darkdude

clear up the question on Christianity...

OK, so heres the script, basically, no names mentioned, there was an argument today and i am going to prove, although no one believes me over the girl who always goes to church, being Christian can take many forms and is not a single group of people.(e.g. being Catholic or Protestant, both are separate forms of being a Christian)

Here is EVIDENCE to prove i am right:

"Christian faith groups:
One source estimates that there are 34,000 separate Christian groups in the world.
We have attempted to sort them into:
Three meta-groups, (Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism)
Three wings, (conservative, mainline and liberal)
Fifteen Religious families, (Adventist, Baptist, Lutheran, Reform....)
Dozens of denominations, (from the Amish to The Way), and
Many systems of belief (Arminianism, British Israelism, Calvinism...)"

(taken from: Religioustolerance.org)



"Christianity:

NOTE: Depending on the country, government census records often recognize only one, two or three divisions of Christians. Religious affiliation in surveys is always defined by self-identification, not by theology or practice. In predominantly non-Christian nations such as India or Iraq, available data may simply identify "Christians," to separate them from the majority populations of Hindus, Muslims, etc. If the data is more detailed (usually because there are larger numbers of Christians), Christians will be divided into "Catholics" and "Protestants" (with Orthodox/Eastern Christians typically classified as Protestant). With more accuracy, Orthodox are added as a third division, leaving all Christians who are not Catholic or Orthodox classified as Protestant. Typically this includes many groups who would prefer not to grouped with Protestants, such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Latter Day Saints.

Major Traditional Branches of Christianity
(mid-1995; source: Encyclopedia Britannica) Branch Number of Adherents
Catholic 968,000,000
Protestant 395,867,000
Other Christians 275,583,000
Orthodox 217,948,000
Anglicans 70,530,000

Major Denominational Families of Christianity
(This table does not include all Christians. These numbers are estimates, and are here primarily to assist in ranking branches by size, not to provide a definitive count of membership.)
Branch Number of Adherents
Catholic 1,050,000,000
Orthodox/Eastern Christian 240,000,000
African indigenous sects (AICs) 110,000,000
Pentecostal 105,000,000
Reformed/Presbyterian/Congregational/United 75,000,000
Anglican 73,000,000
Baptist 70,000,000
Methodist 70,000,000
Lutheran 64,000,000
Jehovah's Witnesses 14,800,000
Adventist 12,000,000
Latter Day Saints 11,500,000
Apostolic/New Apostolic 10,000,000
Stone-Campbell ("Restoration Movement") 5,400,000
New Thought (Unity, Christian Science, etc.) 1,500,000
Brethren (incl. Plymouth) 1,500,000
Mennonite 1,250,000
Friends (Quakers) 300,000 "

(taken from Adherents.com)

Also, i asked the minister from my church(a Protistant church) and he told me that Christianity takes many forms, the only major difference is the way in which people interpret the Bible. I will ask the local Catholic Priest what his view on the matter is next time i see him and the same goes for the Minister at my Grans church, which is a different group(Methodist i think, but i could be wrong)

To conclude, Nowhere that i have come across does it suggest the term "Christian" refers to a single religion, but that it is the collective name for any follower of Christ, as portrayed in the New Testament, no matter which way they interpret it.
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darkdude

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purple sky so far away,
so free, no troubles of today.
i look up and wonder,
when may i fly?

High above the distant trees,
so bare and lifeless with no leaves.
down you look, up i stare,
gaze in wonder, peace up there?

i am here, you are there,
too very different to compare.
the calm of you,
the hate of man,
In this the only war i stand,
the calm of you,
the hate of man.
darkdude

Americans Looking At New Zealand After Bush's Re-election

11/06/2004 12:09 PM ID: 44187

Americans Looking At New Zealand After Bush's Re-election

The New Zealand Immigration Service website has reported that the day after George W. Bush was re-elected president they recorded 10,300 hits from the United States, this compares to a daily average of 2500.

Attracted by New Zealand's small population and clean, green image thousands of North Americans have emigrated, the number could now soar. Immigration Service offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland have also been inundated with calls.

Marketing manager Don Badman said: "It's exploded. It really started picking up from 11pm the night of the election." The offices have been receiving up to 300 calls a day, this is up from 6 to 8 calls a day.
Source: www.news.com.au
darkdude

I've noticed too:

I've noticed too,
that instead of talking to me,
i read it on the net.
or a friend tells me,
that we've had that argument,
before we do.

i danced with you passionately,
with her i dance stupid,
in a fun, friend type of way,
i thought the difference was obvious.
obviously not.

i love this world,
i love icecream,
i love my mum,
i love my friends,
i love myself,
i love you.

they are all different types of love. the most important being the later.
i hope that helped xx
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darkdude

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The universe moves.
Time goes on.
Hearts keep on beating.
Whys is this so wrong?

The universe is huge,
so big i feel small.
Always on-going,
until we grow old.

Time keeps going,
all round the clock.
It feels so slow,
when i'm here, your not.

My heart it beats,
the drum of my mind.
Steadies my thoughts,
puts you first in the line.


The universe stops.
A space full of white.
Around me theres nothing.
No dark, no light.

Time then stops.
I'm frozen here.
In this space of nothing.
No one is near.

My heart still beats,
it goes on strong.
It awaits the day,
that you come along.
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darkdude

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everyone like my new icon, took me like an hour to make but was worth it, well i think so :)

um thats all for now, will do a proper big huge update after leeds :)

cya all soon xxx
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darkdude

Return from the land of windmills

I am now, as of today, home from Holland. bet you didn't even realize i was gone! The last 10 days (the ones in Holland :p) were really great, i made so many new friends from all over Europe and i had so much fun with them doing all sorts of drama/theater/arts related games and workshops. And, there not much point in me saying this as only Elaine and Charlotte know her, but Claudie (aka Cluse) is the bestest youth worker ever, i mean what other youth worker would take Andy and I to Holland and teach us loads of groovy new things?

Highlights:

  • Zebheffers.
  • Bill(claudies boss/skatepark guy):"we were about 1/2 a dozen short, right Claudie?"
    Claudie: "No! We were definitely  only 6 short"
    *lots of laughing from Andy and I later*
    Claudie: "Fuck! I'm such a blonde!"
  • Laura(girl in our group): "How come those windmills are turned off?"
    Claudie: "They don't get 'turned off', it's just not windy enough"
    Laura: "So it's their day off then?"
  • "Sex museum" in Amsterdam, you should have seen Bills face!
  • A 14 yo Pollish boy(Mark) asking Andy, Manu(our friend from Austria) and myself if we could give him "Mama's milk, Mama's milk" whilst making sucking gestures at our breasts. Maybe i should explain that we were all in dresses and wearing bras filled with socks, other than the Mark who was dressed as a prince.(was for a performance and i still have the dress :s)
  • The last night, due to the hilarity caused by me making (for once) really good, witty jokes, that made andy roll on the floor in the bar for about 10 min and claudie had to run away to the toilet to stop herself from leaking due to laughing to much.  

sorry about the randomness of this post, there is so so much more but you have to ask me about it coz i can't be bothered putting it all in here.

love Matt xxx

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darkdude

Holland.

So tomorrow i go to Dutchland. I don't know if i really do want to go or not. Well obviously i do want to go but you know how it is.

Anyways Charlottes away in Florida now :(
And i've been at home for the past 3 days watching tv and sleeping :() <-yawn.

I wonder what everyone else has been doing? lots of people are at T. wonder if their having fun?

"If you really think about it, times aren't that bad."


Matt xx
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