The Easter holiday is not just about Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts. It is a religious holiday when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of the Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity. While Christianity remains the most popular religion here in the United States and among the most popular around the world, the level of ignorance about this particular religion and towards those who practice the Christian faith is rather astonishing. I have seen people on social media who claim that Jesus Christ was some sort of fairy tale character who never really existed. Many generalize all Christians and followers as Christ as being very judgmental, bigoted, narrow-minded and holy than thou people. One person even expressed his opinion that Christians and Christianity in general are a major problem in this world. The false claims against the faith are endless and continue to grow. I find that to be extremely disturbing especially considering that practicing true Christianity can go a long ways towards solving many of today’s problems in the world. As a practicing Christian, I would like to discuss some issues that people have with the Christian religion.
Most of us have a certain perception of what a perfect world would be like. Imagine a world where people actually put other people’s needs ahead of their own and many are willing to step out and help people in need. That is a major theme of the Christian faith that often goes unnoticed. There are many Christians around the world who go about honoring the Lord by serving others. Wouldn’t it be great if more people in this world were willing to put aside their “me first” attitude and put the needs of others ahead of their own? Our world would be a much better place to live.
The word love towards others is often discussed in Christianity and that is sorely lacking in today’s society. We do want to love our fellow citizens because they happen to disagree with us or live a different lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where there was a huge amount of love towards one another? We would have much better families and better people in our society because of being brought up in loving families. There would be far less crime in our cities and fewer international conflicts in the world.
The main focus of Christianity are the teachings of Jesus Christ. How can teachings of love, kindness, humility and serving others be a harmful thing to teach? A lot people believe the Christian faith is just a bunch of rules designed to take away their freedoms but that is not the case at all. Engaging in adultery may seem to be fun and adventurous for a while until the consequences of such behavior surface. And the person committing those acts suffer along with many others. Who would in their right minds want to suffer the results that often arise from living an immoral lifestyle? Living a moral Christian lifestyle gives one much greater happiness and a peace of mind.
I know a lot of people are turned off by Christians who are very outspoken about judging others without first looking in the mirror and I am one of them. I do not believe that it my duty to judge others; my God will do the honor. It is not a very tactful way to garner an unbeliever’s attention by essentially saying that your lifestyle is superior to theirs. Even worse is completely avoiding them. Did Jesus avoid the sinners during his time on earth? Absolutely not! Just because that co-worker of yours is an atheist doesn’t mean that you should avoid them at all costs.
The fact of the matter is that Christianity represent all that SHOULD BE GOOD with the world. Anyone who disagrees really needs to study Christianity. Sadly in today’s growing secular world, we have many folks such as that writer who views Christianity as a major problem in this world. How can something with so many positives things attached to it be a bad thing for this world?