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So You Figured Out Christianity Deceived You—Now What?

Jesus specifically warned about Christianity coming "in this name" to deceive "many" by using his story (Mt 24:4-5 KJV), yet few Christians ever see the truth of this. When, after many years as a Christian, you finally arrive at that sickening realization that you have been deceived by Christianity, you can have a crisis of faith. How can God let a sincere servant like you be so duped by the one religion about Christ available? How do you forgive God or yourself for not verifying what Christianity said? Where do you go from here with Christianity, church attendance and what you call yourself now when people ask? Learn how to work through the issues that come up as critical thinker who knows Christianity has not faithfully delivered the “faith once delivered” of Yeshua.

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17 comments
Sue W - May 25, 2017

Thanks, Tim. I think many of us are very confused about what to do in regard to our “religion”.
Keeping an open mind is a start.
Looking forward to the next installment.
What do we call ourselves??

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Sue W - May 27, 2017

I am learning that Christianity = (many) Organisations with all their self sustaining requirements (esp that no-one asks questions or shares new truths that might rock the boat and that they religiously tithe (to them). ie: sit down and shut up).
Even on-line fellowship can be challenging with everyone’s different views. Some folk in on-line communities also become upset if someone has different views.
I agree with your position Tim, that the best thing one can do is to pray and set an example of love in real life without judgement (judgement is for Yehovah, not us)
Our job as far as I can determine is to love and obey.
I am learning about the Torah and trying to follow that in regards to obedience- my belief, my choice.
However, I have no certainty that I am on the right path and I pray the Lord’s Prayer every day (with numerous insertions including intercessory requests).
Yehovah knows my heart with all it’s yearnings (good and bad).
While reading your articles, I am continually reminded to ask myself “am I the kind of person that Yehovah (and everyone else) would want to spend eternity with?
Man, that’s a sobering thought.
Currently, my objective self assessment is a resounding “no”!
Working on it and thanks for your input!

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Darlene Betsill - June 19, 2017

Oh you stinker….So many questions and no answers!!!!! :<) Looking forward to the next parts:<) Shavua Tov! drb

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Ti Smith - June 19, 2017

Tim, pardon me if I missed the answer you have to this question… I have searched but there is so much information on your site!

What do we call ourselves? In Acts 11:26 we see the apostles called Christians for the first time. Strongs defines Christianos as a follower of Christ. Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn’t that be a better source than Websters?

Despite the bad reputation the name has gained, wouldn’t I still be right in calling myself a Christian if my desire and goal is to live like Christ?

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” 1 Peter 4:16

Looking forward to your thoughts.

God bless you and your family

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    Tim McHyde - June 19, 2017

    Ti Smith, Part 2 will cover that and other questions when I can get back on it. I’m aware of Christianos and have studied that word. I’ll be sure to address why “Christian” IS NOT an accurate rendering of that word in historical context. Strong’s is a biased Christian work, not objective or accurate in many cases especially on the translation of Christianos.

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      Ti Smith - June 20, 2017

      Thanks Tim. I had wondered if the relationship between KJV and Strong s would be part of it. Really looking forward to reading that one.

      Reading God’s word has certainly moved me out of church, but old habits die hard and I’d be lying if I said thinking of myself as non-Christian wouldn’t cause me to worry that I was being lead astray. It’s okay though because many things you’ve written have made me feel that way and I’m still Here! And I haven’t found error in any of them yet.

      Hope you’ll have time to address this soon. Any helpful links?

      Thank you

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Ti Smith - June 23, 2017

Wow. Thank you Tim. There’s a lot of wisdom in what you say, especially about how to love others. I always think new insights are like cake and you want so badly to share them… only to later see you’ve been shoving them down people’s throats. It’s taking me time and awareness to get over that.

Thanks for sharing what to call ourselves so quickly. You aleiviated the fear I had been carrying.

God bless you

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Sam Miller - June 28, 2017

Its no wonder I feel so awkward and tongue tied some times when I try to explain my faith to someone. I’m not worthy yet. This totally makes sense, contrary to the Christian idea that we are all called to evangelize.

Of course Yehovah would want us to qualify first to be ambassadors for Him! Makes perfect sense!

Thanks for finally helping me to understand this. It seems like such an easy concept. Yet its taken me until now to finally understand why refraining from sharing my faith with people who aren’t interested is the loving thing to do.

Thanks Tim!

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    Tim McHyde - June 28, 2017

    Sam, exactly, although I would not say you are “not worthy” but rather “not ready” to share your faith and what it really is about. I definitely have not been ready until lately either as I plum did not understand what my faith was based in and what actions or fruits it therefore leads to that I had not been truly focused on. Finally understanding the Sermon on the Mount (including why he will say “Depart from me” to most Christians) was so key!

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Sam Miller - June 28, 2017

Thanks for clarifying that. “Not ready” sounds a lot better.

This has actually been something I’ve been wrestling with lately, feeling the need to share what I have learned with my wife and kids thinking they’ll need this information now so they have time to start praying for strength and to be ready to go when the time comes to flee. My kids are fairly receptive but my wife, not so much!

This applies to my job too. I’m guilty of pointing out how much more I know than the people I work with, thinking this is the loving thing to do because after all, they’ll benefit from my great knowledge and wisdom. ☺

Big time AHA moment right here: “We are best-served with continuing to work on ourselves so we bear more good fruit before trying to “evangelize.”

Thanks Tim!

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Sam Miller - June 28, 2017

I did mean for there to be a “LOL” or HaHaHA after my comment above about my coworkers benefiting from my great knowledge & wisdom – in case the ridiculousness of the statement alone was not sufficient to convey my attempt at self deprecating sarcasm. ☺

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Daniel Douglas - July 3, 2017

Barb Douglas……I am so enjoying all that you have written, Tim. The remarks about the precious Rapture “upset my canoe” for awhile but am trying my level best to understand, with God’s help of course.

I do believe most fully in “do unto others…..”, but, Tim, what about the people who love to destroy others for their own glory? How do we, as lovers of Truth, respond i.e. starters of terrible wars and so on? How can we love them when we are horrified at such behaviour? HELP please, at the moment I cannot seem to find my way…..what is in my heart is I can love their souls but not their behaviour!! God bless and thanks for everything I am reading!

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    Tim McHyde - July 3, 2017

    Hi Barb, thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Well, that’s the rub isn’t it. Right now I see Christians struggle greatly to not treat ISIS or even just regular Muslims in their community any better than how fundamentalists treat homosexuals. The deep cultural biases that these are “God’s enemies, sinners, trying to destroy us/me/others” makes us feel justified in hating them. My next supporter study will try to share techniques to deal with this very common obstacle to loving others and enemies.

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Rob Foster - September 20, 2017

Two quotes from your article, with my *emphasis* …

“And most of all, I finally realized something that I never did in decades of church: that it’s all about *how you think about and treat other people*. I’m way better at that these days, too—now that I focus on that instead of meetings, rituals, and special days and holidays.”

So true. This has to be one of my biggest challenges, especially the “think” part of it. I used to believe that it was okay to “think” something so long as you don’t say it. So much has changed since those days. Thinking good thoughts about everyone and everything is such a big challenge. Phil 4:8 sums it up well for me
Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

It helped me to hang this verse on the previous two verses.

Phil4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2nd quote from article
“One of the key important lessons of my life for being able to love people better and be in greater peace with them was to *let go of my innate desires to*: teach people; correct people; save people from error or from “hell”; make sure people know what I know, or that I already know X; share with people the truth I’m excited about and assume they should be, too; be understood correctly by people (a biggie!)”

I once thought that it was my mission in life to correct everyone around me who had somehow developed an “inferior” understanding of this or that, including the Christianity cult that I was a part of and, believe it or not, I even spent a lot of time and energy defending some of the false and distorted teachings.

Thanks Tim for reinforcing my decision to move away from a cult-like organisation and looking to live a more informed life seeking the truth about Yehovah.

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Johan Pretorius - September 24, 2017

Hello Tim, just a quick question, there are two questions at the end of this article that I am very interested in on how you will answer them. Are they still in progress? Thanks.

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