I used to be Christian (Shocker eh?) and there are things I still like and value in Christianity. However there are also things that are anything from irritating to outright drive you right the bend aggravating. So here is my Pro/Con list.
- Compassion and empathy.
- Good food.
- Music and song on a regular basis.
- Caring for those in need.
- Welcoming the stranger or outcast.
- Showing your faith by your works.
- Community and supporting one another.
- Valuing, prioritizing and loving one's family.
- Rituals to mark development and progression, particularly as one ages.
- Commitment and attachment.
- Discouraging the questioning of Dogma
- Prolific sexual hang ups.
- Equating Nature or Sex with Sin.
- General sexism
- No representation of the Goddess or Sacred Feminine to match the God and Sacred Masculine
- Generally not interested in exploring or respecting another's spirituality save for the purpose of convertion. (Not all but most.)
- Insist on a concept of Absolute Truth. Results in devaluing those that believe differently.
- Envisions the Divine as something apart from oneself, something one must seek.
- Suborones rather than empowers.
- Many scriptural contradictions. Ex. Do not kill; Unless God tells you to.
- Conflicts around free will. If we need saving because we inherently feel guilty for sinning why give us a rule book that conditions us to believe in all manner of sins? If we have free will then we also have moral agency because you can't choose what to do without choosing why to do it. Therefore if we have moral agency then why do we need to be saved? And if don't have free will then what's the point of it all?
- Being told to leave my brain at the door and just take everything on faith.
- Proselytizing and persecution
I may expand more on this either in this article or in future ones but that is essentially