In response to Dervish’s comments, I doubt the full video is going to get posted because then there would be copyright infringement (for people to be posting other people’s property, etc.) but I will post excerpts from the video to give the context of the actual point Chris Butler was making.
Earlier in his talk (before the out-of-context video clip) Butler said:
[i:cf8e3890a1]"Jesus Christ said, ‘My first and foremost commandment is that you love the Supreme Lord with all your heart, all your mind, your entire being.’"
“This is the aim of saintly persons. They want you to develop your love for the Supreme Person. They want you to develop your attachment to God. In this way naturally your attachment to the material dimension will decrease. You will be happy when you're developed in your love for God."
”When your love for God is there, you will be full within yourself. You’ll be happy. You’ll actually be satisfied and free from your anxiety and fears.”[/i:cf8e3890a1]
Chris Butler was clearly putting forward the teachings of Jesus Christ and later used sarcasm to point out the contradiction between Jesus’ instruction that we should love God, and the misinformation put forward by some so-called Christians in a brochure that God is unlovable, cold, hard, faceless, and just downright mean.
The following is a transcribed excerpt from the “out-of-context” video clip where Butler was sarcastically describing the drawing/illustration of God in a brochure he had received which was being distributed by a so-called Christian.
[i:cf8e3890a1]You've got all your information about God there. Number one what His form is. What He looks like. He's a faceless big dude, cold as ice, okay. The second thing is... and He's hard as concrete. The second thing is His activities. What's God into? God likes to sit there and throw people into fire…. So this is His activity. His activity is He picks up the people like a sadist, you see. Can you imagine this? They say, "That is one of His main activities. It's His primary thing in life. I mean, you know, that's what He does before and after breakfast and all throughout the day. I mean that's what He does. I mean it's a long job, you know? One by one. There's a lot of people, you know, dying all the time. ‘Gee whiz can't I ever get a break here?’ He doesn't want a break. He's such a sadist He loves His job, you see, He loves it. He drops these little people in the fire and they're burning and burning and He sits there enjoying it, you see? That’s God. That's what He looks like and that's what He does. That's His character. “[/i:cf8e3890a1]
Butler then drives home his point that God’s character is exactly opposite the brochure’s portrayal of Him. (Of course, the following statements weren’t included in the out-of-context video clip.)
[i:cf8e3890a1]“We’re just describing how God is portrayed in some [u:cf8e3890a1]so-called Christian[/u:cf8e3890a1] pamphlets as basically an unlovable sadist who we should be extremely afraid of.”
“This is all complete nonsensical speculation. The reality of God is completely different.”
“Jesus says, ‘Love the Supreme Being with all your heart. Love this Supreme Being.’ But Jesus is asking me to do the impossible. Jesus wants me to do the impossible. Jesus wants me to love that thing? Jesus wants me to love that? How is that possible? It's [u:cf8e3890a1]not[/u:cf8e3890a1] possible. It's [u:cf8e3890a1]not[/u:cf8e3890a1] possible. Jesus is [u:cf8e3890a1]not[/u:cf8e3890a1] going to tell me to do the impossible. In other words, he is not going to tell me that I will be happy and that I should develop my love for God then I'll be happy if God were not loveable. And the creature that they put forward [in the brochure] as being God is not loveable, you see?”
“The fact is the Supreme Person is all loveable, all attractive. There's no one more sweet than the Supreme Person. There's no one who loves you more than the Supreme Person. There's no one who wants you to be happy more than the Supreme Person. There is a great disservice being done to the people of the world through these nonsensical so-called Christians and other fanatics who put forward this false image of God as being the big bad cop, Godfather, judge, sadist. That's not God. That’s not God.”[/i:cf8e3890a1]
In other words, Butler is specifically referring to the distributors of this brochure as a “so-called Christian” because they are doing a disservice to mankind by giving the false, distasteful impression of God as unlovable. Hardly the “mockery” of Christianity that some people are trying to portray.
In regards to what Hope said, if she has specific information on other lectures where someone has bashed Christianity, then instead of her just bad-mouthing Chris Butler and making baseless claims, she should post complete excerpts (in context) of those lectures with information on the dates and so forth of the lectures. Otherwise, she’s just badmouthing somebody without any evidence.
I also find it strange that people are essentially upset that Chris Butler is not sectarian. In other words, he seems to stick to his basic message that the goal of life is love for God and others. And he doesn’t let sectarian feelings prevent him from appreciating this message no matter where it appears, whether it appears in the Bhagavad-gita or New Testament, etc. Personally, I would have thought that such a non-sectarian, non-cultish, very universal attitude would be appreciated. I think it’s great that someone can capture the central theme or idea behind all the world’s religions and promote that, rather than just the externals of those religions.