4.05.2013

Miconceptions about Christians Part I

I'm not going to lie, I had MANY misconceptions about Christians before meeting Matt. To be honest, I didn't particularly care for them. Luckily enough, I met a man that is very true to His faith, that follows Jesus' word, and that doesn't represent some of the Christians out there that give others a bad name. Although he didn't always have the answers to my questions, well-- more like criticisms, he was honest about that. He listened to what I had to say, and tried to explain things to me the best he could. Coming from two VERY different backgrounds, that was not always easy, and I did not always understand. But let me tell you, Matt changed SO many of my stereotypes about Christians, and I owe him for that. Big time.

So, I was thinking, in return I might also be able to help someone-- especially since I wasn't always a believer, since I think I can see things from both perspectives a littler easier than someone that may not know anything other than the faith. That is why I am working on a post about misconceptions. I'm not expert, and I'm willing to admit that. Therefore, I have asked for the help of one of my pastors to help me write the entry. Sorry to break your hearts, but this will not be the post where I challenge these misconceptions, instead, I want you to take a look at a website I found so you can familiarize yourself with some of the opposing ideas out there. But first, let me state that I by no means feel that EVERYONE should follow Jesus. Would that be wonderful? Yes. Would our world be very different? Yes. Do I think others are missing out by not following Him? Most definitely. But I refuse to force my view points on others, even if I think they might be missing out. That is a personal choice, and I am not there to argue with them, or tell them my way is better than theirs is. To be honest, that is another thing that turned me off in the past-- people trying to force their views on me, views that made NO sense at the time, although now I realize it was something they were doing out of love, and not out of a desire to have things their way. You might not like that I feel this way, especially since we as Christians are told to be disciples, but I think there are SO MANY great ways to fulfill that request than to just force your ideas on others.

Anyways, here is some of the information from the website (http://godbegone.blogspot.com/) I mentioned [I have added my comments in brackets because I simply couldn't resist; Note I also did not correct anything, this is copy and pasted as is]:

10 Questions To Ask A Christian

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate postilion [I would find this offensive if there wasn't a spelling error...] of having to spend time next to a christian it's important that you have things to say. Often at times when the christian feels the conversation is drying up they will start quoting passages from the bible in an attempt to indoctrinate you [Really? Have any of you EVER done this?!].

So what i have done is compose a list of questions you can put to the christian to keep them on their toes. or if you are already a Christian, Try these questions on your priest, Minister or Pastor [Why, thank you for the suggestion, as that is exactly what I will be doing].

1. Why does god hate amputees? - There has never been a case of a single amputee growing back an arm or a leg yet god (supposedly) sees fit to regularly cure cancer sufferers and the blind.

2. Biblical Law - In Matthew 5:17-18 it states that Jesus wants Christians to follow the old testament word for word. Why don't they? And why do they actively disregard the parts of the old testament which they don't agree with or which are socially unacceptable these day, Like child slavery?

3. Eye of a needle - If Jesus said it's difficult, Even impossible, For a rich man to get in to the kingdom of heaven why do so many rich people believe in Jesus? why is it the goal of nearly every single christian to become rich? And why do TV evangelists always want your money?

4. Did god create Cancer and aids - Did he? If so why? And why do good Christians also get them? Or was it a mistake? And if it was, Why not do something about it now?

5. Bible Revisions - The bible read by Christians of today differs by many chapters and thousand of paragraphs from the original. Which one is the word of god and why does man edit it?

6. Second Commandment - If the 2Nd Commandment is "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image" why do Christians wear crosses, Have statues and make films with Jesus' graven image on them?

7. Jesus Loves? - If Jesus loves why did he say "I will kill her children. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches hearts and minds." in Revelation 2:23. Is Jesus really a child killer?

8. Allegory - The bible states that the Earth is between 6,000 and 8,000 years old, that it was created in 7 days, and that Man is made of dirt and Woman a piece of Man. The modern church says this is allegory. Where does it say in the bible that it is allegory?

9. Witch trials, Inquisitions and crusades - Historians estimate the total number of people executed in the name of Jesus is as high as 15 million (mostly Jews, "witches" and pagans). How does it feel knowing that Jesus is responsible for 3 times as many deaths as Hitler?

10. The only real SIN. - In Mark 3:29 it says "but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin". Is it true that paedophiles and child killers can be forgiven and get in to heaven but disbelievers can't?


Now.... don't even get me started on the comments on this post. If you're anything like me, this post was pretty cruel.  What bothers me most about this post, is that these are probably some things I would have said in the past. Funny enough, people don't realize that atheism in itself is a religion, one that followers also try to push down other people's throats, especially those that are religious, just as this individual has done here.

Instead of saying anything further regarding this post, I am just going to leave you with something. What if we put "religious" affiliations aside and just chose to respect and love each other regardless of what or who they follow? Isn't that what Jesus would want? He wouldn't care if they were Christians or not, if they agreed or disagreed with us, REGARDLESS He would want us to love them. I recommend that we all practice love above all else, and that in the meantime, we pray that others might also be able to find the kind of joy we experience in Jesus, whether that is with Him or not.

What do you all think? 

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