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Am I Christian? I have known many people in my life that called themselves Christian ... some I admired, many I did not. I believe in God (as I understand Him), I believe in an "afterlife", and I believe worship is a personal choice. I believe many wars have been fought over the guise of "religion". I have never quite understood why one's spirituality needs a label. I will leave it at that.
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I have seen more hypocrites who claimed to be Christians than those who claim to be atheists or agnostics. I guess at one point I did believe in Christianity, but as I question more and more of the validity of the Bible, the further I drift...
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I certainly am. I don't take communion since my divorce, even though I believe it'd be ok to do so. I can hardly remember what life was like before I met my former wife and became a Catholic.
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Am I Christian? I have known many people in my life that called themselves Christian ... some I admired, many I did not. I believe in God (as I understand Him), I believe in an "afterlife", and I believe worship is a personal choice. I believe many wars have been fought over the guise of "religion". I have never quite understood why one's spirituality needs a label. I will leave it at that.

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I have seen more hypocrites who claimed to be Christians than those who claim to be atheists or agnostics. I guess at one point I did believe in Christianity, but as I question more and more of the validity of the Bible, the further I drift...

I do believe in God, and I consider myself to be a Christian, but I avoid the label. My real answer to life's great questions remains a solid "don't know." I do believe Christ was divine, his ideas predated the first writings about libertarian-socialism by over 1800 years. He taught things that at the time seemed almost unreal, pacifism, collectivism, social justice, etc. Over 2000 years later, many of his teachings are still yet to be enacted, for there is still injustice, racism, hate, war, and poverty.

But most of what Christians teach today is stuff written hundreds of years after his death, put into a book they claim is somehow his. The bible may have been meant to be a teaching aid, like Aesop's fables, but instead, people adhere to it as if it were the absolute truth of God. Like the Communist revolution in Russia told by Orwell's book, the pigs have re-written the rules to suit their own greed. Christians parade around chanting, to some degree or another, "4 legs good, 2 legs b ad etter..." Just look at Fred Phelps and the signs his people carry. Intolerance is the absolute antithesis of Christianity, yet somehow, it has become the bedrock.
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I am absolutely a devout Christian. Does this mean I am a better person than a non-Christian? Absolutely NOT!

It only means that I have accepted the free gift of salvation that was offered to me by Jesus Christ.

Forgivenness and grace are wonderful things. FREEDOM!
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It is harder to live your life to a standard than to nothing at all. A Christian holds himself, as do others, to a certain standard. When we fall short of that standard, because we are imperfect and fallible, we risk being called hypocrite. When you believe in nothing, you have no standard to fall short of, and therefore no reason to be called hypocrite. Must be nice. Of course many atheists and agnostics do have other standards that they hold themselves to, but I just thought I would continue your silly generalizations.
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I have seen more hypocrites who claimed to be Christians than those who claim to be atheists or agnostics. I guess at one point I did believe in Christianity, but as I question more and more of the validity of the Bible, the further I drift...

It is harder to live your life to a standard than to nothing at all. A Christian holds himself, as do others, to a certain standard. When we fall short of that standard, because we are imperfect and fallible, we risk being called hypocrite. When you believe in nothing, you have no standard to fall short of, and therefore no reason to be called hypocrite. Must be nice. Of course many atheists and agnostics do have other standards, but I just thought I would continue your silly generalizations.

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i believe in God wholeheartedly. i wouldnt label myself a christain though, even though i grew up a baptist...

the older and more knowlegable i get.. the more i realize the bible can't possibly be the whole truth. i always got the feeling christianity is founded on man's own personal interpretations of the bible.. and the fact there's so many denominations within christianity really bothers me...

after all.. if theres one god, one bible, why not one church??

i'm not a hypocrite. i dont try to be somebody i'm not. i dont judge people or look down on them because they believe or think differently than me.. and i always try to stay on the level :)
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I am absolutely a devout Christian. Does this mean I am a better person than a non-Christian? Absolutely NOT!

This is a better response than what I had been contemplating.

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I am absolutely a devout Christian. Does this mean I am a better person than a non-Christian? Absolutely NOT!

Well said!
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I adhere to the architectonics of a Post-Modern Straightforward Reductive Physicalism – which is a nice way of saying that I am an atheist.

But, if I were to sift through the tellurian grab-bag of spirituality and settle on one, I think I’d like to be a Taoist.
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I am absolutely a devout Christian. Does this mean I am a better person than a non-Christian? Absolutely NOT!

Right there with ya.

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