Problem with Christians

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“I like Jesus, it’s his followers I can’t stand!”

That used to be a magnet on my refrigerator. I was 21 and had only read the bible enough to tear down anyone who threatened to give me “the good news”. I summed up my argument like this, “If your God is good, why do Christians keep hating and killing everyone?”

We have to get one thing straight first, God is not Christians and Christians are not God. Christians become Christians when they believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, but being Christian is living like Christ.

Are all “Christians” “good” people? No, but if they believe, they will try to be. Often they will fail, sometimes to catastrophic extents. That doesn’t mean God is evil, it just means his people are capable of doing evil things.

As Christians, we believe people are inherently sinful. The word “sin” means “mistake” or “missing the mark”. People are inherently a constant source of mistakes and mistakes are everywhere. The bible tells us to repent after we make a mistake. “Repent” is the English word, the original Hebrew word meant “to change your path,” “correct your thoughts”. If you make a mistake, change your path, go the other way.

A friend asked me why it’s a big deal that God sent his Son to die for us if he was just going to come back to life and then go to Heaven? Because God, through His son was experiencing something uniquely human, willful suffering. He didn’t have to, He could have left us to kill each other or die from bacteria and extreme weather. But, He didn’t. Jesus could have stopped his ministry and headed home, but he had to ride this out, he had to experience what “fallen” felt like. He needed to sacrifice his pure light to the extreme darkness that we are subject to on Earth. God experienced the things that are not of Him through Christ and forged a bond with the fallen people he had created. A shared experience is a powerful bond.

God isn’t evil because he lets people suffer — God is love that welcomes those people home when there will be no more suffering. God isn’t evil — he comforts you when everything here stinks. Meditate, is what the bible says, hear that “still small voice”. With all this guidance, why do Christians do such awful things? Because they are sinners, they are makers of mistakes, and one of their biggest ones is forgetting to listen.

Why do Christians do such awful things? Because we’re people. We’re flawed, fallen, and broken. We try but we also make a lot of mistakes. We stumble, allow ourselves to get devastatingly mislead. Some Christians stay fallen, other get back up. A Christian is not Christ.

If our God is so good, why do Christians do such awful things? Because sometimes we’re bad at being like Christ. Sometimes the same things that get the best of other people, get the best of us and it’s hard to watch. Jesus told us to follow in his example and spread that “good news.” At one point or another and we’ve all fallen far short of fulfilling this command, but please don’t let a Christian living badly keep you away from a good God.

Angela Jamene is a freelance writer, see more of her writings here.
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Posted on December 16, 2013, in Mindfulness. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’d love to sit down and chat with paulfg.

    Now, for the article itself: The statement ending paragraph one typifies exaggerations used in attempting to discredit Christians. I also loved, “… being Christian is living like Christ.” That makes “Christian” an adjective, rather than a noun. Then, in the fifth paragraph, the explanation of the gospel is beautifully simple, yet complete. I’m tempted to print it and carry it with me in a plastic sleeve. Finally, while Christians are “just sinners saved by grace,” Christ-followers are never content with that, but always striving to become more Christ-like, with the goal of glorifying God as Jesus did.

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  2. “The word “sin” means “mistake” or “missing the mark”.” …. I would venture a view that “sin” and “mistake” are not one and the same. Only because of the absence of intent/knowledge/malice. If you run that view past the “sin list” we are all supposed to carry – it chops out quite a chunk (and reduces the guilt factor in equal proportion), and may also include a chunk of excluded sinners as well. And a final thought against this view – if Jesus truly experienced every human element, he must have made mistakes.

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    • that is an interesting and reflective point.

      Would a mistake, not sin, eliminate the divinity of Christ?

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      • I remain curious and open minded (and this is not an attempt to put a spanner in the works). Someone asked me the same thing a while back, and I am still pondering. Each way I come at this – it still holds value (and love). 🙂

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        • it is a topic that deserves reflection upon. how human was Jesus, what his humanity means for his infallibility, and how this impacts our theology.

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          • Agreed. For me, so far, it has torpedoed my accepted version of sin. Filtered by “mistakes”, the sin ratio diminishes and the love ratio multiplies. The more I ponder the greater are the implications: inclusivity above belief … loving God, neighbour, self becomes easier … the Lost World becomes God’s World and a gift … seeing God in others on the up … arguing the toss and being right on the the down. Like the Good Lord was born as quietly as a pebble in a pond, with ever increasing ripples – so this pondering is rippling in me. No one comes to the father but through me. Revisited and pondered. Maybe ….

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