On p. 31, Loftus claims that “Christians are in denial and live with guilt because they cannot be honest about themselves outside of the private counseling room.” He reiterates on p. 32 by saying “I just don't think anyone can live a passionate guilt-free Christian life.” He states that, as a Christian, he lived in constant guilt. The implication is that the nature of Christianity leads to a lifestyle that is very undesirable in that people are made to feel guilty when they can’t live up to the seemingly capricious and historically random dictates of Christianity.
Throughout the first chapter, Loftus recounts several disputes and faults which led to the aforementioned guilt. Yet, Loftus doesn’t balance these episodes with any mention of joy. Joy is one of the most common words in the Bible. Disciples of Christ are not meant to feel constant guilt like he says he did. If joy is to be a ubiquitous and continual emotion for the Christian, then Loftus had something in his walk with God that wasn’t optimal. Aside from Genesis 1:31 where God calls creation good, the Bible is replete with passages about how we are to enjoy this life, even with the trials we face because the pain we experience is temporary. Followers of Christ have an ultimate hope and this is the be the overriding factor of life.