Five Things Christians Get Wrong (About Their Own Religion)

Two-thou­sand years ago, a small reli­gion popped up in the Mid­dle East, inspired by Paul née Saul of Tar­sus’ teach­ings about a man named Jesus.

Just as quick­ly, that reli­gion died. It went extinct.

That’s not to say that “the faith” did­n’t con­tin­ue; rather, it rapid­ly evolved into some­thing alto­geth­er dif­fer­ent and incom­pat­i­ble with the orig­i­nal reli­gion of Paul.

The traits which evolved are legion — encom­pass­ing every­thing from how Chris­tians ought to live to nuances in what they are to believe — but I took a few moments to lay out what I con­sid­er to be the five biggest ways in which Chris­tians get their own reli­gion wrong. 

  1. Satan — Who and what is he?
  2. The Church — Are all of those build­ings that line the streets of your town actu­al­ly bib­li­cal churches?
  3. The Bible — A lot has been writ­ten about the “ple­nary ver­bal inspi­ra­tion and inerran­cy of the Holy Bible” — includ­ing plen­ty which I’ve writ­ten myself — but what should peo­ple think of the Bible, as a book, in reality?
  4. Mar­riage — Ask just about any bumper stick­er what mar­riage is, and you’ll get the same response: “mar­riage = 1 man + 1 woman.” Sim­ple. Pithy. Mem­o­rable. Wrong. Well, at least from a bib­li­cal stand­point. That’s not to say that a sin­gle man and a sin­gle woman can’t make a mar­riage, but there is a lot more to what the Bible says about marriage.
  5. Jesus — The Grand Poobah him­self. If he exist­ed, what sort of man was he, and how should Chris­tians actu­al­ly be inspired by him?

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