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Should Christians Agree With Each Other? October 8, 2009

Posted by jetson in Personal.
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It is my personal opinion that there should be one, and only one version of Christianity.  Yet, over and over again, all across the world, we can clearly see very strong disagreement among Christians regarding their beliefs, Biblical texts, and methods of religious practice.  There are certainly differences in Biblical texts, as is evidenced by the very stark disagreement over Genesis.  There are those Christians who read Genesis and take the story very literally, while others take it allegorically, and still others who believe it perfectly matches with current scientific knowledge.  Why is there such disagreement?  And most importantly, why does each unique version claim to be the truth?

As someone who chooses to leave religion to those who believe they need it, I have often wondered why I don’t hear too much infighting among Christians.  As a matter of fact, it seems that a devout Christian is more likely to be concerned about an atheist than someone who practices the Islamic faith.  Perhaps it is considered less problematic for someone to claim a better god, than for someone to claim no god at all – go figure?  I have no proof of this thought, but it has been my experience that this is often the case.  As it turns out, it is most likely due to the fact that a non-believer is viewed as one who has no moral authority.  Apparently those who claimed their love for Allah when they flew the planes into the World Trade Center have higher morals than someone who doesn’t have a god belief.

If a Christian has a certain set of beliefs, and knows their beliefs are correct, they have no choice but to consider other sects as incorrect.  I’m not really sure how they can possibly know they made the right choice, but I can imagine that in the minds of most Christians, as long as they get to heaven, it doesn’t really matter.  With the exception of the most fundamental sects, the details are unimportant, as long as the end result is eternal life with Jesus, or God, depending on ones particular Christian beliefs.  But would there be a benefit to Christianity if they magically started agreeing with each other?  I often wonder how many more believers there would be if this one little detail were ironed out.  If there was one crystal clear version of Christianity, how many more people would be inclined to sign up?  We will never know…



1. og - October 13, 2009

Shouldn’t all atheists agree with each other? Fact is they don’t. Some say primordial soup, some panspermia, some say aliens populated life here. Some have said steady state universe, oscillating (both dislodged as credible theories), singular big bang, multiverse, I can go on.

I can show you some 40 authors who were in agreement, they wrote the 66 books of the Bible.

jetson - October 14, 2009

Atheists agree on one thing – disbelief in a god or gods. How life began is not one of the things atheists agree or disagree on. Christians have Christianity, which probably should not be broken into so many sects – although, maybe it should? What do you think?

2. og - October 15, 2009

I did a wikipedia search on the definition of atheism. There are many different varieties of belief: some are implicit, some explicit, some range from agnosticism, or weak forms, to strong forms. Some atheists subscribe to a form of Buddhism that doesn’t include belief in gods. The many variations cause them to end their definition by: “there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere.” So which variety are you?

Pick your poison, but your current camp disagrees on many things. Besides, you were the one who first described Christians in a negative light, by claiming they can’t agree on things, and listed creation accounts and scientific knowledge as a primary example. By those same measures, in my first reply I listed several examples within scientific knowledge, and questions of origins, where there exists a wide array of ideas among atheists. I admit that Christians disagree on many topics, including those involving the tenets of their faith; but that is certainly not unique to Christians — it is a human condition.

I will await your retraction, of insinuating that atheists somehow have this neatly packaged, simplistic, uniform belief system. Otherwise, I’m only left to conclude that you are unwilling to look at the evidence on both sides with impartiality.

3. jetson - October 16, 2009

Atheism is NOT a belief system at all. That would be like calling non-stamp collecting a hobby. In the blog, I made no comment that atheists were in any way united. The entire blog is about why Christians don’t seem to agree on what Christianity is. It seems to me that The Bible, being the infallible word of the Christian god, would be impossible to misinterpret.

Sadly, The Bible has been interpreted in so many different ways, it is literally impossible for an outsider to truly understand it. I think it is a valid criticism as I have yet to hear a good explanation as to why there are so many versions of the Word.

I don’t think it is incumbent on me to retract something I never said. I don’t approach atheism in an “us versus them” way.

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