Atheists/Non-believers of Rome?
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Utica, NY

#108 Jun 22, 2013

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#109 Jun 22, 2013
saltynuts wrote:
forever as in you admitting that you will forever lick other guy's salty nuts? Hence your name.

Utica, NY

#110 Jun 23, 2013
fart gas will add fuel to the flames
Just Sayin

Utica, NY

#111 Jun 28, 2013
I am a free thinker. I answer to only the laws off the land and society. I do not believe in God or any other higher power. I am responsible for my own actions. I do not care what color you are, what God you pray to, who you sleep with, or whether you call it Christmas or Xmas. I just want you to respect my property, family, and country. If not, then it is my personal mission to make your life as miserable as I can even unto death if need be.

Utica, NY

#114 Jun 29, 2013
running out of salt! help!

Brooklyn, NY

#115 Jun 29, 2013
Everybody is equal wrote:
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I completely understand your views. There is a lot of misconception about Christianity, and much of that misunderstanding has indeed been caused by those who call themselves Christians. If I may, I'd like to shed some light on some basic information so that you may know how some of us think and exactly what some of us believe. Your code of ethics as you stated them is actually closer to what Christian behavior should be.
Christianity in Western civilization is split into two basic groups.
One group is Catholic and the other is Protestant. I won't go into a long winded history, but the Christian movement was split by Martin Luther in the 1500s when he confronted the Catholic church over it's use of money and insistence on holding power among the ruling and wealthy classes. He believed that all people had a right to examine and read the bible, and not just those in power. As a result, he was kicked out of the Catholic church and was declared an outlaw.
The Catholic church is the organization that has recently been exposed for it's long and disgusting history of pedophilia. Now that doesn't mean that Protestants haven't committed their share of wrongdoings, because we surely have. But my belief is that the individuals who do what is wrong should be held accountable, and that the people who behave correctly should not have to suffer for the transgressions of those people. In other words, if you and I are in a club, and I do something wrong, then my guilt should not be placed upon you or anyone else in the club. Right? Yet sadly, that's not the way the world works.
Now getting back to basics, within the Protestant groups are sub-groups or denominations. Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Assembly of God, United Church of Christ, Lutheran, etc.
Some of these groups are very conservative and fundamentalist, while others are more liberal and progressive. Fundamentalists tend to take the bible literally and tend to concentrate more on "rules" or behavior. They often talk about being "saved", but they don't go much beyond that in my experience. The progressive churches recognize that there is more to being Christian and being "saved" than just following rules and reading the bible literally. The progressive churches tend to encourage spiritual and intellectual growth while fundamentalist churches tend to shy away from intellectual matters. There's overlap among these groups, and yes there might be some petty rivalries here and there, but we do try to concentrate more on what we have in common than what our differences are. Many of us volunteer in a variety of civic organizations just because we love people and want to help. Not all of us are judgmental.

Catholic, Protestant, Inter-Denominational Christians and Non-Denominational Christians.
Martin Luther was Non-Denominational and wouldn't have been Protestant. The Protestant Church was founded based on Luther's work though. Most Christians embrace doctrine and tradition. Non-Denominational Christians stick with doctrine.

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