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I'm Catholic.....does that count as a Christian tho? Still same, right?

 

It most certainly does! There are some denominations which view Catholicism with suspicion, but the vast majority of mainline Christian churches accept the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Christian tradition.

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Yes I am a Christian, and proud of it. Honestly though i find that sometimes the message of Christianity gets muddled under other things (ie Westboro Baptist Church) And Ponies almost give a better image of how christians should act. I wish Christians would act as Jesus said and forget some of the self made rules that make no sense. 

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So your question is "Any Christian Bronies Out There?"

I just woke up and read it, so I decided to see whats happening in this thread.

 

Is there a flame war or something? Hopefully no, I havent all replies it.

 

I'm Catholic.....does that count as a Christian tho? Still same, right?

Protestants, Catholics and Eastern Orthodox all believe in the same God; the father, the son and the spirit within holy trinity, and that God sent his son to save the world from sin.

 

The biggest differences between Catholics and Protestants is that Protestants do not have the Apocrypha in their Bibles (1,2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Rest of Esther, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Bel and th Dragon, Manasses, 1,2 Maccabees) and they also do not believe in the authority of the Pope or Papal exegesis being equal in authority to the Bible. They believe that personal and corporate interpretation of the Bible led by the Holy Spirit is more important.

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I'm new to this forum, sad to say.

 

But hey! I'm glad you made this topic, for I am a Christian also.

 

I'd love it if somepony could show me around this complicated forum, and maybe get some PFFs too!

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Yes I am a Christian, and proud of it. Honestly though i find that sometimes the message of Christianity gets muddled under other things (ie Westboro Baptist Church) And Ponies almost give a better image of how christians should act. I wish Christians would act as Jesus said and forget some of the self made rules that make no sense. 

ha ha no one ever talks about the Westdoro Baptist church for a reason. I seen and read abut nut cases before.. these guys out class ever one. actually they might be in a solid tie with PETA

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Catholic over here...for some reason I feel like I;m the only one....  :blink:

 

Anywho, it's cool to see how many people from different religions are here! Pretty cool! And we were all brought together by one thing...MLP! How nice! Any Pokemon fans on here as well? :D

 

 

Don't care what religion you are...your my friend nonetheless! 

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I am Lutheran Protestant, and I was confirmed into the church this past October. One of my friends is Catholic, but always bothers me about the differences between the two. I do not care.

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I agree. Why can't all the Christian churches collaborate? It's all Christianity. The entire seventeenth to nineteenth century's wars were based mostly on Catholics vs. Protestants.

 

Well, one of it has to do with the nature of divine works. People disagreed with Catholic Theology at first since Martin Luther argued that Salvation is by faith alone rather than through tradition and all that stuff with fancy rituals and indulgences (because he argued that indulgences were essentially buying your salvation). Then it got ugly after a series of events that then ensued to the 30 Year's War which wreaked havoc across Germany and other parts of Europe.

 

Even before Luther there was dissent within the Mainline Christian Church (For all intents and purposes of making this simple, refer to Catholicism as "Mainline" Christianity). Take the Great Schism of 1054 for example. We all know how that went down...

 

Then other has to do with more personal reasons such as the Anglican Church (Not being able to divorce and annul marriages at convenience. No offense though).

 

More complex things then are raised such as...

1. The nature of human destiny (Is everything pre-determined by God, or is everything of our own free will?),

2. Election (Does God automatically condemn people to hell and pick those for salvation from the start? This created Presbyterianism ),

3. Baptism (Should we be allowed to baptize people at birth against their own will? Is it even valid to? Should we baptize those who believe in Christianity only consciously? This created Baptism)

4. The validity of Tradition (Which roman catholics stress a lot)

5. What is Adaiaphora (What does god not approve of nor disapprove of?)

 

And more...

 

You see, it can get complicated. Unity is harder than you think it is. Church history is pretty interesting and is very indicative of how Christianity has transformed and come to the way we see it today.

 

 

Anyways, raised Presbyterian here, and still mostly affiliated with it. I'm on the more agnostic side as I believe you can't really prove nor disprove the notion of god, more or less an Abrahamic one, but I still believe in a personal god.

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So, what's the difference between religious and atheistic brony? You know, apart from the eternal fire, brimstone and such.  :lol:

I really have to ask, what do you guys think about your fellow believers condemning MLP as a thing of Satan?

 

... Also, why is believer written with capital B?

Difference? The difference has nothing to do with being a brony, I just wanted to see if there were Bronies on here who happened to be Christians. As for the "thing of Satan", I didn't know people actually thought that. I find it totally ridiculous, personally! Unfortunately, some "Christians" (or at least those who like to call themselves such), don't always take the time to examine things for themselves, instead preferring to listen to other sources rather than the Bible. I honestly can't see anything in the show that is inappropriate or anti-Biblical, so I can't say I agree with those who condemn the show. I hear neighsayers say sometimes that it somehow makes you gay if you watch it, but that's just a ridiculous argument. So yeah, I hope that helps a bit.

And I capitalize Believers only because it's a synonym for Christian. It's not a big deal if you don't. Just trying to be specific!

Also, I hope you don't think being a Christian is only about hell, fire and brimstone. It's waaaaay more than that! If you have more questions, feel free to ask!

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I really have to ask, what do you guys think about your fellow believers condemning MLP as a thing of Satan?

 

:huh: Huh... gotta say, I haven't heard about any church or denomination doing that.  I don't doubt that it hasn't happened, but it's probably just the .00000000001% most extreme of evangelical whack jobs who'd fall into the Westboro Baptist category who express that opinion.  Don't know how most other Christians feel about MLP (that is, if they know about it) but I imagine that if they don't know that much about the show, their reaction to bronies would be the same as anypony else's who isn't that acquainted with the show, that is, "Wait, teenage and adult guys watch My Little Pony?  Well... that's certainly a strange bit of news.  Whatever!"  Then they probably just go on with their business.  I mean, c'mon, people not acquainted with the show, including 99.9999999999% of the Christians out there, have far more important things to worry about than adults watching MLP.  :lol:

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I'm one. Even though I love ponies a lot, I always put Jesus Christ above everything.  The only I must say is, some Christians don't even act like Christians online. 
I couldn't have said it better myself! It's sad how "Christians" will praise God out of one side of their mouth and praise just awful things out of the other side. It really ruins our reputation and makes it hard to sound credible when people around us call us hypocrites. Brohoof to you, sir!

 

I'd rather this either be, 1. be a separate topic on a new forum or 2. discussed in private messages because I don't want this thread to be over dominated with these types of discussions and it remain true to its actual purpose of introducing/welcoming Christian bronies. I want this to remain a welcoming environment.

 

Actually, apologies to anypony offended by these somewhat off topic posts. Let's keep things on topic from now on.

Thanks! I was wondering how to say this.  I don't really want to get into a debate on this thread; I just wanted to connect with Bronies!  If everypony would be so kind as to keep the thread on topic, that would be fantastic!

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Fun fact: We have a brony group at our Christian Church. To make it better we take our teachings from what we're taught on the show. We learn the qualities of friendship and fellowship. Best. Church. EVER!

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Christian Brony checking in. Raised Catholic. Became a Presbyterian, now I'm a Baptist.

Faith is the bottom line in any denomination. Churches that stand on the Word of God are pretty much the same regardless of the denomination. I've been to a lot of Protestant churches and the main difference is how they are organized--not what they preach.

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Well, it was because of the magic. If I had to guess, I'd say it was similar reasoning as was used to call Harry Potter an evil witch. If it can be called reasoning, that is. Then there was another about propagating homosexuality, which was based on one of the reviews written by one of the more respectable show critics. I wish I remember the names. Rather unpleasant looking middle-aged woman. I'd say both groups were in the US, so most likely not catholic, but I'm honestly not sure, it was quite some time back. Either way, I doubt the actually watched it.

 

 

Either way, I have to ask you, now that both you and I mentioned it, stance towards homosexuals? I just find this topic particularly interesting, because I kind of see some of the christian ideals conflicting with what is the community (in general) standing for, or represented as.

Well to be fair I think only the extreamist Christians are going to be the ones to think of magic as evil.. Especially in a show.

Actual magic or witchcraft is a different story, but magic in a TV show? Only the extremist's I think would want that kinda thing.

 

Heck theres people saying that Skyrim promotes homosexuality, thats just probably one of the extremist churches, and I don't believe in really Extremism in any religion honestly, some people take religion to far.

 

And actually I don't know many Christians who are against homosexuality, theres a few yeah, but honestly I think the whole thing is just dumb to oppose, and I think the fact that its stated in the bible is a misunderstanding.

 

If you can't tell already btw I'm in support of Homosexuality. And gay rights and marriage, people are allowed to love who they want, I don't think thats my business, but just like regular relationships, there are some things they should keep to themselves.

 

But yeah. There are some extream Christians, of all forms of Christianity, and I think they flat out take things to far. I forget the name of that church thats famous for being Anti Gay and stuff, yeah they're extreamist's heck they're hardly a Church in my opinion. I don't see in the bible where it says insult homosexuals and condemn them them hell. Even at their funeral.

 

But anyways, I don't wanna start any debates. I just wanna keep things nice and clean and not have anything turn to ugly so i'd like to let everyone remember to keep that in mind :). If you may :D.

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Woah, there are quite a few of us then, eh? I'm not too surprised though, honestly. ;) Christian or not, bronies tend to be cool/good people. I'm not very religious, but I am a Christian. :)

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Roman catholic but I don't really flaunt it around that much. I believe in God but I'm not like a priest where it's God all day, everyday :/

 

Although I'm not religious, my family always wants me to go to church every Sunday but to be honest I think it's a waste of time... it's literally the same thing over and over again. But that's just my own opinion

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Either way, I have to ask you, now that both you and I mentioned it, stance towards homosexuals? I just find this topic particularly interesting, because I kind of see some of the christian ideals conflicting with what is the community (in general) standing for, or represented as.

 My personal view of this, as well as several other things, is Love the sinner, even if you dont accept the sin. This dosent mean that I oppose gay marriage I just believe we should love these people, no matter if you like that they are gay or not.

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I am a Brony caused God kept me from committing suicide and brought me to this show, fandom. I am so thankful. I am a Christian and I was bullied by Christians, which is why I am never going back to a Christian private school ever again. I thank God for this. There is a reason why I have dedicated my life to the show.

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When I first watched MLP:FiM I was still a Christian, if that counts. In this final phase (which I mean as a distinct separate time, I was a non-believer before this phase, and am a non-believer after it) of being a Christian, I was very far removed from the church, though. My family has not gone regularly since like 2005. Of which, I am very grateful for. It allows me to be to be perfectly content with not coming out to my parents about no longer being a believer. I can say it also probably insulated that belief. I was never a fan of church. I never had any problems with any of the pastors I had; I just found church to be dreadfully boring and a waste of my time. Even with a pastor who was good at speaking.

 

Anyway, I was... well technically still am...  a member of a Methodist church. But in the end I found myself identifying as a "Progressive Christian" outside of any denominations. I had to reconcile my progressivism with being a Christian. I was a Christian in the last phase solely for comfort. So my morality was not going to change for any religion. Although I will say I wouldn't have ever changed my morality even if I had naturally turned back into a Christian. Just wasn't going to happen. Even back then I said that if this God is truthfully opposed to homosexuality, this God can not exist. But then again, I don't think we can go about changing our morality like that. Actually I don't even know why I wrote this... I was always a Progressive. I was never a part of any political churches, thank goodness. I think the most they spoke out against was casinos and other gambling. It's just that when I came back to Christianity that last time I wanted to set myself apart from the ...non-progressive Christians.

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Well, one of it has to do with the nature of divine works. People disagreed with Catholic Theology at first since Martin Luther argued that Salvation is by faith alone rather than through tradition and all that stuff with fancy rituals and indulgences (because he argued that indulgences were essentially buying your salvation).

 

And he was half right, yes indulgences were an extremely corrupt practice where someone would literally be promised a get out jail free card into heaven if they gave money to the church. But the faith alone argument while an understandable reaction to corruption I don't think is the answer either.

 

 

"14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."~James 2:14-26

 

That is the one thing that being raised as a Catholic that has stuck with me more than anything else, though Catholics are not the only Christians that believe that as there are some protestant denominations that also believe agree with that. I see quite a few people that claim to have faith yet their actions do not show it, none of us are perfect but it is through trying to do the right things trying to help the poor, feed the hungry to seek justice for the oppressed that I believe we are most faithful. People think that God is only in the church when God should be in everything we do.

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To some Christians in here, I think if you'd like a good pastor to listen to from time to time (i.e. if you don't like going to Church), download some World of Life Church podcasts from iTunes. Pastor Brian Zahnd gives VERY interesting sermons, and he has always been incredibly......analytical of Christianity....I guess would be how to put it, he's really smart, definitely smarter than the average pastor. Just check it out guys!

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Roman catholic but I don't really flaunt it around that much. I believe in God but I'm not like a priest where it's God all day, everyday :/

 

Although I'm not religious, my family always wants me to go to church every Sunday but to be honest I think it's a waste of time... it's literally the same thing over and over again. But that's just my own opinion

You don't have to go to church all the time to be Christian. I dislike Christians who try to act stuck-up because they go to church all the time. While i do go to church(not in a few months) I believe that god wants us to focus on living life and loving each other.

 

 

 

 My personal view of this, as well as several other things, is Love the sinner, even if you dont accept the sin. This dosent mean that I oppose gay marriage I just believe we should love these people, no matter if you like that they are gay or not.

I wish this was the way it was, but many do not follow the message of Love and Tolerate.

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If you read my profile you'll know that I'm a Christian, so I was just curious if there were other Believers out there who shared my affinity for MLP?  It would be cool to chat with like-minded people about the show! :mellow:

Straight up, like a hydra. I am a christian, and I am a brony. I find it a bit ironic that I'm a brony AND a christian because everyone thinks that we watch the show for sexual pleasure, but we don't. For most Christians  sexual pleasure via media is frowned upon, so, it's actually kind of funny how twisted the truth gets.

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I seriously had never heard that people thought of bronies as perverts until you guys pointed it out. I guess that just goes to show how people react to things when we don't have all of the evidence. I imagine there are some so-called "bronies" out there who are twisted, but those types of people are always the first to be reported on. Kind of like how you only hear about horrible plane crashes because they're so rare, I suppose.

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