Here is what I am thinking about on this Sunday morning….
IF the Christian church is the only way to get to heaven..the only way to find salvation….wouldn’t you think then that they would live a life that Jesus would advocate? Wouldn’t you think that they would exemplify the very nature of GOD? SO that others will believe and have faith that what the religion stands for is, in fact, true?
So….if others are to believe that Jesus is the way…Christianity is the one religion to follow….how are we to win souls to Christ? when we have history of killing…murdering others for not believing the way we do?
How can a religion claim to be the only way to heaven when they have innocents blood on their hands. Maybe it is history but it is the history of our church. It is our heritage. It is what our church was built on. Should it give us pause?
I was reading this morning about the Cathars. Ever hear of them? They were a Gnostic group in the Middle Ages which were thought to be wiped out…exterminated by the Christians during the Crusades…before, during and after. I have read some articles which say that in the beginning of Christianity the only real rival religion was The Cathars.
Christians exterminated the Cathars and any other religion(person) that did not believe the way they did. At least they tried to. I have read where there are still descendants of the original Cathars around.
Then we have the Crusades….. I find it interesting that the government ( church) hired a bunch of crusaders who took vows and were granted penance for past sins, Go forth and kill all who do not believe as we do! Uh huh….. Always amazes me how the church feels they have the right to forgive sins….I thought that was God’s job? Who are we to judge? OH wait….forgot who I was talking about….
Ever wonder why it is so hard for some to believe in Christianity? I know we can easily say that this is ancient history and we do not have to be defined by history……well….ok. I get that but when you add history to the intolerance that you find within the Christian community today…well it gets a little harder to disregard the ancient history. Cause, in some respects, it looks a lot like current events!
Seems all religions are this way though. The only religions that seem to be passive are eastern philosophy churches and newagers….which are all enlightened so, according to Christians, bound for HELL.