“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” God
The greatest objection to Christianity is perhaps Christians themselves. Which is rather ironic because I am fairly confident that Christ feels the same way.
To back up this bold statement I will throw out Mathew 23 where Christ lambasts the Pharisees. Jesus, knowing His death on the cross doesn’t hold back. Here is Christ’s key statement “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” You see these religious experts, by their actions, were discouraging true seekers. It is the same thing today.
Of course, there is the line of clowns on cable television making a mockery out of the Word of God. They all got a unique angle. One does miracles, another makes you feel good, one is into America, another preaches prosperity, there is positive thinking. But whatever the doctrine preached they all want you to send them a lot of money. And what do they do with these massive amounts of money? Do they help the poor or the sick? No, they live in huge mansions and fly around the world in their own jet airplanes. These people are frauds, slick and clever, but they have the hearts of snake oil salesmen or saleswomen.
I’d like to break down a couple of religions with trying not to be too offensive. You have the evangelicals who claim to be Bible-based. Unfortunately, it seems that this group is very zealous for war. While God’s position on war can be confusing as God sanctioned it in the Old Testament, Christ clearly condemned it. One needs to go no further than “Loving one’s enemy” or “Turning the other cheek.” I find it quite remarkable how people can read that new testament just once and understand that Christ was against war, while others who can extensively quote scripture cannot. This is the same group that wags their condemning fingers, particularly over homosexuals. The evangelicals lack the Spirit of God, meekness, humility, compassion, gentleness, and love.
There there is gigantic behemoth known as the Catholic Church. I can speak from personal experience of this organization as I was brought up in it. It is a funny story about how my mother and I stopped attending services. My mother was chronically late for everything and church service was no exception. One Sunday we were walking in late as usual when the priest changed his sermon. He began to give a lecture about getting to church on time. It was the last time my mother took me to ‘mass’ and I was delighted.
While in the Catholic Church I never opened the Bible. We did memorize the ten commandments and on top of the list is “to have no other gods” and to avoid “idolatry.” After they teach you this they have you bow down before a statue of Mary. The Catholic Church has a lot of blood on its hands whether it is from the inquisition, crusades or by the hands of some of their saints. Worst of all is the sexual abuse scandals. I can understand that the ‘priests’ have problems and commit a grievous sin. What is most shocking is the coverup and worst of all the allowing the priests to continue their evil by authority figures. Also, a simple reading of the New Testament will show many glaring contradictions from scripture and practice. Unfortunately from my experience with Catholics very few ever bother to read the Bible for themselves, something that the Catholic Church in one time of their history forbade.
If one would like to learn of the person of Jesus Christ I would suggest reading the gospels, the books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, where Jesus speaks for himself. One thing about Christ was that he associated with all sorts of people. He was with the rich and with the poor, tax collectors, soldiers, religious leaders, prostitutes, fishermen, lepers, outcasts it didn’t matter to the Lord. Jesus saw the humanity in all and embraced all with love. In this world, people with mental illness are ostracized by society. I believe that if Jesus walked the Earth today he would embrace this community and find many friends within our ranks.
What then is the contradiction of Christ? What the world portrays as Christianity is the exact opposite of what it is. Donald Trump seems to be the perfect anti-Christ. He is an adulterer, materialistic, divorced, greedy, vain, egotistical, the list of negatives go on. Yet, he is embraced and exalted by the evangelical community. Donald Trump didn’t even know how to say “Second Corinthians” correctly, something a well churched little girl would.
I want to say that in my struggle with mental illness my faith in Jesus Christ saved my life. When all was dark and I felt friendless and perfectly isolated I had this gut feeling that God loved me. It made all the difference in the world. As I matured in the faith the teachings of the Bible helped me develop into a human being that cared for others. The relationship with my God continues and it encourages me to help others. I urge you to check out Jesus for yourself and not rely on the testimony of others. If you never have you probably will be shocked.
If you would like to read my story of dealing with mental illness and how I became a Christian please check out my memoirs “More Than The Madness.” https://amzn.to/2E9peYD