The reference to a God is rather trivial. If that is in another language or culture, i believe that the real question and answer would be even though we refer to one God or Allah are they the same god? is the God of Catholics the same as the God of Mormons or the baptists or the Jehovah witness’s? The answer would be a difficult one but looking at it simplistically, every denomination seems to have its own rituals and traditions that it follows depending on its location.
Andrew, the God of ANY Christian, Jew, or Muslim is the same God because our concept of God is monotheistic. God revealed Himself to the Jews first; second, through Jesus Christ, when our understanding of God developed much more than the Jews had known. The problem with Islam is that their understanding of God is more Jewish than it is Christian. Rituals and traditions are independent of the biblical God or God of the Muslims, but they do derive from each culture’s understanding of God.
The European christians (majority of them) will have a mixture of christian beliefs that have pagan traditions impeded and derived from previous pagan religions and followings. It is historically know that rome used to bring back different gods and traditions and people used to follow them. Through history people sanctified these rituals and were absorbed in the rituals that are performed today, and since children were brought up it those traditional followings they grew up and had their own children and so on!
Andrew, that is total drivel. What ‘pagan’ beliefs in the Catholic Church are you referring to?
The Church NEVER “brought back” different gods so that the people could follow them. Where did you get THAT piece of misinformation from, a Jack Chick comic book? What absolute nonsense.
One amazing fact is the the bible remained holy, in the sense that it did no change as did the todays major religions!
Yes it did. The protestants threw out books, as if they had the authority to do so.
One only has to scratch the surface to see that the holy sabbath was changed to sunday instead of the 7th day saturday, or the observents of birthdays that is a true pagan tradition and the bible does not mention even once the observence of birthdays yet christians will stubbornly defend this pagan tradition that has no religious link.
Christian worship on Sunday is biblically based. Why don’t you read the bible for a change and learn something?
Do we blindly follow traditions and interpret the bible to our own means or do should we let the bible interpret its self. I fear that the first option has been taken by many, hence the bibles prophecy that many/majority will perish!, and the majority seem to be part of the major religions today!
**Since when can’t the Church interpret Her own Scriptures? Wow! You cannot divorce Scripture from the Church Who gave it to the world, and you cannot divorce the Church from Her own Scriptures. She has every right and authority to interpret it the way She sees it because of the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
You are way off base in your assumptions.**