Okay...so basically...my religion...is christianity but im still confused...
im native american...so at times I will participate with the 7 drum religion...I doubt anyone on here knows what this is...or even knows about the dreamer religion...but...it gets confusing sometimes...
I participate in powwows...and such but...
also am christian...
then again...I grew up going to a holy rollers church...but was baptised in a presbyterian church...
this is so confusing... is it okay to be christian...and express my culture? and go to a presbyterian church?
what are the differences?
I know what you mean about the confusion. I have attended some Native American ceremonies that invoke spirits or other "natural" entities.
St. Paul cautions in the letters to Timothy and 1st Corinthians that Christians should not participate in pagan rituals, and sacrificing to pagan gods. He also warns against being concerned about mythology.
However, it is possible that you will not be worshiping spirits or calling on forces in nature, your participation can be a valuable instrument in bringing people to Christ. St. Paul himself engaged the pagans in Athens at the temple of the unknown god in "the Acts of the Apostles."
Keep praying and ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern what you should do. And don't be afraid to read the sciptures to help you in your life's journey.
I have read a number of books on Native American Indians and their spiritual (religious) beliefs. The misnomer as being savages isn’t deserved. They are very spiritual and had a complex culture. As long as in your heart you believe that Jesus is your Savior and he gave his physical life to give you eternal life and there is nothing in these ceremonies that have you worship pagan gods or renounce your Christian beliefs, I don’t personally see a problem. However, I am not the ultimate authority. If these are heritage bonding ceremonies, used to celebrate ethnicity, from my understanding of the Bible, there shouldn’t be a problem, after all we were all created by the same Supreme Being.
There are a lot of differences when you go from church to church, each group worships differently, but, most believe the same thing. The basics for Christianity is to believe in what Jesus has done for us, on the cross. He paid our ticket into Heaven. If you believe that with all your heart, then hang onto it, and don't let it go, no matter what. It is not Jesus plus something, it is Jesus period...The bible was given as a book of instruction, so, in reading it, you will find the answers that you are seeking, along with prayer. God be with you...
I am not sure I quite get what you are saying. Well presbyterians(at least the PCA) tend to be more conservative and (in music dress and other ways) like they tend to dres up more and sing more tradtional song and soemitmes upper class rich. I am not sure what a powwows is but I am guessing it has to do with dance and stuff that the Indians did? well in that case I guess it is ok just make sure you don''t confuse the 2 ,cause to me it seems powows seem to me to a religous thing. and don't get to deeply involved.
it depends on if you are worshiping other gods or beings. if the powows are to bring good luck or something then you should decide if you are asking a god for good luck or pleasing something. if the powows are like that then you have to decide what they mean. if they are simply tradition, a dance or festival, or something like that then it is probably fine.
I've got Native American heritage, too, and I understand what you mean by how confusing it can be.
This is my advice: don't let anyone tell you what religion you are, but instead, decide what you believe without any else's influence.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, that's all that matters - religion, culture, skin color, sex, etc. is irrevelevent.
Ditto what tigrah12 said.
thanks you guys soo much!