Realities About Christianity That Often Go Unacknowledged

Krystal Smith

Christianity encompasses many nuanced aspects that may prove challenging for some to confront. We will examine harsh truths about Christianity that often remain unexplored. Acknowledging these complexities can lead to a more profound understanding of the faith.

History of Violence

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From the Crusades to the Inquisition, Christianity has been responsible for a wide range of violence throughout history. Much of it has to do with oppression against other religions. Christians were also the ones who were responsible for the witch trials–and not just in Salem, the UK also had its fair share of trials.

The Bible is Not Monolithic

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The Bible was written by multiple authors at different times, including various perspectives on events and guidelines for living. Therefore, there are many ways to interpret it.

Christianity Isn’t Perfect

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Despite what Christians are often taught, Christianity was created by man and, therefore, is not a perfect religion. It’s full of people who have made mistakes, and it has a lot of controversial aspects. The Bible is constantly being reinterpreted to adapt to different ideas. And it’s often used to justify harmful behavior, such as sexism and judging others.

Christianity Isn’t Guaranteed to Make You Happy

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Christians are often taught that Christianity is the way to happiness. They may think it will solve all of our problems. The truth is, however, Christians still have their problems to deal with–whether it’s money, relationships, or addiction. Being happy usually requires a lot more than finding a religion.

Christianity Can’t Solve the World’s Problems

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In addition to Christianity not solving all personal problems, it also can’t solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t cure diseases or eliminate poverty. No religion does. Instead, it offers hope and guidance during difficult times. It teaches love and encourages serving others. But it doesn’t promise there won’t be any loss or suffering.

Christianity is Not for Everyone

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Christianity may be taught as the only path. Still, hundreds of religions exist, many of which talk about a similar god. So, for one, it’s not the only way to God. And the Christian God is also not the only God out there. Some people find peace and contentment with Christianity and its God; others choose a different path that brings them peace.

Christianity Isn’t Always Fair

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Again, Christianity is not perfect and it’s only sometimes fair. We live in a fallen world, and evil and sin are part of it. It’s also only sometimes predictable. Prayer only seems to work part of the time, and it’s hard to understand why things happen when we believe in a God like the Christian God.

Christianity Isn’t Always Logical

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Christianity is based on faith, not logic, and this factor can cause many issues. Faith cannot prove anything, while logic is used to draw conclusions. These things often don’t work together. For instance, LGBTQIA rights are usually a subject of controversy because many find that, logically, there’s nothing wrong with them. But Christianity often says otherwise.

Christianity is Divisive

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With the different interpretations of the Bible and the issues of the world, Christianity is very divisive. Because of the different ideas, it has dozens of denominations. Many often need more clarification on the very purpose of being a Christian. Politics often interferes with Christianity as well, as people have different opinions and ideas of morals.

Christianity is Used to Justify Bad Behavior

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Christianity is often used to justify bad behavior because people use faith and the Bible as an excuse. Sexism is a good example, as Christianity was used (and still is used) to justify gender roles and oppression–typically against women. It’s also been used to justify slavery and racism. Evangelism is also a practice that is used to judge others.

Christianity Changes

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Christianity has changed over the years, and evolved with common moral standards. We talked about it’s history of oppression against women. Women’s rights were one thing it evolved to agree with. The abolition of slavery and the inclusion of civil rights are other factors that have changed. Some churches have evolved to believe in LGBTQIA rights as well.

Christianity Has Had Some Controversial Leaders

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Many church leaders throughout history have made controversial moves, making people question the church as a whole. From assaults to scandals and power struggles, the church has been full of questionable leaders. 

Controversial Bible Verses That Spark Passionate Debates

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Several Bible verses might enrage some readers today. Here are a few examples of verses that are often cited as being offensive, insensitive, or even harmful:

Faith vs. Fury: 10 Bible Verses That Ignite Passionate Debates Today!

18 Things People Say All the Time That Are Actually Taken From the Bible

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Did you know that many commonly used (while outdated) sayings that people say all the time actually have origins in scripture, specifically the Bible? Here is a list of 18 outdated things people say all the time that are actually taken from scripture!

Scripture in Your Speech: 18 Things People Say All the Time That Are Actually Taken from the Bible

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