What makes Christianity the most debatable/controversial religion?

@Jemina (5773)
March 7, 2007 12:25am CST
Why can't others criticize other religions as well? Scared of them or don't care about them? Does Christianity alone bother you and not other religions?
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• Australia
7 Mar 07
What makes Christianity so debatable? The answer is simple: the Lord Jesus Christ. He Himself said He would be the stumbling block. Christianity says there is only one God, there is only one way to heaven, and that all who ever live will either live eternally in heaven or eternally in hell. Christianity is the only "religion" which states it is the only way. Jesus Christ said HE is the Way and that no one can come to God except through Him. People try to form their own way to heaven: by living a good life, doing good works, believing in anything they choose, but Jesus says He is the ONLY Way. People prefer to go their own way, so they must criticise the claims of Christ.
@Jemina (5773)
9 Mar 07
Apparently, all religions have their own version of heaven and how to get there.
• Australia
9 Mar 07
Yes they do, but Christianity is the only one that claims heaven is attainable ONLY by ONE way.
@Jemina (5773)
11 Mar 07
That's very sad to know. I believe that people are searching for the truth and it's just elusive.
• United States
7 Mar 07
I think what it is, at least for fellow Americans, is the fact that there is a very strong Christian movement towards a theocracy, including attacks on sound science, education, law, etc. and there isn't such a push in America with nearly as much influence from other religions. I think if it were another religion doing the same thing, that would be the religion getting all the flak. Plus, some religions are basically harmless, such as Jainism, Taoism, Buddhism, etc. It the "Big 3" of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism that concern most in the western world, as they are the ones that beget all kinds of violence due to no shortage of scriptures which can be used to justify it. I don't adhere to any religions myself, but I am most concerned with Christianity simply because it's not content to simply coexist peacefully. Many want it to take over and be enforced as a theocratic movement. Certainly not all Christians, or even a majority of them, however, there are enough very well-funded and influential megachurches which are spreading some very intolerant and disconcerting messages that make it necessary to push back and not let that kind of mindset become the norm. If all Christians were content to simply keep their religion as a private and personal matter, it wouldn't really be an issue.
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@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Very well said! I agree. I don't mind Christians that keep to themselves. But using the Bible to justify wars and not giving human beings rights is another thing.
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@Jemina (5773)
11 Mar 07
Well, can't really blame you for what you feel. But I am listening to you. Thanks a lot for your participation. It really helps me to understand my fellowman.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Mar 07
Debatable? Maybe so..... Controversial? In my opinion not in its truest sense but in terms of historically bad interpretations.... maybe so! One of the biggest issues of Christianity as far as I am concerned is its ability to be so easily commercialized. Commercialization is an immediate stepping stone to exploitation. Christianity most certainly does not bother me; nor does any other religion in essence. It is the ridiculous interpretations of any religion that result in exploitation of others for commercial or personal gain that bothers me.
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@Jemina (5773)
15 Mar 07
Exactly, Christianity is not the problem itself, it's the people who professed to be Christians but are perverted.
• Slovak Republic
12 Mar 07
i think what makes chritianity controversial is the fact that it allows more room for a person's free will than dictate the person of what he or she should do in his life... it promulgates goodness and righteousness in a way that it does not directly interfere with the life of the person but more likely it gives the person the chance to think and reflect on the thing he has done on his own.
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@Jemina (5773)
13 Mar 07
Hi Sherry, you've said it very well. That's a very valid point indeed. I totally agree with you. Being a Christian is very liberated and a lot of people are abusing it sad to say. Rated ++. Thanks for participating.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Christianity in its purest form is being a disciple of Jesus Christ, this fact alone is already controversial in the minds of most modern man. It is never centered on heaven, hell or a pie in the sky by and by but in the person of the Son of God. What makes Christianity even more controversial is the fact that it has so many forms and factions and each one is teaching a different form which in essence is not Christianity at all. Fundamentalism and religious fanaticism on the part of many misguided followers make matters worse.
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@Jemina (5773)
9 Mar 07
This is very, very true. Many churches/organization claim that they are Christians but they don't agree with each other. This is really, really sad.
@Pigglies (9335)
• United States
7 Mar 07
For me, the worst thing about Christianity is that a lot of Christians try to push their religion on others. I never have Muslims come to my door or Hindus telling me what to believe. If other religions started such a practice, I'd debate with them as well.
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@Jemina (5773)
11 Mar 07
That's true, indeed. Maybe because it's the Christian Bible that says, Go and preach the gospel...that's why they do that. What do you think?
@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Mar 07
I criticize my religion all the time, and sometimes people within it. I also criticize the religions of everyone pretty equally, not just Christianity. I think there are parts of every religion that can be misunderstood and that sometimes cause people to behave in unhealthy ways. There are also parts of every religion that are uplifting and wonderful. I think the reason Christianity is so openly criticized is that just about everyone has known at least one pushy Christian, the kind that tell you every single day that you are going to hell, you should convert, and that what you believe is evil and wrong. I've never had a Buddhist or a Hindu or an atheist tell me that my Gods are evil representations of the devil, but Christians and Muslims and Jews do it almost daily. As for me making fun of my own religion, I've even made a discussion on mylot about how other people sometimes make me ashamed to claim my own religion, because there are so many people who say they're "pagan" for entirely the wrong reasons.
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@Jemina (5773)
11 Mar 07
Pushy Christian. That's the word. Christians or I think it's more appropriate to say professed Christians are making a big mess really.
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
maybe it's because each person have their own or different interpretation of the bible.
@Jemina (5773)
24 Jun 07
You could be right. But what I mean is other religion is not as controversial as Christianism like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam. People don't really bother talking about those other religions.
• United States
20 Jun 07
No religion bothers me, but a lot of people have big problems with any religion that is not theirs. Especially Islam these days.It is like if they don't understand it, they automatically hate it.There are so many things that all religions have in common. We should embrace what we have in common and ask questions learn about what are the differences.
@Jemina (5773)
21 Jun 07
I noticed that that's why I started this discussion.
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• Philippines
12 Mar 07
the first two posts that i sent here were all about the bible and chrisitianity. then somebody replied, "what there is no GOD!" so, since then, i never post comments or join a topic the deals with christianity to those who do not care to post a responsive comments...
@Jemina (5773)
13 Mar 07
HI Bosing, sorry didn't see this response as soon as I should have. That's sad to know that your discussion was somewhat contradicted. I see a lot of discussions refuting Christianity and it really breaks my heart. Well...
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
I am Christian and I don't get bothered with other religions. Christianity gets so many criticisms maybe because there are a lot of factions in Christianity that brings it into the limelight. I believe it is also the richest religion which makes it pretty controversial in terms of supporting certain ideology or government. Christian churches or religions holds such power and when one has power one is certainly under scrutinity and controversy.
@Jemina (5773)
11 Mar 07
Korek ka jan. Christians themselves don't agree with one another which is terrible, terrible indeed.