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    I personally have several tattoos and do not feel this makes me any less Christian than someone with no tattoos. Part of it for me is that I got most of them while I was not a practicing believer, I don't have any that are offensive to any religious community (unless tattoos in general are), they all have very deep personal meanings in my life (and serve as reminders of a more difficult time I went through), and I honestly have a hard time seeing the difference between having tattoos, eating unhealthy, being obese, etc. being any different from each other in God's eyes. I feel that fellow Christians should not condemn someone for a choice like this (especially since it is a permanent choice and may have been made while a non-believer). As others have said, tattoos are a "hot" topic right now and easy to pick on, but have to be considered against all other things we do to our body that may be harmful.
  2. I feel that if a scientists idea is based on a faulty premise, it will be proven so eventually. If they base everything on the assumption that God has never intervened, then they will either find out that their assumption is wrong, or will find out that it is correct, but for the wrong reason (like how many discoveries just can't be explained). Scientists have made many amazing advancements over the years, and just because they deny the truth of God to themselves, doesn't mean that we can't see the work of God in the discoveries that they make. I still hold, that if we look at scientific advancement through Christian eyes, then we will see God's hand in the discoveries, whether the scientists who discovered them do or not.
  3. There are many competing theories on this. While I like what @theophilus has posted for links, I know that an Evolutionist could provide just as many links showing why Evolution is correct and the Bible is wrong. The problem comes down to whether you are talking with an Evolutionist or a Creationist, the most we can get at this point in time is a vague picture where the missing links have to be filled in with faith. As Christians, we KNOW that God exists and often forget that to an outsider, what we are experiencing is still at its core: faith. An Evolutionist KNOWS that what they believe is correct. There is no definitive proof either way. Science is a continually expanding and updating field of study, and I personally belief that their methods for determining the age of the Earth are wrong. I remember reading a report once that if the current way that the age of the Earth is determined was correct, then when we landed on the moon, the moon dust should have been over Neil Armstrong's head. However, 1600 years ago all scientists KNEW the Earth was flat and 600 years ago scientists KNEW the universe rotated around the Earth. My point is, science has changed and grown over the centuries with the advancement of technology while the Bible has remained the same. God is perfect and the Bible is the word of God, while science is continually advancing and is the work of man. I would put my faith in God and trust science to catch up one day.
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    What is the appropriate age to baptise a child?

    I agree with @Pollard on this issue. If you believe that a Baptism is your way of saying that you agree to raise this child as a Christian, then you should get the Baptism done as soon as possible. Personally, I feel that the only Baptism that "counts" is the one that a person willingly has done once they become a believer. Anything prior to that is more for the parents peace of mind. However, different denominations view Baptism very differently and this can lead to many points of contention. A church we recently attended had a question on their membership form asking if the prospective member had been Baptized by submersion. This church viewed submersion as the only acceptable form of Baptism and would only allow members who had been Baptized in this manner. To me, Baptism is a sign of entering a personal relationship with God and it does not matter if you were submerged or had a couple drops put on your head. The important thing is that you were Baptized and entered that relationship with God. Even though travelling abroad, is it a feasible option (if not having them Baptized is of concern) to get them Baptized, then have a family ceremony when they choose to be Baptized after they become believers? Just a thought, depends on your feelings and the situation obviously. Hope some people here are able to give you peace of mind on the subject.
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    Why Isn't Christan Music Popular?

    I personally find it impossible to tune out the words of a song and just listen to the music. The music is what initially grabs me, but eventually, I always end up memorizing the songs I really like and focus on the words. As others have said, even with contemporary Christian music, it usually is about glorifying God and many secular people just don't want to hear that. Recently, I have done some searching and come across some Christian music whose lyrics are more about struggling to survive in the secular world as a Christian. While not as overtly Christian as many modern Christian bands are, I find that I really enjoy the music as well as message. Some of these bands include: Thousand Foot Krutch, Disciple, Skillet, Fireflight, Ashes Remain, Red, and Nine Lashes. If you meet people who are turned off by contemporary Christian music, or are just trying to get the word out there, I would recommend having people check out some of those bands (without telling that that they are Christian bands) and see if that helps.
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    How To Forgive

    I disagree with this concept. My ex was very verbally abusive towards me. I prayed for forgiveness for a long time after our divorce and would get knots In my stomach whenever I would have to talk to her. After years of this, I finally came to the realization that forgiving someone and forgetting about what they had done are two separate entities entirely. I have completely forgiven my ex and continue to pray for her to get to know God. I no longer get knots in my stomach when I have to talk her. However, I have not forgotten how I was treated and have had talks with our son (currently living with her and visiting me) about the same issue. I still raise up a "guard rail" (if you will) around me whenever I have to talk with her. Forgetting when someone is abusive only leads to allowing yourself to be damaged again by that person. We are not called to forget what they do to you, but rather to forgive them for it and move on. Think of it this way: Romans 3:23 states that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." God knows that man has sinned and is unworthy but He has forgiven us for those sins. I feel that forgiveness is one of the hardest things we are called to do as Christians. Only with constant prayer was I finally able to forgive my ex wife and find the positives out of our relationship. @Lila: Keep praying to God and listening with your heart and he will show you the way to forgiveness.
  7. William brought up a good point in another thread, but I felt my question back was de-railing the original thread so decided to come over here and create a new one... e I agree that this is an important distinction William. I am wondering if there is still debate on what is Essential Doctrine though? I was raised in a Brethren church, and was taught that the essential doctrine consists of: 1) Belief that there is only one God 2) The Deity of Christ (which includes the resurrection, that Jesus was the son of God, and belief in the Trinity) 3) Salvation by Grace 4) The Gospel is the word of God. I would be quite interested to hear if there are others out there that people consider essential doctrine and why. I am definitely not saying these are the only 4 that exist, just that these are the 4 I was raised to believe were the only ones. Look forward to hearing some other feelings on the issue.
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    True Church?

    Personally, I believe the basis of a church is to bring people to Christ which in turn leads to my issue with churches. If a church is good at bringing in people, eventually it will become a mega-church. From my experience, churches spend far too much time focusing on quantity over quality. They seem to be more concerned with getting people to attend church than whether or not the people attending the church are "Sunday Christians" or believers. A church needs to measure its success on the people that attend the church, not on the number of people that attend the church. This leads me to a conundrum. Usually, it takes a mega-church to provide great kid programs for my 4 children, but I don't like the lack of accountability that you find at a mega-church. My solution, we attend a mega-church so that the kids have a great program, and I attend small group studies 2 nights a week so that I can continue my personal growth with God. I believe that churches need to be kept somewhat small to keep that personal accountability in place. Recently, a church in my area lost half of their members and most of their staff due to issues with misappropriation of donations and high ranking members of the church skimming off the top. This is an extreme example of what can happen when you lose focus of God at a church, and most of the members didn't see it coming until it was too late. Had the personal accountability been in place, this problem could have been addressed prior to becoming "sensational news" and making all Christians look bad.
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    Organ Donation Question

    Thanks. As my dad is fond of saying in reference to these types of issues, "It all comes out in the wash". In other words, believe however you want to believe as that particular issue may be a "fun" point of contention, but in the end, your particular viewpoint vs. mine on this issue has no effect on whether or not you are a believer. This kind of mentality allows for discussion in all kinds of interesting, but ultimately unanswerable, areas of the Bible: What will the end times look like, was the Earth created in 7 days as we know them now, etc. I often find it interesting to hear and argue what other people's viewpoints are on these issues, always keeping in mind that just because we disagree on HOW it happened does not mean that we disagree THAT it happened.
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    7 reasons why we should pay our tithe.

    I don't think that tithing should go under the philosophy of what we want God to bless. To me, this means you are tithing in order to get a blessing from God. In my opinion the purpose of tithing is not to be blessed, but rather to support the spreading of the Word. While I would love to be a missionary and devote my life to travelling the world and talking with people about God, that is not practical for me (for several reasons). Instead, I donate (tithe) money to help ensure that others can do what I cannot. Tithing has always been difficult for me in the traditional sense because I do not like handing money over to the church. This is mainly due to personal reasons, like seeing churches I had been attending for years suddenly start to head in a direction that I dis-agreed with. I also feel that tithing is not an obligation, nor does it necessarily have to be monetary based. Someone who donates their time or abilities to a Christian cause is still tithing from my viewpoint. Time or money amounts to the same thing to me. We want God to bless us in everything that we do, I don't think God will bless your net or gross income based on how you choose to tithe, but will bless you based on whether you hand over your time/money with an open heart towards God or in expectation of some form of compensation (blessing) from God.
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    Organ Donation Question

    I agree with your point. My point is merely that after enough time, the current body that we inhabit will return to dust. This means that for those who have been dead long enough at the time of resurrection, will need to have a new body made for them. If that is the case, then I don't view this current body as being essential to the bodily resurrection, rather that since God will take care of the bodily resurrection for those whose bones have turned to dust, he will also take care of the bodily resurrection for those who have donated their organs and bodies to those in need.
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    Am I the only one that condones abortion?

    For me, part of it comes down to the fact that you are unable to make a determination of what kind of life the unborn child will have. You may think that you are not ready to be a parent (in which case preventative measures should have been taken beforehand), that you are unable to financially support a child (FYI: my parents did it with 4 kids and under $30k/year), or any other myriad of reasons why a person would try and justify an abortion. If the person having the abortion is a Christian, they should be more concerned with what the Bible teaches than whether or not family or friends will be offended if they put the baby up for adoption. I think the issue that needs answered here is not whether or not society has a right to tell someone what to do with their body, but rather whether or not the Bible has a right to tell someone what to do with their body. According to the Bible, abortion is wrong, which I literally take to mean at ANY point after conception, not after whatever stage. Christian's are fine with using preventative measures, so that is the route that should be taken. If a believer ends up pregnant while using protection, then that is Gods way of saying it is time for you to become a parent (even if you give the child up for adoption you are still now a parent). In my opinion, this issue is far too often looked at from a secular viewpoint and not based on the teachings of the Bible, which allows for some wiggle room. Quote from Ronald Raegan: "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born." In the end, I feel you are correct that other people should not have the right to tell you what you can do with your body in terms of abortion, that is between you and God. However, if abortion is to be argued under this premise, then it needs to be carried to the extreme... If society has no right to dictate what can be done with someone's body, then all drugs need to be legalized, suicide can't be illegal, and people should be legally allowed to walk around naked in public if they so desire.
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    Abandoning Children?

    My parents were the overly-strict Christian type. I was kicked out of my house when I was 16 and left to fend for myself. My parents have calmed down a lot since then and we now have a great relationship. However, it took years before I was willing to talk to them again. I don't think it is important to keep non-believers away though, after all Jesus typically associated with the most hated and despised people of his time. It is important to be wary of getting dragged down yourself, or of allowing false believers to affect your beliefs. To me, kicking your children out of the house for not holding your beliefs (or being a professed homosexual, or any other of a myriad of issues) is ignorance of what Christianity actually stands for. You are called to teach these people the Word of God, pray for them, and hopefully help them to see the error of their beliefs. This is doubly important when that individual is your flesh and blood. Children are a blessing from God and denying them because they are being difficult is just unacceptable to me. I have 4 kids of my own (non are old enough for these problems yet, but they are getting there), and I just couldn't imagine abandoning them because they believe differently than me.
  14. This has been my feeling for a long time. I have been attending church my entire life (even when I wasn't a practicing Christian for several years of my life, I still went on Sundays out of what felt like an obligation). I have found over the years, most churches I attend do not delve deep enough into the Bible for where my taste. Therefore, I have found a mega-church so that there is a great program for my kids to grow in Christ, and "young believer" messages in service so that my wife (currently not a believer though we are all praying for her) will hopefully come to God. For my church, it is the 2 Bible Study groups that I attend. I have found that these small groups allow us to dig deeper into the Bible and I feel that I get much more out of them then I do out of Sunday church service. Both definitely have their place, but if people feel more comfortable at home churches and can focus and get to know God better in that setting, then the home church is meeting its purpose and that is all that matters in the end.
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    Modern Christian Music

    I also really enjoy Disciple, Skillet, Ashes Remain, Fireflight (female lead singer), and Thousand Foot Krutch. For more of the gospel type of music, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman (though they are both "older" music) are good to me. I enjoy the first list of groups because they do sing a lot about the struggles of being a Christian in the modern world which helps me find strength when I am struggling. For some of my personal favorites, check out: Sick of It - Skillet, Dear X, You Don't Own Me - Disciple, and Fly on the Wall - Thousand Foot Krutch. Hope you can find some contemporary Christian music that you enjoy listening to.

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