Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

There is a question I have been asking myself lately: What is the difference between, on the one hand:

a)a faith that justifies slavery or war or spousal abuse, and bind people to silly burn-yourself-out-on-non-essentials rules on what to wear or touch or do

… and, on the other hand:

b) The sort of religion that frees slaves, start orphanages,  but also generally give hope and meaning to the ordinary life that is no Gladys Aylward or William Wilberforce? The religion that will die for Christ, but do not kill the spirits of others because of what they believe is right?

And what is the difference between martyrs who are praised for sticking to their faith, compared to abused wifes who allow their children to be abused because their faith tell them not to leave an abusive husband? Is the difference between a religion with burnout behavior standards (i.e. don’t wear anything that show your collar bone, do home school, obey your husband even when it leads to abuse) and one with ‘sensible’ behavior standards (Don’t dress in such a way as to be confused with a prostitute, do take time to teach your children values, be (mutually) co-operative with your husband) one of degree – being “sold out for Jesus” versus “lukewarm?”

In short, how should a Christian discern between good and bad religion, both dressed as Christianity? I will start by not giving my thoughts, so that I could hear yours. Thanks in advance.

Comments on: "A Christianity that hurt, a Christianity that heals – what is the difference?" (1)

  1. This is a great question.
    The Bible can be used as a weapon against a believer. Remember that satan quoted Scripture to Christ (out of context) in the wilderness. Jesus used the Word in the way it would represent Himself to defeat satan.
    So I think one aspect is allowing the Holy Spirit to be our translator.
    Interesting story…My SS class is filled with godly, Spirit-led women. Most of them had never even heard of Piper. Our SS class did one of his studies (I did only a few, against my better judgment). NONE of the women in the class wanted to finish the workbooks. I felt God confirmed for me something I already knew, using these other believers.


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