm....a lot like Christianity in some ways.
Anyway, I just thought I would point this out for anyone that was interested. At least someone is bothering to discuss it though.