posted on May, 24 2012 @ 11:37 AM
I am going to weigh in here a little bit.
I am a "born again" semi fundamentalist/semi evangelical Christian. (I'll get to the semi part in a minute) Christianity is not by definition a
cult. It stresses, free will and actually a lack of "works and rules". However; I am sure to the non beleiver certain sects can seem that way. I
also have a college degree, a fairly high IQ, and critical thinking skills. I realize some of the bible is to be taken literally, and some is
allegorical. I realize that some books of the Bible are addressed to specific people groups (particularly Paul's letters) and aren't nessecarily a
blanket rule for everyone. I know that when looked at in the original Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic, specific passages can have slightly different
(usually more specific) meaning. I realize that parts of the Old Testament were negated by the New Testament. Many new Christians (and many Old ones
too) don't always realize this. In addition, because of the somewhat multiple interpritations you have divisions, which has led to denominations.
Some are more and some are less fundamentalist then others. At its base, Christian's beleive that to receive salvation from your short comings (SIN)
and to gain eternal life you must accept Christ (God in the flesh)s gift of forgiveness, obtained by His sacrafice on the cross and subsequent
resurretion. Some churches call this "saved" or "born again", other's call this "confirmed" (there is much disagreement on what actually
constitues this amongs the different sects). If you don't have this as a basis, then your not a Christian denomination, all other "views" not
I have attended many churches. Currently I am a Southern Baptist (although most Southern Baptist, especially, in metroplitian areas, are acting much
more "non denominational"). I have chosen that because I happen to agree with most (not all) of their views on things, Most here at ATS would
consider me a "Fundie", yet most in my church think I am "too liberal". (That's what I mean by the semi above, I am quite tempored you might
Unlike myself I find that on average, MANY Christian's are undereducated in both secular education AND on their own religion. Because of this, they
often unintentionally, even if their intent is good, become overzealous, and turn many people off. They hang on to what their pastor says (which is an
interpretation of a particular Biblical issue, subject, or passage, usually with a does of the specific denominations interpritations) and go for it.
This often looks cult like if they go really overboard, and also judgemental. Depending on the pastor/denomination it may or may not be the "best"
view point of a particular issue, especially when trying to relate it to "non believers".
For example. Baptists (along with most of the other of the more fundamentalist denominations) prohibit drinking. Baptists do this because John the
Baptist did not drink, and they originally stylized their interpretations of being Christian in part off of him. Fine, that's what Baptists beleive.
That being said 1) many Baptists I know do moderately drink, and 2) there is nothing in the bible that strictly forbids it (other then specific groups
or persons like John the Baptist and Levites). However; since most new (and some older Christians) don't know this, they hear "don't drink" from
some sermon or other Christian, and then go blanket apply it out of context to their family members at the next 4th of July picnic. I applaud their
desire to share Christ, but not nessecarily their way in doing it. It's really no different then new conspiracy theorist who have "seen the light"
trying to get everyone to buy into their viewpoint, especialy if they don't have all the information to relay said view point. OR new Ron Paul
I got a little longer then I planned, and actually have more to say, but I'll leave it at this for now.