Just like the “Go Natural” movement for women and the “Dred Conscious” phase for men (and select women), the “Bash Christianity” movement has reached a fever pitch.

It goes a little something like this…

  • Mike was born into a hyper-religious environment, where church attendance and engagement was mandated as law. He “learns” the gospel of Jesus, being taught that only one path leads to the truth.
  • Mike gets older, asking the inevitable questions that any inquisitive soul asks. What about people who never hear about Jesus…do they go to hell? What does the Trinity mean? If Adam and Eve were the first two humans, are we products of incest? And on and on.
  • He then starts to read a few books and talk to a few people outside his religious circle, gets enmeshed in “other” cultures and realizes they are divine souls too.
  • Then he learns about Constantine, Council of Nicea and colonization.
  • Mike subsequently becomes irritated that he was lied to all his life.

This is only a slight exaggeration. People come of age at their own time in their own way, but enlightenment (tricky word) often has a steep price: a sense of superiority and alienation. Some become better people through this process, some become more insufferable.

I’ve witnessed people leave the faith and achieve a certain level of discipline and morality that their pastor or church couldn’t help them achieve. Many Christian practitioners would write off that person, saying that the system isn’t flawed. The devil’s just at work.

I’ve also seen people become more destructive (to self and others) after moving from Christianity. They become the ones that parse every verse of the Bible for inconsistencies. They’ll make it their life’s mission to convince you Jesus didn’t exist. They’ll continue to practice the same oppressive “preaching” they condemn Christians of doing.

Yet they are as unorganized, unproductive and unbearable as they were before they were “enlightened.” This crowd seems to be growing more by the day.

Everybody that adheres to a spiritual code seeks the same thing: understanding the limitations and constraints of the human experience. We don’t know with certainty what happens after death. But the Bible or Siddhattha Gotama provides an answer.

Answers that would require more proof in any other realm is replaced by “having faith” in the spiritual realm. Those relying on science to explain complex phenomena are at an equal “disadvantage” because science is often behind what’s happening in front of us; new scientific discoveries emerge every week.

Whichever route one goes, it all rests on perception. Having a unique perception is completely fine if it helps maintain inner peace that doesn’t involve enforcing your “peace” on your disagreeing neighbor.

More and more people are so bent on proclaiming the name of Jesus or Allah or Ra as The One (or not The One) that the medium takes precedence over the message, which becomes collateral damage in a game of “who’s imaginary friend is more powerful?”

If you feel the need to bash another’s path to spiritual salvation, then you, suffice to say, are not at peace. Which makes your path to “enlightenment” akin to a person getting in the car to go to their mailbox.

A complete waste.

Christians say it’s Jesus. Muslims say it’s Mohammed. New Age teachings say it’s you.

But who cares who the messenger is. Did you get the message?

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  • Cheryl

    Noise

    Unmanaged thoughts
    Discord in the head
    Through all the mind pollution
    It’s the Word that must be heard
    Cluttered hearts
    Blind eyes
    Political correctness
    In place of the prize
    If they move it
    From the doorpost
    Of every governing place
    The Word of God
    Lives in the heart
    Of His Faithful race
    No color code
    No barricade
    No legislative sneer
    Can take the place
    Of the Holy Spirit
    Drawing us more near

    © Cheryl Farris- INTERNAL NOISE: Chaos to Christ

    • Gam

      Love it!

  • fuchsia

    It’s not about religion it’s about relationships. I really don’t care what religion anyone is or isn’t, because at the end of the day we’re all human and we all need one another to survive. It would be a sorry existence to be all alone because of fighting about something that was supposed to be created for togetherness. I connect with people, and religion will never stop me from doing so. I feel sorry for the people who look at finding spiritual balance as an inconvenience on their lives. And I don’t support pushing your views and values on to other people. period.

  • Cyan

    Okay every one who reads that post will gain something different. I believe in God and I believe He is coming back for us. I am a part of organized Christian worship. I do the church thing and I pray. I believe that God is allowing us to learn about Him and cultivate a true relationship wih Him but right now the Devil wants to take all the persons who he can right now because every one is on this kick to discredit Christianity and what they believe.

    The amazing thing is that God is looking down and He is fully aware of what is going on. He knows that as humans our attention span is short and right now in order to have a “full” life – every thing else is consuming our time besides pursing a relationship with God.

    In fact most of us find religion to be old fashoned. How else is this “Gay and I have all right to be” movement gaining such a hold on every one. Why do you think everyone wants to do what they want – regardless of the consequences. Its because we no longer fear God. I too have been caught up in this life of work and entertainment and all the cares that it brings – not worrying about tomorrow and where my soul will reside. But God is still there for me.

    Just look at the last sentences of the post…

    “Whichever route one goes, it all rests on perception. Having a unique perception is completely fine if it helps maintain inner peace that doesn’t involve enforcing your “peace” on your disagreeing neighbor.

    More and more people are so bent on proclaiming the name of Jesus or Allah or Ra as The One (or not The One) that the medium takes precedence over the message, which becomes collateral damage in a game of “who’s imaginary friend is more powerful?”

    If you feel the need to bash another’s path to spiritual salvation, then you, suffice to say, are not at peace. Which makes your path to “enlightenment” akin to a person getting in the car to go to their mailbox.

    A complete waste.

    Christians say it’s Jesus. Muslims say it’s Mohammed. New Age teachings say it’s you.

    But who cares who the messenger is. Did you get the message?”

    I disagree for the following reasons

    1. In the Bible (yes it is still relevant in this facebook world) Matthew 28: 19 & 20 it says to go and tell others. BUT in this world of saving each others feelings and ensuring that people feel accepted, we have stopped telling others the truth of what they are doing instead allowing them to believe that they are doing right – when its wrong in God’s eyes!!! We are to still tell them even if they don’t want to know because God will ask us why we didn’t say anything. Even if the neighbour does not want to hear – the point was that he was told!!

    2. You might not believe it but my Inner Peace will come from my telling you that Jesus died for your sins and He loves you and He is coming again. I am just trying to point you to another way which is Jesus leads to God and make no mistake there is NO other way. If I told you and you did no believe that is your choice. The point again is that I told you!!

    3. In my opinion it is not a complete waste as I am not bashing what you believe, I am just telling you of Jesus. Again it is your choice whether to listen or not. But it is not a waste of time.

    4. I care WHO the messenger is…. And I care how I spend ethernity!!!

  • Cassie

    Someone posted: “I like your Christ but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

    People need to make a difference between the 2 and like it was said numerous times, it’s not only christians/christianity its RELIGION in general.

    What bothers me the most about this christianity/religion bashing going on, is that people are missing the whole point. Some comments questionning if God cared more abt satan than job/jonas/hebrew ppl proves that y’all just didn’t read the story right.He was testing their faith because he already knew the outcome of their tribulations. God knew it but Job/Jonas/whoever in the future, didn’t! They had to live through it, survive it and understand that their FAITH helped them through. God tests you and the devil tempts you. Understand the nuance between “test” and “temptation”. It’s like at school, you can’t pass an exam if you didn’t study your books. You need your books to pass the exam. It’s the same with God. You need God to pass through life’s tribulations. God doesn’t send them your way. No. Just like Job, the devil wants to tempt your faith, just so you can say that God isn’t there for you. But God knows His children. And He knew Job’s faith was stronger than the devil’s plan…I’m sorry if y’all feel like i’m preaching but Job’s story is such a beautiful story about faith, the comments made abt it saying God cared more abt the devil just showed that some just didn’t get it.

    I think this whole issue is more about respect. In ANY religion you will find people that i call “fanatics”….the extremists. People just need to educate themselves before speaking and when they do expose their opinions, to do so respectfully.

  • chris

    Africa being connected to the world has barely helped theyre being and have been stripped of their resources and it hasnt done much for aids or civil war……….we interfere with anything that has to do with oil but nothing that has to do with Africa so personally i guess im one of the Christianity bashers