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« on: July 31, 2006, 09:16:22 AM »

Yeah lets start that thread again,
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006, 12:04:47 PM »

oh no! lol Catholics ARE Christians because they follow Christ. As simple as that :P

(Yes, I am a Catholic)
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006, 01:46:12 PM »

We probably don't really need to re-do this debate, LOL.  There were some hurt feelings last time.  Mostly mine I think, since I seemed to be one of the only ones who was aware that Christianity does not equal Protestantism.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006, 02:52:41 PM »

Sorry this tread is no good for me :-\ I still have lost my faith :-\ Plus who gives a s@*t who are, or who are not Christians. WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? I don't know, I don't care.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2006, 04:01:31 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006, 08:23:32 PM »

I take it that means it is best to let this one die? I missed the last time but that is okay with me :P
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2006, 08:25:50 PM »

Catholics call themselves Christians.
Mormons call themselves Christians.

Let me ask you this.  Do you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior above all others including Mary?

Do you go straight to Jesus with prayers and thanksgivings?

Christians are not those who believe Christ existed.  Jews believe Christ existed, but they don't believe that he is the savior.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2006, 09:01:02 PM »

Catholics call themselves Christians.
Mormons call themselves Christians.

Let me ask you this.  Do you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior above all others including Mary?

Do you go straight to Jesus with prayers and thanksgivings?

Christians are not those who believe Christ existed.  Jews believe Christ existed, but they don't believe that he is the savior.

I believe everyone who believes in Christ is a Christian .. that is where the word is derived from I believe (makes sense). Even Muslims believe in the existence of Jesus but they don't think of Jesus as anything other than a prophet and not the son of God like I believe.

And yes I believe Jesus is ABOVE Mary .. and I think Jews pray straight to God .. as do I. But Catholics pray to the Holy Trinity. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

But I thought we were gonna let this topic NOT be brought back up??
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2006, 09:13:19 PM »

Did you know that the Muslim's believe that if someone does not believe in Allah ( aka: Muslim's God ) then non believers must die?  But Christians believe to love thy neighbor, no matter what their belief?

But yeah, Catholics are Christians.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2006, 10:02:41 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2006, 10:26:09 PM »

Here is a little something I was reading the other day about the Muslim faith.







This is a must read - it's short but very informative!

The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capital in the United States, especially in the minority races!!! 
Allah or Jesus? by Rick Mathes

Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their belief systems.  I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say. The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video.  After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers.  When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world And, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"  There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, "Non-believers!"  I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to Heaven. Is that correct?" The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He sheepishly replied, "Yes." I then stated, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr Stanley ordering Protestants to do the same in order to go to Heaven!" The Imam was speechless.  I continued, "I also have problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me. Let me ask you a question.  Would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill me in order to go to Heaven or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to Heaven and He wants you to be with me?"  You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame. Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the diversification training seminar were not happy with Rick's way of dealing with the Islamic Imam and exposing the truth about the Muslim's beliefs.

I think everyone in the US should be required to read this, but with the liberal justice system, liberal media, and the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized. Please pass this on to all your e-mail contacts. This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well known leader in prison ministry.



*NOTE*  This did pass the spell checker so please forgive any mistakes.
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2006, 11:39:03 PM »

I checked out this story on www.snopes.com and the story is false.  Go check it out for yourself.  You just type something in the search like "Rick Mathes and Muslims".

. . . the Volunteer Coordinator at the prison said that no such exchange as the editorial reported ever took place. "He certainly did not 'Hang his head in shame'," according to Kniest. In fact, the inmate was thanked by the assembly before being escorted back to his quarters. Furthermore, the coordinator does not recall any questions dealing with jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world as reported in the editorial.

In the editorial the inmate is presented as an Imam, or Islamic minister, which he clearly was not.


The information is no doubt true, but the story as how it happend is just sensationalism.
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2006, 11:49:49 PM »

Rerun, even if no such thing took place, I have had many Muslim friends. and speaking to them of faith I have said " Doesn't the Koran tell you to kill me as I am an infidel, He said Yes." I said " Feel free, obviously He wasn't a committed Muslim. many western Muslims are much like western Christians can be, weak in their faith. But any true Muslim adhering to the commands of the Koran should kill all infidels and unbelievers, count it an honour to martyre themselves  for Allah. I have had many Muslim friends who experienced Christ and desperately wanted to give themselves to Him, But couldn't for fear of their family's rejection, attacks etc.

If christians were strong in faith they would obey the bible, eg love your enemys love your neighbours,bless those who curse you, help the widows and the orphans,

Be Kind, be tenderhearted, Love as brothers, not returning evil for evil but rather blessings. overcome evil by doing, seek peace and pursue it. do not withold good to whom it is due when it is the power of your hand to give. ie if you have what it takes to help somebody out of their trouble, then help them.

this is just the love of Christ, the world walks past the beggar and the suffering, Christ cares for the one.

I met a homeless guy in London once, He had been asking buisness men for a hot drink in the middle of winter and close to 5 hundred people had walked past Him. we were later able to see Him established with His own apparment. 

even the demons believe in Christ and tremble. does that make demons Christians also?

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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2006, 03:47:31 AM »

A Christian isn't merely someone who believes in Jesus Christ, but someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, who follows His teachings, who manifests the qualities or Spirit of Jesus Christ in their life.

Being a Christian is:
not keeping a set of rules.
not being baptized in water.
not living a moral and ethical life.
not trying to do your best.
not just being a member of a church.

Real Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ -- not outward rituals.


Many people think they are a Christian simply because they are born into a Christian family or nation.

Others think being a church member or living a moral life makes them a Christian.

But a real Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ, and acknowledges Him as Lord and God. Someone who repents and turns from their sin, who desires to live and walk as Christ did.

Being a Christian isn't about having a label, it's a lifestyle!

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2006, 06:21:43 AM »

"..and the greatest of these is love"...

Sometimes that gets very forgotten! Incidentally aren't there non-Christians out there on dialysis? Isn't this community supposed to be for ALL dialysis folks and families. Just wondered...

Like Christianity, Islam has different sects. I object to oversimplification and misrepresentation of the faith of others. You might say it's against MY RELIGION!

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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2006, 08:08:31 AM »

Hi Mom3 Yes, there are many different faiths represented hear, atheists, folks into Buddhism , catholics, Christians, and many others besides who I Have spoken to, please join in we may all learn from one another.

But as you can see this is off topic, a section where you can talk about anything but dialysis.
I as a Christian have no problem with a Muslim or anyone of any other faith debating or discussing and talking with me.

Besides,political correctness aside it is all very simple.Christians believe they are right, as do everyone of every religion. Budhists will tell me Buddha is the way to true enlightenment. the Koran tells me that if an infidel will not believe and confess that there is one God Allah is his name and Mohammed is His  prophet. then I should be stoned. does that mean all Muslims want to go around killing everyone who disagree's no of course not, the Muslims I have known have a better understanding of what it means to be family than many westerners do, obviously everyone should be offended at any religion which allows or encourages its followers to commit abominations, kill children, etc the funny thing I find is Christianity teaches people to love and people oppose it like the plague.

anyone who says that old line" Christianity has been the cause of all the worlds wars and strife should take a look at the words of Jesus, and tell me those men committing abominations in the name of Christianity were truly Christians. the only place I see in the new testament provision for any kind of physical violence is love protects all things, or love allways protects, which means if My child should be threatend or your child threatened I have a right before God to protect them with my life.

can't be bad can it  ;)

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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2006, 11:28:29 AM »

I myself am a atheist.  I grew up in a religious household with parents who taught sunday school.  They are still very active in their church.  I found that I had too many questions with the many different interpretations of the bible, the fact that there are different versions of the bible, and the fact that it wasn't written until many years after Jesus's death.  I find it to be a great book, but I believe it to be more fictional than historical.  I also believe though that it lays a great foundation for teaching your children morals and ethics.  After all, how can you go wrong with the ten commandments.  I have looked into many different religions because of this, and have never found any one religion that I can buy wholly into.  There are always areas that I cannot agree with or do not believe in.  Out of all of them though, I probably lean more toward the nature / elemental religions such as true Wicca, and American Indian religions.  I guess having some American Indian in my blood helps on that one.  My thing has always been though that I don't care what religion people are.  I have friends from a few different religions, and have even celebrated some of their holidays with them.  I will talk to you about religion and I will respect your religion, just don't try and force your religion down my throat and we can be friends.
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2006, 12:50:29 PM »

A Christian isn't merely someone who believes in Jesus Christ, but someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, who follows His teachings, who manifests the qualities or Spirit of Jesus Christ in their life.

Being a Christian is:
not keeping a set of rules.
not being baptized in water.
not living a moral and ethical life.
not trying to do your best.
not just being a member of a church.

Real Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ -- not outward rituals.


Many people think they are a Christian simply because they are born into a Christian family or nation.

Others think being a church member or living a moral life makes them a Christian.

But a real Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ, and acknowledges Him as Lord and God. Someone who repents and turns from their sin, who desires to live and walk as Christ did.

Being a Christian isn't about having a label, it's a lifestyle!


That is much better than anything I could have ever said!
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2006, 06:08:16 PM »

A Christian isn't merely someone who believes in Jesus Christ, but someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, who follows His teachings, who manifests the qualities or Spirit of Jesus Christ in their life.

Being a Christian is:
not keeping a set of rules.
not being baptized in water.
not living a moral and ethical life.
not trying to do your best.
not just being a member of a church.

Real Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ -- not outward rituals.


Many people think they are a Christian simply because they are born into a Christian family or nation.

Others think being a church member or living a moral life makes them a Christian.

But a real Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ, and acknowledges Him as Lord and God. Someone who repents and turns from their sin, who desires to live and walk as Christ did.

Being a Christian isn't about having a label, it's a lifestyle!

This is very well said and I can't find anything negitive about it in which to debate your statements.  I know of so many people who put down my faith in Jesus Christ simply because they are ritualistic church go-ers and I don't go that often.  It's not because that I don't have the time or anything, it's just that I am not that materialistic and that my faith shouldn't be measured in the time I take to attend church. ( is that the proper wording? )
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2006, 06:29:25 PM »

A Christian isn't merely someone who believes in Jesus Christ, but someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ, who follows His teachings, who manifests the qualities or Spirit of Jesus Christ in their life.

Being a Christian is:
not keeping a set of rules.
not being baptized in water.
not living a moral and ethical life.
not trying to do your best.
not just being a member of a church.

Real Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ -- not outward rituals.


Many people think they are a Christian simply because they are born into a Christian family or nation.

Others think being a church member or living a moral life makes them a Christian.

But a real Christian is one who has received Jesus Christ, and acknowledges Him as Lord and God. Someone who repents and turns from their sin, who desires to live and walk as Christ did.

Being a Christian isn't about having a label, it's a lifestyle!

This is very well said and I can't find anything negative about it in which to debate your statements.  I know of so many people who put down my faith in Jesus Christ simply because they are ritualistic church go-ers and I don't go that often.  It's not because that I don't have the time or anything, it's just that I am not that materialistic and that my faith shouldn't be measured in the time I take to attend church. ( is that the proper wording? )

Well I know you and I disagree with this. My mom always taught me that Church was VERY important to Catholics and that is why she calls you a Non-Practicing Catholic. For me I stopped going to Church because I wanted to know my own reason for going. Then I found it last year. I go to Church (even though not as often as I should) because it is the only place that is focused on God. Everywhere else God is being taken out of everything. So if I want to find God I figure Church is the best place for that.

It is not materialistic ... I am the MOST UNmaterialistic person I know :P
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2006, 06:42:46 PM »

Well I know you and I disagree with this. My mom always taught me that Church was VERY important to Catholics and that is why she calls you a Non-Practicing Catholic. For me I stopped going to Church because I wanted to know my own reason for going. Then I found it last year. I go to Church (even though not as often as I should) because it is the only place that is focused on God. Everywhere else God is being taken out of everything. So if I want to find God I figure Church is the best place for that.

Well, that's just you following in your mothers footsteps.  As noted earlier, some people believe church is the only way where others think otherwise.

And just for the record, God is in your heart and everywhere around you, not just at a church.  ::)
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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2006, 06:44:45 PM »

Well I know you and I disagree with this. My mom always taught me that Church was VERY important to Catholics and that is why she calls you a Non-Practicing Catholic. For me I stopped going to Church because I wanted to know my own reason for going. Then I found it last year. I go to Church (even though not as often as I should) because it is the only place that is focused on God. Everywhere else God is being taken out of everything. So if I want to find God I figure Church is the best place for that.

Well, that's just you following in your mothers footsteps.  As noted earlier, some people believe church is the only way where others think otherwise.

And just for the record, God is in your heart and everywhere around you, not just at a church.  ::)
True but I never said God can't be found anywhere else! Just that today with violence in the media everywhere you look and God being taken out of the schools that Church is the best place. That is all. But yes, God is in your heart and in "loving our neighbour" as God tells us to.
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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2006, 06:46:15 PM »

Okay, I can agree to that.
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« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2006, 09:15:26 PM »

the funny thing I find is Christianity teaches people to love and people oppose it like the plague.

anyone who says that old line" Christianity has been the cause of all the worlds wars and strife should take a look at the words of Jesus, and tell me those men committing abominations in the name of Christianity were truly Christians. the only place I see in the new testament provision for any kind of physical violence is love protects all things, or love allways protects, which means if My child should be threatend or your child threatened I have a right before God to protect them with my life.

can't be bad can it  ;)

That may be because Christianity has killed billions of innocent people in its name.  It was the Christian Church who gave blessing to the murder of tens of millions of Indians in the Americas alone.   The old kill the body to save the souls of the "pagans"  bs.


As to world wars I have never heard that.  However Christians have killed far more in its name than most others.  Were they true Christians?  You bet they were.  In fact dollars to donuts says they would question whether those Christians who live today are actually true Christians.  However there is a bigger question to that point.  That is why didn't God stop his followers from killing in his name.  That alone opens up a huge can of worms though.   Also it would be hard pressed to find a Christian that only followed and read the NT. 

All Catholics are Christians but not all Christians are Catholics.
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« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2006, 10:02:05 PM »

All Catholics are Christians but not all Christians are Catholics.
That's true.
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