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Fire and Brimstone Part Two

What did we learn on Monday from the actions of Damon?

Certainly a lot; alas the article written was written in such a hurry that it seemed somewhat incoherent to me, so I have chosen to follow it up as promised.


I was not there to witness everything. What I write about is my interpretation along with the viewpoints of other students present that day.


The message Damon preached essentially stated everyone is a sinner and is not worth of the glory of God as said in Romans 3:23. There was an argument as to whether this meant that one was born with sin, as Mr. Lake and another nice young lady told me that was their interpretation of the scripture in general, and not just this specific verse.


The key word here is interpretation. Obviously Mr. Lake and Damon (who even throughout this demonstration referred to himself as a Saint) have differing interpretations of the scripture.


Mr. Lake alleged everything Damon said was flawed, and Damon countered with allegations of Mr. Lake’s arguments being heretical.


There is also the allegation of Damon being a false prophet, which according to Mr. Lake is referred to in the book of Revelation.


Indeed when protests, or demonstrations I should say, like this occur on a college campus, one will always meet adversity. It’s just not a good idea for things like this to happen because it will always stir a pot between students and the demonstrator.


In fact, most of the students that I personally witnessed confronting Damon were of Christian faith. Even Damon said that the most opposition he gets is from people of Christian faith.


At many times during his demonstration, Damon appeared to contradict himself on multiple occasions. He did have quite a few holes in some of his arguments and was very quick to change the subject at times, but I’m not writing this to call him out. However, some of these were largely untrue and were only noticed upon later analysis of the recordings of that day.


It was merely the choice of words that Damon used. Double negatives which were off-handedly taken as contradictions were some source of argumentation by Mr. Lake and Damon.


That is not the point of this monologue. The point is there is a widely held belief of freedom of speech, the press and religion and that no one can pass legislation obstructing these rights.


Damon has every right to bring his message and scream it to the heavens as he repeatedly did Monday. The overall moral of the message becomes lost when one starts screaming at people telling them they’re sinners, perverts, liars and that they’re all going to hell.


I side completely with Erin Johnson, interviewed on Monday. People of this sort need to go about this in a more loving and compassionate way.


They need to not start out the conversation by saying “you’re going to hell,” but rather “Jesus Christ loves you and cares for you and so does God, even if he is vengeful and wrathful.”


Instead of broadcasting scare tactics and angering good people who will most certainly NOT be making the trip to hell for walking around a college campus, maybe we should all just love each other, like Jesus.


People also shouldn’t be so confrontational. It was interesting to note that not one person of Atheistic or Agnostic belief challenged Mr. Damon on the validity of the basis of his beliefs at all.


There are plenty of people shouting at each other in congress without ordinary students shouting down a man who came out of “care and concern for the students.” People shouldn’t be so alarmed and automatically engage themselves in full-scale idealogical argument because he’s holding a bible.


Of course, think of it the other way. If someone was out with signs preaching for Atheism or Agnosticism in a rude or offensive manner, what would happen? Would people of that same belief come up and start shouting at that person because they think they’re doing it wrong, or would people of opposite faith come up and question why this person has chosen this belief.


People should just learn to accept that we’re all different, and we all believe in different things as well as some similar things. When people of the same faith start tearing each other apart over who is right and who is wrong, nobody wins.


The answer is love.


Written By: Patrick Carr

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