Doesn’t religion create hypocrites and bad people?

In Apologetics, Hypocrites by sdapologetics

Here’s a common question/objection that we hear:

“Doesn’t religion (or Christianity) make hypocrites and bad people?”

Variations of this would include pointing out historical events such as the Crusades, people you know who say they are Christian who are mean or behave immorally, and people who think they are “holier than thou.”

This is a very relevant question, because if the validity of a religion, or Christianity in this case, is determined by it’s followers, then we should absolutely judge and condemn accordingly.

Although this is a tempting approach, this is also a very flawed way of thinking. You wouldn’t want people to judge you according to what your friends do. Instead, you would prefer that people look at you and inquire of you directly before making judgments about you.

The exact same standard should be applied to any particular religion. Sure, you might be able to learn a little about it from observing followers, but there is no substitution for going to the source material itself. Looking at anything other than source material risks giving you a distorted view of what the original is actually all about.

if you are looking for information on the object of a belief, you must look outside of any particular flawed individual to the source

If you are looking to find out what someone in particular believes, you should ask them, because belief is subjective. But if you are looking for information on the object of a belief, you must look outside of any particular flawed individual to the source. In Christianity, everything hangs on the person of Jesus Christ. Who did Jesus say he was? What did Christ truly teach and are those who say they follow him actually obeying His commands?

Another great site that answers this question is GotQuestions.org, here is their answer: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christians-hypocrites.html

A good article that also addresses this issue can be found here: http://clearlens.org/2015/12/30/bad-arguments-against-christianity-christians-are-hypocrites/?utm_content=buffer786a0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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