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Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use

Published: Monday, July 9 2012 2:05 p.m. MDT

Our take: When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty, writes Christian Piatt. Here are 10 phrases he thinks Christians should strike from their everyday talk to "make us a little more tolerable." Missionary-minded Christians will likely disagree with Piatts pet peeves.

"Everything happens for a reason." I've heard this said more times than I care to. I'm not sure where it came from either, but it's definitely not in the Bible. The closest thing I can come up with is "To everything, there is a season," but that's not exactly the same. The fact is that faith, by definition, is not reasonable.

"Have you asked Jesus into your heart?" As many times as Ive heard this, I still don't really know what it means. Why my heart? Why not my liver or kidneys? This also makes Christianity sound like a purely emotional experience, rather than a lifelong practice that can never entirely be realized.

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