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Posted by Aurino Souza on July 4, 2003 13:59:32 UTC

I can't speak for all Christians; this is just my impression of things I consider essential to the faith, things you cannot do and still call yourself a Christian:

- unlike Muslims, Christians cannot have more than one wife
- unlike Jews, Christians cannot deny the divinity of Jesus
- unlike Hindus, Christians cannot believe in social segregation
- unlike Buddhists, Christians cannot believe they have the power to attain salvation by themselves

I could give you a much longer list but that should enough to make my point. And my point is that believing some divine order to the cosmos and the possibility of personal salvation does not make one a Christian. A Christian is a person who subscribes to a particular doctrine called Christianity, not someone who subscribes to a generic, abstract, all-encompassing form of ecumenism which tolerates everything and rejects nothing.

It's not important, at least in my opinion, to be a Christian. One may lead just as meaningful a life, possibly even more so, by being a Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, whatever. I just think people should have a little respect for their traditions. It upsets me to see, for instance, Japanese youngsters singing Western pop ballads when their native music is not only just as beautiful, but it has the unique quality of being Japanese. In the same sense, I think your particular form of spirituality is full of beauty and meaning, I just don't think it's Christian in any sense of the word.

But if you like to think otherwise, by all means, don't let me stand in your way. Not that I possibly could anyway :-)



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