People have made the Cross into a kitchy jewelry icon,
The cross. A symbol of wealth and success.Christmas has been turned back into a pagan holiday,
Does not make me think of Jesus.
and Christians take the blame for everything that ever happened, even when there's nothing to be blamed for
But it's an easy way to endear yourself to your followers
You will know them by their fruit.
....face it, many people nowadays like to give off the appearance of Christianity in order to make people like them more. Christianity is easy to believe, novel, romantic (for those who care about the story at all), helpful to one's social standing, economically appealing in order to get a large consumer base, and a source of good stuff to quote to make yourself sound wise and good.
On the other hand, those who dislike Christianity assert that it's intolerant, sexist, an attractive myth, etc etc.
Stop, stop it now!
Nothing is right about these views. Neither one. Christianity may have been morphed in the public perception into a convenient fairytale, or alternately an oppressive theofascism, but this is not Christianity, and it was NOT easy to attract converts in the beginning.
How hard is Christianity to believe? We live at a different time and place than 1st century Greece, Rome, Jerusalem, etc. It's conceivable that if Christianity as it is currently understood started today, it would easily catch on for reasons easily thought of. But would it's message really have been easy to believe for the people that the Word went out to in the early days of the church?
The goal of this post is to highlight key points of disagreement about Christian Doctrine that would have ensured that it would NEVER have caught on, much less lasted thousands of years, long enough to become as popularized and romanticized as it is today, unless there was something tangible behind the claims made.