Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I really don't understand why people hate God so much.
Like Anne Graham said, we've been pushing him out of lives for years and when things start to get bad, we ask "if God's so good, why isn't he fixing everything?"
hmmm, I wonder.
Some of my best friends who used to be Christians, or at least civil about the existence of God, now don't just disbelieve, but just flat out "hate" Him.
Where is this coming from?

People say that Christians try to shove their beliefs down everyone's throats, but it's really just the opposite.
Now, you have to claim to be atheist of some obscure sect of Eastern religion to be cool.

So, why isn't it cool to be Christian? I haven't learned anything crude on indecent from the Bible. I've learned to love everybody whether they believe in God or not, and strive to be like Jesus. What did He ever do that's so wrong? We've all had those annoying, irritating experiences with people who CLAIM to be "Christians"..those people who always wear shirts that say "God's Princess" or something along those lines, who tell you you're going to hell, who go to church on sundays and cry their eyes out, and then act like jerks every other day of the week.
Those people are NOT an accurate representation of God's people. The Church is what is corrupt- not God.

I don't want to have to hide the fact that I believe in God, because it'll hurt my coolness status..
and I wish other people didn't either.


Anyway, Kyle's working with the History Channel for some fancy commercial all day, and I'm moving all of our stuff to our new apartment. We have too much stuff.

14 comments:

Sara said...

I'm an athiest, but seeing as I want other people to respect my beliefs, I do the same for most everyone else. I really only have issue with it if people are using their beliefs as justification for harmful activity. So, while you may have stumbled upon some self-righteous 'non-believers' (for lack of a better term), there are some pretty peaceful ones as well.

Good luck with your new apartment! I love new places!

Chelsea Harrington said...

agreeeeeeeeed

savierose said...

I second that response!
*agreed*

jessekeyes said...

I really have to blame the "neo-cons" for making Christianity something to hate or be ashamed of. And to be sure, that is pretty sad.

It's in the same way that during the Bush Admin, having an American flag displayed meant you were an imperialist bent on furthering the American agenda. At least to the circle of friends I hung out with. Same view is made about Christianity because a lot of it was co-opted and changed to be THE religion of hate and intolerance.

Whether or not that is true, it doesn't matter, that is the perception. Doesn't make it right and I think you are definitely "cool" and bold to come out and say this.

And now, with a new President and new hopes, I feel like it's OK for me to be proud to be American...

however, Christianity, American Christianity, probably has further to go, esp. with abortion docs getting murdered and anti-gay marriage campaigns... sucks that bad apples ruin the bunch, but that is the "why" of it all.

sorry for being a bit scattered...

Melissa said...

hey i randomly found your blog and love it! (hope that is ok :) but I thought what you are saying is so true. I go to a Bible University in Minneapolis and it seems difficult to find Christian people there who understand what it means to be a follower of God. So many confuse that with being controlled by the corruption in the church. The church needs to be reached and prayed for just as much as the lost.

anyway, you are absolutely adorable. :)

Marcela GarcĂ­a Pulido said...

I'm agnostic and I like to think I'm very open-minded when it comes to others' beliefs and I only wish I could say the same about some "Christians" I've come across.
I've literally had an argument with a girl who said that out of fear of ending up in hell for not believing in God, I should believe. To which I retorted with, "But wont God know that deep in my heart I'll always doubt his existence, regardless of how I react on the outside?" But she wouldn't have any of it.
I like religion, it gives people hope and faith and teaches them how to act. I respect it, even though I don't follow it.

! said...

i completely agree with you and your entire entry! I am a Christian as well and i'm actually struggling with this exact dilemma because my boyfriend is agnostic/ borderline atheist and we've been in disagreement for quite some time now. :/ He considers Christianity as a conformist religion when in fact I believe in it because I have my own separate personal relationship with God. Well I'm really glad to have found your blog. I found it through lookbook! :D Your entry was really uplifting for me.. thank you! X>

ali formby. said...

people fear what they do not understand or can explain.

amen, lady.

Bridget said...

Because, my dear, it is sometimes easier to blame something unknowable for atrocities and thank something for good things than it is to recognize that life just isn't that simple.

kristin renner said...

I am in agree-ance with you on this, Im a Christian too and it seems like EVERYONE I know is a non-believer and makes fun of those who are Christians. And it does seem to be the cool, trendy thing now to hate God/be an atheist which is sad.

godsave said...

Just passing and wanted to say...

I follow Mahayana Buddhism, which is an Eastern religion but people definately don't see it as cool. We get landed with our own labels.

I think all religions are great as long as they don't participate in creating these, or reducing others down to said labels.

haylolovely said...

As an atheist myself, I think it's important to point out that America is largely a Christian nation, roughly 75% (fluctuating year to year) of the population identify themselves as Christians. Never once have I thought of Christianity as an "uncool" or even "bad" choice, so long as your belief was a personal one. Whatever you believe in, as long as you are not believing in what you believe in out of fear (i.e, "I pray every day only because I don't want to go to hell"), I definitely think it's a good thing.

I would say that, in the general American society, atheism is viewed as a much less "cool" stance on religion to take than Christianity. While a few hipsters claim atheism purely to be on trend, atheism is often seen as a dirty thing.

For example, how many politicians can you think of that are open atheists? My guess is hardly any, the reason being that approximately 53% of the American population say they would not vote for an atheist politician.

My point is, while there is nothing uncool about Christian or believing in any other creationist theory, it certainly hasn't got to the stage where atheism is considered cool by anyone more than a few, shallow, individuals - none of whom are worth wasting your time on.

kay. said...

it's so sad when friends who use to be Christians fall away...


keep living for him sister

owlette ♥ said...

Lovely post! I've been following you for a while but only now went through your archives and read this post and the one on young marriages. I married at 23 which was considered ridiculously young by some members of my family. Nice to have found a fellow Jesus follower and happily married in the prime of our young lives :)