Psycho-Babble Faith Thread 640

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Question please

Posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I was just wondering what denomination(s) of the members were....of course there's no need to answer...

I was raised Pentecostal, and my dad a Minister.

Kiddo

 

Re: Question please kiddo

Posted by Greg on July 22, 2002, at 19:44:32

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I'm a Methodist Kiddo.

Greg

 

Re: Question please Greg

Posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:53:08

In reply to Re: Question please kiddo, posted by Greg on July 22, 2002, at 19:44:32

> I'm a Methodist Kiddo.
>
> Greg


Thanks Greg-

I really have no knowledge of Methodist background...if you wouldn't mind sharing a bit about it, I'm interested....

Kiddo

 

Re: Question please

Posted by krazy kat on July 22, 2002, at 19:59:11

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I was raised born-again, but my family was Episopal prior to that and some members still are.

I have looked into the Catholic church since my husband and many friends are Catholic. I also like the pastor at the church near us.

Otherwise, right now I am floating. :)

 

Re: Question please kiddo

Posted by Dinah on July 22, 2002, at 20:03:47

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I would not dream of embarassing the church I regularly attend by naming my denomination.

I consider myself a theological mutt. I guess the closest approximation would be Jamesian Christian (as opposed to Pauline Christian).

However when looking for guidance, I turn both to liberal Christian and Conservative Jewish traditions and wisdom.

If I ever come to a place where I don't need to work for a living, I would love to study theology, assuming I could find a seminary that would accept me.

My parents were of two different Christian denominations.

 

Re: Question please krazy kat

Posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 20:03:57

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by krazy kat on July 22, 2002, at 19:59:11

But you believe, just going from one cloud to the next right now ;-)

I don't know if it matters, I was only curious. I know there are many faiths here, and was hoping to get to know y'all a little better.

Kiddo

 

Re: Question please Dinah

Posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 20:22:05

In reply to Re: Question please kiddo, posted by Dinah on July 22, 2002, at 20:03:47

Why would your church be embarrassed for you to mention your denomination?

Kiddo

 

Re: Question please

Posted by Dinah on July 22, 2002, at 20:29:42

In reply to Re: Question please Dinah, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 20:22:05

Because my views do not reflect church doctrine. However my church, in true Christian charity, knows my beliefs and accepts me anyway. And welcomes me.

 

Re: Question please

Posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 20:34:17

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by Dinah on July 22, 2002, at 20:29:42

That's cool-just wondering...

Kiddo

 

Re: Question please

Posted by Susan G on July 22, 2002, at 20:50:56

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 20:34:17

Don't vote me off the board for saying this:
I'm very mildly Presbyterian but not by much. I envy those with strong religious beliefs since it seems to be a good source of strength and comfort but I struggle to make it all fit for me. I have enjoyed reading about Buddhism but I can't say I'm a Buddhist. I guess I'm just a heathen looking for more but with a skeptical heart. I will confess to praying my heart out when under extreme stress, just in case.

 

Susan the skeptic :) and denomination thoughts...

Posted by krazy kat on July 22, 2002, at 21:08:44

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by Susan G on July 22, 2002, at 20:50:56

Susan - we sound similar in this area of life.

re: denominations, I have found, through attending many different churches with my parents, that the denomination does not matter all that much, though the history of each one varies quite a bit obviously. And that's very interesting to me. What mattered to my parents was the doctrine that was taught. We attended everything from Bible Churches to a Presbytyrian (sp?) church.

Catholicsm is different, though, to people like my parents because they feel Catholics believe that if a Christian does not belong to the Catholic church, they are not saved. (I do not believe this - but some born againers do).

I have found that Catholics vary quite a bit on this belief.

- K.

 

Re: Question please Susan G

Posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 21:11:35

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by Susan G on July 22, 2002, at 20:50:56

Why would anyone vote you out for that ;-)

You didn't have to answer but you did, and you were honest too


Kiddo

 

Re: Question please

Posted by fachad on July 22, 2002, at 22:02:29

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I was raised a Bible believing, born again, Fundamentalist Baptist.

We were taught that the Bible was the literally inspired, infallible Word of God.

And we were Baptists because we aspired to be like Jesus, and Jesus was a Baptist.

How do we know that? Well, if you are baptized by a Catholic, what denomination are you? A Catholic. And if you are baptized by a Methodist? You are a Methodist, of course.

And who baptized Jesus? Was it John the Episcopalian? No. Was it John the Lutheran? No. It was John the BAPTIST.

How much more clear could it be?

-fachad

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fachad's standard Babble Faith Disclaimer:

My familiarity with religious ideas should not be mistaken for religious belief. I am an agnostic.

I not a Christian, I do not believe the Bible is the Word of God, nor do I believe in ANY revealed religion (i.e., religion that was revealed by God to some person or through some purported holy book.)

I am especially disdainful of religions that take mythological material, which is beautiful and meaningful in that it tells us about our collective unconscious, and claims that it is historical rather than mythical in nature.
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> I was just wondering what denomination(s) of the members were....of course there's no need to answer...
>
> I was raised Pentecostal, and my dad a Minister.
>
>
>
> Kiddo

 

That's pretty clever (nm) fachad

Posted by mair on July 22, 2002, at 22:14:20

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by fachad on July 22, 2002, at 22:02:29

 

Re: Question please

Posted by mair on July 22, 2002, at 22:19:17

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I was raised as an Episcopalian; my father is a minister. Neither me nor any of my several siblings attends church but under some form of coercion or duress, and none of us has baptized our children. All of this could speak volumes about how much we warmed up to our religious upbringing.

Mair

 

Answer from me? kiddo

Posted by SandraDee on July 22, 2002, at 23:40:57

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

I was raised by my mother and father (still married 32 years later). My mother is Catholic and baptized me Catholic as a baby... took me to Catholic church through childhood. Dad never went but was raised Epis. When I was 16-17 I started not attending very regularly, but still went on occasion (not just Easter and Christmas, but it surely wasn't every Sunday-or Sat. Evening Mass). I met a lady, when I was about 20, at a place I worked and she invited me to a Vineyards church (Christian based-non denominational sort of thing) and I loved it. I loved the worship and the sermons. I loved opening my bible and reading things for myself. I loved the fellowship. I've since moved from that area and have found similar churches that help feed my soul. What a rambler I am today! To sum that up, I'm Christian, and I believe that we are all parts that make up the body of Christ.

 

Re: Question please

Posted by Lini on July 23, 2002, at 10:31:27

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47


Growing up, my father was baptist and my mother was a recovering catholic turned buddhist (her words, not mine). We were raised without formal religious "training" and so were left up to our own devices when searching for a language with which to speak to God. I found it in the Baha'i Faith, mostly because it is a deeply personal faith (no minister, preacher, talking head types, and no formalized rituals) and because it offered alot of tangible and positive perspectives on the future of human kind.

So everyone here was raised either christian or jewish?

 

Generic Protestant a la U.S. Air Force (nm)

Posted by shar on July 24, 2002, at 1:26:40

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by fachad on July 22, 2002, at 22:02:29

 

Re: Question please

Posted by mashogr8 on July 25, 2002, at 16:16:27

In reply to Re: Question please, posted by Lini on July 23, 2002, at 10:31:27

I was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church. I attended grammar, high and college within a parochial setting. Graduate school was nonsectarian. I have stood by my faith or I guess it has stood by me most of my life except for the years when I was extremely mad at God for not coming forward with the promises I felt He had made to all of us and especially me. I do go to Mass regularly now on the weekend; sometimes, it helps and sometimes it doesn't do anything.

On the other hand, my husband was raised as a Methodist but has a very heavy background in engineering. He cannot accept God on faith alone. Rather, he demands scientific proof. Therefore, he doesn't worship God. On the otherhand, he has been heard to declare that he doesn't rule out the existence of God just in case.....

ma

 

Re: Question please kiddo

Posted by Mal on September 17, 2002, at 11:04:00

In reply to Question please, posted by kiddo on July 22, 2002, at 19:38:47

OK, if anyone is still reading this thread... I was raised Independent Missionary Baptist. This church is not part of the Southern Baptist Convention. I don't think the ministers attended seminary school. They usually had day jobs and preached on the side and lived in a very modest parsonage. The attendance was probably 50-70 people for Sunday morning service.

My Dad never went with us, but Mom took my brother and me every time the doors were open. This was EVERY Sunday morning, EVERY Sunday night and EVERY Wednesday night. Then there were revivals about twice a year, which were "prayer meetings" (like Wed. night) every night for a week. I got quite a LARGE dose of religion. I saw a few hypocrites. But mostly, I am an independent thinker, and I never believe something just because the preacher said so, so this type of church never appealed to me much. And the "force feeding" I got didn't make that any better. I suppose I should have studied the Bible and made my own conclusions, but I guess I was never interested enough for that.

When I went to college, I quit church, and I don't go even now. HOWEVER, if I had kids, I would feel obligated to take them to church (on Sunday mornings), to give them an upbringing at least similar to my own, because I think I have turned out OK. I think church USUALLY gives kids a pool of social possibilities (i.e. friends) with similar values. And it gives them a basis on which to build solid morals and ethics.

I am glad that I was exposed to the Bible as a child. I am a bit jaded about religion, however. I don't consider myself religious, but REVERENT. I believe there is a higher power who is interested in us, but who is pretty HANDS-OFF. This may annoy some of you, but I believe that evolution happened and happens (I am a biologist) but that evolution is just the tool that God used to "CREATE". I am sort of ambivalent about Heaven and Hell. I can't imagine a just God would send people around the world who are Buddhist, Muslim, etc. to Hell just because they were not born in a Christian nation.

So- there are my 2 cents. MAL


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