- By Benita Joy
- Published 01/27/2006
Benita Joy is a Malayalee Christian and serves as the Chief Editor for South Asian Connection. She is a woman of faith, gifted in the area of leadership and administration, and has a heart for world missions. Her desire is to live a life that is pure and to serve God's purposes in her generation. Benita is pursuing a double major in English and Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She loves big cities, chai, the internet, roller coasters, international cuisines, music, and hanging out with friends. She is the youngest member of Team SAC, plays guitar with a baby pink pick (Yikes!), and she's not much taller than your average dwarf (don't tell her that).
I'm so glad it's Friday! Next week is gonna be AWESOME!!
So, yesterday I heard a lecture from this Sri Lankan professor from someplace in the States. The lecture was about Sanskrit and "walking" or movement and the religious and ritualistic aspects of it...etc. Anyways, he made a couple really ignorant comments about Christianity and it kinda ticked me off.
1.) Walking around a certain area with a picture of a god in order to purify an area is "now even being done by Christians who walk around with pictures of saints, going from village to village, etc."
--well, I beg to differ. "Christians" do not worship saints. We worship Christ, hence the name Christian, who is not dead but rather alive and His image is not necessary for purification. This is what happens when:
a) "Christians" begin to copy the practices of other religions...we lose our own identity.
b) people who aren't really Christians begin to label themselves as such.
2.) It is the Christian belief that when one dies, he enters Heaven. Then why is it that when a Christian gets sick, he runs to a doctor? Does the sickness not speed the path to Heaven?
--this is an incredibly ignorant statement. If we're trying to get to Heaven that fast, we may as well all commit suicide. In addition, this question has already been asked and answered by theologians. Why doesn't God just take us up to Heaven once we are saved, why must we remain on this earth? Anyone heard of the Great Commission? It wouldn't be possible if we all just went up to Heaven the minute we get saved.
3.) I know some people who are doctors and Ph.D's and they are also Pentecostal Christians! ...as if it is the grandest of contradictions.
--well, excuse me sir but I am a Pentecostal Christian (okay, I'm not going into the stupid denomination arguments, however my beliefs do tend to fall in the "Pentecostal" line of thinking, although labeling myself as such makes me wanna cringe) and I find no contradiction between my relationship with God and my view of the world. In fact, as C.S. Lewis states, "I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else."
And the thing that bugged me the most is that as he's making all these statements, the fifty other people in the room are like "Oh haha haha, gosh darn it, those Christians...aren't they a bunch of loser freak fanatics that have nothing better to do than speak in tongues and stuff religion down everyone's throat!"
Now, I've been in University for almost four years now and I'm used to people putting Christianity down and I'm used to being the minority. But this guy I assume was Hindu, and he said himself, "Things should be taken in context. What's right for you may not be right for me." And then, after saying that everyone is right, and morality is a relative thing, he turns around and makes statements like the ones above.
And in closing, my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life and people just outrightly making fun of it was just plain hurtful. I wouldn't say things like that to a Muslim or a Hindu or a Sikh or even an Atheist or whatever else is out there.
I have no respect for that guy. Why didn't I walk out on him?
University is brutal. Make sure you know what you believe and why you believe it before walking down the halls of academia.
"Everyone has the right to his (or her) own opinion. Even if it is the wrong opinion."
Have a good weekend people!