Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Difference Between Christianity And Religion: What I Mean When I Refer To Christians

A true Christian is one who follows the teachings of Jesus the Christ. Whether you believe those teachings are untouched and revised by mankind is besides the point. That's what a Christian is. My personal view on Christianity and what Christ's teachings really were are generally simple. I believe He gave many teachings but they are summed up in two main points: 1) Love God with all your mind, heart, soul and strength and 2) Love your neighbor as yourself. By doing these you fulfill His will and the Ten commandments given by God to Moses. This is a Christian. If you do these two things and believe that Christ died and was resurrected to heaven and in so doing He became propitiation for all of your wrongdoings. If you believe this by faith then you are saved making yourself a Christian.

Then there's everything else. Evangelical, Protestant, Catholic, Baptists, Assembly Of God, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon...none of which are Christianity. Sure, they may follow a Christian foundation but as soon as they dropped the "I'm a Christian" and state "I'm a Baptist" ,or whatever other religion they claim, they are saying Christ's teachings weren't enough, His commands weren't good enough for me, I'm going to add more. Then they became whatever doctrine they follow. 

A Christian doesn't judge because he isn't allowed to. A Christian doesn't hate anyone, even nonbelievers because they aren't allowed to. A Christian would never claim to have the Bible completely figured out because a real Christian knows that human knowledge is always evolving and God does whatever He wants because He's God. Christians can't say LGBT people are anything other then Gods creation because a real Christian knows that they aren't God, who can speak for God? Who is His representor? As far as I know there was only One, He came Himself in flesh form and was named Jesus. Seems to me He spoke for Himself just fine. It had nothing to do with segregation and hierarchy that made anyone feel second class, it had everything to do with love.

In my posts I will reference "Christians" and its sometimes not correct. Real Christian people would never discriminate or protect their right to refuse services. God warns us of imposters in the end times who have a form of Godliness and use His name, but they never knew Him truly. These are those who preach against homosexuality. When I reference the imposter Christians I will start defining which group I mean. Because Christians, real Christians love us. 

Don't be afraid of Christianity, God loves you just fine. Its wolves behind the pulpit you have to worry about. 

With Love
Jeff Utnage

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