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  1. No, not yet, sorry, I wasn't aware of "Mark 7:14-19, "You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do!" Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowds, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the statement he had made. "Don't you understand either?" he asked. "Can't you see that what you eat won't defile you? Food doesn't come in contact with your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then comes out again." I was referring to the old testament, so I'm sorry for my mistake.
  2. I think that is because no one can really follow all laws, specially in today's world, that's completely different from the time when the bible was written. For instance, the bible says not to eat pork, but this isn't something we all follow simply because pork is so widespread and normal today that we don't even remember that it's actually considered a sin in the bible. I'm sure most people will disagree with me but I think that it is okay to adapt the bible to your current life, as not all of us can live the way they lived in the B.C. times.
  3. Completely agree with you. I believe anyone can be whoever they want but let's not act like there is a third gender, simply because there is no third genitalia. If gender is something that's "in your mind", why not just call it a personality? There's a Tumblr blog listing more than 300 different genders and that's just ridiculous. A man is a man and a woman is a woman and there is nothing in between. A man can be a man and feel like he's both woman and man (or something somewhere in between) but in reality this is just about personality, not really sexuality. I think people are so crazily against gender norms that they're rather be called another gender than simply say that they don't accept gender norms. Girls can wear blue and boys can wear pink, that doesn't mean they're any different from anyone else.
  4. I'm not really familiar with the Armed Forces but if it's the same as in my home country, transgender people should be allowed to join the military, but let's not forget that there don't seem to be lots of women serving. In my country this is because we aren't allowed to serve (only as doctors and other jobs that have nothing to do with actual physical exercises) so why deal with the transgender problem before even dealing with an issue that affects the majority (which, even if this isn't super moral, is still the most relevant when it comes to a democracy.)
  5. This is a perspective from someone who isn't from the United States so I might be completely wrong, but I think if Trump wins, the country will really be affected. There are two possible scenarios if Trump is elected: he'll either bring the United States out of its economy crisis, as Trump is undeniably a great economist and he knows how to deal with technical issues. The second scenario is he will turn the country into a wave of unmorality and protesters will impeach him. But IMO, not one of the candidates look promising.
  6. Honestly, I don't think prison really solves anything when it comes to "fixing" the criminals, but it is the best choice when it comes to protecting the outside world from those people. I think we shouldn't focus on finding another type of institution to put criminals in, but to make prisons even better (which they are already becoming.) The US have the best prisons if I've correctly. In my country prisons are governmental and they're really really awful, the US did a great thing by privatizing them. Anyways, I think prisons should offer more psychological care and fight criminality behind bars as well.
  7. I think evolution is a fact, but like everything, we still have to study way more. But I do think it's the most plausible answer to where we come from. There are so many fossils that prove how our species have changed over the years, and how animals evolved differently because they migrated to different areas of the world. It's plausible to say that polar bears evolved to be polar bears because it gave them an advantage with the environment. Of course we can't just affirm something because everything is possible, but I do think evolution is the closest theory we've discovered yet.
  8. I'm the least homophobic person in the world, I fight for equal rights, but I really don't think people are born gay, same way as I don't believe people with social/cultural psychological differences aren't born like that. There is absolutely no proof that there's any gene out there that changes one's DNA so it likes the same sex. I think being gay is purely about upbringing and cultural, and while equal rights should be supported, I don't think anyone should try and prove that homosexuality has anything to do with genetics. It's an undeniable truth that society changes people, so we don't have to rely on science to explain every single thing. Homosexuality is about psychology (not that it's an illness!!!) and not genetics.
  9. I'm a feminist and even with that, I really question abortion. Is it really that moral, is it really about freedom of choice? If I were to get pregnant with a baby I didn't want, I'd feel like I owe the baby at least 9 months in my body, so it can grow healthy, like every child deserves to grow. If I didn't want to keep the baby, I'd just give it up for adoption. It's not that hard. What's nine months of your life compared to a lifelong feeling of guilt? I know people who've had abortions and even as liberal as they are, they can't feel but feel bad. Abortion not only kills the child, it also deeply scars the mind of the mother. It's not an easy choice. Rape victims should be allowed to choose to abort, I think every woman should, but we need to keep in mind that it's not the only option. You can go through a pregnancy and not have to deal with the baby. There are lots of couples who can't have children and are looking for people just like you!
  10. I think science is really important and unlike some religious people believe, I think science isn't here to try and replace religion, it's here to add more to it. It's okay to live according to traditional ideas and realizations but we also have to know that people back then didn't have the means to really explore the physical universe, which is not their fault, it's just natural with human evolution, and we really should accept it. Science can explain things even religion (and the bible) can't, because science has the technology and resources we didn't have back when the bible was written. Science is not here to fight and question religion, it's here to give us knowledge about our solid, physical reality.
  11. I'm really proud that I'm finally learning a skill (sewing) and that I'm planning to open my own business soon. I'm also really proud of how much I've grown since 2 years ago, when I was in my worst days. I'm proud that I've healed mentally and that I'm finally actually stable, both mentally and physically. I'm proud that I'm taking better care of myself, socializing more and not being lazy. I feel like this year will be life changing and will make me realize so many things I took really long to realize. I want to grow professionally this year and get some financial stability as well.
  12. Yeah, guess the difference between us is that I do believe in liberalism. I also do think there is only one God, but different religions have different views about Him. You say the bible has the "only accurate description of God", but this is your point of view. This is western point of view. There's nothing that proves we are correct, or if there's even correctness when it comes to faith. Maybe all religions are right, maybe none is. I am a Christian but I do believe people should be able to choose what they believe in and that we can't force our views down other people's throats because "it's right." We don't know if we're right, we believe we are. Just like them. Don't you think other religions aren't also 100% sure they're right? So what's to prove there is even a correct answer... I don't believe liberalism is a bad thing. I believe it makes us unique. I think liberalism is necessary otherwise the world would never evolve. If the bible was 100% correct like most people claim, why does science also have "accurate description" of lots of things the bible fails to realize? Like the world being round, like earth being way older than we think?
  13. I think this is okay. Obviously there are things nowadays that the bible/ancient people didn't believe in, but we have to live with it and take advantage of it as well. The bible doesn't exactly say alcohol is sinful, but it does mention tattoos. I wouldn't get one myself but I don't think people shouldn't be able to get them. I don't think church should get money out of this but if that's the only way they found, then yeah, better than nothing.
  14. I think believing the earth is flat is basically denying that the Bible can be wrong when it comes to certain things, which, in my opinion, makes no sense. You can't deny absolute proof. Scientists don't "claim" the world is billions of years old, they KNOW it. If earth is only thousands of years old, how do you explain dinosaurs? How do you explain fossils? How do you explain the billions of different layers underground that shows earth's evolution? I think even religious people shouldn't deny science, as it's one of the reasons why we're so made fun of... Science is undeniable, because it's visible. The bible might be right about a number of things, but you have to understand that the science back then was really primitive. How can you believe the earth is flat when we have unlimited proof that it isn't? How do you explain a flat planet? Why would earth be different from the other round planets we can clearly see with telescopes? How do you explain gravity? Science is not here to dispute with religion, it's here to help us evolve.
  15. I think the most important part of a relationship is communication because otherwise it's only a sexual relationship. For two people to be together, in my opinion, they need common ground. They need to enjoy each other's company because they understand each other. Being around someone who doesn't understand what you feel or even your sense of humor is really sucky and can only end up with a nasty breakup.
  16. Because God doesn't belong to one religion. Parents should teach children about God, but not force them to follow a religion they don't believe in (even if they might in the future). Reading and writing isn't about personality and morals, it's about the basics you need to survive and live in society. Religion, although necessary, is a choice and not a survival necessity. A children should be allowed to choose either they want or don't want to follow the church their parents belong to. I rebelled against church at a young age because my family forced me into it. It made me feel hopeless and forced. I only found religion years later, because I wanted to, not because someone told me what to believe in. I believe religion should be a choice and not a tradition. Only because your family believes in something, doesn't mean that belief fits your life the same way. God doesn't belong to any church, it belongs to each one's faith. Some people might not agree with the way a specific church teaches about God, and that's okay.
  17. Why is it that your children won't be able to go to church? Is it because they don't want to, or because they can't that specific day? Because if your children don't want to go to church, you shouldn't force them, but you should definitely sit them down when you can and talk to them about it, explaining to them why it's important that they go to the place where it's easier to find God. If they're not able to go to Church for a reason outside their control, I'd suggest you leave them with some activities, like reading a passage of the Bible each day, or writing down something they've learned, just so they won't get used to not going.
  18. This is so touching. These people are questioning their own religion because if the radicals believe in a God that supports suicide and mass terrorism, what kind of God is that? It's nice to know that these people are starting to realize there are less radical and more loving religions out there, Christianism is just an example. But this might be dangerous though, considering ISIS's goal is to convert everyone into muslim. It might be hard to switch religions when you've been believing in something all your life, so I'm glad this is happening to some people in the middle east. This might be the beginning of a revolution that will end all wars!
  19. Haha this is so cool! I love rap songs about religion, and this one brings up pretty controversial subjects, like how some people claim to accept God in their hearts although their morals don't fit what their faith represents. "You talking about a city of God but what God? Not mine" I liked this part because if people who don't do good claim to believe in the same God as I do, they're doing everything wrong. I'll check more of this band Stratton, thanks for sharing.
  20. Yes, you're completely right. I think we need to teach children about faith since very young, through non-agressive or forceful ways. Some parents will freak out if their children's faith is any different from theirs, so I think parents should be open to discussion. A child won't accept everything the church has to offer since the beginning, and it might question some of the things it teaches (which is not wrong, that's how they grow), so I think parents should never use "because God said so" as a reason not to encourage their children to think and find their own faith. Thank you for your reply, I completely agree.
  21. The bible says everyone sins, expect Jesus himself. Us humans aren't in a high enough spiritual level to be completely perfect and free of sin, that's what we are learning to be. Maybe in the future our species will be pure enough so no one will sin, but sinning is normal. You just have to regret it and learn from the experience. The only true sinner is a sinner who doesn't regret their actions. If you're a christian, you will ask for forgiveness from God.
  22. I don't think it's very fair to introduce religion to a small kid. I think you should teach about God and prayer, but not about a specific church that you follow, because the child should have the right to choose later on what church suits him the most. I think forcing a child to believe in the same things you do from a really young age might lead to atheism later on, because it's not good to feel powerless when it comes to your beliefs. If my mother wasn't open about religion to me, I think I might have rebelled.
  23. I'm proud of how much I've grown in the past year. I can't even recognize the mess of a human being I used to be. I don't even want to be that person again, and I know God won't allow it. I'm proud that I got into university and I'll be studying something I love, I'm proud that I fixed my relationship and got all the love back into my life. I'm proud I have given up on bad habits and that I asked forgiveness for my mistakes.
  24. I love hiking, but I haven't done it much the past few years. I remember it was a really good way to focus on your thoughts and get in touch with God himself. I think hiking has gotten dangerous in my area lately, lots of kidnapping and robbery. And my friends don't help, they're all couch potatoes. If it wasn't for this I'd do it way more.
  25. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things one can deal with, because once a person has failed or betrayed you, you will always have an issue with trusting them again. But that's the thing, forgiveness is necessary, doesn't matter if you still want that person to be a part of your life. You don't have to live with them, but you have to give up the hatred and dread you carry for this person, otherwise you will never really move on.
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