Christians Hate Christians

I admit it. I enjoy finding flaws in other people’s opinions. I enjoy finding reasons to believe what I believe, and to show why what others believe is false. The question that needs to be asked is this: can I take this too far? Or, better yet, have I taken this too far?

For example, on one of the Facebook forums that I’m a part of, the question of hell was asked. This person simply asked, “Are there any people in this group that do not believe in the popular belief of hell?” Here is what I’m wanting you to get at. What was your first reaction? Did something rise up within you to attack, possibly in the name of defending the faith, as if this person is renouncing the existence of hell? Read the question again.

When I read that, my first question was: “What precisely do you mean by ‘popular belief of hell’?”

When I was younger in the faith, a man told me, “Sheep bite each other.” Me, being the inquisitive kook that I am, asked why. The reply that I’ll never forget: “Because they’re stupid!” The look on this man’s face was somewhat dumbstruck that I wouldn’t know this…

Why is it that something rises up in us to attack instead of to correct? “Because they’re stupid!” That was the first real finger in my chest regarding this issue. I’ve since learned to be a little less gun-ho with my responses. To finish the story of the Facebook post, the woman replied that she doesn’t know that she believes in eternal torment. Essentially, she is asking the question of whether the lake of fire is destructive rather than tormenting. Does the soul cease to exist after being cast into the lake of fire? Or is there a lasting residue that must eternally be tormented in agony? That was the question.

Many of the responses didn’t take long before they were mocking, jeering, and stabbing.

Well MY Bible says… Aren’t we essentially saying, “You must have one of those false wannabe Bibles, or else you aren’t reading all of it.” What could be more insulting? Just because I don’t agree with YOUR opinion, I now don’t read my Bible, or I don’t understand it, thus concluding I’m not saved? Is that truly Christian love? I think John puts it this way: “If you hate your brother, the love of God is not in you”.

Another comment called it “nonsense”. Mind you, it hadn’t yet been established what this woman believed. All that was established is that she has a question regarding the legitimacy of eternal torment. She wasn’t saying there is no hell. She wasn’t saying everyone makes it to heaven. She is simply asking whether people will be eternally tormented.

Another comment went on to explain how the “plain reading of the text” would point to… Oh, so there aren’t any grey areas here… Why, then, does Jesus talk about fearing Him who can destroy both body and soul in hell? Why say it if it won’t happen? If she was questioning the deity of Christ or the virgin birth, now we’re venturing into something that is indeed rather clear. Exactly how hell works is not one of those topics.

I visited Kansas City. There was a man there who I was discussing the end times with. He mentioned that Babylon in the book of Revelation is America. I told him there is nothing to suggest that. He then said that there is nothing to suggest it is Jerusalem. I referenced that Revelation 11 focuses around Jerusalem, and chapters 13 and 17 suppose the same. I then quoted 1 Peter 5:17, where Peter says, “The saints in Babylon send their greeting”. Notice that, by the way. Peter was in Jerusalem, and Babylon had been destroyed and buried for centuries by this point. His response was, “Well, the Lord told me America is Babylon.”

How convenient.

“The Lord told me…” Is this not another smack in the face? If I was actually spiritual, and truly heard from God, then I would know better. Babylon is America, because “the Lord told me”. Suddenly subjective experience is the objective truth. Why don’t we even admit that there are grey areas, and these subjects are certainly within that area?

Sheep bite each other. Yet, I can’t help but wonder, why? Is it truly that they’re stupid, or is the truth that goats bite each other, but sheep are gentle? Actually, if you’re willing to look into it, you’ll find that I’m right. My friend was wrong. Sheep don’t bite each other unless they’re agitated. Goats will bite one another, but sheep work together. Most likely, if you’re biting your fellow brethren, it’s because you’re a goat. And if someone is biting you, it is because they’re a goat. Now, don’t take this too far. Everyone needs correction in some area. However, the character of the sheep is to work together, and if the first reaction is attacking and biting, then it needs to be challenged.

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5 thoughts on “Christians Hate Christians

  1. Greetings again,

    I hear what you are saying, as this is an issue that is always on my heart. In giving an answer to anyone regarding the word of God we should of course do as scripture states:

    “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

    In regards to God’s word, as believers who study the word of God, we not only have to be able to discern between what is right and wrong, but in these days because of all the false teachings, we have to be able to discern between what is right and what is almost right. Remember, there be gospels many and lords many.

    Regarding the teaching of the word of God, there are subjects that are eternal life threatening and those that are not. For example and as I am sure that you are aware of, we have people who are believing and teaching that Jesus’ resurrection was not bodily and that he only appeared to his disciples in physical form for their benefit. Believing in the Lord’s bodily resurrection is a necessity for salvation, else they have denied the Lord who bought them.We have people (preterists/amillennialists) who believe and teach that we are currently living in the Lord’s thousand year reign and that most of all of the end-time events have already taken place at the destruction of the temple. The word of God says,

    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

    As those in Christ, we are to teach, rebuke, correct, train and contend for the truth and accuracy of God’s word. And in doing this we should be kind, able to teach, not resentful and our opponents must be gently instructed. I’m sure that we are all guilty of getting in the flesh while contending for the truth. We can’t approach it with the attitude of “I’m write and you’re wrong!” There are certain people on another post who I have been contending with for some time now. They claim that we are still under commitment to the law of Moses, putting themselves under the ten commandments and the observance of Sabbath’s and holy days, the abstaining from foods, etc. There are also those who spiritualize everything and thereby change the meaning of what God intended. I’m sure that I have already gone way beyond what I should have with them and that because I see that there is no convincing them of what the Scripture is saying and so I should just pray for them and leave it in God’s hands.

    Now, in regards to the woman who had a question about Hell, if we are to be kind and gentle to those who oppose us, then how much more to those who just have a question regarding a specific biblical topic. So, whether someone is questioning or someone is in opposition, we should pray that God would give us patience when teaching, rebuking, correcting, training and contending for the truth. We can still be stern and a matter-of-fact without hating our brothers and sisters. We all need to examine ourselves though as to what our motive is for what and why we are doing. Are we doing it for our own glory or for God’s glory and so that those who oppose us may know the truth of God’s word? Unfortunately in these days, what was prophesied is, has been and will continue to take place:

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    “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Tim.4:2)

    “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” (1 Tim.4:1)

    “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.” (2 Pet.2:1)
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    In conclusion, the only thing that we can do is to present the truth, having patience, self control and love as our motive, which is an issue that we obviously need to continue to pray about.

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  2. Hell is an awesome topic to begin ones journey into amateur heretic, and you don’t even have to be wrong. It’s just a quick way to make enemies. Unfortunately, in any other circumstances you can act however the hell you want (pun intended) as long as it’s in the midst of love sandwich. Hashtag thingsJesusdidntsay

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  3. I have come finally after much travail and still failing often, to the place where I just keep my mouth shut, love and pray. The witness of the early church was their love for each other. The witness of the church today is perhaps how many groups can we divide into. Love covers a multitude of sins. Let’s leave the correcting of doctrine to the Holy Spirit and trust He can manage alone maybe? Cos it seems to me that if we loved more and argued less people would see Jesus a lot more clearly in us.

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    1. Before answering to people’s wrong ideas, I often ask questions. What exactly are they saying, and what are some of the underlying premises that I’m not catching right away? It makes it easier to not attack and be vicious when you’re mindset is already in the place of learning their heart and mind instead of simply telling them they’re wrong. The rest is up to the Holy Spirit, yes. I can only challenge them, and I have learned the hard way not to back people into a corner. They will then go to the death defending heresy, but if you will simply bring rational challenges and ask questions, they will often reflect on them and possibly change their mind.

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