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7 endangering myths Christians believe about other Christians
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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Jeffrey Kranz, writer for the FaithStreet, said that there could be ways to be united amidst the disagreements - debunk the myths, and here are his take on them with some help from crosswalk.com.
1. Celebrities represent the whole sect, therefore they can always speak on their behalf.
One, we reduce the members into mere "parrots," incapable of having their own views. Then, we don't listen to them, thinking they have the same arguments. The third, they [celebrities] don't always intend to speak in behalf, they are even observed speaking more to them.
2. Difference on interpretations means difference on the level of respect for the Bible.
Having a "higher" respect always leads to correct interpretation and application of the Bible is not true, and is also a "shaky" assumption. It is not true that when someone disagrees with you, he also disagrees with God.
3. "People only believe what they want."
This is due to some believers who "cherry-pick" the parts they want to hear. However, beliefs and practices are not from our own interest, they are strictly from what we are told to do.
4. Contradiction is equal to condemnation.
"Paul denounced Peter, but Paul did not think Peter was hellbound," Kranz wrote. People assume that being contradicted is being condemned, but being wrong doesn't ultimately lose the chance of the soul.
5. One vote for all true Christians.
Christians don't vote the same way, they cannot attribute all the teachings of Christ in just one party. They also do not see social issues all the same way.
6. You're arrogant because you think you're right.
This is simply false, you can think you're right without the arrogance. People who dismiss others this way are losing the side of maybe he's right and how he was so sure of it. Yet, it is arrogant when you assume that is right because it's yours.
7. A privileged person has shallow spirituality.
It's easy to say this when you are envious of the other, or if you always believed in God's words on sharing with others. However, there is no established link between being rich to being spiritually wrong.
It's always easy to assume, and sometimes we feel the urge to use assumptions as arguments. However, these myths that we adhere to endangers us more than it protects out beliefs. Unity can be achieved through mutual respect.
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