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Posted By: GUEST,Jon
18-Feb-11 - 12:50 AM
Thread Name: The Black Cloud of Islam by Roy Harper
Subject: RE: The Black Cloud of Islam by Roy Harper
Eliza, to try to explain from my POV,

Olddude, that's a very interesting viewpoint, that a religion is better followed personally rather than in a group directed by a leader. You've made me think. The Christian Church seems to be group-based, and 'led'. Islam has the Imams and prayers in community.

From the Christian side, it is taught in the bible that one should have company with other Christians and it is felt it is best not to go it alone - we need the support of others. Here is one quote from our leader (who we believe is Christ)

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

I am not aware of any requirement to belong to any particular church and at least these days many Christians (including myself) consider themselves to be non denominational, ie. although the church attended may be Roman Catholic, methodist, etc. we are not tied in that way.