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"How do I treat her like a gentile would a pagan without causing trouble? " ??? How is a "gentile" supposed to treat a "pagan"?


This Quote from the question referred to above got me wondering:
How is a "gentile" supposed to treat a "pagan"?
What does this mean?
Please define "gentile" and "pagan" for me in this context.

thank you


Asked by MamaK88 at 4:51 PM on Mar. 29, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (52)
  • Some believe that in the early Roman Empire, "paganus" came to mean "civilian" as opposed to "military." Christians at the time often called themselves "miles Christi" (Soldiers of Christ). The non-Christians became "pagani" -- non-soldiers or civilians. No denigration would be implied.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:29 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • She's using her terms wrong, as far as I can tell. Gentile is a term for Non-jew. At least, that's how it's used usually in today's world. And pagan, in this context, I'm assuming means anyone who is non-christian.

    So I dunno. I think she's asking how she should treat t his person that she's asking questions about, but I dunno.

    Answer by LokisMama at 4:55 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • No matter the spiritual beliefs everyone should treat others with respect

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Is it possible she thinks gentile means non-Jewish Christian? So she's really asking how a Christian should treat a Pagan? And if so why would a Christian treat another Christian like a Pagan in the first place?


    Answer by isabellalecour at 6:00 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • gen·tile
       /ˈdʒɛntaɪl/ Show Spelled[jen-tahyl] Show IPA
    –adjective(sometimes initial capital letter)
    of or pertaining to any people not Jewish.
    Christian, as distinguished from Jewish.
    Mormon Church. not Mormon.
    heathen or pagan.
    (of a linguistic expression) expressing nationality or local origins.
    of or pertaining to a tribe, clan, people, nation, etc.
    a person who is not Jewish, esp. a Christian.
    (among Mormons) a person who is not a Mormon.
    a heathen or pagan.


    Answer by hot-mama86 at 6:09 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • pa·gan
       /ˈpeɪgən/ Show Spelled[pey-guhn] Show IPA
    one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
    a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
    an irreligious or hedonistic person.
    pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim.
    of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.
    irreligious or hedonistic.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 6:09 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • However it doesn't matter what they are OP. Treat them like human beings. Treat them like you would treat yourself. Learn to love.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 6:10 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • I saw that question and I was thinking the same thing. Why did that OP need to use words that came across as we are lowly or something?


    Answer by pnwmom at 6:54 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • hellloooooo people don't you read the bible? 15"If your brother sins against you,[a] go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'[b] 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:15 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • KJV
    17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:16 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

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