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Absurdity of Christians Superiority Claim
Christians often lay claims to the superiority of their faith largely because, they belief that Jesus came to earth, lived, and died just to provide the long awaited platform for humanity to reunite and have fellowship with God. This dogma is central to the Christian faith and is the reason why they see Jesus as the ONLY way, the truth, and the life. And no one can get to the Father except through him John 14:6. And that he has the ONLY name on earth through which man can obtain salvation Acts 4:12. Thus, they subscribe to the messianic claim of Jesus, accept his Lordship, and operate with the mindset that through the experience of spiritual rebirth, they are made holy to showcase the excellence of God on earth 1 Peter 2:9. Owing it all to the conviction that they have been made new creations because of the death of Christ and are now living a new life without any trace of the old prevailing conditions 2 Corinthians 5:17. A reason they belief their names are written in the book of life Luke 10:20, with a guaranteed life eternal John 3:16.
As such, their oft-superiority claim is sustained by the belief, they are unique people. With their ties to immorality severed since they have accepted Jesus Christ as the propitiation of their sins 1 John 2:2. As such, they have been selected to partake in the divine arrangement that sureties unrivaled lifestyle; one which is distinct and powered by God himself through the Holy Spirit. In this mentality, they consider themselves better than people of other faith or faithlessness. But, the irony of this sort of claim is that it is absurd. This is because the fundamentals of Christian faith focuses more on doctrinal belief and less on progressive living. The possible reason their lifestyles are not spectacular, Judging by common sense acceptable living norm when compared to the gravity of the sanctity they profess. What I am choosing to blame on the guiding comfort they operate under: as long as ones faith in Jesus; commitment to the church and its teachings are strong, there is always room for doing and confession. Since God is faithful in forgiving all wrong deeds and cleaning all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9 for His name sake.
But, how could you possibly know this about christianity, one may ask? I personally grew up in a conservative pentecostal home. I regularly attended Sunday schools, church services and other weekly activities. I even had flair for one on one evangelism; did accept Christ into my life as my Lord and personal savior and purportedly walked in the newness of life. Detested fornication, alcohol and all the other vices, which results in eternal damnation. Prayed for those who didn’t belief in Jesus Christ, so they may all come to repentance for the salvation of their souls. I made sure to exclude unbelievers from my inner cycle of friends, in adherence to the scriptures. I lived with the mask of born again and was motivated by the assurance of being on the Lords side and on my way to heaven.
As far as I was concerned, Christianity was the supreme faith. I sang and believed the song: “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand” to be the true. My human nature never mattered, as I lived with the contentment that Christ is my immunity from wrong, having made things right between God and I after dying on the cross of calvary. Consequently, I have been made pure, holy and free from sin 1 Corinthians 1:30; an operating motto for christians and a pleasant guise for obvious inadequacies that seems not to matter. And when they seem to matter and becomes too heavy, suppress them, press on for the mark, since all that matters is that Christ has paid the price and you belief in him, so who cares.
Permit me therefore, to say that I know the faith, have lived it, and walked with the superiority mentality for more than 30 years, without appreciating how absurd it was. The sad part of living with the afore frame of mind is that life during those days was more of a struggle and gravely unrealistic, than peaceful as promised by Jesus in John 16:33. Like Apostle Paul, the good living my faith assumably granted me, wasn't what I practiced. Rather, the wrongs I was purportedly delivered from were what I was constantly doing Romans 7:19. I will weep; confess; wish there was match between what I believed and the reality of living.
This conflict overburdened my life with guilt and fear. But now I know better. Am more at peace with the realities of living. Irrespective of what anyone says. I tend not to judge myself as much anymore. I also resist judging others as much as I can. And, I clearly see the sameness in every faith and how nonsensical it is for any religious group to claim superiority over others. Funny, Christians claim superiority, even when the bible plainly says in Romans 3:10: “There is no one doing what is right, not even one”. The emphasis here is, not even one. So, for any to lay claims of superiority, it means, they have to first prove this verse wrong by declaring itself wrong free and its followers as perfect beings.
Christianity and Christians are not in any way wrong free or prefect. If they aren’t, then what is the basis for superiority claim? Think about all the many atrocities that have been committed in the name of the religion since it came on the world scene about 3500 years ago. The crusades, grand deceptions, witches killings, holocaust, wars, colonization, slavery, just to mention a few. Also Look around you, while Christians are made to believe they can live without sin 1 John 3:9, such claims are far from truth. A possible reason they to aren't perfect like others. Even though they are convinced they aren't of this world as John 15:19 suggests, they are very much part of it. Even much more than they will want to accept. They partake fully in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life 1 John 2:16 associates with the world and not of God. In all, It’s evident there isn’t anything spectacular and distinct with the ways of living attributable to Christians as a result of their faith. Rather, we are all mere mortals, no matter how the ability to be holy like God is emphasized in 1 Peter 1:14-16.
Come to think about it, in reality, Christians are more likely to:
- Contribute to environmental degradation since the second coming of Christ will see to its destruction 2 Peter 3:10 anyway;
- Look down on people with disgust and pity for choosing the path that leads to destruction as opposed to life Matthew 7:13;
- Treat women below par with men. Even when what was said in 1 Peter 3:7, in reference to women as weaker sex, was actually used to lay emphasis on the fact that men and women are co-heirs and partners to the gracious gift of life;
- Detest people of different sexual orientation; deny them any rights they deserve because such is abominable in the eyes of God Leviticus 18:22;
- Justify human slavery since God allowed Israelites to take slaves in the first place Leviticus 25:44-46;
- Take resources in the name of offering and tithe from the poor as opposed to giving to them;
- Live pretentiously all in an effort to operate with the precepts of the bible, and within the confines of church doctrine. What leads to an outward living that is dangerously different from who they are in reality;
- Kill and eat animals with the conviction that God gave them to man for food. A claim, which isn't even true. God in Genesis 1:29 gave man every seed bearing plant and every tree that has fruit with seed in it as food;
- Be discriminatory and less tolerant of others. With the conviction that believers should not be partners with unbelievers 2 Corinthians 6:15. And tolerating others and their divergent belief amounts to exposing oneself to the danger of losing the superior faith, passed down to them by saints before them; and
- Operate within the comfort of belief ONLY. By so doing, they live life without regard for the ones around them, especially the destitute, the weak, the sick, and the down trodden in general. When they do, exploiting their conditions for selfish reasons is often paramount.
So, if all these and many other non progressive lifestyle attributable to Christians, just like all others, what makes their Faith superior? To be fair, other religions have followers who exhibit all these (even worse) afore detestable lifestyle I accuse Christians of. Nonetheless, the point is: if we all have these tendencies, irrespective of the religion we subscribe to, what is then the point of anyone claiming to have found the ONLY way and is walking in the path that ONLY leads to life while all others lead to destruction as stated in Matthew 7:13-14? If God waited all these years to provide humanity with the perfect and only platform to relate with Him just 3500 years ago, as is claimed by christians, will He not perfect it by ensuring that there is a glaring difference in lifestyle between believers and non believers? Why would there be reasons for anyone to think that a claim of superiority is absurd since we all live alike?
Suffice it to say at this point therefore, that no religious faith is better than others. Any claim to the contrary is nothing, but absurd. Remember that religiosity is all about attempting to feel, understand and relate with the unknown in manner that is in line with a particular teachings. So, despite the nature of the guiding doctrine; the people; the region of the world where such is practiced; the core principles and assured rewards for subscribing, the truth ever remains that we are all seeking the same thing. And that is answers to such questions like: Is there God? How was the earth created? Is there an afterlife? Is the wicked and the righteous separated in death? Is there heaven and hell? In the pursuit for the answers to these kind of questions, many claims exist out there as religions. But non of the answers should be considered superior than others since there have never been absolute provable evidence in defense. I say this, in appreciation of the custodianship of absolute truth claimed by fundamental Christians. Another obvious absurd claim that doesn't in anyway stand both the test of time and reasonability.
The assumed foolishness of religiosity is the foolishness of all who pursue it. So, being better in foolishness doesn't make sense. As such, the focus of living should be more on loving oneself, neighbors and God in any way we understand and appreciate. Treat others like you will want to be treated. Accept others even when their views and orientations are odd or different. Make choices that care for God’s creation (the environment) as much as possible. Put less or no effort on superiority claim no matter how gratifying such effort might seem. Particularly doing so can be evidently be considered absurd. Please ultra religious Christians take good note. Just put on “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” as instructed in Colossians 3:12. Quite being arrogant over your faith, we are all humans and none is holier than the other.