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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 1:30pm

Since apparently the poster to whom I asked these questions to didn't really want to debate, maybe the rest of you would be interested.

What is a pastor's (or preist, or other

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:56am
"I think it's a very good thing to question one's faith in a specific church and/or religion."

I would agree with this. I think that we should always be evaluating what and why we believe. How can we even say that we believe, if we don't know what we believe in?
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:59am
I am of the opinion that, if what I believe to be true, is in fact true, then my kids knowing and learning about other faths is not and should not be threatening.
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:00am
One of my biggest pet peeves in life is when a person - usually a young adult - is asked "What religion are you?" They respond, with Baptist/Catholic/whathaveyou. Then are asked "Why?" and their answer is "Because my parents are."

I think by the time they are young adults, people should be able to answer *for themselves* why they are a member of a particular church/faith. I'd love to hear "Because I have faith in the Lord and believe in the doctrines of my Church." But so often, if a discussion continues, all I hear is more stuff about how that's what their parents did or how they grew up.

Same goes for politics.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:00am

That is very similar to the Methodist and Lutheran religions in my experiences having attended Catholic masses for a number of years as well.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:02am
did you see the 60 minutes interview archbishop dolan gave morley safer a short while ago? if you haven't seen it, i suggest you watch it...my RCC is like an old shoe, there are comforts in this churh for some including myself that you can't even pretend to imagine unless you know the feeling..how many people do you know who follow a church "blindly", anyway?

 

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:05am
Yep. IMO, exploring other faiths only makes you 1) more informed/educated and 2) stronger in your own beliefs. And, possibly more tolerant or respectful of others' beliefs.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:06am
thats_fowl wrote:
I kind of have a reputation areound here, lol. I don't attend a lot of bible studies. 'I will attend small groups, where we dig into the bible and/or discuss the Sunday message. But I won't attend those that are video based, and I'm very careful about doing studies from books. I want to read the bible, and take what it is that God would have for me, in that passage, given my current circumstances. I don't like to be lead by an author, that has translated a passage, to a conclusion that s/he feels is important.

All of the bible studies that I have done have been not on books outside of the bible, but on books of the bible.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:06am
Yes! I want my kids to attend church, and for the time being, I want them to attend *my* church. But their salvation doesn't come from their attendance at my church, it comes from their own, personal experience and hope in Jesus Christ. If they don't have that, then attending my church is pointless, and a waste of time.
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:08am
"how many people do you know who follow a church "blindly", anyway? "

I couldn't give you a number, but they are everywhere!
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:08am

That was beautifully stated.

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