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Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Trunaijian: 1:52pm On Feb 21, 2016
Why not? Is it possible? If you are a christian are gonna buy your tomatoes, meat from only christians? How possible. Of you are a muslim are you gonna buy ur clothes, car spare parts from only Muslims? How possible. Lets be civil and accommodating. The world was created by God and he put all in here for a reason. Being a religious bigot when its convenient is deceitful. We should and must accept and respect each others beliefs to co-exist.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by efficiencie(m): 1:57pm On Feb 21, 2016
The OP is subtly and deceptively persuasive but nevertheless contains implications that are wrong...Christians are those who believe Jesus and been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the HolyGhost (Mark 16:15-16) and through this have attained eternal life but those who do not believe in the Son, Jesus Christ are CONDEMNED ALREADY and the scriptures are clear on this:

John 3:16-18
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


Our flawed definition of love has beclouded many into thinking it means ABSOLUTE ASSOCIATION! Some confused Christians will say "love the homosexuals, let them practice what they do, let them be, let them worship with you as homosexuals, let them remain what they have chosen to be and let everyone be what he has chosen to be, do not make anyone look bad, rather condone and tolerate their badness and associate with them" and by these confused assertions they populate the church with people who seek their satisfaction as against the pleasure of God!

Christ loved the world but hate their sin and came for the purpose of dealing with sin! The wages of sin is death! So whether you like it or not, if you sin, you will die. This is not the judgement of man but that of God himself. So warning a sinner that if he continues in sin he will die does not amount to judging him rather it amounts to doing the bidding of God himself as dictated to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 3:18.

So to love a sinner means, praying for him to change his ways, it means to warn the sinner of his impending destruction, it means to criticize his failure that is not favored by God, it means to paralyze the sinner with prayers when his energy is biased towards committing sin and it means to encourage the converted sinner with prayers that strengthen him in the faith...

To love, is to be like God for God is love 1 John 4:7-8 and does God condone our differences particularly when they are not in alignment with his will? Though God makes his benevolence come on the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45) yet he wants us all to be as perfect as he is (Matthew 5: 48), perfect in holiness, perfect in righteousness, perfect in power, perfect in grace, perfect in beauty, perfect in glory and perfect in love!

To be a man of love is not to be a man of benevolent emotion or mere sacrifice but rather to be a man of God...for God is love!
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Nobody: 1:57pm On Feb 21, 2016
pucelle:
I had a discussion with a Muslim faithful the other day and i must confess,if one is not strong in Christlike love,those people does not deserve a Christian's friendship or acts of love because what must of them have for Christian and Christianity is loathing

imagine the Muslim man telling me,their Qur'an says only muslims will make heaven and the rest of all mankind who are not Muslims are losers? like really? such warped mentality

those people have been greatly scammed by the Arabians that brought them this religion..

that's said, did anyone notice how they quickly denied bokoharam when they started destroying and killing their fellow Muslims? did this savages deny them when they started with killing Christians and attacking churches only?

now imagine the Muslim topics even here on Nairaland,a christian can't comment yet they have a free access to comment on christian threads to spew bile.... seun needs to explain this



all said,tolerance is all we need to show them not love.. undecided




Actually, Christians say worse about Muslims.
Ever heard of Islamophobia?

After all said and done, I practice love, Religion has obviously not helped mankind one bit.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by preshOnogwu1(m): 2:07pm On Feb 21, 2016
As Christians, we ought to live for Christ. For when Christ was here on earth He lived a righteous life. Let not the things which you have done in the past weigh u down. The Bible made it clear in the book of Romans 3vs23 that "for all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God." This implies that every Christian was once a sinner, but now we are born into Christ so we ought to manifest Him. Before we manifest Him, we have to let go of our doubt and fear. God bless you!
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Chukazu: 2:19pm On Feb 21, 2016
Humblebloke:


Typicalundecided....... You don't answer questions with questionsundecided


How did you know God(which ever one you are reffering to)
Never created any religion......but relationship and friendship


how do I know?..because I can't find it in the Bible
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by KayCrack(m): 2:28pm On Feb 21, 2016
Geesarki:
I have a handful of xtrian friends despite my strong commitment nd devotion to Islam.

Abeg lets peace reign, its only the extremists that lack tolerance. An average Muslim or Christian is peace-loving.
May God bless u real good. u are wise
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Geesarki(m): 2:32pm On Feb 21, 2016
sonofananimal:
tell that to the dogs.

you can't never find a peace loving MUSLIM.

keep deceiving yourself




Considering ur moniker, am nt surprised at ur comment. Kip it up
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by kalimera101: 2:38pm On Feb 21, 2016
A true christian can but a hypocrite can't.
Christianity - way of life like Jesus.
Jesus taught love
He brought love
Jesus is love.
A christian who doesn't love is not a christian.
Honestly, the prejudice against other faiths is not easy to put behind you. But at the end love conquers all.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by awakeuche(m): 2:58pm On Feb 21, 2016
A funny post!
I work in a construction company, where I relate, build, eat, discuss and worship with all possible faiths...... hell I have even done some Buddhism with my Chinese friends, and boy! Do they love their dragons?
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Nobody: 3:01pm On Feb 21, 2016
Geesarki:




Considering ur moniker, am nt surprised at ur comment. Kip it up
undecided
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by darqly(m): 3:31pm On Feb 21, 2016
As a Christian, you're supposed to be nice to ALL, and genuinely care for as many you come across. Friendship breaks all barriers, true friendship anyway, regardless of what faith the other party professes.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Chukazu: 4:09pm On Feb 21, 2016
Humblebloke:


Typicalundecided....... You don't answer questions with questionsundecided


How did you know God(which ever one you are reffering to)
Never created any religion......but relationship and friendship


"he said a new law I give to you that you should love one another "John 13:34....that is relationship

" HE SAID I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS BUT FRIENDS"John 15:15..,.That is friendship

you want more?
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Humblebloke(m): 5:17pm On Feb 21, 2016
Chukazu:


"he said a new law I give to you that you should love one another "John 13:34....that is relationship

" HE SAID I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS BUT FRIENDS"John 15:15..,.That is friendship

you want more?


You are quoting a religious book......


So you got this info from a religious book
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by omojeesu(m): 5:41pm On Feb 21, 2016
Yes we can and, in fact, should on the basis of love your neighbour and even enemies as Jesus would. BUT we won't compromise our faith in the process.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by omojeesu(m): 5:42pm On Feb 21, 2016
iliyande:
In a country like Nigeria, most of us if not all, it's impossible to go a week, a day even, without interacting with someone from a different faith or of no faith at all. Whether it's a Mosque near our work or a sign for opposite faith inscription in what we buy in the ermarket, we're constantly reminded of the multi-faith society that we live in. More than just coming across people of different faiths, a lot of Christians will have friends who pray to and believe in different gods too.

But is it possible to be their good friend?

As Christians, it's not our place to judge but to love. Jesus shows us throughout the Bible the inclusivity of his love, and that's how our practice of Christianity should be. Jesus chose to spend his time with all different types of people (Luke 19:1-10). He didn't shut himself off from those who did not believe he was the Son of God and neither should we.

It's undeniable that there are common values and ideas between different faiths. And maintaining friendships with non-Christians can cause us to positively re-examine our own commitment to God. We need look no further than Christians observing Ramadan and Salah for an example of this.

Having friends of different faiths also provides us with innumerable opportunities to share the good news of God's love for us, bear witness to Jesus and introduce people to Christ. But there is no need for us to aggressively attempt to convert our friends of Muslim, atheist or any other faith to Christianity. "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," (1 Peter 3:15). The thought of discussing our faith with our friends can fill some of us with dread, but this verse is a source of encouragement. Here we find advice on how we can approach these types of conversations and a reminder that gentleness and respect is vital when doing so.

There are many differences between Islam and Christianity, and Christianity and Judaism, but there are similarities too. However, these areas of common ground, whatever they may be, should not be the driving force behind our friendships. Instead, remembering that love is central to Christianity is the way that we can really assess the validity of our inter-faith friendships.


Yes we can and, in fact, should on the basis of
love your neighbour and even enemies as Jesus
would. BUT we won't compromise our faith in the
process.

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Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Chukazu: 5:44pm On Feb 21, 2016
Humblebloke:



You are quoting a religious book......


So you got this info from a religious book

who made it religious?

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Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by IBNgemini: 6:58pm On Feb 21, 2016
Am a muslim, and I play the keyboard in the church every Sunday.....#nohate
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Humblebloke(m): 7:28pm On Feb 21, 2016
Chukazu:


who made it religious?



Wow.....you quoted the jewish bible


Everyone knows it's just another religious book written by primitive jewish men......the laws and dogmas qualifies it as a religious book.....

What makes it different from others

Btw.... If you are going to keep replying my questions with dumb questions..... Don't quote me..... Plsundecided
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by IBNgemini: 7:28pm On Feb 21, 2016
IkpuMmadu:

Don't worry when he will start radicalism in your kids When he brings the fourth wife as Muhammed sasi said
mumu read well oteh
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Yeecar(m): 9:45pm On Feb 21, 2016
adren:
@OP


what makes you think christianity is the way??

what makes you think islam is not??

we are brought up with beliefs that was passed on to our fathers and their fathers..


OP would have been a sango worshipper if he's from a sango lineage...

in a way, your write-up depicts tribalism and stigmatisation..

one is not sure what the right way is unless jesus christ or mohammed themselves show up..

just make friends, show love, take time to cherish people irrespective of their religion or belief
God just have mercy!!


in other news, i have a middle-aged woman who is ready to relocate to abuja, lagos or PH so far there is accomodation. she helps to babysit, take care of old people and she goes on errands..

she has a police affidavit.. so, you need not be afraid of kidnapping and other crimes..


for more enquiries.. quote me




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07064983344 (whatsapp)
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Yeecar(m): 9:46pm On Feb 21, 2016
adren:
@OP


what makes you think christianity is the way??

what makes you think islam is not??

we are brought up with beliefs that was passed on to our fathers and their fathers..


OP would have been a sango worshipper if he's from a sango lineage...

in a way, your write-up depicts tribalism and stigmatisation..

one is not sure what the right way is unless jesus christ or mohammed themselves show up..

just make friends, show love, take time to cherish people irrespective of their religion or belief
God just have mercy!!


in other news, i have a middle-aged woman who is ready to relocate to abuja, lagos or PH so far there is accomodation. she helps to babysit, take care of old people and she goes on errands..

she has a police affidavit.. so, you need not be afraid of kidnapping and other crimes..


for more enquiries.. quote me




Call me;
07064983344 (whatsapp)
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Nobody: 11:25pm On Feb 21, 2016
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Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Chukazu: 12:39am On Feb 22, 2016
Humblebloke:




Wow.....you quoted the jewish bible


Everyone knows it's just another religious book written by primitive jewish men......the laws and dogmas qualifies it as a religious book.....

What makes it different from others

Btw.... If you are going to keep replying my questions with dumb questions..... Don't quote me..... Plsundecided

you must have been so dumb yourself by quoting me at first
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by facheux: 12:48am On Feb 22, 2016
I work with Christians and there's a church 1 block from my house. Every one gets on just fine.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Humblebloke(m): 12:50am On Feb 22, 2016
Chukazu:


I am so dumb.......I didn't have answers to your question,so i had to reply em' with questions

I know cretin.....that was so obvious


Enjoy the rest of your day/night
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Humblebloke(m): 12:52am On Feb 22, 2016
undecided
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by macapie20(m): 7:12am On Feb 22, 2016
manee2:
... hu tell u say 5games no de cut?

5 sure games
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Nobody: 1:32pm On Feb 22, 2016
pucelle:
I had a discussion with a Muslim faithful the other day and i must confess,if one is not strong in Christlike love,those people does not deserve a Christian's friendship or acts of love because what must of them have for Christian and Christianity is loathing

imagine the Muslim man telling me,their Qur'an says only muslims will make heaven and the rest of all mankind who are not Muslims are losers? like really? such warped mentality

those people have been greatly scammed by the Arabians that brought them this religion..

that's said, did anyone notice how they quickly denied bokoharam when they started destroying and killing their fellow Muslims? did this savages deny them when they started with killing Christians and attacking churches only?

now imagine the Muslim topics even here on Nairaland,a christian can't comment yet they have a free access to comment on christian threads to spew bile.... seun needs to explain this



all said,tolerance is all we need to show them not love.. undecided

You had a discussion with a Muslim Faithful and automatically all other muslim Faithfuls are exactly same way.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by Chukazu: 6:07pm On Feb 22, 2016
Humblebloke:


I know cretin.....that was so obvious


Enjoy the rest of your day/night

you are a He-Goat for manipulating your own post and putting my name on it..that shows your level of insanity, but I can't dabble into witch-hunting with you.
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by manee2(m): 7:40pm On Feb 22, 2016
macapie20:


5 sure games
,, define 'sure games'
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by macapie20(m): 9:58pm On Feb 22, 2016
manee2:
,, define 'sure games'
Games that u can bet ur life savings on
Re: Can Christians Really Be Friends And Connect With Those Of Other Faiths? by toppiyano(f): 8:53am On Feb 24, 2016
IkpuMmadu:


Don't worry when he will start radicalism in your kids
When he brings the fourth wife as Muhammed sasi said

funny though my kids practice both religion a man have known all my life after 10Yeats of marriage brother biko he would have surely shown a sign of whatever you have quoted up there. am not surprise cos we have and will surely remain a role model to loads of marriages.

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