Are you a true
Christian? Or are you a false Christian, a pseudo-Christian or a
"Bible-ist"? Read on, and find out.
It's not that
difficult to know whether or not you are a true Christian. True
Christians follow the teachings of Christ. It's
simple, really. Jesus Christ taught us that we should live lives
of simplicity, tolerance, compassion, non-violence and service to
others. If you attempt to lead a life according to those precepts,
taught so many years ago by Jesus, you are a true Christian.
and "Bible-ists", on the other hand, may call themselves Christians,
but their lives betray them.
despite labeling themselves Christian, don't follow the teachings
of Christ. They lead lives of materialism, selfishness and disregard
for the impact of their lives on their fellow man and the Earth
on which we all depend.
are intolerant of the lifestyles of others.
only have compassion for those who believe as they do, and they
disregard Jesus' admonition against the sin of violence, including
can also be called "Bible-ists". Bible-ists interpret some version
of the Bible in whatever manner suits their beliefs. The Bible
is not, as the Bible-ists would have others believe, the "Word
The Bible is,
rather, a complex and often contradictory recording of innumerable
oral histories. In many cases those oral histories are of uncertain
origin. And there is no one Bible. There are thousands of translations
of that record of oral histories, modified by various religious
persuasions to suit their own purposes.
Christians take the Bible for what it is, and
don't allow pseudo-Christian Biblical interpretations to interfere
with a desire to live the life of a true believer in the teachings
are open-minded, and tolerant of the beliefs and lifestyles of
don't try and force their lifestyle, or religious beliefs, on
others (and they recognize the importance of separation of church
don't throw stones and aren't judgmental. They are concerned about
the planet on which they and their fellow humans must live, and
work to save God's beautiful Earth from the ravages of environmental
degradation and overpopulation.
seek to avoid the complexity and materialism of modern life, that
leads people away from the teachings of Christ and from a spiritually
essential connection to God's Earth.
avoid the enslavement of materialism and the waste, both spiritual
and literal, it causes.
oppose violence, whether in the form of corporal punishment or
in the sanctioned murder that the governments of the world call
put people before profits, and realize corporate capitalism and
communism are equally un-Christian.
of course, are similar to the teachings of the great teachers, including
Buddha and Mohammed, of all the major religions. Jesus' teachings,
like those of the other great teachers, have been subverted throughout
history by governments and religions seeking self-serving political
and financial rewards. The distortion and perversion of Jesus' teachings
by organized religion and it usurpation by malevolent political
groups is one of the greatest evils facing America, and the world,
today. By mislabeling themselves "Christian", many organized religions
and political groups have presumed the moral high ground in the
pursuit of their anything but Christ-like agenda.
yourself a Christian means nothing. What matters is the life one
leads. There are many people living the life of a true Christian
that don't consider themselves Christian, and millions who call
themselves Christian that lead lives that are the opposite of Christ's
It is not easy
being a true Christian in a society where it is difficult to find
a religious community that is truly Christian. Many supposed Christian
denominations in the world today are pseudo-Christian, and most
are strongly "Bible-ist". It is not easy being a true Christian
in a society that encourages consumption and materialism. It is
not easy being a true Christian in a world where money is worshipped
above all else. But now, more than ever, true Christians need to
take back the true meaning of the word "Christian" from the pseudo-Christians
and the "Bible-ists".
to the beat of a different drummer. So can you, and thereby live
the life of a true Christian, whether you choose to call yourself
one or not.