Christianity

United States
May 22, 2007 4:23am CST
I have been in many discussions about religion and Christianity. I would like to hear from everyone on this. When you hear the words Christianity or Christian what do you think? Is it a religion? Just what do you think. **I don't want to influence anyone so I am leaving my definition of Christian/Christianity out of this. **Also this is not a debate I am just looking to hear what people think Christianity or Christians are. Nothing more.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
22 May 07
Most people think it is a religion and think it means you belong to one of the christian denominations when you go to church. What we should be thinking is that it is a lifestyle. It means we should be trying to live a life using Christ as our example and as our goal of how to live.
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• United States
22 May 07
Thank you for your answer. I say more but as I said I don't want to influence future answers.
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@KatieS (504)
• United States
23 May 07
I agree with estherlou. I think "religion" is more a church denomination thing and christianity is believing in Christ and his examples.
@add_im (2712)
• Philippines
23 May 07
I agree both of you estherlou and Katies...Christianity is not about religion at all, but it's all about following God in all His teachings and His good example here on earth.
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@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
22 May 07
When i heard Christianity, I am thinking of a religion. Christianity it is a religion which based on the teachings of Jesus found in the bible. Christianity is from the word "Christ" which means the anointed one. Jesus is the anointed one from God the Father who came to the world to fulfilled the old testaments laws and prophecies. Christianity teaches that there is only one God who created everything including the universe.
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• United States
22 May 07
Thank you for your imput. So to you Christianity is a religion based on the teachings of Jesus? Ok, thanks again. As far as Christianity teaching that there is only one God - well other religions including Judaism teaches that too.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
22 May 07
I think it's a very broad term for a type of religion based on the bible, I swear there are a million different types and they like to confuse me with the different way of translating it.
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• United States
22 May 07
Thank you for replying.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
22 May 07
I agree with the others that Christianity is a religion, made up of various sects who believe and follow Jesus the Christ. I also agree that the ideal should be more than a religion, but a way of life. I also think, dear friend, that you are sometimes too literal in reading answers to your discussions. Read between the lines. I didn't see the answer about monkeys as being off subject. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I felt the answer given meant this person sees people who are Christians are the same as fundamentalists who believe in Creationism versus evolution and stated he thinks they are nuts. So, when viewed that light, he did answser your question and also gave his opinion, which you ask for, and did it eloquently in his own language. I think a lot of people feel that all Christians are like that and don't realize that not all of us are fundamentalists. I'm glad you didn't rate him negative. I am voicing my own opinion when I say I think you came down on him a little hard. I hope it is all right for me to express this opinion to you.
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• United States
23 May 07
Thank you for your opinion of Christians and Christianity. As I have said I won't go farther as I don't want my opinion to influence any answer. You are right; I can be quite literal in how I see things. That is the problem with seeing text rather than talking to someone. There is no emotion shown so sometimes I don't take it the way they meant it (I am sure we all have at some point). It is in the that light that I did not report him/her. I gave the benefit of the doubt. I said what I said to let them know how I took it. I was honest; I thought about reporting the post but chose not to. Also I really didnt ask how anyone felt about Christianity or Christians or religion. I asked what people thought they were. What were their definitions. Just like you said - "Christianity is a religion". I take that as your definition of Christianity. I've rambled on enough there. Thanks again for your answer!
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• United States
26 May 07
Organized religion vs. religion, and Christians vs. Non-Christians... Religion being the pursuit of conscientiousness having an earnst for ethics and morality to be imposed upon others. Generally exclusive, seeking to recruit through evangelistic practices. Controlling. A Christian that is properly indoctrinated into their religion becomes blind to the real truth of how the masses can be brainwashed and lead down a wide path to destruction of self or others. (ie. the War in Iraq) A true Christian is awake to the schemes and walks the path of Jesus, we know that we all have this ability. To do what is right and good for ourselves and others, we are not members of any one religion, yet seek to prove the errors and corruption that is deeply rooted into the systems that govern the masses. I have more, but this is good for a start.
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• United States
29 May 07
If you have to be indoctrinated I believe you are entering a cult. I don't believe my christian experience is cultish. All I need do is accept that God will forgive my sins and I am free to act accordingly in my life. The christian church is not supposed to be a control system for the masses.
@emeraldisle (13143)
• United States
23 May 07
Well when I hear the words Christian I think of someone who believes in Jesus Christ and his teachings. That they believe what is written in the New Testament. Now when I hear Christianity I think of one of the denominations of the religion. With Christian I think of the faith or beliefs, but with Christianity I think of the organized religion.
• United States
23 May 07
Thanks to a friend, I have the right words for my definition of Christianity. Christianity is a way of life, religion is a method of interpreting the Bible. Accepting Christ as one's personal Savior then practicing one's faith, developing one's own relationship with the Trinity, and showing love and kindness to others is the message I believe Jesus was trying to spread. Thanks for asking. I'm interested to know the interpretations of others.
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• United States
23 May 07
All religions to me are a cult. Christianity as well, and most Christians do not practice what they preach. My step-sister was a big Christian Religious person and because of it she has ruined a lot of lives.
• United States
30 May 07
How'd she do that?
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• United States
30 May 07
Her oldest daughter was a teen mother, her second daughter ran away from home to some guy in Texas that she met on the internet, her third and forth daughters are being homeschooled and they are lazy when it comes to schooling, and her son is always screaming for attention. She always preached Christianity, but she never listened to anyone, part of being Christian is listening, am I wrong? She would always judge people as well. If you did something that she did not like she would point it out or she would not speak to you again because you were a sinner. Being able NOT to judge is part of Christianity as well, is it not? No one can judge others except for God, right?
• Japan
24 May 07
Its a religion, and its the way of life
@Dafodils (27)
• India
23 May 07
for me christian means the followers of chirst/jesus and christianity means the person who follows it or rather teachs others about it.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
23 May 07
Christianity is having a personal relationship with Jesus, it's living according to Biblical teaching, and a true Christian's identity is rooted in loving others as Jesus loved us. It's way more than a religion to me, it is honestly seeking Him every moment, every day of my life and doing all things for the glory of God.