One of the most common objections to Christianity is that Christians are evil hypocrites, and I have to admit that especially if you include all people who say that they are Christians (even if they are not) that even by human standards they are right. One only has to look at the news and see what has been happening to some little boys in some churches that this objection does have some merit. The Bible itself says that ALL PEOPLE fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 when they say that Christians are, or at least can be evil they are doing nothing more than confessing that at least part of Christianity is true.
It breaks my heart whenever I hear of Christians that have done things that are evil even by human standards, but no belief system should be judged by the random people who say that they follow it, there are atheist like Joseph Stalin who was responsible for the deaths of a seemingly countless number of people and atheist who are basically good. Buddhist that literally would not kill a fly, and Buddhist who have committed murder. Pagans that are passivist, and Pagans who have committed human sacrifice. All belief systems have one thing in common; they all are followed by fallible humans. We should not judge those belief systems by random followers of the belief system, we should judge them by the foundational beliefs of that system, and the people who follow that belief system the best. In the case of Christianity, that person is Jesus Christ. Who is so good, that many belief systems have tried to turn him into a follower of their belief system. He encouraged people to be kind even to their enemies. Don’t judge Christianity by the so-called Christians who have committed beastly behavior, judge it by the behavior of Christ.
He is not a hypocrite, and if you are a real Christian, you will follow him, not other Christians.
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Everyone has heard about the battle between David and Goliath, how David was just a boy, and Goliath was a giant. The best guess of Goliath’s height was 9ft 9inches. (converting cubits to feet is no certain thing.)
David’s chosen weapon was a sling with 5 stones. Have you ever wondered why David decided that he needed 5 stones? Did he think that God was unable to do it with one?
No, the answer is that Goliath had at least four brothers.
In 2 Samuel 21:18-22 It talks about 4 who were killed who were sons of the Giant in Gath. (Goliath’s home) and specifically mentions that one of them was the brother of Goliath.
It stands to reason that if you plan on picking on, or killing someone who has brothers nearby, that you should plan to defend yourself against them as well.
1 Thess. 4:9-12
9 About brotherly love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.
A lot of people seem to think that grace is a license to sin, and walk around in a fashion that gives people no clue that they are a Christian. Many live in sin, are lazy gossips. That is not how to walk in a manner worthy of God! We are the only Bible that some folks will ever read. If we are not living the way that God wants us to live, where will they go for the truth? Why should they search for it at all when they see Christians living like the devil?
We need to show them a people worth copying. Unless they see Christ in us, that isn’t going to happen.
1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them. Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.
When someone ask you to pray for them it is handy to have a notebook ready. Write down their name, just their first name will do if they want to remain anonymous, and the reason they want prayer to make sure that you don’t forget.
I also have had business cards that have my contact info, and my website address on them. That way they can contact you with questions about your faith, or to give you an update on their prayer request.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
People are quick to blame Christians for many of the evils in this world, but real Christianity at least attempts to love their enemies. When innocent people get murdered, it isn’t love, therefore it isn’t Christian, and Christianity can’t be held responsible.
Christians are people too, we mess up. Sometimes we mess up badly. Those persons can be held accountable, but if their actions go against what the Bible says, Christianity can’t be blamed.
Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never allow anything to obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to.
As Christians, we never want to get into the legalistic practice of creating “to do lists” that we must follow in order to define ourselves as believers. But at the same time, there certain things every Christian should do every day in order to stay in faith. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” – James 1:22 (ESV) If we merely study the word of God, and don’t put it into practice, then faith is nothing more than an intellectual exercise
I just finished reading “Gods Battalions The Case for the Crusades” by Stark, Rodney
It discusses the true history of the Crusades, and is a real eye-opener. If you have ever been stumped when talking to a non-christian about the Crusades? If yes you need this book!