Christianity’s Problem

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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6 Responses to Christianity’s Problem

  1. peddiebill says:

    I suspect many misinterpret Jesus statement about noone may come to the Father except by me. It should be read in context of some of others of Jesus statements eg When did we see you hungry….. when you did it to the least of my brethren you did it to me. In other words those who get his message – his way are those who do the sorts of things he was teaching. In those terms Gandhi would be in – and those who do not understand that their neighbour is still their neighbour regardless of status or religion would be out. Why else would Jesus have told the story of the Good Samaritan. For some reason to many fundamentalists adherance to Christianity has become adherance to theoretical faith statements which seem very far removed from Jesus actual teaching.
    Having said that – I must admit that the fundamentalists who visit my site are not swayed by my arguments and insist that to be a Christian is to regard everyone else as lost, beyond redemption. Sigh…….

  2. Dutch Bell says:

    Hi Mitch!!! My first question to you: Have you read the entire Bible?? I have not, and do not completely comprehend what I have read.

    I beleive that Christ died on the cross and shed his blood for me. However, I have a difficult time living on faith alone. I have a tendency to beleive that all of these floods, tornados,volcanic eruptions and droughts are God’s way of saying “You had better wake up people, you have taken me out of your lives, schools and government”. “If you don’t get your act together, I will come again and wipe you off the face of the earth”.

    The morality of your generation has gone to Hell in a hand basket. Gay marriages, living together without the benefit of marriage, abortions and sex on demand.

    How many times has the Bible been re-written?? Who interperted what they thought God meant instead of God’s actual word??

    Just like our present government trying to interpert and re-write the Constitution. What a farce.


    • Mitch says:

      I have actually read it 4 times. I too do not understand it all but I do know that most Christians seem to ignore major parts of it. Many Christians judge nonbelievers or those who they think are “unworthy”. I have experienced this judging firsthand. I went to a funeral and was in a room full of people I thought were my friends and all who profess to be Christians and hardly any of them even acknowledge I was there. Some people even went out of their way to avoid speaking to me. These are the kinds of problems I am seeing. And I agree on the Bible being re-written many times. Who is to say that it has been interpreted wrong or some parts have been omitted or added over the centuries? I do believe in God and consider myself a Christian in the sense of being a follower of Christ but not in the modern sense of the word of identifying with the religion itself because it has been perverted.

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  4. David R Banta says:

    The Lord showed me early in my life in Him that wherever you find human beans (that’s what I call ’em…full of beans!), you find corruption, be they Christian or not. Thus the need for Jesus. If you keep your focus on Him…accept Him, trust Him, follow Him, everything goes where it should. When you begin to stray from that relationship between YOU AND HIM, it all falls apart. In Christ, the Spirit leads, gives wisdom and deepens the relationship with Christ and thus, the Father. It’s when you begin to see only human failings (is it different in the secular world?), failures, mistakes, hurtful actions, harm, that your vision and actions are taken into the darkness that surrounds us. Stay with Christ, stay in the light. Look away, and enter darkness. Christians who do such things have taken their eyes off Jesus. They may be forgiven on the day we leave this earth, and (we all)stand before the Father…they will have plenty of explaining to do and may NOT know Christ at all, hearing Christ’s words (Matt. 7:23) “I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!”

    There will be justice.

    As for you, where do you stand. In the end, the only people we can truly control, as you have learned, is ourselves. We will all be held responsible for how WE behaved, how we responded to Jesus’ call to ALL (so that NONE would perish): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30)

    A hunger for justice is a good thing. Keep seeking it. It is found surrounded by the Pharisees and Sadducces you mention. Push your way past, to the Jesus they do not see; they do not follow. You can. In the midst of the Pharisees, Sadducces, thieves, robbers, murderers, rapists, and corruptions, there are are shining people who DO follow Jesus. They share His love, do what’s right, reach out, help and serve. But you have to look hard to find them. They do not draw attention to themselves. If they do, they point to Jesus. They are jewels in a barren land. Ghandi did not bother to look close enough to find them. You have not either.

    • Mitch says:

      There are a few Christians that I have absolutely no problem with. If you notice I do not use words like all or every. These comments are in reference to most Christians that I have observed. The majority of the religion is perverted and most of the followers are corrupt. There are even quite a few pastors that mislead their followers. So I have found some good Christians whom I admire. Gandhi probably found a few good Christians too and admired them as well. Just because he wasn’t a believer does not mean we can’t learn from him. If we don’t learn from history we will not have a future.

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