(Non-Christians Only) If you had to convert to Christianity, which church would you chose

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Roman Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.2 billion members worldwide. It is among the oldest religious institutions in the world, and has played a prominent role in the history o... f Western civilisation. The Catholic hierarchy is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope. The Catholic Church teaches that it is the one true church founded by Jesus Christ, that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles and that the Pope is the sole successor to Saint Peter, who has primacy among the apostles. The Church maintains that the doctrine on faith and morals that it presents as definitive is infallible.The Catholic Church is Trinitarian and defines its mission as spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, administering the sacraments and exercising charity. Its principal doctrines are found in the Nicene Creed. Worship is highly liturgical, focussing on the Mass in which the sacrament of the Eucharist is offered as a sacrifice for sin. The Church teaches that through Eucharistic consecration bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, a change it calls transubstantiation   more
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Mormonism

Mormonism is the predominant religious tradition of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity. This movement was founded by Joseph Smith in the 1820s. During the 1830s and 1840s, Mormonism gradually distinguished itself from tradi... tional Protestantism. Mormonism today represents the new, non-Protestant faith taught by Smith in the 1840s. After Smith's death, most Mormons followed Brigham Young on his westward journey, calling themselves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Variations not a part of the LDS Church include Mormon fundamentalism, which seeks to maintain practices and doctrines such as polygamy that were abandoned by the LDS Church, and various other small independent denominations.The word Mormon is originally derived from the Book of Mormon, one of the faith's religious texts. Based on the name of that book, early followers of founder Joseph Smith were called Mormons, and their faith was called Mormonism. The term was initially considered pejorative, but is no longer considered so by Mormons   more
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Lutheranism

Lutheranism is a major branch of Protestant Christianity that identifies with the theology of Martin Luther, a German friar, ecclesiastical reformer and theologian.Luther's efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Catholic Church launched ... the Protestant Reformation in German-speaking territories of the Holy Roman Empire. Beginning with the Ninety-Five Theses, first published in 1517, Luther's writings were disseminated internationally, spreading the early ideas of the Reformation beyond the influence and control of the Roman Curia and the Holy Roman Emperor. The split between the Lutherans and the Catholics was made clear and open with the 1521 Edict of Worms: the edicts of the Diet condemned Luther and officially banned citizens of the Holy Roman Empire from defending or propagating his ideas, subjecting advocates of Lutheranism to forfeiture of all property, specifying half of any seized property forfeit to the Imperial government and the remaining half forfeit to the party who brought the accusation   more
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Anglicanism

Anglicanism is a tradition within Christianity comprising the Church of England and churches which are historically tied to it or have similar beliefs, worship practices and church structures. The word Anglican originates in ecclesia anglicana, a me... dieval Latin phrase dating to at least 1246 that means the English Church. Adherents of Anglicanism are called Anglicans. The great majority of Anglicans are members of churches which are part of the international Anglican Communion. There are, however, a number of churches outside of the Anglican Communion which also consider themselves to be Anglican, most notably those referred to as Continuing Anglican churches, and those which are part of the Anglican realignment movement.Anglicans found their faith on the Bible, traditions of the apostolic church, apostolic succession, and writings of the Church Fathers. Anglicanism forms one of the branches of Western Christianity; having definitively declared its independence from the Pope at the time of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement. Many of the new Anglican formularies of the mid-16th century corresponded closely to those of contemporary Reformed Protestantism   more
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Eastern Catholic Churches

The Eastern Catholic Churches are self-governing particular churches in full communion with the Pope. Together with the Latin Church, they make up the Catholic Church. Their liturgical, devotional and theological traditions are shared with other Eas... tern Christian churches with which they were once associated, such as the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches.Although some theological issues divide them from Eastern churches not in communion with Rome, for example the role and authority of the Pope, they admit members of such churches to the Eucharist and the other sacraments in the circumstances indicated in canon law.As a result of migration, Eastern Catholic Churches have spread from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and India to Western Europe, the Americas and Oceania where eparchies have been established alongside the Latin dioceses.Eastern Catholic liturgies include those of the Byzantine, Alexandrian, Antiochian, Armenian and East Syrian Rites   more
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Eastern Orthodox Church

The Eastern Orthodox Church, officially the Orthodox Catholic Church, and also referred to as the Orthodox Church and Orthodoxy, is the second largest Christian church in the world, with an estimated 225–300 million adherents, most of whom live in E... astern Europe, Southern Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. It identifies itself as the continuation of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church established by Jesus Christ in his Great Commission to the apostles, encompassing the fullness of the Christian faith.The Church has grown into a global religion, with churches in most of the countries of the world and almost every major city. Its adherents are a majority in Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine; significant minority populations exist in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kazakhstan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria   more
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Baptist

Baptists are individuals who comprise a group of denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers, and that it must be done by complete immersion. Other tenets of Baptist churches...  include soul competency, salvation through faith alone, Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local congregation. Baptists recognize two ministerial offices, pastors and deacons. Baptist churches are widely considered to be Protestant churches, though some Baptists disavow this identity.Diverse from their beginning, those identifying as Baptists today differ widely from one another in what they believe, how they worship, their attitudes toward other Christians, and their understanding of what is important in Christian discipleship.Historians trace the earliest church labeled "Baptist" back to 1609 in Amsterdam, with English Separatist John Smyth as its pastor. In accordance with his reading of the New Testament, he rejected baptism of infants and instituted baptism only of believing adults   more
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Methodism

The Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley. George Whitefield and John's brother Charles Wesley were also significant l... eaders in the movement. It originated as a revival within the 18th-century Church of England and became a separate Church following Wesley's death. Because of vigorous missionary activity, the movement spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond, today claiming approximately 80 million adherents worldwide.Methodism is characterized by its emphasis on helping the poor and the average person, its very systematic approach to building the person, and the "church" and its missionary spirit. These ideals are put into practice by the establishment of hospitals, universities, orphanages, soup kitchens, and schools to follow Jesus's command to spread the Good News and serve all people. The Methodist movement is also known for its rich musical tradition; Charles Wesley was instrumental in writing much of the hymnody of the Methodist Church, and many other eminent hymn writers come from the Methodist tradition   more
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Greek Orthodox Church

The name Greek Orthodox Church is a term referring to the body of several Churches within the larger communion of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose liturgy is or was traditionally conducted in Koine Greek, the original language of the New Testame... nt. Today, several of these Churches conduct their services in Arabic, the common language of most of their faithful, while at the same time maintaining elements of Greek cultural tradition. The current territory of the Greek Orthodox Churches more or less covers the areas in the Eastern Mediterranean that used to be a part of the Byzantine Empire. The origins of the Orthodox Church can be traced back to the churches which the Apostles founded in the Balkans and the Middle East during the first century A.D., and it maintains many traditions practiced in the ancient Church. Greek Orthodox Churches, unlike the Catholic Church, have no Bishopric head, such as a Pope, and hold the belief that Christ is the head of the Church. However, they are each governed by a committee of Bishops, called the Holy Synod, with one central Bishop holding the honorary title of "first among equals.   more
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Quaker

Quakerism originated in mid-17th century England, originally as abreak-away branch of Puritanism. George Fox (1624-1691), an Englishpreacher, founded the Society of Friends, whose open structure reflectshis aversion to church hierarchy and titles. F... ox held that the “InnerLight,” the inspiring presence of God in each person, stands aboveScripture and creed. This belief resonates through Quakerism despite afairly wide variety of practices.Quaker beliefs include the emphasis on plain speech and dress;opposition to slavery and war; and the refusal to swear oaths, whichQuakers believe undermine the daily mandate for truth-telling. Manyearly feminists and abolitionists were Quakers, and a strong socialethic continues to pervade the work of the American Friends ServiceCommittee, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.Quakers, who often met persecution for their beliefs, have also beenchampions of religious freedom. English Quaker William Penn foundedPennsylvania as a "holy experiment," a refuge for Quakers and otherreligious minorities. Quaker congregations are called "meetings," which range from structuredservices led by ministers to open sessions where participants speakwhen inspired by their own Inner Light. Major Quaker umbrellaorganizations are the Friends General Conference of Philadelphia andFriends United Meeting, based in Richmond, Indiana, and Evangelical Friends International in Ohio   more
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Armenian Apostolic Church

The Armenian Apostolic Church is the world's oldest national church. It is part of Oriental Orthodoxy and is one of the most ancient Christian communities. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in AD 301, in es... tablishing this church. The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church claims to have originated in the missions of Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the 1st century and is an early center of Christianity.It is sometimes referred to as the Gregorian Church but this name is not preferred by the church itself, as it views the Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus as its founders, and St. Gregory the Illuminator as merely the first official governor of the church   more
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Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is an autonomous Church of Eastern Orthodoxy in Ukraine, under the ecclesiastic jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Of the three major Orthodox Churches in Ukraine, only this one has its canonical status recognised...  by the whole Eastern Orthodox communion   more
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Mennonite

The Mennonites are a Christian group based around the church communities of Anabaptist denominations named after Menno Simons of Friesland. Through his writings, Simons articulated and formalized the teachings of earlier Swiss founders. The early te... achings of the Mennonites were founded on the belief in both the mission and ministry of Jesus, which the original Anabaptist followers held to with great conviction despite persecution by the various Roman Catholic and Protestant states. Rather than fight, the majority of these followers survived by fleeing to neighboring states where ruling families were tolerant of their radical belief in believer's baptism. Over the years, Mennonites have become known as one of the historic peace churches because of their commitment to pacifism.In contemporary society, Mennonites either are described only as a religious denomination with members of different ethnic origins or as both an ethnic group and a religious denomination. There is controversy among Mennonites about this issue, with some insisting that they are simply a religious group while others argue that they form a distinct ethnic group   more
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Presbyterianism

Presbyterianism is a branch of Reformed Protestantism which traces its origins to the British Isles. Presbyterian churches derive their name from the presbyterian form of church government, which is government by representative assemblies of elders....  Many Reformed churches are organized this way, but the word "Presbyterian," when capitalized, is often applied uniquely to the churches that trace their roots to the Scottish and English churches that bore that name and English political groups that formed during the English Civil War. Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and the necessity of grace through faith in Christ. Presbyterian church government was ensured in Scotland by the Acts of Union in 1707 which created the kingdom of Great Britain. In fact, most Presbyterians found in England can trace a Scottish connection, and the Presbyterian denomination was also taken to North America mostly by Scots and Scots-Irish immigrants. The Presbyterian denominations in Scotland hold to the theology of John Calvin and his immediate successors, although there is a range of theological views within contemporary Presbyterianism   more
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Theunkown says2015-04-19T09:06:58.1343920-05:00
This is not a good question. Very few people will care about Christian sects if they are not Christian.
MissLuLu says2015-04-19T12:46:17.5843762-05:00
I'd become a martyr before I joined any church. I refuse to participate in that which I don't believe. If I don't believe in polygamy, I'm not about to go out and get with multiple spouses, so why should I go out and join any church if I don't believe in God?
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-19T12:57:55.2475586-05:00
@MissLuLu, if someone threatened you at gunpoint to convert to Christianity, it's acceptable for you to convert. There are no moral principles broken when you convert after all. Becoming a martyr for atheism is unreasonable. You don't even have to believe in Christianity from the bottom of your heart, merely pretend to. In the 37th chapter of Kongzi Jiayu, Confucius explained clearly the concept of 'qu jie yi qiu shen'. There is no readily available translation of the Kongzi Jiaoyu on the internet, so I'll try to explain it in my own English. Confucius did not believe it was right to use the art of persuasion to sweet-talk rulers into going to war, but he asked his student to do exactly that when his homeland, the state of Lu, was under dire threat. That is an example. Let's say you are a big fan of atheism and really want everyone to know about it. (I don't know you, so I don't know if you actually are...) If you die now, there will be no way for you to promote atheism again, but if you bite your lips and convert for the moment, once you're free from whoever threatened you at gunpoint to convert, you can start promoting atheism again.
mwesigwa1 says2015-04-20T07:54:37.1609681-05:00
@Diqiucun_Cunmin but if that person shoots you anyway, you'd go to hell because God knows whats in your heart. Just warning you...

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