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No. Jesus said some wonderful things about how to live in this world, but Christianity is about believing and going to Heaven and none of that makes much sense. Heaven sounds very boring.

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really? how does heaven sound boring?

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What is Christianity?

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What is Christianity?

Christianity is a religion based upon the teachings and miracles of Jesus. Jesus is the Christ. The word "christ" means anointed one. Christ is not Jesus' last name. Jesus is the anointed one from God the Father who came to this world, fulfilled the Old Testament laws and prophecies, died on the cross, and rose from the dead physically. He performed many miracles which were recorded in the Gospels by the eyewitnesses. He is divine in nature as well as human. Thus, He has two natures and is worthy of worship and prayer.

Christianity teaches that there is only one God in all existence, that God made the universe, the Earth, and created Adam and Eve. God created man in His image. This does not mean that God has a body of flesh and bones. Image means the likeness of God's character, rationality, etc. Because we are made in the image of God, every person is worthy of respect and honor. Furthermore, this means that we did not evolve through random processes from a single-celled organism into rational, emotional beings.

God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden and gave them the freedom to choose between right and wrong. They chose to sin. Sin is doing that which is contrary to the nature and will of God. For example, God cannot lie; therefore, lying is sin. The sin of disobeying God that Adam and Eve committed resulted in their being expelled from the Garden of Eden as well as suffering the effects of death.

As a result of their sin, their children and all of us inherited a sinful nature. In other words, our offspring are not perfect in nature. Think about it. We don't have to teach children to be selfish or how to lie. They know how to do these things naturally. This shows that we are born in a fallen state.

Christianity teaches that God is a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--not three Gods), that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead physically, and that all people are under the righteous judgment of God because all people have sinned against God. It teaches that Jesus is the only way to be saved from the coming judgment of God and that salvation is received by faith in the work of Christ on the cross and not by anything that we can do to please God.

Where all other religions in the world teach that we must do some sort of good in cooperation with God in order to achieve the right to be in God's presence, Christianity is the only religion that teaches salvation by grace. This means that we are not made right before God by our efforts, sincerity, or works. Instead, we are made right before God by faith in what Christ did on the cross.

Christianity further teaches that once a person is "born again" (becomes saved), that the Holy Spirit lives in that person; and the person is changed: "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." (2 Cor. 5:17). This means that God actually lives in the person, and the Christian then experiences a true and living relationship with God.

Therefore, "What is Christianity?" is best answered by saying that it is a relationship with the true and living God through the person of Jesus Christ by whom we are forgiven of our sins and escape the righteous judgment of God.

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Thank you... Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are my way of life..

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It is true whether you believe it or not. I did become a Christian.

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No. I wont ever believe in any religion.

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even if they were right? why?

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Because I would use my free will to live life how I wanted to live it. Not how others force me to.

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so in living your free life how are you able to know whats wrong and right?

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By my own moral compass. I don't believe in god, and yet following my moral compass I know stealing is bad, raping is wrong and murder is evil.

Religious belief doesn't make anyone better or worse.

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Nope.

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why no?

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All religions are faith and untrue

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the question my dear friend is would you become one ifv you find out it is true?

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if any religion was provably true there would be no point in converts,

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you right...but yet you would agree with me that there are things you believe its true but others may think it isnt

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if you concede to the same logic ;)

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what logic?

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that as humans, living in this current world, a large part of our knowledge is based on such biases that it's untrue. as to religion, yours is based on one that was written many years after the subject of it was deceased, so if only for that reason, there must be mistakes, not to mention that cristians made errors in translation from the old testament and the new version of the old does not contain the commentaries alongside the text but rather mixed in to better uphold an agenda. if you wish to base Christianity just on the old bible in the original language as it was originally then that would be a lot more valid.
no offenses meant sir, just debating here

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well ..then but consider this...lets say a book written origianlly in the french language and you ask for the english version of it does it mean the english one is not valid?

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things are always lost in translation but the origional bible is written in such a way that there are 70 explanations on every word. the letters used, the particular word, the symbols on top of the crown, the difference in what is written versus what is meant to be spoken. to read that bible just in english, even without the commentaries weaved in there however the writter wanted, is to compare a cell to a human. you're missing 90% of it and what you do know of it is so scrambled and bias.

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listen even a word english language can have lots of explanation for example 'He was a BIG man" someone could interpret it as fat another huge in terms of stature and another great in terms of the influence one has...so the only thing is weve got to look at the hebrew word for it....for example ELOHIM thus the Greek word for God is plural so someone who doesnt know this thinks if we say jesus is God we claiming God is three....but not the case

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so you agree to my logic. if you go back to the origional bible, say walk into a jewish store and get a bible with hebrew and english, with the commentaries on the sides ( i hope you know hebrew and aramaic) and find proof for your religion then come back and we can argue that

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listen i know what you talking about but it still doesnt make the bible wrong....so you saying it should be in the hebrew language,so how would you have read it if was so?

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the true way. you can't take a work so deep in meaning and just translate it in a very simplified form, with your own bias and still call it a holy book. call it a story book if you will. do you want a religion based on a story book?

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I think I might have to. Guided by the same search for truth that brought me to atheism

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ok...so what truth brought you to atheism ?

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That there is no proof of a deity.

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What do you mean if it was true? If everything in the bible was true exactly as it is written?

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mean if christianity is the " true religion" would you accept become one?

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I do not understand the concept of "true religion." Religion is religion, but the truth is the truth. The truth is not a single set concept of structure, law, ritual and behavior, it is the reality of existence in LIFE as God creates it to be. No one religion can be correct above the others because religion is diverse, and that is the reason we have the concept known as religion. Diversity.
If there were only Christianity we would not need the word 'religion', and we would not need to call it Christianity, because Christianity would be a perfect reflection of the truth, it would be reality. It would have to be 'true' in order for all people to accept it, although reality as it is now shows us that even when you think people have no choice but to see the truth, they do not see it.
For Christianity to be the truth, then everything that is contained and accepted within the religion would have to be true exactly as it is. Every word in the bible would need to be true as it can be understood when read and there would need to be no truth found outside of the religion.

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well good...but every word in the bible is true....it depends on how people view truth ..truth is truth even if it takes 1000 years to find out....Jesus stated am the way ,the TRUTH and life-John 14:6....so clearly anyone who follows Jesus is following the truth
remember even Christians don't regard Christianity as a religion they see it as a life style or a way of life..so its people who categorize it as a religion.

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There is so much in the bible which any sane person would deplore today. There is so much that is so clearly evil that I do not even have to try to make my point by quoting it. I do not have to argue this point at all because it is so true.

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well nothing can be said to be false unless it is proven false .....

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Selling daughters into servitude and killing children for misbehaving is not even possibly true and good.

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listen my dear ,the fact that it happened in the bible doesnt mean the bible approves of this!.....the bible gives us an account of what took place in the lives of some people so the fact that they killed, sold children into slavery doesnt mean the bible or God for that matter supports this.....Remember the ten commandment says do not murder.

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It reads as guidance. That is the whole point of the bible. It is guidance.

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You said "every word in the bible is true".
Well then this - "Exodus 21:15 Whoever strikes his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death.

Exodus 21:17 Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.

Leviticus 20:9 Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.

Matthew 15:4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’"

Must all be true. Not just at the time. But if Christianity is to be True as you ask, then all of this and much more must be true. As it is written. You cannot make excuses with the truth. If it is the truth then there is no excuse nor justification required.

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yes ....it depends on how you look at something....for example something i consider precious someone thinks otherwise ...and yes for you to live a right life you need to be guided...even as human beings we are being guided by the constitution so i get surprised when people see this as something new

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There is only one way to see the Truth. For it is the Truth.

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first of all you must understand the bible in context...you just dont take something out of a whole and try use them to make your point else you would err. picture this ,you tell you dont watch ****, and one day i visit you and isee you watching a movie where there is a sex scene ,i start judging you how will you feel?

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If you have to excuse it or justify it...then it is surely of this world. If it can be explained then it certainly does belong here.

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justify killing or murder? read this:
matthew 5:21-22

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

matthew 5:38-42

8 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

an eye for an eye meant revenge so jesus here is saying at first you this this but today its different even when someone slaps you dont even think of returning the slap forgive

matthew 10:1-9

10 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.

2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.

4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[a] 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] 8 and the two will become one flesh.’[c] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

let me state this clear before jesus came ,there was the law like that of the constitution today which served as a guide for the jews....
and one of them was divorce...so here the jews came to jesus to ask whether divorce was right and he told in the mosaic law thats the law of moses it stated that you allowed to divorce but it was that your heart were hard ....their heart were hard becos they would even divorce a woman for any reason but jesus stated that this wasnt the plan of God..

so in short what am trying to say is some laws you see in the old testament were for the jews at that time....becos God never approves of divorce except for infidelity so is it with murder

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If you have to excuse it or justify it...then it is surely of this world. If it can be explained then it certainly does belong here.

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...if it must be explained then...

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dont get you

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I know you don't.

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No, there is more to life than truth!

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