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January 09, 2014


Great start - about asking for clarification and listening. But what's this about everybody being a hypocrite? Wow, that's way off base. Hypocrisy is not the same as sin. If you confess your sin, that means you're no longer a hypocrite.

Hypocrisy means saying you do one thing and then doing the opposite. If you freely admit you're a sinner, and then you sin, you're not a hypocrite.

I thought the distinctive thing about Christianity was exactly this kind of honest humility. All other religions tell you how to be good, but Christianity says you can't be good - and then it tells you how to avoid your deserved punishment. That's what's unique and kinda cool about Christianity.

I don't think Brett really answered the objection.

The best he could hope for, after all is said and done, is that his interlocutor might feel a little more kindly toward Christians. But they're still hellbound.

Presumably, the person with the bumpersticker agrees with the quote attributed to Gandhi. So the important thing is that they, not Gandhi, claim to like Christ, but dislike Christians (who are not like Christ).

I think we should consider ignoring the jibe on Christians. Instead, we should remind them that Christ claimed to be God and ask them why they like Christ.

That might lead somewhere.

Regarding John Moore's reply: was that last paragraph intended as sarcasm? Saying we "can't be good" seems rather defeatist, and the opinion that it's "kinda cool" to "avoid your deserved punishment" seems frankly childish.

WisdomLover's concluding remark is very apt: if someone says "I like your Christ, but…", it makes perfect sense to probe that person's reasons for what they like and don't like in particular, especially if that conversation can proceed with both parties trying to avoid being prejudicial, judgmental or emotionally defensive.

Mark 10:18 ""Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good - except God alone."

I wasn't being sarcastic. I was just trying to sum up Christianity in the simplest terms. The Bible quote from Marc H is just one possible example.

First of all, I'd have to say that Ghandi is a bigot for negatively portraying over two billion people based on his...what?...Experience? Perceptions? Bias? His statement about Christians is no noteworthy than me stating India is a lovely place, except that all the men are rapists. I give zero credence to Ghandi's divisive statement and/or anyone who chooses to repeat it with an already hardened heart, closed mind, deaf ears and blind eyes.

However, to those who are truly curious about Christ and Christianity, I would do my best to be communicative, open minded and fair. I would make a point of providing names of great Christians who have (or are) making a difference for the betterment of society. Christians who give of themselves in the glory of God. I'm sure I could find at least one Christian that a scoffer would admit to 'liking' just to point out that disliking all Christians based on assumptions is wrong.

Words can never portray the fulfillment, satisfaction or peace of Christianity in the way that actions can. We ALL fall short of the glory of God - whether Christian or not - and I've yet to see anyone in the human race live a perfect life in their faith.

Why should I have to apologize for mine?

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