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For Those Who Have Trouble Seeing God in Churches

Updated on December 2, 2011

base your life on this

"someone at church hurt me"

I hear this a lot from various people including myself.  They often say, "How can I believe in Jesus when the Christians I know are so awful?"

Well, let me explain.  God is not like us.  He is holy and just.  He is pure in a way we never are.  He is a God of love and forgiveness.  

Mankind is selfish from birth.  Let's face it, every baby is concerned with themselves and the little world they live in.  They don't know any better.  We are taught what is right and wrong, good and bad when we are older.  A baby has to be that to survive.  It cannot help that it has to wake Mom and Dad up fifty times a night.  We are born to take care of ourselves.

As we get older, some people learn what to say and how to say it.  Others don't care what they say or do because they still live in their selfish little world they were brought up in.  Sometimes, the best Christian can really hurt another with what they do or say.  Guess what though? 

Jesus is not like us.  He came to this world with one intent to give His life that we may live eternally.  To forgive us for all the selfish things we have done intentionally and unintentionally.  Jesus was sinless.  He was born knowing right from wrong because He was God.

We cannot base our belief in God on people and what they do or can't do.  We cannot base our faith on what was said to us that hurt us.  God loves us more than we can ever understand.  We have to base everything on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit within us and we need to try to forgive those who hurt us who are believers. 

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      Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the wonderful comments

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      Marliza Gunter 7 years ago from South Africa

      I agree... no use to loose out on the greatest LOVE ever just because of some bad apples in the church or anywhere else... God is nothing like people... and I thanked God many times for not being like us... imagine what would happen if God had all that power and behaved like us... there would be no planet left, not even anyone to argue the point of if God does exist or not... God is truly above our understanding... :)

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      There's an old saying."He went to church looking for God and found someone else's attitude."

      As one who has been actively and aggressively involved in crisis and homeless intervention, I continually see those whom are 'church hurt' and it sounds from the tone of your hubs thus far you were one of them.

      All we can do is to do the right thing by God. As He would have it said and done. We can spend all day dealing with those who seem to feel it is their 'calling' to judge others, though we know where that leaves us, don't we?

      I could write 2-3 Hubs on this subject and maybe more based on the spiritual damage these self-styled 'Pastors of Disaster" have caused not counting those within any given congregation. Keep it up! Ya got yourself another follower!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      I hear that a lot too.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      That's right God is not like us, thank God, He spared us from ourselves. He did make a way to Him, through Jesus! I am so thankful, we are forgiven, even when others won't forgive us...God will:) Great topic!

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      beautiful love of God hub Jesus was nailed seven eights of inch in center of hands feet great hub