A Noble Quest

The witterings of a sorely deluded soul who enjoys debate with herself and others.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Christianity is not about the afterlife

Well, to me anyway. I find that Christianity surpasses such a thing because it calls people to the here and now. Jesus said for us to love all, friend or enemy, and that such love produces good fruit. Now love and peace bless this world, and in turn, bless the future of this world. Perhaps humans are in some respect guardians of Earth. Whether we are guardians or not does not necessarily matter, what does matter however, is the fact our actions have repercussions and consequences. Hate and war ruin and damage, love and peace unite and strengthen. As Christians, we are commanded to love, thus, if we follow this commandment, we shall have positive consequences and history can remember the generation kindly.

Christianity is about compassion.

Christianity is about friendship and fellowship.

Christianity is about overcoming differences.

Christianity is about forgiveness and mercy. Christianity is about the good side of humanity. The side of humanity which repels greed, which battles peacefully against injustice, which does not reject anyone.

Christianity is also about not making people oppressed. Making people live in fear. Making people be a believer in Christ Jesus. Christianity is much more than all of these. What good is a fear of Hell? What good is just waiting for Heaven? What good comes from merely focussing on the next life?

"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:35-40)

1 comment:

  1. Christianity is boring. I've been to a number of mainline Protestant and Catholic church services and they were all boring and I'd rather have gone to the dentist's for root canal.