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Rachel wrote at 2012-12-16 05:30:33
I know this was asked and answered some time ago, but I thought it might be helpful to add that the Catholic Church's claim of over 1 billion members is a sham. First of all, any person who is baptized Catholic or was ever a member of a Catholic Church is counted by the Church to be Catholic until the day they die, UNLESS they formally write that they are leaving the Church (which is very rare, since most people leaving the Church don't feel that it deserves that much effort). To show just how much this skews the numbers, consider the fact that for every 1 new person joining the Church, there are at least 4 leaving it. But even so, if the Catholic Church really does have over 1 billion members, they are still out numbered by Protestants, which ALL reject the papacy.


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I am a lifelong Lutheran, a member of the Missouri Synod. My theology is conservative, orthodox, Lutheran. I can answer questions about other sects, cults, and religions from a Lutheran perspective. Fine points of Lutheran doctrine are not my specialty, but I may sometimes be able to explain things in a different and perhaps more understandable way. I can also discuss the scientific problems with the theory of evolution and tie that in with the account of the Bible. I have ministered to women online as well, when they face difficult life situations. I read enough Hebrew and Greek to make use of interlinear translations. I can help people who are interested in turning to a more natural lifestyle for healing and health, from a Christian perspective. I can answer questions about homeschooling and natural childbirth from a Lutheran perspective. As a woman, the ministry is not open to me, so I will be unable to answer questions from a minister's perspective.

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I have studied many different religions for many years, and have taught courses in my local church on cults. I have also spent time witnessing to cult members. In addition, I have developed an on-line ministry through my web site, that explains the Gospel message in multiple languages. I have also spent significant time studying alternative medicine, to determine which modalities are compatible with the Christian faith, and grounded in God's design of the human body and the medicines He provided in nature.

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I have a bachelor's degree in another field, but in the area of religion, I am largely self taught. I have done extensive reading in apologetics, including non-Lutheran writers. I have also done extensive reading in the area of origins, including scientific creationism, intelligent design, and evolution. My study and experience span decades.

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