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 Krathnami
Joined: 7/15/2006
Msg: 26
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Personally, my 'religion' changes with what closely resembles me. Not the other way around. Isn't that how it should be?
 lovinnc
Joined: 8/26/2006
Msg: 27
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Posted: 9/9/2006 9:14:39 AM
I'm not sure what I finally put on my profile - I'll have to check now and see.

I currently attend a non-denominational church whose doctrine closely matches that of Southern Baptists. Prior to that, only Southern Baptist. It's hard to categorize sometimes, like others have said.

Wouldn't it be nice if "Christian" was enough said?
 itzaboutime01
Joined: 9/5/2006
Msg: 28
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 9/10/2006 10:02:27 AM
Like several who have posted I had problems when registering and simply checked "Christian-other." I actually attend services in a Methodist Church, but when I listed "Methodist," then that's all I got in my searches-men who also checked "Methodist." I don't want to limit myself to strictly someone who attends my church! A God-fearing, God-loving man, who believed Jesus Christ died for our sins, doesn't have to be Methodist!
 gryphon noir
Joined: 8/26/2006
Msg: 29
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 9/20/2006 7:54:05 PM
For myself, it's none of the above. I chose "Christian--other" because most people are not going to ask right away. It's MUCH easier than explaining that I was reading Hidegard von Bingen long before the recent popularity of her writings and music. Other influences are Julian of Norwich, and Bernard of Clairvaux. So I guess I would have to say I'm a Mediaeval Mystic! In addition, I do not assume that all 'paganism' is all wrong: I use the Runes, but as a meditational discipline, rather than 'fortune telling' (which is condemned in the Bible). Likewise, I use Celtic knotwork. Sometimes I am reminded of the subject of my meditation when I look at page I had decorated. Obviously, I don't fit into a specific denomination. My leanings are very Catholic--even a bit Orthodox--and my social views and "daily, practical theology" is rather Mennonite, yet I am none of the above. I enjoy the music of Healey Willan, John Taverner, Hildegard von Bingen, Palestrina, Thomas Tallis..... No, not everyone out there who chooses "other" is unstable, or flakey--though admittedly there are lots of denominations in which I would quickly be excommunicated!
 javeraah
Joined: 9/18/2006
Msg: 30
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 9/26/2006 6:40:22 AM
For me it means, that I attend in a non denominational church.
For me being a christian, it means that JESUS is my lord, my savior and my king, and I must say that I felt realy sade and made, when I sow in so many profilles, in the interests section, things like getting drunk, porn stars, horror films, sex and so on, and I am talking of people that have put on their profill, Christian-others, baptist, etc.
I live in a country where a feuw years a go, if you tell to some one that you were a evangelical christian, probably you would be persecuited. I have friends that their houses, cars and churches hade been stoned, just because they were evangelical christians. I have friends that live in arabic countrys, and they cant tell that they are christians, or they will have trubles. So please, if you are reading this mesage, think twice before you chose to put Chistian in your profill.
With love in Jesus - Carlos.
 tim49250
Joined: 2/9/2005
Msg: 31
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 9/26/2006 8:50:27 AM
I'm not religious but I am Christian, "other" just means that they didn't simply have a Christian category for my spirituality.

Denominations represent man's influence in our faith. Jesus never set up a any religion where one person would be the leader or teacher.

Matthew 23:8 (KJV) 8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
 alsrmt
Joined: 3/20/2006
Msg: 32
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 9/26/2006 9:49:10 PM
To me it means I was raised a Christian but I'm open to the understanding and learning of other beliefs and religions not necessarily meaning I'll follow them but keeping an open mind, I am not apart of any one denomination I float around hearing all the different perspectives on Christianity as well as learning what science has to offer as well, it also means I am spiritual about whats around me but don't have to necessaily share it within a congregation
 dieselsmokedr.
Joined: 12/6/2005
Msg: 33
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 9/27/2006 4:28:21 PM
I am a practicing RC. I go to church most sundays. To me, christian means we believe in christ. We have many interpretations of the same bible and thus have different practicing faithes. I believe that god would never condem us for trying. My father raised us RC and my mother was Anglican. We had my mothers funeral this past tuesday. Prayer was RC the night before and funeral was Anglican. Both famiies and religions jioned together without any problem. Christ was born a Jew. Should we condem someone of a different chistian sect? A different religious sect? An athiest? JW? Anyone or sect that tries to make it black and white are in the wrong. Anyperson with any brains knows life happens in the gray area. Give a little, take a little. We all live happily ever after.
 lindalttl
Joined: 6/30/2006
Msg: 34
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/3/2006 9:04:54 AM
At first it meant to mean non-denominational. But, now it means spiritual. I belong to the Methodist Church which accepts all christian backgrouds, while I also attemd and am serious thinking about joining. I was raised both in the Methodist and Episcopal church. Then I was away from church for about 20 years. I have since been reborn. I am taking a class at my church called Christian Beliefs if is about how the doctirines of the christian church came about. I am forming my own opions and my own relationship with God for myself. I am a Christian, I believe Jeses died on the cross for my sins. I believe in God's grace and forgiveness. I believe Jesus will come again. I believe we can learn to live the life God wants us to live by reading the bible. If you look at the history of the christian church we all had the same beginngs. I like to look for the good in each christian church and the similarities instead of the differences. The same thing in relationships.
 lindalttl
Joined: 6/30/2006
Msg: 35
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/3/2006 9:06:46 AM
Sorry I had a typo. I am also serious about joining the Baptist church.
 Loves_Light
Joined: 8/21/2006
Msg: 36
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Posted: 10/4/2006 10:38:52 PM
Linda, I commend you on your proffession of faith.

When I see "Christian-Other", it is usually in describing my church affiliation for one website or another, i.e. plentyoffish.com. I believe it is there for those who believe that they are Christians, but are not affiliated with any particular denomonation or doesn't want to be targeted because of his/her affiliation. Rememer, some people say that they are a Christian only because they believe that their is a God, not that they have placed their faith in God!
 Addicted_2_Chaos
Joined: 6/30/2006
Msg: 37
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/10/2006 8:06:31 AM
I use it when there is not an option for LDS
 redwoodchip
Joined: 3/11/2006
Msg: 38
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/11/2006 2:47:07 PM
djchaos2958

It's too bad that a "few bad apples ruin the barrel". Most Catholics, Christians, Buddist, Islamic etc. people are very good people. Just like Blacks, Whites, Hispanics etc., most are good people.

Just because there are some bad Black and White Catholics or Christians doesn't mean that ALL BLACK OR WHITE CATHOLICS OR CHRISTIANS are bad. Nor does it mean they are all good.

I will call myself a Christian because that is my true belief. I am also White. So what??? These are just "labels" that are used to identify a certain race or belief system I am and have. I certainly don't represent all Whites nor do I represent all Christians. I would hope I known as a good person no matter my race or religion. We are ALL of the same HUMAN RACE.

I wouldn't judge the whole Christian belief System on one ignorant, insensitive nimrod if I were you. Who is he to judge you or your grandparents??? God is the ONLY JUDGE that matters to me or you if you think about it. So if you are a Christian, Please feel right announcing yourself as one. And in my opinion, you did the "right" thing but controlling your temper. That's what a TRUE Christian is able to do, through the Grace of GOD.
 capergirlinmaine
Joined: 9/4/2006
Msg: 39
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/11/2006 7:19:56 PM
Christian-other to me also means that the particular demonation I belong to isn't listed.
I am a true bible believing christian. I belong to an advent christian church and along with attending services weekly, i am also involved in fellowship and outreach activities. I would hope that if you are unsure what it means when someone selects "christian-other" that you politely ask what it means to them without passing judgement. Demominations actually divide christians rather then bring them together. I am proud to be a christian and wish we could all work together to make the world a better place.
Instead of being so focused on the minor differences among the denominations, lets just focus on the major importance and similarity.....Jesus.
andrea
 Onlylovematters
Joined: 7/24/2006
Msg: 40
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/12/2006 6:03:20 AM
I have Christian other in my profile cause they refuse to include "Christian Orthodox" in the religion choices, even though its the second largest Christian body in the world. Just because this is basically a north american site, and most Christian Orthodox are concentrated in the east.
 butterflykisses01
Joined: 9/24/2006
Msg: 41
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/12/2006 4:57:27 PM
Christian-other means--not traditional to me!!

I'm extremely spiritual, don't really have a religion, I'm very open-minded, and have finalized that NO ONE knows--

I love God!!! I believe that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross, for our sins, and that He is the Truth, the Way, and the Light!!!That makes me a christian, but I have yet to find a religion that suits my EVERY belief!!
 randyseyes
Joined: 7/26/2006
Msg: 42
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Posted: 10/13/2006 7:14:39 PM
The options listed for religions could be improved - at least for the Christian. A more accurate list might be better off sounding more general; e.g.: Christian/Catholic, Christian/Protestant, or Christian/Non-Denominational. That way, a choice between these simple options reveal more about a Christian's beliefs. To be specific with only 3 or 4 denomonations and then having one blanket option is like having a list of cities as: Chicago, New York, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, or City - other.

These religious labels are almost a meaningless pre-sort feature. One can tell by reading the body of the profile to what degree someone values God in their life. Do they mention God at all or do they sound like they are in dire need of a soap box and a bull horn?
 Elimon
Joined: 10/2/2006
Msg: 43
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/27/2006 9:00:46 PM
I have found that the greateest difficultly of not assocaiting with a specfic congregation is we are not accountable to anyone. When I read the New Testament I see that christianity was more of a comminuty religion than a personal preference. I know that I need accountablity because otherwise I wonder too far from the truth. Having the accountablilty of others keeps my pride in check and keeps slef off mt throne. To me christain other means that I am a Christain that is open minded, but still stands within the flock.
 FOR U
Joined: 9/16/2006
Msg: 44
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/28/2006 11:36:01 AM
CHRISTIAN OTHER was the most approiate title I could chose. Personaly...to me it means to be IN CHRIST.....Christ in me.....a follower of Christ's teachings....a believer in Him ...only......

Simple no....profound yes....take care.
 Idealisticloveroflife
Joined: 6/27/2005
Msg: 45
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 10/31/2006 1:54:41 AM
I too chose "Christian-other" as it portrays my affiliation with the context without the specifics of having to be labeled by "religion". Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I conduct my life in a manner that should be pleasing to him (do so by His indwelling presence and enpowerment), and repent when I do those "other" things! :) God's word is quite specific about stating that WE are His temple. We do not need a label to belong.
 A Veggie Fish!
Joined: 5/5/2006
Msg: 46
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Posted: 11/18/2006 4:51:34 PM
Christian-other means to me that my demonination is not listed. When they add PENTECOSTAL; I'll happily change that on my profile.
 fermeer
Joined: 11/14/2006
Msg: 47
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 11/25/2006 1:03:06 AM
THIS QUESTION ALSO HAD ME WONDERING FOR YEARS UNTIL ONE DAY THE PASTOR OF MY CHURCH BROUGHT IT UP ,AND SAID CHRITIAN- OTHER SEEMS TO COME UP IN THE SAME CATEGORY,THEN THE PASTOR WENT ON TO SAYING YOU KNOW WHEN PEOPLE ARE IN THE HOSPITAL CALLING OUT FOR GOD AND HAVE NEVER FOLLOWED ANY SAID RELIGION, THEY ARE ASKED ON THEIR DEATH BED,WHAT ARE YOU MUSSLIM,JEW,CHRISTIAN,OR OTHER,THE ANSWER THIS IS I DON'T KNOW,THIS IS WHAT PROMPTS HOSPITALS TO CALL IN ANY TEACHER OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, SO HERE IS WHERE THE OTHER-CHRISTIAN GETS THE MESSAGE OF THE LORD, YOU KNOW IT'S NEVER TO LATE TO SEE THE TRUTH. CHRISTIAN=FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, 3 NAILS+1 CROSS=FORGIVNESS.
 designingwoman
Joined: 9/4/2005
Msg: 48
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Posted: 11/26/2006 12:19:20 AM
Cafeteria Catholic and proud of it!
 RNeal
Joined: 11/17/2006
Msg: 49
what does christian - other mean to YOU?
Posted: 11/26/2006 8:26:23 PM
the terms christian other in my opinion mean just
that other than christian. If you are Catholic you
are Catholic, but any other religion you choose
you are prodistant so long as it is a christian faith,
take the word historian that is someone who follows
historical doctrine and sets out to teach people
about history, and its many splendors, just like
Christian you are someone who follows Christ and
sets forth to teach the word of Christ, at least thats what I think
If I am wrong then I will have alot of explaining to do
come judgement day!
 Dr_Tinshnipz
Joined: 7/25/2006
Msg: 50
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Posted: 11/26/2006 10:41:45 PM
I put "other" because, I look it as a relationship, not a religion. I am a Christ follower, thats where the name christian came from, people couldnt tell the diciples from Jesus so they started calling them christians- followers of christ, or " like christ"
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