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07-10-2014, 08:11 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
Savior religions were super popular in the east. That is why Mahayana Buddhism was so prevalent in China and Japan. Adherents believed all they had to do was chant the Buddha's name and that would be their ticket to getting into paradise after they died. This is in contrast to Zen (Chan) Buddhism in which practitioners took their salvation into their own hands. This involved lots of meditation and koan work.
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07-10-2014, 08:14 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
(07-10-2014 07:42 AM)ClydeLee Wrote:  Nope, plenty of theist posters come and stay here that and aren't trolls.

Haven't seen a non-troll theist for a loooooong time. We had KC. There's that Catholic guy... hardly posts anymore. Couple of others who hung around for a short while. Had a Muslim guy long ago who was reasonably civil for quite a while before throwing his toys. Can't think of any others.

Problem is they come here to preach - sometimes they come here in the early stages of deconversion. Even those... not too many of those. But the preachers get dogpiled which is right and proper Drinking Beverage

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07-10-2014, 08:15 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
(07-10-2014 08:11 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  Savior religions were super popular in the east. That is why Mahayana Buddhism was so prevalent in China and Japan. Adherents believed all they had to do was chant the Buddha's name and that would be their ticket to getting into paradise after they died. This is in contrast to Zen (Chan) Buddhism in which practitioners took their salvation into their own hands. This involved lots of meditation and koan work.

So, basically: People are lazy and don't want to put effort in 'saving' themselves, rather preferring to have somebody else do it for them in exchange for effectively empty words.

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07-10-2014, 09:11 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
(07-10-2014 08:15 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(07-10-2014 08:11 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  Savior religions were super popular in the east. That is why Mahayana Buddhism was so prevalent in China and Japan. Adherents believed all they had to do was chant the Buddha's name and that would be their ticket to getting into paradise after they died. This is in contrast to Zen (Chan) Buddhism in which practitioners took their salvation into their own hands. This involved lots of meditation and koan work.

So, basically: People are lazy and don't want to put effort in 'saving' themselves, rather preferring to have somebody else do it for them in exchange for effectively empty words.

I think that sums it up quite nicely. Thumbsup

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07-10-2014, 09:22 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
The whole fire and sword routine tends to help conversion rates.

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07-10-2014, 09:26 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
(31-05-2012 01:08 PM)Lilith Pride Wrote:  Fundamentalist islamics are closer to the original islamics and therefor more accurate in their faith?

You seem to be missing out in the fact that your life is almost definitely not that of the original christians. Plenty of things have changed and rules are no longer followed. I am pretty definite that if you were to suggest you're a christian to one of the earlier ones they'd ask where you got that idea. All current forms of christianity are excessively different than the original sects that came about during it's conception.

Let's admit that you're yet again begging the no true scotsman fallacy (which you understand now right?). Faith is much more a matter of personal interpretation than adherance to scripture. Religions do change and acording to their followers that does not diminish their importance. Your god's message has been changed countless times and you've accepted plenty of huge fundamental changes. They were made before you were introduced, or they were introduced while you were in the faith and you made the conversion to accepting this difference. Scripture is the most malleable part of the religions of the books primarily due to the ability to interpret it in so many radically diverse ways.

For one thing, you don't stone people who wear fabrics of two weaves, right? And you don't eat shellfish? Or, if you follow Numbers, a woman can be forced to miscarry (aka abortion) with dirty water if her husband suspects her of cheating. Oh you can also have multiple wives. The 'original' Christians are archaic in culture; following the Bible to the T tends to be extremely barbaric.
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07-10-2014, 09:31 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
Going back to the original question. Christianity is the most popular religion because you have the "get out of jail free card" if you only accept Christ and all that crap. Hitler could be flying around in heaven right now if he merely asked for forgiveness just before he died. So people can murder, rape, steal and act like an asshole and they'll still get saved. Dodgy

That and the no circumcision requirement thingy sure helped make Christianity popular. Unsure

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07-10-2014, 09:35 AM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
(07-10-2014 08:15 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(07-10-2014 08:11 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  Savior religions were super popular in the east. That is why Mahayana Buddhism was so prevalent in China and Japan. Adherents believed all they had to do was chant the Buddha's name and that would be their ticket to getting into paradise after they died. This is in contrast to Zen (Chan) Buddhism in which practitioners took their salvation into their own hands. This involved lots of meditation and koan work.

So, basically: People are lazy and don't want to put effort in 'saving' themselves, rather preferring to have somebody else do it for them in exchange for effectively empty words.

Exactly. Well put.
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07-10-2014, 05:22 PM
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I thought the answer was simply because Rome became Christian at a high point in their spread of influence over Europe...

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07-10-2014, 05:28 PM
RE: Why Christianity is the most popular religion
(07-10-2014 05:22 PM)ClydeLee Wrote:  I thought the answer was simply because Rome became Christian at a high point in their spread of influence over Europe...

Yeah, pretty much.

And Inquisitions and imperialism and stuff.

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