We got the following comment from one of BG’s supporters yesterday. We did approve it and now we are going to use it. (By the way, read until the end as the good stuff is at the last).
I have a better idea? Why don’t you just leave Bruce alone
It is a strange comment to make as we are not attacking BG in any way. We are doing exactly what we have said all along. We are using his content to make teaching points for Christians and help the latter prepare when they face such content.
If BG is feeling emotional stress, psychological pain, or whatever, it is not us who is applying that pain or torment. For all we know, God may be heaping coals of fire on his head for his poor decisions and continued testimony that God does not exist.
He is not offending us nor saying that we do not exist. He is attacking someone he can never beat–God and God is free to retaliate in a just manner that makes the punishment bring the lesson home very clearly.
It is also a fair punishment as God is never unfair and it meets the crime committed. So we are not doing to BG what he does to us and we have documented those attacks in other (part one, two & three) articles.
We do not care as much as people think we do. We are more concerned with returning good for evil. Yet, even that good is rejected as we have stated many times that we are sorry BG is so sick.
He makes no apology for treating people, especially Christians, in the rude and boorish manner that he does. What he wrote when he edited our comments on his website undermines any claims he is suffering from anything we have said.
Yet, his friend who made the comment and BG himself, brings up a great teaching point as they do not have a leg to stand on. First, why is BG saying so many nasty things about others he disagrees with?
There is no call to do that and without an objective moral code to live by he may think he is free to treat anyone he wants in any manner he chooses. But that position does not justify treating others badly.
Second, why is he getting upset at the mild constructive criticisms we post about his content? It tells everyone that he can dish it out but cannot take it. He likes one-way streets in his favor.
Third, we know he likes to play the victim. That is evidenced by the continued mentioning of his ailments, and how Christians treat him. He seems to be addicted to getting sympathy from strangers.
Fourth, he made his choices yet he seems not to be content with living with the results of his choices. If he finally blocks us from accessing his website, that is no big deal for us. We just find another one we can access and use their content to teach other believers how to handle such content and abuse.
We have never blocked access to our website to anyone, no matter how vile they are or get. Our information is for everyone to read, even those who go to their personal blogs and critique us. (Yes, we have seen those sites).
Why is it a big deal to him that he has to block us? Does he have something to hide or is he afraid that he will be and is exposed as a fraud? We do not know. He did complain about how some Christians did not take the time to understand him or whatever he said and he did not like that.
So we tried and we read his posts that gave us some insight into his character and behavior. We posted our thoughts on his website so he could see that someone was trying to understand him.
What he did in response was remove the content and replaced it with words not fit to print on a porn website.
There are takeaways from his behavior and that comment made above for Christians to learn and apply. One, no matter how hard you try, you are not always going to get people to respond to the gospel, get them to repent of their sins, or even be treated in a nice manner.
But our response is to model how Jesus handled the same treatment. He did not return evil for evil, he did not curse anyone or lie about them, and so on. We are not to sin in response to sin but look to God for help to handle these difficult situations that come our way.
If we were allowed by BG to send him a guest post, we would have titled it Christianity Is The hardest Life to Live. We know it is, not because BG and people like him quit (Jesus had a few disciples quit on him during his time on earth) but because we have to suffer the pain of seeing people God created choose to go to hell over going to heaven.
BG and I have never seen eye to eye, but that does not mean we are not sad that he made that choice. From what we could gather, he seemed to be a very good Christian whom God was using.
He is the one that let evil convince him to throw it all away. We wish we could get him to repent but according to the Bible that may not be possible now. That return is up to God.
Another takeaway for believers is NOT to play the victim. We chose our lifestyle and faith. Jesus gave us fair and early warning of what a life following him would involve.
We have no right to play the victim or feel sorry for ourselves. Like BG, we exercised our freedom of choice and decided to follow Jesus. That decision also made us vulnerable to all the things evil will throw our way.
We cannot complain either. We just need to keep our eyes on Jesus so we do not fail and quit like BG did. The Christian life is the hardest life to live because in many cases, we lose family, friends, and have strangers hate us even though we did nothing wrong.
We just did what they did and made our own free choice. It just so happens that our choice helps us light up their dark world and lets the unbeliever see how wrong they were.
We need the strength of God to endure or we could end up like BG and others like him and that is not a good alternative. As Paul said, we are to be like him as he is like Christ.
That means we are not victims, we do not complain and we finish the race. We learn how to handle those tough, emotional times when friends, family members, and strangers reject our good works, the gospel, and let God get the glory no matter how things turn out when we serve him.
There is nothing wrong with giving God all the glory. He was the one who gave us everything–our knowledge, intelligence, our abilities, talents and showed us how to use them in the right way.
BG has published a response but we will let that be the last word. We will continue to use his website for content examples when something new and is usable comes up.