7 Misconceptions About Christianity

I was listening to the morning radio the other day when a couple of personalities were talking about a football player diagnosed with cancer. This saddened me as the college he wanted to go to had granted him a full scholarship. The player then said, “How am I going to get through this test from God?” He said God is testing him with cancer. Wait, what? I know there are many misconceptions about Christianity, but this one bugged me the most. God giving us cancer?
I mean, come on. So here are seven misconceptions about Christianity that I will prove false.

1. There are multiple ways to get to Heaven.

Christianity is not the only way to heaven? Let’s back up the boat there, sailor. No Christ follower should think this at all. Don’t let the world persuade you when the Bible clearly says…
John 14:6 (ESV)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

2. The Bible has been changed throughout the years.

This once again sounds like humans try to make excuses to not believe the Word of God. We found the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 which were confirmed to be from the time of Christ. Well, wouldn’t you know? They showed that the Bible we currently have is indeed still correct.

 

3. The Bible supports slavery.

Really? Where do you get that from? The Bible speaks about slavery, along with many other things that were wrong, but never supports it. In fact, the Bible condemns slavery.
Exodus 21:16 (ESV)
“Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.”
Deuteronomy 24:7 (ESV)
“If a man is found stealing one of his brothers of the people of Israel, and if he treats him as a slave or sells him, then that thief shall die. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.”
1 Timothy 1:10 (ESV)
“the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,”

 

4. Christians take the entire Bible literally.

No, we don’t. There are sixty-six books in the Bible and not every single one is meant to be taken literally. Context is everything. While Genesis is written in a literal sense, the book of Psalms is not. Jesus used metaphors and parables Himself to get a point across. So no, the entire Bible is not to be taken literally. It is meant to be interpreted within the context that it is written.

 

5. Christians cannot judge. Only God can.

People read Matthew 7:1 and immediately think Christians are not to judge anyone. As I said in the last point, the Bible is all about context. Matthew 7:1 is actually about how we cannot judge others while being hypocritical. Christians are not to judge someone’s heart (John 7:24) but to “test everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Matthew 18, 1 Corinthians 1:11, and Galatians 6:1 instructs us to lovingly correct others when they have messed up.

 

6. Christians do horrendous things in the name of their God.

This is not just true for Christianity, but all religions. No one who is a real Christ follower is committing a crime for God. There are many who twist the Word of God or are legit crazy who say they are Christian and yet do sinful things, thinking it is okay. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to commit any crime. In fact, most of the world’s morals derive from the Bible itself. Now the world has also changed their morals throughout the years, however that is for another time and place.

 

7. God kills babies or gives people diseases to test them.

God is perfect and without sin. He does not give anyone a disease or kills their child just to test them. He has killed people in judgment. Luckily, Jesus covers us from God’s judgment with His blood on the cross. The Bible says that…
John 10:10 (ESV)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Satan wants you to think God is the cause of your problems. This is inconsistent with God’s character and nowhere in the Bible does God kill someone’s baby or give them a disease to test them.

 

What are some other common misconceptions that you know of?

Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

16 Comments

  1. silasgreen on February 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Number 7 gets all of my YES! I think seeing these kinds of horrible things as coming from God is one of the most dangerously twisted ways we can see the world. I do understand that we need to find meaning in suffering, and it’s tempting to imagine that the awful thing we happen to be dealing with has some kind of divine purpose to it, but I think the Scripture you quoted (what happens to be one of–if not my absolute–favorites in the Bible) sums it up perfectly. We have an Enemy in the world, but God is not that Enemy. Seeing cruelties as coming from him will make him impossible to approach with any kind of trust.

  2. Limberella on February 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Such a great read especially number 1 🙂 Jesus is really the way -period. But then, in number 7, I’ve read somewhere at Ezekiel or Isaiah (please do correct me if I’m wrong), that God punished Israel/ Jerusalem and ordered that let everyone in there be killed – no exemptions due to their sexual immoralities, idolatry and behaviors. God is a just God I must say. And sovereign.

    • Wesley Wood on February 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      If you watch the video then I do mention that. God was judging them which is not the same as giving someone a disease or killing someone’s child to test them. I do understand how that is confused though.

  3. Eli on February 18, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I would actually argue that Genesis is not meant to be taken in a literal sense. At least up till Chapter 12. The introduction of Abraham.

    • Wesley Wood on February 18, 2015 at 2:37 am

      Nothing in the first 11 chapters implies anything but literal. Context tells us it is written literal.

      • Eli on February 18, 2015 at 7:07 am

        Context tells us no such thing. It tells us some truths about God and what he has done in regards to being our creator but those things aren’t exactly literal in any way shape or form.

        • Eddie on February 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm

          Why start with Abraham, if one is going to arbitrarily decide at which point the historical narrative of Genesis is actually historical? Why believe in Abraham? Or Jesus at all? …If the specific genealogies preceding them in Genesis 1-11 are made up or merely symbolic?

          In either case, one is being inconsistent by cherry picking—deciding on your own what to take literally and what not to—when the style of writing, internal evidence, etc is consistent otherwise.

          • Eli on February 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

            There is a whole magisterium that has dealt with the meanings of Genesis. To not be able to tell the difference between chapters 11 and 12 is telling I think. 1-11 could almost be dealt with as “myth.” Not that God didn’t create the world. He did. Not that we didn’t have an “Adam.” Someone committed original sin. The idea that you must hold to a literal 1-11 is crushing to you in the end.



        • Shawn Bain on February 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm

          Exodus 20:8-11 ““Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

          I take from this that Genesis is to be taken literally. (Contextually that is) Surely he doesn’t mean work for 6 million years and rest for 1 million. I can’t say what condition the world would be in after resting for a million years.

    • Eddie on February 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      I meant to say, “Genesis 2-11”, since Genesis 2 is when Adam is first named. First person in the genealogies of Abraham and Christ.

      • Austin Morehead on February 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        What about jn 1st Chronicles, when the genealogy
        it goes from Adam all the way through Abraham… so if Genesis 1-11 is a myth, what about there? It is only logical for the entire Bible as we have it to be true, otherwise how can we be sure any part of the Bible is the true word of God?

    • Cody Armour on February 19, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Eli, some if the authors here feel the same way 😉

  4. T.CLewis on February 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I like this article; well said! I would only add in following discussion that there are some very small and minor additions to the gospel accounts (ex: the ending of Mark which resolved the abrupt stop at the woman fleeing from the empty tomb in fear, and the “For thine is the kingdom” doxology in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew). Again, these do not affect our essential understanding of the Bible, and modern translations will transparently point out verses which weren’t found in the earliest manuscripts. We have an abundance of evidence that the books of the Bible altogether have been preserved through time.

    I just think these minute exceptions – which I feel are still inspired by God – are worth being aware of and acknowledging, before skeptics call it a chink in the armor of our apologetics. Otherwise, I like that you wrote this article very concisely, and tackled subjects beneficial for those on the outside and inside of Christianity. 🙂

  5. Eddie on February 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    This is really good—thanks for sharing. Especially on the topic of slavery. Those who are uninformed love to assume that the word had the same meaning in biblical contexts as it does in U.S. history, not realizing that by the biblical context (which is closer to what we might call indentured servitude), most Americans today are slaves. Have a credit card balance?

    As well, it seems to me that ‘slavery’ was penal system for those who owed civil or societal debts. It makes sense, too. It wasn’t practical for the nation of Israel, wandering in the wilderness, to construct physical prisons as we know them today.

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