Not Wanting To Start a Big Debate, But…

Kind of a rhetorical question — I don’t want to get into a big theological conversation or anything — but this question has floated in and out of my brain for a while now:

What is it about evangelical Christianity (or just Christianity in general) that freaks people out so much? Why is it that out of the world’s major religions, Christianity seemingly continues to be so widely misunderstood and the least-tolerated?

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4 thoughts on “Not Wanting To Start a Big Debate, But…

  1. When I see Christianity, I see two layers. There’s the teachings of Jesus – do unto others as you would have them do unto you, love your neighbor, take care of the poor, the widow, the orphan – the sort of thing that’s acceptable by most religions and that’s what I’m okay with. Then there’s the rest of it – hatred of sinners, hierarchies of leaders over followers as well as husbands over wives, special treatment for marrieds while neglecting singles, the close connection between church and politics. Sometimes the rest of it seems only to use Jesus as a mascot while twisting scriptures to clobber or bash people that they don’t like. Sometimes it’s the way that some sinners are embraced while others are treated horribly. I’ve read a lot about how evangelical Christianity is quite toxic, like times when modesty teachings place the burden and the blame on women for not doing enough for the sake of their weaker brothers. It’s times when a frightened wife goes to her elders to get some help because of domestic violence and they tell her to submit even more completely. That’s the kind of Christianity the world sees and wonders why it’s worth it all.

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    1. I agree with you. In my opinion, so much of what you mentioned falls into the category of legalism. We humans twisting, cherry-picking, sometimes blatantly misusing God’s word to justify our hatred, intolerance, mistreatment.

      I don’t pretend to understand why Christians can be so absolutely hypocritical. I pray that at some point, we’ll finally “get it” and start loving and treating people the way Jesus instructed us to.

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      1. Jesus did warn us to beware the yeast of the Pharisee – the spirit of legalism that pushes our hearts toward outward obedience rather than inward transformation by the Spirit. Too many Christians I know are inerrant literalists who are obedient to every dotted i and crossed t in the New Testament but miss out on the spirit of the text. I don’t think they understand how a tension of opposites was the norm in the culture the Bible was written – every rule would have it’s exception.

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