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The Mysterious Religion Of Chistianity

What is Chistianity? What do Chistians believe?


10 comments to The Mysterious Religion Of Chistianity

  • Dave

    Just to keep the answer from being too simple, according to Acts, chapter 11 they were first called Christians by the apparently Pagan/Roman Pantheistic people of Antioch. There is no Biblical record that they ever called themselves thus. Therefore, it would seem that if one wanted to know if he/she was a “Christian” one would have to ask a Pagan.

    • F.G. Fitzer

      Dave, that’s the Christians. Christianity is a different religion.

      I’m wondering who these Chistians are. What is Chistianity?

  • Tom

    Ask a dozen self-proclaimed Christians and you’ll probably get thirteen answers. As a Southern Baptist refugee (and one who no longer identifies as a Christian), I have an opinion. Since “Christ” means “the annointed one”, I understand Christianity to be the belief that faith in “the annointed one” (usually identified as Jesus Christ) will save you from an afterlife of torment and suffering. This is the modern interpretation. It has evolved over the last 2000 years. In some ways, it’s very similar to “Pure Land” Buddhism, in which all that’s required is to devote oneself to calling on the name of the Buddha to be allowed into the “Pure Land” at death.

    Some versions say you have to demonstrate your faith through works, others say all you have to do is believe. Most Christians will refer to the Bible as the authority for their beliefs without addressing the issue of the legitimacy of the Bible, how it got into the form it takes in English today, who composed the various pieces of it and why, what those different pieces meant in their original cultural contexts, and whether it has any relevance for modern humans.

    Of course, such a belief presumes all kinds of things. For example, 1) that there is an afterlife, 2) that without faith in Jesus, one is doomed to a fate of torment and suffering and one needs to be “saved” from this fate, 3) that consciousness can exist without a physical device (brain, computer, whatever) to run on, 4) that “god” and “Jesus” are such disembodied consciousnesses, 5) that individual identities can be eternal, and the list could go on.

    While I don’t buy any of it anymore, I think the evolution of Christian belief from 2000 years ago to the present is a fascinating topic.

    • F.G. Fitzer

      Once again, Tom, you’re talking about Christians. I’m not asking about Christians. The amount of material on Christianity is huge. I don’t see the need to add to that.

      I’m wondering about the mysterious, little-known religion of Chistianity, as documented in this photograph. Who are Chistians? What beliefs and practices does Chistianity involve?

  • Dave

    Christianity is a sect of Judaism which includes some Jewish people and also goyim (gentiles) who believe G-d made a covenant with their original ancestor Abraham which, when fulfilled by G-d Himself would include all the nations (families) of the earth.

    The Bible (both the original Hebrew and later Christian addition or “new” covenant) itself speaks little of Hell, usually meant to be “the grave” or “abode of the dead.” Life and death are it’s main themes, two things to which all people, whether adherents of Christianity or not, can relate to a greater or lesser extent. Hence the wide audience.

    Tom, some Christians are quick to point out that there will be a “redemption of the body,” or resurrection which would make the idea of disembodied conciousness irrelevant should you care to go a round with one of them on that one.

  • Jim Cook

    Well, the Great Goblin in the Hobbit is a Chistian, for one. It’s a shame that the character is willing to misrepresent a reasonably good position in the furtherance of victory. I think the death of the Chistian in this instance is meant to signify the moral weakness of the position.

  • Tom

    Sorry, F.G. My brain saw what it expected, not what was there. I have no idea what Chistianity is.

    • F.G. Fitzer

      Ah! I think you have uncovered one of the central tenets of Chistianity: That the world is full of unseen things that defy expectation.

  • Dave

    F.G., the joke is on me. I shall light a cigar in your honour.

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