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Started by Sandra Craft, January 25, 2021, 12:03:31 AM
Quote from: the articleI find myself in two battles lately. I am simultaneously fighting both with and for my faith tradition; some days working passionately to convince disillusioned people to stay there, and other days telling them to run, like it's Godzilla about to squash them, because I know how much destruction it is causing, the way it is preying upon vulnerable people, the corrupt power it wields against the already marginalized. Given this, I find myself asking a question that I'd like to ask of similarly frustrated followers of Jesus: "Is Christianity helpful anymore?"Not is it true or real or provable or noble—but is it helpful? Is it leaving a net effect that is redemptive? As we seek to be agents of compassion in the world, and as we interact with people who more and more don't know the Jesus story—only the story they experience through Franklin Graham and Alt-Right Proud Boys and bathroom bills and Muslim bans—is claiming this faith now a liability?Is the name Christian now so inextricably entwined with misogyny, bigotry, and homophobia that it cannot be untangled?Now that it has been so politicized and weaponized by a political party for its own gain, can we ever hope to redeem it?Have we lost the battle for the name of Jesus—with the wall builders and the homophobes and the white supremacists?The answers don't seem encouraging.
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on January 25, 2021, 02:06:20 AMIt's sort of like asking "is marriage helpful anymore?". It's not the institution as an abstract entity that is helpful (or not), or that even matters. The question is if it's helpful or useful to an individual.
Quote from: Davin on January 26, 2021, 05:32:46 PMA large amount of people are "misusing" Christianity. I get that, they're clearly not following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Does Christianity itself have a means to correcting this problem? Christianity has been defended and argued for with so many invalid and irrational arguments that it now has no legs to stand on if people use the same logic to twist it into something dark, evil, and dangerous. This isn't even anything new for Christianity, it has been used time and time again as an oppressive ideology. When a thing only helps a minority of random people and hurts a majority of people, it's time to drop it.Along with the majority of Christians that "misuse" Christianity, there are a small minority of people that are also abusing the belief system for personal gain by taking from people that should not be wasting money on nothing. This has happened over and over again. In this way, Christianity is causing more suffering than good. It's not helpful.My problems with Christianity are really with religions in general. They teach and use bad logic to get people to believe, then those people see those kinds of fallacies as not only acceptable, but often worthy of praise. Then we get millions of people trained into thinking that fallacies are acceptable and good, which leads to having a large population ripe for being taken advantage of. Then those people vote and behave in ways not good for society or even themselves.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on January 27, 2021, 12:56:44 AMWell, it's really about control, and change generally reduces the level of control that an organization has.