Cafeteria Christian

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'''Cafeteria Christian''' is a term used to describe a person or church that picks and chooses the laws and doctrines of the [[Christianity|Christian faith]] to adhere to, in the same way that a customer chooses food items at a cafeteria.
 
'''Cafeteria Christian''' is a term used to describe a person or church that picks and chooses the laws and doctrines of the [[Christianity|Christian faith]] to adhere to, in the same way that a customer chooses food items at a cafeteria.
  
Some examples of this practice include Christians who condemn [[homosexuality]] due to {{bible|Lev. 18:22}}, yet ignore the rest of the book's laws on food, clothing, and other practices; or Christians who condemn [[witchcraft]] because of {{bible|Lev. 19:26-31}} but ignore the command to kill practitioners in {{bible|Exodus 22:18}}.
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Some examples of this practice include Christians who condemn [[homosexuality]] due to {{bible|Lev. 18:22}}, yet ignore the rest of the book's laws on food, clothing, and other practices; or Christians who condemn [[witchcraft]] because of {{bible|Lev. 19:26-31}} but ignore the command to kill practitioners in {{bible|Exodus 22:18}}. It could be argued that almost all Christians, including self-described [[fundamentalism|fundamentalists]], are cafeteria Christians, since they condemn the practice of [[slavery]] even though it is overtly supported throughout the [[Old Testament|Old]] and [[New Testament]]s.
  
 
This term can also be encountered as "Sunday morning Christian" or "Cafeteria Catholic."  See also: [[cherry picking]].
 
This term can also be encountered as "Sunday morning Christian" or "Cafeteria Catholic."  See also: [[cherry picking]].

Revision as of 20:30, 15 September 2007

Cafeteria Christian is a term used to describe a person or church that picks and chooses the laws and doctrines of the Christian faith to adhere to, in the same way that a customer chooses food items at a cafeteria.

Some examples of this practice include Christians who condemn homosexuality due to Lev. 18:22 Bible-icon.png, yet ignore the rest of the book's laws on food, clothing, and other practices; or Christians who condemn witchcraft because of Lev. 19:26-31 Bible-icon.png but ignore the command to kill practitioners in Exodus 22:18 Bible-icon.png. It could be argued that almost all Christians, including self-described fundamentalists, are cafeteria Christians, since they condemn the practice of slavery even though it is overtly supported throughout the Old and New Testaments.

This term can also be encountered as "Sunday morning Christian" or "Cafeteria Catholic." See also: cherry picking.

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