Holiday Inn Express Religion
What's up with that? Now to be fair, I will say there are some churches out there and some "christians" who do bring on trouble themselves and who do hurt the cause of Christ and give church and christians a bad name, but it's like just anything, they are mostly the exception and not the rule. However, that being said, I also think alot of people who for whatever reasons have issues with God, the church, or Christians like have this idea they know all about the Bible, God, Christianity, Jesus, and the Church yet don't. I call this "Holiday Inn Express Religion", thank you I just made that up.
I've had people question my faith, my calling, or my christianity in the past because they didn't agree with something I said, or think I said or meant, or did, or God only knows why? But, my conclusion is it's because people for various reasons (doubt God, confused, been hurt by the church, judged unfairly by a christian, etc...) have some sort of underlying issue with God, the church, or christianity, so because of that they try to make the church look bad, look for reasons to discredit the bible, judge christains harshly, or try to use the bible against you by taking bible verses out of context, misquoting it, or saying things not even in the bible(of course even chrisitans/churches do that sometimes defending their legalistic ways).
My point being if you don't believe in God, then you should have no worries, shouldn't have to defend yourself or put down others. I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I don't go around telling little kids she's fake or they are hypocrites for trying to push santa on me. I don't believe in psychics, but I don't go around condemning and telling them how to read tarot cards or palms or quote out of their mystical books to them. You see my point? If you don't believe in something, then live like it. There very few true atheists or agnostics out there. They claim it, but if you are trying to prove christianity false or make religion look bad or looking for reasons to discredit it or those who believe that's real hypocracy. I agree some religion is bad, but believing in God and having a relationship with Him is not. Also, there are people who have distorted views of God for whatever reasons? They are spiritual, but not religious; or they are religous, but not spiritual; or into other gods or religions or something? I think the biggest issue is people are trying to figure out God and fit Him into their mold, belief system and lives, when true christian faith in God is fitting ourselves into God's mold and His life and allowing Him to work in us.