Christian Fact Checker

As someone who is not well-versed in economic or domestic policy issues, I am very much appreciating the fact checking organizations that are monitoring the statements of our political leaders and candidates.  When sweeping statements are made about who spent what and who did what, it’s nice to be able to check on the veracity of those statements.

While perusing factcheck.org, it occurred to me that someone should start up a christianfactcheck.org. It seems to me there are at least as many misnomers about Christianity being batted around out there as there are about our Presidential candidates.

Here are some facts I would include on such a site:

God does not have a political party affiliation, nor is a certain one required in order to be a “good” Christian.

The term “God helps those who help themselves” is not actually in the Bible. Neither is “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

There are Christians who are quite comfortable believing in evolution AND in God.

You can be both  Christian and gay.

Christians are fun people.

Satan is never described in the Bible. Our image of a devil with a goatee and a pitchfork comes from Medieval artists and the legend of Faust.

Similarly, our popular images of hell come more from Dante than from any scripture passage–although firey pits are mentioned.

According to the Bible, money is not the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is. (1 Timothy 6:10)

The word “rapture” does not appear in the Bible.

The list of Seven Deadly Sins does not appear in the Bible.

Being a Christian is about more than showing up on Sunday morning.

What Christian facts do you think people are getting wrong? Post them here. Maybe we’ll eventually have christianfactchecker of our own.



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