Ever wonder why Christianity is so hated by other religions and non-believers? I have often wondered that.
Christianity was named after Jesus Christ, a man who taught of loving God, first and foremost, and loving your neighbor as you love yourself.
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Every single one of the Laws of the Ten Commandments falls under these two categories. The first four are about honoring, respecting, and loving the one and only true God. The other six are about honoring, respecting, and loving each other. Do you see that? There is more about us loving each other than there are about us loving Him. Why are laws of not stealing, not lying, not committing adultery, and not killing so hated? Why is a religion based on helping the poor and needy and giving what you have so hated? Why is that what Christ has to offer is so pushed aside by many? I’ll tell you why the people hate it. It’s because of you, dear Christian.
Tell me of one single event in the bible where Jesus told a specific person they were going to hell because of something they did. Tell me! Tell me where in the bible Jesus pushed sinners away because of something they did. Tell me! Tell me where in the bible did Jesus charge prices or admission for His sermons and teachings. Tell me! Tell me where in the bible Jesus said to kill, torture, or abuse anyone that did not believe in Him. Tell me! Tell me where in the bible Jesus said only one denomination was the right one to follow. Tell me! Tell me where Jesus said to be hypocrites and be hateful when sharing His gospel. Tell me!! Please tell me these things.
Matthew 9:10-12 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
John 8:1-12 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Matthew 21:12-13 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
It amazes me the things being taught in Christian churches and how the Christians just go along with it. You have no right to go out and picket a funeral or any event for that matter, just because a gay man died or that person didn’t live to your standards of your religion. That is so disrespectful. You yourself are not without sin. Do not cast the stone.
What is the biggest difference between a Jew and a Christian? Jews live by the Old Testament Laws of Moses. Christians live under the new covenant Laws of Christ. During the Laws of Moses, the Jews had to participate in animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. Under the Laws of Christ, Jesus was the final sacrifice. So many Christian churches are teaching their congregation to follow the Old Testament Laws of Moses. By doing so, you are still bound under the law. You haven’t really accepted what Christ has done for you. There is a difference between the Ten Commandments and the Laws of Moses.
1 Corinthians 9:19-22 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
Christians have no need to follow the Laws of Moses. Such things as stoning sinners and forbidding to eat pork are not laws meant for Christians. God required the sacrifice of animals to atone for sins. Life for a life. It did no good because the people sinned uncontrollably. This caused a distance between God and man because God can not be around sin. He hates it. But He loves us and wants to be near us so, He stepped in to offer a solution. He came to us in the flesh and experienced first hand what we struggle with every day and died for us as the final sacrifice of our sins. Now we no longer need to sacrifice animals. We need to believe that Christ died for our sins and acknowledge why He died for you personally. What have you done that deserved His death to save your soul from hell?
There are two types of judgement in the bible. One is judging between right and wrong. You see someone committing a sin against God, what do you do? Do you react violently towards them? Do you push them away? Do you tell them straight up they are going to hell?? Did you ever see Jesus doing any of that in the bible? Christians are named after Jesus Christ because we are to follow in His ways. If Jesus didn’t do it, why are you? Do you think you are better than Him? Do you think you can control the world? Do you think you have any right to condemn someone to hell with hateful actions and remarks? That is the second judgement of the bible. It will be our duty at the end of the world to pass that kind of judgement. But not until! Right now it is your duty to bring them to Christ. You have no idea what will happen in that person’s future. Telling someone they are going to hell is quite presumptuous, don’t you think? They, by the grace of God, just might prove you wrong. In which case, you fall under the false prophet category and where do they go? Oops! You just took their spot. Be mindful of your actions towards those that do not know God. Why on earth would they want to know your God if He has taught you to be hateful and disrespectful.
I read a good explanation to this question.
“Christianity was never meant to be a religion. It was meant to be a way of life. Christians were supposed to show the love of Christ. It is their lives and the example of how they live that was supposed to bring mankind to repantance for their deeds; not words.”
John 8:13-19 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
So, are you following God’s Law or your law?