I wrote this to an 'ask a pastor' kinda thing online tonight and i thought i might as well post it here to see if i can get any responses. help would be great. have a nice day i've considered myself a christian for as long as i can remember. but what *is* a christian? am i cheating the christian religion by calling myself one, when really i don't believe all of what the bible and churches seem to say? I suppose the only thing that keeps me calling myself a christian is that I believe Jesus was sent to this earth, as the son of God, that he died for our sins and was resurrected. That, and i enjoy church amazingly. I suppose I'm scared to say I'm not a christian in case it means I can't go to church anymore. I love church! I feel so great there. I believe in prayer, but I'm not sure I believe God is the 'being' that christians believe he is. Sometimes I think He's more of an... inside man. That He's deep inside us. I'm really open to ideas from other religions. I suppose I believe that God created the universe, but it's mostly because it means that I don't have to think about it too much. No, I do believe that. God created the universe and God... is. But part of me thinks that I only beileve it because I have no other explanation for it. For example; I don't believe it's necessary to wait until you are married until you have sex. I do believe that it can be a special thing, but really it's what you make of it. I believe everyone should make their own decisions in life and that they grow from their mistakes. I don't believe that 'unbelievers' should face any punishment. Often it is circumstance that they don't follow the christian religion. How about all those children growing up in pakistan and who will never see anything but the muslim religion? Should they be punished for opportunities that never found them? I also don't believe that homosexuals should be punished and excluded! People do not decide to become homosexual, it is the levels of chemicals in their bodies. If you were to believe that all gays were evil and should be condemned isn't that saying that God decided before they were born that the deserved this punishment? You contradict yourself if you also believe that all children are pure and innocent. Those children are born gay, but they, like heterosexual children, are not interested in others yet. It has been proven that your sexuality is pre-determined. Why do we exclude those who are a minority? So do these beliefs make me not a christian? Do I shame the christian name by admitting these things for the all the world to hear? If I shake my head to many things the bible says, but I still believe Jesus is the only Son of God, that He was dead and buried and rose again, only to save us from our sins, and also that our God is the only God, am I a christian or not? Thank you for your time, I do hope you don't feel I'm confronting you, I'm truly curious to know if I shouldn't be calling myself a christian. God bless, Ally.