You Might Hate Christians If...

* Editorial Note

This article is in no way intended to bad mouth Christians, or anyone else for that matter. It has come to my attention, that "Christians" are not acting like Christians at all, based on the fact that the term Christian means "Christ-like". Being a Christian myself, the last thing that I want to see are "Christians" who are not pressing on towards the goal of Christ-likeness.


It is true that we all fall in many ways, and I am no different, but my intention of this article is to bring a wake up call to my brothers and sisters throughout the world. The wake up call is about persecution and consequences, which I am sure we can agree are two very different things.

Persecution is being hated, or harmed in some way based strictly on your faith, or your beliefs. Consequences are effects of various actions that we have performed. If someone knows that you believe in Jesus Christ, and they seek you out without any provocation at all, and inflict harm upon you in some way, that is an example of persecution. If you constantly inform people about how wrong they are, and assume a position of higher authority, and they hate you for that, it would only be consequences of your actions that brought on those feelings and could not be considered persecution.


There is much confusion in this area, and it's high time that we drew a line in the sand. It's true that Jesus said that all of His followers would face persecution, but sometimes we only face the consequences of our actions, and not persecution at all. This is the purpose of my article; to reveal the consequences of some of our(Christians) actions, how others are effected, and why hate is not always directly involved with persecution.

God loves them more

If you thought God loves Christians the most, you might hate Christians.

"I hate Christians because God loves them more than me". This is an actual quote I found online. If you believe that God shows partiality in a way such as this, then you have been misinformed.

According to the Scriptures, God loves each and every person on the face of this planet equally. God does not always love our actions, but He does love each and every person exactly the same. He is not like some dad who ranks his kids from greatest to least. He is not like that at all.

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ came here, in the form of a man, to pay the penalty for mankind's sins for all time. Jesus said that this was true love; that One laid down His life for those that didn't love Him. He loved us first, and He loved us all the same.

As a Christian, I am not better than you, and you are not better than me whether you are a Christian or not. We are both people placed here by God, for His purposes, and He loves us both equally.

They told you that you were going to hell

If a Christian ever told you that you were going to hell, you might hate Christians.

How does anyone know what kind of person you are? How does anyone know where you will go, or what will happen to you after you die? How does anyone own the right to tell you what is going to happen to you?

Some Christians like to run around and inform others that they are going to go to hell. In my own opinion, I highly doubt that anyone in the last 2,000 years was converted to Christianity because of this move. Think about it; sometimes we can be prideful, sometimes we can be arrogant, and we definitely DO NOT like to be told what to do.

Did Jesus walk around telling everyone that they were going to go to hell? Then why would we do it? This is what Jesus did; He went around developing a loving relationship with others. He desired mercy and not sacrifice. In fact, people came to Him because of the kind of person He was. Jesus was definitely a people person, and we should be as well. If we walk around telling people that they are going to go to hell, eventually there won't be many people around. Jesus didn't push people away, He invited them into His life.

They hated or mistreated you

You might hate Christians if they have ever hated or mistreated you.  

Okay, with this one we can go back again to how Jesus treated people while He was here. Did Jesus scream at people who didn't like Him or get along with Him? Did He show hate towards anyone? Did He argue, slander, ignore, or use people? Then why would we do it?

I would love to argue my point all day long just as much as the next guy, but what is that really going to solve? Arguing in relationships may be a good thing when they get resolved, but arguing about spiritual things solves nothing. Lets stop wasting time, and move on to more important things.

Name calling, fighting, and displaying hate through words; why do it? Doing things like this will only push people away from you, and is in no way showing love to others no matter the situation.

Think about how you are going to act, or what you are going to say before you actually do it. If you are not displaying love, then you might as well not display anthing at all. It's the second greatest commandment; love your neighbor as yourself. Are you doing it?

They feel superior

You might hate Christians if they have made you feel like less of a person.

Christians are not superior to anyone else. We have no right to look down on someone else because they are not a Christian. We have no right to make them feel low, as if we were in some position of authority. The disciples, on more than one occasion, tried to figure out which one of them would be the greatest out of all the disciples. Jesus told them that such a thing was not to be. If we wanted to be great, we must be able to do the things that no one wants to do; we must be able to serve.

Jesus told us not to seek the places of high authority, power, and control, or things that corrupt, but to serve others and to love them as He showed His love for us. How would you feel if someone talked down to you because you simply didn't believe what they believed? Why would you do that to someone else. Hurting others pushes them away, and we are called to invite others with love. Before you talk down to anyone, or act as if you were in some great positon, remember why you really are where you are.

They don't practice what they preach

If you've seen the hypocrisy in action, you might hate Christians.

This is probably the biggest one in the whole list. Hypocrisy is a horrible thing, and it is no stranger to Christians. If you are a Christian, and you are telling others to do things, you better be darn sure that you are doing those same things as well. Nobody, and I mean nobody, likes to be around a hypocrite. Nobody will even listen to someone who doesn't practice what they preach.

The message of Jesus Christ is a message of love, and if we are not showing love day in and day out, then there is a problem. The apostle Paul said that if we had all things except love, we would be like a banging cymbal. It's just noise, and no one wants to hear it. If you are going to preach a message of love, you better be living it. Get connected to the Source, and make sure that what you are showing is love. Love conquers all. Don't try it any other way.

They do whatever they want

If it seems like they can just do whatever they want, you might hate Christians.

Again, I am no better than you, and you are no better than me. I have no right to talk to you in a way that I would mind being talked to myself. If you feel like you have any special rights over another human being, then you are sadly mistaken. If you respect others, most likely they will return that respect.

Jesus did many great things while He was here including; curing the sick, curing the physically impaired, feeding many without much, casting out demons, raising the dead, etc...  However, He only did that which God(The Father) wanted Him to do.  He said that those who do the will of His Father in heaven are His brothers and sisters. 

Are we doing the will of the Father, or are we just doing whatever we want to do?  People notice these things, and if we are just doing whatever we want, and acting as if we have some special authority, not only will we be wasting our time, but we will be getting in the way of that which God wants to do through us. 

They don't care what happens

If they don't care about what happens on Earth, you might hate Christians. 

It's true that Jesus told us this world is passing away, and that we should make sure we store up our treasures in heaven, but we are here for a reason and He didn't tell us to forget about this life competely.  There can be such a thing as too focused on the next life.  We should be focused on that, but not to the point where we neglect things that need to get done here. 

If you are focusing on the next life, while not being concerned with your neighbor, your community, your environment, and things of that nature, then you are strictly forgetting about what needs to be done here.  Jesus did leave us with several things that we can do while we are here; spread the Good News, love God, love others, as well as doing other works that He did while here. 

We are here to take care of this planet as much as possible.  We should be concerned about what goes on here, as well as being mindful that this world is not it. 

Too many different versions

You might hate Christians if you think they can't agree on what kind of Christians they are.

We've got Catholic, we've got Lutheran, we've got Protestant, we've got Evangelical, we've got Methodist, we've got Baptist, we've got Anglican, and we've got many more than that. Supposedly there is said to be over 38,000 denominations, however, that is not a verifiable fact.

What do you think people believe when they see that there is not only more than one denomination of Christianity, but there are hundreds and potentially thousands? Many people choose not to believe in anything. What happens if they pick the wrong one? How can Christianity be true with this many denominations?

Some people refuse to believe in God because we did not listen to the teaching of the apostle Paul a long time ago. Back in Paul's day, division in the church was a problem that was becoming apparent. Some people were following Paul, others were following Peter, and still others were following Apollos. In Paul's letters to the churches, he said that this cannot happen.

Paul asked his brothers and sisters, "Did Apollos die for you? Were you baptized in my name?" In fact, Paul also told them that he was glad he didn't hardly baptize anyone, so that they couldn't boast about that. The people were choosing sides already within the church. He tried to tell us that it didn't matter who the messenger was, and that it only mattered that we were united in Christ. Did we listen? Did we?

They just wanted money

You might hate Christians if money was demanded of you.

Now I've never personally experienced this to be true, but I have heard stories about individuals being turned away from the church because they wouldn't cooperate with giving a certain amount of money. I know people who want nothing to do with churches because they claim they were only out for their money.

People have hated governments and the IRS ever since taxes have been required of them, and are we as the church demanding money from individuals and families? This is ridiculous. Jesus told us to love, to give of ourselves, to seek God first, and everything that we need would be given to us. Even if people are not giving as they are able, then perhaps there is another problem, but people should NEVER be turned away because of money.

They don't care about the poor

If you believed they don't care for the poor, you might hate Christians. 

I did see this point brought up somewhere, and it is just flat out untrue.  Now, I wouldn't doubt that there are Christians who don't care about the poor, but I know there are tons of Christians who donate their time, talents, and treasure to the causes of the poor, the sick, the oppressed, and the persecuted.  This is factual. 

Jesus loves everyone, even those who feel unloved, and those who feel like lesser human beings.  He also calls us to love them as well, and give as we are able.  There are many Christians doing just that.  A statement about Christians not caring for the poor is just plain false.  There's no need to start making stuff up that is not true in any way. 

They believe in God

You might hate Christians if they believe in God without scientific proof.

If you are hated because you believe in God, then you can put that one in the persecution category. There's nothing you can do about that one. Except, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and pray for those that intend you harm, and all that good stuff. Instead of starting some argument that will get nowhere, just be ready to inform others why you believe what you believe. 

If you hate someone because they believe in God, then that is your problem, but I pray that God would open your heart to Him and reveal Himself to you in a new, real, and personal way.

Other reasons why Christians might be hated:

They always talk about Jesus

They read the Bible

They pray

They invited you to Church

They claim to know God

They claim to know they are going to heaven

Sorry, can't help you out with any of those. They appear to be perfectly fine to me. If you hate someone for those reasons then I don't know what to tell you. There's no reason for it.

Conclusion

If you are a Christian, I hope this article has opened your eyes to some of the things we have been doing as the Church. that may very well create a wall between us and others. I think we can all agree that our goal is Christ-likeness, and if we are not being like Christ; who are we trying to be like? It's time that we wake up from our slumber and treat people like Christ would treat them. He loves us each equally, and gave His life for every person. Besides that, He commanded us to love as He loved us. If He can tell us to love, then it's not just a feeling, it becomes a choice. Will you choose it?

If you are not a Christian, I hope this article has given you some insight into what Christianity is really about. Jesus Christ never intended you to be hated, mistreated, or unloved. As His followers we are not perfect, but we are trying to get there. If you have ever been hated, abused, mistreated, or unloved in the name of Christianity, then I am truly sorry. This was never the intent of Jesus Christ, and it should not be ours either. Christians should be nothing but loving, peaceful, merciful, and graceful. Like I said before, we are not perfect, but are trying to get there through Christ alone. Please don't judge Christianity on the actions of a few, and please don't judge Jesus Christ based on the actions of them either.

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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Keep it up Dave and you might accidenlty give Christians a good name!


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks BDazzler! You sure read that fast. Christian is known as a bad word in some areas, and it's not like there is no reason for that.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Dave- Excellent article. I admire people who actually do great acts like Mother Teresa. You are right one has to walk the talk and as once Mahatma Gandhi said "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." 

Btw I had an interesting experience when last year two young guys came to my house: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Its-OK--no...


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

If you hated all Christians on the basis of lying, hypocrisy or whatever by a few, that wouldn't be great either.


pgrundy 7 years ago

This is a great hub. So well done, thanks. One thing that bothers me though is that so many Christians think if you just don't agree with them you are persecuting them or you 'hate' them. I don't want to be Christian, but it doesn't mean I hate people who choose this. I do dislike all the things you list here though. Nobody appreciates being poorly treated. But the fact that I don't appreciate poor treatment isn't the same as 'hating Christians.' Seems like splitting hairs perhaps but from my own perspective its an important point.


Sciantel 7 years ago

Good job. I do not like any of the churches that state they are of the Christian faith but go out of their way to hate gay people, or say that God hates gay people. God loves us all. We ALL SIN. It is merely sin to Him whether it be a sin of gay acts, or if we lie. The churches don't realize that their sin of hating is just as bad in His eyes as a person commiting adultry or being gay.


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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

Grate Hub Dave.

Bless you.


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Rob Jundt 7 years ago from Midwest USA

Dave, you have expressed how I feel much better than I could have. Awesome job and keep holding your faith high for all to see. Blessings!

RJ


SirDent 7 years ago

Good job.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I am in agreeance as my famous saying "who am I to judge?" As a Christian have seen backlashing from Christians who were not in agreeance with me, or disliked my thoughts, but honestly who was acting like a better Christian, me, myself and I or them? I did not judge them for their shortcomings, so who are they to judge. Your article has it it right on the nose and maybe some will wake up and realize what being a Christian is all about. :)


Whikat 7 years ago

Dave, Thank you for this interesting article. It is very detailed and thoughtfully written. I don't really believe that people do not choose Christianity because of a few people's actions. I think people do not wish to be Christians based on what Christianity teaches people in today's society.

Example: I attended a very popular, very well known Christian University with thousands of other students, to be very frank with you, their mission was to convert others to Christianity while passing judgment, condemnation, and hypocrisy, on anyone and everyone who did not call themselves a Christian. They also had a terrible habit of having the students study other different religions so they could teach students to pass judgment and believe that the so called "Christian God" was much higher and better than all the other Gods of the other religions. I hate to say this but these people are being taught this kind of Christianity by the thousands each semester.

I wish you the best of luck trying to convert Christians to live like their Jesus, because I can tell you that is not what they are being taught in the Christian Universities and most churches here in the United States.


Fighter 7 years ago

I may not agree with everything about this article. But I'm thankful for your typing of it. I'm a Christian like you. But I don't obsess over my religion. Besides, there are other things that I like besides it.

Also like, I really dislike it when non-Christians are against our kind and attack our beliefs. I don't exactly force my beliefs just as I don't anyone to force his or her beliefs on other people.

But I don't agree with that "love your enemies" thing. Christians have to learn to stand up for themselves and each other instead of being doormats. I, myself, am really tired of anti-religion, anti-Christianity, anti-Jesus, and anti-God bigotry.

Besides being a Christian, I respect other people's religions. According to the First Amendment, Congress shall make no law prohibiting free exercise of religion.

It's up to non-Christians if they dislike Christians. But that doesn't give them (the non-Christians) a right to attack them (the Christians) for their faith. People who are too intolerant to religion can be gotten back at.


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daveearley 7 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks for your comment, Fighter.

Jesus Himself showed us how to love, and also instructed us to love. This makes "to love" a commandment, which also makes it an action and not a feeling like most people believe.

If Jesus did not love then perhaps we would not even be here. When we do not love we are hurting God and each other. It's not about being a door mat, it's about spreading love and not hate, violence, slander, and other forms of abuse, of which nothing good comes.

Dave


Jonquille 6 years ago

I have been a christians for 20 years but I can't anymore. Yes there is hypocrisy, people who proclaims christians but never apologizes when they wrong you and I just realized that Bible is indoctrination, with murders in O.T against who believe in another god...Murder because a different belief ? it is crazy and like in the moslim fundamentalism today. Jesus never helped me and has been an illusion for a long time.

I am just happy of having left all this "christian world" with his hypocrisy and the danger of the bible and I feel so better today.

Let me tell you that when we have a brainwashing we are never happy although christians proclaim that "their world makes you free". This is a lie.


Makondu Rapheal (younglord) 5 years ago

what people need to know is that Answering christian name doesn't make you a christian, just like living in the garage doesn't make you a car


zip 5 years ago

I think all christians should die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anti-hero 4 years ago

Loving one's enemies is for goody-two-shoes. Therefore, Christians should be allowed to retaliate.

@Jonquille:

"You're a big fat liar for thinking and claiming that Christianity is full of lies. Sure, it isn't all perfect. But neither are other people.

If you don't want to be a Christian anymore, fine with me. But don't you dare try to bigoted to Christians 'cause you'll pay the price if you do."

@zip:

"If you think that all Christians should die, then you should. If you ask me, you're just as bad as Jonquille because you and him or her are narrow-minded bigots who think that they know everything and look down on those who are Chrstians. Shame on you. Hell, you and hhim or her should just fuck each other to death like the hypocrites you are."


Michele 4 years ago

My Christianity is based on my direct relationship with God, and with Jesus Christ as my Savior -- nothing more. All religions are man-made for the purpose of condemning those who do not follow their traditions. I had to cut churches out of my life because they were interfering with my relationship with God by causing me to question my Christianity. I go to a huge Christian university and we ARE persecuted when we express an opinion to which they do not agree....my grades have suffered. Leave people like this in God's hands, forgive them, and do not allow them to create bitterness and resentment within you. Love God, talk with Him, embrace His mercy and goodness, and overlook the nonsense that humans can drum up. Life on this planet is short, so concentrate on your eternal life.


JMK26 4 years ago

Dave thank you for this article because it truly helped me out. There is plenty of people that call theirselves Christians, but they don't live out the gospel, so they talk it, but don't walk it. I have to admit it that I have sexual immorality problems, so I don't talk about that much because I fall in the category as being one, so I have to stop before I talk about it. When I sharing the gospel I was living it because all I would do is be on Facebook sharing the gospel with people and that is why I deleted Facebook because I was on it to much and I saw my life pass by me. I do like sharing the gospel on the Internet, but I need to share in person too. I did tell one person that they were going to Hell because they were mocking Jesus, they said Jesus was a drunk, Jesus had sex and that is bad too. That person knew my cousin and it saddens me that my cousins knows those kind of people because they are lost souls for now. I have been pushed out of church because they demanded money from us. Sometimes people lie about me because they think I think I am better than them, I am no Fred Phelps, I am not retarded, I am not wrong, God made me smarter than my enemy and I never stalked anybody in my life. People called the cops on me because they accused me of stalking their family. People would randomly call the cops on me for sharing the gospel on Facebook. I ended a fast argument about the Holy Bible by telling a bible verse to them. I used the bible verse James 4:4 because being part of this world means you are an enemy to God. James 4:4 You adulterous people![a] Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. My favorite bible verse that I tell everyone 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Christians do care about the poor. In Heaven religion will never matter. We are saved by God's mercy through our faith in God. Thank you for sharing this article. God bless you.


ANONYMOUS 3 years ago

ALL RELIGION IS FOR RETARDED PEOPLE

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