Christianity is one of the monotheistic religions in the world. I belong to this group. According to a study, Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015. They are making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people. Despite of its numbers, people from other faiths misinterpret Christians about their beliefs, characteristics, and principles.
Because of this, I penned the ten myths about Christians and Christianity. The aim is for you to have better understanding who Christians are in a better way of perspective. 📖🌱❤️
10 Myths about Christians and Christianity
1. Christians believe in Trinity.
Most of Christians believe in Trinity but not everyone. In Trinity, there is one God that holds three co-eternal con-substantial personas:
- God the Father
- Jesus Christ as God’s Son
- Holy Spirit.
Although this is the majority, I personally do not believe in Trinity doctrine. Trinity is more of a Roman Catholic belief. In my case, I was born and raised in a different Christian sect that believes the whole Oneness of God. While Jesus is the Messenger of God (hence he is not God) and Holy Spirit is the glorious power and will of our God Almighty.
Many other Christian religions too such as Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostalism, and many others denies Trinity. Hence, it’s a myth if you will believe or say that Christians believe in Trinity.
2. Christians believe that Jesus is God.
This is somewhat like the Trinity. For instance, Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is the “Second Person” of the Trinity – God the Son. So, they see him as God who was born through virgin Mary and dwell upon us. Christ, therefore, is understood as being both fully divine and fully human, including possessing a human soul. Since there are religions who do not believe in Trinity, then not every Christians believe that Jesus is God.
Example, just like what I confess to you earlier, I do not believe that Jesus is God. I grew up with a strong hold teaching from Iglesia Ni Cristo. Although I am not an Iglesia ni Cristo today, the doctrine about our Lord Jesus Christ which I learned from them, other non-trinitarian religion, and by reading the Bible and other scriptures are of my faith’s foundation. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), is the one and only Savior given by God (Acts 13:23). Christ is the sole mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5) and the only way to God (John 14:6). He is a man whom He claimed and died in the cross for us.
John 8:39-40 “Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.”
On this passage, Jesus himself said that he is man. And this is one of the many reasons why there are Christians who believe that Jesus is a man and not God. I will talk about this in the future! 😇🙏 So, my point is, saying that Christians believe that Jesus is our God Almighty is a total myth.
3. Christians believe in Christmas.
This is a common myth. Non-Christians think that every Christians believe in and celebrate Christmas. There are other Christian groups such as Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and Jehovah’s Witness who do not believe and celebrate Christmas. Their doctrine teaches that it’s non-biblical and it’s paganism.
On the other hand, I celebrate Christmas, and I do not believe that it’s paganism. I admit that Christmas nor December 25 as birth day of Jesus is nowhere in the Bible. But when and why I celebrate Christmas? Click HERE to read more. 😇
4. Christians believe that Jesus was crucified in the cross.
This is another myth. Not every Christians believe that Jesus was crucified in the cross. Jehovah’s Witnesses’ denied the idea that Jesus died on a cross. Their teaching is that he died on a single wooden stake. Stating that the Koine Greek word “σταυρός” (stauros) refers to a single vertical post. They consider the cross to be of pagan origins and an object of idol worship.
My take on this? In the first century, Romans execute criminals by crucifixion. The victim was tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang, perhaps for several days, until eventual death from fatigue and suffocation consume him. There are many debates on what shape did Romans’ use to crucify Jesus because the word Stauros is interpreted unclear in meaning. Regardless of what shape it is, the essence of ‘why Jesus died’ is what really matters for me.
5. Christians eat Blood.
Christians are foodie but not everyone eats blood. INC and Jehovah’s Witnesses rejects eating blood including me. The doctrine is that as a Christian believer we want to live spiritually, morally, mentally, and physically clean. So, we strive very hard to do this. It was written that, human was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). In the Bible, there are many verses that disregard eating blood because blood is life.
- Genesis 9:4 – But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
- Acts 15:20 – Write to them to abstain from blood.
- Deuteronomy 12:16 – Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out on the earth like water.
- Romans 14:21 – It’s good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
6. Christians hate other religions.
Saying or believing that Christians hate other religions is completely absurd, it’s a myth! True believers promote love, peace, and tolerance. As a matter of fact, Jesus himself (Mark 12:31) said that “to love your neighbor as yourself” with loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Although there are stories that gone viral about speech hate and condemnation of ‘Christians’ to other religions but absolutely not all Christians do it. True believers uphold to faith, hope and love. Christianity teaches to be humble and gentle to everyone and everything.
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 – Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
- Ephesians 4:2-3 – Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
7. Christianity is a Western Religion.
Mostly, people think that if someone is an American or European, he is automatically Christian or if someone is a Pakistani or Indonesian, he is automatically a Muslim. It is a common relation between culture, practices, and religion in most part of the world. Jesus himself was a middle eastern man who born and lived in Israel and a Jew.
It is real that Christianity today in general has very much influenced Western culture. So, is Christianity a Western religion? I don’t think so. On the other hand, following Jesus is not about culture, tradition, language or outer appearances. It is about our relationship to our God Almighty. Jesus Christ came to open the way to God for all people from every walks of life regardless of ethnicity, color, age, race, and country. Jesus’ message is about everyone’s need for a change. Change to a life with God in our heart – this is our deepest need.
8. Christians are Liberated.
Christians are perceived to be liberated perhaps because of number 7 myth, Christianity is believed as a Western religion. I’m not saying though that western people are liberated and out of control. But this is the impact of what we normally see in TVs, social medias, and other distributing platforms. We see women dressed up wearing as if they are not dressed, people do alcohol, drugs, and other worldly businesses.
However true Christians and believers are far beyond these worldly acts. Like what I have said earlier, as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we want to live spiritually, morally, mentally, and physically clean. So, we strive very hard to do this.
My take on this? Something much is bad, and something less is bad. It was mentioned that God is delighted to just scale (Proverbs 11:1). So, as a Christian it’s our responsibility to balance our acts in terms of dressing up, how we response, how to walk our life, pretty much everything we do. It should be just and balance for it pleases our God Almighty.
9. Christians has saint statues or cross.
In Christianity worshiping an idol or idolatry is a penal sin. In fact, this is primary in the ten commandments. Exodus 20:4-6 and Deuteronomy 5:8-10 mentioned that “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” because we are commanded to bow down only to our God Almighty (Exodus 20:2-3 and Deuteronomy 5:6-7). Because of this, there are Christian sects and religions who does not own, believe, or do religious rituals that is associated with saint statues or the cross itself.
I don’t personally have saint statues nor cross; my faith is more of spiritual than symbolism. God is unseen from the beginning and until the end. We don’t need any symbol or signs of His presence nor His messengers and prophets like Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Joseph and others. In the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman; Jesus said (John 4:24) “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth”.
Although yes, there are indeed Christians who uses saint statues and cross to express their faith, and that we fully respect.
10. Christians are Roman Catholics.
This is obviously myth because I already mentioned different religions above. But I must admit that Catholics are humongous in numbers. In fact, 3 of my dearest best friends are strong Roman Catholics. An article says that there are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, according to Vatican figures. A lot of them is in Latin America with 483 million in numbers and the least is in Oceania with 9 million figures.
There you go! I hope I have broken the spell! My takeaway on this, regardless of what religion and faith you have, there is only one common ground for all of us. Love – to love one another! Because…
Love is a universal language that is spoken not only by humans but by animals and nature too!
What is the common myth you know about Christians and Christianity that is not listed? Let me know because I love to hear from you.
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