posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 12:53 PM
There are simply too many types of Christianity for me to answer this question completely. It would take at least a week to answer properly and would
probably fill an encyclopedia. To give a very short and incomplete answer, I will focus on the very best and very worst aspects as I see them.
Christians feel that there is an after-life. Whether it is a pleasant experience or not hinges upon several factors, one of which is the death of
Jesus. Christians believe that an all powerful, omnipotent God created a situation in which only the brutal murder of His own son would allow Him to
forgive people for what ever they have done wrong, and thereby grant these people a pleasant after-life.
I see this as a negative because it leads Christians to believe that they are personally responsible for what happened to Jesus. I have seen
Christians carry terrible guilt about this. Hey, you folks didn’t make the "rules" to this system of things and you weren't there the day Jesus
Many Christians believe that they are on the only right path and everyone else is wrong. So wrong in fact, that it is the Christian's place in life
to show everyone else how wrong they are. Some Christians believe that they are in fact so very right that no non-Christian deserves any respect what
so ever for their beliefs. Some Christians will say that the Christian Bible is the only sacred text ever written and that it is the only source of
spiritual information. They will at times quote the Bible to others (even those who do not believe in it) as if that is absolute proof.
At times it appears that some Christians do not realize that there are other religions. The practitioners of these other religions may be worshipping
the same Creative Force as a Christian, yet not through the same means. Yet, to the Christian, spirituality seems to take on a "black or white
only" quality. These Christians believe that anyone who does not bear the title "Christian" is a Satanist or is evil in some way.
Then there are the lunatic fringe who want to kill everyone who isn't a Christian and there are those who use Christianity to bilk people of their
Christianity provides hope. Humans often need to know that there is someone bigger out there in the universe who has their best interest at heart.
An all powerful Christian God with a real plan for humanity gives that hope and security that some seek.
Because of the words found in the New Testament in the Christian Bible, some Christians believe in finding non-violent ways to solve problems and are
slow to fight or wage war - on both a personal and global scale.
Believing that Jesus intends for his followers to take care of others, many Christian churches are charitable in nature. They exercise great social
responsibility in their communities and throughout the world. I have seen Christians go to tremendous extremes to help others. I personally know of
no finer example of humanity than Mother Teresa - a real life example in my own life time of a Christian who dedicated her life to helping others and
doing her God's work. If she hasn't been sainted yet, she should be.
Many Christians believe that they have a close, personal relationship with their creator. This is one thing, that in my opinion, cannot be argued
with. A person knows in their heart whether or not they are in touch with the Divine / Higher Power / Creator / etc. If a person seeks spirituality
and knows in their heart they have found it, then in my way of thinking, it is absolute. Although I believe that there are many ways to develop a
relationship with one's creator, Christians have found what works for them. This relationship is so special, so sacred, that once a mortal of any
faith has found it, I believe that no one has a right to try to destroy it.