Why "christianity" stinks.
Yep, you read that right. (And I'm glad you still clicked on it.) Why would I make such an audacious statement. Well, because it does. You see we have taken a movement that started before creation, and turned it into a religion.
You may be thinking, "Before creation! Didn't Christianity start about 2000 years ago?" If you are, then your thinking is a bit off. Before I get to why, let me first say that it is not entirely your fault. You are merely echoing the thinking of Western Christians. This thinking treats Faith as some brand new, out of the box concept that started with Jesus (Yeshua). In fact the idea of redemption through a Messiah is older than time itself.
John 1:1-3 (ISV)
1. In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.
A way to look at the word, well, "word" is promise. YHVH had promised to redeem us in the beginning. So, when Yeshua came to Earth, he was not saying or doing anything that was not promised before. While it is hard to understand, salvation was not the backup plan. At least not in how we understand backup plans.
25 Then Jesus told them, “O, how foolish you are! How slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! 26 The Messiah had to suffer these things and then enter his glory, didn’t he?” 27 Then, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them all the passages of Scripture about himself.
So, Yeshua's arrival, death, burial, resurrection, ascention, and return were all in the Torah and Prophets. YHVH had placed clues about what he would do inside of what we commonly call the Old Testament. We did not get anything brand new, we got the plan that was always there.
Micah 5:2 (ISV)
“As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, even though you remain least among the clans of Judah, nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me will emerge from you. His existence has been from antiquity, even from eternity
That passage is the exact one that the scribes use to tell the "Wise Men" where to find Yeshua. In fact, a great deal of the "New Testament" quotes and references the "Old". This fact is not seen easily, because the way passages were referenced in that time was by quoting a small bit of them. It was implied that the reader would have already been aware of the passage.
We have also been taught a Westernized version of Biblical interpretation. We read a word such as "foods", and do not even think about the mentality of who wrote it. We see the word "love" and do not think about how YHVH commands us to do so. We see a passage like this:
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (ISV)
15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to give you the wisdom you need for salvation through faith in the Messiah[a]Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed[b] and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good action.
and we don't think about what Scripture consisted of then.
We have been taught to abandon the foundation of our beliefs, and in the process adopted insanity. Common Christianity has become a strange religion where people who claim to believe the Bible, eat unbiblical foods, celebrate unbiblical holidays, and declare their freedom to do other unbiblical acts. While simultaneously, being amazed when their pleas for people to repent are scoffed at.
And that is why "christianity" stinks.