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Christians, Stop Spiritualizing Everything

Updated on July 30, 2019
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I grew up in South Carolina, USA, and I currently live in Tokyo, Japan. I am well versed in religion, various cultures, and world politics.

The Art of Over-Spiritualizing

In Christianity, as well as many other religions, over-spiritualizing is when scriptural interpretation exceeds its original meanings or when an event or action is overcompensated with implications that God, the Holy Spirit, or Jesus had orchestrated it.

This mentality can be used in the meekest of situations all the way to the most complicated, and although many things can be justified as spiritual or influenced spiritually, it does not automatically mean that everything is spiritual nor does it mean that God is the puppeteer behind all events and actions on earth.

This is the approach by a lot of Christians, though. The worldview of these Christians is that everything is connected in a big spiritual webbing, and even if you are not a spiritual person yourself, you still fit into the webbing somewhere with hopes that you will migrate towards the middle where you will know God more intimately.

However, this mentality can be toxic for various reasons. For starters, it fills in gaps of the unknown with scripture taken wildly out-of-context. Secondly, it projects the image of decisions being absolutely right or wrong based on how the spirit leads. Finally, it creates ignorant answers and responses to very complicated issues that do not need spiritualized answers.

This is not meant to offend but to inform.

Taking Scripture Out-Of-Context

Christians taking scripture out-of-context is as common as dirt, unfortunately. Verses like Philippians 4:13, Jeremiah 29:11, Luke 4:18-19, and Matthew 5:18 are often used on bookmarks, bumper stickers, and even cited as some Christian's favorite Bible verses, but these four and many others are often taken out of context in a wild variety of ways.

When something complicated enters the Christian bubble, it is all too common for most of the church people to whip out their Bibles and try to find appropriate verses to provide clarity to the complicated situation or possibly even provide a clear answer. This has been the process for an incredibly long time, and it has been a major reason why Christianity is falling behind in understanding topics like mental illness, addiction, sexuality, doubt, loneliness, and many others.

Christians tend to be too quick to dive into scripture and find verses that make some kind of connection to the topic at hand, despite many of the listed topics not existing in the Bible at all.

Instead of a lot of the perceived problems of today being seen through rational eyes, many Christians tend to project God and the devil into any and every situation. Topics like psychology, psychiatry, and mental illness can be completely written off as "of the world", "evil", or "crafted by the devil". Mental illness is still seen by many Christians today as a modern word of demon possession, because the closest thing in scripture that relates to mental disorders is unfortunately demons and possession.

Approaches like this prevent Christians from truly discovering the advancements of the sciences and medication. It was barely over 300 years when the Salem Witch Trials were happening, and this was Christianity's approach to the unknown back then. Here we are 300 years later, and although things are not quite as barbaric as they were during the times of Salem, the Christian approach to understanding the unknown through bizarre, out-of-context Biblical analysis has not changed much, sadly.

If you are about to pull out that memory verse or refer to the Bible to prove something, it may be wise to stop yourself in your tracks and actually read those verses in context before throwing them out there.

Absolute Rights and Wrongs

The "leading of the spirit" is a very common expression in Christian communities, and it usually implies that God is communicating to the individual that something needs to be done or something needs to be stopped.

In many contexts, this can be a great means for growth. Unfortunately, not all of these rivers contain gold.

It is through personal conviction that subjective rights and wrongs can be communicated in such a way that they are seen as objective. Looking at the Billy Graham Rule, for example, we see one man's personal conviction projected to his leadership and eventually to his masses that states that men should avoid spending time alone with any woman to whom they are not married.

For Billy Graham and for many men, this conviction is both good and right, and I commend their approach to protect themselves from potential inappropriate behavior. However, this began a dialog in the church that men are always looking for sex, and eventually, all men in the church were viewed as animals with uncontrollable urges, despite this clearly not being true. It was through Billy Graham's massive influence in the Protestant church system that this became a new church rule across most Protestant churches, and it is still applied heavily to this day, even something that is strongly followed by Donald Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence.

The influence of religious and charismatic leaders has created a lot of unbiblical rights and wrongs within the church, and it has really shaped the way we think about certain things relating to politics, dating, entertainment, and drinking alcohol, just to name a few. All of those topics and many others do not have absolute answers, and yet, many Christians and churches are quick to put absolute stickers all over the discussion.

If the spirit is leading you to vote a certain way or view something with a particular set of eyes, that does not mean that you need to make everyone around you follow your lead. At the end of the day, your convictions and opinions are yours and they do not deserve to be hoisted on to someone else's lap because the spirit led you.

Remember that there were hundreds of thousands of Jews and Gentiles throughout the Old and New Testament, and only about 85 of these people were considered prophets, someone who revealed God's messages to others.

If you do not consider yourself among that elite grouping of prophets, it may be wise to be more reserved about forcing your spiritual convictions and opinions on the world around you.

Insensitive Answers

It is quite sad that we live in a time where Christians are considered insensitive, mean, rude, and judgmental. This really contradicts the command Jesus gave in John 13:34-35, which states:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Jesus taught to love others the way that he loved. This and the Golden Rule go hand-in-hand in many ways, and they are valuable lessons that can truly help us to become better people all around.

However, the common Christian approach to depression, for example, speaks exactly the opposite. Many Christians see people with depression as individuals who do not trust in God enough. Other Christians see people with depression as not spiritual enough, not reading their Bible enough, or not praying enough. The reasoning for the depression is not because of a chemical imbalance in the brain, these Christians truly believe it is a spiritual matter and only a spiritual matter.

This is why so many people with mental illnesses in the church do not openly talk about it, because they inherently know that they are going to be immediately mislabeled and misunderstood.

It is all too common for Christians to tell these people things like "Just snap out of it", "you need to think more positively", "I've been through worse", "God won't give you more than what you can handle", and "Confess your sin! Joy is the mark of a clean slate". These kinds of statements are not only ignorant of the matter at hand, but they are extremely insensitive.

Although the intention behind these kinds of statements is generally positive, it is the blaring ignorance that can quite possibly do irreparable damage.

In situations where you are facing someone struggling with something unknown, it is wise to not offer advice but to embrace, love unconditionally, and offer any support that you can.

It Is Okay To Relax

Another practice in the Christian faith that tends to go unchecked is always being on, but it is absolutely okay to turn off and relax.

If you are faced with any of the above situations, please do not feel like you need to have an immediate answer or understanding. Some times personal convictions take time, and there is no shame in that.

In faith, some times the spirit does not answer for days, weeks, or even years, and that is also fine. We need to be mentally ready to receive answers and to not receive answers, and both actions take a lot of strength and discipline to achieve.

With that said, wisdom is how we respond in times the spirit is not leading. As Solomon taught in Proverbs 29:11;

Fools give full vent to their rage,
but the wise bring calm in the end.

It is the foolish behavior of many Christians that has the world seeing the church as insensitive, mean, rude, and judgmental. This is why it is so important today for Christians to learn how to be calm, relax, and rely on wisdom when the spirit does not have a clear answer instead of defaulting to an out-of-context Bible verse, making an unfounded absolute claim, or responding poorly or insensitively.

So be wise in how you relate to the world, because some times the spirit does not lead.

It expects better of you.

© 2019 Jason Reid Capp

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    • Jason Capp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Tony Muse

      It is amazing how quickly many Christians think something is spiritual. It's what makes certain Catholics see the image of Jesus (albeit a very European-looking Jesus) in the clouds, formed from a shadow, or even on a piece of toast. This is over-spiritualizing to the extreme, but it happens so often that it is easy to miss it in a modern day church setting.

      "I talked to Jesus today, and he told me to tell you..." for example, is a bizarre comment that some Christians use as a means of convicting certain individuals. Instead of just simply confronting them, the situation gets masked with something over-spiritualized, and it is sadly hard to take it seriously from there.

      This is absolutely a tactic of Westboro as well, but it is a lot more common than we'd like to admit.

      Thank you for your thoughts and insight. It is great to have discussion about these topics, and I look forward to more.

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      Tony Muse 

      2 months ago from Texas, USA

      Yes, this goes on quite often. Many insist that mental illness, homosexuality, those who commit mass murders and even sicknesses to be faith driven or demon possession. While we can't discount those possibilities, we also have to acknowledge that our brains and bodies are not all the same or by any means, perfect.

      I have often had people tell me "the holy spirit revealed this to me", when it was most likely their preacher instead. The Westboro Baptist Church is a prime example of extreme theology from narrow-minded Christians.

      Good read.

      Tony

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      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Betty A F

      I have responded openly about everything. I have declined to participate in your article's discussion for the reason I shared in the comment you declined. Once again, I can't believe I keep approving your comments on my article, but you are clearly not understanding how toxic this discussion is. You have relied too often on straw mans and non-sequiturs, and it has made for an impossible discussion. There is nothing I can say that you will listen to, because apparently you don't care about language, history (Even Biblical history), and outside sources. You also don't seem to accept the Bible passages I am sharing, including the ambiguous ones.

      You keep making assumptions that just are not true, and you continue to claim that your truth is significantly more important than the truths I am sharing. Your last line, "Face it, you're mad because the scriptures prove you wrong. Not because of anything I said." is just a straight up lie, and you know it. The scriptures aren't making me mad at all. I am mad at you.

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      Betty A F 

      2 months ago from Florida

      Jason Reid Capp

      You hardly have any room to talk about "behavior." You've responded twice to a recent article of mine with utter contempt, zero facts, and when I asked you to prove your point, you simply threw out more insults.

      When I respond I show exactly what it is I'm referencing and why I believe something is wrong.

      From what I've seen, you are a hit and run kind of person. You make statements without showing at all why you have a particular stance, and you cover it with natural insults.

      I simply called you out for doing that, and yes, every response of mine to you shows why I feel the way that I do based on what you wrote.

      Face it, you're mad because the scriptures prove you wrong. Not because of anything I said.

    • Jason Capp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Betty A F

      What "facts" am I being offended by? This is a straw man. I never once said I was offended by anything, let alone factual statements. You inserted that into this discussion. What I did call out was your behavior, which has been both aggressive and insulting.

      You said, "You're very high on yourself, very hard hearted and incredibly stubborn. But you are not correct." Please tell me what scripture justifies this? Because again, I can point to plenty that rebuke it. If I were to use the exact same language against you, would it not be misrepresenting and wrong of me? Could I justify insulting you and your intelligence because of how you view certain things? Is that how we heal? Because to me, this is just incredibly ungodly.

      If you want to justify it, though, then by all means, continue.

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      Betty A F 

      2 months ago from Florida

      I stick by my responses. Anyone reading through them can decide for themselves.

      As for your being offended by facts, that's entirely not my problem. :)

    • Jason Capp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Betty A F

      Luke 6 does not justify poor behavior. It actually has nothing to do with what I asked of you, which I'll say again since you continued to insult and take the imaginary higher ground, what scripture justifies insulting? To my knowledge, the Bible speaks the opposite. Not only are you supposed to love others as you love yourself, but Ephesians 4:29 speaks clearly about not using abusive/insulting language and that you should speak good, helpful, and encouraging words.

      Now, I don't even want to begin to open the can of worms that is "Have you tried asking God to show you the answers to His word? I've explained in another article that you responded to, that asking God questions as you seek answers, is imperative." Did you not even read this very article that you are responding to? I speak clearly how God does not answer in our time, and we need to be attentive for if and when God will ever answer. Some times there is an answer, and some times there is not. When Jesus was in the Garden and begged for God to take that burden away from him, God was silent for the entire time, and that was God's Son. Silence is a strong tool in spirituality, and some times, silence is the answer, whether we like that or not.

      Claiming to understand all of the mysteries of the scriptures and God is just wrong. Not even Jesus knew everything. He even admitted himself in Matthew 24:36 that not even he knows when he will return. Only God does. There are just so many things in life that are meant to be mysterious, and that is completely fine. If we truly trust God, then we can just be patient for when all of these things will be answered or revealed. But again, knowing these things is not a Kingdom value, so why are we both getting so caught up in trying to prove this and prove that? What we really need to be doing is loving and caring for each other as scripture instructs, and helping and encouraging each other as we will undoubtedly face hardships and doubts along the way.

      When we talk about the "it is written" stuff spoken by Jesus, he is clearly not talking about everything. He is responding to very specific things the adversary is telling him, so we cannot use non-sequitur fallacies to connect things that aren't connected. Simply, the Bible does not answer everything, and that is okay. Again, it is not an answer book. It is holy scripture. If it were simply an answer book where everything was written in plain and simple language, Christianity would be a lot easier to understand. But the problem is, the Word is complicated, and everyone can interpret certain scripture to mean different things. Church history shows over and over and over again just how dividing differences of opinion regarding scripture can be, so what is happening today is no different than what happened almost 2000 years ago.

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      Betty A F 

      2 months ago from Florida

      Jason Reid Capp,

      You said:

      "I can't believe I even approved your comment, but I hope you can see how aggressive and insulting you were being. Can you please show me the scriptures that justify this behavior?"

      In fact, I can.

      Luke 6: 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

      Luke 6: 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

      Many times people are offended at the truth. I'm not offended at your lack of Biblical content, understanding or at the fact that you plant seeds of doubt. I don't even think you're angry because I responded with Biblical passages. I think you're angry because you can't admit you're wrong.

      It's good to know that you admit that you have more questions than answers. Have you tried asking God to show you the answers to His word? I've explained in another article that you responded to, that asking God questions as you seek answers, is imperative.

      You didn't actually respond to what I wrote, you said something along the lines of my responses being "ramblings..." Which showed me that you have no interest in what the Bible actually says.

      I'm shocked that you approved my comment as well. I would have preferred to not answer it, but being a person who believes God's word I have to respond to error.

      I always will. May I suggest to you that the next time you go over to my articles and respond with your own opinions rather than what God's word says, if you could please respond with proof of what you say my error is. I don't care about what Socrates, Plato, or even Homer had to say on certain subjects. I only care about what God's word tells us about it. :)

      As for the other subjects, "abortion," etc...I fully stand by my original responses.

      I've never had a subject that I've wanted to understand more about to be not covered in God's word.

      Throughout God's word, there is a precept that shows that doubt is not of God. He expects those who follow Him to do so in complete faith.

      From what I've seen with this article, it does nothing but plant seeds of doubt. Doubt is like poison, it effects a person's entire belief system. Where there's doubt there can't be faith.

      James 1: 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

      I would also like to point you to the wilderness temptation of Jesus. If you read the account, please do so considering every single thing that is said.

      The account is recorded Matthew ch. 4, and Luke ch. 4.

      I'll only give you two repeated precepts of this event.

      1. Each time Jesus responded to satan, He said, "It is written."

      2. With the very first response, Jesus said, "Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

      To impose doubt on others is just not acceptable, especially if the one doing it claims to be a believer in Jesus.

      I expect these types of arguments for Atheists, but not a professing believer.

      Faith in God is not optional, and Just as Jesus said, "It is written."

    • Jason Capp profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Betty A F

      I can't believe I even approved your comment, but I hope you can see how aggressive and insulting you were being. Can you please show me the scriptures that justify this behavior?

      But I will try to respond as best as I can.

      I did not once claim I was an expert, but I am saying that my studies over the last 18 years have revealed a lot of interesting things to me. I wanted to show my credentials so I didn't seem like some guy just spitting out nonsense. I have put everything I have studied through the ringers, and to be honest, I have run into more questions than I have answers when it comes to deep Biblical analysis.

      But you are claiming to have all of the answers, and you are once again providing verses for the topics I mentioned that absolutely don't talk about the topic at hand.

      Again, let's talk about abortion. Personally, I don't like the act and I have my own personal moral convictions about it, but again, the Bible does not talk about it. Every verse you used speaks of the beauty of a baby, which is truly amazing. However, that is not what I brought up. Abortion was absolutely a thing during Biblical times, and the philosophers of that era spoke about the subject heavily. However, no one in the Bible mentioned it at all. Again, the word is not used once, and you asked me if I could give any examples of topics that don't exist in the Bible. That is definitely one, and I wish more people would just admit it. Am I saying that the Bible supports abortion? Absolutely not, but I am saying that it does NOT speak of it.

      Which leads to my next one; the Bible does NOT say that Jesus was single. It doesn't say that he was married either. It's just not mentioned at all, and that was my point. We don't know the marriage status of most of Jesus' disciples either. Peter is the only one for certain, because Matthew 8:14 mentions his mother-in-law. Paul also mentions in 1 Corinthians 9:5 that Paul, Jesus' brothers, and other apostles were married, but notice he doesn't mention any of the other 10 disciples of Jesus (Minus Peter and Judas). It's ambiguous, because like I said, it was not an important detail at the time. Remember, in Biblical times, the status of the woman was very low, so much so that they still had to cover themselves (1 Cor 11:6) and if they attended a church/gathering, they had to quiet and submissive (1 Cor 14:34). That is the main reason why wives are never mentioned in the New Testament, because of the social status of women. Notice that Peter's wife is actually never mentioned. We just know indirectly that he was married. I am well aware that there are many women favored in the OT and a couple who are favored in the NT, but overall, this was he harsh reality of the time and why it is a speculation that Jesus could have been married.

      Am I saying that I believe that? Once again, no, but to be honest, I'm not too sure. I don't think it is a Kingdom value to know this information anyway, but it is interesting to think about nonetheless.

      A lot of your response is just really condescending, so I will just skip to the possession part and call it a day. You say there are plenty of examples, but please, tell me where. The OT does not mention demons or possession at all. The Hebrew words used throughout the OT are shedim and seirim. Shedim specifically refers to the Babylonian gods (seem by the Jewish people as clear adversaries to the one true God), and seirim is impure or unclean sacrifices, which were seen as horribly evil and defiled. Neither of these scenarios indicate demons, but Catholics over a thousand years ago became obsessed with a lot of European mythology, especially Norse, and began to adopt imagery for a satan-figure and demons. During NT times, though, the word for both Satan and Demon are literally the same word, and they both mean "adversary". It is why Jesus refers to Peter as "satan" in Matthew 4:10, because Peter was begging Jesus to not do the right thing (becoming an adversary). There are cases where Jesus is actually talking to an evil spirit, but our modern day image does not fit the one from Biblical times. We have continued to believe in the adopted Catholic style, which has made them a boatload of money over the centuries as a fear tactic.

      Look, my point with all of these and many, many other topics of discussion is that we don't have all the answers, and that is completely fine. That is why discussion is so important, because we can learn from each other. We can't have this attitude that "I'm right and you're wrong", because that really gets us nowhere. But the Bible is not an answer book. That was never it's purpose. It is a beautiful, complex, and amazing journey of the relationship between mankind and God, and it is a wild ride that should leave us often wondering.

      Does that make sense?

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      Betty A F 

      2 months ago from Florida

      Jason Reid Capp,

      You also speak as though your opinions are the end of all discussion because you are so studied in every subject under the sun.

      In another response to me, you spoke about how you know Greek so that makes you right.

      In this response you said.

      "Believe me, as someone who studies history and language,"

      Do you really think that your own studies in Greek, history and language makes you a Biblical expert?

      You say more about how much you know than the actual subject you speak of.

      The Bible does speak of Mental illnesses.

      When King Saul did was right in his own eyes he suffered great paranoia. David was young at the time, but the only thing that seemed to help Saul's affliction was David playing the harp for him.

      1 Samuel 16: 14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

      This was an ongoing affliction. There are several other examples of this in the scriptures, and in Greek and Hebrew, the story is the same.

      As for abortion, there were no medical fields within the scriptures who performed abortion, but God's word speaks of things that most definitely apply.

      Jeremiah 1: 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

      And of course, one of the ten commandments, "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

      I'm beginning to think that you are not a Christian, but only a Christian mocker. You stated that:

      "but Christians tend to quickly use "do not murder" as a justifier for the action, but if this was such a concern during the early days of Christianity, surely Jesus, Paul, or other writers would have mentioned it at least once, right?"

      Psalms 127: 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

      Psalms 127: 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

      Psalms 127: 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

      I would further state that every child born is a gift from God. Jesus even compared little children to the Kingdom of Heaven.

      Though we don't know if there was actual abortion performed in those days, we know that many children who were born, like Isaac born to Sara, and Joseph to Rebecca that both were foretold. In fact, all 12 of Jacob's sons had a sure purpose as the 12 tribes of Israel. I believe we all have a purpose.

      The biggest problem is with the last statement you made. You don't believe that Jesus was single.

      Do you think that Jesus had relationships and the hundreds of men and women who followed him would not recall this important fact? Being in a relationship is not such a big deal, so there would be no reason whatsoever, for the writers to leave that out, if it were indeed a fact.

      It seems to me that you take your biblical truth from movies like, The Da Vinci Code, which is utter nonsense.

      This particular subject goes much deeper than a fleshy relationship. The Body of believers are described as "the bride of Christ." Jesus was here for a sure purpose, and He lived that purpose.

      Don't ask me to give you a full study on this as you really should study it out for yourself.

      The bible describes people "casting lots," which many believe is a form of gambling.

      Many times a particular subject covers many areas of an issue. Greed and wastefulness would tie into this.

      Do you honestly believe that because an issue doesn't mention the exact terms today, that the Bible doesn't answer in many ways?

      Do you judge what's wrong and right for yourself based on the exact term not being a word in the Bible.

      You can say that each subject is not there, but every subject most certainly is there.

      There are many examples of possession. Regardless of what you say. Anyone can look up passages that speak of this. Simply because it doesn't fit your narrow understanding does not mean it's not there.

      Hermaphrodites?: There are most definitely birth defects spoken of within the scriptures.

      Politics involve a vast portion of the bible. I've already shown you this, but you call the very Biblical examples senseless.

      You're very high on yourself, very hard hearted and incredibly stubborn.

      But you are not correct.

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      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Also, "You could speak the most ancient languages on earth, and still not have a clue about the power of God's word. (Just saying.)" is a non-sequitur fallacy to the extreme.

      I can make the opposite statement to you (You can speak only one language of the many beautiful ones that God created and have absolutely no clue about the power of God's word), but that would also be a fallacy and also be wrong. Please don't stoop to such a low to try and prove a point. It solves nothing.

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      Jason Reid Capp 

      2 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      - Abortion is not in the Bible at all. Believe me, as someone who studies history and language, there are words for the action and Aristotle talked about it a lot. However, the ancient Hebrew word and the ancient Greek word for abortion do not exist in the Bible at all. Actually, there isn't even a hint of the action in the Bible, but Christians tend to quickly use "do not murder" as a justifier for the action, but if this was such a concern during the early days of Christianity, surely Jesus, Paul, or other writers would have mentioned it at least once, right?

      - Mental illness is not. I don't think I need to dive any further into this one, since I mentioned it specifically in the article.

      - Birth control is not in the Bible. I mean, this is similar to the abortion one in some ways. Scripture just does not mention the action at all, especially not condemning it. Sure, the Old Testament say to be fruitful and multiply, but just because a verse encourages birth does not mean that controlling birth is a bad thing.

      - Jesus being single. This is a funny one, honestly, but it is not mentioned in scripture at all. Very few ancient records referred to popular or political figure's spouses or lovers, so the idea that Jesus was single is just speculation. He very well could have been married, as spouses did not tend to follow their husbands around at the time anyway.

      - Any prohibition of gambling.

      - "Being possessed". The original Greek (I know you don't care, but it's relevant) actually translates to "having an unclean spirit". After the movie the Exorcist came out, English translations started to change the language from "unclean spirit" to "demon possessed" for reasons unknown. But "having an unclean spirit" could simply mean that their spirit has not been washed yet. It does not mean a demon lives inside. Actually, the word "possessed" doesn't exist in any of those verses. Yes, including the "legion" passage.

      - Hermaphrodites are not mentioned in the Bible at all.

      - Supporting politics is not in the Bible at all. Honoring your leaders is one thing, but Christians are not instructed to campaign, support, or cheer for politicians. Actually, even in American history, Christians (as a collective) were not so involved in politics until Reagan began running. Before that, people just voted privately, but once Reagan ran against Carter, he needed a campaign to get a lot of voters and found a way to take most of the Christian voters away from the Christian Navy leader in favor of an entertainer, basically the catalyst for modern day politics. However, mentions of this in scripture are non-existent unless you are going to cherry pick Romans 13. If that passage is absolute, then wouldn't America be a sinful nation for rebelling against England?

      I'll stop there, since that's plenty. I can pull hundreds of topics out of my pocket, so if you want to continue this, please just ask.

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      Betty A F 

      2 months ago from Florida

      I'm wondering, can you give examples of a specific topic that is not contained in the bible today as you said:

      "Christians tend to be too quick to dive into scripture and find verses that make some kind of connection to the topic at hand, despite many of the listed topics not existing in the Bible at all."

      You used general examples, but nothing specific. It's been my experience that there's nothing in this word that the bible can't answer and offer insight and understanding in answering the reasons behind everything.

      This is a legit question. I won't even ask you to bring in your "Greek," interpretations, since I don't care about that.

      God created the nations and the languages. You could speak the most ancient languages on earth, and still not have a clue about the power of God's word. (Just saying.)

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      Jason Reid Capp 

      3 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Vincent

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, good sir. It's just crazy how much modern day Christians inject spirituality into EVERYTHING.

      Do you remember the days when Pokemon was "the devil"? I sure do. haha. Even to this day, someone saw that I play Pokemon GO with my son, and they thought I was introducing him to "the occult".

      It is in this insane spirituality that disconnects Christianity from many people around the world. It is awful how the message of Jesus is not even the first thing people think of when they hear the word "Christian".

      And yet, here we are.

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      Vincent Ravencroft 

      3 months ago

      I'm thankful that I have a church and people around me who don't practice dismissing medicine and psychology as a purely spiritual issue, but I've definitely had verses given to me out of context.

      The family of a good friend of mine attends a Filipino church where medicine and science are looked down upon as being inferior to the Bible, as they seem to take everything in it at it's literal word. As the only other Christian I met in my department, hearing his experience hurt my heart. Being in that environment even made him consider leaving his faith behind all together!

      Thanks for publishing this hub, Jason. It's very well measured and says exactly what needs to be said.

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