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About rz3300

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  1. Yeah I think that I am going to go with this, just for my own sake. If I do not have to, I would rather not think of the vengeful and spiteful and harsh God that we can see sometimes, although of course we all know that it is well-intentioned. It is just an extension of my "try to think happy thoughts" campaign that I am really launching for myself lately, to varying degrees of relative success. Interesting though, and thanks for sharing.
  2. Well I have never heard of this one before, but it is a little alarming to think that it is out there. I hope that nobody is buying this stuff and it really does just sound like a guy who comes up with a controversial idea and tries to profit from it. He would not be the first, nor the last, to do so, but I still certainly do not like seeing it. That said, though, I guess the only real way to combat things like this is to spread the word and raise awareness. For that reason, I say thank you for sharing.
  3. Well I cannot really speak to whether or not the on-a-whim divorces are official in the eyed of God, but I would say that these people probably have some other things on their plates that they are dealing with, so I would not want to burden them further. If you are in one of these relationships, chances are that you lost something along the way and found yourself in that position. Things happen, though, and so I do not want to judge anyone because relationships are tough, but it does go to show you how difficult of an issue this is, despite the fact that it is so popular and I am pretty sure the numbers are still around fifty percent, which is incredibly alarming to me. Interesting stuff, and thanks for sharing.
  4. Well I would be very curious to see how many people out there are giving ten percent of their earnings to the church. My guess is not that many, if any at all, and so I just hope that nobody is out there judging others who are not giving to the church. Ever since I was a little kid I have always had a weird feeling about the tithe and the offering plate being passed around, and I am not sure what it is exactly, but it is still there today. I give, of course, and I have no issues with helping the church out in any way, but I cannot help but notice those feelings when I get them. Oh well, this is probably what I like to classify as a "me problem" so I will deal with that. Interesting stuff, though, and thanks for sharing.
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    I personally have no issue with tattoos, but I also have no issue with people who have issues with them. I do not have any, and I am not going to get any, but I can see why people get them and I get the appeal. It is interesting to think about when they get to an addiction, like @Knotical mentioned above, and that is really a sad case. To each their own, though, I suppose. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Well thank you to @Serpardum for the quick laugh in picturing the way that he would come down and ask us what we are doing. He sounds so unassuming, and I know that I would have a lot of impatience with people who just cannot seem to get it. All of these responses are really interesting, but it is a challenging thing to think about. It makes me wonder why my pastor or religious professionals would have to say. I might just have to ask him. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Well the case that @Serpardum outlined above is pretty ridiculous, and I hope that this is not happening elsewhere, although my suspicions are telling me that it probably is. I just wonder why these people can't just do their own thing and why do they have to interfere with a church and its members. I am kind of curious to see how long this transformation took place, but it sounds like it did not really take all that long. I would not consider this Christian and I hope that more people start to realize this and agree with me.
  8. I would like to think that I have gotten to the point where I can think like @Corts above, but something inside also agrees with @bebet - where missing that social aspect is really what I miss the most. The good news is that our Church has lots of programs and services that are not at scheduled worship times, so I can catch up on that social aspect if I really need to. Thanks for all your responses.
  9. Well when you want to get down the morals and ethics of certain belief systems, and the more philosophical discussions, perhaps lousy Sunday afternoons is not the best time for me. You might think that Sundays would be the day, given that I do go to church, but the truth is after that I just like to relax and be pretty dumb for the rest of the day until Monday hits. That said, though, it is certainly an interesting question, and one that you can really argue either way. I would say that you can be moral in any belief system that you follow, in as much as you wish to be. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Well you would be considered a bit of a social outcast if you followed all the rules as they were written. I think that we are all honest enough with ourselves that we know that some things are to be interpreted and taken in context. I would like to think that we are all following the big ones, at least, so we can at least be civil.
  11. Well I think that there is room here for the general notion of the impossibility of it all. They are the ones who will say "so you think that a man with a white beard in the sky is making the decisions?" I have gotten to the point where I do not entertain these arguments, but when I did used to dispute them it was frustrating to try and explain to them the very basis of faith, but it was just not worth it.
  12. Well even though I agree with much of what is said, I still like to avoid those blanket statements when talking about politics. I just think that it is these things that make people think that it is petty, and then we get caught in this whirlwind. Politicians lie, we all know this, and it does not matter what side of the aisle they are on. The real issue, then, is finding out who will actually perform the job as it was meant to be performed, and for that you have to look at actions and not their words.
  13. Well thank you @Francis for the image of Jesus passing out some pizza...that gave me a good laugh when I needed it. The title of the post immediately made me think of that song "What If God was One of Us" and now I am hoping that it does not get stuck in my head for the remainder of the day, but now I feel that I have jinxed myself. To weigh in on the food one, though, I would have to guess that he would not stray too much from fish and go with lobster - just because I happen to love it.
  14. Well that is a tough one, and I am not a priest so I am not entirely sure what the whole protocol is for maintaining that vow of silence, but I would like to hope that in the case of serious crimes there is a moral obligation to make sure that justice is served. It seems that @William and others have a spirited debate going on here, and I do not really want to jump in on that. I am sure that there are ways to justify either maintaining the vow or breaking it, so I guess it is probably just a matter of personal choice and what the faith means to you. It is certainly an interesting question, though.
  15. Well I had an unfortunate set of events happen this morning, and it made me wonder if anyone gets the little feeling of guilt when they miss a church service? It is a small guilt for me, because I know that we have forgiveness and all of that and the Lord can account for earthly matters getting in the way, and of course perhaps I can just catch another service, but still, I get that little feeling like I let him down a little bit. It was just one of those mornings, and I have gotten pretty good at avoiding them lately and had a pretty good streak going, but I guess that was bound to happen. So I just thought that I would ask...does anyone else get a little guilty feeling when they miss a worship service? What is the best way to get back on track?
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