Hi. I have a question for Christians. I ask because I am not one, and wasn't raised in one. I'm an immigrant to the US and I come from a place where some are Christians, but my family and I aren't. Why do some of you say Catholics aren't Christians? My understanding is that Christianity is divided into Catholicism and Protestanism. And yes, the Orthodox churches of Armenia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia and other countries utilizing the Cycillic alphabet. But they are all sects w/in the same general religion. Thats what I learned in history. They are components of 1 of the 5 major religions. So if Catholics aren't Christian, does that mean all the people who were living in Europe before 1530 (When Martin Luther did his thing) weren't Christian? And why if when you ask somebody their religion do they say "Catholic" whereas others say "Christian". And are Eastern Orthodox people Christians? Why do some Christians get so crazy about gay marriage? They say it's an "abomination". I went and read some of the bible (and yes, I was pointed to chapters from a left-leaning website, but it had some good points.) People say that Jesus by dying and coming back to life represents some new covenant so that stuff in the old testament can be disregarded. For instance, This is why Christians can eat bacon while Jews can't. But the gay thing is in the Old Testiment. Not the new. So why is the pork disregarded and not the gay thing? Or a Persian Jewish friend of mine said that the Torah (old testament) says you can't touch a women on her period. Exodus 13:!5 - says I can't work on the Sabbath because it's holy. And if I do work on that day, I "shall be killed." That seems harsh. Back when I worked in a restaurant and in the mall my white co-worker would have these old white people always asking him on Sunday why he was working. I guess that was because they were religious. He would say its because he needs to buy books for school. If they believe that he shouldn't work because the day is holy, why do they patronize a business on the holy day? Going to a business on the holy day means that someone will be there working, and that person should die. 1 Corinthians 14:34 says that women are subordinate to men. Then how can you justify having women in power? I'm thinking of O'Connor, Rice, Whitman etc. I guess I am confused because there seems to be so many rules in Christianity but how do you know which ones to follow?