Does our Christian faith tend to make us feel big or small?
Everybody's Christian faith seems to be different. Some people get led, by it, to love and understanding of their fellows, others to bigotry and hatred. I think we need to decide what our Christian faith is first, before we think about how it makes us feel.
For myself, it makes me feel small, but very cherished. The cherishing part rarely comes from other Christians though.
Christian Faith does not only make us feel big, rather it make us feel good because it's all about good news that brought about the life of God to mankind: that eternal life that we start to enjoy in this world. We feel good when we understood how much power and dominion we lost at time past that has been restored unto us. we feel good, when we understood that our mere accepting Jesus as our Lord, bring us into the family of God, that makes God and everything he has our inheritance. Bros! I feel good and it is the best thing that has ever happen to me.
In my own case, it makes me feel small, insignificant, and powerless. To me, this is a good thing, though, because it keeps me aware of my utter dependence on Christ for all things, even down to my next breath and my next heartbeat. I'm reminded of the Lord's answer to Paul's prayer for relief from his "thorn in the flesh." In denying Paul's request three times, God stated that "my strength is made perfect in weakness." So, if God's strength is made manifest by my own weakness, I consider myself truly blessed.
There are many views on what religions do to people. Christianity is not separate from the other faiths, religions, or cults. They all affect their congregations in varied ways. Many feel their religion is the only path to salvation. Those who see themselves as better than others feel big and proud that they are the "chosen" few. On the other hand, putting adverse ideas into the minds and hearts of children before they can discern what is real or imagined does cause many to feel small, insignificant, and inferior, secondary to their impressions of low self worth, unfounded fears, and unfounded guilt imposed by their religions, and do tend to promote bigotry and hatred for others on a personal or global scale.
There are certainly more negatives imposed on society in general than positives. Those "positive" attributes are not necessarily associated with the religion itself, but rather by the positive upbringing of their enlightened parents.
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