Top Ten Misconceptions About Christians

ethanmeinster
As a Christian, many people make some errors in interpreting the Bible. We've also had some stereotypes.

The Top Ten

1 Good people go to heaven, bad people go to hell

There's no such thing as pure good. Everyone deserves hell because of sin (even saying, telling a lie, or looking at a person with lust is a sin, so none of us are immune). The only way to get to heaven is by accepting Jesus as your savior. However, that doesn't mean you should sin all you want. It doesn't work that way - ethanmeinster

The afterlife is much more complicated than that.

The misconception here is to believe that there is heaven and hell. You live your life and once you're death it's over. Death is the only given sure fact in our lives!

Everyone is different and has their own perspective on what is good and what is bad

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2 Gays go to hell

The Laws of Moses (which are in the Leviticus book) have been lifted from us Christians to follow. That's including the homosexuality statement. If you identify as queer then you will not go to Hell for that reason

Through the New Testament we know that we are no longer bound by the laws of the Old Testament. This is the reason we are able to eat pork. - GrimmShady

God has send aids to this world to punish the gay people because God says and thinks that if there's no procreation it's better that they go to hell more quickly.

If they choose not to stop being gay and convert. You may say they can't live without love but there are many forms of love.

Whether gay people die gay or change the ways does not lower or raise their chances of going to heaven. - GrimmShady

I hate this... - Manlypants

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3 Jesus is a zombie

Although he rose from the dead, this doesn't mean he's a zombie. He was resurrected, not reanimated. Zombies don't have a soul. They can't love or feel. However, when Jesus rose from the dead, he sill recognized everyone and loved them. - ethanmeinster

4 The forbidden fruit is an apple

It doesn't say exactly, but researchers say it's likely to have been a fig or a pomegranate. - ethanmeinster

Researchers have maybe found out that it was a fig or a pomegranate but even if they had found out that it was a banana, a coconut or any other fruit, it still remains crap ( the story, not the fruit! ).

5 Christians worship three gods

If this were true, then we would break the Ten Commandments. It's basically three in one. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one being. - ethanmeinster

But you do. Jesus was Gods son.

This is a false teaching. There is God and Jesus. The Holy Spirit is rather Jesus himself. This "third god" robs Jesus Christ of what he can do himself. read Endtimesbibleprophecy

6 Jonah was swallowed by a whale

Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish, not a whale. Whales are marine mammals. - ethanmeinster

No it was a whale, its in the Bible. You are changing what it said in the Bible because someone swallowed by a whale sounds far-fetched so you say "giant fish" but no one knows what it was. Lets say it was Nessy.

40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. -Matthew 12:40 (KJV) - Israelbooker

7 Masturbation is forbidden

Sorry, but I had to censor. Basically, the Bible, there's the story of Onan (Genesis 38:9-10. ) where God condemns him for refusing to give an heir to his brother, not for "spilling his seed". However, in Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus said that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So it depends on how you define it. - ethanmeinster

Masturbation=lust=sin

Masturbation isn't always a sin. It's natural for even children to do it and it has some positive effects (in moderation)

I'm pretty sure that it is a sin. - NicholasYellow

8 We're anti-science

That's not completely true. Most Christians, including some popes, embrace knowledge and have accepted modern science theories. - ethanmeinster

Science and religion are not opposites. I am a Catholic Christian, and the more I learn about the universe around me, the more amazed I become at God's work. Christians who see science as a threat to their beleifs are closing their minds to newer knowledge about the way God created the universe.

Some science is true others are false (ahem, evolution)

My family is catholic, and my mum and dad have Ph.ds

9 Mary was sinless

No Christian believes Mary was sinless, Catholics do. Christians are created by the father, saved by the son and sealed by the Holy Spirit, Mary has nothing to do with this. In Satanism, the goddess of sexual perversion is equal to the god of human sacrifice, and Catholicism merely put Jesus' name on the god of human sacrifice and Mary's name on the goddess of sexual perversion, so because Jesus was sinless, they'll try to claim Mary was too, there's your explanation!

Jesus is the only sinless human? So, what you are saying is that we are all sinners from the moment we are born. How can god be good if he's the creator of sinners? And don't give me the fairytale about Adam and Eve who lived in paradise but because Eve ate an apple we were doomed to be sinners because that would make god immoral. Why should we all have to pay after so many generations for something someone did in Paradise that was not allowed? What have we all to do with that? God, sin, the bible are all made up by humans. I can't believe that many people still believes in those stories.
Comment from an atheist.

I think everybody is sinless because there's no such thing as sin. And when I read the comments it's like some people believe that giving birth to a child is already a sin ( exept for Mary because she gave birth to the son of god? ). But if everybody wants to live sinless it would mean the end of the human race because you can't give birth to a child without being a sinner. The whole concept of sin doesn't make sense if you ask me.

Yes, Mary was INDEED SINLESS. She was a Chosen Vessel to Bear the Christ. - clusium

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10 God is cruel because he allows horrible things to happen

If you want an in depth description read EndTimesBibleProphecy "Why Does God Allow Suffering". I will make it long story short. So sin was created when Lucifer, the most exalted angel, became proud and chose to rebel because of his free will. Sin was created. If God destroyed them the other angels would be afraid so they would serve him out of fear. God could restart but who said it would not happen again so it would be an endless cycle of destruction and creation. God has to have a plan to get rid of sin forever, Jesus Christ. Bad things happen so we can see the result of sin, death. Once it is seen by all, we will understand. Oh and Jesus sacrificed himself so God has a new gift for us, salvation. Salvation is given if you have a faith that works, but not works itself. Read the link above for a more in depth description.

If god is omniscient it means he know the future and if he know the future it also means that everything happens necessary. And if everything happens necessary it means that there is no free will. You can't change something that happens necessary. If there's no free will then people aren't responsable for their acts and sins. If god should punish me because of my acts and sins it would mean that god is immoral because he knew that I would do them and that I'm not responsable. Conclusion : god is omniscient but also immoral or he is good but then he can't be omniscient. God can't be omniscient and good if he gave free will to men. In more logical terms : there is no god or a god-given free will. That's why bad things happen in this world.

God originally made the world perfect; no death, no unhappiness, no disorder; but sin came and ruined all that. - ethanmeinster

Who created sin then? Why would a perfect dirty design the world to become corrupted?

God is all seeing, all knowing so he knew Adam and Eve would've betrayed him. Eating the forbidden fruit.

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The Newcomers

? Christians can't make their own choices.

The Contenders

11 Jesus was white

See we really don't know what Jesus looked liked most people think that he has long brown hair and is white because ( I don't want to get into to much detail) of this man who lived around I don't know 1400's 1500's maybe anyway he wrote a book that claimed he knew what Jesus looked like but he didn't but since that was our only description of Jesus we just kept it like that. He probably was a more Spanish skin color not white. - Thecyanryan

Yup. Jesus wasn't really white. He was Arab.

12 All Christians are the same

nope

Although we sort of have a common message of Jesus, God, and salvation, we have some differences. Here's some examples:

1. Calvinists believe that God has already chosen who's going to be saved
2. Catholics believe that fulfilling sacraments and good deeds can contribute to salvation. Priests can't marry, and people give up things during Lent
3. Lutherans believe that faith is the only way for salvation. They don't usually follow the calendar like Catholics do.
4. Mormons believe that Jesus is just a prophet (similar to Muslims), and that he visited North America. They are non-trinitarian. This is the most peculiar out of the groups of Christianity
5. Westboro Baptist Church: Hates all other religions and forms of Christianity; believes that God hates the world, even though the Bible states that he loves us all. This is where the non-accepting stereotype about Christianity came from. - ethanmeinster

13 Catholics aren't Christians
14 You're not allowed to listen to Rock and Roll

I do

I don't know if that is true! Look at YouTube for the clip " Good times " sung by a girlsgroup called ' The Clingers ' from 1969. These four girls were mormons. I agree that in the early fifties when rock and roll was concidered as " animalistic black kind of music " ( just look the critics Elvis Presley recieved in those days by religious authorities ) they didn't accept it. But nowadays it's accepted by Christians to listen and play rock and roll.

15 Purgatory

The result of a mistaken Bible verse. When Jesus is being crucified, and the thief talks to him, Jesus doesn't say "You will have to be cleansed by the fires in purgatory before entering heaven." He says, " Today, you will be with me in Paradise." Purgatory is the opposite of what Jesus told us. - ethanmeinster

Most of the "misconceptions about Christians" are actually false doctrines from the Catholic Church, this being a perfect example.

Catholics are Christians.

This is a false doctrine. The Bible never stated about purgatory.

16 You're not allowed to listen to Heavy Metal

This should be higher I'm a Christian and I love metal m/(>_<) m/

17 We are sexist

I am a Christian, am I sexist if I am a powerlifter, and the other day, I saw a small woman trying to carry a large box and I offered to carry it for her? If things like that make me sexist, well then I guess I am, but I definitely don't think women should never be allowed out of the kitchen or things like that.

No not really, there were some female prophets and heroes in the Bible

If you read the book of Escher in the Bible's Old Testament, you will see that it completely debunks this myth.

I'm a Christain and a feminist. Just saying

18 Christians believe the earth is flat

Only the idiotic ones. Flat Earthers tend to be Christians because of a few misinterpreted verses in Genesis. It's sad, but the smart Christians know the earth is round - BlueTopazIceVanilla

19 Christians believe the Devil is like the Halloween costume

I think he is supposed to be this handsome man.

20 Christians read chick tracts

Only the nuts

21 Christians believe in the bible literally

Drink poison anyone?

These are illegal in the bible
Eat pork, shellfish
Wear mixed fabrics of clothes, have tattoos and have piercing.
Touching pig skin
Long hair
Women wearing pants.
Shave

22 We are all sad and basically chained up

That's not it... God gives us this life to enjoy. - ethanmeinster

no

23 They are all Church-goers

I am completely Christian, and I do not regularly attend services. I have my reasons, but they do not have anything to do with a lack of faith. - BKAllmighty

I can't my parents don't allow me

24 The first Christians were all European

It started in Israel and eventually spread through Europe through the Roman Empire. - ethanmeinster

Christianity did not just spread to the Roman Empire. It spread to places in the Middle East such as Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon before the Middle Ages.

Middle Easterners

As a matter of fact, the first apostles to spread the word afterJesus died were St. John who went to Greece and St. Paulus who went to Rome. Also Israel was part of the Roman empire at that moment, so it's almost safe to say that Christianity started in the Roman empire ( wich doesn't mean necessary Rome ).

25 Jesus was born on December 25th

Researchers have proven that Jesus was probably born some time in summer or spring, due to the stars being seen at that time of the year. Christmas got its date when Christian missionaries tried to convert the pagans in the north (Netherlands, Germany, UK) by combining two of the holidays. Pagans had a winter solstice holiday, and the missionaries claimed that they had a holiday at about the same time. In fact, many of the Christmas symbols, like wreaths and Christmas trees, actually originated from the festivals. After it stuck on, the Catholic church made December 25th the primary day Christmas is celebrated. - ethanmeinster

First of all, when jesus was born and died we were using the roman " Augustinus " calendar. These calendars were changed by the church many centuries later and we all know that the new system isn't exact when it comes to historical facts.

December 25th was the birth of Tamuz (the first antichrist), child of the Queen of heaven and Nimrod. If this is causing confusion, read Isaiah 14:14

26 Catholics worship Mary, popes, and saints

We ask them to pray for us, not worship them. - ethanmeinster

True, no matter what excuses Catholics make it doesn't help

27 We think that Earth is the center of the universe

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that. Although it may say that God made us one of his important species, that doesn't exactly mean that Earth is at the center. This was caused when the Catholic Church tried to combine ancient astronomy with traditional beliefs. Plus, the center of the universe is just some empty space. Does it really matter if we're not in the center? - ethanmeinster

No it isn't

28 The New Testament is not accurate as it was written centuries after Christ

The truth was that many books were written around 25 years after Christ's death, and by eyewitnesses. Most of the books were lost after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Some evidence points that even Revelation was written before 70 AD. - ethanmeinster

The oldest found fragment of the new testament is the gospel according to St. John and dates about 150 years after Jesus died. Till this day there is no evidence or proof of older writings of the new testament.

29 Jesus is only mentioned in the Bible

Pliny the Younger, a Roman writer who would describe the eruption of Vesuvius, said that Jesus was called as the messiah. - ethanmeinster

Pliny the younger doesn't use the word messiah when he's writing about Christians ( Letter 51 X96 pliny to Emperor Trajanus ). He did interrogations to Christians about their beliefs because they were all in deny of the roman gods wich was a crime against the roman empire. They all said that they believed in one god and in the founder named " Christ ". After interrogation and even torture Pliny the younger concluded that they believed in a " superstition " about a man named Jesus who died during the rule of governor Pilatus.

30 We all follow the Pope

Yes, the Pope does lead the Catholic Church, but not every Christian is a Catholic (half of all Christians) - ethanmeinster

31 We don't accept evolution

No this one Is true we don't believe that we came from monkeys - Thecyanryan

yeah

32 We view everything as satanic

what

33 Christians start every war

There are some "holy wars", such as the Crusades and the Thirty Years War, but Christianity is nowhere close to being the main cause of war. The 2 World Wars had nothing to do with religion. The Communist Revolutions were caused by atheists who were fighting for a new government. Even back in the Middle Ages, when basically everyone was a devout Christian, you had people fighting secular wars over land and resource - ethanmeinster

Edit: Catholics
they killed mang Christians especially in the Crusades

34 We're all gay hating conservatives
35 We all force our beliefs on everyone

I hate when atheists say this, we know God exists and we're trying to warn you because we don't want you to go to Hell. Maybe you find it annoying but please understand our intent (if we hated you, we would just let you be atheists and keep our mouths shut)

So, hate us and let keep your mouths shut. We don't care about unrealistic warnings. Let us live our lives like we want to because your intentions have no meanings to us.

36 We are all hypocrites

They will say we are hypocrites because we do some of the things Jesus said not to do... well we're not that hypocritical if we are Christians because that means we came to Christ in order to be saved because we knew full well we did things Jesus said not to do.

37 We hate anybody who isn't a Christian

I have a buddist friend I don't hate him I once had some hindu friends I didn't hate them - Thecyanryan

Okay, that's not true! I'm an atheist but I know for a sure fact that Christians doesn't hate everybody who don't believe them. Maybe there are some exeptions but exeptions doesn't make the rule.

38 Christians hate Halloween
39 Christians hate Harry Potter
40 Christians hate magic
41 Christians believe gays are pedophiles
42 Christians believe gays were sexually abused
43 Christians believe in the rapture
44 Christians believe every other religion is Satanic
45 All Christians love Mountain Dew
46 Christians don't read the Bible they just ask for forgiveness.
47 All Christians give homosexuals, "Gay Cure Therapy"
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