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Common Misconceptions About Christians/Christianity

SalvationWelcomesYouHere are 13 I can think of (with the help of Twitter):

Christianity is only for those (more traditional folk) who find it easy to 'have faith'

 Faith is a bold leap into the unknown - believing something you don't think is true

Our (only) warrant for morality is being commanded by a threatening celestial authority

Our motivation to worship is fear of burning if we don't

We believe God created the world as it appears today (full of deformity, disaster and death)

Science rules out faith

God is a philosophical idea - like the concept of infinity

Jesus is, narrowly, the exclusive dispenser of something else called 'heaven'

Christians want the world to behave

Christians think of themselves as superior to non-Christians

Christians fear (and kill) joy. They deny themselves now so they'll get heaven later

Christians are intellectually dim and emotionally shallow

Christians fear sex/sexuality and hate the LGBT community with a knee-jerk 'yuck' reaction

(Of course many of these 'misconceptions' are completely understandable, given how Christians behave and speak in the world.)

What would you add?

One of these days, I'll get around to addressing these...

7 thoughts on “Common Misconceptions About Christians/Christianity

  1. Kebs

    One misconception that I can think of is that:

    "If things are not going well with you, you don't believe enough."

  2. John B

    Misconception: It's Christian doctrine that God created the earth with the appearance of age in order to test faith.


    Jesus' instruction was, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Seems not just a small "something" that he's asked to be done!

  3. theoldadam

    John B,

    That happens after Christ grabs hold of us.

    Jesus told Nicodemus, quite plainly, that he couldn't be reborn again by what he does...but that "the Spirit blows where it will".

    We don't do one thing to become a Christian...but hear...and by God's grace, believe.

  4. John B


    Indeed the work of redemption was finished on the cross. And the Holy Spirit
    calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps the church. And Christians follow Jesus, denying themselves. And this, not in an effort of self-redemption or self-sanctification, but because they have been born again. Jesus' followers are known by their fruits and by their love; not by their passivity.

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