Why I Am Seriously Considering Becoming A Non-Christian

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Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair.

After living on planet earth for over five decades I am saddened by the state of affairs found in Christianity – particularly in the western nations of our world.

I live in what is known as a western Christian nation. I beg to differ. We live in a secularised nation – and any nation that I know of throughout the western world, who pride themselves on being a Christian nation, I call to rectify the description.

We build our democracies upon Biblical principles and yet continue to live and operate as though those principles do not exist.

We squeal when we see Muslims commit atrocities in our streets and yet we blindly turn our eyes away from the atrocities that our soldiers, from our ‘Christian’ nations, continue to commit in those nations where Islam or other religions are pre-eminent.

We bicker amongst ourselves in our multitudinous number of Christian denominations over points of law and whether we should speak in tongues, lay hands on the sick, be born again, kneel when we pray, cross ourselves, read from a prayer book or lift our hands in praise.

In my eyes the name Christian has lost all meaning and I no longer feel comfortable with that explanation of my deep faith in the One who created me.

The Power of Love

For Jesus shared two great commandments that encompassed all of the law and that was to love God and love one another.

But many of us fail to even do that.

We the church have often been the first to criticise, to condemn, to pick fault, and to judge. Now come on let’s all be honest – and I am not trying to pull ‘the church’ down by this statement – though there are those who will say I am. Was it Emerson who said, ‘To be great is to be misunderstood’?

As someone once wrote – if you want to have the perfect church – don’t join it. Why? Because as soon as you do imperfection has set in. (You can laugh now!)

If this is the case, which if we are totally honest with ourselves, then how can we ever expect the heathen to ever want what we have if we continue along the path that we currently tread? A transformation is required.

So I am at a cross-road myself – for over a half century I have seen myself as part of the Christian tradition. I have never favoured the denominational terminology that related to my Christianity. I was truly and dramatically converted at the age of 18. I was then radically transformed and introduced to the gifts of the Holy Spirit at the age of 25.

So I have been part of both traditional Christianity and then what I would call radical Christianity.

I have seen both sides of the coin and been a keen supporter of both. But after five decades have come to the realisation that both these forms of religion fail dismally and fall short in many respects.

My Current Dilemma

So hence my current dilemma as I survey the world’s stage and watch Christians in the name of God kill Muslims and while Muslims, in the name of Allah, kill Christians.

So what am I? A non – Christian?

The term Christian and it’s true meaning has become blurred – and in my view has lost all semblance to what it was first intended to mean.

So if I am not a Christian then what am I?

Allow me to clarify my  statement. I see myself and have always seen myself  first and foremost as a believer.

A believer in what?

The Answer Is Found In The Bible

Go to your Bible and in there you will discover the words of whom I believe in – and in many versions of the Bible those words will appear as red. They are the words of Jesus who taught us how to love one another. How to not judge. How to live in a world gone mad. Nothing much has changed in over  2,000 years.

And He also said this that :

He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned. And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. – Mark 16: 16-18

I stand alongside Mahatma Gandhi who said: ‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.’

If we call ourselves Christians then let us be Christlike. If we confess that we are believers then let our light shine. I challenge myself. I challenge you.

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