I suppose in some ways people could class me as a Christian.
Why is it that some people dislike Christianity?
Well...just my own opinion...I kinda think its something that can't be finger-pointed towards solely the Christian or the Dis-liker (I know thats not
a word, but hey, sue me...hehehe).
Rather its something that BOTH contribute to.
I know a few who claim to be Christians who, well, to be very honest even I find it hard to like them.
Their manner, their attitudes, how they relate to others just grates me in the extreme.
Yes without a doubt there are those who are all 'Holier than Thou', those who beat their bibles like it stole money, those who finger-point and
berate their neighbour...who by their very actions DON'T display love and openess at all...quite the opposite.
Though again to be honest I think thats probably because they are simple just, well, bastids...the whole Christian element of themselves comes
secondary. You get bastids in any walk of life, in any belief or non-belief.
Being a prize prick is one of the unfortunate inescapabilities of Humanity it seems.
For those types yes, I can totally see that they are certainly contributing to the negative stereotypes of Christians.
I also know many other Christians who aren't like that at all. Who don't force, who don't demand, who don't impinge up anyone else. They believe
what they believe and do what they do...without fanfare, without all the hooplah...they just on with their life in their own way.
I guess its like any other 'group' - its the loudest and the most visible of that group who gets the limelight, who gets remembered by most
Similar in many ways to ethnic cultures such as my own.
My own culture certainly has high unemployment, high crime, high all-those-negative-stats within it...so often its those who are unemployed, who have
committed crimes, who have bashed their kids etc that people notice.
...not so much the great majority of us who are simply living our lives, employed, contributing, law abiding...once again its the negative elements
that get noticed and voiced.
That to me is simple humanity though.
Its basic human nature to really focus on the negative.
I mean...think about other aspects of your life - your home life, your work life, your relationships, your community, your country.
Often we don't acknowledge the GOOD there is.
Often we don't compliment people for the GOOD they do.
It tends to only be when something is going wrong or we see something we don't like that we invest some energy in voicing it - voicing our
Too often our APPROVAL goes unspoken.
I'm sorry to say it, but I sometimes think that we humans are a species of Complainers.
I said up there at the begin that - my own opinion - the dislike for Christians is something that BOTH parties contribute to.
Its not - to me anyway - something that is as simple as "Its because they are unlikeable"...as we all have to also take some responsibility for our
own thoughts and opinions of others.
Ultimately if we label a particular Group, if we lump them all into the 'bad apple' category, then WE have made that conscious decision to do so.
In making that conscious decision, in effectively flicking the 'default setting' of our minds towards that group to 'Bad', we have also then
filtered out and impeeded the chance that our 'default setting' can change easily.
For instance: IF I believe that all fast cars are red, and thats what I believe pretty strongly, then if I see a red car my mind will on some levels -
by virtue of that default setting - see it as a fast car.
However, if a fast car rocks up, and is indeed fast, but NOT red...maybe its Blue...then on some levels I'd already be discounting it.
Then a red car rocks up, and is indeed fast...well, hey, that supports my belief that all fast cars are red so yup, that one gets stored more easily
in my memory banks as it reinforces my inner beliefs.
In some ways...the whole dislike of Christians, Atheists, ethnic cultures, Republicans, Democrats, Men, Women, Fat, Thin, Australians (hey I'm a New
Zealander, had to say that, lol!)...is a bit like that.
Sure, there may well be people within that group who are just unlikeable in what they do, and by all means, go for gold, dislike THEM if you
...but also, we ourselves make that choice to cluster and clump, to demonise that collective...and to also hold to those opinions sometimes with as
much fevour as I've heard it said Christians hold to theirs...
...enough of the novel...to sum it up in a nutshell:
Judge me for ME.
Trust me - theres enough about me you probably wouldn't like anyway irregardless of the holding of any Christian belief...
...and...come on now people: Lets focus more on what binds us together than breaks us apart.
I know there are numerous passages within the Bible which separate.
While I do acknowledge its a bit rich to pick and choose...heh...so be it...I choose to pick out and try to live up to the principles of showing love
...may not always be successful in that but hey...
[edit on 17-8-2009 by alien]