These scriptures may seem very exclusive but Christs teachings throughout his life are about loving one another, serving each other, not passing judgement. I believe these passages pertain to those whohave already accepted Chris as their lord and savior and have studied to become more educated in histeachings. I think a lot of passages can be taken out of context in the Bible. For as much as this book and its teachings have done so many good things for people, I have seen it used in ways to manipulateand hurt people as well. Christ and the other prophets in the bible never meant to hurt others but to bring them unto God the Father and Christ. Unfortunately, some people get caught up in the fire and brimstone passages and that can cloud the hard and fast truths of what Christs life was really about. The inclusive love that Christ brought to the earth baffled so many. Why would he spend time with the rich at times, then focus on healing the sick and afflicted? In the book of Matthew he said that his workisn’t needed as much with those that are already steadfast in his teachings. He spent his time exactly where it was needed. Bringing more of Gods children closer to him. In this way, he could unite people in a sense of inclusive community no matter the social status. So, don’t get caught up in a few scriptures that seem to promote exclusivity when read out of context. Do the reading, find out why it seems that way. How would you explain how a good, loving, and all-powerful God allows suffering and evil in his creation? Cite a specific example of suffering and/or evil that you have seen or experienced.