I don't remember saying it. And I try.
You didn't say it, you beleive you do. it's part and parcel of religion. I was a Christian so I know. And how do you try, SK? The bible says that you should abandon all worldly possessions and follow Jesus, depending on God to support you. Do you do this?
Let me ask you, what does it take to go to heaven?
Well, the bible has several ways.
1. Believing that JC is one's savior (John 3)
2. By works (Matthew 25)
3. By god's grace, and works and belief have nothing to do with it. (Matthew 13, Romans 9)
4. For women, by childbirth alone. (1 Timothy 2)
5. by giving all worldly possessions away (see above)(Matthew 19, Matthew 6)
6. Being Jewish and a virgin/eunuch, they go to heaven, everyone else is limited to the "New Jerusalem" (Revelation)
7. Some Christians interpret scripture that one needs to be officially baptized to get to heaven (my great grandmother snuck my mother to her church (Roman Catholic) to make sure she was baptized in the "right" religion so she would go to heaven)
8. Some Christians claim you must be "born again" though they differ on what that means. Again, this is based on their interpretation of the Bible.
I'm sure that there are some I'm forgetting.
So, seeing this, what is your answer on what does it take to go to heaven?
Again, I don't remember saying it.
Unfortunately for you, this is a written medium. You said
I know what my church does and how my church helps our community and the poor.
I don't have to tell you the truth, but at the same time I don't want to lie to you either. I make $9.50/hr at a restaurant and I give one tenth of all my income. because I know how it is being spent.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Hopefully you don't spend all your money for yourself and spend the rest of it on some science book written by some atheist. When childrend are dying every 5 seconds.
This is the usual assumption by a Christian that they and only they do anything "good". If you thought that atheists, and those who are not Christians did this as much as Christians did, it is very unlikely that you would have asked this question at all and even more unlikely in this way. You may have not said my exact paraphrase but I find it safe to believe that you did mean this in the way I indicated. But I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Did you mean what you said in the way I took it, that you think only Christians donate to charities and that you used an appeal to emotion in an attempt to make atheists look less than charitable to support your assumption? If not, then I apologize. If you did, admit it and we’ll be happy to educate you that you are mistaken.