Originally posted by oliveoil
I am addressing everyone and anyone who has problem against Christians.
First off when you say Christians, Who the H. E. double hockey sticks are you referring to?
There are over twenty two denominations and or sects and they are not all the same.
I'm sure I'm just another person to respond but allow me to give my first hand experience.
While I do not speak for all "Christians" I was one and grew up in the church. Like you mentioned they're many different denominations of
Christianity but the core principles have to be the same or you can not by definition call yourself a Christian.
Allow me to give a little back ground. From birth I was raised in a Christian church. I was raised Presbyterian, if I had to choose a denomination.
Growing up it's all I knew, with little world experience like anyone else I assumed what I was told was correct and the only way to live.
As I got older I became more and more aware of the injustices, hypocrisies, and the double standards. It ultimately was the these observations that
lead me away from the church and more towards my own spirituality.
From youth pastors molesting children, to mis-allocations of funds, to church leaders contradicting themselves, to times in my life when I needed
support and I got nothing but a cold shoulder. These are a few examples I will speak about publicly that all have changed my attitude towards
Christianity as a whole.
As time went on I've let go and forgave those who harmed me. I've realized that we are all human. That humanity in fact is to blame for most of
the ills in the world, not to mention our ignorance and ill tolerance.
If I had one piece of advice for Christians it would be this. Do not judge unless you wish to be judged. He who is without sin cast the first stone.
The fact of the matter is everyone is imperfect and if you believe in God then you are NOT man's judge.
Most people are turned off from Christianity mainly because of the judgment they receive. Are you not commanded to love your neighbor (fellow man) as
you would your self?
To sum it up, what people have against Christianity is the claim you are setting your self to a higher standard, yet you fail day in and day out. Are
you not called to be the "light of the world". The fact the matter, from a 3rd person perspective it appears that at times there is more darkness
created than light.
Second, What is your big problem anyway? Is it that we have faith and believe in Christ?
It is a common belief by Christians that Christians will be hated because you love Christ.
So lets get this straight, you hated because you hold a belief? Or they're is some sort of supernatural event going on to conjure up hate towards
Christians? Believe it or not, this is what many Christians believe. It is believed that anyone who is not Christian then they belong to the devil
and there for the devil controls or at least has influence on the non believer's actions.
This to me seems to a distraction away from the Church's own evils. Think about it. Any opposition you face, it must be the devil.
Is it that we Cloth the poor? Feed the Hungry? Comfort the sick?Help the homeless?
(Whens the last time you did that?)
Like any large organization there is charitable works. Is it not best to do good, have it unnoticed, than to have it noticed and receive fame in the
flesh and blood? Is it not believed that you do these works for your God, not for fame by man? Is it not said that the world will know you by the
fruit of your works? Why bring this up? Seems you want to prove a point. It should be self apparent, no need to advertise. Didn't the Pharisees
do something similar?
Or maybe its because of our close ties to Judaism and Israel.
Many Christians have a close tie to Israel because in the Old Testament it is said that the Jews were God's chosen people.
I think what people hate about the relationship is all the killing and suffering that is done in the name of God. As a result a logical person asks
why does God want to kill so many innocent people? If it was done in the name of God is it the will of God in the first place?
Most people who believe in God view God as a good force in the world. It is obvious when a child is killed or mutilated that it is not good and there
for can not be the will of God.
It is general knowledge that violence will only breed more violence. America provides 3 billion dollars in military aid to Israel. For America to
try to sit down on equal levels with both sides is impossible because we are obviously biased towards the other side.
FACT: America is a Christian country and was founded on Christian Values.
Actually this nation was formed on freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, ect. Tell me, which Christian nation adopted these
into there system of government prior to America? I seem to having a problem coming up with some names.
As Americans we have many Christians and Jews. Lets not forget the other religions. If we were a purely Christian/Jewish nation why is that we allow
You see this system of government was formed because of big religion. Have you forgotten the lessons of history? What about the crusades and the
inquisitions? Did you not study the dark ages?
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