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"Catholicism" Christian?

  1. qwark profile image62
    qwarkposted 7 years ago

    Is catholicism the antithesis of the concept "christian?"

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      JeanMeriamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I guess that would depend on whose concept of “christian” you were using in comparison.

    2. Disappearinghead profile image89
      Disappearingheadposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      No.

    3. Sab Oh profile image60
      Sab Ohposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      No

    4. Jerami profile image76
      Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      We should look at this question from the prospective of a first century Christian.
       
        The government designs a "universal" religion and establishes what the doctrine will be.
        Would the disciples have joined it?

        If you did not prescribe to this new RELIGION you were not allowed to have a Job or place in society.
        The catholic church searched and found all documents that could be found concerning the teachings of Christ. These are locked up in a basement in Vatican City.  WHY?

         I believe that the first century Christians would say that the new Religion causes more harm than good.
         Religion should not be standing between Man and God.
      Jesus died on the cross so we could have direct access to God.
      Because of religion we can not see HIM as well.
         
         The book of Revelation says that this would happen and it did.  (not futuristic)
        The end time prophesy as written is scripture has most all been fulfilled.

        I have to go to work shortly but felt I had to say what I thought.

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    qwark, hon, I'm trying to get sleepy and now I'm all confused - must be new hairspray

    My apologies for interrupting

    Please resume programming

  3. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Nah! Catholics just lean on the holy ghost story a bit more! lol

  4. kess profile image61
    kessposted 7 years ago

    Catholicism is one of those who designed the concept of christianity.

    The built on the design of judaism, a false religion.

  5. EFPotter profile image61
    EFPotterposted 7 years ago

    The concept of "Christian" is based around Christ. Considering they worship Christ and ascribe to the Bible, no, they aren't the anti-thesis of Christianity.

  6. qwark profile image62
    qwarkposted 7 years ago

    To all of you who answered no, I ask you this; Was jesus, alledgedly an ascetic?
    If a bishops full ritual outfit and "riggings" costs in the neighborhood of $40,000 American....and vatican city is valued in the billions of $'s...and is loaded with treasures which amaze the eye and mind, pls explain how this emulates the life and values of jesus.

    1. EFPotter profile image61
      EFPotterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      http://hubpages.com/hub/THE-NEW-CHRISTIANITY

      That's a hub I find relevant to this. Catholics are the oldest Christians. As I said, they believe in and teach the Bible, and believe in Christ as the one true savior. These are the requisites for Christianity.

      They are Christians. Do some of their material belongings seem in excess for a Christian? Maybe. But are they Christians? There's no question.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image59
        Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        How is your hub in any way relevant?

        Any fool can see that all you need to do to become a Christian is say the majik words and hey presto - you can be a condescending hypocrite with all the answers along with the best of them.

        Sadly - how you behave has nothing to do with the label you apply and the Katholiks calling themselves Christians is the biggest joke of the last 2000 years.

        Twenty seconds in the Vatican tells you exactly what you are dealing with - and it has nothing to do with what the bible says Mark says Fred says Albert says Jesus might have said maybe.

        The Catholics certainly are not the oldest sect calling themselves Christians - they just murdered all the preceding sect's members. Which doesn't matter because it happened in the past and the ones who did that were not real christians..... lol

        1. qwark profile image62
          qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Mark:
          Ty sir!
          On your knees plebeian!
          I place this sword blade on your shoulder and deem you to be a "sage-of-the-forum!"
          You may stand and accept the applause!
          The Qwark Spaketh and so it shall be!  :-)

          1. Mark Knowles profile image59
            Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            big_smile

            What planet do these people live on? It is certainly not the same one as I am on. You ever been to the Vatican?

            1. qwark profile image62
              qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Mark:
              Yep, sure have.
              I was awe struck at the oppulence I viewed.
              The "pharoahs" didn't live as good as those in the vatican.
              It represents, to me, hypocrisy to the acme of the definition.

              1. Mark Knowles profile image59
                Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                It is pretty stunning how much money they spend. If I was going to be persuaded there was an invisible super being in the sky - the ceiling of the Sistine chapel is as good as it gets.

                Money, money, money....... big_smile

                1. qwark profile image62
                  qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Mark:
                  Oh yes!
                  The "Rothchilds" were correct: (paraphrase) he who controls money...RULES!
                  I've forgotten how it goes, but didnt "Barnum" say sumthin' like this: ya can't fool all the people all the time, but ya can fool most of the people most of the time.?
                  That's the credo of ALL monotheism!

      2. Hokey profile image59
        Hokeyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        So jesus's disciples were catholic?

        1. qwark profile image62
          qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Hokey:
          lolol...excellent!

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        Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I beg to differ.

        Catholics are not the oldest Christians.

        The oldest Christians were the original followers of Christ, the Disciples.

        Catholicism, although based on the belief in Christ, and remaining in that belief, is a religion, whereas Christianity in its pure form is not even a religion.

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          Twenty One Daysposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          true, the actual 'christian' would have NO religion or religious connection, ritual what-so-ever. no 'bible' no 'church' none of it.

          the closest to that would be gnostic.

          and i bet most cannot guess how many gnostic were slaughtered by the 'new roman pagan religion' aka 'Catholicism'

          factual history.

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    JeanMeriamposted 7 years ago

    I went to catholic school and was taught I was a christian. I was told to emulate the spirit of Jesus.As an adult I have visited several protestant churches.  The first thing I learned was that the Catholics are evil and headed to hell, for believing in the importance of faith that results in works over faith alone. Every week the sermons included begging for money to build new buildings, add to the library, etc. I had never heard that in a mass.

    The protestant churches also have enormous amounts of money and land. You have some pretty huge ones in the states like the Crystal Palace. In my town there are 3 churches that are all the exact same denomination. These 3 churches own Bible camps at lakes, a retreat centre by the river etc.If you put them together as they should be (if they weren’t so busy arguing amongst themselves) that would be a great deal of property and money.

    The protestant churches are more modern and own more modern things like radio stations, television stations, recording studios, etc.

    I honestly see little difference between the protestant and catholic churches when it comes to ownership. The Catholic church has simply been amassing materials longer than the protestant churches and has more members giving tithes. The materials are amassed by one “church" as opposed to hundreds of different denominations, making it appear to have much more.

    In my honest opinion none of the churches emulate Jesus. There are some small groups that do, but we don’t really hear of them because they are poor and busy. The rest are political entities.

    1. qwark profile image62
      qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Jean:
      Correct!
      Christianity is non existant.
      Those who claim to be christian are easily led wannabees.

      1. Faybe Bay profile image83
        Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry to differ Qwark. I am a Christian, I do not attend any church due to a number of reasons. Because of this I am told by some people I am not  a real Christian.
        Well, I don't walk around sporting a cross and WWJD bracelet and go to church, but any time anyone gets in a conversation with me the topic somehow turns to Jesus, God, Bible, whatever is on their mind, seems to come out.
        They are not afraid to voice their opinion as I am not a rep of any religion, I will not brand them as a heretic for voicing their opinion. When we are done they seem happier and ask me why I didn't become a preacher.
        if that makes me an easily led wannabee then, oh well, I must not have got the meaning of the word correctly.

        1. qwark profile image62
          qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Faybe:
          PT Barnum: ( I paraphrase again) Ya can't fool all the people all the time but ya can fool most of em most of the time.
          Those whom you mention constitute the group: "... ya can fool most of em most of the time."
          I spent 2 1/2 yrs in seminary..prepping for the "pulpit."
          I'm pretty good at recognizing the "...most of 'em..." folks.
          There was a time when I believed in god/s, trolls, witches,santa claus, the tooth fairy and dragons.
          It took alota time, experience and education to finally reach the age of "reason." ...but I did! hallelujahhhh and amen...lol :-)

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        JeanMeriamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        No I think there are christians. Like I said we just don’t hear about them and it depends on what your concept of what a christian is.They are feeding the poor, helping the kids on the streets, handing out sandwiches to the underaged prostitutes on the corner, etc. I think they are people who see deeper into other humans than most and see the possibility, which to me is what Jesus did. I don’t think real christians worry about being christian they just have that something that makes them love others. And I think it is found in certain people of any religion, and in people with no religion.

        1. qwark profile image62
          qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Jean:
          How do you "KNOW" what this jesus did?

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            JeanMeriamposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I believe, if I look way up at the top of the thread, that we were speaking of concepts. There are different concepts held about me and probably even about you. It depends on the stories one chooses to believe. It has nothing to do with knowing.

            Where did I say I “KNOW” anything? I don’t know what Jesus did anymore than you do. The people who knew are long dead and even then the stories were probably sketchy at best. But the concepts.....

            Are you waiting for me to say “ I know because I read it in the Bible”  I’m a writer. If there is something I KNOW it is that anyone can write anything they want. I could begin writing my very own book of legends and myths today. In 2000 years someone could chance upon it and believe it and convince their friends to follow. Would that make me the writer of a holy book? If their concept is that the book is sacred, then I guess so.

            I think we see this all the time today even. Gardnerian Wiccans for example. Angel worship. Law of Attraction. It depends on how you conceive what you’ve seen, experienced or read.

            There’s a proverb and I can’t remember from what tradition “He who writes the stories, rules the world.”

            So I stick to what I said. It depends on what your concept of a Christian is.

            1. qwark profile image62
              qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Jean:
              I based my question on your comment:

              "...which to me is what Jesus did."

              The presumption would be that you "know" what jesus did.

        2. Faybe Bay profile image83
          Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Jean, I do not know the scripture but perhaps you do. It is in the new testement I think. My brother told me years ago and I read it. The only true church found faultless in the eys of God is that one that caters to widows and orphans. Further study into what a widow is reveals that a woman is also a widow if her husband ceases to do his duty as a husband and a father, not just if he dies. So if that is the case, as the Catholic church and many others are taking care of these, including Judaism, would that not mean belonging to those and helping with those charities sort of makes one a Christian?

          1. qwark profile image62
            qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Faybe:
            I respect your honesty.
            There is nothing in the new testament that is credible.
            Jesus never spoke or wrote a word of it.
            It consists of stories that were told about him thru man many generations before those terribly corrupted stories were printed and promulgated about 300 yrs after his alledged crucifixion.
            There is NO ONE who knows anything at all about this jesus...NO ONE!
            I say there are no christians because no one knows anything about him.

            1. marinealways24 profile image60
              marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              The government does. big_smile

  8. Jerami profile image76
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    The God of Abraham does exist ...  In the book of Daniel whom Jesus quoted as a true prophet ...  the Anti Christ is described. He was the 14 Emperor of the Fourth kingdom upon the earth (the Roman Empire). According to Gabriel..The ten horns represent ten kings and then the little horn comes after the ten replacing three.
       Hadrian was the Little horn that Religion says is coming at some time in the future.  Wrong.
       Hadrian was the Emperor that replaced three after the first ten. He scattered the Hebrew Nation around the world but none were to be found in their promised land.
        The Times of the Gentiles began when those that were sacrificing unto the Lord were expelled out of the promised land.
        Religion was the beast that John describes coming up out of the sea in Rev. 13. The 42 months that this beast was given to Blaspheme is about to be accomplished.
       
       The message that was given in scripture and the true God of Abraham lies someplace between Atheism and Religion.
       Religion and Atheism can argue all day long and this fact does not change.
       
       The Church is a good place to be introduced to God.
       Go to Church and be introduced and then carrie on a relationship with him.    BUT
       A relationship with a Church is a poor substitute for a relationship with God. 
      Any Church that says any diffrently is feeding unbelief.

  9. Jerami profile image76
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    Quark  says.....
    There is NO ONE who knows anything at all about this jesus...NO ONE!
    I say there are no christians because no one knows anything about him.


    Jerami said...
       There are historical records that Jesus was crucified. There are records that a new sect of religious belief did come into being at that time. And I do believe that there is truth in the New Testament.
       Unfortunately this truth has been twisted by interpretation beyond recognition for the average person to see.

    1. Disappearinghead profile image89
      Disappearingheadposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      A Greek literal interlinear is a good antidote to relgious doctrine.

      1. Jerami profile image76
        Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I think the best antidote is to read the scripture unhindered by previously learned interpretations.

        1. earnestshub profile image89
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          It was a good antidote for me. smile

          1. Jerami profile image76
            Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            You are goina say that I am wrong and I probably am.
               I think that you overdosed on interpretations and are still recovering.
               Just cause a company has some really bad representatives going out with their product, ripping off their clients does not mean that the product if faulty.

            1. qwark profile image62
              qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Jerami:
              The "product" has been irreversibly corrupted by time and interpretation.
              There is not one word of the "product" that is credible in portraying this jesus person to be the "fantastic" entity you imagine him to be.
              All it takes to realize this is to study the evolution of christianity from Rome forward.
              There were no printing presses in those days and the masses, in the main, were illiterate.
              Stories were passed from one generation to another for almost 300 yrs after this jesus was alledgedly crucified.
              Time and the imagination of the story tellers created corruption of the "tales" so that by the time the "product" was published and promulgated, all you had to read was heresay that equalled the best of fairytales

              1. Jerami profile image76
                Jeramiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                The product (GOD) has never been corrupted, the representives? and their methods? heck yea.

                1. qwark profile image62
                  qwarkposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Jerami:
                  The "product" is the new testament.
                  You are correct. This "god" thing can't be corrupted. How in the world can ya corrupt "zilch?"

  10. Jerami profile image76
    Jeramiposted 7 years ago

    Hi Brenda....  That is exactly correct. first century Christians were not a member of any kind of Religion.
       The true Christians...
        am really tired ..  goina lay back down .. nap before bed time.  might check back in later.

       Qwark... Ya just don't know what ya don't know... ya know ?

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    Twenty One Daysposted 7 years ago

    Catholicism is nothing more than Roman indoctrination of Greek 'gods' with this 'new religion' called 'christian' (as noted by the pagans in Antioch, the Greek hub) from coming about. A pagan cult with Caesar-like influence.

    Pagan ritual
    Pagan beliefs
    Pagan control

    the Priests of Baal reassigned.

    1. Disappearinghead profile image89
      Disappearingheadposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Ain't that the truth....

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    At it again, wow. All aboard religion haters your bus is leaving.smile

    1. earnestshub profile image89
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sneaker you are a #8 !

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      Twenty One Daysposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      sneak, i personally have no thing against religion.
      i do think she and her hubby -science- should get it on once and for all. too much 'sexual tension' between them.
      after the 'organism-orgasm' maybe they'll just go to sleep and let the rest of the world rest in peace.

 
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