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CarolineK

Hey! So, I have been A/G my whole life and I’d like to learn about what exactly others believe! It’d be awesome if you could share your beliefs:)

May 13, 2016 at 21:28
Godsgirl1616

Godsgirl1616

A/G? What is that?

May 14, 2016 at 13:00
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CarolineK

Godsgirl, Assemblies of God

May 16, 2016 at 16:08
AnnaKate

AnnaKate

Hey love this idea!
I’m Roman Catholic and I know there are a lot of misconceptions about Catholicism amongst other denominations so I love the idea of sharing what we believe!
I believe in the Holy Trinity and that Jesus is truly God and truly man and he came to die for our sins and teach us how to live and love like him. I believe that he rose again and I believe God can do all things and do amazing things through us. I believe that the Eucharist at mass is the body and blood of Jesus, I believe in intercessory prayer and in the beauty of God’s creation. I believe that we’re called to an intimate relationship with God and that he is still present among us, that he forgives us when we screw up and that he loves us unconditionally so freaking much <3
That's just the begining πŸ™‚

May 22, 2016 at 08:22
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CarolineK

AnnaKate, yeah I know there can be a lot of misconceptions/criticism towards Catholics. For me, if you, “declare with you mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raise Him from the dead” (Romans 10:9) and have a relationship with him, that’s what’s important.

May 24, 2016 at 16:56
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

AnnaKate~Can you explain about the Eucharist being the blood and body of Jesus? Also, do you pray to saints?

Growing up in an extremely fundamentalist household I was taught Catholics are not saved and that they worship idols. I don’t believe this anymore, of course (salvation is based solely on your belief in Jesus, and none of my catholic friends have ever worshiped idols haha πŸ˜› ) but I’m still interested to hear exactly what you do believe.

May 25, 2016 at 10:38
Nino99

Nino99

Oh, I like this thread:)
I’m Eastern Orthodox–it’s pretty similar to Catholicism, but we reject the authority of the pope and don’t accept all the Catholic teachings (namely, ones introduced after the Orthodox-Catholic split in 1055).
I suppose a good way to capture what I believe is to say that the Orthodox are very into experiencing our faith with all our senses. We see it through icons, we smell it through incense, we hear it through song, we taste and feel it through Holy Communion… That’s just what I came up with off the top of my head, but my point is that we like to experience our faith with our entire body. That’s something I really appreciate about my faith.
I actually was raised quasi-Catholic (but realistically atheist), but that’s another story πŸ˜‰

May 28, 2016 at 15:10
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CarolineK

Nino, that’s really interesting! I have a question…what do you mean by “icons”? And what is the incense for? Is it like the ones mentioned in the Old Testament?

May 29, 2016 at 12:09
Nino99

Nino99

Caroline, icons are images (really any kind of visual depiction; most are paintings, but some are made of metal or other materials) of Christ, saints, or angels. (You can look up “orthodox icons” in Google images if you want to see examples) We treat them with respect because they depict holy people. We also (and I know this’ll probably sound a bit strange to you haha) kiss the icons…it’s not much different from keeping a photo of a loved one with you. We respect and love the people depicted in these images, and we hope to be united with them soon!:)
And about the incense, you’re right… “Let my prayer arise in Thy sight as incense and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice”—It represents our prayers going up towards God in heaven.

May 29, 2016 at 19:13
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CarolineK

Ok…and yeah I’ll admit it does seem a little strange, but it’s just different ;). I may be wrong (or just not thinking correctly at this late hour haha), but I think the only physical symbolic thing for A/G is Communion. We really focus on the power of, and being baptized in, the Holy Spirit (like in Acts 2). We believe it is a very important thing for Christians. We also, like other denominations, take Communion. We do it once a month and on important days (like Easter).

May 29, 2016 at 20:16
Nino99

Nino99

It might be a silly question, but is the Assembly of God a branch of Pentecostalism? I think I heard that somewhere, but I’m not sure ☺️ Anyhow, thanks for sharing what you believe, it’s a really interesting topic to me!:)

May 30, 2016 at 07:48
AnnaKate

AnnaKate

@adventuregirl sure! Unfortunately I don’t know the theological explanation behind the Eucharist becoming the body and blood of Jesus (Which is called transubstantiation btw) but we believe that when you recieve the Eucharist you are recieving Jesus in a very physical and intimate way. That’s why we call it recieving communion. because you’re in communion with Jesus.
We do not pray to saints but we believe in intercessory prayer. When you say to a friend “hey, I’m going though a rough time could you please pray for me?” you’re asking for intercessory prayer. obviously your friend’s prayers aren’t “better” or more powerful than yours or anything, but it is still nice to know that someone is praying for you. The same is true for the saints. They’re holy people who’ve passed away that we ask to pray for us. Sometimes you ask for a certain saint’s intercession because they might have gone through something similar in life. for example right now my sister has kind of lost her faith so in addition to praying to God for her, I’m asking St. Rita to pray for her as well. St. Rita’s son lost his faith and was very far gone and into some dark stuff for years and years but she never gave up on him and never stopped praying for him. (eventually the son became a saint too) Anyway that was a long answer but there’s an example for you! haha

@nino that experiencing faith through all senses thing is so beautiful! I love that way of looking at it.

May 30, 2016 at 07:53
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CarolineK

Nino- yeah it is. It’s sometimes called Charismatic too. I (as well as my pastor) say Pentacostal.
AnnaKate- may I ask why you ask the saints to pray for you? I’ve never really understood why you do that rather than just ask someone like a friend. (But I think you do that too? Sorry, I’m not overly familiar with the Catholic beliefs)

May 30, 2016 at 11:04
AnnaKate

AnnaKate

Caroline-It’s okay! Yeah we do both. The more people praying for you the better, right? haha I need all the help I can get

May 31, 2016 at 05:25
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CarolineK

Haha makes sense. I have another question. Why (and I think this is a Catholic thing so correct me if I’m wrong) do you use candles for prayer?

May 31, 2016 at 05:48
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