21 December 2007

Religious Questions

I have been wondering for a while now on a couple of different topics:

1. If Christians is defined as: "of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ." and "exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; Christlike" and "a person who believes in Jesus Christ". Why then do people separate Catholics from Christians? How can someone who profess to believe in Christ and want to follow him not be deemed a Christian? I could be wrong in this, but from what I have heard how come they are always separated in conversations, i.e. "The Christians and the Catholics."? Wouldn't be be synonymous?

2. For quite a bit of religious beliefs and different church doctrines there is a standard belief that because Eve partook of the forbidden fruit all her seed is deemed to be sinful from birth because of the original sins of the parents. Now stating that if all humans are born with sin, and are not worthy of Gods presence because of such, and thus needed a Savior, Christ, to redeem them by suffering for and dying for their sins, i.e. John 3:16-17: "16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." How was Christ perfect by this "doctrinal belief" of many churches? As was Christ born of Mary, literally. Was He just exempt from this law? Isn't God the same always, and everlasting and never changing God? So why would this "original sin" be for every other billions of people except for one? I know that Christ was the only prefect living soul on this earth, and I know that most of all other religions/faiths believe this as well, so how is He perfect if you believe in the original sin doctrine?

Just a couple of things that have boggled my mind, hopefully someone will offer some insight into this for me so I can understand.

1 comment:

deutschyankee said...

I can comment on the Christian idea, Amber... As far as your question about Eve is concerned,I would have to defer an answer until later.

So, here are my thoughts.

Those who call themselves Christians are mostly protestant-evangelical. This means they protest the idea that a soul can be saved through works. They believe that a man can only be saved through a deep and devout preofession of faith in Jesus Christ. Evangelicals believe that one becomes a true Christian through this process of being saved by grace. So evangelical-protestants follow the belief that they can call themsleves Christian because they follow the true doctrine of Christ by being saved through grace. They cannot accept other faiths who believe that works are involved as being Christian. Since Catholism and Mormonism have other ideas about salvation, it can not be deemed oppropriate to call them Christian according to mainstream Christian dogma.

So really, it is merely a definition debate. I do, however, believe that it is not the right of another to tell me whether or not I am Christian, thereby casting judgement upon me. My relationship with Christ is personal and intimite. I believe that I am a Christian; hopefully others will recognize that by the life that I live.

Thak you for your time, haha!

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