I recently read a quote from Thomas Jefferson that I found quite intriguing. The quote was: “To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence…”
I find this true today as well. Christianity has become so corrupt and defiled that it is hardly recognizable anymore. Many Christians are completely blind to this crisis as well. Most of them either are ignorant of how corrupt their religion has become or choose to ignore it.
I recently spoke with a professing Christian about this dilemma. We argued back and forth making our points. I gave a quote from Gandhi who, though not a professing believer, certainly was a wise man nonetheless. The quote was, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” In response to this quote the Christian simply said that Gandhi didn’t believe and is paying for his choice. So in other words this wise man is burning in hell so we don’t really need to listen to what he had to say.
This is the arrogance, ignorance or just plain stupidity of a lot of Christians today. They feel as if they are the supreme authority and that any criticism about the religion as a whole or the people of the religion is totally false and without merit. Many times I have tried talking to Christians about how they are acting as a whole and how the religions has become so perverted and yet no one wants to listen.
It has been quite a while since I have actually attended church because I just don’t feel comfortable around people who say one thing and do the complete opposite. They preach love and yet have none. They preach forgiveness and give none. They say do not judge and yet bang their gavels any chance they get. They say to humble yourself and yet stand proud on the crushed souls of people they have hurt.
Who knows when Christians will learn the errors of their ways? The truth is they may never learn. Christianity has become less about helping those lost souls in need and more about how to control the masses. Preachers today lead their flocks on their own beliefs rather than on the foundation of the Bible. Of course the masses follow blindly, ignorantly believing that every man or woman with the title of preacher or pastor must be chosen by God. Many Christians have never even read the entire Bible for themselves. They always take someone else’s word for it.
Christians need to take a step back and start considering the criticism. Not all is credible but some of it is and they need to discern what to listen to. Christians need to learn from their mistakes. They need to listen and not just shout their beliefs. They can even learn from a damned, nonbeliever like Gandhi. They need to stop blindly following, stop trying to control, get off their power trip, read for themselves and treat nonbelievers with the same respect as believers. Honestly who needs God more, those that have already found him or the ones that are lost in the endless sea of ignorance?
Jesus didn’t go to the ones who “had it all figured out”. He went to the prostitutes, thieves, murderers, lepers, outcasts and the lost. Jesus held the Pharisees and Sadducees with disdain because they shunned the very people that Jesus helped. If Jesus was among us today he would be furious with his supposed followers. In fact he is probably looking down from heaven with such disgust and anger. Christians today are the Pharisees and Sadducees of old.
It may be too late for most but there are some who can still be rescued from their ignorance and arrogance. Maybe some will listen when someone says there is a problem. Not just a problem but a crisis of epic proportions. Alas the end may come before most realize the error of their ways.
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