I am a christian. Not the best, but one nonetheless.
I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God Himself. I believe He created heaven and earth in 7 days and I also believe that Jesus is the son on God and He died on the cross as a sacrifice to God in order that we humans may be saved from hell & damnation. I therefore, by default believe in the fact that we are "saved" by Grace.
That all said.. I also have to say that I have many many questions that the bible leaves unanswered. For example,
- in Genesis there are 2 creation stories, so which one is it.
- Where did did Cain find a woman to marry if his mother and father were the first two people on earth
- When God wanted to get the Isralities out of Egypt and he hardened Pharoh's heart so that he could display His glory, eh, did Pharoh really stand a chance…was he created to be the bad guy, and if he was, who can really blame him, he was wired like that….
The list is endless, now and then when I am reading the Word, I come across things that leave a ? in my head.. .. so what keeps me going….FAITH.. the thing of substance not seen etc etc.. there is a very nice verse somewhere in Hebrews about faith..(i told you I ain't the best). So every day, I try to work this faith thing.. and I gotta say.. it does work… that's all I am saying.
Having said all this, I come to my point. I have serious issues with TV Evangelists and the Mega-Hyper Christian churches. Something about a person on TV wearing bigger bling than most rap stars , decked out in handmade designer clad, asking ME and the poor sods who believe to give them money,(or as they like to say these days, "partner with xyz ministries and see the blessing of God in your life") just does not sit right with me and what I read in the bible. It irks me more when they tell you to buy thier books because it is a"revelation", contains an "anointing" from God and it is what YOU have been waiting for all your life and if you just read/listen/see this book/CD/DVD, you life will be changed for ever. Now that stuff really really bugs me a lot!!!
It makes me want to tear my hair out. The parts which make me most angry is when at the end of the preaching, the scene changes to the preacher with a malnourshed, starving African or Indian child with flies around thier eyes and nose with the sound bite saying"We will not let, yet another one of these precious children of God die….when you partner with us, you save a child… and nothing can be greater than that"….. or something to that effect..
Gotta give it to the marketing chap who came up with this pyschological ambush tactic. Don't get me wrong, some of it really helps.. yeah, the 10 % of the $8,000,000 dollars you make monthly from selling your wears and shameless demand of money.
It bugs me even more when half your congregation is in debt and working low income jobs and they are tithing their 10% to to the church and preacher man is driving around in an S Class Mercedes Benz, living in a mansion… somehting about all this just is not right.
IT really bugs me and there is nothing I can do about it, but blog. Someone will say, who am I to cast judgement and how dare I say something like that… .. some where in the bible there is somethign about Christians being discerning. So then you hit back with, "Thou shalt not judge" and I say true enough, I ain't judging, I'm just stating!
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