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What's Right and Wrong With American Christianity

mvaughan Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 11:33 PM
Yes Stoic, it was a good article. I am a Christian and would like to say I have nothing against you being an atheist nor anyone else's beliefs. I do find it said that it is only the evil of man, if you will, that has twisted the teachings of Christianity. Some of the basic teachings of Christianity are morality, kindness, and tolerance. It is unfortunate that some who represent themselves as "servants" of God have misrepresented the true teachings and manipulated them to their own agenda. It does not sway my religious beliefs when some "servants" are not doing religion justice, and therefore God. Also, my overall view of our crumbling society today seems to have one common denominator; loss of religion.
mvaughan Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 11:42 PM
them "right from wrong", it is an absolute impossibility that their is no religion inside of them. I asked a friend of mine who said he was an atheist, where he got his moral "compass" from; where he pulled from to let him know what MORALLY was right and he said "he just had HIS beliefs of what was right". I asked him who was the most important person to him growing up. He said his grandmother. He then recounted that she was a devoted Christian who went to church "regligiously". He WAS influenced greatly and taught those moral beliefs from a God fearing woman. I tell you all this to come back to my point that with the loss of religion, the foundation to keep our society in check, we are falling apart.
mvaughan Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 11:38 PM
I would imagine you have contention with that statement because you are Atheist. And from your brief comment sound like a very nice person. But people generally, when tempted, do not behave properly; ie perform immoral, illegal, and haineous acts on others. Well, let me rephrase, people who have no one to answer to; God/religion. Of course, there are people such as yourself who are a law abiding person who has moral integrity, but that sadly is not the norm. Christianity is completely embedded in our society. From the words written on our currency, to our judicial system, our holidays, etc.and it has been since our great country was founded. So when someone who says that they do not believe in God and therefore need to religion to "tell

As I prepare to spend a week teaching the book of Jeremiah to Chinese pastors in Hong Kong, I’ve been reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the Church in America. Regrettably, the list of negatives is longer than the list of positives.

To be clear, though, I’m speaking of the circles in which I travel, meaning evangelical Christian circles, so my observations might not apply to other Christian groups in America.

What are some of the strengths of the American Evangelical Church?

1) We are at the forefront of feeding the poor and providing disaster relief worldwide. From the...