It’s true. Some people are naughty liars. Actually, there are some people who are very naughty liars and who call themselves Christian. That’s even worse. Especially when the naughty lie they tell is that they are Christian. Now, I understand no one is prefect (you should see the mistakes I make as I type this) but to believe that you are in a place to judge someone’s imperfectness and especially their relationship with GOD takes the cake.
I visit, or used to visit because I won’t after the posts yesterday, a non-Catholic Christian blog that ascribes to Calvinism and Calvary Chapel theology even though the creator of the site is only a Calvinist. Woe anybody who does not ascribe and adhere to that theology and damned are the Catholics, well for not having their shadow impression of Jesus. Actually, Calvinists don’t really have Jesus since they follow a false Gospel that tells of a God that condemns people from the get-go, which is really sad. The God and Jesus of Calvinism is not the God of Love that is mentioned in the Bible.
1 John 4:8 (New King James Version)
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Calvinism posits a God who loves only a select group of people, his elect. Yet, we know that God desires all to be saved though unfortunately, some choose not to be saved. God wants all to be saved though anyone can CHOOSE not to be saved. God doesn’t force Himself on us. He won’t. He loves us too much to do so.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (New King James Version)
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
There was a thread on the website/blog about “faith suckers.” Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer. That title assumes that faith, a gift from God, can be sucked away from someone. Many of the replies to the post blamed others for their lack of faith/loss of faith. While others may affect you faith, only you can choose to keep that faith or to let it go. Take responsibility for who you interact with, what you do, etc. One poster brought this up that they shouldn’t blame others for their problems but to take responsibility for their actions. The other posters acted like children. Actually, they acted and posted much worse. Children don’t take responsibility because they’re still learning how and they don’t want to get in trouble. By blaming others, children hope to avoid the consequences for their actions. The reaction from these posters was appalling. They resorted to name calling, ignoring what the poster wrote, called him Satan, condemned him to Hell because he didn’t buy their version of the Gospel, etc. Granted, the poster should have toned down the swearing and how he worded his posts but many people don’t know how to post without emotion so I cut him slack. I saw a poster who was in pain largely caused by people who called themselves Christian. And these posters just proved how accurate he was in their treatment of him. Instead of seeing this poster as a person in pain and in need of help, they laughed at him, treated him with derision, decided he would never accept the Gospel or Jesus (not that they offered him that), didn’t want to listen to anything he had to say. Then they banned him and took glee and joy in how “stupid” and “lost” and handed him over to Satan to burn. Some Christians. This poster was looking for help, not necessarily in the best way, and he got treated miserably. It just validated his opinion that Christians are hurtful and cliquish and only there to support those who agree exactly with what they agree with. He won’t be looking at Christianity any time soon because of how he was treated by these people. I wish people would realize the impact they have on others. No wonder people leave the Church. If I was treated so badly by my fellow Catholics, I wouldn’t want to be near them either. I wouldn’t want to go to Mass or do things with people that treated me with derision and hate. People need to be treated with respect. It’s something lacking in the Church and in Protestant communities today.
Protestant communities think they are welcoming and warm and loving but that’s false advertising. They stab more people in the back and abuse more people than they think or want to acknowledge. It’s all PR. Now, not all of them are this way but too many are. People do no want to be a part of a community where they are treated badly. They don’t want to be abused. They want to be loved. Yet, blogs, websites, forums like that one and others are the reason many people can’t look at Church or Jesus for a long time if ever due to the actions of people.
Love you neighbor is a commandment. Yet so many people break this one and don’t think it’s a sin. They think they are protecting themselves from “harm” and “sin” and “the devil.” What they don’t realize is that they are hurting people. No one got to Heaven by being mean and telling others to abuse others. There isn’t a patron saint of a abusers. Yet, people take great pride and joy in condemning others for not sharing the same worldview, same religion, the same clothes, the same practices, for not condemning the same people they are. Unfortunately, many people who call themselves Christian base their beliefs on who they hate rather on Jesus. It’s sad especially when they face Judgement and Jesus asks why they didn’t love their neighbor or God and then tells them about these posts.
Mark 12:30-31 (New King James Version)
30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Remember these commandments. These are the ones you will be judged on and determine if they go to Heaven or Hell.