Don't bite my head off.
I love hearing what is going on inside of you guys. We can always learn from each other if we will just be quick to hear and slow to speak. I would just like to interject that I have friends, people who I genuinely love and who love me, who are not Christian. I have a friend who is Jewish and we have a great time sharing with one another with neither of us feeling like we have to be right but instead look at the things that we have learned "experientially" and take it from there.
Also, scripture teaches us that since the days of Jesus Christ on earth there has been a false christianity. Satan is great at what he does, deceive. Tares among the wheat. That is precisely why our greatest responsibility is to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling".
I teach my crew that the Word of God is our personal mirror. We should look into it to see where we fall short and do our best to apply the Word to those areas of our life that need "redeeming". Not that we have to measure up to anyone else's anything. It's only about Jesus. I like to look, for instance at 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter, and look to see how I did in a given day. I want to live those words and in so doing make the lives of those around me better. And so it goes with all the counsel of God.
"Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them". Jesus said all the law and the prophets were summed up in first loving God with all our heart, soul and mind and the second was to love our neighbor as ourself. Self hate becomes a problem there. In an effort to live that out, we have to learn to love ourselves. That can only be good if done in the right heart attitude. Hundreds of words could pour out of me on that alone. But they won't. For now I want to say that God's law is LOVE and the ultimate expression of that love was shown to us when He died on the cross for us. That tells me that I should, in the pursuit of following Christ, be willing to die to myself for others. If I successfully do that, I can remain in an attitude of forgiveness and not take offense ever. I teach to remain in a place called repentance, because we continue to screw up in our feeble attempts to learn to do it right, and remain in a place of forgiveness as our fellow human beings do the same.
One more thing. About the church of Satan.....there are different levels of involvement and like COG or The Family (whatever).....they did their seducing the same way. One would have to be "in there" on a pretty deep level before the secrets get revealed.
I have Native American friends as well. I go to some of their ceremonial dances and if there is a funeral and I attend, I respect their customs as I participate. Love gives......and does not insist on it's own way. I believe what I believe about salvation and all of what that is. But above all, I know my Lord wants me to love others. I don't lie to them. They know what I believe and we enjoy talking about the similarities and differences.
Long story short. Love conquers hate like light overcomes darkness.
Thanks for reading.