Christians:Are there any sectors who worshipped Mary as a God?if yes,when?

Passover question?

What do Jewish people do to celebrate Passover? Is it the same as Christian’s celebrate Easter?

I am planning a Easter party for our community but also would do a Passover event if it is something the Jewish community celebrates similar to Easter.

My fiance is a religious man. He attends church services every sunday and other events planned by the church. He is clearly a christian and I am very proud of him. It is hard to explain but I can honestly say that he is ” the real deal “.

The bible says something about sex before marriage is wrong, and I’m feeling guilty. My question is, we are getting married but is that any excuse? My fiance is a christian but he has allowed us to be sexually active many times. Why do you think he would allow this? Is it ok BECAUSE we are going to get married (in december)?

Thanks in advance.

End of the World and Armageddon question?

We all know there have been a lot of predictions over time that the world is going to end, how many more does there have to be before everyone accepts the fact that it isn’t going to happen? Here are a few:

Failed prophecies:
About 30 CE: The Christian Scriptures (New Testament), when interpreted literally, appear to record many predictions by Jeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) that God’s Kingdom would arrive within a very short period, or was actually in the process of arriving. For example, Jesus is recorded as saying in Matthew 16:28: “…there shall be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” In Matthew 24:34, Yeshua is recorded as saying: “…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Since the life expectancy in those days was little over 30 years, Jesus appears to have predicted his second coming sometime during the 1st century CE. It didn’t happen.
About 60 CE: Interpreting the Epistles of Paul of Tarsus literally, his writings seem to imply that Jesus would return and usher in a rapture during the lifetime of persons who were living in the middle of the 1st century.
About 90 CE: Saint Clement 1 predicted that the world end would occur at any moment.
2nd Century CE: Prophets and Prophetesses of the Montanist movement predicted that Jesus would return sometime during their lifetime and establish the New Jerusalem in the city of Pepuza in Asia Minor.
365 CE: A man by the name of Hilary of Poitiers, announced that the end would happen that year. It didn’t.
375 to 400 CE: Saint Martin of Tours, a student of Hilary, was convinced that the end would happen sometime before 400 CE.
500 CE: This was the first year-with-a-nice-round-number-panic. The antipope Hippolytus and an earlier Christian academic Sextus Julius Africanus had predicted Armageddon at about this year.
968 CE: An eclipse was interpreted as a prelude to the end of the world by the army of the German emperor Otto III.
992: Good Friday coincided with the Feast of the Annunciation; this had long been believed to be the event that would bring forth the Antichrist, and thus the end-times events foretold in the book of Revelation. Records from Germany report that a new sun rose in the north and that as many as 3 suns and 3 moons were fighting. There does not appear to be independent verification of this remarkable event.
1000-JAN-1: Many Christians in Europe had predicted the end of the world on this date. As the date approached, Christian armies waged war against some of the Pagan countries in Northern Europe. The motivation was to convert them all to Christianity, by force if necessary, before Christ returned in the year 1000. Meanwhile, some Christians had given their possessions to the Church in anticipation of the end. Fortunately, the level of education was so low that many citizens were unaware of the year. They did not know enough to be afraid. Otherwise, the panic might have been far worse than it was. Unfortunately, when Jesus did not appear, the church did not return the gifts. Serious criticism of the Church followed. The Church reacted by exterminating some heretics. Agitation settled down quickly.
1000-MAY: The body of Charlemagne was disinterred on Pentecost. A legend had arisen that an emperor would rise from his sleep to fight the Antichrist.
1005-1006: A terrible famine throughout Europe was seen as a sign of the nearness of the end.
1033: Some believed this to be the 1000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus. His second coming was anticipated. Jesus’ actual date of execution is unknown, but is believed to be in the range of 27 to 33 CE.
1147: Gerard of Poehlde decided that the millennium had actually started in 306 CE during Constantine’s reign. Thus, the world end was expected in 1306 CE.
1179: John of Toledo predicted the end of the world during 1186. This estimate was based on the alignment of many planets.
1205: Joachim of Fiore predicted in 1190 that the Antichrist was already in the world, and that King Richard of England would defeat him. The Millennium would then begin, sometime before 1205.
1284: Pope Innocent III computed this date by adding 666 years onto the date the Islam was founded.
1346 and later: The black plague spread across Europe, killing one third of the population. This was seen as the prelude to an immediate end of the world. Unfortunately, the Christians had previously killed a many of the cats, fearing that they might be familiars of Witches. The fewer the cats, the more the rats. It was the rat fleas that spread the black plague.
1496: This was approximately 1500 years after the birth of Jesus. Some mystics in the 15th century predicted that the millennium would begin during this year.
1524: Many astrologers predicted the imminent end of the world due to a world wide flood. They obviously had not read the Genesis story of the rain

Question for Christians and atheists?

I am an absolute atheist. However, unlike many of the atheists here, I was raised in an almost entirely atheist family. I am 16 now.

I knew nothing of any religion until I heard about it from other kids at school. I thought nothing of it. It sounded ridiculous. However, a couple of months ago, I became interested in learning about religion. I am entirely content without it. This learning was an endeavor of curiosity, since religion was such a foreign concept.

As part of this, I began attending a Bible study group, for learning purposes. It is a student-lead group that meets at lunch at my high school every Tuesday. A Pastor from a local church comes, and we discuss various things about religion and faith. The Pastor does not preach, and does not even lead the discussion. He puts his two-cents in like the rest of us, but is more respected.

I have been attending for a few weeks now. To my surprise, I mixed well with the Christians, and my presence was not only tolerated but encouraged. I have heard nothing that would lead me to convert, but it has helped me to understand Christians a lot better, which was a primary goal from the beginning. I have also made friends there.

At the end of each year school year, this group, and the church who sends its pastor, put on a Christian graduation party for graduating seniors on a Saturday after the graduation ceremony.

I am conflicted about this. I enjoy learning about Christian beliefs from a social science standpoint, and it helps me to understand them better. (The way Christians work is still a little mysterious to me.) I have also made friends there. They have happily answered my questions for a a couple months, even though they weren’t of much benefit to the Christians because they were somewhat basic. It seems like I would be a lazy jerk to ditch them when it comes time for this group to do some work setting up a graduation party. On the other hand, I am a strong believer in secularism, and I’m undecided at the moment as to whether or not it is acceptable for a public school to have a Christian graduation party, or anything else run by a church, take place on its campus. The group I have been in was tun by students, but this would be run by the church. I’m not sure if that is really secular or not. I’m afraid if I help set up a Christian event on a public school campus, I will be setting a bad example, and encouraging religion on campus. On the other hand, if it is secularly acceptable, I would hate to ditch those Christian friends of mine now that there is work to be done.

What does everyone think? Does it make me a “bad” atheist to want to help out with this party?

I know this is long, but will you please help me?

I am 17 years old and Christian and I went to this gathering for LGBT youth because I am gay. There was a table outside with Christians there and I went to them because I thought they were part of the event. My friend Karla went with me. The people at the table were adults froma church and they started saying that I would get AIDS if I was gay. And they said that the anus is made for going to the bathroom not having sex, and they embarrassed me because I’m not really comfortable talking about those things. N-E-ways, I wasn’t there to have anal sex like they assumed, I was just there to talk to people. And I wear a promise ring because I don’t want to be intimate with anyone until I meet the right man to spend my life with in a comitted relationship. I’m too young for sex, and I don’t know if I even want to do it in the ways that they kept wanting to talk about. I wanted to talk about religion and about how to form a comited relationship as a gay person, but they kept saying that God made the penis & the vagina for sex, not the anus and I got really embarrassed and I don’t know why they kept focusing on just this. My friend Karla is gay too, and their points don’t even make sense for women.

N-E-ways, I was hoping that someone here who read the Bible could help me because I am a Christian and I am gay and I just want to have love like everyone else does. And I am not going to sleep around and get AIDS and all the stuff that people say. I am a good person and a good student and one day I will meet another good person who will be a Christian man and we will have a comitted loving relationship together and follow Christ’s example to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Can you help me to know if this is OK. Pleaze?