- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I’ve been wanting to discuss something for some time. I hear often, in these forums and elsewhere, about how horrible Christians can be, how they are hypocritical, etc. Well, hypocrites are everywhere and people in the church are not immune. Some are “show” Christians and don’t actually study their Bible enough to know what it says. Others are just there filling a pew. Others are just, might I say, imperfect human beings that sometimes stick their feet in their mouths , and sometimes, maybe a lot of times, actually, they just really CARE about you!
What really bothers me is that from the comments I see, there becomes this attack on Christianity. Even once in an article about how a Muslim girl was possibly going to be stoned for believing in Christ, the tables were turned and the attacks (in forums) were against Christians! Really? Why does it seem like we have less right to believe than others? We are told that we must accept other religions, other faiths. Yet do these other religions accept ours? And really, how can we when we believe (with evidence that we believe supports our belief), that Christ was the Messiah, crucified for our sins and raised from the dead to redeem us while Muslims believe he is only a prophet who never died. So are we to accept a religion that is contrary to our own belief, one that we believe is false? It’s as simple as what is true and what is false. If Joe believes that 2+2=5, you might completely accept his right to believe as he’d like, but if he told you that 2+2=5, would you just think that is perfectly ok or tell him that you believe otherwise and why you believe otherwise? Maybe Christy believes that 2+2 =3 and John believes that 2+2=600. Dan believes that 2+2=4. Are they all right?
Simple fact is, everyone has faith in a belief system. But that faith system must also be backed up by facts, accounts, archaeology, history, etc. Depending on how much of that there is (and how much there is not) determines how much faith you must have to believe what you believe. So a skeptic, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, and an atheist, all have a faith belief, meaning basically that they believe that what they believe is true based on their evidence.
So if your friend, or your son Joe, believes that 2+2=5 and he wants to teach many others that 2+2=5 and that knowledge will affect each person’s future ability to hold a job, would you just say that is ok, you accept that? Because each faith makes different truth claims, only one of them can be true. True is true and false is false, so only one can be true and all others must be false. Jesus cannot have been crucified and died and placed in the tomb and also never have died at all. He cannot be the Messiah AND just a prophet or a good man or a good teacher. And he DID claim to be God. The pharisees knew exactly what he was claiming, so they conspired to kill him. So if he was not God, he could not have been a good teacher or a good man because liars are not good teachers or good liars. A lunatic could not be a good teacher. A lunatic would not even have been a threat. And a prophet would never have been a prophet if he was someone who would lie and claim he is God.
And I’m not just going to accept a religion that states that WE are God. I may have God in me, but I’m certainly no deity, so why would I just want people to go around telling other people that and remain quiet? Because it sure seems acceptable for all other religions to go out and claim their faith and spread their word, but not Christians. Because then we are trying to force our “religion” on people. Then we are close-minded because we don’t accept other belief systems. But only Christians seem to be called close-minded and intolerant. Meanwhile it is acceptable to be intolerant and close-minded about Christian beliefs. Most people I come across are so hateful towards Christianity, and yet they don’t really know much about it. Yet they are not as hateful about Islam. Why? How are we different in that we believe in something other than that Christians (true Christians at least so let’s not go on about the Crusades or anything, especially when the Crusaders were simply answering in kind. They did not start that war) don’t believe in arresting and killing people for not renouncing Islam like many countries made up of mostly Muslims are doing to Christians.
Now, I don’t think that waving signs around saying God hates gays is ok, because it is a lie and a misrepresentation of the Bible, and I don’t think that it is ok for me to say you are going to hell because you don’t believe. In the end, that isn’t my decision. It’s yours. I just happen to believe that if you want nothing to do with God, why get so upset that he’s not forcing you to go to heaven when you die?
I speak out about my faith, and every single time I get harsh criticisms, hateful talk, and people just plain telling me how stupid I am to believe in a “fairy tale.” Last time I looked, fairy tales didn’t have evidence backing them up, but it seems that people are quick to attack before knowing any facts. So I’d at least like people to really look into Christianity and look at those facts before they completely attack me for caring about them.
Sorry, but if I see Joe speeding down the highway and know that the rail is out ahead, I’m probably going to say something instead of just saying, “Oh well, he knows there is danger while driving and he has every right to drive as he wants, since there aren’t any other cars on the road. I hope he doesn’t go off the cliff. Oh, now there goes another car speeding after him. Oh, that’s Tim, and he admires Joe a lot. I think he wants to do the same thing. Oh well.”
The reason we say stuff is because we care, even if what we say doesn’t seem that way, even if what we say seems judgmental. Many times I wonder if I really am being judgmental, or if my comments are simply being taken that way. I do believe everyone has a right to their beliefs. God gave us free will, but I’m not going to not talk about my faith just to not ruffle any feathers. I’m not going to tone down my beliefs when no one else tones down theirs. Isn’t it hypocritical to say that one must accept other beliefs but not be willing to accept the beliefs of Christians? Even if our behavior is a turn off (whether it is in line with God’s will or we do something that dishonors him), why judge Christians for simply being imperfect sinners saved only by grace?
So here is my question, when it comes down to it, why is it so hard for those who say we must accept the belief of others, even though we believe they are false, to accept our beliefs even when they belief we are false?