When Christians Do Something Unorthodox…

One of the hardest things to do when you’re a religious person is step outside the orthodoxy, but here are a couple responses to that from people inside the faith.

David Hayward shows what happens when a Christian steps out of line from the rest of the congregation:

It’s easy to talk the talk of diversification. It’s another thing to practice and embrace it. Especially if you are all alone.

On a somewhat similar note, Jon Acuff at Stuff Christians Like points out that Christians have an unhealthy attitude about getting post-marital counseling (“What went wrong? Was it porn? I bet it was porn. It was probably him.”) — and he gently lets them know, by sharing his own experience with it, that it can actually be a good idea:

Nice to see a couple religious people pointing out that you don’t have to follow the crowd all of the time.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

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    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Someone in the comments last week (probably) said something like that they were looking forward to walking down the aisle and living happily ever after.  It was as if marriage was an end that they would achieve and then enter a fairy tale existence.  As if marriage or relationships never have to be worked at to keep them going.  You do.

    I’m not so sure that counselling would help, it’s down to individuals and couples after all, but if it works then why label people based on preconceived notions.  Not everyone who goes to counselling is a failure in their relationship.  Some people might want to make sure that they don’t do something that causes a problem.  For me, talking with my unwife is enough.  If we have problems then we discuss them and then I concede that she’s right.


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