The Atrocities of Christendom

Currently reading “The Four Loves” by CS Lewis (probably my favorite extra-Biblical writer) and in a moment of candor, the Oxford Don [this moniker must put gravel in Richard Dawkins’ craw] relates the following:

Large areas of ‘the World’ will not hear us [Christians] till we have publicly disowned much of our past. Why should they? We have shouted the name of Christ and enacted the service of Molech.” [Molech = a heathen god worshiped, especially by the Ammonites, with gruesome orgies in which infants were burned alive]

He’s right. Horrible things have been done in the Holy Name of Christ, thus profaning it far worse than in any atheist’s feeble attempts. That Jews have been the recipient of many of these atrocities is beyond shameful.

Clearly the teachings of Christ were either abandoned or contorted to fit the worldly agendas of so-called “Christians.”

For what it’s worth, as a follower of Christ, I disown these instances where Christ’s name was dragged through the mud to justify things He is dead set against [this process in the Christian must take place daily, after all, does a day go by when we don’t personally drag His Name through the mud by falling short?]

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4 Responses to The Atrocities of Christendom

  1. markrmorris2 says:

    “Hilarious, I think my man here has his religions mixed up. Christians aren’t the ones who riot and burn cars when their faith is challenged or offended.” Hmmm burning cars, or burning babies, which is it going to be, humility or defensiveness?

  2. Laz says:

    Well Mark, it’s an historical fact that people claiming to be “Christians” have done horrible things (the Crusades, forced conversions, the Inquisition, burning people at the stake for daring to translate the Bible into English, etc). This is most shameful as I have pointed out.

    Fast forward in time if you will. Thankfully Christians (pretend or otherwise) don’t react in this manner to perceived theological threats (save the canned response, for the USA is a secular country), though we have perhaps rightly garnered a reputation for being excessively whiny when it comes to certain issues. This however, differs somewhat from outright rioting and looting…

    In the Cameron post(which you cited) I was alluding to reactions of adherents of different faiths when their faith is challenged or offended.
    Compare the reaction of Moslems (pretend or otherwise)after a Danish paper dared to print cartoons depicting Mohammed. Compare to the reaction of Christians (pretend or otherwise) to say, “The DaVinci Code” or even Cameron’s documentary.

    I don’t know about you but I see a real, tangible difference. I have yet to see a sign held by a Christian that reads “Behead those who insult Christ” though I did see a woman holding one that said “Behead those who insult Islam”. This is what I was referring to, thanks for your concern.

  3. freevolition says:

    I enjoy C.S. Lewis as well, although I have not yet read “The Four Loves”. I’ll have to do that.

    As for atrocities committed by Christians, there were those that distorted His Word even way back in the infancy of Christianity. Peter warns us against destructive doctrines and false teachers. Suggested reading regarding this would be 2 Peter Chapter 2.

    2 Peter 2:3 – By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber (NKJV)

    Actually, the entire second epistle of Peter is quite amazing. It packs so much into so few words!

  4. markrmorris2 says:

    Sorry,just noticed the irony. Also one of my biggest pet peeves is the whole, speck vs. log situation that I sometimes notice especially in christian media. I guess I was being a bit of a smart aleck. thank you for your gracious response and keep up the good work.

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