So, this happened, today …..
I am Catholic. Being Christian is a state of being. Practicing love. Some of the most Christian folks i know in life are atheists.
Matthew Dowd is currently a political analyst for ABC. He’s a sometime Dim, sometime Repub.
Full disclosure, I’m not Catholic. I’m a Southern Baptist, so, perhaps I don’t know exactly what it means to be Catholic. However, I do presume being Catholic requires belief in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. You see, it is the belief that Jesus Christ is part of the Trinity, and you believe in the Trinity which makes one a Christian. Yes, there’s a lot more to it, but, fundamentally, one has to, not only believe in God, but, believe the teachings of Christ. For instance, on has to believe John 14:6 …… “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (KJV) ….. Well, let’s go all the way on this, because it is most important. You also have to believe that the Son of God came to this earth in the form of man, lived and died for your sins, and defeated death, was resurrected and ascended to heaven. He will come back and us believers are saved from eternal death and live eternal life with our Savior!
It isn’t a matter of ‘some, more, or most’, it is Boolean. Either you believe, or, you do not. It is entirely impossible for an atheist to be any bit of Christian. Again, you are either saved by the Grace of God, or, you are not.
Is it possible for Atheists to act nicer than Christians? Of course. That doesn’t make them more Christian than Christians. It makes them nicer. BTW, “nice” isn’t necessarily requisite to being a Christian. There is a time and place for everything. We should be typically nice, depending upon the circumstance.
Are there Christians who act in very non-Christian ways? ……… Yes!!! Me!!!!! I don’t! I’m one of those many who still need a lot of work! (A whole bunch of work!) But, I work towards it. Oh, yeh, to be a Christian, you also have to believe this …….. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV) ….. To become a Christian you have to acknowledge that you are flawed and you have to ask Christ to come into your life and save you.
Well, I meant for this post to go a different way. But, I could not.
An atheist doesn’t believe in any of the things I’ve mentioned that are requisite to being a Christian. They can be the nicest, most loving people on earth (most are not), but, that still doesn’t get them any closer to Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life.
It’s beyond disappointing when someone claims to be a Christian and says/writes things such as Dowd wrote. It is very harmful to the non-believers. If a “Christian” tells atheists they are more “Christian” than believers, then, it gives them comfort in their state of denial. There isn’t much worse than that. It’s inviting them to a state of eternal torment! And, pushes them further away from God.
My friends, when I say I’m a Christian, I’m not saying I’m a better person than anyone else. I’m saying I acknowledge I’m a very flawed person and there is One much greater than I. And, I’m working to get closer to that One. I’d wish you’d join me on the journey.