Well, I have done some thinking the last few days about my remark that most Christians are idiots, and I have to retract it. I will revise my position to this: Most Christians don’t know half of what their particular denomination actually believes, so when they find they disagree with some point of doctrine, they leave. If they are strong enough in defending their position, they create their own “denomination” or new strain of the same one.
When I first posted, I thought that this trend was primarily from the past 1000 years, but soon realized that it was already happening when the New Testament was being written, and I think Paul had the answer in his first letter to the Corinthian church. Some were saying “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” (v12) Paul goes on to call them foolish and say he was glad he did not baptize them so they could not say, “I was baptized by Paul.”
His answer to these small divisions (denominations) was this, “but we preach Christ crucified:(v23),” “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”
My heart in this is that people, especially hardcore denominationalists (new word!), would step back and say, “What the heck are we doing? We can’t all be right.” We as Christians need to get back to the reason we go by that name, and follow Christ’s examples and teachings. Preach Jesus!
Let’s get over our arrogance and always telling everyone how wrong they are and love them. When I read the Bible, the people Jesus condemned the most were the hypocritical religious leaders. “You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very Scriptures speak about me! Yet you are not willing to come to me in order to have life. (John 5:39-40)”
He showed compassion, love, and sacrifice for those around Him, and we show a book of rules.
Let’s get back to the center of the mark: Jesus.
- chris mooney