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Posted 2/13/08 , edited 2/13/08
This is for the purposes of research. I would really like to know, each of you from your own countries. I invite members to reply to this after careful consideration. It's not about your own ideas only, but the general perception from your area where you live - What Christianity means or is associated with.

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What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?

Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is

What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?

In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?

I have established a general view from various sources that Christianity by association and practices have long been thought of as a particularly Western religion and more often than not, politicized - tool to control population and people. (Do you know why this is so? Can't just only be because of US majority making Christianity their state religion.)

Lastly, please state your age and area where you live. You don't have to be specific about age if you don't want to. I don't need exact address, just place. Age group is fine, say like late teen, or mid 30s etc, but I hope you can give an honest reply. Thanks so much! I really need opinions for this!

(I won't be quoting you or anything, so you don't have to worry about your identity being exposed ..? )
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a) Christianity is one of the largest religions in all of Canada, However I think that its popularity is decreasing as is its sway in society. Christianity is not becoming less of a religion, just that there are far more religions then there used to be, everything from muslim to new age and I think that people are wanting to discover these because they are different.

b) I think that with a lot of churches in the western region, the open door policy is even more open then it used to be, I think that they are finding new ways to open up to people of different cultures and are trying to learn more about the different cultures that they are trying to reach. In Vancouver I am hard pressed to find a church that either does not have a second language service or is an only english church. I have seen many chinese, philipine, and other culture Christian churches in and around Vancouver. I think that it is something that the church is really starting to open up to

c) Basically every religion you can name. Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, New Age (if you want to call it a religion), Scientology, Mormonism... and that's to name a few. there are plenty of other religions throughout Canada.

d) Hard question, I think that a lot of people are religious and I think a lot more are searching. I dont quite know what exactly they are searching for but I know that it's spiritual. I also think that a lot of other people are indeed not thinking about what they are doing. I think that some people (a friend of mine included) does things without thinking it through and so he's not doing well in life right now. There are definetly people not thinking about what they are doing but there are a lot of people who are actually searching and thinking about things.
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Area I live in: North Eastern United States

a.) What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?

In my area of the country, if you just go to church every Christmas eve, you're a christian. The definition of christian is a very loose one. Many people call themselves christians because their mom, and dad are, and if their dad happens to be catholic, they'll say they are half catholic, and half christian, as if it were a race. These people don't have a relationship with God, and don't know that they aren't saved. It's so hard to have so many friends who are this way. I really desire for them to realize how real God is, and I desire for them to want a relationship with God. Once I vented to a friend, "It's so hard. I have so many friends who believe in God, but don't have a relationship with Him," and he immedietly said, "Like me?". A lot of them know that they don't have a relationship with God, and they see me differently. They notice that there's something different about me, because of my relationship with God. They'll tell people that I love God a lot, they'll see my relationship with Him, yet why don't they desire that same relationship? I'm praying for them constantly. I pray that they'll truly accept Jesus as their saviour one day, and start their own relationships with Him.

b.) Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is.

Personally, I don't think it's closed its doors at all. Christianity isn't a western religion. There are so many people from different countries traveling to America because there is freedom to worship God here, and there isn't in their own country. My friend from China says that they are only allowed to build a church if it an international church for foreigners, and that it is illegal to worship God publically, so they must do it in secret. My friend's Chinese church is even large than my church, and is expanding so that more people can come. In so many countries people are dying for the freedom to practice Christianity. The number of martyrs, and people being percecuted in this world for worshiping the true God is higher than ever. There is so much christianity out there, it's not a Western religion. In fact, South Korea has a stronger christianity than the United States. There is no way that Christianity has closed its doors to other groups of nationality, ethnicities, nor races. It's a very open religion. It's just that, many countries aren't open to it. Many people are fighting for their right to read a bible, fighting for their right to evangelize, fighting for their right to meet together to worship God. Christianity is so open that people are dying for their right to practice it. The reason why is because it's real. Christianity is open because our God is real, and His love is universal. Even in North Korea, a very isolated country, there are christians. Christianity is in no way a western religion.

c.) What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?

I don't know, there are probally many. This is America, there is freedom of religion, people are allowed to practice whatever they want.

d.) In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?

(^-^) There are so many people I know who are living their lives for God. I'm so thankful for the fellowship God has blessed me with. Of course there are many friends of mine who just see christianity as a ritualistic event. As I mentioned before, it is so hard. I am hurt, the pain cuts so deap to see them so lost. However, in my life I have many people that I'm growing in Christ with. I am so thankful for these people.
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What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?
At school it's pretty much if you go to Church/Sunday School every Sunday or once in a while you're a Christian. At Chruch it's completly different, though. It's pretty hard to find true Christians around (at my school anyway), though those who are true are very noticiable. Many people here use the definition of Christian too loosly.

Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is?
I don't think so. People all over the world are and become Christians. They fight for their rights to become Christians.

What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?
There are tons. Many people are Christians or Jews. There are also plenty of athiests and evolutionists, though.

In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?
I know that almost everyone at my chruch is religious. We all beleive and don't doubt Him. My school friends are not like that, though. Most of them are not religious at all, and only go through the stuff because their parents make them.
Posted 2/14/08
Age 18, somewhere in the UK (sometimes I'm in London, sometimes I'm at home in the channel Islands)

Generally speaking in the Uk Christianity has virtually no influence anymore and many perceive it as an annoyance.

Generally speaking there are Christians from other races as far as I can see.

When I'm in London pretty much any religion in the world can be found. When I'm at home in the channel Islands I have never seen a single Muslim, Indian, Asian or anyone else on the street who isn't white and who doesn't speak English. (literally one race there are virtually no Black people either) So its just Chritianity pretty much but even then I would say 95% of the population do not go to church at all.

As I just said hardly anyone is religious. Those who do go to church and stuff are just normal Christians. Nothing out of the ordinary basically. But you get some real religious nuts in London..... Once again you will find everything somewhere in London.
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Age 15 currently in America Washington

What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?

Ive been in both england (midland) and America ( Washington) and like stickmania say theres is no influence at all in england theres not spirit everyone is just being lukewarm and its very sad
while in America its full of spirit and worship and amazing people are being converted everyday!

Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is
it is open like china is the most converted country but then i personally think that it is more about spreading Gods word and having really good preacher preaching and converting people through their words.... if that make sense

What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?
Christianity mainly America free of religion so many exist but i go to a Christian school so mostly i interact with Christians

In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?
Most people i know are brought up in Christian families and they go to church or Christian school because they are force to and so there are always some people that are not true Christians and believe that its stupid and boring. In fact there are a lot of people who participate just for the sake and its stupid because they are neither hot or cold and it is the worse to be lukewarm (rev 4:15 - 17) anyway getting all worked up now ... i believe that everywhere there are false believer that call themselves Christian and one day i hope they will find the Lord within and become a true Christian

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Age 18 from Philippines...in currently in california but im not sure bout it yet..

What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?
my country boasts as being the only Christian country in the whole asia... you could say that 80% of the people there are Chirstian... majority are Catholics... people are what you call... faithful without works. (but not always)
there is a system there called "bahala system" bahala came from Bathala wc means God. but bathala is a god before the Spanish came but its only used in the expression today.

being Catholic is really something there... people would flock to churches every sunday. there are like churches everywhere... and thay are always packed with people!!! yey! anyway, teenagers before going to dates or after date would always go to church and light candles... its not tradition but we still do it...

people when there are fiestas pray novenas in thier small chapels and some people pray the rosary everyday...like in my school when i was back in HS. every wednesday, monday and friday...we always have rosary in the morning... parents require thier children to pray every night.. and they teach them about God... but most of the time they scare them...like "if your not going to eat that God will be angry" etc.

i was catholic before but i never felt His presence... everything is ritual.... most teenagers in my batch would still go to church... but most of the time pray if they need something. people there have the faith! but one thing ive observed... if you talk about God or Jesus in public or with friends... they couldnt say anything... they would just say yeah i know... maybe im asking for too much but i just dont feel thier enthutiasm sometimes outside the church.

Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is

i never evan gave a thought that it is a western religion... people once told me that most western countries are atheists or protestants.... nope,,, i never saw Christianity as a closed religion... it will open its doors to anyone... missionaries are examples of that.. and most of the missionaries are caucasians.

What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?
Roman catholic, Christians, Inglesia ni Cristo, Islam(mostly in mindanao thats why people rarely go there )

In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?
i could say 50%-50%.... the older people however i can say that they are really really religious....

the teenagers, some.... but i know they have the faith that God will answer thier petitions...
some just dont have the time... some just participate since some of thier friends do...

some just participate in religious event in hopes to get some miracle and in hopes that thier prayers would be answered...

but i never heard of someone from my caltholic friends have this desire to BE with Jesus...
they lack the enthusiasm outside the chuch and during weekdays...

sometimes, yes... before... i was like that.
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What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?

Pretty much where I live, you are a Christian if you believe in God or if your "basically a decent person." It's all very superficial.

Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is

In reality? No. I do think that people associate Christianity with the western culture just as having blonde hair and blue eyes so they just don't give it a second thought.

What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?

Pretty much everything, although most people I've known in my life have labeled themselves as Catholic.

In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?

People here are not particularly religious, but they do buy into ritualistic propaganda. Just do good things, go to church, help others, and buy your ticket upstairs. No one really questions anything and they just go through the motions.
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What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?

Where I live, Christianity is a large thing. A lot of people are "Christian" here. But a lot of churches in my area are leechers, only gaining money and lying to people for it. There are a lot of churches around here, but they are inactive and either legalistic, or very liberal. The teen generation where I live is becoming strongly atheistic or Buddhist/Muslim. Even the ones that come to church are there for the wrong reasons.

Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is

I think Christianity is the most open religion in the world. It became popular in Europe, but it all originated with Jesus in the Middle East. Jesus loved all people, regardless of race or nationality. Satan uses the lie that accepting Christianity is buying into "Old European Imperialism." I believe Christianity is the truth and is for everyone.

What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?

The main religion is Christianity here. But we are experiencing a growing Islamic minority and agnostic/atheist uprisings. It is now the popular thing in school to declare atheism and act like you are "stronger then God." To live on the edge and give God the finger as if he bends to your will. Here in America we have almost all religions present, but still they are for the most part small minorities.

In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?

Well, there are some people who truly believe in faith. But at the church I am at now, a lot of the kids show up for the sake of it, to feel good. It has become popular to only go to church on Christmas and Easter just for the sake of going. I think true Christianity is waining as our culture is becoming more "politically correct" and immoral.
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What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?


One of the backbones of our modern day culture. Though it's image is slowly going down hill with the decreasing amount of christians. Ow, and I live in the Netherlands.


Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is


As far as I know they haven't. I have to admit though that my knowledge on this department is limited.


What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?


Islam is a religion on the rise in my country. They have expanded to around a million people. Christianity still is the biggest religion though. Atheists make up around 30 percent of the countries population.


In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?


It used to be quite a religious country in terms of christianity. Though as you see in many European countries a declining amount of people actually goes to church on sundays anymore. Ietsisme is a term used a lot in my country these days when asked what what you believe. People often awnser, I don't know what there is but I do believe there is more than this. I do think the people in my country give it enough thought. With all the religious debates on tv it is hard to get around thinking about it anyway.


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Q: What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?
A: From my understanding of others and how they view christianity/christians, I have friends and not so friendly acquaintances, who think christianity is a thing of the past, or have a misconception of it. Christians are suppost to be the stereotype we have been percieved as, Out of touch with "reality", close-minded, oh and the biggest complaint i receive is hypocracy. While everyone claims they are a christian, it seems, in California, truth of the matter its a false christianity and it's being spread through false teachers and churches nationwide. I personally have a thing against the congregation of some calvary chapels, whether it be their pastors or their members they seem to be misconstruding what should be taught, and are losing the focus of what church and fellowship should be about. (for time's sake ill end it with that, more availible if you like, just leave me a message at my Crunchyroll proflie.

Q: Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is
A:Closed it's doors? I don't think so, at least not in california, I have heard of "christian" churches that have homosexual members as well as relationships with other denominations, even of those not of the same faith.

Q: What kind of religions are existent in the place you live?
A: You name it, Cali got it. Everything from muslims-Jewish, christians to athiests.

Q: In your society, in your opinion, do you think people are particularly religious, or mainly participating in religious activities as part of a ritualistic event, without much thought of what it really means?
A: I think its a trend, spirituality is the new wave...I think most in the faith are weak if not false in their beliefs. I no longer goto alot of churchs because the congregation is temporary or message is lacking. Just because someone says they are something, doesnt mean they are, their actions determine it.

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What is Christianity perceived to be in your countries or culture?


One of the backbones of our modern day culture. Though it's image is slowly going down hill with the decreasing amount of christians. Ow, and I live in the Netherlands.



Ooo too true....and in that reguard, there are still Born Again Christians in the Netherlands?
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Well for one thing they think we are CREEPY. And suck up. Look down on other rel. And we are pushy about the Lord. Well that last one is and should be true.
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