Popcorn thread=break out the popcorn, folks, this is going to be long and ugly.
There are those who consder it better to be an atheist than to be a Catholic (or, as I call it, an authentic Christian). One generally sees that attitude displayed very vociferously by some in conversion threads posted here by Catholics.
(While Catholics typically have the attitude “better a good Protestant than a bad Catholic” when similar types of threads are posted by our compatriots)
See post 17.
It is NOT cool.
Iscool: Full emmersion is not a requirement for baptism. The idea is is that the water cleanses us of our sins, and gives us new life in the Lord. It might not be YOUR tradition to be baptised this way, but it doesn’t mean it’s not baptism. I was baptised as an adult Catholic, and you insult me to say I am not a Christian.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
well, I also have another attitude — if a Muslim is converting, I’d be overjoyed if he chooses any branch of the Christian faith — I’d even be happy if he/she becomes a Zoroastrian/buddhist/hindu/jain/sikh