Actually was chatting to a mate the other day who is a vegetarian about how he is sick of when it comes out that he is a veggie that people feel a need to press/attack him on it - why you a veggie, do you eat this that and the other? A lot of people who are religious choose a religious path because they have had turmoil in their lives - they are not saying they are perfect - they are often just trying to be better and religion can form some sort of anchor.etc blah blah blah (i always ask him if he eats quorn dippers) - actually he is a buddhist and that is his reasoning for being veggie (though i secretly think it was pressure from his missus) but the point is he is not out there trying to transform anyone he is just following a path that he feels adds meaning and benefit to his life - fair play (he is a chef so he eats good) - we all just trying to have the best life possible. So someone can be of a said religion and not be perfect without it being a contradiction - i think most religions have a built in allowance for humans not being perfect.
This is something our Pastor tells us all the time.Surely a ‘Christian’ is either a ‘Christian’ or not?No different to those claiming to be a ‘Vegetarian’. do they mean ‘Not a model Vegetarian’, committing the ultimate sin of eating something with four legs and eyelashes?I’ve heard many people say “I’m not a model Christian” (of all ages).How can someone not be a 'Model Christian' and still be a 'Christian'; sounds like a contradiction.The Bible undeniably condemns adultery and sexual immorality, but is sex before marriage considered sexually immoral?
According to 1 Corinthians 7:2, “yes” is the clear answer: “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.” In this verse, Paul states that marriage is the “cure” for sexual immorality.
I dont think these people need to justify to anyone why they have chosen the path that they have - as long as they justified within themselves.
I do not NEED a church building to have faith or to have a relationship with God.
I am not there yet as I said I make mistakes, I have only been a Chriatian for a year and so I am still learning.
There is no Hebrew or Greek word used in the Bible that precisely refers to sex before marriage.
I think religion is a journey and you are judging them at how you perceive they should be if they were perfect.