A Consequence of 20-21st Century Western Christianity......

Jump to Last Post 1-2 of 2 discussions (8 posts)
  1. Disappearinghead profile image74
    Disappearingheadposted 6 years ago

    ..... is that the emphasis on one's "own personal Jesus" and being "sold out for Jesus" produces a Christian that is focused on self. They are continually taught that God speaks to them in the same way as he spoke to Abraham, Moses, and Elijah, that God gives them his interpretation of the bible via the Holy Spirit. So when said Christian meets another to whom God has apparently said something else, either 1) they consider that they themselves heard incorrectly or 2) maybe God hadn't spoke to them after all. It's not long before 1) and 2) are dismissed as being impossible and they conclude 3) that the other Christian is not a proper Christian.

    I was told in Church so many times not to argue my faith from wisdom or knowledge as they can be refuted. But to argue from my personal experiences "which no one can refute".

    Taken together this leads to a Christian who does not study their bible objectively without preconceived opinions, and with whom debate is impossible.

    1. profile image0
      Emile Rposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Very nicely summed up. But I've never thought they compared themselves to the prophets. They appear to think they are Christ himself.

      1. profile image0
        Motown2Chitownposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Amen.

        smile

    2. mischeviousme profile image57
      mischeviousmeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      A blind person can feel the ground beneath their feet, this does not entail that to said individual, that it exists beyond the feeling of the ground. On the other hand, they can feel it without seeing it. You can't experience God/god in this way, for whatever is said of God/god is heresay...

    3. graceomalley profile image83
      graceomalleyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think the root of the problem is that community means very little, almost nothing, in large sections of the church. Some churchs will shun someone based on very small doctrinal disagreements. Christianity in this context means adherence to a group of doctrines, not to people. Jesus didn't operate this way. His closest followers included a tax collector, a zealot (the equivalent perhaps of the IRA in our own times), and Judas, the man who would betray him. He also had women among the disciples who followed him and camped with him. To men of the time, who were used to the social expectation that a man never spoke to any woman in public, not even his own wife, this must have been strange and uncomfortable. One can hardly imagine a group who agreed with one another less. When Jesus said that he was accused of being a "drunkard and a glutten" I don't think he was making that up. People saw him spending alot of time just eating and drinking with his followers, eating and drinking alot, and enjoying it. Another words, living life with them, being himself. I don't think they spent all their time reciting doctines and religious beliefs to each other, making sure everyone had it right. I think they just plain bonded as human beings.

      Much of the church is missing this type of bonding, and this type of loyalty. It isn't the paradigm. Church all to often revolves around a charismatic public speaker, or a set of doctrines.

      1. Disappearinghead profile image74
        Disappearingheadposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Big like button needed smile

      2. mischeviousme profile image57
        mischeviousmeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Which is why it's outlived it's use... Too many personal viewpoints.

  2. teacherjoe52 profile image68
    teacherjoe52posted 6 years ago

    I have met many "Christians" that have cobwebs on thier Bibles,never listen to Christian music Christian or watch Christian movies. They have no Christian life except for one hour begrudgingly on Sunday. Yet, they believe they know it all and refuse to listen to anyone else.
    Those and the self righteous that are quick to condem others do more damage to the Christian church as a whole than an army of liberals or moslems could do combined

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)