arrogant to other religions?

He shifted uncomfortably on the hard ground and strained to hear.  The sporadic coughs erupting from the people around him made it difficult to pay attention to the words of the teacher  He leaned forward, hoping that a few inches would make a difference; and then the words began sliding into him: “…are the meek, for they will inherit the earth…” (Matthew 5:5)

When Jesus climbed up the mountainside to teach the crowds that had flocked to Him in Matthew 5, His immediate focus was on laying out what a Christian should look like.  A Christian is one who concerns himself or herself with humility, being merciful, giving to those in need, and making peace.  James 1 tells us that God defines true religion as a pure lifestyle and taking care of orphans and widows.

Therefore, an “arrogant Christian” is a clashing contradiction of two fundamentally different belief systems.  The person who calls himself or herself a Christian and yet functions from an arrogant attitude has not fully grasped God’s heart for what it means to be a follower of Christ.  Jesus defined Himself by His humility (Matthew 11:30) and He expects the same from His followers.

With that being said, Christians are called to be intolerant of other religious views.  This is the mandate of the Great Commission, in which Jesus commanded, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)  However, this kind of intolerance does not involve blowing up abortion clinics, defacing houses of worship, or harming people of other faiths.  Christian intolerance should instead look like persistence in prayer, boldness in preaching the gospel, and a commitment to stand against injustice.  It has zero anger against people.  It rejoices in truth.

Jesus said that the fullness of the law was summed up in love. (Matthew 22:40)  If we truly believe that people who do not follow Jesus are in danger of eternal punishment, we are required to tell them; the same concept applies if we see a potential accident unfolding that the driver of our automobile does not see.  If we do not warn them, we do not love them.  Christians must share their faith to fulfill the commandment to love God and love others.  However, we cannot approach a conversation about Jesus with a superior attitude, but rather as servants fully aware of the love of God for other people.

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5 Responses to arrogant to other religions?

  1. Dang girl! this was awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Chrystal says:

      There’s so much more I want to know. Like I said on my facebook status today–how does love and Elijah’s slaughtering the 450 pagan prophets not contradict? Where is that line between loving another person and disliking their actions? Sometimes I wish God would let us use a more formulaic approach to following Him–it would be easier to put in a list of variables and have the right answer pinged out at the end; unfortunately (or fortunately) instead we have to approach Him with every different experience and seek wisdom for the right way to view that experience……and that dialogue with Him is probably what He most wants in the first place. =)

      Thanks for reading, friend!

  2. Sei ermutigt says:

    2 Timothy 3:16
    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    Let’s always remember that God is sovereign over life and death. God commands us not to kill, so he is teaching us here how much He hates false religion.

    God’s will is for us to teach people who pray to different gods what the true teaching about God is. As we teach them respectfully-rejecting behaving arrogantly- they will be blessed with words of correction and reproof and instruction in righteousness.

  3. Unfortunately arrogance has come to be defined as “believing Christianity to be true” by those doing the accusing. But that is irrational. No sane person believes the second or third choice of what might true as opposed to that which has convinced him it is true. Moreso the person making the accusation does so because he thinks himself right, and by his own definition would be guilt of the same arrogance.

    This type of accusation is only a tool to attempt to silence a Christian from speaking the truth.

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