Explaining Christianity: Why the Things We Hear Are Often Misleading

Explaining Christianity: Why the Things We Hear Are Often Misleading

When people find out I'm a Christian, they usually either roll their eyes or ask questions like, "So you don't like gays?" "You're against abortion?" "Do you believe in waiting until marriage to have sex?" "Do you drink?" This is a problem to me. Not because it's annoying and some assumptions are wrong, it's a problem because Christians such as those at Westborough Baptist Church have made Christianity sound like a cult in which the main idea is to be as "good" as possible. This leads many to believe that Christians are simply a bunch of judgmental jerks who turn their backs to reality.

This is wrong.

Christianity is supposed to be centered on Christ, who died for us because why? Because He knew we'd never be perfect. That's why it's a problem that people are so often led to believe that Christianity is a set of rules. No, it's a relationship with Christ in which we acknowledge we are sinners and need His salvation. It's true that once we accept Christ, we want to try to follow Him, but that doesn't mean that we hate on others who live different lifestyles then we do.

Explaining Christianity: Why the Things We Hear Are Often Misleading

The crazy, hater Christians are unfortunately the ones who are in the spotlight all the time. But I assure you that we're not all like that, nor do we support that hateful behavior. The Bible not only speaks against homosexuality and premarital sex, but also hate and judgement. In fact, I feel like there is more on judgement than homosexuality. So what does that mean? We shouldn't judge people. It's a sin. We are called to love to one another, just as Christ loved us. After all, we have struggles with sin, too. Our sins may be different than the sins of others, but it's all sin.

So do I think gays can be Christian? Yes. And let me tell you, one of my best friends is gay and I have never once looked down on him for it. Can a woman who got an abortion be Christian? Yes. What about a woman who got pregnant outside of marriage? Yes. My church had a baby shower once for a woman who got pregnant before she married. No one shamed her for it. Can a robber be Christian? Yes. Can an alcoholic be Christian? Yes. Can a liar be Christian? Yes. I struggle with this myself. And guess what? Lying is just as bad as murder, according to the Bible.

Explaining Christianity: Why the Things We Hear Are Often Misleading

We are called to spread God's love, not play God and try to condemn people to hell. Christ spent time with the people some Christians waste their time hating. Some of those eventually turned out to be his disciples. God loves EVERYONE, regardless of how "bad" you are. We should love everyone, too, and there are many Christians who strive to do so. We should also make Christ the center of our lives, not judging others. The problem is that the crazy ones get all the attention. And let me tell you, even I get frustrated with those who fall into this group.

There. True Christianity is really based on this: admitting you're a sinner, accepting Christ as your savior, and deciding to follow and obey Him (although we all inevitably fail at obedience). We should spread His love to others and refrain from judging -- and that is how a decent number of us are. You just don't hear about us often.

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  • Well put though It's not just the likes of Westborough Baptist that give Christianity in America a bad name. A big problem is Christianity's association with any specific political dogma or party. Let's face it alot' of shitty' laws have been passed in the name of Jesus.

    On paper Christianity is amazing, very few people adhere to it's teachings it seems.

  • While I appreciate the sentiment, I can tell you that it is useless. The Left is hellbent on seeing our destruction and absolutely loathes our ideology so you might as well just accept right now that no matter how loving you try to be, you are going to be hated. In fact that is to be expected in light of Christ's own teachings, about the world hating you and the slave not being above the master who was hated and crucified. As an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I find solace in the patristics and Church Fathers because the entire world has gone to shit, and they are my only comfort.

  • Ehh your right on some things but wrong on others also based on what you said earlier your last part of the take is kind of contradiction in relation to some stuff.