What Does A Christian Look Like And Act Like To You?

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    The Christian faith began at Pentecost. At that time, Christians were a tiny minority, existing only one one small part of the world. If, as you say, people stay with whatever religion they were brought up in, Christianity would have been impossible. I am not arguing with you because I am sure that you do believe that Christianity is nothing but a tradition passed on from parents to their children, and that is what you said.
     
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    You're right Ken. In addition, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu are not only religions but also cultures so the percentage of them leaving their culture is in the single digits. Christianity is not a culture. Christians who are "raised to be Christians" often stray from the fold IF the teachings have not reached their hearts. Head knowledge isn't enough.

    Everyone has a free will to choose when they have matured enough aka "age of accountability" which is a little different depending on the individual. I raised all 4 of my children in a Christian home. One daughter has chosen a different spiritual path. It happens. Also, many many many followers of Christianity were not raised in Christian environments.
     
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  3. Babs Hunt

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    I would not put the Jewish people in with the Muslim and Hindu cultures. Jewish people do believe in the God of the Bible and God calls them "His Chosen People." all throughout the Bible. Many Jewish people do not believe Jesus Christ was the Messiah and they are still waiting on the Messiah to appear. Their Bible is still mostly the Old Testament as they don't believe the Son of God has come yet. There are Jews for Jesus who do believe though.
     
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    I agree Babs but Jewish people still have a distinct culture unlike the cultures of Hindu and Muslim…but still a culture…and the percentage of them leaving that culture is also in the single digits.
     
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    Muslims believe in the same god as Christians and Jews.
     
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  6. Karen McKenzie

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    I think Christians just look like everyone else. There is no required apparel :). It's more a belief system and faith, etc. I think it's how many of us were raised..but it's something we accept or reject eventually as we grow up. I don't think anyone should be forced to blindly stay in any religion they don't believe in.
     
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  7. Babs Hunt

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  8. Chrissy Cross

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    I looked at your link, Babs and this is where my problem lies. Here is a quote from the link.

    The word Allah is the Arabic word for God, the word used both by Arabic-speaking Christians before the birth of Mohammed, and by Arabic-speaking Christians today. To a devout Muslim, Allah is in many ways similar to the Christian God. Allah is holy, just, infinite, and all-knowing. Jews, too, worship a holy, infinitely powerful God, and share Christian respect for the Old Testament.

    That is as far as I can get with any belief of a supreme being. He is just, infinite and all knowing. If that is the truth of creation of the universe, that is all I need.
     
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  9. Chrissy Cross

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    Also, I'm not against teaching children religion, I think it serves a purpose. Good morals, etc. and i think the bible was originally written for similar purposes...kind of a law and a way to behave.
     
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  10. Babs Hunt

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    Being similiar is not the same thing as being God Chrissy. Let's say for example that you and I were similiar in appearance, height, etc....that still would not make us the same person. If you read the whole article there may be some things like the God of the Bible...but there are far more unlike Him.

    I will say this too. There are some Muslims that do know the God of the Bible and have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
     
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  11. Karen McKenzie

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    I think a faith is a belief..which is the opposite of doubt. I have faith in God because I choose to believe. I don't need scientific proof for a belief. We decide to embrace a belief or philosophy. I know this can be complicated..but my belief in God is simple and enduring and brings me comfort. I think the bottom line is to respect each other's right to find and choose their own truth.

    I have studied world religions and many themes are the same. This is a very general explanation of how I think. I do pray and light candles.
     
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  12. Babs Hunt

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    Yes Chrissy, the Bible is God's inspired Word written to teach His children about Him, to teach us His ways, and to show us the way to Salvation and eternal life through His Beloved Son Jesus Christ. The Bible is a lot more than that though, it is the story of Creation, it is the history of God's people and others throughout the ages and there is historical evidence to prove that history is true. There is Prophecy in the Bible and of the 2500 prophecies, over 2000 have been fulfilled to the letter...and the probability of that happening by chance without error is less than one in 10 to the 2000th power. Any probability greater than 10 to the 50th power is considered impossible! The other 500 Prophecies concern future events. The Bible contains virtually every type of literary style: drama, historical narrative, instruction, and even poetry. The Bible is God's Revelation of Himself to people.
     
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  13. Chrissy Cross

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    There is also a lot of scientific evidence to prove things false. Like I said in my other post, if the universe wasn't created by the Big Bang Theory, I can believe a supreme being is possible, an all knowing power. What lies in store after I die is either nothing or whatever this supreme intelligence has planned for me. I'm not really afraid either way. Just want it to be painless.:)
     
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  14. Babs Hunt

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    I don't believe Scientific "theory" proves God or His Word wrong. But I do believe that human beings have been trying to prove God doesn't exist and His Word isn't Truth since God invented them.
     
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    That's your way of looking at it, Babs. Trust me I would love that the scientists could be proven wrong or right. But even they can't prove 100% the beginnings of the Universe, but the laws of physics do point in that direction, also the other sciences. The universe and the earth are so much older than the Bible.
     
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    Yes, they are so much older because God created them long before He inspired men to speak His Word through the Bible. And that is my way of looking at it...since I believe that I have that truth from the best authority. Just as you believe you do. :)
     
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    I would never tell you not to believe in what you do Babs, or anyone else. I'm just saying how I believe.

    My mind isn't closed to anything. When my 12 yr old grandson asks me something he learned in catechism, I don't say it's all hogwash. I answer him the way I remember what I was taught. He can make his decisions on religion later in life...on his own. I do keep my answers brief though and give him no clue as to what I think.
     
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    You're forgetting the halos.
     
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    I have to be honest..never seen a halo on any Christian..lol
     
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    Perhaps because you have yet to see a "true" Christian?

    Frank
     
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    Angels are the ones with halos. Christians will be wearing crowns! :D
     
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    I guess it takes a true Christian to see another true Christian :rolleyes: :)
     
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    My angel doesn't have a halo, just a crown of Flowers, must be because I'm an earthly angel. :)
     
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  24. Babs Hunt

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    Well with all those false "Christians" running around now days...it certainly takes the Holy Spirit's discernment to know the true from the false. There is no problem with those who don't claim to know or even believe in God, etc. As they are being true to their beliefs. But when someone goes around as a "false" Christian using "Christianity" to deceive people, steal their hard earned money, to gain power over others, or for any other ungodly and unbiblical purpose...it is an insult to those who are sincere in their faith...and it also is an insult to our heavenly Father and Savior.
     
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    My final say on this subject is that although I was raised catholic and I've kind of raised my kids catholic and my kids are raising their kids with some type of religious instruction, however basic. None of us are or were church goers. An occasional mass here and there. I would love to have it all be true, and I can even go as far as say that there is a slight possibility of a supreme type being in the beginning, I tend to go with science though.

    In any case, whatever the truth is, I've lived my life honestly and kindly and always tried to do the right thing, and not because I fear hell or want heaven. This is the way I am, many things probably contributed to what shaped me
    And there is nothing I'm ashamed of.....too much.:) I'm not perfect.
     
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