"Christianity" is not a religion.

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    Do you agree with this statement?


    "Christianity" is not a religion.

    please post your reasons with your answer.
     
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    Sorry bout that,


    1. Is this a *troll* thread?
    2. Or is it a way for the atheists to rant?
    3. I love watching atheists rant, I hope its that!:lol:


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    no this is not a troll thread....i was told this by another poster...i was surprised by the statement and want to see who agrees with it or not
     
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    Individuals can and should strive to be Christ-like.

    Religion is the forming huge collectives and building monsterous organizations and churches with heirarchies.

    So no, I don't think Christianity in and of itself is a religion.
     
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    I suppose that it could be argued that there is wide enough divergence amongst the beliefs of different branches of Christianity that they are separate beliefs systems on their own. For instance, Catholicism and Mormonism are often lumped under Christianity, but there are huge differences between Catholicism, Mormonism, and what the Baptists believe, for instance.

    If you research, you find that Mormonism is much more about the teachings of Joseph Smith than it is about the teachings of Christ. Christ is a bit player in Joseph's story. Similarly, Catholicism's beliefs are more about the popes and the teachings of the popes than they are about Christ. And, I found much the same when I was growing up S. Baptist. The doctrines that were chosen by the church hierarchy as important were what was important, not the totality of what Christ taught, in my experience. The churches that call themselves Christian could just as accurately refer to themselves as Paulian, since Paul's writings influenced their beliefs as much or more than Christ himself.
     
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    Christianity is a religion because it contains structure and has a heirarchy. Those are the only reasons I would consider it a religion. In my opinion I would consider it a tool of oppression.
     
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    I saw that comment the other day as well and thought it was pretty stupid.

    According to Webster, Christianity is:

    : the religion derived from Jesus Christ, based on the Bible as sacred scripture, and professed by Eastern, Roman Catholic, and Protestant bodies
     
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    Christianity is a religion just like Islam and Judaism are religions. All three can be subdivided into various denominations, but in their totality, each is a religion IMO.
     
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    ^ Horseshit.
     
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    Really. Did Christ teach the doctrine of purgatory? Did Christ teach that only the Catholic church can grant forgiveness of sins? Did Christ teach that the pope was infallible? Did Christ teach that the sacraments are essential to salvation?

    In every religion, there are the beliefs taught by the founder of that faith. Then, there are the beliefs and administration that grow up to supplement and surround the original teachings. Each of the cases I've provided has extensive divergence from the beliefs of the founder (Christ). In sum total, the Catholic church is much more Paulian in nature than it is Christian.
     

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