Practicing Christians?

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  1. Dai Motorhome

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    Without wishing to offend anyone, just wondered if there were any practicing Christians in the motorhome community?
    Cheers
    Dai motorhome:Smile:
     
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    Practicing Christiansen

    I like to think I am. Don't go to church much. If ever. Don't stand and shout about it. What I do or give. But still think I am.
     
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    I'm sure no one will be offended.. straight enough question

    I was brought up in a practicing Christian family.. and none come more strict than the Plymouth Brethren..

    All my family, ants, uncle, grandparents were very active.. I was baptized when I was 14 .. and practised until I was about 21 ..

    From the age of 17 I played guitar and sang in a Christian group.. we were well known in Church circles and played all over Scotland .. and down as far as Newcastle .. I still have two programs from concerts we played at.. one at Edinburgh Usher hall, the other in Newcastle..

    My mum kept them all these years, I got them when she passed away in 1984

    This was in the late 60s and I was an ardent Beatles fan.. had the Beatle cut hair, black polo neck, and of course Chelsea boots.. the other two band members were older and dressed more more conventional

    So what I hear you ask.. well, we went out one evening to play at a Church in Greenock.. when we got there the preacher told us that he didn't want me to play because I had long hair and didn't were a suit and tie.. :RollEyes:

    Well.. that was that.. the others played and I had to sit and watch.. I was so angry, but more confused .. what kind of God didn't like long hair.. did Jesus not have it.. ?

    It was the end of the band.. and for me the end of the Brethren.. and I have never ever been back..

    that was many years ago. I am not a Christian .. and do not believe in Christianity..

    next question ? :Smile:
     
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    practicing, still not reached perfection yet

    As Methodist minister I like to think I am a practicing Christian, though I woulld prefer to describe myself as a follower of Jesus. At the moment I am in the middle of a three month sabbatical, I have spent five weeks in Germany with Christians there, in May I will be joining Christians in Carlisle as they work in their communities cleaning their environment and helping elderly etc to decorate their houses. In June it's back to leading worship and visiting and meetings in my 3 congregations.
     
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  5. Malcolm Bolt

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    Practising Christians

    Cathryn Bolt

    Ummm......
    I'm sitting in a chicken shack in Portugal and your question has really got me thinking.
    Practising ... Do you ask this as in regularly go to church Ie every Sunday?
    When we were living and working regularly at home I could answer yes
    But are you asking practising as in following is what I understand a Christian life to be ?
    Well I'd really really like to say yes with my head held high
    but I too am still trying sooo hard to be a good Christian to me that simply means trusting in my God , treating my neighbour as I would wish to be treated. Caring for others and trying to live my life as well as I can .
    Reading that back it sounds horridly pious but that's not what it's supposed to sound like:Eek!:
    Basically I'd like to think I'm a practising Christian but I fail on a daily basis! However my faith is strong enough to know my God forgives me on a daily basis too:thumb:
    Scotjimlad I agree with you God doesn't give a damn about the length of your hair !!! Unfortunately that Minister was a little misguided!:Doh:

    I must add that MALCOLM was keen to ensure that this is not his opinion only mine . He is not a Christian. He believes in the power of good .. I keep telling him he's just put an extra "o" in it:BigGrin:
     
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    Think you will find there are a few of us still around.
     
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    As above....
     
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    LOL ! - I was brought up as a practising Methodist and as a child following a rehearsal for the Sunday School Anniversary I happened to tell my mother about something Mrs Blank had said, which I thought was a 'bit nasty' of her to say that to another lady. But I was only about 7-ish and didn't really know if it should be considered nasty, bearing in mind we were all not only in the church itself, but also, just in front of the altar. Plus this lady was a Chapel stalwart; you know on all the committees. did the flowers, all that malarkey.

    My mother said two things - 1. not everyone even if they attend church regularly, is actually a Christian and 2. you don't even have to go to church in the first place, to be a Christian.

    I was told to think about it. I did.

    No I don't attend church regularly. Yes - I do believe in God and I try to be Christian.

    (And my God must be the same one Cathryn knows, cos mine forgives me too! :Rofl1: To err is human, to forgive, Divine .......)
     
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  9. lorger

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    You can't be very good at it if your still only practicing :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Not religious at all I was brought up with a chatolic dad and a Protestant mother who's both families where and still are very religious, so my parents where a great combination in Glasgow :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    We have been brought up with the freedom of choice if we wanted to go to one or the other church that was fine we (my brother and I) chose none.
     
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    normanandsue just posted a very Christian Easter greeting card.
     
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    My sisters and I were raised as good christians and forced to attend sunday school, the works. never really questioned it till I was a teenager when a friend committed suicide. his mum was catholic, his dad jewish but neither faith would hold a funeral service for him. from that day on I have seen the mainstream churches as being businesses and only interested in how much money they can make

    then i did something crazy and went into a spiritualist church. totally different altogether and their sole purpose is to help people. ever since then i have been heavily involved as a practising spiritualist and am proud to help the church regularly.

    i like the concept of christianity, i just dont like the people it attracts to the churches. no offence intended of course
     
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  12. Brian and Jo

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    i do believe that there is something else to go to when we depart this mortal coil.im not a practising christian but i do beleive there is a god.i think im a good person and try not to make a pratt of myself to often and where possible i try to help others and treat them as i would like to be treated.Jo has very strong beliefs but always keeps them to herself and never inflicts them on other people.being from the philippines family and freinds are the most important things in life.
    brian and jo
     
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    I was brought up Church of England, certainly believe in God and something beyond that which we know as life on earth. Was a chuchwarden for many years, but find the chuch of england teachings dont chime exactly with my feelings any more,(know what you mean about going to church doesnt make a christian or vice versa) but still go to services - moreso now I have started to travel. St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney for Easter Sunday was wonderful.

    Abou Ben Adhem

    Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
    Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
    And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
    Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
    An angel writing in a book of gold:—
    Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
    And to the Presence in the room he said
    "What writest thou?"—The vision raised its head,
    And with a look made of all sweet accord,
    Answered "The names of those who love the Lord."
    "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
    Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
    But cheerly still, and said "I pray thee, then,
    Write me as one that loves his fellow men."

    The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
    It came again with a great wakening light,
    And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
    And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.

    James Henry Leigh Hunt
     
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    Yes, Bev and I are Christians and hold regular fellowship
    Group at our home. Anybody else going to new Wine
    This year?
     
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    I have no wish to denigrate or argue with any who have posted on this thread. I think it is a good thing that we are all able to think independently and make our own choices.
    My parents both regarded themselves as Christians. My mother was a regular attender at the local C of E church whilst my father went only occasionally, normally at Christmas and possibly harvest thanksgiving. Both were nice people and I loved them. They encouraged me to think for myself.
    For many years I was taken/sent to Sunday school. I accepted what I was taught at home, at church and state school, all had a Christian stand. It was many years later that I decided for myself that I was not a Christian and indeed had no wish to be one.
    It wasn't that I disagreed with any of the practices of any of the Christian churches it was simply I realised I did/do not believe. I accept that there probably was a nice lad called Jessus who did good things, helping others who were in need and who did not have the wherewithal to cope by themselves. It isn't that where I had a problem.
    For me it is much more fundamental. I just do not believe in God, that's any god. I do not accept the notion of any supreme being.
    As a child I believed that God was all knowing and all powerful. Later I realised that I could never get my head round how such a being that knew the outcome in advance of all actions could stand aside and allow war and natural disasters to happen.
    I am an atheist. I am comfortable with that. I hope others are comfortable with it also.

    Oh yes I am also a member of Fun. See you at a meet soon.
     
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    Im good a practising but still a novice


    Ohhh and to give you all a good laugh


    I honestly and truthfully wanted to be a nun until I was all of 16 years old

    then I discovered a person called Tony
     
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    not any more.:Angry:
     
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    Pete's mum used to ask about the children (by which I mean her grandchildren) 'Has he/she been good?' and before anyone could answer that, she'd answer with a laugh, 'Well - as good as they know how to be, anyway!' and I suppose that's all we can strive for, isn't it?
     
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    Are you a practicing Christian ?

    Just wondering what prompted your question..

    Was it Cameron describing Britain as a Christian country ?
     
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    I was brought up in a Christian (C of E) family and my brother is now a Deacon. I started to question the faith in my early teens when being prepared for confirmation and accepted the answers I was given then, but only or about 5 years or so.

    For about the last 45 years I have classed myself as having no religion - but hopefully do live by a morality which could have come from the good parts of any religion or none.

    As for Cameron describing Britain as a Christian country, he is absolutely right. We are, de facto, a Christian country by virtue of the C of E being part of the fabric of government but that does not preclude citizens of the UK having other faiths or none. Indeed, one of the strengths of the religious element of UK government is that it does not discriminate against people of other faiths or none.

    Seeing the news, yesterday, about the letter from the British Humanist Association, it struck me that they (like many groups who make a loud noise) displayed a lack of confidence in their own position rather than anything else.
     
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