Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dumb Things Christians Say

"Christianity isn't a religion, it's a relationship."

I am not 100% certain, but I suspect in one of my older blog entries that I have used this dumb statement. I know in the past, for certain, that I have spoke it when talking with others. The fact is, this statement is utterly untrue. I am not sure where this nonsense originated, but countless numbers of Christians regurgitate this foolishness without a single thought toward it. The fact is, Christianity is both a religion and a relationship. Any fool that avoids calling Christianity a religion because of his/her personal distaste for the word (and/or his/her lack of understanding as to the word) is merely illustrating his/her own ignorance. Read any historical Christian material and you will see that they had no problem identifying Christianity as a religion or referring to themselves as religious. Read Charles Spurgeon and you will see that he had no problem identifying Christianity as a religion or referring to himself as being religious. Christianity is a religion. In fact, it is the only true religion. All others are false, and every follower of any other religions will find themselves in Hell for having broken God's laws. Christianity is a God-made religion, whereas all other religions are man-made.

"I'm not a Christian, I'm a Jesus Follower."

I believe that I have addressed this dumb statement in an older blog entry. A Christian and a Jesus Follower are one in the same. Any fool who avoids calling him/herself a Christian because of the many false converts and hypocrites out there giving Christianity a bad name is merely illustrating his/her own ignorance. Do you not think there are false converts out there calling themselves Jesus Followers, too? Making up a new term to replace an old term does not change what that term is intended to mean. Changing B.C. and A.D. to B.C.E. and C.E. because you want to eliminate Christ from the equation does not change a thing; you merely provide a more accurate equation for Christ: Before Christ's Era and Christ's Era. Calling yourself a Christian or calling yourself a Jesus Follower, they both amount to the same thing. It is an attempt to split a single hair.

"I don't do anything religious."

Yes, you do. If you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as a means of worship, you are doing something religious. If you partake of baptism and the Lord's Supper, which are both ordinances the Christian is commanded to do, you are doing something religious. Christians do a great many things that are religious, and there is nothing wrong with that. These religious things are part of our religion. What the Christian does not do is religious superstitions such as those found in the Catholic church or other false religions such as Islam, Mormonism, or the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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