Inconsistent beliefs within Christianity
In my last post, “Modern Christianity: Believe in a loving God in spite of the Bible,” I made reference to the inconsistent beliefs within Christianity.
Neo2 began the discussion by making the following statement:
The messages often times contradict themselves. For example one Sunday the message was about how your relationship with God is not built upon how much money you give or the amount of ministries you are involved in. A month later the message is if you are not serving in ministries or giving enough money than you need to ask yourself ”Are you right with God”? Please pick one, which one is it?
In other words, are we saved by faith, or by works as evidence of our faith? Most Protestants will insist we are saved by faith alone, but the Bible forces the issue to be unsolvable. For instance, James 2:21 says that Abraham was justified by his works in that he offered his son Isaac. But Romans 4:2-3 says the opposite – that Abraham was justified without works, but by faith alone. OK – which is it? Christians are forced to harmonize these two concepts together. As a result, church pastors can teach any position, even contradictory positions, and still be backed by Scripture.
Karen added this insight:
That gets back to the most basic contradiction of all: When you first get saved you’re told that “all you have to do is believe” and accept god’s free gift of salvation and nothing else is required of you! The yoke is easy, and the burden is light – right? Then, as you get involved in the life of the church, you find – whoa! The burden is very heavy: Rules of behavior, events you must attend, limits on your speech and ideas, regulations about how you spend your own hard-earned money. It goes on and on, with the yoke getting more and more difficult and shaping more and more of how you live your life. Pretty far from the “free gift” you originally received.
There are so many other inconsistent beliefs we can discuss. Of course the big one for me was the reconciliation of God as the loving, caring, compassionate Father in heaven with the genocidal, murdering, vengeful maniac portrayed in the Bible.
For new readers to the blog, here’s the link to an early post on the blog on the subject of Jesus’ view of family values vs. what is considered the family values of Christianity:
What are some of your issues with Christian beliefs?
– The de-Convert