Atheists have rightfully rejected Christianity, as they know it.
The Christianity of the New Testament cannot be found today.
There are no miracles.
There are no true tongues spoken, only unintelligible gibberish.
There is no love, only on Holidays.
The Clergy is lustful and wicked.
False doctrines and traditions have been assimilated:
All of the above comes from man in complete defiance of what is written.
These people are not blessed with any power, because what they do is a complete lie.
Then to the casual observer; "Oh my, looked at all the bad things happening to good Church going people, there can't be a God"
Well sometimes good Church going people get what they deserve.
Atheist are the Diogenes of their time carrying a Lantern looking for a honest man,
and bring all things to the test.
I think the monk types who live in solitary confinement and walk around with sandals and walking stick with one robe live perfectly the new testament.
Do not have any Earthly possessions except what is absolutely necessary.
Help all people and do good deeds. But do it anonymously for God is the only one who needs to know.
Praise God as much as possible.
I have never met any Christian who lives by these rules. If I did I would probably respect them a lot , believe it or not.
The really funny thing is when I mention this to Christians , they say 'That life is impossible and God surely does not expect it.'
Upon which you can only tell them about the Jains ... And monks ... and many other factions of religions. These people do this for the sake of truth and philosophical insight / enlightenment - Not because they want to get to Heaven as some cheap reward.
I still love Ghandis quote. "I like your Christ but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I would agree with you regarding respect for the classical 'monk' christian. Anyone who can follow a creed of humility and selflessness, living on the bare minimal, deserves respect as a person as they have shown great will power that I cannot match. It still does not make me agree with their religious beliefs but they have achived something that I could never achive and that deserves some respect.
I like the Ghandis quote too athough I would not agree with everything the scriptual christ said.
Any explanation you receive must be rejected without evidence to avoid the mass deception. But I will share my belief. In a prior post I explained that Christ is the perfection and completion of the symbolic ceremonies, observances and priests of the Temple. Since all these things are foreshadows of the Melchezedek Priest. which by definition has neither beginning of life nor end of days but forever abides a high priest.
The blood of goats, bulls and sheep in truth have no power to remove sin and purge the guilty. It is only a ceremony, a place holder for something better to come in the future. The Jews practiced this for over a thousand years. Once the fulfillment of all things was manifested and rejected by his own people the shadow was removed from the face of the earth. As Christ prophesied and confirmed the same prophecy that Daniel wrote 600 years earlier. God will not allow the Jewish people to rebuild the Temple until it is time for the "seventieth week of Daniel". "Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place." The prophetic clock in regard to Jerusalem stopped once the Woman the true Church of God, fled into the wilderness as the Dragon poured a sea of humanity into Judea to destroy the Holy Temple in 70 AD, just as Daniel prophesied to the exact year, over 600 year earlier.
When the two olive trees and lampstands before the God of the whole earth, return to Judea and the Temple is rebuilt, then the final week that will close the age of the ungodly will commence.
These olive trees and lampstands are the spirit born of the tribes of Judah and Levi.
For 2600 years the unerring hand of the prophets have accurately foretold the succession of world empires the destructions of Jerusalem and it's Temple , the captivity and return of the Jewish people.
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Before Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he is, unborn in the loins of his father, i.e., The Living Word of God.