March 4, 2009

Christianity vs. Religion

Often times, people get confused about Christianity. Why? They do not know what it means to be a Christian.


Let's take a closer look at that. The "-ian" ending means to live in something. Just like Buffalonian is someone who lives in Buffalo and Floridian is someone who lives in Florida... A Christian is someone who lives in Christ. But just what does that mean?

BibleBy definition, Christianity is a religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament.

There are some basics for Christianity...


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Ori said...

thanks to let me know about your blog (from blogcatalog).
Like the why you make the explanations on your postings.
I too seperate Christian as a religion and Christian as the way of living in Christ.
You explain it well.

V4Violet said...

Hi.. Nice blog and spiritualy written. I'd like to know more about Christian.. What do u know about Herald - The Catholic Weekly Online? Its been said that, Church has used ‘Allah’ for centuries. My question is, which one is "God" for Christian? As from what I've read from Wikipedia, The first known usage of the term Χριστιανός (christianos) can be found in the New Testament in Acts 11:26: "the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." The name Christian was first used to denote those known to be teachers or leaders of the church (saints). They were disciples and followers of Jesus Christ. The other two New Testament uses of the word also refer to the public identity of those who follow Jesus. The Jewish king said the Apostle Paul had almost persuaded the king "to become a Christian" (Acts 26:28). Writing in 1 Peter 4:16, The Message translation, the Apostle Peter encouraged believers who are abused "because you're a Christian, don't give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name!"

In the other word, Christianity (from the word Xριστός "Christ") is a monotheistic religion[1] centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament.[2]

Adherents of Christianity, known as Christians,[3] believe that Jesus is the only begotten[4][5] Son of God and the Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Hebrew Bible (the part of scripture common to Christianity and Judaism). Christian theology claims that Jesus Christ is a teacher, the model of a virtuous life, the revealer of God, as well as an incarnation of God, and most importantly the savior of humanity who suffered, died, and was resurrected to bring about salvation from sin.[6] Christians maintain that Jesus ascended into heaven, and most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead, granting everlasting life to his followers. Christians call the message of Jesus Christ the Gospel ("good news") and hence label the earliest written accounts of his ministry as gospels.

Why do the Holy Book, have 2 different version? Old and New Testament? Correct me if I'm wrong.. Does the New Testament written someone other than Jesus Christ? Can it be considered as Holy Book if someone touch it other than Jesus Christ?

Please do not misunderstood with my question.. I'm non educated person, I'm totally Zero.. I have a low IQ but I love to have a mutual conversation.. Just for knowledge

Oscar Gecko said...

Thank you everyone all for your comments. They are very much appreciated.

Lot's of questions... It is good to seek knowledge.

The Herald - The Catholic Weekly Online is a new one for me. I am not Catholic. Basically, I am uneducated as far as the Catholics beliefs. My wife was raised Catholic. She believes everything that I do.

I am also uneducated with the Muslim faith. Therefore, I know very little about Allah. I have heard the comments that they are two different names for the same god. I do suppose that is possible. I do not know. I do suppose that the extremist are giving them a bad name. But, it is not my place to judge either of them.

The "Holy Book," (the Bible) is indeed split into two sections, the Old and New Testaments. The reason for the divisions is when they are written.

The Old Testament was written before the birth of Jesus. It contains much valuable information about his family tree. His family line was a line of good people up to Him.

It also contains many prophecies about his birth, life and death. Most of them have been fulfilled as He walked the Earth.

It has been passed on for an untold number of years. It was held and maintained by the Jewish people.

The New Testament contains many accounts of the birth, life and death of Jesus. This can be seen by the first four books of the New Testament. They are written by different Apostles.

Most of the rest of the New Testament are Epistles, or letters written by the people who knew Jesus (in one form or another) and are usually written to a newly formed church to guide them. That is why they are a valuable resource to teach us about what Jesus taught us.

Feel free to ask about anything. I will do my best to answer your question. If I cannot, then i will do my best to find an answer.

V4Violet said...

Erm.. ok.. Thanks for your brief explanation.. But, do you think Harold Catholic is one of the Christian or just a concept of knowledge in theory? Did they do like most of Christians do? Like Christian themselves, there are two most common part of it, the Catholic and the Protestant. What is the difference between them? How about FreeMason? What is Judaism in Christian knowledge?

Sorry for the massive question.. Hehe

V4Violet said...

Thanks for the brief explanation.. Can you explain the term in Protestant and Catholic? What is the difference between them? How about Judaism? I know its for Jewish roughly. Is there any relation between? How about FreeMason? Its well-known in the middle 15th. The knights of the templar, which is started by the French, Englishmen, Scottish by the priest of the Italian. Sooner, its grown further in group of the Germans, Portuguese, Russians and lot of European continents.. What does make those FreeMason become wealthy and powerful? Sorry again for the lot of question? Do you mind to answer?

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Oscar Gecko said...

Sorry for the delay in answering your questions... life has a funny way of changing plans.

There are some minor differences between Protestants and Catholics. Basically, a Protestant is a branch from Catholicism. There are some differences, but they read out of the same Bible. Check out Protestant Reformation.

Judaism is the old Jewish religion. Most are still awaiting for Jesus to come the first time.

Free Masons are not about "religion." Although, they are rumored to be.

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