Friday, April 15, 2005

A recent comment to another's Blog

Interesting. I would like to make some counter points though to your argument about Christianity and it's black spots in history.

Briefly, the actions of those people and leaders at that time were not Christian in any way. They were political, selfish, greed motivated, and evil. These activities in no way reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ. They do however reflect the teachings of corrupted leaders.

Yes these things were carried out by the "Church", and were done under the name of Christianity, but these things were not Christian.

Where true Christianity has been accepted and practiced, there has been major changes for the benefit of humankind. Most of the Universities and Hospitals and other such establishments were founded by Christians. At least it's that way in the US. I don't know about Australia, but I do know that it's also true in many other countries.

Where Christianity has been given a chance, the poverty level decreases, education rises, and overall well being rises as well.

If you don't believe me, do some studies on world economies where Christians have been given great leeway.

In America and in Britain, it was Christians who fought against slavery. Yes, many slave owners went to church, but their actions speak other wise as to the validness of their faith in the same way that the actions of church leaders during the middle ages and other times show that they also were not followers of Jesus.

You may say that this is a very convenient argument, but it's the truth. Read the Bible and find out what Jesus taught. It doesn't fit with what these people were doing at all. And thus, they cannot be true followers of Jesus. If they were, these things would not have happened.

With our western civilizations, we have to realize that we have been influenced by Christianity, but that does not make our actions Christian. Take South Africa for instance, strong Church connections, poor Christian values. Many of the people were deceived as to the validness of their faith. It all comes down to what Jesus taught and how we line up with His teachings.

As to your comment about Japan being a good example of not needing religion to be a good society, well, I think you need to do some reading on their history.

Japan has continuously been a murderous country to Korea, China and any one else that they could attack. Many Koreans were forced to fight in the war against America. In fact, they were forced to be kamikaze pilots. Not many people know this.

Japan was a ruthless bloody nation. They committed many inhuman atrocities and were just as bad as the Nazis. It wasn't until the Americans defeated them that things began to change. Sorry, but Japan is a poor example for you to use.

Tibet you say, well, it is a poor country, always was. Where Christianity has been accepted, so came wealth and development. It's just the way it is.

I hope that this all makes sense. Thanks for your thoughts and providing an opportunity to have discussions like this.


At 6:37 AM, Blogger Ken Schrock said...

It should be noted that many slave owners were ligit Christians. The way they acted though, was not like the other slave owners. Many slave owners were good and righteous people. I'm not saying that I support slavery in any way, but the fact is, Gen. Lee and many others were devout, strong men of faith. Slavery itself is not the issue. The Bible is clear on that. It's the way you treat your slaves that is the issue. I know that this may not sit well with us, but it's the truth.


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