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Like Narnian commented, per the definition given by this site, nothing. However, historically most denominations have agreed upon several things. The first thing that comes to mind is the existence of both God and Jesus. Also, many agree Jesus is God. Historically, the Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed have been generally accepted lists of agreed upon ...


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Its a different story. Jewish people are a part of a nation. One can still be a Jew by birth and do not take their religion as factual. However, with Christians, its a different story. You do NOT become Christian by birth. You cannot be a Christian and don't take their (or our) religion as factual. You are either a Christian or you are not.


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Yes, it's called "cultural Christianity." It merely means that you live in a culture that has Christian habits, such as celebrating Easter and Christmas. If you moved to India, you might - without converting to Hinduism - get into the habit of celebrating Holi or Onam or Diwali with your friends and neighbors. If you do not believe in the tenants of the ...


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Occam's Razor states that the simplest solution is likely to be the correct one, and such commonalities are generally explained by Christians by appealing to the simplest solution: when two separate entities share several common traits, it's generally because they derive from a shared origin. The Old Testament gives a few tantalizing glimpses of things that ...


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While it's not always the most reliable source for knowledge, a quick trip to Wikipedia's article on Transcendental Meditation gets us a bit of well-referenced history on the whole Transcendental Meditation movement. Included in the article is this: In the 1950s, the Transcendental Meditation movement was presented as a religious organization. The ...


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This is going to be a rather vague answer, mainly because even within the 'extreme liberal Christians' that you describe there is a huge range of belief. This answer is going to do no more than skim the surface of them. In the UK, one of the best-known 'liberal Christians' is David Jenkins, former Bishop of Durham. Jenkins famously gave an interview, just ...


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It's not like it's a video game and He needs "faith power-ups". The idea of God being dependent on us is a a ridiculous heresy. From http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue3.htm Some claim that Jesus at least temporarily lost His deity. This cannot be true if Jesus is "I AM" as He claimed repeatedly in the Gospel of John, and if He is "the same ...


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A cessationist belief is best understood by finding out why miracles and wonders were performed: We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ...


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Christanity != The Bible The Bible isn't Christianity. Christianity is about believing in Jesus (and all that it entails). We learn about Christianity from the Bible, but we really learn about Christianity from other Christians. This is the primary mode of the transmission for the faith. John 13:35 (NASB) By this all men will know that you are My ...


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As for "how other Christians view this", the answer is "it depends on the Christian in question." Some Christians, as you pointed out, believe these are signs of the devil, others don't. Just like some Christians see Harry Potter as Satan's way of luring kids into witchcraft, while others think it's a good read and good movies. Some Christians see Satanic ...


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Christianity is not, "just a belief system", nor is it "also a system for organizing and governing society". It is simply the way for imperfect people to get into an eternal relationship with a perfect God, not by our good works but by the gift of Jesus. John puts it better than I can: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and ...


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Dismissing other religions is a bit harsh, I believe. First, there are common beliefs, which makes sense if there was an event that actually happened, for example, if you look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_Eden and read about Sumer you will see that there is another story with parallels to the Garden of Eden. If you look at ...


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tl;dr> NO! For Lewis, Pleasure is temporary, Joy reminds us of what is to come First and foremost, I should admit that if the canon ever gets re-opened, The Great Divorce is my vote for book #67. :) That said, C.S. Lewis has a very definite idea in mind when he says "Infinite Joy". In The Weight of Glory he writes: “It would seem that Our Lord finds ...


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I am asking if someone can call themselves Christian and not believe the claims Yes, of course, who's going to stop them? I believe this applies to a large percentage of western Europeans, due to the fact that most still are members of the former state churches, pay their dues and go to church on christmas and easter, marry in the church etc.


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Is Jesus Alive or did He die 2000 years ago? The central tenet of Christianity is that God became a Man through the virgin birth. He was named "Jesus", meaning "God saves", because He came to save His people from their sins. He was crucified and did, in fact, die. Then, on the third day, He rose again from the dead. Now, He lives forever. Everything ...


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Christianity is not a single group, it is a diverse set of beliefs. Even though it originated with the teachings of Jesus back 2000 years ago, difference sects/denominations have their own sets of rules and "official" teachings and many individuals determine the rules for themselves. There is no global trademark owner of "Christian" so you can call ...


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You seem to be missing a fundamental part of the premise of Christianity: it's not a discovered or invented religion, but a revealed religion. The precepts and doctrines exist because God actively taught them to people. And should the knowledge of the truth be lost, hypothetically speaking, he would reveal the truth to new people whose hearts were open to ...


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Μετανοεῖτε καὶ πιστεύετε ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ. Repent and believe in the Gospel. Mark 1:15. Of course, this cannot be accomplished unless the Father draws a man to His Son, as it is written (John 6:44), No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him on the last day.


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For many Baptists, the answer is fairly simple and is well conveyed by the saying "Baptism is merely an outward manifestation of an inward decision." For those on that end of the baptismal spectrum (where it is a sign rather than a sacrament), the question is thus fairly moot. The difficulty in assessing the "validity" of a baptism comes from those who ...


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I'm going to go on record here as a "sort of" liberal Christian. Although there are no Bible citations to support my belief, I will say that I think God is infinitely loving, and that he does not want any soul to perish in the lake of fire. To that end, I believe that after one dies, one has a chance to see God's revelation revealed to him and one last ...


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This is a question which is going to have several different answers, according to different denominations. Bear with me while I go over the main ones. According to Roman Catholic theology, the church (specifically the institution, which became the Catholic church) is the inheritor of the promises Jesus made to his disciples. Specifically the church is the ...


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Since Paul didn't expand on this, the best we can do is to review what noted theologians have said about this. To get some good answers, you really need to look no further than Bible commentaries. Bear in mind that the type of love here is agape love, which is also translated as charity, or selfless love. It's not speaking of romantic love as on "love ...


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Good question, but it's not about how do we justify our being right and everyone else being wrong. It all comes down to absolute truth. There may be common threads between various religions but they cannot all be true. For example: Is there one God or many? Christians, Jews and Muslims all say 1, Hindus say many. Both parties cannot be right - either ...


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There certainly are. In fact, some Christian traditions make it far too easy to claim to be a Christian without actually caring about Gospel principles, due to an overly-literal and badly out of context interpretation of a few specific passages of scripture, such as Romans 10: 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe ...


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I think we need to be careful with our terms here. It is good to believe the truth, including a belief in God, and a belief in His ability to miraculously impact the physical realm. It is not good to believe lies. You were not made for the purpose of believing lies, and it can actually be destructive to you physically (mentally). I think what ...


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I'm going to answer the main portion of the question from a purely Biblical perspective. I anticipate that this question as well as this answer is going to generate a lot of debate, so I'm framing my answer as one from an in-arguably Christian perspective - one that's based on Scripture. The presence of other religions is addressed in Romans 1. (Quote ...


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The understanding that I am most familiar with - a Protestant understanding, if it matters, is that "belief" is an intellectual belief, while "faith" is a matter of trust that leads to action. This can be summed up in an illustration of Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who asks a crowd if they believe that he can safely walk a wheelbarrow across Niagara ...


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Yes and no, depending on what you mean by "active". According to orthordox Christian teachings, there will be no re-incarnation of Jesus. His next appearance will be in glory and judgement when nobody on earth will be in a position to question the description given of Jesus current position: Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV) 9  Therefore God has highly ...


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1 Corinthians 13 is one of those chapters that tends to be read at weddings and get taken out of context. Because of its association with weddings, many associate it with romantic love, and David Stratton is right to say clearly that this is not what Paul was thinking about. If you look at chapter 12, you'll see that Paul was addressing the issue of the ...


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Was Thomas a believer before seeing the resurrected Jesus? Yes and No. Faith is not a binary option - it comes in degrees, has differing objects in view, and requires testing to discern it's genuine worth. Thomas was a believer in the sense of trusting in Jesus as his master and teacher and forsaking all to follow him - this was akin to the faith of ...



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