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Christianity Is Not The Most Peaceful Religion

Updated on March 31, 2013

Answering the question "Do you think that Christianity is the most peaceful religion?"

To get directly to the point of my intentionally provocative title - Christianity is not the most peaceful religion because Christianity simply is not a religion. I understand many bristle at such an assertion, but it is simply the fact of the matter. Man is by nature religious, meaning he (throughout history and in every culture) assumes there is a god he has to deal with and he concocts schemes through which to make himself acceptable to his idea of who God is - that is religion. Men light candles, establish rules, say prayers, make sacrifices, etc, etc, in an effort to make themselves acceptable to God. Christianity, authentic Christianity, is not at all about that. Now, men, in their religious natures, have made religions even out of Christianity, there are many religions and religious people identifying themselves as 'Christian' who are practicing a man-concocted religion, little different from Islam or Buddhism, etc, (only the rules and terms, etc, are different - the principle of making yourself acceptable to God is the same) but this is not authentic, historic, Biblical Christianity.

Authentic, historic, Biblical Christianity is simply this; those who believe the gospel and trust Jesus alone as their only hope to know, obey, and love God point to the historic event of the incarnation and sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth . . . Christians are (to be) reporters, witnesses. Christians are not following some concocted religious scheme whereby if we do 'this' and don't do 'that' we hope God will accept us - Christians are simply those who believe the gospel message, trust in the promise of God, and announce to the world that the promised Messiah came 2,000 years ago, died, accomplished an atonement, came back to life, and lives eternally able to save all who trust in His finished work alone (and not in their own religious practices).

Now, as to the question regarding how peaceful Christians and Christianity is or ought to be, the world (in general) is under another misapprehension. The very common and popular view is that the God of the Old Testament was harsh and stern and, to many, simply mean - while the God of the New testament, Jesus, was very tolerant, accepting, and loving. In many ways this can be said to be a completely reverse account of the facts. The entire history set forth in the Old Testament is a history of God's elaborate patience with and provision for a perpetually resistant and rebellious people - while we find Jesus, in the New Testament, announcing that He is the only way to God and that no one can come to God except through Him, and talking more about sin and death and punishment and hell, etc, than anyone else in Scripture. Ultimately Christianity is the only way to real, eternal, peace . . . ultimately God is through Jesus uniting all things unto Himself, and the perfect bond of that unity is love. But now, Christianity is not at peace - it is at war with evil.

Remember, when it was asked if Aslan, C.S.Lewis' lion king of Narnia, was safe, the answer was "He is not safe - but He is good" . . . Jesus, the Jesus of Scripture and of history, was not the 'Jesus' many imagine when they think of Him. Many picture Jesus, head tilted, surrounded by children and lambs . . . always sweet, always peaceful. But the actual account we have in the Bible of Jesus portray a man who bothered just about everybody He ever crossed paths with. Jesus was not of this world, He was flawless in His character and resolute in His purpose, and that made Him a most provocative man. Even those He personally chose to privately teach and to carry on His work after He left, the 12 disciples, even they endlessly resisted His teaching and misunderstood Him. At the very end, after living with Jesus and hearing all His teaching, as He finished His work and was ascending into heaven the 12 asked "Are you now going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" . . . they were still resisting His message of salvation from sin and seeking salvation from Rome!

And, what seems to me to be the clincher to my assertion that Christianity is not a religion at all; consider who Jesus had the most trouble with, who He was continually rebuking, who fully rejected Him, and who He relentlessly denounced - the most religious people of His day! As Christians we are to meet together to worship and disciple one another. To do that we need to organize a time and a place to meet. That, understandably, leads to more organization . . . pretty soon we assert what it is we believe, what we approve of to be taught, and we ordain men to teach it, etc, etc. The end result is that, to many (even to many Christians) it all looks very much like a religion, just like any other religion. But again I assert; authentic, historic, Biblical Christianity is not our effort to do or not do or to practice, etc, whatever it is we think will make us acceptable to God . . . the message of the gospel is that there is nothing anyone can do to make themselves acceptable to God, the teaching of Jesus is that we have no hope apart from Him - Christianity is simply the reporting of that message, Christianity is not following rules and performing rituals, it is pointing back to that historic event of the death, atonement, and resurrection of Jesus.


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    • Felipe717 profile image


      5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Your title caught my eye so I had to read it. I'm glad I did. Realizing that I can have a true relationship with God has made a big difference in my life because I use to see him as someone who was far away from me.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      vocalcoach ~ "I have never heard Christianity presented in this way"

      I wonder the percentage of Americans who would share your sentiment . . ? . . thanks so much for the visit and encouraging comment.

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      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      A M Werner ~ "I would say the conclusion is missing one element and that would be the Holy Spirit giving the believers the ability to do more in this world than just make good testimony and behave like good people. I believe through Christ there is access to Spirit that wasn't there before the resurrection."

      I agree, and only did include your idea because I need to police myself to not fly from idea to idea to idea . . . I think most believers today do not count the coming and work of the Holy Spirit to be as profound as Jesus seems to suggest to His disciples when He encourages them that it's actually better for them that He goes away, telling them that unless He goes the Spirit will not come, and essentially saying to them 'Wait till you see the work the Holy Spirit will do after I'm gone!'.

      The idea that's missing in so many Christian's view of their Christianity is, that something was actually done to them, that they have indeed been changed and are not the same manner of creatures they were . . . all the fussing over speaking in tongues and healing, etc, fully miss the more remarkable work the Holy Spirit does in transforming men, and all the doctrinal disputes over sanctification and eternal security never deal with the real issue - it's not merely about us believing and keeping on believing to make it all work, it's about a real and actual thing that really happened at our conversion . . . those who are truly saved WILL mature in their faith, WILL overcome, and WILL be with God in eternity because they are new creatures, the kind of beings the Holy Spirit has made them to be functions that way, it's not like we're just moved into the 'saved' column but still operate just as we used to, we are new creatures, something real actually happened and it makes a difference.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Mickey - You are such an interesting teacher. I have never heard Christianity presented in this way. I think what I admire most about your writing and thinking is the clear no-nonsense approach you present. A thought-provoking piece for this reader. I also want to mention how much I like your "collage" of boyhood to manhood pictures. Voted up and more. Thank you Mickey.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.


      Your comments always stand-out to me, your thoughtful and friendly visits to my hubs are always a treat. Thank you.

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Mickey, you are so correct in supposing 'that some Buddhists and Hindus practice their Buddhism or Hinduism very much as a religion' . . . there is a lot of the orthodoxy and impatience in such 'Hinduist's' currently, and unfortunately, it is in nexus with political power-hungry miscreants, who play the card of religion to capture the vote bank. One reason is no doubt the still existing illiteracy in India, which makes poor people gullible to misinterpretations in name of religion.

      I remain an attentive student of yours to understand more of Christianity, in context of our time. Thank you so much for your elaborate response to my comment.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.


      S ~ ". . . disagreeing only in considering Buddhism as religion in the way you define religion"

      All I can say is, 'you caught me'. I went back-and-forth a bit with using 'Buddhism' or 'Hinduism' to make my point, understanding that, strictly speaking, they are not so much religions but philosophies of living and social order and cultural custom, etc. I wanted to use one of the other main, known, world faiths and not just contrast Christianity with Islam . . . I thought perhaps Buddhism more than Hinduism might slip by utilized for my example - because, here's the deal; just as there are many Roman Catholics who participate devoutly in their religion yet are pretty poorly informed as to it's actual teaching, I'm supposing that some Buddhists and Hindus practice their Buddhism or Hinduism very much as a religion . . . and I supposed perhaps more so with Buddhism than with Hinduism. But, I do not count myself well informed and certainly not authoritative on this - I just needed an example to make my point.

      Your comment "Your writeup puts forth reasons, overpowering your emotional attachment to the subject" seems to me to reveal a keen insight; I was not raised Christian at all and I tend to be a bit analytical by inclination and was trained to think critically - so, I came/come to this matter (God and religions that advance some notion of Him, etc) with no emotional component to guard or promote . . . and I suppose that comes-out in the manner in which I offer ideas and engage in discussion.

      I became a Christian as a young adult reading the Bible on my own, and part of what I read was "Come, let us reason together" and I think that struck me, struck me as not a religious tone at all but as an argument from history, from reported and observable events, and an invitation to examine evidence and consider facts, etc. I don't think inside myself that where I'm coming from or what I am saying is 'my religion is better than your religion' . . . my sense and approach is, this thing happened once and the evidence demonstrates that it was real, this isn't a matter of what religion you happened to have been raised in or what philosophic ideas appeal to you, etc - this is a matter of confronting reality and heeding the truth of things.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      HeadlyvonNoggin - thank you for the kind words, you are very encouraging.

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      Allen Werner 

      6 years ago from West Allis

      I happened here accidentally but I'm glad I did. I think you did a great job tearing the religious tradition off the back of Christ Himself. So much pollution has been built up on the foundation that people calling themselves Christian, don't have a clue what the foundation really looks like. They really are stuck up in ivory towers believing they are up and above it all, even being violent and greedy. I would say the conclusion is missing one element and that would be the Holy Spirit giving the believers the ability to do more in this world than just make good testimony and behave like good people. I believe through Christ there is access to Spirit that wasn't there before the resurrection. I believe the fruit of the Spirit is evidence of true Christian worship and not just talk, and lord knows there is a lot of talk. Peace

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      6 years ago

      Yes this question inspired hub is well written and you are so right. Old Testament, God/mean and terrible, New Testament, forgiving,love abounding, tolerant. As Christians we are to congregate/ uplift/exhort and love each other through a kind heart. We are not to label one another as this or that and we don't have to tolerate non sense but for a short season. Thank you for your thoughts of claiming Christianity is not a religion. I have been contemplating my life lately and my conclusion; I am what I am and life Is what it is. I too believe in miracles. Peace and Happiness to you.

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I considered myself a Christian in school, declared myself to be an atheist in college. Now I have modulated it to being an agnostic. But the thing is, I cannot avoid the enticement of a philosophic discussion. Your writeup puts forth reasons, overpowering your emotional attachment to the subject. I really loved your discussion, as, in all the impatience you seem to be trying to reach a unique reasoning of tolerance. I agree with the essence of your discussion, disagreeing only in considering Buddhism as religion in the way you define religion. Buddhism, as an offshoot of Hinduism, went on like a grafted branch to have an entire forest of its own. Buddhism is not a road to any God, it is a road to Salvation, the road to 'Dharma', the righteous path - the way to live life. The teachings of Buddha, which have been added on to by many equally endowed, philosophers later- is a way to lead life. Though you may be misguided by the images of Buddha in the home temples or monasteries, he is never worshiped as God, but considered 'God-like' meaning superhuman, and hence exemplary in the way he was able to curb the fallibility of human nature. Voted up.

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      Jeremy Christian 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Another great hub. Between this, your write-up on the attitudes of opponents to Christianity, on the $5 miracle (specifically the reluctance to accept when others speak of miracles), and the fact that you appear to be a guitarist as well, I feel I've found a kind of kindred spirit here. Thanks for doing what you do and please keep it up. Your work has been reassuring to me when I'm feeling particularly overwhelmed by the delusion and ignorance that seems to be running amuck here.


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