Common Misconceptions of Christianity Debunked
Nowadays, the Christian label is not met with much reverence or enthusiasm. People wrongly think that we are a group of pretentious, judgmental, self-righteous, hypocrites. My response to that: Don’t let a handful of rotten apples leave a bad taste in your mouth for the rest of us. All mask and facades aside, here are some common misconceptions of Christianity debunked.
- Christianity is a religion.
Yes, on paper Christianity is a religion but religion is actually the enmity of God and Jesus made this clear. A lot of people are not able to fully understand God because they have reduced him into a man-made religion that has replaced spirituality. God is more profound than a few scriptures and a list of rules of can and cant’s. Ironically, religious people who claimed to worship God were the ones who killed Jesus. They were more focused on learning traditions and principles of God than actually getting to know Him and they couldn’t even recognize when He was standing right in front of them. Real Christianity is committing to a relationship with a living God who still speaks and move today.
- Christianity is boring and restricting
No, religion is boring and restricting. As you get to know God you’ll realize that he is funny, spontaneous, loves to turn up, and loves everything you love be it music, fashion, art, science, sports or anything in between. The devil may try to pervert and counterfeit the creations of God but God is the creator of everything good and we are free to enjoy these things. In God, there is freedom to be you and you don’t have to look a certain way, dress a certain way, talk a certain way, or act a certain way to be received by Him.
- We are perfect little angels who never sin
Of course, an honest Christian will try to maintain a righteous and holy lifestyle before God but the bible says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. (Rom 3:23) and if you think you’re not a sinner, you are a liar. (1 John 1:8). It even says our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isa 64:6). All these scriptures show that even in our best efforts we can never measure up to God’s standards and in our humanness, there will always be a vice or weakness that besets us. This is why we cling on to Jesus so much because we understand that without Him we are unworthy of His grace and blessings.
- Christians are all hypocrites
All Christians undergo a process of transformation to progressively start to look more like God. God slowly works on our hearts regarding certain ungodly habits we have. A Christian will not get saved today and miraculously stop partying, gossiping, smoking, fornicating, lying, or cursing tomorrow. If you see a Christian slipping or catch them red-handed in sin, it is not for you to judge them as a hypocrite. It could just mean that God has not dealt with that area of their heart or character yet.
- Christians are Judgmental
An honest Christian won’t dare “judge” someone for not walking with God because we understand that we too were once in the same place yet it was only through His grace we received salvation. We are called to have love and compassion for those who are in sin, meaning we are supposed to love the sinner but hate the sin. Loving the sinner however sometimes means we must call sin, sin and tell our bros and sis the truth about the impending consequences of that sin. A true Christian, however, will never hate someone because of their sexuality, religion, or difference in beliefs and it’s important to know that those “Christians” who spread messages of hate does not represent the sentiments of the whole.
- Life for us is Rainbows and Butterflies
Giving our life to Christ doesn’t mean we get to trade our old life in for a perfect one. It doesn’t mean we’ll never experience brokenness, disappointments, or failures again. The difference is that when we go through these bumps in life we understand we are not alone, and we can lean on God for strength in our weakness, rest in our weariness, peace in our chaos, and joy in our mourning.
- We are pretentious and think we are better than others
Everyone but Christians are able to have an opinion on everything. When a feminist, pro-gay, or pro-choice voices their opinions about injustices that don’t line up with their beliefs, it’s okay, applauded, and shared all over social media with accolades. Why then are Christians looked down on when they voice an opinion about something that does not align with our beliefs? We are not trying to bully or harass any one when we voice our position, we are simply trying to join the conversation in hopes that people can see things from our perspective too, just as everyone else is doing.
- We have life all figured out
Christians don’t have a cheat sheet of life. Yes, the Bible helps out but we too go through seasons of uncertainty, doubt, and fear. We don’t know all the answers of life, nor do we always understand why God does what He does and why things happen the way they do. We too, have many questions for God and can openly admit it. This is why we intentionally seek him because we understand the only way to understand the mysteries of God, the world, and our personal lives is to get to know the creator of it all.
Have you ever experienced one of these misconceptions? Were you the victim of the misconception, or were you the one doing the misconception or both? Let us know in the comments below!