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If someone loves football or basketball they are called a fan. If someone loves Jesus they are called a fanatic. What are your thoughts...?

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I thought if you loved Jesus you were called a "believer"...

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well the word fan is a derivative of fanatic.. Don't really see the difference other than in football "The Bomb" doesn't wipe out civilization

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people who love sports don't try to convert others to their way of life...

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um...yeah they do. I don't even lilke or understand m ost sports, but I've heard many an argument about which team is better. Is that not trying to persuade or "convert"?
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No it's not. It's a discussion.
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you have heard, that means you were not in the argument right. two fans expressing their differences is way different than a fan trying to create a new fan.
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Let's be honest here...T-shirts, tickets. hats, billboards, tv, radio, etc...The sports industry is all about recruiting "new fans".
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still different an industry selling itself compared to an individual pushing their belief on others... i do believe that some of the other answers were correct you can be a believer without being a fanatic.
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if I had walked with Jesus for three years, and talked with Him, and listened to Him, I would be just as the deciples were..."fanatics"!!! and a believer; as I am ;-)
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And your point is? The word fan, is short for fanatic. So your train of thought is off just a bit. Try to start an argument in some other fashion.

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Who says he was trying to start an argument?
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Yes, of course you are right , but there is negativity associated with fanatic that does not come with the word fan. They don't call us Jesus' fan's, they call us Jesus freaks.
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Thank you harmony. I assure you I am not trying to start an argument. If everyone only answered questions there would beno questions to answer. Just trtying to give back to the community with a higher quality question than "who wants a star or is one direction the best" Peace...Sherlock
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There us a huge difference between a "fan" and a "believer".
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kuuipo... there is but there is also a difference between a believer and a fanatic
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So, what's the defining difference? Representation? Respect for anothers' opposing beliefs? I am a believer who passionately loves Christ and lives for Him. Personally, I don't care if people think me a "Jesus freak" or even a "fanatic". I care about how I treat people. I care about not judging others and loving them instead. But most of all, I care about living a good life unto the Lord that I profess to serve.
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I think it all depends how you live out that love. The love of and for Christ in a person, should overflow to those around them. "They will know us by our love." That's not talking about our love God, but our love for others.

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There are plenty of people who love Jesus that doesn't make them religious zealots or fanatics. People typically are labelled as fanatics when their focus and conversations are mostly about the same topic to the point that it makes others uncomfortable, or in the case of Christianity, sometimes guilty. I agree with the previous poster, one who loves Jesus is a believer, not a fanatic. There are different degrees of sports fans tho as well, not all of them are to the point of obsession.

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Thank you.
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That's a silly question and thought. A Follower who simply follows a team, and lives an otherwise normal life (and isn't so consumed with convincing others to join their team) is just a Fan.
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..A person is a 'fanatic' when they live, breath, and TRY to convert (prosyletize) to convince others that Their 'team' is THE only team to join. (Think WBC here) There is belief, and there is obnoxious, rude behavior.

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Loving Jesus doesn't make you a fanatic, standing on corners with signs yelling at passerby to convert to christianity or whatever your religion is makes you a fanatic.

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My thoughts...religion, sports, boy bands...it doesn't matter to me. ALL of you are fanatics, or if you prefer, sheep.

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I'm just curious and in no way am I trying to start an argument. But, if we're sheep, what are you? If that's how you would define us, how do you define yourself? Again, I'm not being rude or trying to provoke. I have an honest curiousity.
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I don't "follow the flock". Never have. I'm also not a Christian. In Puritan times they would have burned me, there's still some who would like to force me to believe same as them because they want everyone to be just like them.
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Well a persons perception is a person's reality.....even if it isn't true. I'm a non-conformist as well, always have been. And I don't follow the flock, I follow Christ. I'm not interested in trying to force anything on anyone....but I do understand that there are people out there who differ and would try to force others into conforming to beliefs that are not their own. Thank you for responding.
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those who attempt to use the bible to legitimize their agenda and abusively attempt to impose that belief on others are called fanatics.
there is a difference between believers and fanatics

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I'm not a basketball fan. But the people I know who are basketball fans don't berate and insult me every day for not being a fan. They don't tell me every day that I'm going to burn in Hell forever for not watching basketball. They don't try to get COngress to pass laws making basketball the "official sport" of America. They don't try to force children in public schools to recite basketball scores before class every morning.
Basketball fans don't protest at the funerals of soldiers and little kids while holding up signs that say "Basketball Hates Fags" or "Basketball Hates You".
Basketball fans don't try to deny entire categories of American citizens their most basic civil and human rights just because they're gay.
Basketball fans watch basketball. And if you choose not to watch basketball, they're okay with that.
Christians could learn alot from basketball fans.

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Westboro Baptists ARE NOT Christians no matter what they claim.
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harmonyb - If, as you claim, the WBC are not christians, then it's time for the supposed "real" christians to stand up to them.
I have seen motorcycle clubs stand in protest against the WBC.
I have seen firefighters stand in protest against the WBC.
I have seen college students stand in protest against the WBC.
I have seen gay rights groups stand in protest against the WBC.
I have seen soldiers stand in protest against the WBC.
I have seen atheists stand in protest against the WBC.
Wanna know what I've NEVER seen?
I have NEVER seen a group of "christian" pastors, priests, or ministers stand in protest against the WBC.
Ever.
They're too bust protesting against gays and atheists.
The WBC aren't christians, you say?
Prove it.
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Not my church. My church was too busy going down to NYC and restoring houses and neighborhoods and lives. Bringing generators and bankets and food. My church was busy providing over $40,000 in gifts for Christmas to people in the community who were struggling and couldn't buy any for their kids or loved ones. My church was busy with their orphanage in Haiti. But yes. You're right. Christians DO need to take a stand AGAINST Westboro. But please don't sit there and judge me and all churches based solely on your limited perception.
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I just woke up and am a little fuzzy. I neglected to say that we put in over 600 man hours in NYC, rebuilding after the hurricane. Those aren't our people. We didn't know them. But we went. And loved them/served them/helpd them.
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You can call them FANTASTIC BELIEVER OF GOD.

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nobody calls me that. They insult might my faith, but nothing personal like that...

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I'd say the same thing all these others have said, particularly wickedpissah has made my favorite point. Sports fans just aren't as offensive as god fans typically. Giving them different levels of prestige and titles is only natural for the level of awesomeness we see. It really doesn't take a lot to get on most people's good side and it takes a lot to get on most people's bad side. Guess who gets on people's bad side with such rigorous effort to proselytize? Fanatics.

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