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Old Oct 2, '09, 11:05 pm
Bankostu67 Bankostu67 is offline
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Default Can you believe in God but not in Jesus?

I have been struggling with trying to figure out this question for a while, and thought I could try asking here.

For a little back-story I was baptized a Catholic though haven't been going to church since my parents had a falling out with the Priest when I was young, so I'm mostly learning about Catholicism myself through the internet and the bible, so I can't exactly get any spiritual guidance from anybody.

So, my question would be; Can you believe in God and not in Jesus and still be considered Catholic? Or would my believes in a Higher Power (God) but not in any Prophets would be going against my Catholic "roots" and are leading me towards another religion (which is not my intention).

Any thoughts on this matter would be appreciated, or just any advice in general for me.
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Old Oct 3, '09, 12:01 am
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Default Re: Can you believe in God but not in Jesus?

From my perspective, no. Because, God and Jesus are ONE.
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Old Oct 3, '09, 12:14 am
GodLovesTheSpek GodLovesTheSpek is offline
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Default Re: Can you believe in God but not in Jesus?

If one tries, Christ and His Catholic Church are rejected. The rejection is excommunication. One cannot reject Christ and be Catholic. The Catholic Church is the Church Jesus established on earth. To be Catholic is to form one's self to Christ and His Church.

In reading and investigation of Jesus this part of The Catechism Of The Catholic Church may be helpful: http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p1s2c2a2.htm#I

This section explains Jesus Christ. To have Faith in God is to have faith in Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit and all that He and His Holy Church teaches. All three, together.
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Old Oct 3, '09, 1:20 am
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Default Re: Can you believe in God but not in Jesus?

to answer the thread topic, yes. but they are not Catholics nor Christians
technically any religion that bases their belief on the teachings of Jesus, no matter how they distort it, are considered Christians. but i think anyone who denies the divinity of Jesus cannot be Christians since its fundamental in His teachings that He is the Son of God and that He is God Himself

Jews believe in God but not Jesus

Restorationists believe in God, they believe in Jesus but not in His divinity

Muslims too, they believe in Jesus only as a prophet
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Old Oct 3, '09, 2:30 am
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to be Catholic is to believe Jesus IS God.
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Old Oct 6, '09, 1:06 am
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Default Re: Can you believe in God but not in Jesus?

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I have been struggling with trying to figure out this question for a while, and thought I could try asking here.

For a little back-story I was baptized a Catholic though haven't been going to church since my parents had a falling out with the Priest when I was young, so I'm mostly learning about Catholicism myself through the internet and the bible, so I can't exactly get any spiritual guidance from anybody.

So, my question would be; Can you believe in God and not in Jesus and still be considered Catholic? Or would my believes in a Higher Power (God) but not in any Prophets would be going against my Catholic "roots" and are leading me towards another religion (which is not my intention).

Any thoughts on this matter would be appreciated, or just any advice in general for me.
NO, but please avail yourself of this fine site. There is much wonderful information here & many many fine individuals that can and will assist you in a better understanding of your Catholic Heritage and How you can retrieve it.

I will pray that you will find your way back home to Christ's Church & through him to God our father in union with the Holy Spirit.

Good Luck may God guide you.
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Old Oct 6, '09, 1:11 am
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Default Re: Can you believe in God but not in Jesus?

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Originally Posted by Bankostu67 View Post
I have been struggling with trying to figure out this question for a while, and thought I could try asking here.

For a little back-story I was baptized a Catholic though haven't been going to church since my parents had a falling out with the Priest when I was young, so I'm mostly learning about Catholicism myself through the internet and the bible, so I can't exactly get any spiritual guidance from anybody.

So, my question would be; Can you believe in God and not in Jesus and still be considered Catholic? Or would my believes in a Higher Power (God) but not in any Prophets would be going against my Catholic "roots" and are leading me towards another religion (which is not my intention).

Any thoughts on this matter would be appreciated, or just any advice in general for me.
Jesus is not a Prophet. Jesus is God incarnate. However, I don't know how you can read any of the Old Testament if you don't believe in prophets.
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Old Oct 6, '09, 10:15 am
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...Or would my believes in a Higher Power (God) but not in any Prophets would be going against my Catholic "roots" and are leading me towards another religion (which is not my intention).
I'm curious how you came to believe in a Higher Power. How was this revealed to you?
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Old Oct 6, '09, 10:29 am
SuscipeMeDomine SuscipeMeDomine is offline
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The Creed that we pray at Mass each Sunday sums up what we believe about Jesus:

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
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