Why would you want to follow a guy like that? Out of fear I guess, so actually I feel sorry for you for being in this sadist's thrall
According to this doctrine, no one "deserves" to go to heaven, so there's nothing one can possibly do to earn admittance. The only reason that one can be admitted is by divine grace.
So, in many cases, the judgmental people are not only being jerks, they are also simply wrong about church doctrine.
As Jiaozira says below though, the most vocal proponents of religions/ideologies are typically their most extreme, which leads to distortions of what the true meanings of those religions/ideologies. Unfortunately, this means that people have an idea of Christianity always being super conservative, and that the voices of more liberal Christians like me and ClutchNferno often get sidelined. Although I'm hoping that will change, especially because Joe Biden is pretty liberal and has been outspoken about his faith.
Or maybe I'm simply well versed in phrases that have absolutely become cliches. It's almost sad, really.
Alice in Wonderland and that's not true
grew to so hate the ritual that they chose atheism as adults. I
am also opposed to the blasphemy of many religious rituals,
but it does not lead me to deny the existence of the Almighty.
Sure, sure, I know someone will shout "context!!!" but it's still pretty funny.