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Do You Speak Christian?
Hypatia
Seems some xtians think the current xtian speak, or trendy phrases some xtians use in communicating with one another, is putting good 'ol christianity in an improper light and conveys erroneous interpretations about the teachings of Christ.

http://religion.b...?hpt=hp_c1

Have you told anyone “I’m born again?” Have you “walked the aisle” to “pray the prayer?”

Did you ever “name and claim” something and, after getting it, announce, “I’m highly blessed and favored?”

Many Americans are bilingual. They speak a secular language of sports talk, celebrity gossip and current events. But mention religion and some become armchair preachers who pepper their conversations with popular Christian words and trendy theological phrases.

If this is you, some Christian pastors and scholars have some bad news: You may not know what you’re talking about. They say that many contemporary Christians have become pious parrots. They constantly repeat Christian phrases that they don’t understand or distort.


During his 2003 State of the Union address, George W. Bush baffled some listeners when he declared that there was “wonder-working power” in the goodness of American people.

Evangelical ears, though, perked up at that phrase. It was an evangelical favorite, drawn from a popular 19th century revival hymn about the wonder-working power of Christ called “In the Precious Blood of the Lamb.”

Leonard says Bush was sending a coded message to evangelical voters: I’m one of you.

“The code says that one: I’m inside the community. And two: These are the linguistic ways that I show I believe what is required of me,” Leonard says.


And apparently christians have given themselves such a bad name some of them no longer think christians should be called christians - it should now be 'Christ Followers'.

Even some of the most basic religious words are in jeopardy because of overuse.

Calling yourself a Christian, for example, is no longer cool among evangelicals on college campuses, says Robert Crosby, a theology professor at Southeastern University in Florida.

“Fewer believers are referring to themselves these days as ‘Christian,’ ” Crosby says. “More are using terms such as ‘Christ follower.’ This is due to the fact that the more generic term, Christian, has come to be used within religious and even political ways to refer to a voting bloc.”


I don't care how it's sliced or diced, bullshit still comes out as bullshit after it's been sliced or diced. And it still stinks like bullshit.
 
catman
Anyone who hears "Christ follower" is going to think "Christian" (or "Christer", etc.). What a load of old lumber.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
Cynic
They say that many contemporary Christians have become pious parrots. They constantly repeat Christian phrases that they don’t understand or distort.



Funny... that's how I'd describe the bulk of Christians throughout the history of Christianity, not just the contemporary ones.
 
Theory_Execution
I have had this experience with fundy christians, the phrase I hated hearing was 'but he is sovereign', after I had been running through that old omnipotent-benevolent shtick.

They would just repeat it as if it somehow discredited the logic of my explanation.
 
catman
The fundies might as well have thrown in that he rules by divine right, too. He is sovereign over deluded people.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
seeker
Right now that is most of the US cat
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
 
Photon
catman wrote:
The fundies might as well have thrown in that he rules by divine right, too. He is sovereign over deluded people.


Invoking his right of prima nocta would be unpleasant. Who wants to have sex with a 2000-year-old zombie who wants everybody else to eat him?
 
Hypatia
Photon wrote:
catman wrote:
The fundies might as well have thrown in that he rules by divine right, too. He is sovereign over deluded people.


Invoking his right of prima nocta would be unpleasant. Who wants to have sex with a 2000-year-old zombie who wants everybody else to eat him?


Ack.
 
Theory_Execution
At least he'd have a few more holes than your average centre of a gangbang what with the spear to the rib and the nails...... you may now be sick.
 
seeker
Someone has been watching way to much porn.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
 
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