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    I think the title of this thread is apt, so here it goes.



    What do you think Christanity is? Why do you think that?

    Simple enough question right.

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    added a why to the waht to help get more in depth answers.
     
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    Christianity is the example of Christ.
     
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    A religion fabricated from the writings of Middle Eastern men who took oral teachings based on cultural myths and real events to communicate a sociopolitical message of the value of the patriarchal family structure in sustaining moral conduct essential to the stability of society.
     
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    Why do you believe this?
     
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    Does it matter what I think it is?
     
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    For the same reason anyone chooses to believe anything. Because experience has provided us with out own unique interpretations. Just as your personal experience has lead you to accept your own particular interpretation.

    As such, what you believe isn't nearly as important as your ability to practice it and demonstrate the benefits it has to you and to the world.
     
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    Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ is God, and represents the ideal for how humanity should live. The Bible, which is both the basis and the source of much of the confusion regarding Christianity, was written not by God but by men with issues and superiority complexes who were no more "divinely inspired" than any other so-called "religious" person.

    I think that Jesus was a great guy and extremely empathic and spiritual, but I doubt that he is actually God. I think that he would be mortified by the notion of being worshipped by billions of people for thousands of years.
     
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    Yes it does, I'll admit this is mostly for me. It helps me as a Christian
    to understand others by understanding what they think I may or may not be, correct or incorect.




    What experiences have led you to this conclusion?
     
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    Just the experience of listening.

    It's really simple. If you start listening, you will figure out real soon that what people say and what people do are often different.
     
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    Who did you listen to? what did they say?
     
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    I try to listen to anyone. They tell me what they perceive. They share their perception of reality.
     
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    What do they percieve?
     
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    Just based on my observations and what I logically infer from them.
     
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    What are said observations?
     
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    Depends. Every individual perceives reality differently because every individual has different circumstances.
     
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    What are the circumstances that led individuals to percieve reality and relate it to you through conversation that you listened to and led you to bring about your own perceptions about Christianity?
     
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    That is an awfully convoluted question.

    I have had hundreds of experiences over the course of my life with people that have influenced my views of Christianity. All of those individuals have had their own unique set of circumstances.

    If you would like a specific answer, then you need to ask a specific question. Asking broad, open ended questions is like a 5 year-old asking "Why" after every time their parents answer. I think you are just trolling.
     
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    Justin Martyr, attempting to explain to the emperor what it is that 'Christians' do gives some central characteristics of Christianity. The Emperor in question was Antoninus Pius, who was persecuting/prosecuting Christians. (Written about 148AD).

    What is Christianity? Those people who belive in and worship Christ in the manner of the Apostles, and living as Christ as enjoined on his followers.
    Why do I believe that? It seems fitting that the group of believers/worshipers who have consistently believed/worshiped in the same way since Christ was still on earth - and were the first ones nicknamed 'Christian' should characterise the term.


    (I am deliberately avoiding the three c's in this thread ;] ).
     
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    Well, for one thing, there's the infamous Dr. Laura letter, which does a great job at pointing out the absurdity of an all-loving God holding us to the Bible to the letter.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/drlaura.asp
     
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