Why I am a Christian Part 1

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It's just my opinion...

There is so much controversy these days behind being a Christian and what it means. I see it in the forums. I read it in my daily reading of hubs. I watch and listen as others express their thoughts on the topic in my day to day routine.

I don’t want to break it down into a dictionary point of view or lecture someone.

For some reason I find this fascinating. Call me crazy, but I am finding it interesting to visit other peoples perspectives about this subject. I have been reading more hubs lately than writing them and have come across many interesting hubs that have been helpful.

The most intriguing have been questions from one Christian directed to other Christians. The responses to some of these questions have caused quite a stir among the non-Christian community. I have struggled for days on what to say in a hub like this, but I just want to post my thoughts and feelings on this issue.

Note: These are my thoughts and I don't expect others to believe the same as I do.

I can’t help but wonder if people forget that Christians are just people too.


We all sin!

No matter if you are a Christian or not, sin is a given. The downfall of Christians is that people are waiting for a Christian to fall so they can prey on them. It is far easier to point the finger, than it is to look at oneself. (Some will disagree with this, but if you read their posts, you will see the anger coming out in them.)

Who is right?

Who is wrong?

For me, (and I mean me personally) it is about accepting Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior and not about what church I am attending at the moment. I am an offensive person because I have come to a point in my life where I question a lot. My mother once told me I test the faith of others by asking so many “normal” questions, but they are questions that make fellow Christians squirm.

For instance, I was once asked how could I take for granted what I read in the bible? According to the person’s point of view, man wrote the bible. How is one to know for sure that it was from God and not man’s interpretation of what he wanted to write? Isn’t religion all about control and power?

Hmm, interesting questions!

I had to ponder my answer for a minute. Some people can whip out an answer in a second.

I had to stop and think because I knew that my answer would be dissected, analyzed, and another question would follow.

I had to be true to myself, and I had to make sure that my answers could back up my belief. (This can be very challenging since I hate debates.)

Did you know...

Did you know that some of the newer bibles have taken scripture so far out of context that it lost its meaning?

Or that in some places the whole verse is missing?

Or that a man named AC Grayling wrote his own bible?

Let’s look at the bible.

There are many different interpretations of the bible. How does a person know which one is correct?

For me, it is the King James Bible.

Why?

I grew up with a Baptist background, but as I have said before, I had put God on a shelf for about 15 years. As a child if someone told me something from out of the bible, I took it for granted. As an adult, I started to research it.

One day I was surfing through some literature and came across a Chick Tract that I had read as a child. On the back of the tract was a website for them. I looked it up and one of the topics was about what bible to read.

I found this intriguing. I guess you could say that I am easily entertained. Here is a test that I did. I had eight different kinds of bibles to do this test with.

I took a King James Bible and look up Acts 8:37, then I tested the theory with the other newer translations and looked up Acts 8:37. It was definitely an attention-grabber to see where the bible had been changed.

In the newer translations, the verse is missing. This I found tweaked my curiosity further. Therefore, I started to poke around more.


A.C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling is a humanitarian that believes man needs a guide line to live by, but does not believe in God. He even went as far as writing his own bible.

Yep! I said it...his own bible!

In September of 2011, he held in interview to promote his book "The Good Book, A Secular Bible"

He based his bible to be read like the King James Bible. Giving the guide lines he believed everyone should follow.

Why are these translations being changed.

So, the next question I had to ask myself was why ?

Satan!

If Satan could debunk the word of God, then he could deceive people into being as sheep led to a slaughter.

And Why not?...Who is going to take the time to search it out?

God warns his people.

In the bible, God warns us not to mess with his word, Proverbs 30:6 and Revelations 22:18-19, are just a few of those warnings.

(This was enough for me to rely on the King James Bible.)

Take the challenge yourself.

I am still debating with certain people in my family, Christian and non-Christian, about why I use the King James Bible, and why I believe the way I do. When the debates get pretty headed, I remind them of what I have always been told.

Test the faith. Take the challenge yourself and see where it leads you. Pray for guidance and trust in the Lord to show you the right path.

Sometimes it is easier said than done, but how will you know what is the right path if you don't arm yourself with a bit of knowledge first.

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Comments 14 comments

coffeesnob 6 years ago

I went in to do some research on this verse and it seems that it does not show up in the most recent finds in the manuscripts adn appears to have been added as a formulary for baptism...thanks for the read and the reason to dig

CS


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tlpoague 6 years ago from USA Author

Glad to help...if it wasn't for my husband always asking me 20 questions about the bible, I don't think I would have ever dug deeper.


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Troy C. 6 years ago from Norfolk, VA

tipoague,you are right on all accounts,expecially about nonbelievers watching us and wanting us to fall. Like the Bible states in 1 Peter 5:8 Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devl prowls around lik a roaring lion lookin for someone to devour. Sorry NIV,I use the KJV mostly.


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tlpoague 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, I use to never question much, but now I can't help but question alot due to the deceptions surrounding churches and religion. One church I use to go to preached out of King James for years and now switched to NIV. Needless to say the preacher was still great at delivering a sermon, but I would rather listen to the scripture from KJV. Thanks again for your comments.


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I don't label myself as a Christian. I am however a deeply spiritual person who has made many mistakes and still make mistakes. I went to a bible study on metaphysics for 30 plus years 3 times a week and then Sunday. It was non denominational. They were just seekers of the truth and never collected money and no teacher or minister was ever paid. I learned many truths about the bible. The sad thing is that people will not want to believe the truth even when it is pointed out to them in black and white. Most are pre conditioned in their thinking and are not willing to give up old traditional ideas even when they know it is wrong and can be proven. The bible is a text book, and it does have errors only because a man did translate. But they can be spotted if you know the basic fundamentals and know how the bible is to be read. There are 7 ages and dispensations and the bible is broken up into those accordingly. What applies to one age may not apply in another. Rightly dividing the word of truth. People tend to cram everythng together and some things do not even apply to every person. God or Yahweh as I call him, spoke at certain times to only certain groups of people and what he said was meant only for them. Well as you know its a long story and would take a lot of explanation so I wont clog up your comment section.

Keep seeking for truth. Those who really want to know, will find it. Satan is the ruler of this earth and only for a short time. He has decieved most. The whole world lieth in wickedness. His sheep will hear His voice and come out of the world.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your comment Lisa...I agree that some people may be comfortable in their world and it is upsetting to be faced with questions. I am one of those people that have be told I ask too many questions when something doesn't set right with me. I was raised with a religious background that you didn't question what you were told, you just did it. Later when I was married I would have conversations with my husband who helped to not take things for granted. He sent me on a mission to seek out things for myself. Now, I look at people and topics in a different light.


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Good for you. When I was a kid 3 years old, I would get up in the morning on Sunday, dress myself, and walk to a church. I remember this at 3 years old as crazy as it sounds. I walked in and remember seeing all of the really big people saying, "Where are her parents?" "What do we do with her?" They put me in a Sunday school class in the basement. I wanted to know God even at 3 and asked a million questions. I don't even know how I knew there was a God at 3 because I came from a very un religious family, very dysfunctional. That tells me, that God speaks to us in our hearts, even at 3.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

The downfall of Christians is that people are waiting for a Christian to fall so they can prey on them. It is far easier to point the finger, than it is to look at oneself. (Some will disagree with this, but if you read their posts, you will see the anger coming out in them.) I think you may be judging all for the faults of a few. A person of any faith should be ashamed to wish for failure on another person. I have friends of many faiths and I can tell you that none, 0, want to see others fail for their beliefs. Nice to meet you, Peace!! Tom


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for your comment Justom, sorry it took me so long to respond back. I am not judging all, just pointing out the faults of a few. I am not wishing for failure on any person, although it does happen.

I felt inspired to write this because of what I have seen, read, or experienced.

I live with someone who is always questioning Christianity and Religion. Many of his points of view is what made me pause a moment to validate my point of view.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I think it's fairly judgmental to say that folks are out to get you because of your beliefs (and you did say that). Also I wasn't even implying that you wished failure on anyone so I'm not sure where that's coming from. If faith is not about common ground it's just not what it's supposed to be. Peace!! Tom


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anidae 5 years ago from Tennessee

Voted up and awesome on this hub. You are right to search the scriptures and compare changes that are being made. I study an older King James Version bible, a newer KJV Archaeological bible,and a NIV bible and I am always comparing the same scripture to see what might have been changed or misinterpreted. God does expect us to study so that we will not be deceived. Thanks for your research and thought provoking hub.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Anidae,

It always bothered me when scripture had been changed from what I was use to. Somehow I felt the meaning was lost or changed a bit. Now I just try to study with the KJV and if scripture is given from another version, I go back and read it from KJV.

Thanks again for stopping by!


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hi tipoague-

I am not a Christian, but did feel curious, and engaged in a 3 yr study of the Bible with a Jehovah's witness. I learned so much, and although I did not embrace the faith, I found many scriptures very inspiring. Like you, I also compared several copies of Bibles, and found discrepancies. I guess that's to be expected in words so old that have been translated into so many languages. Although I am still formulating beliefs, I sometimes wish everyone could concentrate their energies on where they agree rather than where they don't! Take care.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Jean,

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I guess I feel it is far easier to show how God has worked in my life than to come across as forceful and preachy. I was once told that everyone can quote scripture, but what good is that if you don't show how it works in your life? So, from then on I have tried to express it through stories. After reading a few books by David W. Daniels, I have stuck with reading the KJV and my scripture quotes are from the KJV. I also enjoy reading Chick Tracks by Jack Chick. I also wrote a hub about a humanitarian that wrote his own bible. It was interesting to hear his views, even though I didn't agree with his belief. Good luck in your journey, I'm sure you will find your answers. Thanks again!

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