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Examining 22 Quotes/Biblical Themes to Challenge the 'So-Called' “Christians” ; Will They Live With Integrity, Or Hypocrisy? (So help us, God!)

What does it really mean to be a follower of Christ? How does the way Christians live, although imperfect by nature, affect the concept and beliefs about God, Christ, and Christianity as a whole, for everyone who exists outside the faith/religion?

By Peter ThwingPublished 2 months ago 6 min read
Examining 22 Quotes/Biblical Themes to Challenge the 'So-Called' “Christians” ; Will They Live With Integrity, Or Hypocrisy? (So help us, God!)
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It is important to consider the effects that actions can have upon others.

Therefore, here are 22 quotes/biblical themes to consider, and maybe ever challenge the self-identifying, so-called “Christians” (So help us, God!)

However, this article is also for those who are not Christians, in hopes that maybe everyone can learn a bit more about the true teachings that often Christian do not uphold in their daily lives/habits.

This is an important area of study, as lack of awareness, intentionality, or even pure laziness can all have a potentially devastating effect on the world and everyone in it.

Consider this: one potential consequence might be leading others to develop a firm disassociation and an intentional distancing from the church, and Christianity as a whole for many people worldwide, but especially within western society. IF the teachings of Christ are historically relevant, and maybe even universally true, moral, and good, as most Christians believe, this could have eternal consequences that may last far beyond the lives of anyone walking the Earth, today.

The following are quotes taken from various areas of Christianity's 'The Holy Bible' (specific versions may vary), which many believe to be the inerrant word of God given to the only area of His creation made in His image, mankind, to help guide actions and attitudes with respect to society, government, and everything living on the Earth.

(Advice for preparation before reading further: please keep in mind the purpose of this article, and consider the intent, context, and meaning behind each of these quotes. Aim to understand how one who believes there is value contained within this 'Holy Bible' might respond 'most' appropriately with action in their lives based on these quotes, teachings, and other historical writings. Also, thank you for giving benefit of the doubt, and excusing any mistakes I may have made while writing this. However, if you do have any concerns, feel more than free to conduct your own research into the validity, as well as the surrounding context, of these quotes as I have not added specific scriptural/textual references for the majority of this article.)

Will that being said, let's begin examining the following quotes taken from, 'The Holy Bible'.

1 “…let them find no fault in you.”

2 “…so that you will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

3 “…in ALL things for the good…”

4 “…because you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

5 “…do not continue in sin so that grace abounds.”

6 “…I have been crucified with Christ, therefore it is no longer me who lives, but Christ, who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh (body) I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

8 “…go into all the world, teaching them to do everything I have commanded you...”

9 “…you will be a blessing to ALL nations.”

10 “…God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”

11 “…when you are tempted, He will provide a way out, so you can endure it.”

12 “…do NOTHING out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to satisfy your own interests, but the interests of others.”

13 “…love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

14 “…how are you different than others if you only love those who love you? Do not the most corrupt among you do that, also?”

15 “…forgive others, as I have forgiven you…not seventy times, but seventy-times-seven times.”

16 “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law.”

17 “…whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”

18 “…love the Lord your God with all your heart soul, mind, and strength, and love your enemies as yourself. Upon these two commandments, the whole “law” stands.”

19 “…for if you do not know God, you do not know love, for God is love.”

20 “…love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with THE Truth. Love ALWAYS protects, ALWAYS hopes, ALWAYS perseveres. Love NEVER fails.”

21 “…if anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

22 “…take up your cross, DAILY, and follow me.”

- Possible takeaways:

The standards for our actions is set impossibly high, intentionally. But why?

Here’s why: how many times have you heard that someone has completely shut-out God, Christ, eternal life/salvation and Christianity as a whole because of a negative experience(s) they had/heard of with a Christian who did not keep to these commandments and standards of living?

Yes, it is a guide for us to live by.

Yes it is a utopian idea for society/all of humanity.

Yes it exists as a universal, binding morality set forth for us, to help us have more joy-filled, purposeful, and meaningful lives through an intimate relationship with God, our Father, and those made in His image.

But it is mainly so that OTHERS will know that Christ is Lord, and that he comes with triumphant power over death, for “…ALL who call upon the name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED.”

“…EVERYONE will know you are my disciples, if you LOVE one another.”

We exist to know, love, and serve God, and know love and serve others.

That’s it. That is humanity’s purpose, as clearly as it can be stated. But why?

Because Evangelism is the ONLY commandment we are given that has a dead-line. (Pun intended)

God declares, “…for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future.”

God’s ways our higher than our ways. He is calling us to willingly choose a better life, eternally, for everyone’s sake.

We will not want to one day enter through the gates of Heaven and not have others with us, with their eternal death on our eternal conscience.

[This goes for all, including myself. We must no longer use Romans 3:23 as an excuse for our own sin. Once we become (became) a child of God (John 1:12), we have been cleansed of ALL unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), dead to ourselves and our fleshly desires (2 Cor. 5:17), arisen to live a life in the fullness of God’s love without sin (Romans 6:1-2), so long as we see the way out of temptation, and willingly choose it. Why/What is our motivation to keep these standards? Here’s why: because the consequences of OUR sin will likely be the ETERNAL death of others, who, while still sinners, Christ loves.]

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Peter Thwing

Husband, Father, Talkshow Host/Podcaster, Server. Born in 90's both Millennial and Gen-Z. I love learning and have an open mind. I'm looking forward to having my mind changed amid the process of trying to better understand people/the world.

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