Dalrymple is as good as essayists get.
“...while they can easily rise to the levels of hatred that religion has sometimes encouraged, they will always find it difficult to rise to the levels of love that it has sometimes encouraged.”
All religion is man-made. God is a spiritual being, and he wants us to be spiritual, that is, to interact with him on his level...after his image and in his likeness. Love is difficult. Love is God’s law...Jesus said, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Love, from the Greek word Agape. Unconditional love. Love without strings. Love God, Love yourself, love your neighbor. That is what makes being close to God, like him, so difficult.