18 Things Christians Often Get Wrong About Their Faith

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Christianity might have been around for centuries, but there are still things that even the most devout of Christians can get wrong. But it’s important to remember that mistakes are there to be learned from, and when someone makes incorrect claims about the Christian faith, rather than judging them, they can provide valuable lessons.

Misconceptions About Christianity

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Here we take a look at the things Christians most often get wrong about their faith.

Being a Good Person Makes You a Christian Automatically

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The suggestion that if you are a good person, you are already a Christian is not true. Christianity is much more than being kind, good, and compassionate. It’s about placing our faith in Christ, so that God enters our hearts, and we can have a personal relationship with Him.

A Focus on the Afterlife Should Prioritize the Present

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Christians believe that in heaven, you are in the presence of God for eternity. This afterlife is something all Christians aim for so that their souls can be reunited with Jesus Christ and God. The afterlife is therefore a central tenet of Christianity, but it should not overshadow the present. In psychology, when we practice being in the present, we build valuable habits for our future well-being. As such, it is much healthier to be in the present rather than the past or the future.

Christianity is the Reserve of the Privileged

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The suggestion that the Christian faith is only attainable if you belong to a higher social class, is another misguided belief about Christianity. In truth, anyone can become a Christian and put their faith in God, regardless of their status, wealth, social class, color, race, or background.

Possessing a Religion is Akin to Having a Relationship with God

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Another popular misconception about Christianity is that having a religion is the same as having a relationship with God. Relating to God in a deep and meaningful way is an inward process, one that we can build on and develop. But being religious is outward and doesn’t necessarily mean we have formed a bond with God.

The Belief That a Person Must Be Perfect Before They Can Become a Christian

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The premise that someone must have lived an honorable and perfect life before they can consider becoming a Christian is not part of the Christian mantra. Unlike God, humans are not perfect beings, and the Bible contains many messages about the importance of forgiveness.

In John’s Gospel (20;23) Jesus tells the disciples: “If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

By this token, anyone can adopt Christianity and ask God for forgiveness regardless of their background.  

Belief That the Bible Can Be Weaponized

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Those who believe that the scripture can be used with ulterior motivation to manipulate, control, and silence, should think again. In truth, weaponizing the Bible in any way is unhealthy and abuses the purpose of Christianity.

Christianity is Solely About Suffering

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According to Romans 5:12; and 1 Corinthians 15:21, suffering is a product of the fall, a consequence of human sin against God. Suffering is unavoidable in our lives, and while some suffering is caused by the wrong choices we make, there is plenty of joy within Christianity, which should be celebrated every day.

Christianity Merely Comprises Rules and Regulations

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Some people believe that the Christian faith is solely about abiding by rules and regulations. While there are common laws based on Christianity, namely those stipulated in God’s ten commandments, the faith provides much more enrichment, such as showing people love, respect, empathy, and kindness, while sharing God’s work with those who want to learn.

The Belief that Jesus Was Not a Rebel

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Jesus challenged authorities, overturned cultural norms, and undermined the establishment, so believing that Jesus was not a rebel in any way is not an entirely accurate depiction of him.

Christianity Should Foster Guilt and Fear to Ensure People Follow Them

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Fear and guilt are not central to the Christian faith, and those who practice it should not use such negative emotions to try and get people to follow them in their beliefs.

Belief That Non-Believers Will Automatically Be Sent to Hell

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The idea that those who don’t believe in God will go to hell for eternity is popular among Christians. But when we analyze the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus indicates that the people of the two cities are not in hell, suggesting that Christ did not condemn all non-Christians to hell.

Christianity is Anti-Science

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The belief that Christianity is not compatible with science is another belief that does not hold up to scrutiny. Science helps us make sense of the world that God created and believing science is false lacks rationale.

Going to Sunday Mass Makes You a Christian

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Another aspect of Christianity that can tend to be exaggerated is the premise that if you attend Sunday Mass, you are automatically a Christian. The religious service of mass is a central act of worship in the Christian faith, but attending it doesn’t assume a right to being a devout and loyal Christian. In reality, the life of a Christian comes with many responsibilities and obligations, and attending Sunday mass is just one of them.

Having Doubts About Christianity Makes Us Not a Real Christian

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We all have doubts from time to time, including uncertainties about the religion we choose to practice. Just because we have skepticism and doubt about Christianity does not mean we are not real Christians.

Judgement Is the Same as Love and Compassion

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Another area of Christianity that can often be misconstrued is that judgment is the same as love and compassion. Judging others is often centered on negativity and derision, while compassion and love connect us with others and help us let go of our negativity.

Every Christian Should Agree on Every Topic

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We are all individuals with our own opinions and beliefs, and just because someone is a Christian does not mean they have to share the same views with every other Christian.

Our Loved Ones Turn into Angels

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One common belief among Christians is that our loved ones become angels when they die. While it is a comforting thought, there is nothing in the Bible to suggest people turn into angels upon death.

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