Samuel Clemens, more commonly known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was a gifted writer. Yet, Twain held a deep contempt for Christianity.
He once referred to it as a “slaughterhouse religion” because of the doctrine of the blood atonement & he often turned his ridicule on those who believed the Bible.
He met & fell in love with Olivia Langdon, a young woman from a good Christian family. While they were courting he appeared to have downplayed his lack of faith & she agreed to marry him.
After their marriage, Twain began to openly mock Christianity once again & before too much time passed, Olivia stopped attending church.
Twain & his family suffered many great reversals, including a complete financial collapse & the death of a beloved daughter.
At one point Twain attempting to comfort his grieving wife, said, “Livy, if it comforts you to lean on your faith, do so.”
She replied sadly, “I cannot. I do not have any faith left.”
The people we spend most of our time with & cultural influences such as books, music, social media & television that we allow into our hearts & minds have a dramatic influence on us.
This is why Solomon warned of the dangers of wanting to spend time with those who are evil.
Pro 24:1-2: “Don't be envious of evil people, and don't try to make friends with them. Causing trouble is all they ever think about; every time they open their mouth someone is going to be hurt.”
- Susan K. Harris (ministry127.com)
“It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” - George Washington.
2Co 6:14: “Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together?”