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Why I'm Not The Same Christian As I Used To Be - Part 2

One day during my planning period I was reading the Gospel of Matthew.

I had been wrestling with my faith for some time by this point, wondering if everything I had believed had been wrong. I couldn’t figure out how poor people of color, or those who faithfully worshiped at their mosque or temple, or those who were bullied because they were "different.", or those who couldn’t believe in a god because of all the abuse and violence they had experienced in their lives, were going to end up in hell just because of the circumstances they had inherited as a result of simply being born.

And then I read this:

“How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You shut people out of the kingdom of heaven. You don’t enter yourselves, and you won’t allow those who want to enter to do so.” – Matthew 23.13

And then it hit me: I was a Pharisee!

And Jesus was condemning me.

I was ashamed, disheartened and distraught. 

The only people that Jesus ever spoke harshly to, as far…

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