I wrote on a website about Jesus' ultimate sacrifice when I was confronted with this comment:
"Funny thing? I just cannot see Jesus approving of Christianity as a whole. I grew up Christian. Born and raised. But the more I grew up, the more questions I asked, the more I realized some things...
He was a Jewish Rabbi. His message was a simple one: Love Thy Neighbors. It wasn't a difficult message to understand... you didn't have to hate anymore. You didn't have to hate someone because they prayed to a different god. You didn't have to hate someone because they were born in a different nation. Or because they spoke a different language. Or had a different color of skin. That was all.
He never asked to be worshiped. "OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be THY name. THY kingdom come, THY will be done...." seeing a pattern here? Heck, the very concept of Christianity breaks the first commandment "I am thy lord Jehova, and you shall have none before me". And the Crucifix breaks the second commandment of carving graven images to worship at. Which means it's also the Third commandment of taking the Lord's name in vain.
Quite bluntly, until Constantine, Christianity was a Jewish cult. Then he decided it would be a good way to get his new kingdom more firmly under control and thus the Council of Nicaea. The Catholic Church has a bloody history, ordering the death of some brilliant scientists, killing entire nations' worth of people, mostly peasants, in the pointless Crusades... oh, and let's not forget wholesale slaughter of religious figures from other religions, venerating St. Patrick for succeeding at genocide... and really, not a whole lot of 'love thy neighbor' going on.
The Catholic Church was founded to further the personal and political goals of the day. The Bible was translated with a particular slant (my father has a Masters of Divinity from SMU, and I got access to copies some of the original Greek and Hebrew transcripts), then King James had it translated into English with his own particular slant on the translations, which were largely misogynistic in nature.
Quite bluntly, it is my opinion that Christianity in general and Catholicism in specific are... well... blasphemous. Directly contradictory to the message Jesus tried to spread. And it is my opinion that Jesus would be spinning in his grave to see what was being done in His name... at least, if he had stayed in it.
Jesus died because of Mankind's arrogance and pride. Not for our sins, but because of them. His death does not wipe out sin, it exemplifies it. You venerate the death-by-torture of a wise and holy man whose message was so simple, yet so profound, that it threatened the very foundations of the established order. Because it was all based on fear, which generated hate. And if people stopped hating, they might realize this. And the people in power would no longer have a power base. Something that is still largely true to this day.
In two thousand years, we have learned how to harness the power of electricity, we have put a man on the moon... and yet we still have not been able to grasp the simple concept of not needing to hate anymore. To me, that is a much greater reason to mourn. "
I know it is mostly false information and corruption of the truth, but I am not currently knowledgable enough of the bible and our history. (This is something I am currently working to improve) How should I respond to this?