Originally Posted by cosmo20002
I'm not agreeing with the preacher in any way. My point in all this was simply to point at that this "hateful" preacher isn't much different than the "not hateful" ones.
His view on Catholics might be a bit extreme, but I am talking about his basic message: If you don't believe in Jesus as savior, etc., you are going to hell. This is mainstream, traditional Christian belief. But it generally isn't criticized unless someone is caught on tape or actually quoted as saying, "Jews are going to hell." Then, it becomes a mini-controversy. But in fact, it is essentially said every Sunday morning across the country.
That's because a lot of people don't understand what they "believe" themselves, and non believers definitely don't understand.
The difference is in how the message is spread and people presenting themselves as wanting to help someone or do some good (i.e. keep them from going to hell or talking about the positives of God and Christianity) versus griping and fear-mongering (saying people will burn in Hell, opposing everything, etc)