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Old 04-30-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Who is a Christian? Which of the following Religions are Christian?

a. Anglicans,

b Christian Scientists,

c Eastern Orthodox,

d Jehovah's Witnesses,

e Mormons,

f Roman Catholics,

g Southern Baptists,

h Unificationists,

i Lutheran denominations,

j Methodist denominations

k Presbyterian denominations

l other

m Trinity Broadcast network
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Most appear to be specifically Christian denominations. I tried to fill myself in about the "unificationists." I hunted a little on Google, didn't come up with much. I guess it's not specifically one way of life, not specifically Christianity, although someone might be able to fill you in a little better than I.

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Most appear to be specifically Christian denominations. I tried to fill myself in about the "unificationists." I hunted a little on Google, didn't come up with much. I guess it's not specifically one way of life, not specifically Christianity, although someone might be able to fill you in a little better than I.
Hi. I was puzzled by the term Unificationists myself. According to Wikipedia, it's the name Moonies prefered to be called by:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unificationist
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Hi. I was puzzled by the term Unificationists myself. According to Wikipedia, it's the name Moonies prefered to be called by:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unificationist
That's right, the name of this church is the Unification Church. The first Unification Church in Birmingham was a block up the street. It took one visit to figure out that it wasn't my scene.
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Re: Who is a Christian? Which of the following Religions are Christian?

If you want to go for the literal sense:

a. Anglicans, (yes)
b Christian Scientists, (yes)
c Eastern Orthodox, (yes)
d Jehovah's Witnesses, (no; denial of the divinity of Christ, amongst other things)
e Mormons, (no; they are their own religion with their own scriptures, as I see it)
f Roman Catholics, (yes)
g Southern Baptists, (yes)
h Unificationists, (no; it's more of the cult of Sun Myung Moon)
i Lutheran denominations, (yes)
j Methodist denominations (yes)
k Presbyterian denominations (yes)
l other (?)
m Trinity Broadcast network (hell no)

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I agree with Melon's analysis, though I would want a clear definition of "Christian Scientist".
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I agree with Melon's analysis, though I would want a clear definition of "Christian Scientist".
I admittedly didn't look it up, but I think the main objection I have with them is their denial of science in favor of "God" to such extreme levels that even medicine is rejected.

I don't understand why most religions are mostly sane, but then have some incredibly nutty obsession that completely erodes their credibility. It's like Jehovah's Witnesses and their obsession with paganism to the point that all holidays, etc. are "pagan" and, hence, "bad." Or Roman Catholicism's obsession with sex.

I mean, it's almost pathological.

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I think Melon is right on too.
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Actually, Christian Scientists is very much a cult.
They don't believe there's sin, but they also don't believe the sacrifice Christ made was enough to cleanse us of our iniquities.
They also don't believe Jesus was the Christ. They think the trinity is truth, love and life.

I could go on. Otherwise Melon, I agree with you. (Especially on the point that the Trinity Broadcasting Network is not Christian. Its a bunch of hoaky crap.)
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TBN is not a religion or denomination, but a business venture.

And the stuff they are selling isn't worth buying.
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I know nb, I just thought it was funny that melon included it.

You're right, it's not worth buying.
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I know nb, I just thought it was funny that melon included it.

You're right, it's not worth buying.
The God they believe in must be short of cash, mister.
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for NBC.. i used a google.. ..

What Christian Scientists Believe

• Belief in Deity
God is incorporeal Spirit--creative Principle, supreme, omnipotent Father-Mother, omnipresent, omniscient--the only intelligence and all that actually exists. God is Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. "God is All-in-all."


• Incarnations
We are all sons/daughters of God, though not at the level of understanding of Christ Jesus. Jesus was a divine Exemplar, and Christ is the divine idea of "sonship"--the Master. Jesus showed the way (the “wayshower”) for all to realize Truth, which is God.


• Origin of Universe and Life
The universe and humans are reflections of God's likeness and image, which is Spirit--without beginning or end. Illusions, or delusions, of a material world and material body result from error in thought and ignorance of the true and only nature of reality, which is spiritual. God is all that truly exists.


• After Death
Death is the belief in death. There is no death as humans are immortal spirit. After that which we call "death," spiritual development toward Truth continues until all evil, or "error," destroys itself. Heaven and hell are not places, but states of consciousness that continue after death. "Heaven" is the self-made eternal bliss of realizing oneness with God. "Hell" is the self-made anguish of believing in pain and death.


• Why Evil?
Evil is the belief in evil. God is all that is real and God is completely good; therefore, good is real and evil is an illusion/delusion. The only power evil has is to destroy itself; attempts to destroy good naturally result in punishment for the evildoer. Sin creates its own hell. Not realizing one's true nature as spirit results in selfishness, which can lead to error and disharmony.


• Salvation
Salvation lies in bringing oneself into harmony with one's true nature as God's reflection, through good works, patience, meekness, love, watchfulness, prayerful gratitude, devout obedience in following Christ's example. There are two basic commandments: that one turn only to God, perfect Mind, for guidance--the Mind that was also in Christ; and that one "love thy neighbor as thyself." Healing and immortality are realized by becoming conscious that the only true reality is God, which is Love, and that one's true and only nature is in God's likeness. As one realizes the error of belief in the reality of suffering and evil, these images of thought impressed upon the mortal mind can be altered, thus banishing sickness, death, and sin--testimony to the power of faith in God, of Mind over matter.


• Undeserved Suffering
Though appearing real, suffering (and illness) is a false belief or error of mortal thought. Suffering is overcome by asserting the truth of one's being as an idea of God. Often, a trained Christian Science practitioner is called to support the patient's thought through prayerfully "knowing the truth."


• Contemporary Issues
The church claims no position on abortion, though such a step would clearly not be in harmony with seeing God’s child as perfect and divine. Reliance on conventional medicine, though discouraged, is left up to the individual. Physicians are not viewed antagonistically; but their methods are seen as ineffective because they treat disease as originating in the body rather than mind. Homosexuality is often regarded negatively, a belief that requires healing through Christian Science practices--the Mother Church has not announced opposition to this view.
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I may have to reverse my answer on Christian Scientist.
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