Half-Truths About the Crusades

We need to put things in perspective and speak up when people falsely accuse Christians or distort the facts. The Crusades are one example. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Crusades

If someone beat your father and you retaliated by beating that man, you would be wrong, but no one would accuse you of starting the fight or being the most responsible.

Great harm has been done by those calling themselves Christian, and critics (especially atheists) are eager to point this out.(1)

However, criticisms of Christianity often fail to tell the whole story.

The Crusades for example. 

How many times have you heard the Crusades brought up without mentioning they were a response to violent Muslim aggression? Muslims had previously captured the Holy Land, destroyed churches and killed Christians who refused to convert to Islam. 

Aspects of the Crusades were terribly wrong,(2) but they should be put in historical context. 

Compare them with the evil done by atheism: Atheistic Communism terrorized and oppressed half of Europe for 40 years. Stalin alone killed 20-60 million.(3)

It's dishonest to take things our of context. Christianity has built more schools and hospitals, helped more needy and outcast, and brought hope to more people than atheism ever will. The good far outweighs the bad.

Let's recognize sin committed in the name of Christ, but let's be honest about it.
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(1) I believe most of the evil done in the name of Christ is done by nominal Christians, not genuine believers. To judge Christianity by the bad cases is not intellectually honest.

(2) The slaughter of Jews during the Crusades was especially evil, but fades in comparison to Nazi Germany.
(3) This is an estimate, but so much of Stalin's evil practices were kept secret that it's hard to be accurate. 
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We need to put things in perspective and speak up when people falsely accuse Christians or distort the facts. The Crusades are one example. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Crusades


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1 comment:

  1. All the inquisitions, as well meaning as they where when they bagan, where a very dark moves in the church.

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