Thursday, February 21, 2008

Christianity - The End

It is almost 17 years since I first called myself a Christian, since then a lot of water has flowed under the religious bridge. My summation of it all now is this.

I have met some wonderful people, and I have met some people who made me think of Jesus.

I have met a lot of people who are fearful, who follow God because they are scared not to, they are running from hell.

I have met many people who manipulate other people and who love people in the hope that it may put extra fuel in their heaven bound train.

I have met many people who are just simple hypocrites, who have an outward religious appearance, but simply do not bear much resemblance to Jesus.

I am not saying I have it all sorted, but I do know that what I see in Christianity is not the good news that Jesus spoke about, it is a man made pagan religion.

So if you do not mind I am leaving, I am no longer claiming Christianity as my religion or faith, no thanks, I was made free, I intend staying free, see you heaven if you make the list.

Farewell
Dave

13 comments:

PeterinScotland said...

Dave

But surely Jesus founded something - he says "I will build my church/assembly/gathering, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it". So that suggests that whatever he founded would not disappear. And he left the apostles and other disciples with work to do, and gave them the Holy Spirit until he would come again.

So surely if you reject Christianity or the church, merely because you can't find a manifestation of it here in Dingwall that fits your ideas or even one that represents Jesus' attitudes very well, you are in danger of rejecting him too? I'm wondering whether a contributory factor may be the understanding which conservative churches have of the Bible's teaching on issues regarding marriage and divorce, and issues regarding Christians' attitudes to the way in which homosexually inclined people behave - you've voiced doubts about these on forums in the past. Are you sure that your ideas are the Biblical ones, not just influenced by today's western culture on these issues?

With brotherly love

Peter

Dave Lynch said...

Thanks Peter,

I have no issue with the church, I think Jesus institution of the church and the apostles affirmation of what the the church was and is are the answer for mankind, yet Christianity in its many forms seems to have drifted a long way from the truth of the gospel.

It has nothing to do with divorce, remarriage or homosexuality, I have a thoroughly biblical view on this, what causes my rejection is the attitude and hypocrisy of institutions like the churches in Dingwall, HTC and the God channel to name but three (there are more.

They do much harm to the gospel, I feel you do not know very much about me other than something that happened 6 - 7 years ago, yet I thank you for your response, and thank you for your brotherly love.

Peace to you and your family
Dave

Arlene said...

Dave,

I found your blog by chance. I don't know you at all, and I don't have any idea what your beliefs are about marriage, homosexuality, etc.

I just wanted to tell you I feel sad that you're leaving Christianity. Not because I think you're going to hell or anything. I don't think God is such an egotist that s/he would condemn someone just for doubting or pulling away from the church.

I'm sad because as someone in the church who wants to transform Christianity into the inclusive, compassionate, passionate movement it was meant to be, I wish we had more people like you in the church to be among the voices of change.

Anyway, I appreciate your honest reflection and wish you well on your life's journey.

BTW, my blog is at www.arlene-alongtheway.blogspot.com in case you want to know a little bit about me.

Blessings,
(Rev.) Arlene

PeterinScotland said...

Fair enough - I've been following your blogs for a long time, but I'm sure that doesn't constitute knowing you well!

Best wishes

Peter

Dave Lynch said...

Thanks Peter,

I think electronic relationships will always be inferior to face to face communication, I realise you also have seen and read a lot from my blogs, I have always posted from the heart, yet there will always be issues and responses that I could never post, some of which have partly led to this last post.
With all that said, I am still following Jesus as passionately as ever before, its the only way!!

PeterinScotland said...

I guess because of the way we work we tend to use the internet a lot. Sorry! Feel free to come and see us - maybe Tuesday or Thursday afternoon would be good - give us a ring to let us know beforehand. Best wishes. Peter

Dave Lynch said...

Thanks Peter,

I will pop in some time, I know the offer is there and it is appreciated, will give you a call before hand.
Peace
Dave

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel. I was a preacher's kid. I saw my dad, mother and the church at their best and worst. To make a very, very long story short. I found my way back. I am a Christian because I need Christ. For a long time I had it backwards. I thought the better I was/acted/thought, the closer I was to God. Actually, the closer I am to God, the more I become changed. I'm not articulating this very well, but I think I was on a similar road you are on. I want you to know God is still there with you, and loves you. God bless.

Dave Lynch said...

Thanks Anon, I know you mean well in your sentiment, though I have no doubt God is still with me, of that I have no doubt, it is because he is with me that I am convicted that at times he is not with Christianity in some areas.

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Trudy Metzger said...

Interesting way to express this. (I get scolded, from time to time, for expressing thoughts that take 'Christianity' to task, so I understand totally what you say here.) I use the term 'Christian' to identify myself, simply because the NT says we were 'first called Christians in Antioch'and the original intent was good. Sadly, Jesus has been misrepresented by many, and by me too, I'm sure.

I've been writing on Spiritual Abuse on my blog and am amazed the traffic and feedback from wounded people. My goal is to give truth a voice and do my best to show the world the real Christ of Christianity, the real Jesus. Bless you, brother. I get your message!

Nonna said...

I know this is a bit of a late rresponse - actually quite late. However, if you are still out there then perhaps you will listen.

You may think Dingwall has its problems, but I would wager that the condition of Christianity in the United States (where I reside) is far more chaotic. Anyone who wants to, can set up shop and start their own "church." There are so many ideas of what the church and the gospel is supposed to be that it can confuse even the most attentive, sober-minded Christian.

However, I took a journey back in time, starting with the present going back to the 1st Century, then starting from there & going forward to the present. Unlike you, rather than giving up on Christ and His Church, I discovered Holy Orthodoxy. Now I aim to love my neighbor & my enemies, to strive for peace with all as much as possible, and dialogue rather than argue.

May God grant you to Himself through all the confusion that exists. Peace in Christ to you!

Darlene Nonna

Nonna said...

I meant to say:

May God grant you to "see" Himself through all the confusion that exists. :-)

 

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