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.