Christiandom has made an odd turn in the last few decades. Some who follow Christ accept their fellow man with open arms and open minds. Others seem to judge immediately; condemning everyone they meet to Hell and believing that they, the so-called “Followers of Christ” are the only ones who know the truth and the way.
Why is it that when someone doesn’t believe as they do, that person is regarded as a fool? That individual is considered to be lost, and the only thing that can help them in the eyes of faithful is a healthy dose of Church. It’s because in decades past, the Christian Faiths have been the most prominent religion(s) in the Americas. It’s because Christians of an older, more close-minded generation feel offended by the fact that there are other people on this planet that can form opinions of their own.
They’re upset that people such as myself decided to ask “Why?”. They hate the idea that some people pick up other books and learn things other than what’s in the bible. That, and they’re dense enough to think that because one may not believe in the bible, verbatim, that they can’t possibly believe in God — because their God is the real god.
Well… that and the all-famous fall back plan of telling you that you’re going to a fictional place made of fire to burn for all eternity (if you don’t do as they say).
Here’s some food for thought: Did Christ himself ever speak of Hell in the bible? As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve read “The Good Book” numerous times. I know it’s words well. In my recollection and understanding, I never read anywhere in the bible where Christ ever mentions someone burning in “Hell”. But hey, don’t listen to me.
Check this link out:
By the way, that link is from a Christian website, not a secular one. You’re welcome.
The other thing that gets me with all of this is that there are a lot of people out there that claim to really know the bible. Yet, anytime I offer to play in their court and use the bible’s own contents on my side of a debate, they seem to get pretty frustrated with me. The sad factor is that most Christians don’t know outright deny that they’re following an edited book. This isn’t an accusation, this isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact.
There isn’t even a need for me to list a source for this. It’s common knowledge that the bible was translated from the Dead Sea Scrolls. I’m well aware that those scrolls were written in the languages of the time (and place). These languages were Aramaic, Ancient Hebrew, some Greek and a bit of Latin. It’s common knowledge that King James had the bible translated (hence, the King James Version) and edited, but he wasn’t the only entity to do such a thing…
If you’re confused about the bible being edited, ask yourself this question:
What are the Gnostic Gospels and why were they removed from the bible?
So… Does anyone else see a problem with fifty-two texts of ancient knowledge being removed on the ruling of the Council of Nicea?!
It makes me wonder what else is missing if that’s what we’re aware of. The word “Gnostic” literally means knowledge!
I could go on. For hours. Seriously.
I’m going to leave well enough alone here, but I’ll leave you with these thoughts…
—If you consider yourself a Follower of Christ, then you owe it to yourself to learn as much as you can about your Lord and Savior. You owe it to yourself and your salvation to go and search, denying the words of man, for a man will not save you. Seek and you shall find. Doubt. Ask questions and open your eyes. You’ll be occasionally shocked and often surprised. You’ll certainly find that the story is much larger than we will ever know while we exist here. You should feel foolish for believing the contradictions. You should be ashamed for condemning your fellow man when that behavior is the opposite of what your Savior taught.
You should consider asking for forgiveness ( even though I’ve already forgiven you). 😉
…and if you’re anything like me, then you’ll be equally bothered and comforted by this. Because no man can ever truly know.
Don’t concern yourself with whatever it is someone else chooses to believe. Their beliefs are their own.
“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” —Phillipians 2:12