“The name Christian was first given at Antioch (Acts 11:26) to “the disciples,” to those who accepted the teaching of the apostles. There is no question of its being restricted to those who profited by that teaching as much as they should have. There is no question of its being extended to those who in some refined, spiritual, inward fashion were “far closer to the spirit of Christ” than the less satisfactory of the disciples. The point is not a theological, or moral one. It is only a questions of words so that we can all understand what is being said. When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.” – C.S. Lewis
Whenever someone asks if I’m a Christian, I seriously want to say no. Not because I’m ashamed of God, but because of Christians. There’s just something that comes with that label…
But I’m not like the typical christian clone: I don’t believe women are weaker than men, or that they should remain silent. I don’t think LGBTQIA+ people are abominations who are going to hell. I think giving to he poor is a good thing. I believe racial equality is a good thing and we still have a lot of work to do before we achieve that.
I’ve been told that my views mean I’m not a real christian (I prefer the term Bad Christian).
I seriously don’t know what to do anymore. If the christian clones are a true reflection of God, I don’t think I want anything to do with Him anymore.
|May 30, 2015 at 14:00|
Broken Vessel, I don’t think you realized it but I feel the same way. Only completely opposite. If that makes sense. I’m ashamed of Christians. “Christians” these day act like they’ve never heard of God. And I’m not referring to you. I do agree with you some things such as racial equality and women being equal to men. I think the point needs to be made that there is no perfect Christian. Every single one of us at some point is judgmental, wrong, sinful, basically human. I’m sorry if I came across judgemental because really my main goal was to not be judge mental or attack anyone.
|May 30, 2015 at 14:13|
I know we don’t agree on many things, but if you ever want me to pray for what you think is best for you while you figure this all out I will. I will also listen with an open mind too if you ever wanna talk. You don’t have to accept it of course but the offer is always on the table.
|May 30, 2015 at 15:06|
I agree, too. There have been times where I struggle with what I identify as (not racially or sexually, just as a person), and people would say, ‘You are a Christian, plain and simple.” But it’s not plain and simple, is it? Being a Christian means so many different things to so many different people. I have heard people say, “It doesn’t matter what others believe it means, it what you believe it does”. I find that to be very contradictory. Not to be mean or anything, I just do. I guess what I’ve could identify as is a “follower of Christ”, but that has a lot of different meanings as well. It’s these kinds of questions that keep me awake at night…. I don’t know, any thoughts on this? Maybe I’m being silly…
|May 30, 2015 at 19:53|
I have struggled with this as well. I guess I can understand the whole “It’s What You Believe It Is”. Cheistianity is more than a bible. Modesty, Purity, and heterosexuality doesn’t make you a Christian. Basically, if you believe in God. If you love him. If you have a relationship with him. If you have faith in him. Then that should be it. That makes you a Christian. After all the definition of Christian is someone who believes in God. That’s what connects us all isnt it? Knowing that there is someone bigger than all of us that we can turn to and look to. Someone who loves us unconditionally. Someone who is always looking out for us? I think that’s the basis of Christianity. From there, it’s all on what you believe and think.
|May 30, 2015 at 19:59|
I feel the same way about Christianity.
|May 31, 2015 at 11:59|
What QueenFemminist said. That’s how I can call myself a Christian alongside the nutburgers. 😛
|June 2, 2015 at 14:50|
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