Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What the purpose of Christianity is NOT

Artist: Heinrich Hoerle

I've probably posted this before but it bears repeating - probably because the so-called "prosperity gospel" gives rise to so much suffering. It is tragic, really, when people lose their faith in times of adversity because they were taught that Christian commitment would protect them from things going wrong in their lives:

“The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life.”


  1. We could add to that, "to learn compassion so that we can help each other in lifting the burden that adversity brings."

  2. Oh, yes. I completely agree with you Tom.

    By the way, I'm reading Karen Armstrong's, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Recommended.

  3. I recently saw her (Karen Armstrong) with Robert Thurman being interviewed on Link TV...she is wonderful!
    annie c


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