Why is it, I wonder, that every Christian I encounter thinks they are True Christians, while most others are not?
A recent survey in the States revealed that belief in God is in decline. Ken Ham of Answers In Genesis decided this is because:
We live in a day when the religion of secularism (naturalism)—with its belief that there is no God, morality is relative, my happiness is all that matters, and we’re simply the products of evolution—is taught as fact in public schools and through the media.
I suggested on Ken’s Facebook page that the reason more people are rejecting the idea of God might have a lot to do with Christians themselves; that Christians’ own public performance was a complete turn-off for many people. I meant by this the way evangelicals in particular:
- align themselves with Christian Nationalism;
- actively campaign to restrict LGBT+ rights (and in some cases to have gay people executed);
- are obsessed with abortion;
- disregard almost totally Jesus’ actual commands and instead –
- waste their time online maligning atheists and other minority groups;
- are downright unpleasant to those who don’t share their views.
Silly me! I was told by a real Christian called Tim Bodnar that Christians who behave like this are not real Christians (despite believing they are):
If we are to know fellow believers by their fruit (or as you say, “public performance”) – we then know that their fruits show them to not be the Christians they claim to be. That’s why our relationship with Jesus Christ is a personal one.
When I pointed out to Tim that this was nothing more than the No True Scotsman fallacy, he told me – passively aggressively but oh so lovingly – that ‘it isn’t difficult to grasp’ what’s going on; Christians who aren’t real Christians are the same as people who impersonate police officers. In any case, he said, Jesus had it covered.
Maybe it’s a good thing Christians refuse to look to themselves to learn why others are increasingly rejecting their God and their beliefs. After all, if they were to make their worn-out old fantasies more attractive, more people might fall prey to them. ‘True’ Christians are to be applauded for discouraging, albeit unwittingly, belief in their non-existent God.