I love to listen Christian sermons and imagine that I’m an atheist. Yes, this is what I do. Thanks to this perspective it’s easier to get to the core of faith. We probably forget sometimes that it’s the way how we interact with the atheists that actually shows the meaning of our faith.
Is human nature good?
Therefore I was sitting and listening to the sermon. And what did I hear? I heard thunders. “You have to receive the truth! The truth that only God in his nature is righteous while the humans are evil! Only this truth can lead you to the real conversion!!! If you only were aware! Aware of how deep your nature is sinful and evil! You would be able to understand! Understand the meaning of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ!!!”
Sorry for this weird form, but actually the speaker had this bizarre way of shouting instead of using comas and dots. Well, the preacher just shouted “the truth about us”.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, it happens quite often. Throwing thunders at the worshippers is present in many churches of different denominations (that’s why I don’t say exactly where I had this wonderful chance to hear those few nice words about myself).
Of course, the faith and evangelisation is not only about making people feel good. If someone did something wrong, we can’t just caress his head. I was just surprised to hear so many thunders just for the fact that I e x i s t .
In the image and likeness
Whereas the Bible teaches us that we were created in the image and likeness of God. What is this divine element which we bear? Eyes? Hair? Nose? Vermiform appendix? Or maybe the element of love and kindness?
My point is that I don’t agree with throwing the worshippers into mud. Isn’t it the reason why so many young people reject the Church? Ask your atheist friends if you have them! If you don’t have, are you a real Christian, by the way? The people want to look for the joy of living and I’m not surprised that so many of them are not interested if we make them believe that God wants us to repent and dwell on how bad we are. Even before we actually do something wrong.
Well, then maybe the human in his nature is kind? Maybe we are not supposed to reject our nature but to r e g a i n it? And maybe we are the image of beauty and not ugliness? Maybe instead of trying to wear a beautiful clothes on our ugly body, we should take off the bad clothes from a beautiful body?
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.– Genesis 1, 27