20 Christian Practices That Confuse and Puzzle Others

All regions differ in some way. Catholics collect saint cards and plan their vacations around religious sights, and Buddhists believe in karma and reincarnation. Like them, Christians also practice some things that are simply unheard of or puzzling for others. They practice tithing, cast out demons, and more!

Study the Bible

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Since the Bible contains the word of God, Christians believe that studying it means getting to know God better. It’s also a book inspired by God’s love, giving us profitable and valuable assets, such as doctrine. However, others don’t really read and study the Bible because they don’t know how, they feel like they don’t have time, or they can also have no interest in it.

Tithe

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According to Ramsey Solutions, the Bible tells people that by tithing, we show that we trust God with our finances and, in a way, with our lives. However, beyond that, Christians believe that tithing is an essential sacrifice so we can remember that we must rely on God to meet our needs. Others think differently, though, and can’t understand why material things, such as cash, are needed by someone divine like God.

Pray for God’s Presence

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Prayer is one of the things Christians must practice to live a godly life, but others—even some Christians—find prayer very frustrating. This is because even if one fervently prays for something, what one’s asking for won’t always come when one asks God to. Modern Reformation notes, “Prayer is, for many Christians, the spiritual exercise they hate to love: that is, they know they should pray; they even want to pray! But the actual act is sometimes difficult and confusing, and it may not result in any super-spiritual experience at all.”

Consider Fear or Worry a Sin

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It’s normal to live life with worries and fears here and there. However, if you’re a Christian, do take note that this could be considered a sin, especially if you’re forgetting about God’s purpose and presence in your life. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus says, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

Avoid “Worldly” Music and Movies

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We’ve grown accustomed to a life filled with endless choices regarding the music we listen to and the movies we watch, but it’s not the same for devout Christians. John Piper, a former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an author of over 50 books, notes, “Worldly isn’t a sound; worldly is leaving Christ out—that is why it is called worldly and not Christly, and it approves of what He disapproves.”

Believe in Luck and Superstition

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Luck and superstition have become a part of our daily lives; in fact, when we encounter something good, we often chuck it to luck being in our favor. However, true, devout Christians shouldn’t believe in these things; instead, they must pour all their belief in God and His timing. Today, though, some people are being dubbed as superstitious Christians. The Gospel Coalition explains, “Superstitions may make us feel safe, but only Jesus can provide true, everlasting security.”

Blame Karma

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Karma is rooted in Buddhism and Hinduism—not Christianity. However, many Christians believe in karma because of the “you reap what you sow” concept. Christians believe God doesn’t make anyone suffer or happy for no reason. However, we must remember that the Bible doesn’t teach us about karma; instead, it teaches us about grace—how God gives us unmerited favor and love.

Drink to Get Drunk

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Alcohol has been part of Christian history and culture for years. In fact, Jesus Himself drank and shared wine with His apostles. However, though Christians are allowed to drink alcohol, they must never get drunk, as drunkenness is a sin; as Ephesians 5:18 goes, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.” Some Christians, unfortunately, still get drunk because of their imperfection, leading them to succumb to temptation.

Reject the Idea of Santa Claus

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It’s common practice today to believe in Santa Claus’s existence, and though some Christian families might have already adapted to this belief, most are still against it. This is because Christians believe that Santa Claus is the antithesis of what Christmas is all about. Jennifer Graham of Deseret News explains, “They note that ‘Santa’ is an anagram of ‘Satan,’ and say that Santa eclipses Jesus, or worse, makes children skeptical of God when they become suspicious about Santa.”

Do Not Make the Sign of the Cross

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The Holy Trinity is defined as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and Catholics make the sign of the cross to pay respect to them. However, Christians do not make the sign of the cross because it’s rooted in pagan belief. When Jesus died, direct translations of what we now know as the cross were actually just “timber” or “stake,” and it was only made to be a cross so that it would be easier for pagans to accept the religion. Jehovah’s Witness Organization notes, “The Scriptures also forbid all forms of idolatry; with very good reason, therefore, true Christians do not use the cross in worship.”

Reject the Concept of Evolution

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In school, we’re taught about the history of man and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. However, some Christians firmly reject this idea. For them, if Charles Darwin were correct, then the doctrine of Original Sin and Adam and Eve’s existence would be shattered, too.

Cast Out Demons

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Many Christians believe in casting out demons or exorcizing. In fact, Medium wrote about an experience shared by a devout Christian. The article notes that some Christians believe that when a person is struggling with a sin or sickness, they’re taken hold of by a demon. So, instead of seeking professional help, like going to a hospital, they’d gather around the person in question, pray, and command the demon possessing the person to leave.

Speak in Tongues

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Speaking in tongues is supernatural evidence that the Holy Spirit is within you. Many people, especially non-believers, can’t understand this. However, some of the most devout Christians are able to do this once they attain a high level of faith. An article on Medium shares, “It’s this phenomenon where you let the Holy Spirit take over and speak through you in a language you don’t understand,” and for many, it’s like having a secret language only you and God Himself could understand.

Be Hypocritical

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Christians are often ridiculed for saying one thing and then acting in a totally opposite way. However, Kevin Croft of Hope Church Vauxhall explains that, firstly, some people who claim to be Christians aren’t; they are just using God’s name in vain. Secondly, he reminds us that Christians, no matter how devout they are, are still human, and as humans, they are imperfect and can make mistakes.

Don’t Believe in Retirement

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Nowadays, people have a set time to retire, and most retire at age 65 since the Social Security Act of 1935 was implemented. However, the early Christians knew nothing of the concept of retirement. O.S. Hawkins was quoted in an article from Crosswalk, saying, “The idea of retirement is a relatively modern phenomenon. My own great-grandparents knew nothing of the concept of retirement; their generation worked as long as they were physically able, and for most of them, right up until the time of their death.”

Believe in Prophetic Dreams

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Compared to normal dreams, prophetic dreams are visions or, as the name implies, prophecies. Christians believe that they were God’s way of giving His people insight or foresight into the truth of a situation or the future. However, prophetic dreams are hard to prove, and The Cripplegate warns against them. Jesse Johnson of The Cripplegate explains, “If a person believes dreams and visions and prophecies, then that will stunt their Christian growth.”

Be Prideful

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Many think Christians are hypocritical because they can be prideful even when teaching others that pride is a sin. However, the sense of pride Christians have is not the same as the sin of pride the Bible talks about; to fully understand, we must also consider the context. Christians are prideful because they have a sense of self-respect and self-worth, especially regarding God’s teachings. In the Bible, however, pride means preferring one’s self-will over God’s will.

Gossip

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Gossiping is wrong because the words spoken are often untrue. The Bible labels this act as untrustworthy and meddlesome because it hurts one’s neighbors, damages relationships, tarnishes people’s reputations, and divides friends. So, why do some Christians still gossip? Well, the answer is simple: humans aren’t perfect, and since we’re not perfect, we can still commit sin and succumb to temptation.

Become Bad at Making Friends

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While other religions keep to themselves, the same could not be said about Christians; in fact, some people consider them too pushy. Devout Christians try to live a godly life so they can achieve everlasting happiness, and of course, they want the people they love to be there with them. So, they try to persuade others, especially their family and friends, to be more like them. Sometimes, though, it can be a bit much, and their friends find it hard to maintain their bond.

Be Partisan

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The world is becoming increasingly political, and sadly, it is more and more challenging for Christians to remain separate from the government and the church. While politics is important, Christians should remember that it could distract them from the gospel and God’s word. Relevant Magazine notes, “When a political affiliation becomes conflated with a faith position, the message of the Gospel can become mixed with the message of the political party.”

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20 Christian Practices That Confuse and Puzzle Others

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All regions differ in some way. Catholics collect saint cards and plan their vacations around religious sights, and Buddhists believe in karma and reincarnation. Like them, Christians also practice some things that are simply unheard of or puzzling for others. They practice tithing, cast out demons, and more!

20 Christian Practices That Confuse and Puzzle Others

Author: Karen Danao

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