My local Baptist Church has been doing the rounds lately, dropping their flyers into people’s letterboxes all over town. This is their right of course. They are allowed to try and recruit new members, (that is what they are doing) and they have their own methods of doing this. A great number of people may simply throw these things away without ever reading them, especially those of other religious beliefs. Some may read them and then throw them away. This post is for those who read them, who don’t know the Bible that well and may be wondering if what the church is saying is true or accurate. This post is for those whom the Church scares with their little tracts, because the Church gives you one point of view, theirs. They ignore the blatant contradictions within the Bible. Assert that it is the pure Word of God and must be believed at all costs. Every word, they will tell you is accurate.
Unfortunately, every word is not accurate. And becuase I say this, they will brand me as Anti-Christian (which I am not). If i disagree with anything about the jews or Israel, I am Anti-Semitic (another incorrect statement). I am pro-truth. I want people to be aware of both sides of the story. So far this Church has dropped 5 different tracts around town. That is enough to keep a blogger going for months.
These tracts carry titles such as ‘Do you believe?” ‘What is the Gospel?’, ‘The Love of God?’, ‘What must I do to go to Heaven?’, ‘What must I do to go to Hell?’.
Fascinating stuff, if you’re interested, but really, how much of this is simple scaremongering and how much is designed to bring people into the church, the right church of course and to bring in revenue for the church? In case you didn’t know, when you join a Christian Church you are expected to tithe 10% of your income to the church. All well and good, if you can afford it. But how many of us can in this financial climate. The church will then tell you to trust in God to have enough money to get through. If you struggle it’s because you don’t have enough faith, not because the church is taking too much.
Back to our little Bible tracts. Is there one in particular you would like me to start with or shall I just leap into the fray boots and all and pick one?