Why is Christian bashing in?

Why is Christian bashing in?

I spend a lot of time in forums and reading blogs. My husband always says the sentence 'I love my computer because all my friends are living in it.' was coined for me. But I don't tell people very often that I am a Christian. Why? Because I am sick of being insulted. Christian bashing is in, on the internet and on the forums. There are myths around about being a Christian and certain labels are put on people that confess to believe in God. So what are these labels, you ask? Lets look at some common myths about Christians that I have encountered personally and what I personally think about them.

Myths about Christians

1. Christians believe that God created the world in literally 6 days and 1 rest day.
The vast majority of Christians I know actually believe that God created everything through evolution. For us, the reports in the biblical book of Genesis are about the 'Why did God create?' and not about 'How did God exactly create?' Big Bang and Evolution are two theories (they are called theories by the scientists for a reason, btw) that for us are a good way of explaining how things came to be as they are today. Believing in these theories doesn't take anything away from believing in God, it enhances it by seeing and admiring how well he has everything ordered.

2. Christians are pro-life, even to the point that they kill abortionists.
I am pro-life, BUT I will and have always defended the existence of a legal abortion under certain circumstances. And just for the record, I certainly would never kill anybody because I don't agree with what s/he is doing. I am also against the death penalty, for this and other reasons. Back to abortion. I am a trained nurse and have seen with my own eyes women who use abortion as a way of contraception. I still remember one woman saying calmly to me, 'Oh, we are just not good with the whole contraception thing, if anything happens [read, when she got pregnant], we just let the doctors take it away.' It was her 8th abortion and she was in her early thirties. Yes, I am pro-life, but I repeat, I am also in favor of having the possibility for woman to have a legal abortion, just not for convenience reasons or because they are too lazy to take care of contraception. Which brings me to the next point:

3. Christians are against contraception.
Most Christians I know of actually use or have used some form of contraception. Because avoiding conception is not the same as killing a life that has just started.

4. Christians believe that being gay is against God's will and an 'abomination'.
Again, there is a very vocal but small minority that actually condemns the homosexual orientation per se. These people believe that homosexuals have to be 'healed'. Another, unfortunately less vocal, minority, believe that God is an inclusive God, rather than an exclusive one. The majority of Christians are caught up somewhere in between. The whole subject is very, very much loaded with emotional baggage and lack of understanding of biological facts, but for another look at how Christians think about homosexuality have a look at this wikipedia article
and this web site of an English Christian movement for Inclusiveness.

5. Christians want to force everybody to believe what they believe.
Actually, I feel very much forced and threatened by atheists who tell me a) what I believe and b) why I shouldn't believe it. Few of them actually take the time to discover what I DO really believe, a lot just ass-u-me that they know what I believe and condemn me for their own prejudices. Personally I stay with this words of St. Peter: 'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect'. That means not to bash people with a Bible and my convictions over their heads but to wait until they ASK.

6. Only Christians go to heaven, everybody else will burn eternally in hell.
Another favourite of mine. I am deeply suspicious of people that 'know God's will for others'. God is God and judgement is to be left to him. But if you ask me personally, I am convinced that there will be an awful lot of Jews, Hindus, Muslims etc etc - and even the odd atheist in heaven, as weird as that may sound for some... In the end God is bigger than our understanding of him. And whilst Christianity is the way that works best for me, I don't believe it is the only way to God.



Have I forgotten something?

Just leave me a comment and accuse me of it. But if you have read until here and if you, for a moment, have left your prejudices about Christians on one side, than you might actually discover that Christians are not the homophobe, blood-thirsty, abortionist killing creationists that many atheists want you to believe that we are. Most of the Christians I know, and I include myself here, are just trying to live God's will in our lives to the best we can without having to give up our intellectual integrity or our compassion for every human being, including atheists.

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Karen Chaffee 7 years ago

I believe it is never accurate to lump any particular group under one label.

Karen


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Sybille Yates 7 years ago Author

@Karen Chaffee

I agree, but if the label describes a small group but gets slapped on a far bigger one, than it is even worse, at least for me. SY


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

Persecution has weighed it's self down on the followers of Christ in every age, in the words of the Savior, "The servant is not above his Lord; If they have persecuted me then they will persecute you also." And so persecution is the fulfilment of the words of the prophets and Christ.


Mr Green 7 years ago

Great hub, but there's one bit i'm not sure on.

You say that there isn't one way to God, but Jesus seemed to suggest that He was the only way to God. I'm confused now.


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Sybille Yates 7 years ago Author

@Mr Green

I believe in a loving God, so I don't believe that the only way to him is solely through Jesus Christ. If that would be so, he would be condemming everybody that was born before Christ was born... I think the text mentioned (John 14) is far deeper than a single if...so equatation, SY

edit: I repeat, Christain faith is the best way for me personally, but that doesn't mean that I think of it as the only possible way to God.


Mr Green 7 years ago

Hi Sybille. I beleive in a loving God too.What do you think Jesus meant in John 14 when he says "No one comes to the Father except through me." maybe there is more to this passage than meets the eye?


Chris 7 years ago

Explain to me the overwhelming evidence in the entire New Testament saying that Jesus IS the only way to heaven. Romans 10 is quite clear. Explain to me verses 9-10: 9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Rom 10:9-10 TNIV)

This seems to imply only one way to be saved.


Seeker 5 years ago

If you want to see some of the worst Christian bashing that has ever been perpetrated on the web, use "Christians on Hubpages" as a search term and click on the first link at the top of the page. Sometimes the worst part of it, isn't who's perpetrating it but who is allowing it be be perpetrated, the later being the party most responsible. Question is, should Christians participate with those parties, which support the allowing of the bashing?

Ephesians 5:11

2 John 1:10-11


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Sybille Yates 5 years ago Author

That is exactly the reason I stay well clear of the forums here at Hubpages when it comes to religion / politics and the like. The one thing I do regret is that we moderate Christians are not more outspoken, but then, that is the reason why we are calling ourselves moderate ;-) SY


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tonynosense 5 years ago from Japan (for now)

Not only do religions fail to agree on what this god or gods is like but even within religions there are very different ideas. All of this points to the fact that gods are created by people and not the other way around. If you are more tolerant and open minded, your god will be that way. If you are more angry, a homophobe etc., your god will be that way too (and scripture says this god is angry enough to send people to sadistic eternal torture over their beliefs, cares about who we have sex with etc.)

Unless we get hard evidence there is a god or gods and what exactly they are like, then humanity would be better off assuming there are none or at the very least admitting they have no idea what any god wants.

A little humility would go a long way...


Jonothan Taylor Thomas 4 years ago

This is probably the best source out there as to why people think Christians are out of touch with reality.

http://twitter.com/#!/SacredShit


Carol 4 years ago

I totally agree with this hub. The people that are the ones that spout they are all inclusive and agree everyone should have rights are always the first to put me down because I am a Christian. I get called ignorant because I have faith. I am actually fairly well educated (don't knock my grammar, it's poor. So was Einstein's! I am more of a science major).

As for the bit about the New Testament being the only way to God as said by some people in the comments, come on! The Bible was written by man. If that were true, then how would it be fair for people in say, Africa that aren't exposed to any Bibles etc. They are completely ignorant of all that so how would it be their fault? I think we should all just try to be good as we can be, treat our fellow man well and just live everyday to the fullest.

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