I think I’ve finally found a name for that new religion that’s been cropping up lately. It’s called “Compassianity” (pronounced com-pash-ee-ann-it-ee). I can’t take credit for starting it, of course. Though I said “lately”, it’s really been around for a long time now – who knows when it started? I came up with the name because its disciples seemed to be confused. They keep calling themselves “Christians” for some reason. This was obviously mistaken – the Compassionites’ beliefs obviously aren’t Christian in any meaningful way. So now that I’ve come up with a name that sounds respectable I expect many thank yous, and perhaps a manifesto where they announce the news. It was my pleasure, Compassionites.
What made me think of this? Why, this. For reasons that could only be explained by the fact that they had no idea what else to call themselves, the people who held to these beliefs claimed to be Christians. Here was my original post from Marc’s blog where I went through all of the problems with that:
Where do I start?
1) A NEW Christianity? Right off of the bat, that’s nuts. Christianity should be remaking US, not the other way around.
2) They certainly seem to have an odd idea of the Holy Spirit. “The totality of himself left behind”? Huh?
3) I love how they say “Well Paul never condemned homosexuality” and then right after that add “We don’t believe women should submit to their husbands”. In other words, Paul matters when his words can be suitably twisted to make their point, but when what he’s saying is unavoidably against what they want to believe they’ll drop him like a hot potato.
4) “God can handle converting people”? Really? So all of those verses about the importance of evangelism, they should be dropped then.
And finally, the worst of all of them. I saved this for last because it’s truly appalling:
Christianity is supposed to be all about nothing more (and nothing less!) than living a life of love, compassion, fairness, peace, and humility.
That’s right. Christianity isn’t about belief in the Holy Trinity, or the literal Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, or his status as God and the Messiah, or His death for our sins, or the many commands and teachings given to us directly by Jesus in the New Testament.
Yes, it is nothing more than living a life of love (fine, if you define love correctly), compassion (fine, if that doesn’t mean “telling everybody who is sad exactly what they want to hear all the time), fairness (nonsense – we’re unfair to many people all the time in perfectly valid ways), peace (hopefully, but we should be prepared to fight when necessary), and humility (as long as it doesn’t mean cowing your head and stammering apologies when somebody yells at you for being a mean evangelical).
Belief in the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, obeying Jesus’s direct commandments, prayer, evangelism…none of that is “about” Christianity. Just leading a nice and fluffy life where you’re nice to everyone.
That whole website is a farce.
I thought hard before posting this, wondering if I’m being too harsh. I don’t think so, though. Some things need to be said – this is one of those things.
So as you can see, it is indeed utterly ludicrous to the point of almost being offensive that such people would claim to be Christians.
But, I suppose I owe them an apology. It’s not their fault they couldn’t think of a name. I’m sure they tried, and Christianity is sort of kind of like it if you really squint from a distance. But now they need not worry – they have their own moniker they can proudly hang from the rafters, where they worship the all-encompassing God of fluffy goodness and compassion. At last, they can go around being compassionate to everybody they don’t disagree with without fear of being mistaken for Christians!