I see the criticisms and the skeptics, the haters and the unbelievers, and I understand why they would be against Christianity. But if one truly studied Jesus and the nature of His teachings, one would immediately see that all the atrocities and the wars and the killings done in the name of Jesus Christ is actually not OF Jesus Christ, and that He himself would have never decreed to have such terrible things done in His name. Yet, people decide to define Christianity based on people who don’t even exemplify the root principles of its teachings, values, and beliefs. Because of this, there’s a generalized idea that ALL Christians are narrow-minded and judgmental (even evil!). Doing this is like saying German and Japanese people are terrible because of World War 2 or that all Americans are evil because of slavery. In his book Confessions, St. Augustine writes: “There are some who seduce through philosophy, under a great, alluring, and honorable name, using it to color and adorn their own errors.” In other words, the vain nature of men uses an “honorable name” to further their own agenda, which is so clear in history: corrupt empires and kingdoms had relentlessly sought ruin and destruction in the name of Christianity, so instead of people coming to know peace, love, and mercy through Christ as He commanded through His church, people have associated it with violence and war. When this happens century after century, it becomes natural for a good many to think: oh these narrow-minded, judgemental Christians. But St. Paul wrote to the Colossians: “See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition…and not according to Christ” (Col 2:8). St. Augustine also writes in his book Confessions: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ: for in him all the fullness of the godhead dwells bodily.” Clearly they were warning people that the “tradition of men” – or the flawed ways of men – will disseminate their selfish agendas to manifest their own power in the name of Christ, thus exploiting the true purity and goodness that is supposed to result from Christianity, not vanity and blood. Let us recognize between the ways of man and the ways of Christ.
Let us remember that if we must define Christianity, let it not be defined by the Catholics who’ve acted atrociously and defiled the faith, but those who instituted hope, peace, joy, mercy, and love with their lives, those who REALLY embodied and embodies the selflessness and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ.