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What’s so Offensive about Christianity?

There’s a verse in the Bible that says this: “A person with discretion is not easily angered; he gains respect by overlooking an offence.” I quote from Proverbs 19, verse 11 of The Voice.  Not the talent show, mind, but a modern translation of the Bible. A good Christian (a good anyone for that matter) is not easily offended.  There’s a certain tension about this statement because being a follower of Christ is an offensive ‘occupation’ in progressive, post-Christian Australia.  Perhaps I should rephrase that.  Being a follower of Christ is interpreted or conjured as an offensive pastime. We are black and white in a shades-of-grey culture. So what is it exactly that’s so offensive about Christianity?  Perhaps it’s that the Bible states unequivocally what is right and what is wrong.  People don’t enjoy being told how to live their lives. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) That is, there is only one way to heaven.  Christians believe …