Your views on Christianity?

Do you believe in Christianity?

  • Yes

    Votes: 48 40.0%
  • No

    Votes: 60 50.0%
  • (N/A) Not applicable ... or other reasons, please explain..

    Votes: 12 10.0%

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I believe in the underlying ethical and moral values, but I don't believe in the religion itself. I have my own swing on things.

I think if people are willing to adopt the core principles that Christianity (and indeed most systems of belief) teach about peace and respect for one another, then people should be free to believe in whatever higher authority they want.

Personally, I don't believe in it...
Why not? Care to elaborate?
 

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I think you should rephrase the question to be "Do you believe what Christian's Believe?", since Christianity is more like the name of the religion rather than the religion itself...Or something...It made more sense in my head...But back on topic, I'm Athiest, so I don't believe in God and all that...
 

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I believe in God... I believe in Christ. But honestly I think it is like a lot of other religions... there are good people... and there are hypocrites. A lot of drug dealers and gang members will murder you in cold blood out on the street, and go to church every sunday.

Personally I try my best to live a good life and be a moral individual. I think that is the core of most religions... whomever they call god.

Three core Christian teachings that I try my best to live by.
1: Saved by grace through faith alone. Not by works... so that no man may boast.
2: Judge not... lest you be judged.
3: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
The last two are basicly a "live and let live" mentality.

The Bible is like any other religious text... a lot of things are very ambigouos and generalized... so they can be interpreted many different ways. Some folks are tolerant... some folks are extreme.
 

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Well. However harsh you may think this is, I think Christianity is both a plague on humanity and a blessing. People need something like Christianity to believe that after they die, they'll be fine, nothing scary. It's comforting. It also influences people to live just and straight-lined lives.

But it also inspires unwarranted hatred. Unprovoked prejudice, bias against something they have absolutely no understanding about. I say Paganism, most Christians jump to the devil, without even bothering to listen because the Bible said it's wrong. This applies to everything that's different from Christianity, because they're afraid that God will strike them down from wavering from "the true path".
 
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Any CSI Fan has heared this but I will say it again
I belive in God, I do not belive in religion.

WHat we fallow today is not the same as what was ment. We all know Man if falible no mater what it is you thing about THe PTB. God did not qrite the Bible, He did not Build the church. And any one that studied history will tell you that the church that we all think of was founded 400 years AFTER the death of Christ. So he did no do it eaither. THese were all done by man, and influnced by kings.

I feel the Moralies are sound, though the rest, has caused too much bloodshed through out history to be called the Truth. At least not in the way that it was ment to be understood.
 

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I think Christians are just a bunch of hypocrits!! No offense
They say one thing but they do another
It pisses me off!!

EDIT: I got neg reped fot this so I'd like to clerify that I don't think all christians are like this but I really hate how alot are
 
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Do you believe in Christianity?

Well of course! :p I believe in Christians!

I don't believe in God or anything like that.

Religion has good things about it, and bad. I like the fact it spreads good morals and a lot of the Bible has good stuff in there!
But on the other hand, there's all sorts of immoral stuff in the Bible too, and in some Christian beliefs. For example, beliefs in 'natural law' resulting in thinking that homosexuality, contraception, and diaper fetishes are wrong.

I also have a problem with hell, and people who only do right because they fear hell. Although I'd say that most christians aren't like that.
And fear of death (resulting in belief of heaven and hell) seems unhealthy too...
 

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The thing about it is most teachings, be it called a religion have basicly the same morals. Or if you want to think of it this way, Rules. Do not kill, Do not steal, to not hurt others (though the deffanitions on these very from group to group). The problem comes in when people, and I did say people.... add things. THis is done for power. The fundamintals of Christianity are love, faith... all those good things. THough Power has currupeted the astablishmen and many are hypacritical, hatfull and so on,

On my my best friends is Jewish, and a person we know is always attacking her for not being saved. This is an example of ignorance on the Christians point of view. If one reads the Bible as she says she dose, she would know A Jesus was JEWISH and B the Jewish people are the chosen ones.
Christianity is about loving all, helping them on a path If they find them selves lost. But we are not the ones to say who it lost.
 

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Almost all my life I wasn't a believer and I grew up in a family that never taught Christianity or never gone to Church. I had little hope and little faith I even didn't care wheather I lived or died, believe it or not but when I was about to give up on everything, 3 yrs ago something unexplainable happened to me which eventually made me become a believer and from that something it made me want to live and help others. I once had a very dark heart and when my life changed it had left a sliver of light in my heart and that sliver of light grew everyday now I have a heart made of gold.

Note: You don't have to believe a word I say, but it's all I know. Alls I can say is that my life had changed after feeling care for the first time in my life, I had felt that care from a lot of friends who came to me and gave me a big group hug and started to cry because they saw that my life was changing for the better, I could say that it would put a tear in everyones eyes.
 
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I am a Christian but I have not been to church in sometime. I know I am not perfect and I used to be "scared of gay people" tough not from teachings in church. Back then (1995-1999) it was just the thing to be doing. Anyways I have had at least two close gay friends at school. Then my online older (non-blood related) brother is either bisexual or is mainly gay now.

But really I see nothing wrong with Christianity. The problems are with its members, not the faith. I know some Christians I dislike but theres others such as the pastors at my church that have always been there to help me, my family and everyone else out regardless of their faith or world views. So really I can understand people hating Christianity due to how some of its members are. But theres a wide group of us.

Its sort of like the stereotype of AB's. Are we all fat middle aged men that like nothing more then wet diapers and hot girls in them? Hell no we are not but there are a few of them that get all that attention.

The same things goes for Christians. Do we all hate gays and jews? Hell no we don't but there are a few of them that get all that attention.
 

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I had christianity shoved down my throte my whole life. I've developed a rather strong hate for it now
 

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I had christianity shoved down my throte my whole life. I've developed a rather strong hate for it now
That will do it. No one can ever force a person into Christianity, that will only lead the person further away. I believe that people have to come to it willingly and not forcivly.
 

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I am a disabled person, and there seems to be proof that we tend to be in that same boat, where we get Xianity shoved down our throats. I don't wish to speak for InconJen, because I don't know her beliefs. But I have had many situations where an Xian has approached me, singled me out, and given me a pamphlet or proselytized me, and I ask why me, and they say something like "you need it more, poor cripple".

I am an atheist: no god, no heaven, no reincarnation, and no reuniting with lost souls. Some aspects of this line of thought are a bit depressing, but the facts lead to atheism for me. Either prove me wrong----truly PROVE it----or leave me alone, and I will do the same for you. Regardless, live life the way you feel you need to, because this may be our only chance.
 

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I consider myself a Christian, although some (mainly those hardcore crazies) would not dare call me such a name. Rather than accepting blindly what other people tell me, I interpret the Bible my own way. As such, I don't think that it is wrong to be gay, bisexual, asexual, or many other things.

I'm not sure on this, but I think the reason that some people don't prefer Christianity is that part of the teachings involve spreading out, such as in missionaries. Those people are either attacked or approached so many times that they become aggrivated, while the whole idea isn't to shove Christ down their throats, it should be to present their facts (and opinions) and then ask. If someone says no, then that should be that, but the Bible teaches not to give up on anyone, that they are 'lost', and need to be baptized to show that they have accepted Christ into their heart, or something similar. In essence, the teaching of the religion is what is drawing so many people away from it.

The delima, then is what to do. A group of people don't want to stray from what they believe is true, even if by doing so they detract other people from joining their group (which is their goal). Should they change their ways? If they don't, they will eventually have no one as part of their group. Not to point out any single religion, but many have died out because they didn't spread. To spread, a religion must sound appealing to a part of society, and must develop and transform. By doing so, it sometimes strays away from its original message at which point any beleif in the 'popular' message becomes pointless and ignorant.

Another issue is the idea of 'proving' that God exists. Philosophers, scientists, ordinary people, plenty of people get into this argument, but the problem with it is accepting what is fact and what is fiction. For example, if one person thinks that no part of the Bible is true, and the other has no evidence to support their claim that it is a valid source (whether or not that has actually been proven true, either in part or in whole), then they both must accept that it is not a factual source in their argument, or else their argument isn't a logical argument and the outcome cannot be proven true. Although this may happen, several parts of the Bible are accepted as true. That is just one example, however. I'm sure there are hundreds of others, but it seems like the Bible is the most commonly attacked and defended piece of literature for factual accuracy.

Anyway, there are plenty of other religions, all of which (or at least a large majority) deal with what happens after one dies. The thing is, they can't all be true. Maybe none of them are, but only one can be right. I'm not saying that I know for a fact Christianity is right, but that is what I believe and what I will defend, if I am provoked. That's about all I have to say. Oh yeah, have a nice day :)
 

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In my very personal opinion....most religions are the same...i mean...they mostly say the same and they where built upon a code of moral ethics that, if not obvious, have been mostly natural. Do not kill, do not steal, do not murder, protect your family, your community, etc etc. Of course due to humanity's dire need to believe in supernatural things some people have manipulated religion for their own benefit...I think that doesn't change what religion truly means however. Which is er...basically don't kill and stuff. I mean, I haven't heard of a religion that says "THOU SHALT KILL EVERYONE EXCEPT YOURSELF".

Now. I know how extremists are of Christianity in the U.S and I think I'd end up hating them too, but Jesus or God, or whatever you wanna call it gave us a brain for a reason. If he had to pop up every time humans made a mistake and spanked them in the butt then he'd be a strict parent, not a God.

If you're hindu or buddhist or jewish or kneel or sit or bend over or pray at midnight or pray at noon, don't pray at all, can't eat pork, only eats meat, hugs trees or whatever then...good for you... if you're a sociopath or a murderer or have no respect for other people and don't respect neither your god's laws or just basic human morality and laws of respect...then I think there may be a small problem between you and me...>>

I apologize if I say something offensive ^^;;
 
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I think you should rephrase the question to be "Do you believe what Christian's Believe?", since Christianity is more like the name of the religion rather than the religion itself...Or something...It made more sense in my head
Yes, I agree with this. The question, as it is phrased now, seems to be asking if we believe in Christianity as a religion. Well, yes, I believe there is a religion out there called Christianity. Am I a Christian? No, not really. I am confirmed Episcopalian, but I am not sure that I believe in God. I think Jesus probably really existed, but I don't know that he was the "son of God" and I don't believe that the Bible is a 100 percent historically accurate take on his life or anything else.
 
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