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Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by harvey123 on 21 May 2005 8:30pm
 
Hi all, im not trying to start the whole 'evolution and creationism' debate but i have a question regarding religion..

I have always mulled over my beliefs which dont feel fit into any certain religion its more 'bespoke' !

Earlier to day i had a Jehovah witness knock on my door and one who loves to discuss the diversity/aspects of religion i stood chatting to them for 2 hours..

well i have to say i have heard alot of the comments attached to jehovas but they really were lovely people and not atall like people said they were..

I have always found my beliefs to be more 'christian' based

BUT can someone explain to me the difference between the beliefs of Jehovahs, Catholics and Christians

And from what i gather the Jehovas use the bible to spread the word but how come they follow the same bible that christians do ... does that not make them the same religion or do they interpret into a different meaning..

I dont want people arguing over what is best else i should have to start slapping wrists just stick to the question pls :-)!!!

from a confused
~Nicola
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by bsh1878 on 21 May 2005 10:10pm
 
don't know Nicola, to be honest I haven't got a lot of time for them as they normally wake me up when I'm on nights!
Bruce.
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by perfectbitch on 22 May 2005 12:42am
 
Christianity is an umbrella term for many sects who take their truth from the bible. Jehova's Witnesses, Catholics, Anglican, Presbytarian, new age happy clappy churches, Pentecostal, etc., etc. All are Christian. The differences between them depend on their interpretations of the bible. Eg. Jehova's Witness's laws on blood transfusion, Catholica and birth control. Hope this helps. Linz
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by George on 22 May 2005 5:41am
 
One thing that separates Jehovah's Witnesses is their use of a Bible which describes Jesus as "a god" rather than "God" or the only Son of God, which is a basic teaching in virtually all of Christianity, and thereby voiding the concept of the Trinity. I've never known a Witness to make a big deal out of it, but it causes the more fundementalist churches to consider them a cult, or something outside of Christianity altogether.

Along with the Mormons, they're very well known aroubnd here, too, for their door-to-door evangelism. Frankly, I think it takes a lot of guts to do that. Yes, they have strict rules against blood transfusions, alocohol, and common vices like junk food and tobacco. Their Sunday worship takes up the entire day.
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by cheese on 22 May 2005 2:29pm
 
Jehovah Witnesses knock at your door, Catholics have a Pope and anyone who belongs to either these religions or any other religious denomination that believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is a Christian. I like fishfingers.
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by intrepid on 22 May 2005 5:18pm
 
There are a bunch of Mormon missionaries(mostly American) here in Brno, and while I'm generally hostile to folks who come knocking on your door to tell you about their religion, I got to respect them. The missionaries sent here are invariably cheerful, patient, unbelievably courteous and, strange as it might sound, very tolerant in a way.
I suppose that having doors slammed in your face forces you to awknowlege that there are other beliefs out there which you aren't going to change. They're required to learn to speak conversational Czech which isn't easy, and learn and respect Czech customs- no missionary would last long in this country if he had a holier-than-thou attitude towards alchohol. They haven't converted me and I don't expect they will, but on the whole they represent their church pretty well.
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by beccles on 23 May 2005 11:37am
 
Catholics generally diapprove contraception, they also put a lot of emphasis in the virgin Mary than the Anglican church. Jehovahs Witnesses also (for reasons that I am aware of) do not celebrate birthdays. I know this because when I was a little girl I invited one of my friends, who was a Jehovas witness to my birthday party and her mum rang my mum up and told her she couldnt come for religious reasons. Instead of leaving it at that however, she then went into this long and lengthy lecture about how jehovas witnesses thing that its wrong to celebrate birthdays etc. etc. which peeved my mum off a bit.

...ofcourse it could have just been that my friend didnt want to come to my party! Maybe I smelt bad or something.

I know that a lot of Jehovas witnesses have died in the past because of their diapproval of blood transfusions and they are now putting money into research in order to find methods of healing that dont involve blood.


-Bec
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by peripatetically on 23 May 2005 2:41pm
 
Bec, don't worry about your friend not wanting to attend your party. That wasn't the case. I had the exact same experience. I had a friend who I invited and she couldn't come to my birthday party either. Also she wasn't allowed to salute the flag or repeat the Pledge of Allegience to the flag.(USA)

On another note, Seventh Day Adventists don't celebrate birthdays or Christmas.
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by George on 23 May 2005 6:17pm
 
I've always found religions a fascinating subject, and none more so than the Mormons, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was founded in 1823 by a man who was given an additional Testament called the Book of Mormon by an angel. It is a long and somewhat tedious document. It tells a story of how a number of Israeli tribes immigrated to S. America where Jesus appeared to them giving additional teaching and, then, reascending to heaven. It is believed by them that the Native Americans are their descendants. This, of course, is complete heresy to fundementalists.

Claiming persecution, they eventually moved to Utah in the American West, where it is said, they own everything worth owning. At one time, they totally abstained from alchohol and caffeine, but is now tolerated to some extent for themselves, and certainly in others. Salt Lake City, it's capital and church headquarters, is set in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It is where the last winter olympics were held.

They have a number of other teachings, which you might find strange, readily available of their websites, if you're inclined to check them out.

Historically, their most controversial practice is polygamy. It's been officially outlawed for well over 150 years, but tolerated in certain areas where the law enforcement is sympathetic to Mormon beliefs.

Today, the Mormons stress honesty, clean living, hard work, and community service. I've known a number of them, including some high profile athletes who still manage to stay above the obvious temptations of the lifestyle. Probably my only criticism of them would be that they tend to be pretty exclusive in their choice of company.
 
Re: Friendly Q: religion~ can someone explain to me please the difference between... by harvey123 on 23 May 2005 6:26pm
 
Thanks to all who have contributed.. even though i havent made comments i am reading the responses with interest...anyone else have any more info??

~Nicola
 
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