Adequacy

Christianity teaches that we are all despicable in the sight of God from the moment we are conceived, and that the only way to become even the least bit acceptable is to allow Christ to ‘bear our sin’ and ‘give us his righteousness.’

So believers can’t take credit for any of their skills, accomplishments or virtues. God must be given ‘all the glory.’ No matter what you make of yourself and what you achieve, you are still scum,

Put another way, the Christian god clothes his children in righteousness but never lets them forget what worthless piles of dung they still are underneath. “I choose to see you as spotless, but don’t you dare let it go to your head.”

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard: “God doesn’t love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because God loves us.” How did I ever find comfort in that principle? It is the most backhanded compliment ever.

Here is the reality: There are better people than you, and there are worse people than you. You are not a worthless pile of dung; you are a valuable member of the human race and at least a potentially awesome person.

Be kind and make a positive difference in the lives of others and people will admire and appreciate you, as they should.

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Posted on March 8, 2012, in Christian doctrine, Christian truisms. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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