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Christians Aren't Perfect ~ Just Forgiven

By Edited Mar 1, 2014 10 17

Hypocrites! 

One of the things I hear most often from non-Christians is that Christians are hypocrites. These nonbelievers usually revel in framing the debate about Christianity to the way that some who identify themselves as Christians act. They delight in the stories of the once "holier than thou Christian" who was caught in a scandal, oftentimes repeating the gossip with glee. Then they anxiously await the next fall from grace they can use to "prove" the sanctimoniousness of the Christian faith. In fact, the sin of hypocrisy is such a grievous act that the nonbeliever adheres to the non-Christian proverb [it is] "better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite." 

How ironic that the nonbeliever, whether they are aware of it or not, actually gives credence to the teachings of Jesus Christ! On the subject of the religious hypocrite, Jesus had much to say, including; "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." The Christian faith is not hypocritical and does not condone religious hypocrisy. While you can say all Christians are sinners, you cannot say they are all hypocrites. For every hypocrite there is someone living out their faith consistent with Christianity. 

Christians Aren't Perfect . . . Just Forgiven

Judgmental and Brainless 

In addition to hypocrisy, nonbelievers describe Christians as ignorant and arrogant. They often lament about "judgmental Christians" while on the other hand lambasting, mocking, and judging them as being brainless. No one likes the feeling of being judged and yet, some who claim to be Christians, plus others who are not, openly judge people every day. However, it is only the perceived Christians that get criticized for judging, and perhaps rightly so because Jesus taught that we are to leave judgment to God alone, He also said that if we judge others we too will be judged. 

Everyone has done something foolish at least once in their lifetime and sometimes more often. Imagine your most foolish moment, and now imagine that an entire group of people are being judged and called crazy because of what you've done. That's how some people view Christianity, through the narrow light of what some people have said or done. But once again, the theory that Christianity produces a bunch of brainless followers is inconsistent with the teachings. The Bible teaches the importance of study and seeking godly wisdom and knowledge over the wisdom of the world. 

Christian Symbol

Pseudo Christians 

Anyone can call themselves a Christian but there is more to Christianity than just a label. People who intentionally do things that are contradictory to the teachings of Christianity, yet call themselves Christians, do not represent the Christian faith. Non-Christians are quick to blast the Christian faith for terrible and horrendous deeds done in the name of Christianity. When in reality, anyone committing such heinous acts and practicing sin is not in accordance with the Christian faith. In addition, those nonbelievers who cite all the egregious acts of alleged Christians somehow always forget about all the Christian martyrs. 

Just because someone identifies themselves as a Christian does not necessarily mean that they're a Christian. Jesus said "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven." Furthermore, many will say "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?" To which Jesus will then declare to them "I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS." (Mat 7:21-23) 

 So, who is a Christian? Jesus answered that question saying ". . . he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven . . ." The Bible also talks about the characteristics of Christ followers, the "fruit of the spirit." They are "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Gal 5:23) Those who are Christians have given their lives to Christ and thus they belong to Him and have "crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (Gal 5:24) Christians are to ". . . live by the Spirit . . . [and] . . . also walk by the Spirit." (Gal 5:25) In addition, Christians are not to be "boastful or envious of one another." (Gal 5:26)   

The Wisdom of a Bumper Sticker 

Seldom does a bumper sticker leave a lasting impression.  After all, who cares if someone's child is an honor student at some little known school or that a person has a particular affinity for a political party or a cause, but even worse are the occasional offensive bumper stickers. One bumper sticker, however, was like a breath of fresh air and helped me realize early-on that I didn't have to pretend to be what the world's definition of a Christian was, but I could rest in the grace of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The bumper sticker had a simple but profound message; "Christians Aren't Perfect . . . Just Forgiven." 

So, if I don't have to be perfect why in the world would I tell someone else they have to be perfect to warrant God's love? The answer is I can't, however, that doesn't mean that I condone sin or participate in it. Also, what I must do is tell anyone within the sound of my voice about the gospel, that is the good news, that "God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world."

Call me what you will, an extremist, a zealot, even a Jesus freak, it doesn't matter. "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes." If I have offended you because of something I said, I apologize, but if I have offended you because of something that the Bible said, I make no such apology. 

Whether you believe or not is your decision, but it will not change my decision, more importantly it will never change the gospel of Christ. C.S. Lewis said; "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'" But the Bible says it best "How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!"

 

Christian Bumper Sticker

For more information, see the following;

 

 

Christian Dove(101747)
You Must be Born Again - 5 Compelling Christian Conversions

 

 

Christian Dove(101747)
Shadrach Meshach and Abed-nego

 

 

Christian Dove(101747)
Suffering for Your Faith - Christian Persecution

 

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Comments

Aug 15, 2012 5:41pm
Brettl
Your claim that Christians are saved is baseless and too convenient. The Bible is collection of various writings, by different people (many parts which are copies and reinterpretations of other writings) written in a prescientific and mythological age. The early church then decided which particular writings conformed with their world view of the time. Jesus as a figure has little evidence to confirm he existed, no poet, historian or member of the Roman army mentioned him when he was alive and yet he was performimg miracles? Quotes by C.S Lewis also have no foundation for a truth claim, as he merely sought reasons (not very good ones) as to why he believed. The fact that many people believe in such stories, which defy reality, also can easily be explained by Pascal's wager. It seems to me that most Christian's lack humility and are motivated by self interest, in the motivation to get themselves to their heaven (which has an extemely high probability of being false). However esentially faith means not wanting to know what is true.
Aug 15, 2012 7:07pm
Introspective
I find it quite interesting that a faith offering grace can illicit such an angry tone . . . but then again those who crucified Jesus were extremely angry - and for what reason?

Obviously the comment section of an article (MY article) is not the forum to have a debate (nor will I engage in a debate) on Christianity. Besides, there are many, many more individuals better equipped than you or I, who have dedicated their lives to just this debate. If you or others are interested in a debate, may I suggest taking a look at the website of Dinesh D'souza, as a start.

You cite Pascal (and by the way, you can read many commentaries about "Pascal's wager debunked"), others quote Nietzsche, and the list goes on. But they all have one thing in common - they are dead. Jesus, however, is ALIVE!! Unless you can prove otherwise (and I know you cannot), I'm not interested in your theories.

Now, instead of going back an fourth on this article (which can go on for all eternity but I WILL NOT do that), here's an idea, why don't you write your own article on whatever it is that you believe.
Aug 16, 2012 4:04am
davwrite
Deb, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Sadly, rightly or wrongly, Christianity is all too often judged on the behaviour of too many so-called Christians who really need to revisit what Christianity means, but let's not forget that we are all human with human failings. Non-believers will always find something to criticise and ignore - "... there are none so blind as will not see ..."
Aug 16, 2012 7:00am
Introspective
Very true, I agree wholeheartedly!! Thanks Dave!!
Aug 16, 2012 8:32am
Ddraig
The problem with the world today and what has always been is the accusations and attacks on people of other Religions, Races and communities are that the attacks are not founded on this generation or any generation alive. Yes Christians have been persecuted but wow they have persecuted a fair few, directly or indirectly.THAT does not mean I have to loathe every person who is a Christian, Jew, Muslim or anything I am not.
You know I am on the opposite spectrum to yourself Introspective in that I am a Witch of Pagan beliefs, yet I have enough respect to not attack you on your beliefs and you have NEVER done so with me either. THAT is how others should live.
Christians are a collective of people who come in many forms and some merely use the name to covet their own gains, as you said, they are not true to their faith.
I have extreme disdain for "The Church" as an organisation. Do you know the Vatican sits on a site previously built for the honour of the Pagan God Mithra? Who was also born from an immaculate conception and held very many similarities to Jesus.
I can't abide the Pope who sits on his throne filled with Gold when he preaches to keep contraception from the masses, keeping them poor and in ill health because of their sheer numbers. I can't abide how the bible is a mass of lessons taught to keep the work Patriarchal when the old ways, far from being equal was at least more balanced.
That does not mean that I have to judge, criticize or hate every Christian or call them hypocrites. Some live their life with love, kindness and genuine care for all.

I believe we can take aspects of many faiths and make them our own to improve who we are, spiritually and physically as a human. After all, that IS what Jesus is when her went to India, no?

There is also another meme online I know you will love Deb-;

" I am an Atheist, I sit and talk about Christianity all day!".....funny isn't it? hehe.
Aug 16, 2012 9:05am
Introspective
Very funny, indeed! Thank you so much Ddraig!!

Your points are noted and I appreciate your comments. Oh, and by the way, I would never think to attack you either and I'm glad you are aware of that.
Aug 16, 2012 9:42am
Ddraig
I am Deb, our faiths are personal and only make up a percentage of who we are. If we can't be decent human beings then no faith is worth anything, which they are.
Aug 16, 2012 8:52am
Marlando
Hi--As a person who has studied world religions for a great many years, I appreciate the devotion you have to your beliefs. While I do not agree with some of your views,I greatly appreciate your article and give you two big thumbs up!
Aug 16, 2012 9:06am
Introspective
Thank you very much Marlando. Your comment is very much appreciated (as is the thumbs up)!
Aug 16, 2012 9:39am
Ddraig
If Marlando has given you a "thumbs up" here, you should have 2 as I did give you a thumbs up after the comment.
I only see 1 at the moment x
Aug 16, 2012 10:26am
Introspective
Thank you so much!
Aug 16, 2012 3:42pm
vicdillinger
I know Christians aren't perfect, but you are one of my favorite people who write without reacting to crazed rantings of zealotry and conspiracists and lunartics and people who maybe didn't even thoruoghly read what you wrote. *I like your tone, though (as you are abundantly aware) we reside diametrcially oppsed not only on the idea of Chrisitanity, but of all relgions, and even of your god, Yahweh. I'm still giving you a thumb's up, because THIS is what "creating" controversy should be about, rational people engaged in rational and reasoned discourse.
Aug 17, 2012 6:55am
Introspective
You, vicdillinger, are one heck of a guy! You get it!!!

Thank you for demonstrating that just because two people may disagree on many issues, they can remain civil to one another and even be friends. You are very classy!

I want you to know that I've just joined the "vicdillinger fan club." I have just one question, however, when do I get my autographed photo?

Thanks again, my friend!!
Aug 17, 2012 12:37pm
vicdillinger
Hmmmm...autographed, eh? I'll have to think about that (you want the cartoon or the real guy? I'd go with the 'toon, if it were me).
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