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Most So-Called Christians don't follow JESUS' WORDS ONLY and don't have HEART
on November 19, 2016
The reasons why I give this book five stars is best understood simply by reading what I wrote about this subject in my own book. NOTE that I promote Douglas Del Tonto's in the book I have published.
This is why Douglas Del Tonto's book is so important. . .
"Those who are not Christian perhaps do not understand what most Christians believe, and therefore they make the mistake of thinking that a great number of churches in the area translates to plenty of warm people who will eagerly help them out. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most denominations of Christianity teach that a person is spiritually saved merely by having faith in Jesus Christ. They do not teach that you must do good works for salvation.
If Christians were taught that they had to exert themselves and go out and do good works in order to earn a right into the Kingdom of Heaven, then—in consideration of the number of Christians in the world—the world would be changed overnight. If Christians believed that they actually had to get up and help others, and do good deeds, in order to be saved, then the homeless problem would disappear in a matter of mere hours because everybody would be rushing out to earn a ticket into heaven. But this is not what they are taught. They believe that after they declare faith in Jesus Christ, they don’t have to lift a finger, and their entry into the Kingdom of Heaven is ensured.
The belief I have just stated—being saved by faith alone—comes from a convert to Christianity named Saul, who later came to be known as Paul. An early Christian sect called the Ebionites rejected the teachings of Paul, but his teachings would later to be printed in the popularly accepted canon of the New Testament, which comprises twenty-seven books. There is a growing number of Christians today who reject the teachings of Paul, and who go so far as to claim that he is nothing more than a liar who infiltrated early Christianity and falsely claimed to be an apostle. These Christians argue that faith in Jesus Christ must be accompanied by doing good deeds in order to receive salvation from God.
For more information about Christians who believe that faith and good deeds are both requirements for salvation, I suggest the book Jesus' Words Only or Was Paul the Apostle Jesus Condemns in Revelation 2:2 by Douglas Del Tonto, and the website JesusWordsOnly.com
In my experience I have not been impressed with Christians of any type. In my homeless travels across the United States, I was helped by more people who were expressly non-Christian, rather than believers. While it is true that some Christians did help me, and it is also true that there are shelters, soup kitchens and other aid services for the homeless that are offered by Christians, when it comes to who might help you among the general public, in all likelihood, the few who will extend a helping hand will not be Christian. Why? It is as I said: Christians do not believe they need to lift a finger to help anybody, so why should they?
As for those who believe the teachings of Jesus contradict the doctrine of Paul—and who therefore believe that faith in Jesus must be accompanied by good works—I have yet to meet a single person who demonstrated that they believe in that doctrine no matter how much they preached it. I am not saying they do not exist, I just haven’t met any. While there have been people who claimed to be Christian who helped me, I do not know of any who did so because they believed doing good was necessary for spiritual salvation. In other words, their religion didn’t teach them to go out and do good, they just did good deeds because they’re good people—despite their religious affiliation. To further put things in perspective, thousands of homeless people die each year from all manner of causes. Hundreds of homeless human beings die each year in the United States from hypothermia alone. According to a 2006 report from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the life expectancy for a homeless person in the U.S. is 50 years, compared to the normal life expectancy of 78 years.
Many homeless people die from preventable causes such as communicable diseases, heart problems, cancer, hypothermia and hate crimes. In the colder regions of the United States, the risk of death from hypothermia and frostbite is eight times that of the non-homeless. Between the years 1999 – 2005, the National Coalition for the Homeless recorded 472 violent crimes against homeless people by non-homeless people; 169 of which were murders. According to Social Solutions, there were 564,708 homeless people in the United States in the year 2015, and 15% of those people are chronically homeless as opposed to people who are merely temporarily coach-surfing, or living in a family member’s garage or basement. With these facts in mind, it should be clear to anyone that there are a whole lot of human beings who really, truly and desperately need help. Meanwhile there are literally hundreds of millions of people who call themselves Christians, who believe they are superior to their fellow man because—in their belief—they have a ticket into the Kingdom of Heaven that they have purchased for the low-low price of mere faith. They believe they don’t have to do not one good thing, and they have secured their seat in the Christ’s Kingdom.
When a church van passes you by in the middle of the Arizona desert, and literally leaves you there to die, but a couple of half-drunk meth heads stop to pick you up in their dilapidated RV because they don’t have the heart—or, rather, the lack thereof—to watch you bake in the scorching sun on the side of the road, you might start changing your tune about Christianity as well. Why did the drug addicts, who most people would look down upon, decide to pull over and help me? Because, despite their downfalls, they are real human beings who have heart. I cannot say the same for the others." - How to Live in a Storage Unit or Other Place You Don't Belong by John Casper
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:35 - 40