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Christianity's Position on Issues: Do most followers take a "live and let live" position?
Correct thinking is important for a correct world view
I was asked to contemplate the question, "Why are so many people afraid of the Christian religion?" I would have never asked myself this question. It is so obvious to me why many people in the world fear Christians and the extreme power that they exercise in a world of religious Diversity.
Allow me to elaborate upon my personal worldview without turning me off before I express my position. I am writing, while knowing at the outset, that many Americans will disagree with my feelings on this matter. This is okay. There will be an opportunity to write rebuttals to what I have said to the Hubpages website to express different viewpoints on an important issue.
Who was Jesus? Jesus was a Jewish person who was born into the world with talents, faith and with a purpose for having been born into the world. He walked this earth for thirty something years. His ministry was approximately 3 years, as far as I have been told. If one reads the New Testament of the Bible one will see stories that have been compiled on how Jesus lived and on what he did. His purpose for having been born into the world is discussed in the New Testament also. However, another source of information on Jesus' life, what he did, how he lived and what he had to say can be found in the Book of Mormon. Any serious scholar of Christianity, especially Christianity as it exists in the United States of America will want to read the Book of Mormon at some point in his or her life. I don't see how scholars use lack of time to read various resources as an excuse for not reading. I have read all the great books of the world. It helped me to know the people of the global community better.
Now getting back to the question, "Why are so many people afraid of the Christian religion?" I believe that it has to do with the behavior displayed by Christians within the global community. Ask yourself, "What do Christians do, as opposed to what Christians "say" they believe." Devout Christians go to church every Sunday. Many go to prayer meetings and Bible studies on Wednesday, routinely. Seven Day Adventists, who consider themselves Christians, go to church on Saturday (elaborating upon this fact goes beyond the scope of this discourse).
The water gets really, really muddy when a scholar begins to look at the details of "world-views" embraced by members in the different Christian denominations. There are seriously disagreements between the different denominations of Christian believers. Also, churches within the same denominations have disagreed on doctrine important to them. Infighting also occurs within the same church building. Therefore, it is easy for non-Christians to see that Christians oftentimes hate each other. At times, even, "fight like cats and dogs."
We do not have to go as far back as the Crusades when military campaigns sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages resulted in many non-Christians losing their lives. We can take a quick look at the history of the American Civil War and see how the influence of Christian church men played in to the fanning of the flames of war.
Technically speaking, any religion, not just the Christian religion can become involved in the affairs of a State, (consider Iran, for example), and create an adverse set of circumstances that are counterproductive to the progression of a nation. We are talking about Christianity right now, but I did not want us to lose sight of the fact that Christians do not have a monopoly on the misuse of religious power to intimidate and suppress other people, in particular, weaker people.
Considering the case of President Obama, "Would he be any less of a decent human being if he was, indeed a Muslim, instead of a Christian?" I had a Muslim lady from Asia ask me this question. I was very surprised, and caught off guard when she asked me this question. Of course, my answer was no! "If a person is a decent human being, he or she is a decent human being, regardless of, whether or not, he or she is a Christian or a Muslim," I answered.
Lets get this thing right, my friends, it is not fitting and proper, or ethically right, to hate other people just because they are different from us. We live in a world where diversity is a rule, where people who are different from us are actually a majority of the world's people. We have got to learn to, somehow co-exist with other people, at a minimum, even if it is oftentimes difficult, difficult, that is, because of the problems we are experiencing in the global community at this time.
Okay, I said it in the beginning as I started to write, and I will say it again, no one has to agree with me. I have simply written my opinion down. If I am wrong, I am wrong, but I sincerely believe what I say I believe. I love all people in the global community. All people are my sisters and brothers. I live or die, and stand on my belief.
Jesus said it, very well, and I believe it, with all my heart, as follows:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you,
Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward hay ye?
do not even the publicans the same?
And if ye salute your brethren only,
what do ye more than others?
do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father
which is in heaven
The gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 43 to 48.
Have a good day, all.
As you go, Peace, my friends.