Nate Phelps on growing up in 'the most hated family in America'

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 23, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    National Post has a feature on Nate Phelps, one of Fred Phelps of Westboro boro's twelve-thirteen children. He is one of three that have left the family, doing so at following his eighteenth birthday. It's an interesting read.

    Part of what is interesting is how Fred attempts a literal interpretation of the Christian Bible and yet excises those elements that go against his fire and brimstone preaching; personally, I don't believe Fred is so much inspired by Christianity but by his own malignance and has found the Bible to be a useful source in expressing his pitiful aggression.

    National Post: Nate Phelps on growing up in 'the most hated family in America'
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    Mar 24, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    Reading the article linked to the OP has confirmed my suspicion that the Rev Fred Phelps is NOT, AND NEVER HAS BEEN, a true Christian defined by the the Bible. Poor Nate was a son and victim of a despicable bully who, for some reasons only himself knows, hates all mankind.
    Fred Phelps' hatred of all mankind in in dynamic contrast to God's LOVE for all mankind. In the Gospel of John, it says the Jesus Christ is the light that shines in every man born into the world (John 1:6-9) with the purpose of knowing God personally and revelling in his love, not suffering judgment.
    I can understand where Nate Phelps is coming from. I grew up in the Catholic faith which emphasised Purgatory and Hell if I was to commit a mortal sin and suffer the loss of divine grace as a result. I too passed through my teenage years as an atheist - or rather, one who hates God while I was aware he exists. When I heard the true Gospel of the love of Christ, it took me a long, long time for this truth to become real in my life.
    One day Fred will die and then stand before God in the Judgment. His nail pierced hands will pour through the book of everything Phelps has done. Then the Savior will look him in the eye and reluctantly say,
    "Depart from me, into the lake prepared for the Devil and his minions."
    Then Fred will begin to say,
    "Lord, Lord, have I not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works?"
    Then the Lord will reply,
    "I never knew you. Depart from me ye that work iniquity."
    And into eternal doom he will go with the words ringing in his ears for eternity -
    "I never knew you"
    "I never knew you"
    "I never knew you....."