I wrote following posts at the blog “debunking christianity”:
“Anyone who wishes to claim that title for themselves can rightfully call themselves a Christian. They differ from the atheist, the Buddhist or any other system of beliefs insomuch as that they choose to align themselves under that designation.”
It is true that for census purposes anybody who declares to be a Christian would be counted as a Christian; it is one’s right to declare religion of one’s choice for one.
But for faith purposes there is a litmus test to know a Christian from say a Muslim.
And here is the test:
There is not a single Muslim in the world who believes that Jesus died on Cross, it is so clearly mentioned in Quran. So, according to Muslims Jesus never needed to be resurrected from the dead as he never died on the Cross in the first place. Hence Jesus was never God as per Quran/Islam/Muhammad.
There is not a single Christian, in my knowledge, who does not believe that Jesus died a cursed death on Cross for the sinful Christians; later as per the Christian faith Jesus got resurrected to life from the dead, and hence he was God and he sat on the right hand of God, assuming all-power.
This is, to me, the superstitious building blocks of Christian faith which the Christians have been made to believe by Paul in Rome.
In the same way the Mormons believe the later faith, so they are Christian for all practical purposes according to the litmus test to know a Christian from a Muslim or a Muslim from a Christians.
Otherwise, one would remain confused
@ Dan Wilkinson
For census purposes it is correct to register anybody who wants to register as a Christian should be done accordingly.
Otherwise those who do not believe in the core teachings of Jesus; they must not morally claim to be Christians. The core teachings of Jesus are as follows:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Christians; their 32000+ denominations; they don’t follow Jesus and the core teachings of Jesus; instead of following Jesus, they follow Paul.
Jesus did not believe in Trinity; he did not claim to be a literal and physical god or son of god; all these creeds were invented by Paul, Church and the scribes.
These creeds have nothing to do with Jesus.