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      12-15-2007, 12:24 AM   #1
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Who here is a Christian?

I am a Christian. I haven't been attending Church for a long time. I truly believe God is calling me right now. I wish I could start attending Church or bible study groups. I'm a workaholic, and next year, I'm quiting one of my jobs to attend Church.
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Jesus Christ is Lord.
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I am a Christian. I haven't been attending Church for a long time. I truly believe God is calling me right now. I wish I could start attending Church or bible study groups. I'm a workaholic, and next year, I'm quiting one of my jobs to attend Church.
Do you adhere to any particular denomination?
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Do you adhere to any particular denomination?

What is a denomination? Is that something like, I think I'm talking to Lord more than you? I got him on speed dial? Is one denomination better than the other?

I'm usually sarcastic about religion, but not this time. I need to be educated.
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I lost my faith in GOD a long time ago............now, I think for myself.
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What is a denomination? Is that something like, I think I'm talking to Lord more than you? I got him on speed dial? Is one denomination better than the other?

I'm usually sarcastic about religion, but not this time. I need to be educated.
A denomination is like Baptist, Assembly of God, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Quaker, and etc. These are all Christian denominations (at least those named here, and several others not named here). A denomination has many churches in affiliation each with at least one pastor or minister ordained by the denomination. Non-denominal churches may be Christian, but are independent. There isn't any oversight outside of the non-denominational church. Some Christians may be found in non-Christian churches and without a church, but we are instructed by scripture to not forsake meeting with the brethren (other Christians).

There is a significant amount of difference between denominations in the details, but all teach Jesus Christ crucified and the remission of sins. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (who is the only begotten Son of God) and not by our works. Good works are our spiritual act of worship and will be counted to us as righteousness. Our riches are in heaven.

Jesus paid the price for our sins when he died sinless on the cross at the hands of the Romans as demanded by the Jews.

After God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they sinned by disobeying God after being deceived by the serpent. The price for Adam's sin was death. Since then, all have sinned except Jesus our Saviour who conquered death and hell when he rose again to leave an empty tomb.

We are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost as a public testimony that we will follow Jesus.

The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God. They have existed for all time, and will exist for all the rest of time. God is omniscient and omnipotent. He is all powerful. He created the heavens and the Earth. Nothing was created without him. There is one God. His name is Jehovah (Yahweh). There always has been, and forever will be only one God. All other gods are inventions of man and impostors.

Our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. When the book is opened in the judgement, all whose names are not written in the book of life in the judgement will be cast into the lake of fire for the rest of eternity. The saved will be purified and live in the presence of God forever in paradise.

The Holy Bible is God's revelation to man. All scripture in the Holy Bible is God breathed and is useful for instruction in the faith. The Old Testament describes the old covenant history and is a prophecy of our Saviour. The New Testament describes the new covenant and our living saviour.

I am sure there are much better and more thorough summary descriptions of what all Christian religions accept as essential to Christian faith. All of it is contained in the Holy Bible. There are no other writings that we accept as Holy Writ.

So a Christian denomination accepts all these truths. We all accept each other as adopted children of God, imperfect as we are. We welcome all as Jesus has extended his grace to all who accept it.

Some of the details in my description may not be precisely correct, but essentially accurate. I hope that helps.
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I lost my faith in GOD a long time ago............now, I think for myself.
I'm sorry. How did that happen?
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I too am a Christian. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, our Lord and Savior.
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I'm sorry. How did that happen?
A good friend betrayed all of us a long time ago and put GOD before brotherhood and friendship.

To make a long story short, one of my good friends was smoking pot at some party --- and this other good friend went and told his boss about the incident and got the guy fired and ended his career.

Sick....just sick.......

According to him, GOD would be upset with him if he didn't do the right thing.....he couldn't live with himself unless he told someone about it. What a prick! GOD must have brainwashed him.....

I hope GOD will be there for him in his darkest hour............
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A good friend betrayed all of us a long time ago and put GOD before brotherhood and friendship.

To make a long story short, one of my good friends was smoking pot at some party --- and this other good friend went and told his boss about the incident and got the guy fired and ended his career.

Sick....just sick.......

According to him, GOD would be upset with him if he didn't do the right thing.....he couldn't live with himself unless he told someone about it. What a prick! GOD must have brainwashed him.....

I hope GOD will be there for him in his darkest hour............

You should not blame God for this incident. Your friend was obviously misguided. Cause first of all why tell the boss? If you really have a guilty conscious why not actually talk to the actual person about it?
Personally, whenever I have situation that I can't explain I would either talk to my brothers or pray for an answer. But I would not rat on the person to the wrong people.
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You should not blame God for this incident. Your friend was obviously misguided. Cause first of all why tell the boss? If you really have a guilty conscious why not actually talk to the actual person about it?
Personally, whenever I have situation that I can't explain I would either talk to my brothers or pray for an answer. But I would not rat on the person to the wrong people.
Agreed. If it bothered him so much, he should have talked with the pot smoker. If the pot smoker was part of the same church, and wasn't responding to the admonishment, he could choose to take it to elders of the church. I wouldn't think there would be an obligation to do so. It would be wrong to take it to the guy's boss. That was totally misguided.

If we all judged God by what his people do, then there would be no Christians. We all have fallen short. I think I can understand the betrayal you feel. Perhaps you can understand too, that this ex-friend did not represent Christ. Christ might have said, "He who is without sin, cast the first stone," protecting your friend.
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Roman Catholic. Cross around my neck for at least 20 years to remind me that Jesus was nailed to a tree and died a horrible death so that I would have the opportunity to meet his father directly by beleiving in Jesus' power.

Beleive that God takes multiple forms to be able to reach the heart of all the world, so Muslims and Hindus and Aethists aren't wrong.

Can't quite wrap my mind around god/alien life, because I beleive there is too much evidence that life is abundant throughout the cosmos.
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Funny, we have the same cast of characters in every thread related to religion.

God does exist, but only as a reflection of the word God in your mind. Does that make him unreal for you? No. It's real. But in your mind.
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Q. Why is each of you Christian, and not Hindu?

A. Because you weren't born into Hindu families, you were born into Christian families, in a predominately Christian country.

If you were born in Pakistan, you'd be Muslim. If you were born in Nepal then you'd probably be a Hindu.

It's what you were taught, it's how you were raised. It's everywhere around you.
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For simply a way to live life, with no regard to after I die, I'd pick Buddhism for sure. But I feel there is a reason for me being here, and a place for me to go once I do die, that requires my devotion to Christ.
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I'm a born Christian and I'm thankful for it everyday. I believe in God, Mary and Jesus our savior.

^^ The reasons you mentioned about being born in this religion or somewhat true... but as you get older you make your decision to believe or not... many go stray.

But I choose to believe in God, live in my faith and die with that belief.
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I`m a Christian and believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior... and I was not born one...
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I am a Christian, but I do respect the viewpoints those who are atheist/agnostic although I disagree with them.
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