Website owner: James Miller
The true Christian. What sort of person would I expect a true Christian to be? I would expect that a true Christian ought to stand out from other people for his exceptional honesty, integrity, morality, chastity, kindness and goodness. That is what it would seem to me. He ought to stand out for his integrity and goodness. His love of God and those things that God stands for ought to reveal itself in his values, outlook and character. I would expect him to be a righteous, upright, good person. From reading New Testament scripture and just from reason and intuition it seems obvious to me that this should be true. Yet this is not what I have seen in real life. In my experience I have not found many Christians of any type or denomination to stand out in this way. What is wrong? I don't understand. Why is it that they don't? I have found most Christians to be essentially the same as the rest of the world in regard to their moral character and to come up far short of what I would expect a Christian to be. More than this, it seems to me that if you compare the people of the Christian countries with people of, say, Moslem, Hindu, or Buddhist countries it is the Christians who have the fewest morals. Why is this? I just don't understand. I would expect that the Christians should stand out for having higher morals and better character than people of other religions. In fact, I think that Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists are all shocked by the gross immorality of Christian countries and have a very low opinion of Christians. They view Christians as being devoid of morals. They see Christianity as a religion of few morals. And, in my view, with good reason. I am ashamed of Christianity as I see it practiced in most of the Christian countries of the world. Yet I believe totally in Christianity as I find it in the New Testament. It is Christians that I am ashamed of. They have not lived true to the religion. They have twisted and perverted the message that was given to them and often Christianity seems to me to have become a religion of talk and religious cant and dogma and theory instead of a religion of faith and practice. Everywhere I see terrible corruptions of Christianity, in all types and varieties, but I have difficulty finding true Christianity. And in the Christian countries of the world I think it is mostly an abandoned religion. And that is too bad because I believe it is the true religion. I secretly wonder how things are going to turn out for the Christians. They have been given the truth and have not lived true to it and, by their lives, have brought discredit on the name Christian, and thus on the name of Jesus Christ himself. Oct 2001 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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