Is It Truth or Religious Blackmail?

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Christianity. I’ve always identified as a Christian myself, and I still do. The message itself is good and holy, and with Easter coming up, I’m not giving way to the loss of my faith. I fully believe that the whole sha-bam happened Easter Sunday 2018 years ago; I know it in my heart.

I’m simply mentioning an issue I have with one of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity.

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” – Romans 10:9-10

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”  -John 3:36

This week in philosophy-debate club we discussed issues we have with Christianity (since we go to a Christian school). I said that I didn’t like the fact that Christianity, however true and good we may believe it to be, is religious blackmail. It scares non-Christians into converting because, what if? What if it’s true, and we’re going straight to hell because we didn’t believe it?

What about in the Holocaust, when the victims were Jewish and the oppressing, killing, evil Nazis were Christian? Is that fair?

Just some thoughts on my mind. With easter coming up, I don’t want any non-Christians to feel like they have to convert because of the whole what-if thing. The absolute reality is that no one knows what happens after you die. Convert because you believe in your heart that Jesus died and rose for you because he knew you and loved you.

That’s the spirit of Easter.

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