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What Religion/Denomination do you follow?

Posted: 6/11/2014 1:43 PM

What Religion/Denomination do you follow? 


Im interested to hear what the particular denominations are for those who post here....

Christian: Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian etc...) Non-Denominational, Jehovas Witness, Latter-Day Saints etc...

Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Etc....

I grew up in the Methodist Church, converted to Roman Catholicism...couldn't be happier with my decision.
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Posted: 6/12/2014 8:50 PM

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I'm a Protestant Non-Denominational.

Don't mean any disrespect to any believer in any religion.  I can not judge...God is the Judge.

Would like to ask if you believe the same way as the Pope from social issues to the following comment?http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pop e-francis-assures-atheists-you-dont-have-to-believ e-in-god-to-go-to-heaven-8810062.html  

GBO


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Posted: 6/12/2014 9:00 PM

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I grew up Cumberland Presbyterian.

I went to an episcopal church in Manhattan (Trinity at Wall Street) for a few years, as the Rector was Dan Matthews, who used to be at St. John's in Knoxville and I had gone to school with his kids before they left Knoxville.


But when I now go to New York City - you gotta hear Tim Keller preach at Redeemer Presbyterian.   He is excellent.

But nowadays I attend a non-denominational church.
Still not sure about this "dunking thing" for baptism, but I'll get over it!  wink

Last edited 6/12/2014 9:01 PM by HKVol

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Posted: 6/12/2014 9:08 PM

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TunnelHillVol wrote: Im interested to hear what the particular denominations are for those who post here....

Christian: Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian etc...) Non-Denominational, Jehovas Witness, Latter-Day Saints etc...

Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Etc....

I grew up in the Methodist Church, converted to Roman Catholicism...couldn't be happier with my decision.

None.

I'm a Christian.  wink
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Posted: 6/12/2014 9:15 PM

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Zippydomity
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Posted: 6/13/2014 5:25 AM

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Christian. Denominations are secondary imo. Grew up in a Methodist church, although it was a conservative one, as many family and friends from the church have moved on to Baptist and/or non-denominational evangelical over the years.

Wife (who is non-caucasian and born in another country) grew up attending both Roman Catholic and Baptist church (had one parent who was raised in each).
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Posted: 6/13/2014 8:24 AM

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I was raised Southern Baptist.....today I am a Christian....

As I aged I came to realize the idea of 'denominations' was just silly pride by people who have not, imo, really taken to the message of Jesus; but have put their worldly need for control into an organization they call whatever.....

as for other religions.....Islam is not the great ogre it is portrayed to be; again imo and from experience with the Muslims I work with; but Islam is still living in the 5th century.....it will change; unfortunately millions will probably die because of Mussies cannot figure out how to deal with personal freedom......Hinduism I can relate to; I have met many Hindi and never have I met one that was hung up and extreme like some Christians and Muslims.....Judaism is the puzzle for me....how can God's 'chosen people' not accept Jesus as God.....and why do Christians make excuses for Jews who do not......

the bottom line is man uses religion for power.....and it is a complete fkd up mess because of this one thing.....but there is intelligence and sanity out there.....and it is in the real message of Love
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Posted: 6/13/2014 8:36 AM

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I'm a Stoic. (Inside joke)

I'm a Methodist.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:00 AM

Poison Mind... 


I was raised catholic, but today most would either label me an atheist or agnostic depending on how you define the terms.  The accurate dichotomy is rationalists versus supernaturalists.   

I've heard some funny church/denomination names in movies over the years, but I googled around and couldn't find anything.  So, apologies to any of you who may have clicked on my post for some snarky humor.   redface
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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:04 AM

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Christian.  I place my faith in God, but not any particular religion.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:30 AM

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sonrise7 wrote: I'm a Protestant Non-Denominational.

Don't mean any disrespect to any believer in any religion.  I can not judge...God is the Judge.

Would like to ask if you believe the same way as the Pope from social issues to the following comment?http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pop e-francis-assures-atheists-you-dont-have-to-believ e-in-god-to-go-to-heaven-8810062.html  

GBO


24:13

I never heard those comments until you posted.  What Pope Francis literally said is as follows:

"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics.Everyone!

‘Father, the atheists?’

"Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter  that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there."

According to Father Longenecker (Has a large presence on Youtube, Social Media for Catholics):


The Pope is simply affirming certain truths that any somewhat knowledgable Catholic will uphold.


First, that Christ died to redeem the whole world. We can distinguish his redemptive work from the acceptance of salvation. He redeemed the whole world. However, many will reject that saving work. In affirming the universality of Christ’s redemptive work we are not universalists. To say that he redeemed the whole world is not to conclude that all will be saved.

Secondly, the Pope is also affirming that all humans are created in God’s image and are therefore created good. Yes, created good, but that goodness is wounded by original sin.

Thirdly, he is affirming that all men and women are obliged to pursue what is beautiful, good and true. Natural virtue is possible–even obligatory, but natural virtue on its own is not sufficient for salvation. Grace is necessary to advance beyond natural virtue to bring the soul to salvation. The Pope does not say atheists being good on their own will be saved. He says they, like all men, are redeemed by Christ’s death and their good works are the starting place where we can meet with them–the implication being “meet with them in an encounter that leads eventually to faith in Christ."

 Commentary by Brian Kelly of Catholicism.org:

Pope Francis did not say that an atheist who does naturally good things can be saved if he dies an atheist. Yet that is the impression given by Catholic Online’s half truth headline…

The Pope… simply reminded the faithful that there can be, and is, goodness, or natural virtue, outside the Church. And that Christ’s death on the Cross redeemed all men. He paid the price so that every man could come to God and be saved.

If Catholic Online is insinuating that Pope Francis has “reformed” the irreformable dogma, outside the Church there is no salvation, then that is shameful and disingenuous.




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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:31 AM

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tpsdave wrote: Christian.  I place my faith in God, but not any particular religion.
I think you mean...but not any particular denomination?
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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:45 AM

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Fuzzboy's religion:


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Posted: 6/13/2014 9:48 AM

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I am a nondenominational christian.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 10:57 AM

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I'm not a big fan of organized religion and don't identify with any specific denomination.   There are parts of many religions that I respect and believe, but I don't feel the need to identify with or belong to just one.

By the traditional definition of the term, I'm not a Christian either, although I do believe Jesus lived and that his life has a significantly spiritual meaning.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 10:59 AM

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I'm a Whateverist.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 11:24 AM

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I was raised in the Episcopal  Church....and currently attend a  Methodist Church as that's what my wife is used to from her  upbringing.
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Posted: 6/13/2014 11:30 AM

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Christian/Eastern Orthodox

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Posted: 6/13/2014 11:55 AM

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KnoxKid wrote: I'm a Whateverist.

I used to be one of those!  Great religion.  Believe whatever you want to believe -- do whatever you want to do.  You, and only you, decide what is right and wrong.  Unless you change your mind.  After all, the universe just sort of happened... or something... and this planet just happens to one of the ones where an infestation of microbes broke out... and grew up into "Tom and Nobby and Kate..."  or whatever.  When's "Game of Thrones" come on?

A problem:  I found, as I tried to traipse gaily down the primrose path of vague Whateverism, that I kept running headlong into the concrete walls of reason, logic, and immutable absolutism.  Rebound off of those long enough, and you'll find yourself entering a narrow gate that leads directly to the source and creator of those, and all good things, and of our shared reality itself -- Jesus Christ.

That's what happened to me.  

So, I gave up religion -- there is no longer any need for it; only for Him.  I now I try, with various degrees of success, to communicate with my believing brothers, who are mired in the milky doctrines of denominationalism (works based; predestination; where's the priest, so we can start the show?), as well as my Whateverist former brothers.

I have even recently encountered an otherwise brilliant believer who denies the Trinity!  There's a conversation that goes a little deeper than tax policy for you.

"It doesn't take all kinds, but we sure got 'em..."

I think, in the end, I'll take fuzz's or Kid's skeptical hostility over mayn's tepid universalism, and faint praise of the Lord, Savior, Creator, and King (no offense, 'mayn -- and I won't even bother to mention indy's muddled "Jesus and Love" bleating variation of Whateverism), which literally makes me want to vomit -- as, we are told, it does our Lord.

Here I'll use the words of none other than the great thinker Bono (Vox -- wasn't he once 'Bono Vox?'), delivered to me through my church's "daily devotion" recently.  And which, despite their source, are dead on the money -- which just serves to show you how truly "universal" the Church of Jesus Christ is:

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"Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says: No. I'm not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: "I'm the Messiah." I'm saying: "I am God incarnate." And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet, we can take. You're a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we're gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no. I know you're expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he's gonna keep saying this. So what you're left with is: either Christ was who He said He was ,the Messiah, or a complete nutcase. I mean, we're talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson... the idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me, that's farfetched."

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A friendly reminder -- there is no sin that cannot be forgiven, save one:  the sin against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-30).

And what is that sin?  The rejection of Jesus Christ, and the atoning power of His shed blood.  How can you be forgiven lying, cheating, fornication, or murder, if you reject the only avenue of forgiveness?
 
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Posted: 6/13/2014 11:55 AM

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indyv wrote: I was raised Southern Baptist.....today I am a Christian....

As I aged I came to realize the idea of 'denominations' was just silly pride by people who have not, imo, really taken to the message of Jesus; but have put their worldly need for control into an organization they call whatever.....

as for other religions.....Islam is not the great ogre it is portrayed to be; again imo and from experience with the Muslims I work with; but Islam is still living in the 5th century.....it will change; unfortunately millions will probably die because of Mussies cannot figure out how to deal with personal freedom......Hinduism I can relate to; I have met many Hindi and never have I met one that was hung up and extreme like some Christians and Muslims.....Judaism is the puzzle for me....how can God's 'chosen people' not accept Jesus as God.....and why do Christians make excuses for Jews who do not......

the bottom line is man uses religion for power.....and it is a complete fkd up mess because of this one thing.....but there is intelligence and sanity out there.....and it is in the real message of Love
 a rare cogent post by indyv
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