Here are five myths that non-Christians may believe about Christians.
Every believer who has realized just how wicked they were before Christ knows they’re no better than anyone else, including non-believers. We don’t think of ourselves as superior, only blessed. Think about this: Christ died for us while we were wicked, ungodly sinners and natural enemies of His Romans 5:6-10). God didn’t look at us and think, “Hey, they’re pretty good people. I think I’ll save them.” All of us fall short of God’s glory, including Christians (Romans 3:23).
We’re not saved because we’re special. We’re special because we’re saved. That’s a huge difference. At one time we were dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1-2). Dead men and women can’t do anything to resurrect themselves any more than Lazarus could have resurrected himself. We weren’t good people at all. We were bad, wicked sinners who were saved by a very good God. We should be honest with non-believers and tell them we still struggle with sin and we don’t have it all together and honestly tell them we’re not better than anyone, including non-believers.
We Don’t Like Non-Believers
I disagree with the idea that Christians don’t like non-believers because we were once as they are now. We are commanded to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, and do good to those who do bad to us. That’s an attribute of God. A sinless Christ died for a most sinful people, and He did for us what we didn’t deserve and granted to us what we could not earn. We’re actually told to pray for our enemies and love those who hate us.
We Do Good to Get to Heaven
A few times I’ve heard non-believers tell me (and even a few Christians) they’ve done enough good in their lives to get to heaven, if there is one. I say that none are actually good, and we don’t even seek after God (Romans 3:10-12). We can’t be saved by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). All our good works are just a bunch of filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). To say we can do good things to get to heaven is to make Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross useless. If we could do good things to get to heaven, then Paul says plainly that Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21).
We Have It Easier
There are those who believe that once a person becomes a Christian, life gets a lot easier. On the contrary, when I was born again, that’s when it started getting difficult. Jesus said the way to eternal life is hard and the road is narrow and that only a few will find it. Therefore, “strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:4). Dead fish can float upstream, but it takes effort to swim upstream against the culture and our own sinful nature.
Other things I’ve heard from non-believers is that religion is a crutch and that we’ve been brainwashed. Let me say this: If Christ is a crutch, I want it. If I’ve been brainwashed, that’s good because my mind used to be filled with filth. We’re not perfect, only seen as perfect because of Jesus Christ, which is only because “for our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).