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26. Prison Christians

Updated on March 11, 2013
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Prison Christians

Prison Christians is the continuation in a series of hubs in which I discuss my life of rebellion, dabbling in the Occult, drugs, crime and prison to life-changing conversion through Jesus Christ. Click here to read it from the beginning. In this hub, I will discuss Christianity in prison.

Finding Jesus on the Inside

One who converts to Christianity in prison is often referred to as a “prison Christian”. The term does not have good connotations. Most inmates think that accepting Jesus is a sign of weakness. They say that inmates who do so are trying to hide behind Christianity or use it as a crutch. Even members of my own family though that my conversion to Christianity in prison was just a phase.

If I were to divide prisoners up into castes, Christians would not be at the top. The top of the food chain in prison consists of gangs. Then there’s the “others”. Members of the general population, which just do their own time. Christians are equal to and sometimes even below them. Then again, many Christians are "others". Also, you have your homosexuals, snitches and child molesters (pretty much in that order). Sometimes, those casts intermingle, with many snitches and child molesters calling themselves Christians. This is one of the reasons Christianity is sometimes lowly regarded in prison.

Opposition

Hard-core gang members, homosexuals and Atheists seem to have the most animosity towards prison Christians. Many gang-bangers look down on Christianity because they feel it is a crutch. It’s probably more of an issue of pride more than anything else, for them. They rely on their strength and their gang in order to be safe in prison (which doesn’t even work that well, most of the time, in my opinion). They’re not willing to take that step of faith to trust in God’s protection: "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." - Psalm 34:7, 21 Cent. KJV.

I noticed that homosexuals get really bothered over the fact that the Bible condemns their lifestyle. I think that is one of the reasons that many of them (that I have known in prison) deny the existence of God. They are either powerless or unwilling to change their life in order to conform to God’s standards; so they just reject the existence of God, altogether. They even go so far as to adopt Atheism. Problem solved, right? Not exactly; because in Lompoc FCI , there was no shortage of Bible-thumpers to remind them of their sin.

God Makes People Gay?

I am reminded of when I wrote an article to share in prison, entitled, “God Made Me this Way”. It was based on a conversation that I had with a gay man who rationalized his homosexuality, saying that God made him gay so it was acceptable. However, the Bible teaches that we are all born with sinful natures that need changing. We are not born in an acceptable condition to God. They were mad at me for that one.

I heard some new convert got a hold of my article and confronted a homosexual with it, threatening him that if he didn’t change his ways he would go to Hell. That is not the most effective form of witnessing; and I do not recommend it. New, zealous converts can be that way, sometimes. I was kind of like that; so I can relate. I learned a lot since then. Nevertheless, the new convert and homosexual got into a pushing match! A correctional officer noticed them and took them both to the hole (solitary confinement).

I heard the gay car (group) was so upset over that, that they wanted to beat me up. It never happened, though. A couple Christian neighbors of mine told me that they overheard some gays plotting on how they could get me, and they confronted them about it. They told the homosexuals, “That’s not a good idea, because X-Con is one of us. If something happens to him, it will happen to you ten times worse.” The Christians far outnumbered the gays, so nothing ever did happen.

Now, I don’t know if I agree with my brothers’ methods, fighting violence with violence. That is not the Christian way; but at least I didn’t get mobbed by a bunch of homosexuals. That would have been embarrassing. I don’t know whether I should thank God for that or not.

What is Your Faith in?

I have known a few rather devout Atheists in prison; and they tend to get pretty upset when confronted with all of the inconsistencies of the theory of evolution. They believe so blindly in evolution. I poked at them, sometimes. Once, a Christian neighbor of mine and I were having a debate with our Atheist neighbor. He was criticizing us for basing our faith in the writings of a man-made book (the Bible). My neighbor then made a good point. He told the Atheist: “You’re doing the same thing! Where did your information about evolution from? A man-made book!”

In our defense, though, I would like to add that our man-made book is more reliable than the writings of Richard Dawkins (which my neighbor happened to be reading at the time) or Charles Darwin, because it has the backing of God. It was inspired by God; and godly men were used to write it. In other words, to say that it is merely a man-made book is not correct. God is the true author of the Bible. There’s all kinds of biblical evidence for that, as well (having mostly to do with Bible prophecy).

Education Leads to Atheism—Not!

I once had a discussion with an Atheist in the chow hall who claimed that when individuals educate themselves is when they discard the Bible, because the educated man could see through the fallacies of it. I told him, “That’s funny, because I grew up in secular schools being taught evolution. It wasn’t until I became older, gained a college education and started reading the Bible that I became a Christian.”

My experience was totally the opposite. Not to mention, try telling that to Sir Isaac Newton, considered by many as the greatest physicist that has ever lived. He was a devout Bible-believer. Apart from being a physicist, he was also a theologian and author of Bible literature. Atheists who want you to believe that Christianity is an ignorant man’s religion aren’t going to tell you that, though.

In all of my time in prison, I only ran into a small handful of Atheists. The fact of the matter is, there really aren’t that many Atheists in the world, relatively speaking. A 2005 Cambridge University poll revealed that approximately 88 percent of the world said they "believe in God". The fact that society and schools are bombarded with Atheistic propaganda on a regular basis is because that small group of Atheists hold big positions of influence. This is by design.

Accepting Jesus in prison has its challenges; but it is better than not accepting Jesus at all. There are forces that work against prison Christians, like the opinions of some gang members, homosexuals and atheists. However, this is to be expected. Even the Bible tells us "that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). These aren’t the only challenges that I experienced as a prison Christian. Other religions and divisions within Christianity made matters more complicated, too. I’ll go more into that in my next hub. Click on the link below to read it.

27. Faith Challenges in Prison

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      Peeples 5 years ago from South Carolina

      You sound like a very smart person with a chip on his shoulder when it comes to Atheist. I hope you managed to understand in your time with atheist that just like Christians, we are all different.

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      X-Con 5 years ago from The Free World!

      Peeples - Good point.

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      Alan 5 years ago from Tasmania

      Have you read this hub? - "What does Leviticus REALLY say about homosexuality" By livelonger ?

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      X-Con 5 years ago from The Free World!

      jonnycomelately - No, I haven't read it. Can you give me a quick summary?

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      x-con- I enjoyed reading this Hub very much. It has open my eyes a bit regarding a friend of mine who I have been writing to who is serving a 18 year sentence in a Illinous state Pen. He too is a fellow christian. I've been writing to him since Sep 2012. There's no need for me to mention his name but your Hub has given me a better insight of what he must be going through. We have exchange letters a number of times now. And not once has he complained about his treatment from fellow inmates. My prayers continue to be with him. I am deeply greatful to have the chance to read this Hub. Voted UP and awesome.

      God bless you x-con

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      graceinus - I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and it gave you some insights. Thank you for reading it and commenting. God bless you!

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      "That is not the Christian way; but at least I didn’t get mobbed by a bunch of homosexuals."

      Do you presume that you are in any kind of danger from a "bunch of homosexuals?" What a load of prejudice!

      Everything you have said in your Hub is written from your christian perspective, and I wonder if you are simply trying to impress other christians.

      I am not christian. My way of thinking for the time being is atheist. I do not accept the existence of a judgmental god. I am not answerable to such a being; I do not stand to be punished or otherwise after my death.

      It is not necessary for me to justify my way of thinking to you or anyone. I cannot prove anything. It is the way, for the time being, that I chose to think and my choice is no business of anyone else; certainly not their right to change my way of thinking. Just as I have no wish and no right to change a christian's way of thinking..... provided I am left alone and not judged by you. If you do that, I will react in whatever way I feel is appropriate.

      So .... christians in or out of prison are one and the same group.... christian. In my humble opinion.

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      That "Exploration" film was fine, and the wonders of life never cease to amaze me.

      You now use (abuse) that wonderment and try to convince me that it's got something to do with your bible and your stories of a human being called "Jesus."

      You try to convince me that your "god" is going to judge me; that "he" is somehow "looking down" upon me and watching my every move, my every thought and going to decide whether or not I will be allowed to enter a mythical "heaven" upon my physical death.

      You are looking for power over people's lives. You have no interest in "salvation," except where you can plant fear in the minds of people and thereby get yourself rich ... via control of their lives.

      You are fraudulent.

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      That's what I like about my faith in God, I can pray for people like jonnycomelately wether jonny likes it or not.

      Have a good day jonny.

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      I suggest you spend all your time making a difference in your own life, and not waste time worrying about other's lives.

      Otherwise your so-called faith is simple arrogance.

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Oh really, I would think the height of arrogance is one who don't believe in God.

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      Lor's Stories 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I'm not sure how to answer or comment.

      I'm a catholic but unlike many Catholics who forget to read the bible, my faith is simple. I lean on the Holy Spirit for answers.

      I am not going to judge anyone because we've all sinned.

      I believe in A God who is understanding and merciful towards all of us.

      I can only say one thing: people will always argue over God.

      The real issue is religion. People are afraid of religion.

      I think a calmer, less intimidating term is Sprituality.

      Spirituality is more intrinsic where as religion is very subjective thus opening themselves to critics and skeptics.

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      Osiris 3 years ago

      you aren't born a sinner but are born with the weakness and tendency to sin. that's why it's ridiculous to baptize babies. God said many times that children inherit God's kingdom and to be like little children. This means that the younger, the more likely they haven't been tarnished by this sinful world.

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      X-Con 3 years ago from The Free World!

      Lor's Stories and Osiris - Thank you for your comments.

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