posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 12:50 AM
"How does one define a Christian?
You wrote that! He, he, he, he! Well, if I make a mistake on grammer, what makes anyone here think that mistakes are not made with interpretations of
some religions? So according to the dictionary, and people you know what the dictionary is and how it is considered to be an authority on words and
those meanings, but not necessarily 'feelings'.......
Christian (adj.) 1. Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on his teachings. 2. Pertaining to or derived from Jesus or
his teachings. 3. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Christ; Christlike. 4. Pertaining to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents. 5.
(Informal) Neighborly; decent. --- n. 1. One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on his teachings. 2. One who lives
according to the teachings of Jesus.
Okay, anyone see "God" there in that definition? No! It is assumed because that is the way that religion is taught. Perhaps a valid assumption, so
really that is not the question or answer.
Interpretation of the Bible: Ah, the big one and to me the problem!
Literal translation --- "Power!" used as the translation instead of "Grace".
Counterargument: "God is all Powerful"! and anything else brought up about the term "God".
See the problem!
Now, how can the other side called evil and mismangement or anything else that is considered to be the angry side or The Devil seep into religion?
Thus the problem in my opinion. Religion is Angry because people do not attend a Church. Well, I went back a few times, and since I was raised
Catholic -- you see the problem. I said a few sentences earlier this year to a priest, and said to the priest -- "I thought it was about Grace". He
stated (but not exact words since it is from memory) that they were following the Protestant Version since the Vatican II Council (which is now ended
I think) and that the word they use is "Power"! Now how different is "Grace" concerning "Power"?
You see, there seems to be some kind of Fear implied by seeking to change to a literal translation of The Bible. It is considered to seek "Power"? I
just do not plan to get any further into the debate over which words should be used -- which Testament should be talked about -- the Old or New
Testament -- or the Ten Commandments God gave Moses -- but still I am a Christian with faults as a human seeking Grace but trying to live by the Two
Commandments of Jesus. If Christainity happened according to the definition and is defined by the dictionary as being after Jeus or while Jesus was
alive here then a True Christian does not Seek God, but Jesus and only through Jesus may you be Granted Grace and that God may even begin to listen.
Stubborn Attitudes seem to prevail or perhaps it is just some senility perhaps, but whatever it is, it is still to me Fear Based about other Humans on
this Planet. Break the Rules like some Churches seem to do -- and God will Forgive You. Who states that it is They Who Talk To God?
A Christian may not even want to enter into to the debate in the first place but live according to the Two Commandments of Jesus. 1) Do Unto Others as
You would have Them Do Unto You. 2). Love your Neighbor as You Yourself Want to Be Loved.
Is that how Hate is Spread? I prefer to be Granted Grace so just perhaps, those humans going to Church are not praying as much as they should. I just
prefer to end this discussion here and learn something else, something perhaps more practical then bringing up what a Christian really is. Did
dictionaries go out of print?