A gentle reminder for "the season"

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To all Americans who brightly wish everyone they see a "Merry Christmas", *please* remember that the majority of the world is not Christian.
People seem to take great delight in saying things like "don't be a Scrooge - it's Christmas!!!". Well, that might be important in your universe, but not everyone's. For me, this year, Christmas is just another Thursday.
If you are celebrating, Happy Holidays.
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Uh oh, this one has the potential to get ugly. Think I'll just killfile it now and save myself the trouble
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Another burst of mental flatulence.
How about you let others say what they want and display the grace to acknowledge good wishes.

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The very concept of Christianity is the most offensive religion to man. It's intended to be. It states that nothing man can do is worthy enough. It's the only religion that teaches man can't earn his way to heaven, that Jesus was necessary to take the place of man so that God's justice could be done. We believe that God being God could not overlook the sins of man and that he chose to assume the burden himself by sending his perfect son to die in our place. In simpler words.... you aren't and never will be good enough so that means you're stuck....no hope. Unless.....he fixes it for you
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And what do you think is better? Judism perhaps -- where you can only be one of the "chosen" through a so inclusive method of birth?

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you misunderstand... I'm a Christian. My point was Christianity is my only hope. Not myself. That concept can be viewed as offensive. As for Judaism....God's promise to Abraham and his descendents is between him and them. Christianity is God's promise to the rest of us.
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So what?
Merry Christmas.
djb (not an American)
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Anyone who is a citizen of *any* country in North, Central or South America, is indeed an American.
By the way, how is Saskabush this winter season?
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Oh, goodie! Let's start *that* thread again!

No snow, and it was above freezing today.
I want -10C and about 6 feet of snow in the next 4 days...
djb (who is a Canadian)
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Sorry to hear that! VBG!
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On the sixth day God turned to Archangel Gabriel and said: "Today I am going to create a land called Canada, it will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It shall have tall majestic mountains full of mountain goats and eagles, beautiful sparkling lakes bountiful with bass and trout, forests full of elk and moose, high cliffs over-looking sandy beaches with an abundance of sea life, and rivers stocked with salmon."
God continued, "I shall make the land rich in oil so as to make the inhabitants prosper, I shall call these inhabitants Canadians, and they shall be known as the most friendly people on the earth."
"But Lord," asked Gabriel, "don't you think you are being too generous to these Canadians?"
"Not really," replied God, "just wait and see the neighbours I am going to give them."
;-P
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snipped-for-privacy@NOSOCKS.balderstone.ca says...

immigration quota for lazy retirees) I can attest to the friendliness.
I hope I'm an exception to the usual run of "neighbors" :-).
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To all Americans who brightly wish everyone they see a "Merry

WRONG!! Check out some statistics null. Christianity leads with the highest percentage of followers in the world.
Taken from: http://www.cyber.vt.edu/geog1014/topics/110Religion/table.html
Religious Population of the World, 1999 (in thousands) Statistics of the world's religions are only very rough approximations. Aside from Christianity, few religions, if any, attempt to keep statistical records; and even Protestants and Catholics employ different methods of counting members. All persons of whatever age who have received baptism in the Catholic Church are counted as members, while in most Protestant Churches only those who "join" the church are numbered. The compiling of statistics is further complicated by the fact that in China one may be at the same time a Confucian, a Taoist, and a Buddhist. In Japan, one may be both a Buddhist and a Shintoist.
Religion Total Percent distri- bution Africa Asia Latin America North America Europe1 Oceania Total population 5,929,839 100.0% 778,484 3,588,877 499,534 304,078 729,406 29,460 Christians 1,943,038 32.8% 356,277 283,734 462,965 256,882 558,729 24,451 Affiliated Christians 1,835,352 31.0% 323,782 275,836 456,919 222,678 536,092 20,045 Roman Catholics 1,026,501 17.3% 114,316 106,399 442,808 69,536 286,124 7,318 Protestants 316,445 5.3% 74,436 43,998 45,295 69,437 76,776 6,503 Orthodox 213,743 3.6% 33,660 15,232 549 4,852 158,775 675 Anglicans 63,748 1.1% 27,957 856 853 3,260 25,632 5,190 Other Christians 373,832 6.3% 74,853 143,080 44,331 83,519 25,551 2,498 Unaffiliated Christians 107,686 1.8% 32,495 7,898 6,046 34,204 22,637 4,406 Atheists 149,913 2.5% 420 121,451 2,673 1,569 23,444 356 Baha'is 6,764 0.1% 1,695 3,260 825 753 126 105 Buddhists 353,794 6.0% 138 348,806 622 2,445 1,517 266 Chinese folk religionists2 379,162 6.4% 33 377,795 184 839 250 61 Confucians 6,241 0.1% - 6,207 - - 11 23 Ethnic Religionists 248,565 4.2% 97,200 148,189 1,231 424 1,262 259 Hindus 761,689 12.8% 2,411 755,500 785 1,266 1,382 345 Jains 3,922 0.1% 65 3,850 - 7 - - Jews 14,111 0.2% 230 4,139 1,121 5,996 2,530 95 Mandeans 38 - - 38 - - - - Muslims 1,164,622 19.6% 315,000 812,000 1,624 4,349 31,401 248 New Religionists3 100,144 1.7% 27 98,548 604 759 155 51 Nonreligious4 759,655 12.8% 4,863 600,822 15,300 27,500 108,000 3,170 Other religionists 1,001 0.0% 68 11 95 585 233 9 Shintoists 2,789 0.0% - 2,727 7 55 - - Sikhs 22,332 0.4% 53 21,531 - 498 236 14 Spiritists 11,785 0.2% 3 - 11,498 148 129 7 Zoroastrians 274 - 1 269 - 3 1 -

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That didn't paste well. Just go to this link: http://www.cyber.vt.edu/geog1014/topics/110Religion/table.html

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Which gives it a plurality. Not a majority.

the _very_first_line_ of which is: "Approximately 33% of the world's population is Christian."
And thus approximately 67% is not. Like the man said, the majority of the world is not Christian.
Merry Christmas to you and null anyway. :-)

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Christians 1,943,038 32.8% 356,277 283,734 462,965 256,882 558,729 24,451 Affiliated Christians 1,835,352 31.0% 323,782 275,836 456,919 222,678 536,092 20,045 Roman Catholics 1,026,501 17.3% 114,316 106,399 442,808
What is 32.8% + 31.0% + 17.3 %. ? MAJORITY
Yes, Roman Catholics are Christians.

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Um ... try reading the very first sentence on the page that you quote. It states:
"Approximately 33% of the world's population is Christian. Another 18% is Muslim. Another 13% is Hindu"
(If you work the numbers, you'll find that Roman Catholics, affiliated Christians, etc., are the breakdown of the 32.8%.)
Read twice, post once.
Have a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday, and a nice day :-)

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I realized that after I posted that message and canceled the message. You must of snagged it before I canceled.
Good eye. :)

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this is a topic better left alone on this NG.
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