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  1. Julian

    Buried or Cremated

    I would much prefer burial. This way you'll still stay on Earth. People could come to my grave knowing that the Julian they know is still there. My body may not be as alive as it once was, but the collection of bones that once made up me will leave a reminder of my existence. Not that I will be forgotten, but to make people realise that their memories of me weren't dreams. This probably sounds very weird.
  2. 300+ million inhabitants - and they've narrowed it down to these two? I don't get it, I must be missing something here. One lies more than that she speaks the truth, the other one... Well. I could either laugh about it and call him a complete joke. Or I could say what he actually is, another Hitler. It must be about excitement, right? The things he says are insane (and not very professional), and he will do things no president in the right mind would ever do. Let's vote for him! What? And has everyone seen the articles about 5 men that have died all within 2 weeks, and all of them anti-Clinton? Somehow unreported by the media as well. Coincidences all over the place! But in all seriousness, what am I missing here?
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    Terror in Europe

    If this would be their motive for attacking innocent civilians, they should win an award for most absurd reasoning ever. Obviously, they brought it upon themselves. They might as well have volunteered to be a target. The difference between ISIS attacking someone because they want to, and attacking someone because their taxes support the military which protects them from ISIS, is very slim. I guess I'll go back to watching children die because their parents pay taxes. What a time to be alive!
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    Terror in Europe

    I live in The Netherlands, and I am starting to believe that ISIS don't really mind us. Not only have we yet to be attacked, they completely avoided the gay pride parade in Amsterdam, and instead they went to attack Belgium yet again. I feel kind of sad when I think about the topic, though. A group of people who don't realize they're following... Well, nothing. They end people's lives for... Nothing. The victims have done... Absolutely nothing. I feel even sadder thinking about how people can possibly be ''influenced by media''. Can you not think for yourself? How does one mark over 1.6 billion people as ''terrorists''. How did we ever get to this point where common sense is thrown out of the window? And by ''we'', I mean the United States, obviously, as I have yet to meet a single person in my country who actually believes that ''Muslims'' as a group or as individuals are harmful.
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    Personally, don't like tattoos and never will. The human body is beautiful, and the ink only interrupts that beauty. It's something that does not belong there and is not needed there. As it obviously does not contain any health benefits, I don't see any reason why you would ever want to have that on your skin. Scrolling up, I've come to find that it is prohibited as well. I will not and am not allowed to judge, but you should make the right choice. For clarification, I don't hate or dislike anyone with tattoos, I just wonder why they got them. I get that some people want to carry a memory with them, but how is a tattoo better than the actual memory?
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    Does prison solve anything?

    I think prisons help in two ways. One, they keep crime off the streets. Obviously, you've got to put criminals somewhere. Second, prisoners get to realize... Nope, scratch that. I don't think they get to realize any of their mistakes, contrary to popular belief. Instead, it is probably the fear of being locked up yet again, that prevents ex-prisoners from continuing to commit crimes. Of course, there are those who do better their lives using the time they are given. But they are definitely in the minority.
  7. Julian

    Thinking About Sins

    Thank you, William. I didn't realize this, I am glad you made me aware. I thought that pushing away something I can't push away was going to help me, but it was God who was going to help me. I now realize, that had I turned my attention to God and put my trust in Christ, fully, no sin would last long. May they disappear along the sinful man inside me. I have little free time, but I hope to be able to spend more time reading the Bible. Thank you again for helping me help myself.
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    Rio Olympics

    I was pretty excited, and so was everyone in our country. Hundreds and thousands of people (which is a lot in The Netherlands) set their alarms to wake them up at night, so they could watch our best athletes. Well, it was pretty disappointing, as all of our best athletes failed to get gold or even any medal. Athletics, gymnastics, women's field hockey... They were all expected to get gold and none of them did. Nevertheless, we still made it to 11th place, and as a very small country that is a very big achievement.
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    Thinking About Sins

    Whenever my thoughts shift to something I must not and don't want to think about, it simply doesn't go away. The worst thing about this is that I can feel God's presence heavily during these moments. This is when my head gets very cluttered. I am thinking about a sin while trying to stop thinking about it, I can feel God's presence within, and I am thinking about his judgment. Not the final judgment, but the current one. Does he understand I am actually trying? Of course, he understands but is he displeased anyways? Should I be trying harder? Am I that weak, that some thoughts can bring me to my knees?
  10. Julian

    Hello everyone

    Hi, I'm Julian. My entire life I had been an atheist, up until recently. My family is Christian, but they didn't mind that I wasn't. I thought that religion didn't make sense. I saw many flaws, indicating that Christianity was a man-made religion. I had many questions, none of them were ever answered. I finally figured out that I was looking in the wrong places. I started reading the bible, (hence why I don't know it so well yet) and immediately felt His presence inside of me. A warm, comforting feeling. My heart had started beating faster as well. That was when I knew I was wrong all along. I had never felt anything like this. I got on my knees and prayed for His forgiveness. I'm really happy to have found God after all. Imagine if I got run over by a car while still not believing :(. I can't wait to meet fellow Christians and learn more about Christianity. I'd love to hear your stories as well! Talk to you guys later!

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