Apologeet.nlChristianity is just a Crutch for Weak People
This is what I thought about Christianity before I became a Christian. What a bunch of losers. They need an invisible friend, an invisible daddy to comfort them in this tough world!
Now, when I look back at that time I only partially changed my mind. Let me explain what I mean.
You see, you ought to understand why we need Jesus. The bible says “There is no-one righteous, not even one [no-one meets God’s standard]; there is no-one who understands; there is no-one who seeks God” Roman 3:10-11 (nivuk). The thing is that we actually turned our backs on God. It makes you think, right? What would God’s opinion be about us?
Let’s see how God looks at us. The bible gives us an interesting story in which Jesus explains a bit about our situation. Jesus had this habit to hang out with people that were seen as outcasts. Some even called these people ‘sinners’ to their face. The religious leaders didn’t believe who Jesus was. They just couldn’t believe a man of God would eat with bad people like tax-collectors and other sinners. They asked Jesus’ disciples why He did that (Matthew 9: 11). Before the disciples could answer Jesus said the following: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are ill. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Matthew 9: 12-13.
So, in other words: God looks at us as if we are sick. We have a disease and it has infected everyone. What do you need when you are sick. Yes, sleep and a doctor… I love to sleep, but sleep isn’t the cure, Jesus is! Only He can cure us there is in doctor on this world who can help us except He. So, in that sense I believe we are weak. But not only Christians are weak. No, that is where I changed my mind when I became a believer. Now I know that Christians are those who admit they need to be saved. We are all sinners and we all need a Saviour. Isaiah wrote “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” Isaiah 53:4-5 (nivuk).
You see, when I thought that Christians were wimps, who needed a sky-daddy, I really had the assumption that all Christians were dumb, uneducated, flimsy, depressed people who had no fun in life. You know, those people who join a club — church in this case — in a desperate attempt to make friends. Now, I know that this is simply not true. Christians are ordinary people from every social background. Some are shy, some are brave, some introvert, others extravert. Some are strong and others have to drive around in a wheelchair. Some talk too much, some could say a bit more. Some are trendy others not. Still, they all have one thing in common. They know they are in need of a Saviour.
So, how about you? How tough are you? Let me quote John in his
“If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God” 1 John 1:8-10 (the Message).