Originally Posted by ut0pia
It seems to me that people cannot agree on a definition of a religion.
No truer words have ever been spoken!
I remember when I was in college, I attended a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod college, which is the denomination I was raised in. I went to church with a friend of mine, who was a Lutheran Church Wisconsin Synod.
To those not versed in Lutherans, LCMS is more middle-of-the-road in their beliefs. Wisconsin is much more conservative, and then there's the EV-Free Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church) which is much more liberal. For example: the role of women in the church (this may have changed, but this is how it was at that time). In Wisconsin, women were not allowed to read the words of Jesus in a Church Service. I think
they could read the other passages of the Bible during the service, but not the Gospel. They could not serve as Elders in the Church. LCMS women could read the Gospel, and serve as Elders and any other position in the Church with the sole exception of Pastor. EV-Free's let women hold any position, including Pastor.
Anyway, so I had been baptised, raised, confirmed (given communion) LCMS. In my mind, a Christian is a Christian, and a Lutheran is a Lutheran. I was apparently mistaken. We were told by my friend's pastor that I could not receive communion there because I was a "different religion". When she signed up to teach pre-school Sunday School, and asked if I could help, she was told that I could be there as an assistant only, but I could not teach any of the stories because I wasn't their religion.
Honestly, I was stunned.
Originally Posted by katiemae1277
The comment that "there are no atheists in foxholes" is the perfect example of how atheism or agnosticism is not viewed as legitimate, or any other religion than Christianity for that matter is not legitimate. Do you think if a Muslim's life were in danger he would pray to Christianity's God? or that a Jew would ask Jesus for guidance? My non-belief is no less strong than these other religions' belief in their doctrines.
In all actuality, the God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims are all the same. It's in the details.
The Jews are still waiting for the Messiah. Christians believe He came as Jesus Christ. Muslims believe Jesus was a Prophet, but Muhammed was a more important Prophet, but still not the Messiah (I believe I have that right...I'm not really well versed in Islam).
But I understand your point. Just because one person believes with all their heart and mind that their faith is in the one truth of the Universe, doesn't mean that another can't believe with all of their heart and mind that their faith or non-faith is the one truth of the Universe.