It’s not the homophobia and gay bashing, it’s not the misogynistic anti-choice rhetoric, it’s not even the fear mongering and fire & brimstone preaching that comes from the fundamentalists. These things are obviously bad to most sane people and they give Christianity a bad name, which is fine with me, frankly. What I hate most about Christianity is the denial of reality. Here are a couple of examples:
I stopped by the Friendly Christian blog today following a link from Hemant’s Friendly Atheist blog and saw this in the comments in response to the question, “What do you think the greatest challenge facing Christianity is today?”
Iâ€™d say it is people thinking Christianity is a religion (this includes Christians). Being a Christ-follower is not a building, rituals, etc. and Jesus spent his time on earth attacking the religious…
Christians are delusional. (OK, I’m convinced. See the comments for why I deleted this.) If someone spends their time going to church, reading the Bible, praying, and evangelizing others and says that they are not religious, they belong in a nut house. I’m sorry, but that is the epitome of being religious and just by saying you’re not religious doesn’t make it so.
Just because you don’t got to the church on the corner with the big steeple and instead you go to little church meetings in a store front or in someone’s basement, doesn’t make you less religious. Just because you don’t say the rosary or sing hymns to organ music on Sunday mornings but instead you read the Bible every morning and you go to Bible study and sing worship songs accompanied by acoustic guitar on Thursday nights, doesn’t mean you have no rituals.
You just have a different kind of church and different kinds of rituals. Suck it up and just admit it already.
Christians are religious.
Another comment said this:
I think the greatest challenge to Christianity is people who claim to be Christians with words, yet their actions say something else.
Sorry again, but if someone says they are a Christian, they are one. You can’t decide that only the people you like are “really” Christians and everyone else who says they’re a Christian but acts in a way that discredits your religion is some kind of fake. All of the Christians that get bad press — the ones I mentioned above, the misogynistic, homophobic, fear mongerers — yes, even they think they are the “real” Christians and they are the ones that are following Christ properly. You can’t say “our religion is really beautiful and all those mean people who say they are Christians are fakes, so their shortcomings shouldn’t cast a shadow on the beautiful light that is true Christianity.” Well, you can say it, but no one will listen. If Christians are mean and hate-filled, that means that Christianity is a mean and hate-filled religion.
There is no perfect, platonic Christianity or Christ, no perfect hereafter or heavenly kingdom. There are only flawed human beings in the here and now.
Christians are Christianity.
P.S. I promise the Infidel review is almost finished!