Tearing Down Faith

As I’ve looked up a couple of things for my blog, I’ve come across some really hateful material concerning organized religion in general and Christianity specifically. I understand that some people don’t like the idea of being held accountable for their actions by a God they can’t see (or at all for that matter), I understand that people want to do whatever they want without consequences, and I understand that people want to believe they are in control of their lives and the things that happen to them. I get it. However, what I don’t get is why people who have decided not to believe in God want to undermine the faith of those that do.

I believe in the health benefits of religion. Of course, some things are a direct result of religious standards or doctrine (if your religion prohibits smoking, it’s a lot less likely that you’ll get lung cancer). I also believe in the healing power of prayer. Because science only acknowledges a correlation between health and religion as opposed to a cause and effect relationship, the non-religious easily dismiss it. For every positive account http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/551965/benefits_of_religion_on_health.html there is a negative one http://www.parentingscience.com/health-benefits-of-religion.html. All I know is that when I tried to run away from my religion, I got lost and didn’t recognize my surroundings. Only when I stopped, thought about where I wanted to be, and asked God for directions was I able to find my way back.

What is the harm in believing in God? If we follow the guidelines set for us in the Bible, we can only be better off. Even if God didn’t exist, what’s wrong with following the Ten Commandments? What’s wrong with not doing drugs? What’s wrong with keeping it in your pants? Are we so lacking in self control that we cannot accept anything that restricts us for our own good? (Apparently so).

Why do some people feel a need to destroy something so sacred to someone else and bring them down (akin to metaphysical imperialism)? Tearing down someone’s faith could be lethal, why would anyone want to be responsible for killing someone (physically or mentally)? Call me naive, call me ridiculous but my faith is not blind faith. I follow God because I see the difference in my life and only His influence could mold me into the person I am now.

So for all the believers (and non-believers) lets just agree to disagree because we will probably never see things the same way. Christians, you can’t force people to believe just as non-Christians or the non-religious can’t force people to relinquish their faith in religion. Remember to be respectful of one another’s preferences, don’t tear each other’s ideals down, “and be ye kind one to another; tenderhearted, forgiving one another; even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

 

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2 thoughts on “Tearing Down Faith

  1. In this age of political correctness and acceptance, it never ceases to amaze me at how intolerant mankind is. The history of man demonstrates this lack of tolerance. Wars and violence are often triggered by one’s intolerance of another’s stance on religion, politics, or actions. For a country founded on religious freedom and tolerance, we certainly don’t live up to those ideals. Part of the problem may be that those who profess Christianity don’t often act like Christians. Wasn’t it Ghandi who said that he would become a Christian if it weren’t for the Christians? Christianity means being like Christ. However, often we find Christians who are narrow minded, deceitful, hateful, and venemous. No wonder the world looks at Christianity and sneers. Who wants to be a part of an environment where the lofty principles of Christ are not practiced nor appreciated. One does expect for Christians to be representatives of Christ. Kindness, charity, compassion, loving natures are all a part of the Christian package. But when Christians are uncharitable and difficult, many point the finger at Christ rather than understanding that the problem isn’t with Christianity, but with Christians. Christianity is a high ideal. Christ calls us to a life of compassionate, loving concern for others. He asks us to shed the sins in our life for a life of purpose, passion and peace. Sadly, many Christian never reach the ideal that Christ has set for them. We remain locked in a semi-Christianity. Speaking God’s truth, but not living God’s purpose. There is an old saying that goes: actions speak louder than words. Our actions as Christians often negate our words. We judge others, use political means to force others to do what we think is right, and we fail to see that every person is called by God, and that that person’s calling may not be the same as ours. It seems to me that Christians are the ones who need tolerance. Let us as Christians learn to be like the one who’s name we carry. Let us exhibit the same love that Christ showed, loving even the unlovable, without requiring anything in return; accepting people just as they are; holding fast to our principles without crushing others. That’s the kind of religion I want to be a part of.

  2. Amen! All the things you said are often reasons Christians are often referred to as hypocrites. We claim to be different but act no differently than the rest of the world which turns a lot of people off and gives them a negative image of Christianity as a whole. We as humans need to be more tolerant and as you said, “hold fast to our principles without crushing others”. Looks like we have a lot of work to do!

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