misconceptions of christianity

Correcting Common Misconceptions:

Not all Republicans are strict, mean, old white men.

Not all Democrats are liberal hippies that you met at Woodstock. 

Not all Muslims are terrorists.

Not all Christians are judgmental.

Not all atheists are rebellious, rude, hateful anarchists.

Not all Mormons are polygamists.

Not all LGBTQ+ people hate God. 

Not all straight people hate and are afraid of LGBTQ+ people.

Not all men are perverted pigs.

Not all women are innocent, pure, flowers.

Not everyone fits into a stereotype!

arenchac  asked:

So, since the Jewish religion believes Jesus was not the Messiah, what's the policy on the afterlife? Can people get to Heaven, will people just go to the Purgatory of Fathers until the actual Messiah shows up, or is Hell basically the default?

I think that the Christian misconception is that Jews are waiting for some kind of Second Jesus, but the Christian idea of the “messiah” isn’t anything like the Jewish moshiach. “Moshiach” literally means “the anointed one,” the way that kings were once anointed with oil. The moshiach will be anointed as king when the End of Days comes. It doesn’t mean “saviour” or anything like that to us.

We believe that in every generation, someone is born with the potential to be the moshiach.

But the criteria for the moshiach according to the Prophets are:

  • A great political leader
  • A descendent of King David
  • Well-versed in Jewish law
  • Very observant religiously
  • So charismatic that they’ll lead others to follow their example
  • A great military leader that’ll win battles for Israel
  • A great judge that’ll make good, righteous decisions
  • Will bring all Jews back to Israel
  • Will restore Jerusalem
  • Will make a world government for both Jews and non-Jews centred in Israel that everyone’ll be happy about, because they’ll be so amazing
  • Will rebuild the Temple and re-establish worship there
  • Will restore the religious courts in Israel and have Jewish law as the law of the land

And most of all, will be nothing but an ordinary human being.

So if someone doesn’t do all of those things – traditionally it’s a man that’ll do them – they’re not the moshiach.

As far as the afterlife is concerned, we’re more interested in the here and now than what happens after death. There are different schools of thought, but there isn’t a real concept of “Hell.” 

Some believe that if you’ve been a bad person, you’re sent to Gehenna to be punished and atone for your sins, but you’re there for a year maximum before you’re resurrected for Olam HaBa, where all the dead are brought back to life so G-d can create both a new Heaven and earth.

So it’s really different from Christian thought. But my branch of Judaism, Reform, doesn’t really think or bother about that side of things. It’s much more important to be a good person in the here and now than fuss over all that.

Christian Ask Game!!

I have scoured tumblr searching for an ask game centered around Christianity. I couldn’t find one, so I made one instead! This is not an exhaustive list, feel free to add more questions if you like!

  1. What is the kindest thing that someone has ever done for you?
  2. If you could change places with a Bible character, who would you choose? Why?
  3. If you could add two commandments to the existing ten, what would they be?
  4. If you could break one of the commandments, which would it be and why?
  5. What is your favorite book of the Bible? Why?
  6. If you could perform miracles, what would you do?
  7. Which souls of our society do you think need the most help?
  8. Have you had a prayer answered lately? Share the story.
  9. Who has been the greatest influence on your Christian life and why?
  10. What do you think delights God above everything else?
  11. What made you decide to attend your church?
  12. How would your life be different if you knew Jesus was returning later today?
  13. Share about a spiritual experience you have had.
  14. Besides murder and violence – what do you think the worst kind of sin is?
  15. What is your most favorite bible you have received? Why?
  16. When you think about God – what is the first thing that comes to mind?
  17. What are your biggest questions about your relationship with God?
  18. When is it most difficult to trust God?
  19. What are the best parts about being a part of this church?
  20. What have you learned recently from another Christian?
  21. Favorite Bible quote/passage?
  22. Who is your favorite Christian that is a celebrity?
  23. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
  24. What church do you belong to?
  25. What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
  26. Do you feel you have a purpose or calling in life?
  27. What do you think the secret to a good life is?
  28. Were you born and raised Christian or did you become Christian later in your life?
  29. If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
  30. Have you ever been to a religious retreat or camp before?
  31. If you could have witnessed anything in the Bible, what would you have wanted to see?
  32. What do you think will be the best thing about Heaven?
  33. Do you have a favorite quote about Christianity (not from the Bible)?
  34. Do you have a favorite prayer?
  35. What about a favorite saint?
  36. Do you believe in Purgatory?
  37. What is one misconception about Christianity that is not true?
  38. What is some advice you might give to a person questioning their faith in God?

Share if you found these interesting! :D

Misconceptions of the Church

I think I’m going to queue a TON of DAILY information about Catholicism because I get a lot of the same asks over again. I mean this is totally fine, it just means many people share the same misinformation about the Catholic Church. I made some daily themes. Reblog if you came up with a better one, let’s do this.

Monday- Catholics don’t worship Mary Mondays

Tuesday- Tradition Tuesday, the Catholic Church and the Traditions existed even before the bible

Wednesday- We Catholics are Christian Wednesday (and we were the first)

Thursday- You’re welcome for your bible Thursday (and we have all the original books)

Friday- Freaky Friday, Fasting, Fathers, Purgatory, and all those freaky things your Protestant Pastor warned you about

Saturday- Saints Saturday (why we ask them to pray for us since they are alive in Heaven)

Sunday- Sacraments Sunday, the real salvation through Christ (since the Sacraments are Christ)

anonymous asked:

This may seem like a strange question..but I was curious if dragons have ever possessed a body. Like what a demon would do, but probably in a kinder sense. Has that ever happened? If someone were to do that...how would they go about it?

First a quick clarification. Demons rarely possess people. That is a misconception based on Christians calling any spirit they don’t like a demon.

And yes, absolutely a dragon can do it.

There are… levels, to this concept.

Channeling consists of a practitioner allowing a spirit to communicate through them. At the weakest level of connection this may consist simply of hearing the spirit and repeating them.

At deeper levels, the practitioner steps aside and allows the spirit to use their body to speak and act. The practitioner usually retains full control and the ability to step back in at will. This is also known in some circle as being a “horse” or being “ridden” by the spirit. This requires the practitioner to be well practiced at relinquishing control, or the spirit to be powerful enough to help them do so.

A “walk-in” is a more permanent relationship in which a spirit shares control of the body on a regular basis, and may even become a permanent resident, a multiple.

Possession, means the original owner of the body is unwilling. A spirit has seized control, temporarily or long term. This requires the will of the spirit to be more powerful than the owner of the body. It also usually requires the individual to open themselves to it to some extent, and is often a long term process. The easiest method would be to step into someone who willingly allowed themselves to be “ridden” and simply refuse to relinquish control. Yes, generally speaking a dragon spirit is going to be powerful enough to do this to pretty much any human if they so desire.

A misconception about Christianity is that we must immediately change our ways before coming to God. The enemy has us believing that we have to forgive our enemies first, that we must let go of all hatred and bad emotions first, that we must cut that certain music from our lives first, change the way we dress before hand, stop cursing first, even that we have to become “boring” etc. This is SO far from the truth.

God says for us to COME AS WE ARE. He wants YOU just as you are right now. He loves you regardless of how you are right now. He is accepting and merciful and loving. He will work on you and give you a new heart and a new spirit. Trust me, it will feel amazing too! ;) He will reveal to you His plan for you. There is no way of knowing what that plan is until you allow Him to lead you. What he does for one will be different than He does for another. Therefore, there is nothing that you need to change right now.

Once you gain that relationship with Christ, your heart will know what to do. You won’t feel pressured or obligated to change things in your life; you will WANT to. Just call out for the Lord. Tell Him to work on you, to lead you, to reveal His ways for you; listen to Him and you will become someone even more beautiful than you already are.

Sin always means broken relationships. It means unwillingness to be what we are as human beings in the image of God, human beings who are ourselves only as we live in community with God and our fellow human beings. In short, sin is not loving and not being willing to let ourselves be loved.
— 

Shirley C. Guthrie in Christian Doctrine.

I think this description of sin has interesting implications in light of those who argue that LGBT+ relationships are sinful. When is it that we refuse to let ourselves be loved – when we shy away relationships because they are LGBT+, or when we dare to enter into loving relationships regardless of any label our society slaps on them?

Common Misconceptions About the Christian Life --- 10 Misconceptions of New Christians
  • New Christians quite often have misconceptions about God, the Christian life and other believers. This look at the common misconceptions of Christianity is designed to dispel some of the myths that typically hinder new Christians from growing and maturing in the faith.

    1 - Once you become a Christian, God will solve all of your problems.

    Many new Christians are shocked when the first trial or serious crisis hits. Here’s a reality check – get prepared – the Christian life is not always easy! You will still face ups and downs, challenges and joys. You will have problems and troubles to overcome. This verse offers encouragement for Christians facing difficult situations:

    2 - Becoming a Christian means giving up all fun and following a life of rules.

    A joyless existence of mere rule-following is not true Christianity and the abundant life God intends for you. Rather, this describes a man-made experience of legalism. God has amazing adventures planned for you. These verses give a description of what it means to experience God’s life:

    3 - All Christians are loving, perfect people.

    Well, it doesn’t take very long to discover that this is not true. But being prepared to meet the imperfections and failures of your new family in Christ can spare you future pain and disillusionment. Although Christians strive to be like Christ, we will never obtain complete sanctification until we stand before the Lord. In fact, God uses our imperfections to “grow us” in the faith. If not, there would be no need to forgive one another.

    As we learn to live in harmony with our new family, we rub each other like sandpaper. It’s painful at times, but the result brings about a smoothing and softening to our rough edges.

    Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead … (NIV)

4 - Bad things don’t happen to truly godly Christians.

This point goes along with point number one, however, the focus is slightly different. Often Christians begin to wrongly believe that if they live a godly Christian life, God will protect them from pain and suffering. Paul, a hero of the faith, suffered much:

Some faith groups believe the Bible promiseshealth, wealth and prosperity for all who live a godly life. But this teaching is false. Jesus never taught this to his followers. You may experience these blessings in your life, but they are not a reward for godly living. At times we experience tragedy, pain and loss in life. This is not always a result of sin, as some would claim, but rather, for a greater purpose that we may not understand immediately. We may never understand, but we can trust God in these difficult times, and know he has a purpose.

Rick Warren says in his popular book, The Purpose Driven Life - “Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven.”

5 - Christian ministers and missionaries are more spiritual than other believers.

This is a subtle but persistent misconception that we carry in our minds as believers. Because of this false notion, we end up putting ministers and missionaries on “spiritual pedestals” accompanied by unrealistic expectations. When one of these heroes falls from our self-constructed perch, it tends to make us fall too – away from God. Don’t let this happen in your life. You may have to continually guard yourself against this subtle deception.

Paul, Timothy’s spiritual father, taught him this truth - we are all sinners on an equal playing field with God and each other:

6 - Christian churches are always safe places, where you can trust everyone.

Although this should be true, it is not. Unfortunately we live in a fallen world where evil resides. Not everyone who enters the church has honorable intentions, and even some who do come with good intentions can fall back into old patterns of sin. One of the most dangerous places in Christian churches, if not properly guarded, is the children’s ministry. Churches that don’t implement background checks, team led classrooms, and other security measures, leave themselves open to many dangerous threats.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (KJV) 7 - Christians should never say anything that might offend someone or hurt someone else’s feelings.

Many new believers have a wrong understanding of meekness and humility. The idea of godly meekness involves having strength and courage, but the kind of strength that is submitted to God’s control. True humility recognizes complete dependence upon God and knows we have no goodness except that which is found in Christ. Sometimes our love for God and our fellow Christians, and obedience to God’s Word compels us to speak words that may hurt someone’s feelings or offend them. Some people call this “tough love.”

8 - As a Christian you should not associate with unbelievers.

I am always saddened when I hear so called “seasoned” believers teaching this false notion to new Christians. Yes, it is true that you may have to break off some of the unhealthy relationships you have had with people from your past life of sin. At least for awhile you may need to do this until you are strong enough to resist the temptations of your old lifestyle. However, Jesus, our example, made it his mission (and ours) to associate with sinners. How will we attract those who need a Savior, if we don’t build relationships with them?

9 - Christians should not enjoy any earthly pleasures.

I believe God created all of the good, wholesome, enjoyable, and fun things we have on this earth as a blessing for us to enjoy. The key is not holding on to these earthly things too tightly. We should grasp and enjoy our blessings with our palms held open and tilted up.

10 - Christians always feel close to God.

As a new Christian you may feel very close to God. Your eyes have just been opened to a brand new, exciting life with God. However, you should be prepared for dry seasons in your walk with God. They are bound to come. A life-long walk of faith requires trust and commitment even when you don’t feel close to God. In these verses, David expresses sacrifices of praise to God in the midst of spiritual times of drought:

The Christian Perspective on Homosexuality

It naturally depends on what your faith or beliefs is, since people of different religions perceive things differently, according to their holy books (i.e Bible, Ko'ran, etc)


If you don’t have any beliefs in any particular “deity” then I should say that, this doesn’t relate, or apply, I guess to you in a certain sense

Now, though I have done my share of time studying other “religions” I can only talk from a Christian perspective, since I have never come across anything in the other “religions” regarding the subject of homosexuality

So, the thing I must put out though is that, realistically speaking even in a social or a worldly view, homosexuality is still considered to be immoral or unacceptable


Putting that aside, in Christianity, it promotes or focuses love towards other people regardless of what “their” sin is since all people are considered sinners and therefore have no right to call others out on it

But also, a lot of verses say to “love your neighbor even your enemies”
which doesn’t imply to *love the sinner*, and hate the sin*, but to simply love the sinner, Period!

*Personally, its contradictory since loving the sinner but hating the sin, doesn’t make sense since it implies that you accept the sinner though he sins,
it doesn’t complement nor support each other so, you cannot hate the sin but love the sinner, Also putting the fact that Jesus never said a statement, its questionable*

Though it is true that some “certain” Christians do not follow this statement,
you cannot lump people based on their individual opinions cause that is impractical and one sided

Look at what the sources of where their “religiousness” comes from (i.e.) Each religions respective “holy” books

If they fail to do those things that are stated in their respective “holy books” then they are not following it, not being “proper” believers and are also cast away from the “actual” and “legitimate” ones

Its as if I’m saying that the entire Muslim community is violent, because ISIS is Islamic

People should be mindful of this, cause you will look ignorant

Being a “religious” person, I myself find it offensive to see people of the same “religion” to do something stupid against the Homosexual community…

Personally, I am against the idea of homosexuality

But that doesn’t mean that I have “right” to judge them or force my opinions on them

I do not hate gay people nor do I accept their way of thinking..
I am just against what they believe, not “who they are as a person”
They are people first, gender second…

So are Christians against the LGBT community, or homosexuality as a whole? Without a doubt yes!

But, we do not seek to aggressively force you to stop nor claim that hell is your destination in the afterlife, etc. at least the informed Christians don’t, I don’t know about the stupid ones though

And we (Christians) are also called to love you, since you are a sinner much like all of us…

We have no right to judge you or persecute you…

Looking at it in a more social point of view, its not okay to be gay

Rather it is ~FAAAAAABUUULOUS!

Well, that’s my opinion at least…

~Cheers

anonymous asked:

What are some criticisms you have of other Christians? Misconceptions you don't subscribe to

You want me to list what’s wrong with other people? No way man, I’m just going to preach truth. People bashing isn’t my style.

anonymous asked:

I often get discouraged by others a lot when it comes on to faith. the people around me arent very supportive and those who are don't seem to understand that I'm a beginner who is struggling a lot. do you have any advice? ily blog and your gorgeous

HI lovely!!!

The Christian life can be hard! Find a group of friends who can be supportive. Join a youth group, make a christian club at school, find a church you like! Everyone struggles and deals with sin.

Check out these links for beginners!

Basics of Christianity/For new Christians:)  FAQ’s :

5 Common Barriers to Belief

What keeps people from becoming Christians? Many Christian teens that grew up in Christian households may not understand why others are so negative about Christianity. Even teens that have just become Christians may not understand what took them so long. However, there are several barriers to belief that can get in the way of people becoming Christians. Knowing those roadblocks can make it easier to talk to other people about your faith and be a good witness:

1. Misconceptions of Christianity

Some people see Christianity as having too many limits and don’t see that Christian teens actually have a lot of fun. They don’t want to give up their freedom to sin, because it is often fun in the moment. They feel that if they become Christians they will lose their individuality, adventure, fun, hopes, or any fulfillment. Instead, show how how much fun and satisfaction actually come with faith. There is more freedom in God than in the World. Offer a message of hope rather than condemnation.

2. Misconceptions About God’s Nature

God’s nature often comes under debate. There are some Christian teens that only witness with a message of “fire and brimstone.” Those messages create a vision that God is the “mean” boss. Many teens see God as someone who is old, demanding, or unrealistic. They feel that there is no way to ever live up to his expectations, so why bother. It is important to share how loving and understanding God actually is and how much His Love has meant to you.

3. Control Issues

While some teens think that God is a mean and demanding God, others just cannot seem to give up the control over their own lives. They hold onto their own mind and decision-making ability and think that they will lose far more than they could ever gain. They have issues about turning their lives over what they cannot see. Be patient and talk about giving one thing at a time over to the Lord. God is understands how each person is different and He is a patient God.

4. Religion vs. Logic

There are a lot of people who have the misconception that science and logic do not fit with Christianity. They think that the two are on opposite spectrums. However, Christianity is very logical, and many of the world’s greatest scientists are Christian men and women. There are even magazines devoted to Biblical archaeology. There is a historical accuracy of the Bible.

5. Moral Objections

While many Christian teens find a moral base in the Bible, others find moral objections in the Book. Most moral objections come from the Old Testament which has a higher focus on patriarchal viewpoints, war, and animal sacrifice. Yet Jesus came to preach a message of love. Others have issues with turning away from sinful behavior and hold on tightly to their current lifestyle. They do not want to look at their sinful nature or accept that their behavior is actually sinful. Again, Jesus came out of love for us all and died for our sins. We are all sinners, and God loves us anyhow.

anonymous asked:

Hello there! I am a Christian, but followed this page and truly enjoy many of your posts. I think Islam has many wise life teachings to offer, and I dislike the misconception that Christians and Muslims cannot be cordial, respectful, and peaceful with each other. In fact, one my best friends since 7th grade is Muslim, and we have never quarreled. Rather, we share our experiences through our eyes, and it has helped us grow as people. Anyways, just wanted to say I think this page is great!

Hiya, 

I completely agree with you! There are beautiful examples throughout history (e.g. 13th Century Alhambra, Spain) where this very concept was manifested. It is from our faith to be cordial, respectful and peaceful with fellow Christians. 

Thank you for your comment! God bless you. 

anonymous asked:

I am 23 years old and I want to give my life to Christ but I feel like I will be missing out on enjoying my twenties. Is being a Christian worth it if you're going to miss out on your youth?

You aren’t missing out on your youth. The Christian life is not boring, it can lead you on more adventures than you could ever imagine 

There are many misconceptions about the Christian life, and one is that it is boring. The truth is the Christian life is where we find true joy and lasting peace, hope and contentment. These things, like all good and perfect things, come from God (James 1:17). The difficulty is that, if you’re not a believer in Christ, you truly don’t know what you’re missing.

This is not to say that the Christian life is easy. One writer describes growing in the Christian faith as being “on a never-ending downward escalator. In order to grow we have to turn around and sprint up the escalator putting up with perturbed looks from everyone else who is gradually moving downward.” Christ never deluded anyone into thinking it would be easy to follow Him (seeMatthew 10:34-39). It’s not easy, but the hardships help prevent boredom.

Those who believe the Christian life is boring have never taken God’s invitation to “taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8). Instead, they selfishly pursue whatever they think will make them “not bored” or happy or content. The problem is, the things of this world are temporary and can never truly satisfy. The Bible tells us that sowing to please our sinful nature will surely lead to destruction (Galatians 6:8). King Solomon, the wisest and richest person who ever lived, had everything a person could possibly want. He said, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure” (Ecclesiastes 2:10). Solomon had it all, but he concluded that it was “meaningless” and likened it to “chasing after the wind” (v. 11). In other words, he had everything this world had to offer, and he was bored.

Sometimes, a new Christian is surprised that his new life is not “more exciting,” as if the Christian life is supposed to be a thrill-a-minute extravaganza. No life is that. Boredom is something we must all overcome. Everyone stands in line at the grocery store, gets caught in traffic, or is given jobs he’d rather not do.

Part of the problem may be how “boredom” is defined. Is it a lack of excitement? Nothing can stimulate perpetual exhilaration. Is it inactivity? If so, then the key is to find something to do. Is it uninterest? If so, the key is to be more curious. Is it a lack of “fun”? In that case, “fun” needs to be defined, since “fun” is itself a highly subjective concept.

Some people assume that being a Christian is boring because they’ve heard that Christians have to give up all the “fun” things in life. It’s true that Christians give up some things, but it’s not the fun. Christians give up their sin, their self-destructive behavior, their addictions, their negative attitudes and their ignorance of God. In return, they receive “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). They “live as children of light” in a dark world (Ephesians 5:8). The mistakes of their past no longer have a stronghold in their lives. They no longer live for themselves but for the One who died for them. They serve others and make a difference (Romans 14:7;Philippians 2:4). They are becoming everything that God created them to be. It is virtually impossible to be bored in such a life.

The only thing in this world that has eternal value is a relationship with Jesus Christ. A growing, committed Christian will find that life is never boring. There’s always another step of faith to take, another relationship to build, another person to serve.

Is the Christian life supposed to be “boring”? Absolutely not. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).