Christianity

Christianity is a religion built around the teachings of Jesus Christ who they call the son of God. Christianity is the most popular Western religion in the world.

The Cross

Christianity is a monotheistic religion that began shortly after the death of Jesus Christ in approximately AD 33. The followers of Christianity are known as Christians and believe that through Jesus Christ they receive eternal life.

Jesus

Jesus Christ Picture
Jesus Christ - the central figure in Christianity - sinless and perfect in every way

The one belief that all divisions of Christianity share is that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to fulfill the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. With the death and resurrection of Jesus, anyone who believes in Him will have eternal life in Heaven. The gift of Jesus is free and all one has to do is believe in Him.

According to Christianity Jesus led a sinless life which is what enables humans with a sin nature to be redeemed and allowed to be seen before God. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and conceived by the Holy Spirit so he did not inherit the 'original Sin' that all other humans possess.

Paul the Apostle, an early Christian convert, wrote:

"And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
1 Corinthians 15:17-22

The death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events in Christian Theology, as they form the point in scripture where Jesus gives his ultimate demonstration that he has power over life and death and thus the ability to give people eternal life.

The Bible

Holy Bible Picture
The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God according to Christianity

To Christians, the Bible is regarded as the book of life written by man, inspired by Holy Spirit. Because of this inspiration through the Holy Spirit it is highly regarded as the absolute truth towards eternal life.

The Bible is broken into two main sections: The Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Old Testament deals with the history of God's children, the Israelites, and outlines a number of stories and prophecies.

The New Testament is centered around Jesus and his teachings. It explains his word and how one may enter into the Kingdom of God, Heaven.

Heaven and Hell

Christians believe that after this life we are then judged and depending on our faith in Jesus, either go to eternal Heaven or eternal Hell. They believe that we are all have a soul that will move on to a place of eternal rest once our physical bodies die here on Earth.

Christians believe that Hell is ruled by the Devil, who is a fallen angel, and that he purposefully attempts to deceive and manipulate people into his ways and ultimately Hell.

Salvation through Faith

Christianity teaches that people are saved through their faith in Jesus Christ alone, rather than the works that they accomplish here on Earth. Contrary to most other religions and belief systems, they don't think you can work you way into Heaven by solely doing good deeds. The only way into Heaven, according to Christian theology, is through belief and faith Jesus Christ.

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M: The Bodies Cellular Memory

Has anyone read about or heard about cellular memory? I find it to be fasinating any thoughts on it?

In a nut shell, it's a theory about cell in our body having hold memories of things we do, done, seen, tasted, enjoyed, hated, etc..

So this is supposed to be why some of us have faint memories of a so called past life, this could possibly explaine why, and that some of these memories are from our genetic gene pool, memories from some person with whom you share their genes that are runing through your body from (distant family members.)

Also in the case were some pople who get transplants have memories of the other persons life and crave the foods they loved without even knowing them, but later finding out this information.

I think this is super interesting and explaines a lot, here is additional informationa nd case studies..

Here's an link to an interesting article and study, then tell me what you think!

http://www.med.unc.edu/wellness/main/links/cellular%20memory.htm

Cellular Memory in Organ Transplants

Leslie A. Takeuchi, BA, PTA

In my experience as a physical therapist assistant, I have come to acknowledge the relevance of thoughts, emotions and spiritual beliefs to healing. I recognize the art of physical therapy to be based upon empirical science and a dualism which views the mind and body as separate, thus drawing a sharp distinction between sensory experiences and physical reality, between subject and object, between mind and matter and between soul and body. However, I also recognize that even though my science provides a rational foundation, it does not allow for the importance of the subjectivity and wholeness I see in my patients whose bodies and minds are inseparable.

In my work with the chronic pain population, I have taken a closer look at this relationship of mind and matter, body and emotions, for keys to how people heal. In this search, I looked into theories of emotions or memories being somehow stored in the tissues of the body and later manifesting in the physical form of pain or disease. What was most striking were the numerous reports of organ transplant recipients who later experienced changes in personality traits, tastes for food, music, activities and even sexual preference. Is it possible that our memories reside deep inside our bodily cells in addition to in our minds?

Current understandings about memory, for example, place this mental capacity solely as a function of the brain. However, the process of memory may be too complex to be explained by measuring brain activity through electroencephalograms or oxygen uptake as recorded on PET scans. Looking at memory as part of the quantum world of sub-atomic systems gives the visual image of tiny specks whizzing around every which way until there is a need for them to come together into some sort of pattern of awareness. But, where do the memories reside?

Candace Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, says, "Memories are stored not only in the brain, but in a psychosomatic network extending into the body . . . all the way out along pathways to internal organs and the very surface of our skin." After having discovered neuropeptides in all body tissues, Pert suggests that through cellular receptors, thoughts or memories may remain unconscious or can become conscious-raising the possibility of physiological connections between memories, organs and the mind.

University of Arizona scientists and co-authors of The Living Energy Universe, Gary Schwartz, PhD, and Linda Russek, PhD, propose the universal living memory hypothesis in which they believe that "all systems stored energy dynamically . . . and this information continued as a living, evolving system after the physical structure had deconstructed." Schwartz and Russek believe this may explain how the information and energy from the donor's tissue can be present, consciously or unconsciously, in the recipient.

Paul Pearsall, MD, a psychoneuroimmunologist and author of The Heart's Code, has researched the transference of memories through organ transplantation. After interviewing nearly 150 heart and other organ transplant recipients, Pearsall proposes the idea that cells of living tissue have the capacity to remember.

Together with Schwartz and Russek, Pearsall conducted a study, published in the Spring 2002 issue of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, entitled, "Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors." The study consisted of open-ended interviews with 10 heart or heart-lung transplant recipients, their families or friends and the donor's families or friends. The researchers reported striking parallels in each of the cases. The following is a sampling of some these.

Case study 1

In one case, an 18-year-old boy who wrote poetry, played music and composed songs, was killed in an automobile accident. A year after he died his parents came across an audiotape of a song he had written, entitled, "Danny, My Heart is Yours," which was about how he "felt he was destined to die and give his heart to someone." The donor recipient "Danny" of his heart, was an 18-year-old girl, named Danielle. When she met the donor's parents, they played some of his music and she, despite never having heard the song, was able to complete the phrases.

Case study 2

In another case, a seven-month-old boy received a heart from a 16-month-old boy who had drowned. The donor had a mild form of cerebral palsy mostly on the left side. The recipient, who did not display such symptoms prior to the transplant, developed the same stiffness and shaking on the left side.

Case study 3

A 47-year-old Caucasian male received a heart from a 17-year-old African-American male. The recipient was surprised by his new-found love of classical music. What he discovered later was that the donor, who loved classical music and played the violin, had died in a drive-by shooting, clutching his violin case to his chest.

Case study 4

A 29-year-old lesbian and a fast food junkie received a heart from a 19-year-old woman vegetarian who was "man crazy." The recipient reported after her operation that meat made her sick and she was no longer attracted to women. If fact, she became engaged to marry a man.

Case study 5

A 47-year-old man received a heart from a 14-year-old girl gymnast who had problems with eating disorders. After the transplant, the recipient and his family reported his tendency to be nauseated after eating, a childlike exuberance and a little girl's giggle.

Case study 6

Aside from those included in the study, there are other transplant recipients whose stories are worth mentioning, such as Claire Sylvia, a woman who received a heart-lung transplant. In her book entitled, A Change of Heart: A Memoir, Ms. Sylvia describes her own journey from being a healthy, active dancer to becoming ill and eventually needing a heart transplant. After the operation, she reported peculiar changes like cravings for beer and chicken nuggets, neither of which she had a taste for prior to the transplant. She later discovered that these were favorites of her donor. She even learned that her donor had chicken nuggets in his jacket pocket when he died in a motorcycle accident.

Case study 7

Another possible incidence of memory transfer occurred when a young man came out of his transplant surgery and said to his mother, "everything is copasetic." His mother said that he had never used that word before, but now used it all the time. It was later discovered that the word had been a signal, used by the donor and his wife, particularly after an argument, so that when they made up they knew everything was okay. The donor's wife reported that they had had an argument just before the donor's fatal accident and had never made up.

Case study 8 (Amazing!)

Another amazing story, reported by Pearsall, is that of an eight-year-old girl who received the heart of a ten-year-old girl who had been murdered. After the transplant, the recipient had horrifying nightmares of a man murdering her donor. The dreams were so traumatic that psychiatric help was sought. The girl's images were so specific that the psychiatrist and the mother notified the police. According to the psychiatrist, ". . .using the description from the little girl, they found the murderer. He was easily convicted with the evidence the patient provided. The time, weapon, place, clothes he wore, what the little girl he killed had said to him . . . everything the little heart transplant recipient had reported was completely accurate."

Although medical science is not yet ready to embrace the ideas of cellular memory, one surgeon believes there must be something to it. Mehmet Oz, MD, heart surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, has invited an energy healer, Julie Motz, into the operating room during transplant surgery. Initially, Motz practiced energy healing to help reduce anxiety prior to surgery and depression following surgery. Then the team noticed that there seemed to be less incidence of rejection in these patients. They were curious to see what would happen if she were present during the operation. Motz registers, through sensations in her own body, the emotional state of the patient during the surgical procedure. Through her touch or words, Motz attempts to alleviate any worries, fears or anger the patient may be experiencing. She works with the recipient's ability to accept the new organ and also works with the donated tissue so it will accept a new body. The results have been favorable, and the team reports reduced rejection and increased survival rates. This may sound outrageous to those who never thought about tissues having feelings or caring about where they would reside, but Dr. Oz believes that it would be a disservice to ignore even the possibility that this method could help.

More studies are being conducted with regard to the phenomenon of organ recipient and donor coincidences. Pearsall, Schwartz and Russek report that, "research is underway at the University of Arizona on a sample of more than 300 transplant patients to determine the incidence of such transcendent memory phenomena using semi-structured interviews and systematic questions."

Intriguing questions remain. What percentage of transplant recipients actually do feel changes in behavior and personality or report changes in food preference or have new memories? Is there a higher incidence of tissue or organ acceptance in those patients who are aware of their consciousness or who have energy work done? Will ordinary science offer more evidence to support that memories are transferred-or will we need a new science? Perhaps more importantly, what does this transcendent phenomenon have to tell us about other healing events?

Leslie A. Takeuchi, BA, PTA is a physical therapist assistant and is currently a graduate student in Holistic Health Education at John. F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. An article about Julie Motz's energy healing work appeared in the June/July issue of San Francisco Medicine in 2000. Her book, "Hand of Life" was published by Bantam Books in 1998.

inanna17: Your Own Personal Jesus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xrNaTO1bI&NR=1

http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/charts/denominations_beliefs.htm

an excerpt from - http://gospelway.com/church/denominations.php

An Imaginary Church

Despite the contradictory practices in denominationalism, we are told that it does not matter what church we attend, so just "join the church of our choice."

Let us make up a church and see if it "does not matter" if we attend this church.
Suppose we had a church that taught all the following things:

* We follow the Bible as our sole guide in religion, but we also follow the Book of Mormon, the Catholic catechism, and Jehovah's Witness Watchtower publications as authority.

* We believe that a child of God can so sin as to be eternally lost, but we also believe that it is impossible for a child of God to so sin as to be eternally lost.

* We believe that immersion is the only true form of baptism, but we also practice sprinkling and pouring as valid forms of baptism.

* We believe that man is justified by faith alone, but we also teach that obedience is essential to justification.

* We believe that the seventh day of the week is the Christian sabbath and the first day of the week is a perversion, but we also believe that the first day of the week is the Christian sabbath for worshipping God.

* We worship the God of the Bible as our only God and Jesus as our only Savior, but we also worship the sun, moon, stars, and Satan.

What would you think of a church that believed and practiced all these contradictory doctrines? "Ridiculous! Hypocritical!"

Yes, but when different churches teach these contradictory doctrines, some people tell us it "does not matter" which we join. Isn't that also ridiculous and hypocritical?

Consider what denominationalism says about Jesus. We are told that "you can find Jesus in any of the churches." And "there are people in all the denominations that are following Jesus."

But if Jesus is found in all the churches, though they teach all these contradic-
tory doctrines, doesn't that make Him a hypocrite?

And if all the churches are following Jesus, yet they are going in opposite directions, doesn't that mean Jesus is leading people in opposite directions?

When people try to justify denominations, they make Jesus ridiculous and hypocritical!

What is the real problem with our imaginary church?

The problem is that no one could believe all these contradictory doctrines because truth does not contradict itself!

This is the real issue. Jesus teaches truth, and truth does not contradict itself. My note - (Depends on your definition of Truth)!

Denominations contradict one another. Therefore, they cannot all be teaching truth, and they cannot all be following Jesus! (And to the fella who wrote all this, are you keeping track of who is following Jesus?)

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