Do they HAVE to feel bad and make amends in order to be considered Christian, or to get into Heaven, according to the rules?So how could anyone make a blanket statement saying Christians don't have to feel bad or make amends to those they hurt because they can be forgiven?
I'm willing to let you define the rules as you believe them.
There's a huge difference between "they don't have to care" and "they don't care".And it wouldn't matter what you have seen in your experience unless one qualifies it as that, which IANS did not, and it would be something nobody could know without knowing the heart of others and knowing the hundreds of millions of Christians just in U.S. alone
It was a broad-brush implication that as long as someone is forgiven (which benefits them) they don't care about the actual damage.
Did IANS say that Christians don't care?(in this context)
All they have to do is believe that they are sincere, to believe they are being Christian. I don't know what that would entail in every case.Christians who don't believe OSAS believe we still have to repent to receive forgiveness so that wouldn't even be correct since we can't receive forgiveness unless we sincerely repent and how can someone sincerely repent if they don't care about those they hurt.
He has the exact same basis as you do, the Bible. If you consider the statement he is actually making, which is about Christian doctrine, not necessarily Christians, you can back up a counter argument with scripture. If making amends to those you wrong is a requirement to be a Christian, not just a suggestion, you should be able to rebut that using the Bible.And even for OSAS believers he has no basis to make a universal claim
He mainly discusses Christianity as an entity, but some generalizations are to be expected.And his continued tactics of broad-brushing all Christians is one of the things i have been objecting to.
I know what bigotry is. Are you accusing someone of bigotry?Sometimes the only difference between bigotry and not being bigoted is whether someone keeps their remarks specific to some individuals or labels an entire group
American is a more diverse category than Christian.And nobody can make a blanket statement about Christians any more than they can about all Americans or any other group and more so proportionately with the size
"Blanket statement" has a more negative connotation than "generalization".
The issue at hand was what is required of a Christian. This seems to be open to interpretation, so there are many possible answers. Is there a denomination that preaches a requirement to seek forgiveness from god and human victims of wrong doing? Maybe there is. Those Christians may believe that they are required to make amends to people to get into Heaven, and if they don't, they won't get into Heaven.
Many Christians could be driven by shame, fear, and/or obligation. I don't see any demonstrable difference in empathy between Christians or people of any other persuasion.As far as how Christianity affects empathy? In practice it absolutely should. We are supposed to feel convicted by Spirit when we sin. Do all Christians feel about about those they hurt or do some only care about forgiveness? I have no idea as I can't know their hearts
It seems that a lot of people are in it for the afterlife reward miles. What's in your wallet?