Are there customs among other religions besides Christianity where gifts are exchanged?

Question by Tom: Are there customs among other religions besides Christianity where gifts are exchanged?
Everyone knows Christians exchange gifts at Christmas time, but what about other religions? Do Muslims have such a holiday? How about Budhists, Hindus, or others?

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Answer by Splash Blob
Ever heard of Hanukkah?

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What does the mennonite teach as bible christianity ?

Question by Neg0s A-sir: What does the mennonite teach as bible christianity ?
Founder Conrad Grebel, Felix Matz, George Blacrock , 1525, The bible church founder is svart Jesus Christ in 33AD. They teach the lord supper is to be observed twice a year in most of their churches. Not a bible teaching. acts 20;7, phil. 17;17, 2tim. 2;15-16, 2tim. 3;15-16.

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Answer by fireball 2
‎1Cor.14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

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What does the Disciples or Christian church teach as Christianity?

Question by Neg0s A-sir: What does the Disciples or Christian church teach as Christianity?
Founder Thomas Campbell in 1807, The lord bible church founder is susi Jesus Christ in 33 AD. They teach and apply the word reverend as a human title. Not a bible teaching. The word is only mention one time in the bible and its reference to God only, never a man.Psa 111; 9

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Answer by Chrispy
I am not familiar with that church. Jesus did say not to call anyone father, master or Rabbi.

You are speaking in the Bible where the psalmist says “Holy and Reverend is HIS name.”

If you have your doubts about anything then keep reading scripture and always ask for guidance.

hope this helps.

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The Future of Christianity (for VenomFangX)

my essay, “Religion and the Modern World: Towards a Naturalistic Panentheism”: footnotes2plato.com Is the God of Christianity a supernatural God of power and coercion, or an intimate God of love and friendship? Are we to picture God primarily as depicted in the book of Job, or as depicted in the Gospels? Is the Christian message to be that of forgiveness and understanding, found in the Sermon on the Mount, or that of judgment and law, found in Leviticus? I didn’t develop the idea that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity somehow hang together in a way that Indic and Chinese traditions do not… It seems to me that an evolution of consciousness can be seen to have taken place in the West involving the incarnation of spirit into history and matter, whereas in the East, no such teleological background is discussed. In the West, there is a beginning and an end; in the East, there is (for the awakened ones) only a merry-go-round. 0ThouArtThat0’s webcam video December 28, 2010, 05:59 PM
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Is christianity based on the human sacrifice of jesus?

Question by  : Is christianity based on the human sacrifice of jesus?
the Christian logo is a bleeding man hung on a cross so I guess human sacrifice for sin is a central theme to the plot.

Is it really any different to pushing a teenage girl down the volcano chute?

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Answer by superkornking
in b4 christian idiocy

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Is Christianity Overbearing?

Is Christianity Overbearing?

Christianity is not a religion. It is a lifestyle which depicts the way Jesus Christ lived on Earth and hence the name “Christ-ian” meaning like Christ or Christ- like. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life without stain or spots and a perfect example to all Human kind to follow. But we, Humans are born sinners, we are not perfect and from time to time we fall into sin. How then can we live a Christ- like Life? Is it possible to live a blameless Life without spot or stain? Is the whole Christian stuff just too difficult for a person to follow? In fact, some believe, it is not possible to follow the teachings of the scriptures and hence we have to be ‘super-monks’ in order to maintain the word of God in our lives.
First of all, lets look deep into our minds and the kind of mentality we have about God. If we see Him as a very strict or tough Disciplinarian, or a person who waits for the slightest opportunity to chastise us, then we will never do right without feeling the heaviness of burdens on us. In the first place, if you take the gospel to an unbeliever, how do you portray Christ? As a Punisher of sins and the final Judge who will cast unbelievers to hell? That person will have the misconception about God as a wicked being and will never want to associate himself with a supreme being who only or mostly cares about punishing His own image and likeness. But if you portray God as someone who loves and cares a lot for him/her, making the person to see God’s eager desire to make them worth living here on Earth and eternally in Heaven; then you definitely would at least achieve the first step of capturing their minds.
Will God, after sacrificing His son for us, because of His limitless love then put us under subjectivity and unbearable burden? Remember that, even when we do not deserve His love, He still loved us like His own. And after becoming His sons and daughters, we are co-heirs with His son, Jesus Christ. With such status, it should be expected that we enjoy the benefits and freedom of been co-heirs. If you are a co-heir to a king, would you be suffering? We can also cast our minds on the truth that God cares for us and His plans towards us are not evil but of good to give us an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). So, when He says ‘don’t’ or ‘do’ it is for our own good and not for Himself. God does not need us and He can absolutely do without us, but on the other hand, we need Him and cannot do without Him.
If we understand the points above, then what exactly is the aspect of the Christian life which seems difficult? A survey was taken by a Christian brother in the United Kingdom while another took the same survey but in Kenya. A total of 2,375 Christians cooperated with the survey and results showed that 1496 attributed the difficulty to the commandments and other do’s and don’ts. 831 blamed it on some social norms which are not necessarily wrong or sometimes just inappropriate but still considered sin based on God’s standards (like masturbation for example. Or even more justifiable, sex by already engaged couples). Interestingly, the remaining 18 blamed it on church doctrines. A whooping 63% are attributing this to the commandments, 35% on social norms which are still sin to God and 2% to Church doctrines. Though there are some subsets like 33% blamed the difficulty both to the commandments and as well social norms not acceptable to God.
You say the commandments are difficult? Come on! Fellow brethren, Jesus Christ made it very plain that the commandments are just two; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and everything about you and then Love your neighbor as yourself. Also, if you do not love your brother whom you see, how then can you love God whom you do not see? You only Love God by showing your fellow brother Love. 1st john 3:14-15 says “we know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not Love his brother abides in death, whoever hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal Life abiding in him. Hence, loving each other is very important. Now, practically speaking, if you love your brother, you will not covet his property or steal his things or sleep with his wife or even kill him. This is a simple thing to do. As Christians, Love is no longer a need because God Himself is Love. Rather, Love covers all needs because the Ultimate Love is already in us. Love is the Ultimate way to live a Christian life. Even if we do not see it in the Christian point of view, it still makes sense if we say, if you do not want someone to steal from you, then do not steal. Though we are not in the time of the Mosaic Law which strongly preaches on ‘An Eye for an Eye’ (Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21). But also remember that you do unto others what you want others to do unto you. The Bible teachings and Laws or commandments are meant to not only guide us, but also on how to live together happily in Love. Why do Nations, Organizations, companies, cooperative societies and even small groups have constitutions or Laws binding them? The simple reason is to create a cordial relationship to attain a good mutual-ism for the various aims or goals of such organizations/groups to be achieved; likewise God. He is so interested in our well- being and hence the commandments or direct laws.
Furthermore, in Matthew 25:40 “Jesus encourages us to be good to each other for in as much as we do anything to the least of the brethren, we have done it unto him. For the commandments “You shall not bear false witness, “you shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying namely, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore Love is the fulfillment of the Law”- Romans 13:8-10 (also in Mark12:31, James2:8 and Galatians 5:14). In view of this, the next question is, is there any difficulty is showing Love?
The problem is, we live lives too conscious of the laws or the dos and don’ts, perceiving the presence of God in a nearby corner to flog us the moment we stumble. Instead of living with such a mentality as “If I steal, I will go to hell” why not change it to, “God is Love and His love that is in me will not make me steal”? And the moment you refuse to steal when the opportunity comes, you get fullness of Joy as your instant reward which as well will boost your spirit, morale and confidence in dwelling in the goodness of doing right even without been conscious of repercussions of doing otherwise. Direct your lives towards His love and enjoy its goodness, and then you will see that it is a lot easier to live in it than you think.
As for pleasures from social norms which are not God’s standards, the same sentence has answered the question. If it is not God’s standard, then it is not, and hence a sin to God. But issues like masturbation were a very crucial one in the survey in Kenya. A girl confessed that “since God hates fornication and Adultery, I feel we can replace the source of sexual pleasure from sex to masturbation, before I marry. After all, I am not having sex with anyone” Another man said ” I love her so much and I am sure I will never leave my fiancée, so, why not we start having sex? After all, we are engaged”. Well! These statements call for more clarity from the scriptures. Ecclesiastics 3 talks about time and season for everything we do on Earth. God is the creator of Sex and He gave us as a precious gift not only for procreation but as well to derive great pleasure from it. Nevertheless, He made it sacred and gave a special time we could exploit its pleasures, which is of course after marriage. Coming to think of it, it is so special and worth waiting for. Songs of Solomon 8:4 is quite clear on this. “I want you to promise me, O women of Jerusalem not to awaken Love until the time is right”. This is also applicable to men as well. After all, if all the women would wait for the right time, the men then have no choice because both will definitely have to wait. Genesis 2:24 says “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh”. ‘To become one flesh’ means to be intimate or share your bodies or have sex together. As 1st Corinthians 6:16 confirms it “Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For ‘the two’ He says “shall become one flesh”. In conclusion, until you leave your parents and cling to your wife, do not engage in sex. You may say this Biblical verse is also related to been engaged, but if you are already engaged, then why the rush? It does not make sense to be engage and still yearn for sex as if it will never come.
The problem is ‘us’. We let lose our desires and we claim it to be human nature- which is totally true. There is a popular quote which states, “suppress your desires and you have conquered Human nature”. But can we naturally be able to conquer human nature? Even the love we preach which seems so easy as we speak it, cannot be exhibited or shown by human standards? If we try by human nature or standards, then we can never achieve it. We can never conquer the Human nature and Paul proved this by saying in Romans 7:15-24; “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the Law is good. But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things. I know I an rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. When I want to do well, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. But if I am doing what I do not want to do, I am not really the one doing it. The sin within me is doing it. The law has