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What is a Christian
12/30/01 | Me

Posted on 12/30/2001 7:44:36 PM PST by Sparkvark

Ive noticed alot of threads on FR that mention Christianity. I was wondering, how do you define yourself as a Christian? Does merely professing oneself a Christian make you one? Im curious, how do you perceive the Christian faith?


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Just a question to all those on FR who consider themselves Christians.
1 posted on 12/30/2001 7:44:37 PM PST by Sparkvark
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To: Sparkvark
A Christian is defined in the Bible as someone who has been quickened by the Holy Spirit of God, through faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour. The person admits he/she is a sinner who needs a Saviour, that he/she believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to die as a propitiation for our sins. The person asks Jesus to save them from hell when they die. Once saved and quickened, a Christian cannot lose his/her salvation for "no man can pluck thee out of the Father's hand." Some pertinent passages to read are Ephesians chapter 2, Romans chapters 5 and 10, 1 Corinthians 15, among many others.
2 posted on 12/30/2001 7:56:10 PM PST by overseer5
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To: Sparkvark
First of all, unlike all other major faiths, Christianity does not teach that having Christian parents or ancestors makes you a Christian. It takes a deliberate act of the individual, voluntarily, to become confirmed, baptized as an adult, or to take on church membership. Even where some persons are carried on church books just because of infant baptism, no one would claim that made them a Christian (once they had grown up).

Therefore, a Christian by this world's count, will have to include everyone who wants to so self-identify, and whose conduct is not so outrageous as to result in such identification being widely disbelieved.

Christians also believe in a judgement to come, at which it will be determined by higher authority, who was genuine or real in his claim to be such, and who was just putting on.

3 posted on 12/30/2001 7:57:42 PM PST by crystalk
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To: Sparkvark
For starters, this Christian calls herself one because she believes in the words found at John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. I believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, that he was crucified, dead and buried and on the 3rd day, he arose from the dead (was resurrected).

As far as living a so-called Christian life, I try and fail and try and fail. I neglect church going, keep bad habits and don't pray enough. But I still love God to the depths of my soul. And I have experienced the touch of his Holy Spirit. I will not even attempt to explain that.

4 posted on 12/30/2001 7:58:29 PM PST by 3catsanadog
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To: Sparkvark
My definition (and I do call myself a Christin) is this: Someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior. I am knowingly a sinner but through the Grace of Jesus on the Cross, (not through actions) I have been saved and have a home in heavan.

It does not mean that I don't make mistakes. It doesn't mean that I am better than anyone else. It doesn't mean that I don't sin. It means I recognize Jesus message and his soverign grace and though I will fail many times, I try to follow his teachings.

Hope this helps.

5 posted on 12/30/2001 7:59:17 PM PST by shoedog
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To: Sparkvark
I don't consider myself one, but I think to be a Christian you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Messiah, and accept his teachings.

If Mormons qualify as Christians, then you don't have to believe Jesus was virgin born or the only son of God to be a Christian.

If the Pope is a Christian, then you don't have to believe that the only way to heaven is through belief in Jesus Christ.

Muslims do not believe Jesus is the Son of God, even though they consider him to be the Messiah. It should be clear that they are not Christians.

I wonder if Unitarians who don't think Jesus is the Son of God can still be Christians (even if they still think he's the Messiah, but born of ordinary parents)...

It gets a little fuzzy around the edges...

6 posted on 12/30/2001 8:00:25 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: xm177e2
I believe that you will find that Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet, not the Messiah.
7 posted on 12/30/2001 8:02:04 PM PST by shoedog
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To: Sparkvark
A Christian is one who follows the teaching of Christ.
That is not the same as the multitude who claim to be Christian.
8 posted on 12/30/2001 8:02:14 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: Sparkvark
(I guess they are not Muslims.)
9 posted on 12/30/2001 8:03:51 PM PST by Buckeroo
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To: Sparkvark
Well anyone can call them selfs a Christian, look at Bill Clinton and Al Gore. But to be a real Christian it takes more then words. To begain with you need a profestion of faith. To exept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior then you need to repent that means to turn away from your sins. To chance your direction. The Believers Baptism is important not sprinkling water on babys but to submerge in water as the bible says too, after you made your profession of faith. If they have really become a Christain you will see a change in there life. Then you will begain to love the things that God loves. That is it in a nut shell.

Sorry to those who don't like what I say about Baptism. It what the Bible says sorry. You don't have to be baptist to go to heaven but it a commandment for Christains to do and that does not mean sprinkling water on there fore heads.

10 posted on 12/30/2001 8:04:45 PM PST by RMrattlesnake
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To: xm177e2
...to be a Christian you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Messiah, and accept his teachings.

For a non-Christian you sure have a perfect understanding.

11 posted on 12/30/2001 8:05:15 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: Sparkvark
posted before but for your question ... my conversion and Faith are based upon

1) the same plea of the "tax collector" of Luke 18:9-14
2) the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19
3) the Call of Acts 2:38
4) the Belief, Confession and Salvation of Romans 10:9-10 and
5) the Grace of Ephesians 2:8

I'll let the curious examine these Scriptures ... this tells you, IMHO, the main ingredients necessary for Salvation, or Faith in Christ ... once someone has received Christ, they have become a Christian ... it's not a political, social or ethnic group ... it does not occur by joining a church ... shocking, no? ... FReegards

Bobby

SufferingMessiah.Com
12 posted on 12/30/2001 8:09:20 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: Sparkvark
Send me $5, I'll tell ya.
13 posted on 12/30/2001 8:09:48 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: xm177e2
If the Pope is a Christian, then you don't have to believe that the only way to heaven is through belief in Jesus Christ.

Please explain what you mean. Catholics should be interested.

14 posted on 12/30/2001 8:10:38 PM PST by Harp
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To: Sparkvark
A "Christian" is someone who desires to deny any claim that power - ALL power - has over him. The only way existing to do so is to crucify oneself daily - having faith that the way has been prepared for us - so that in dying to ourselves, He lives all the more fully within us.

It does not mean assuming power for oneself because of His sacrifice. Though a lot of Christians make that mistake.

15 posted on 12/30/2001 8:12:06 PM PST by Darth Sidious
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To: PFKEY
Of course, many Christians consider the club to be a bit more... exclusive.

From the outside, it's easy for me to label people "Christians" simply by checking whether they place Jesus Christ as more important than any other holy figure.

But nobody owns who is and is not a "Christian" (except God, of course), so I really can't tell people they have to accept Mormons or Cahtolics as "Christians." Everyone has a right to believe in whatever they chose, and that includes believing who is and is not a coreligionist.

16 posted on 12/30/2001 8:14:07 PM PST by xm177e2
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If I had to define it as narrowly as possible, I'd say it is someone who accepts, believes or knows that Jesus is divine.

From here you would have to further define orthodox, protestant, literal fundamentalist, etc. just as you would the differences in reform/orthodox judaism, theraveda/mahayana buddhism, Sunni/Shia muslim, etc.

17 posted on 12/30/2001 8:15:17 PM PST by D-fendr
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To: Harp
Didn't the Pope say all people worshipped the same God, even if they weren't Christians? Does he think they'll still go to Hell if they worship the same God, but call him by the wrong name?
18 posted on 12/30/2001 8:15:27 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: Sparkvark;Registered;WalkingFeather
I love all the comments on this thread.
I must say that many profess to be Christians,
but in no way act Christ-like. I believe that if you
truly have taken on the cleansing blood of Christ, you
are new...when your heart is in the right place, one acts
out of love for others. There are many who profess in words
"Christianity"...but the true Christian's actions speak
louder than words. Like the verse says, "They will know
we are Christians by our love.".

Concerning those who think Christ was a great
prophet/leader, but don't believe that He is the
Messiah, the Son of God....this concept doesn't work. Jesus
was either who He said He was, or He was a lunatic. For
He claimed to be God. If He actually is not
who He said He was, He was both dillusional and/or a liar.
19 posted on 12/30/2001 8:17:11 PM PST by sonserae
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To: Sparkvark
"believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved" Acts 16:31.

that's all it is ... our sin gets in the way and muddles God's simplicity

20 posted on 12/30/2001 8:19:47 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: Sparkvark
Christianity 101:

The Bible says: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It also says the price of that sin is death.

Because we are imperfect and could never be, we needed someone perfect to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can spend eternity with God. Jesus Christ - God, in the flesh - did that for all of us when he died on the cross. He IS perfect, and He sacrificed Himself so that we could have eternal life.

What does He want from us? To acknowledge we are sinners, to turn from sin, and accept the wonderful gift he gave us when he died in our place.

Imagine that you were on death row. Imagine that someone wonderful came along one day and loved you enough to take your place. That is what God - the Lord Jesus Christ - did for each of us.

He didn't make it hard. He did all the work. Still, people refuse Him.

Go figure.

21 posted on 12/30/2001 8:19:57 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: PFKEY
I call myself a Christian. I also like the term "Believer", as in, "I am a Believer of Jesus Christ the Messiah". Approximately eighteen years ago I felt in need of turning my life in a more spiritual direction. I started to watch Christian TV and soon I discovered a spiritual truth: when you begin to turn to God, you suddenly discover that there are Christians everywhere. It was as if I had a sign posted on my forehead: talk to me about Jesus. In the break room at work, in the grocery store, even in the restroom, I overheard people talking about Jesus or Christian TV programs, and I would join in.

A co-worker invited me to her church, and I went. The message of acceptance by a loving God was compelling, and I decided at the service to give my life to Jesus. I went to the altar and knelt and the pastors, a man and woman married couple, prayed with me. I felt like I was on a new step in life.

After that, it's a discovery of faith. You become involved in a local church, and you begin to grow in the Lord. You don't get turned into a mature Christian overnight. Faithful church attendance is step one. At church, you meet other people by attending Bible studies, small groups such as women's or men's groups, and you should also pray to the Lord to send Christian friends your way so you can have fellowship and grow strong in your faith. That's how you develop into a Christian,IMO.

Hope this helps. God bless you in your search.

22 posted on 12/30/2001 8:23:06 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Sparkvark
I profess that I am a Christian because I have accepted Jesus as my savior. I have asked that my sins be forgiven, and I have pledged my life to God. I dont believe that you have to attend a church to be a christian. Although it is a good thing to have the christian family to help you in your trials.
23 posted on 12/30/2001 8:24:59 PM PST by trussell
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To: xm177e2
Your simple understanding is all that is needed. Do not fret about what others may think. The real meat of being a Christian comes from obeying the word of God as found in the New Testament.
24 posted on 12/30/2001 8:25:05 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: Harp
That's easy.. go here for more than enough info.

Proclaiming the Gospel to Roman Catholics

25 posted on 12/30/2001 8:25:26 PM PST by whoozit
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To: xm177e2
Does he think they'll still go to Hell if they worship the same God, but call him by the wrong name?

No, but I feel safe in saying that he wouldn't call people Christians who don't believe Christ is their savior.

The question of the moment is about what is it to be a Christian. That's why your answer regarding Catholics seemed so goofy.

26 posted on 12/30/2001 8:26:56 PM PST by Harp
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To: InvisibleChurch
ACTS 31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And what does that mean "Believe on". Well it means total belief in everthing that he has said and have done. So if you hold this verse to be true and I do then you will believe on Christ and you will do all he commands. You see it is simple and at the same time it is complex.
27 posted on 12/30/2001 8:27:03 PM PST by RMrattlesnake
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To: Sparkvark
From my own personal experience, I can add the following. 1) My dad brought me up around Unitarian-Universalists, and I can definitively say, because I went to one of their so-called churches for 10 years as a child and teenager, that they are most certainly NOT Christians. They consider themselves to be either atheists or secular humanists, and most of the adults are full-fledged communists. I'll mail their literature to anyone who is interested. Suffice it to say that I thank God I escaped U-Uism.

2) As an adult, I personally have come face to face with the love and mercy of the Christian God. God's presence is palpable to me. I want to become baptized and join a church, but since I wasn't raised in one, I'm not sure which one in my community I'd like to attend. That's just my own personal problem, but it bothers me because I strongly feel that He wants me to, and that it is the natural next step in my life. This is my two cents, for whatever it's worth.

28 posted on 12/30/2001 8:27:20 PM PST by rightwinggardeninggirl
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To: Ciexyz
God bless you in your search.

Thanks for your kindness but, I don't understand what you mean by my search.

29 posted on 12/30/2001 8:30:49 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: Sparkvark
I know what a Christian isn't. If a guy comes up to me and says "I don't believe any of that Christ stuff," then I assure you that that guy ain't a Christian.

On the other hand, if someone comes up to me and says, "I believe in Christ," then I treat him as a Christian. Why? First, because the bible says "believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

Second, because at that point it's gone beyond me. It's not my job to judge someone's salvation. That's God business and God's business alone. So, once they tell me they believe, then I tend to give the benefit of the doubt while I leave the truth to God so he can sort it out.

30 posted on 12/30/2001 8:31:03 PM PST by xzins
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To: RMrattlesnake
yes...it's impossible to keep the commandments therefore we get looked upon with derision as hypocrites (because we ARE hypocrites) , but if we could keep the commandments perfectly then we wouldn't need a saviour
31 posted on 12/30/2001 8:34:28 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: Sparkvark
Want simple?

To quote the late Keith Green ... "a Christian is someone who is bananas for Jesus"

Simple enough?

32 posted on 12/30/2001 8:34:30 PM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: rightwinggardeninggirl
The church is not what saves you. Your profession
of Christ is. You can be baptized in any church....although
it is good to be baptized in the manner that Christ
suggested...by emersion in water rather than sprinkling. The
emersion in water is a symbolic sign of your commitment
to Christ...by being buried with Him in baptism, rising
up out of the water as He did in the Ressurection to a
new cleansed life.

Concerning finding a church....read scripture and ask for
God's direction. When you read scripture, you will be
able to see if the church is abiding by what it teaches.
It took me a year of going to a different church every
Sunday until I found the one that I feel closely
represents the essence and example of Christianity and
putting Christ's teachings into actions.
33 posted on 12/30/2001 8:34:40 PM PST by sonserae
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To: Sparkvark
Boy, I'm really shocked.

Where have all these mild-mannered posts come from? Most discussions of this subject deteriorate very quickly.

My best answer is in Jesus' parable of the wheat and tares. Those who are and are not really Christians are difficult to impossible to tell apart until the time of the harvest. But He knows who his followers are (and aren't). Remarkably arrogant for any of those who claim to be his followers to set up their own criteria as to who qualifies.

34 posted on 12/30/2001 8:43:29 PM PST by Restorer
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To: Restorer
your last post there has me wondering what your point is ... if Scriptural definition isn't good enough, what is? ... hello?
35 posted on 12/30/2001 8:46:38 PM PST by Bobby777
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To: Restorer
I am enjoying reading all the posts. Seems like there are many people on FR who have a sincere faith in Christ.
36 posted on 12/30/2001 8:46:48 PM PST by Sparkvark
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To: Sparkvark
A Christian is one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his or her personal savior. True Christians believe the Bible is inspired word of God and follow the principles contained in it.
37 posted on 12/30/2001 8:47:10 PM PST by Ol' Sparky
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To: rightwinggardeninggirl ; sonserae
I pray that God will bring you quickly to Him...Regarding full emersion vs sprinkling water , I think it would be better to receive sprinkling. Full emersion in Minnesota might truly make you one of the Frozen Chosen.

God's blessings to both of you.

38 posted on 12/30/2001 8:48:01 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: xm177e2
"fuzzy around the edges" is an apt description. It's not as simple as many are here arguing. For example, Mormons not only profess belief in Jesus Christ, they believe their church was founded by modern revelation directly from Christ. The official name of the church is "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Yet many Baptists and others deny that they are Christians. They apparently reserve to themselves the right to define the term.

By the way, Mormons do believe in a virgin birth.

39 posted on 12/30/2001 8:50:50 PM PST by B.Bumbleberry
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To: Bobby777
if Scriptural definition isn't good enough, what is?

My point is that Jesus himself foretold (several times) that not all who called on his name would really be his followers. He did not, however, lay out any detailed definition of how to tell one from the other. The parable mentioned implies very strongly that it would be very difficult to tell the wheat from the tares, and the similar parable of the sheep and goats had essentially the same meaning.

I have my own criteria for those I consider fellow-believers, but I don't feel that I have the right therefore to publicly attempt to deny others the right to call themselves by the name "Christian."

I have no objection if you want to give your own opinion and say, "I don't consider a particular denomination to be Christians." I don't think any human has the right to speak with authority about exactly who Christ considers to be his followers. We're just all too fallible to make such ultimate judgments.

IMHO

40 posted on 12/30/2001 8:54:37 PM PST by Restorer
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To: InvisibleChurch
Watch that Frozen Chosen line. We Presbyterians have been known as that for many years. (ha ha)
41 posted on 12/30/2001 8:56:16 PM PST by shoedog
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To: Sparkvark
I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin mother, and was crucified and died, was buried, and rose again.

This set of "core beliefs," which I've heard called "Holy Mysteries", is what one must believe in order to accept Him as his Savior. Mysteries because to accept them, one must suspend reason and not worry about physical explanation.

In a word, "Faith".

42 posted on 12/30/2001 8:56:35 PM PST by Marauder
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To: sonserae; InvisibleChurch
Thank you both for your kind words. And I pride myself on being able to handle ice cold swims :o)!
43 posted on 12/30/2001 8:57:53 PM PST by rightwinggardeninggirl
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To: Sparkvark
or Sparky, that was good. A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus is the only way to God because Jesus IS God coming down to us to pay for our sins HIMSELF. A Christan accepts this, believes in Him, trusting Him to do this. A Christian then wants to follow Him, living for Him for the rest of his/her life.
44 posted on 12/30/2001 8:59:52 PM PST by Gal.5:1
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To: sparkvark
Who are we to define what we think a Christian is? The Bible (God's word) clearly defines what we should do to become a Christian. It is not how we feel or what we think or our opinion on what a Christian is, it is how it is written: 1. Hear - Rom. 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." 2. Believe - Mark 16:16 - "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." 3. Repent - Luke 13:3 - "I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." 4. Confess - Matt. 10:32,33 - "Whosever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." 5. Be Baptized - I Peter 3:21 - "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us..." 6. Live Faithfully - Titus 2:12 - "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." Rev. 22:18,19 says that we should not add nor take away from the word of God. So be careful of feelings that you add to and/or ignoring parts of the Bible. Look up the nearest church of Christ in your area. Rom. 16:16 - "Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you." Best wishes.
45 posted on 12/30/2001 9:08:22 PM PST by rabbitdog
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To: Sparkvark
it gets fuzzy...

If God is a Calvinist, I'm saved. (If you profess to believe in trinity and the Bible, you are automatically a member of the elect)
If God is a Wesleyian, I'm doomed. (I sin too much... I never really plan to, but there will be times when I lose my temper or cheat on my diet, or cuss to myself)
If God is a Catholic, I'm going to purgatory first.
If God is really what he is publicly known as (ie, believe in Jesus as your savior), I'm saved.
If God is the "those who like Harry Potters are the greatest blasphemers" kind, I am doomed.

46 posted on 12/30/2001 9:08:54 PM PST by Nataku X
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To: rabbitdog
Here is the answer...Thank you, rabbitdog!
47 posted on 12/30/2001 9:16:13 PM PST by PFKEY
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To: Sparkvark
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." -from THE BIBLE: John 3:16-18

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." -from THE BIBLE: Romans 5:1-2

GOD'S SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION (English and Foreign Language Translations)

48 posted on 12/30/2001 9:18:33 PM PST by Cindy
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To: xm177e2
Didn't the Pope say all people worshipped the same God, even if they weren't Christians? Does he think they'll still go to Hell if they worship the same God, but call him by the wrong name?

Calling God by the wrong name is not the problem. It's actually worshipping a different entity that's the problem. Nobody who knows the tenets of, say, Islam would claim that they are the same as Christianity. If both claim to have the words of God, then one or both is wrong. As a Christian, I believe the teaching I have received is of course not wrong.

49 posted on 12/30/2001 9:18:50 PM PST by old-ager
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To: PFKEY
The real meat of being a Christian comes from obeying the word of God as found in the New Testament.

But you don't obey His word. You sin all the time. Jesus died for your lack of obedience. You are disobedient. If you don't realize this, you are a Pharisee. You are forgiven all your disobedience through Christ's life, death and resurrection.

50 posted on 12/30/2001 9:22:00 PM PST by old-ager
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