Somehow I found myself here again, haven't posted since the beginning. Most of you won't know me unless there are some original members still left.
After reading some of these Christian posts about God or the bible I've felt compelled to clear something up about classifying a Christian.
In my reading I have seen a lot of reference to a "Christian God" or "Christian people" and so on; what exactly do you mean when you say this? There are so many variations and break-offs of the Christian religion that I don't believe it's possible to even refer to it as a whole. How would you classify a Christian? Is anyone who proclaims themselves as Christian automatically included in the group? This is obviously not the case. Look up the word Christian in the dictionary and what will you find as the prominent definition? Having belief in Jesus Christ and following his teachings. Now since you all are debating the bible and Christianity than it's obvious to you where the teachings of Jesus are found correct? That's right, in the bible.
What I don't really understand is how some of you debate the Christian faith but admit you haven't fully read the bible or do not understood it completely. To know what a Christian is you must know Jesus teachings. To know Jesus' teachings you must have thoroughly read the bible and understood it's contents. You might say, "well I tried to read what I needed to discuss the specific topic but it was too complex and confusing, it is a poorly written book." I could even specifically quote someone from another post saying it was hard to read and if they submitted it as a English project it wouldn't pass. Ever stop and think why you have so much trouble understanding what's in the bible? It very well could be because the bible is only understood in it's entirety. Taking it out of context fragments the ideas because it's not meant to be dissected, rather to be considered as a whole. Everything you read in the bible can be related something else in the book, and if you can't find the relation then you haven't looked hard enough. Also, have you ever thought about the amount of translating it's gone through and the difference in language. The process of maintaining a thought between a language that has been around since the beginning of language and one that was just recently created isn't the easiest task. Considering that, I would say the English bible does a good job of conveying messages even without perfect structuring or writing style.
Once you understand Jesus' teachings then you can criticize the Christian religion. In essence all you are criticizing are his teachings anyway. Saying "Christians were responsible for this" or "Christians always believe this" will almost always be a false statement. Most things that you think Christians do wrong weren't committed by Christians in the first place (since most things considered "wrong" are condemned in the bible). Any Christian who participated in the Crusades could not be classified as a Christian because it went directly against Jesus' teachings. Any person who has involved themselves in government would be ruled out as a Christian because that is against Jesus' teachings also. Pick something to criticize about Christians and you will come to a realization that those ones aren't really Christian at all. Jesus taught that you must love everyone.
Anyway, all you who complain about the crimes of Christianity or the hypocrisy... realize it's the crimes of man, because Christianity doesn't allow for hypocrisy.
That is all.