Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid

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  1. Roger Durham says:

    Christian – these lists have been entertaining, though, in your effort to call into question the judgmental tone conveyed through many of these cliches, you have sounded rather judgmental yourself. I, too, cringe when I hear some of these things said, but for some people, life is really that simple. And faith is really that simple. And if you believe, which I think you do, that there are many paths to faith and acceptance in the presence of Love, then the path paved by these cliches is as legitimate as any. Don’t you think?

  2. JutGory says:

    “There, but for the grace of God, go I. ”

    I think you missed the point on this one. This is a statement about oneself, not the other person. I do not take this as “I have God’s grace and that person does not, and that is why he is a drug addict.” Instead, it is, “wow, I am lucky because that could have easily been me.”

    It is, ultimately, a statement of humility, not superiority. It is one of empathy, not judgment.

    Well, maybe you did not miss the point. The disagreement I have had with your analysis of many of these cliches is that your analysis is uncharitable. Your interpretation of this one is accurate, if your premise is that Christians are sanctimonious jerks.

    There are other ways to interpret these cliches that are not as objectionable as you make them out to be.


  3. Christianity 101:

    Jesus: “Okay. Here’s an idea. You love them, like I loved you, feed them clothe them and shelter them, and let me deal with judging them.”
    “But what if they’re gay or worship other Gods?””
    Jesus: “Did I stutter?”

  4. Mason J Stewart says:

    GOD’s plan for the human being is very different than what is preached. Being a Christian is accepting all knowledge & information related to Jesus. Christian Leaders don’t accept all knowledge & information related to Jesus; therefore, you must establish a spiritual connection to learn. Study to show yourself approved before GOD, not man. Every time you look at the Bible you are holding the truth.

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