I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
11th February 2003
Well I have an interest in better understanding of christianity and my friends ofcourse dont know how to answer my question well, and Id like to understand these things which I cant find on the internet..(Im interested into religious freedom and taking islamic-christian relation classes in college) but there are some small I guess in your view easy questions that I need to understand.
What is the difference between the major sects of christianity? (please include Orthodox, Roman Catholicism, Protestanism[or break it off to whatever sect you belong to from this group])
Also, certain rules are ignored or followed by certain sects, how do they know which ones to follow and which ones not to without conflicting??(Leviticus 11:7 says no pork. A minority follows, but others dont).
About the old and new testament. Does the new one cancel the older one out since its..new? or is it just a name and they are similar books?
The bible thing also confuses me. Who wrote it? the desciples of jesus? was it jesus? or was it someone after them? And you know there are many versions, to me, thats confusing as heck, how do you know which one to read? and is there a big difference between the different ones?
please take the time to answers these, because Id really like to know. (and dont take offense to my ignorance :P) I might have quesitons later.
I pretend I'm cooler than AzH
3rd September 2005
well i think that protestant broke off from the roman catholic church after people discovered the corruption within the court. roman catholics are reformed catholics. lutheran was from martin luther, he also influences the protestants. he posted the 95 theses, a list of why the current church was bad. about the 95 theses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_95_Theses and the man himself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_luther its pretty interesting, he was very daring to do this since he risked death.
Reading up on Martin Luther will basically cover the differences between Protestants and Catholic in general(there are, however, different Catholic sects and different protestant ones, too many to list)
When it come stop the bible the New cancels out anything the old teaches, but if the new doesn't comment on it then whatever the old says still goes.
For instance the old testament says eye for an eye, but the new testament teaches to turn the other cheek, so turning the other cheek is the "proper" teaching.
This single passage is, in essence, the entirety of Catholic teaching.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
If you’re having a problem with christianty, then don’t bother with it. Move on to more important things in life. Save the fiction for later. Shall I appease your vanity with a serious response?
SedistixShall I appease your vanity with a serious response?
Where in my post at all did you get that I was flaunting my ego?
Must you always be so scornful of religion? It's amazing how hard you try to wedge your two cents in no matter what the topic is if it's related at all to religion. The guy wants to expand cultural knowledge, what's wrong with that?
And we're supposed to be the narrow-minded ones... :cort:
I, and I would hope everyone, can not credit any one religion, past or present, as being more credible than the other simply because of the faith of the adherents. (You all) We can't rely on adherents' willingness to die for their faith. We can't rely on claimed changes in people's lives or the good works they do on account of their religion. None of them have arguments which are unequivocally superior to any other. None have supporting empirical evidence which is stronger than any other (and any religion which insists on the need for "faith" has no business trying to make itself out to be superior on the basis of empirical evidence anyway). -DarthMaul- My best advice would be to seek not faith, nor understanding of any religious texts, but knowledge of pertinent real world issues. For two hands clasped in work, will do infinitely more then two thousand clasped in prayer.
Yes the debating belongs in the other religious threads of which there are too many:rolleyes: , but seriously scorn is not the intent of this thread. Those of us who do not agree with all or part of Christianity should observe, correct if necessary or start yet another thread, but not post just to post in this thread as it is bad form with respect to the question asked.:cool:
...but Darth, take what you are given here with a grain of salt. From the many threads on the subject, it is evident no one here is an expert and each opinion unless taken from the text of the Bible is probably interpreted bias. Suggest you seek someone at your local seminary who is better versed in Christian theology to provide meaning or answers to your questions.
-DarthMaul-;3426863What is the difference between the major sects of christianity? (please include Orthodox, Roman Catholicism, Protestanism[or break it off to whatever sect you belong to from this group])[/quote] The RCC church is the largest with around 1.2 billion members. Most Christian religions is a break-off from the RCC. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. (AKA Mormon)-DarthMaul-;3426863Also, certain rules are ignored or followed by certain sects, how do they know which ones to follow and which ones not to without conflicting??(Leviticus 11:7 says no pork. A minority follows, but others dont).[/quote]You pray to God and he will guide you to the true church of Jesus Christ. [COLOR=red]James 1:5 KJV - 1:5 If any of you lackv wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.[/COLOR] [quote=-DarthMaul-;3426863]About the old and new testament. Does the new one cancel the older one out since its..new? or is it just a name and they are similar books?New Testament is after Jesus Christ. [quote=-DarthMaul-;3426863]The bible thing also confuses me. Who wrote it? the desciples of jesus? was it jesus? or was it someone after them? And you know there are many versions, to me, thats confusing as heck, how do you know which one to read? and is there a big difference between the different ones?
Most of the NT is letters that the Apostles of Jesus Christ wrote to cities....etc.
I know a tad about the Orthodox branch. They broke off about a 1000 years ago because of a power struggle between Rome and Constantinople. I know the Russian Orthodox church does it masses the way they were done 1000 years ago. You only see the priests back, it is all in another language(forgot exactly what it was), and bread and wine at communion are combined. I know that when a person dies, a small service is help 40 days after their death. What I was told is they hold it 40 days after because the person's soul wanders the earth for 40 days like Jesus did in the desert.
Also, there are very few painting in the orthodox church. They believe that worshiping an image, even if it represents Jesus, is bad. Mary is not held as high a rank in the orthodox church as she in the catholic church.
The only problem I have with religion is the bias. There are several different versions of the bible. The people who compiled them took out what they did not like. All I can say is go and read them all to get a broad view of the faith.
About the old and new testament. Does the new one cancel the older one out since its..new?
The new and old testaments go together. The old testament talks about moses, the Jewish faith, and a ton of prophets. The new testament is about jesus and his followers.