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  1. There is nothing in that link that says I "never...

    There is nothing in that link that says I "never needed to turn from sin to Jesus." I don't even talk or write that way!

    Jesus is my constant companion.

    As for the thread topic:

    At a June 22...
  2. I have never said the above! (If I'm a Christian,...

    I have never said the above! (If I'm a Christian, doesn't that mean I frequently turn to Jesus?) I attended a Lutheran day school, was confirmed at age 13 (confirm means professing one's faith as it...
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    For centuries, people all over the world have...

    For centuries, people all over the world have realized and even worshipped a Higher Power and given that Higher Power a name -- El, Ra, Erlik, Ahura Mazda, Great Spirit, Allah, Shiva, YHVH, Jehovah,...
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    They're getting covid shots, wearing masks, and...

    They're getting covid shots, wearing masks, and social distancing when indoors. I was out and about on Thursday to finally get covid and flu shots, and was thrilled to see the cooperative efforts! My...
  5. My own admission??? Surely you jest! My dear...

    My own admission??? Surely you jest! My dear Savior and I have wonderful conversations throughout the day and even during the night. He is truly my Good Shepherd, taking on my worries and fears,...
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    Please read Matthew 6:14-15.

    Please read Matthew 6:14-15.
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    If you stop making every one of your responses...

    If you stop making every one of your responses derogatory toward others and agree to speak to the topic on the table, I will do my part as requested.
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    Honest and interesting discussions stem from "I"...

    Honest and interesting discussions stem from "I" statements and questions, not accusatory "you" ones.
  9. Would that we all danced for joy! If we can't...

    Would that we all danced for joy! If we can't dance, then sing -- even if we can't carry a tune, sing anyway -- and be joyful in our conversations and in our interactions with each other!
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    I'd love it if this thread had honest and...

    I'd love it if this thread had honest and interesting discussions about belief in God. Who is God? Where did He (She?) come from? Why do so many cultures believe in a God? Is He (She?) the same one...
  11. Gurdeep Pandher draws on Sikh faith as he dances for joy

    https://religionnews.com/2021/10/07/canadian-youtube-star-gurdeep-pandher-draws-on-sikh-faith-to-dance-for-joy/
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    Um, not at all! I made no literal accusation...

    Um, not at all!

    I made no literal accusation toward you. I said there's a literal message -- and there's a metaphorical one.
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    I admit nothing! I said, "There is a message He...

    I admit nothing! I said, "There is a message He taught that supersedes the obvious (literal) one you're hung up on." You can't read between the lines as to what Jesus was actually saying???
  14. Huh? Yes, there ARE "rules" for this! Time for...

    Huh? Yes, there ARE "rules" for this! Time for you to have some informative chats with your LGBTQ+ friends.

    I'm told (by you) I'm not a Christian and you are, Mr. Christian Example.

    Think about...
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    Nope. There is a message He taught that...

    Nope. There is a message He taught that supersedes the obvious (literal) one you're hung up on.
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    Why? I am loved and return that love. And am...

    Why? I am loved and return that love. And am still in touch with many via email, LinkedIn, Quora, Zoom, Skype, FB Messenger.


    What was the REAL lesson He was teaching?
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    Why would He send people to hell?

    Why would He send people to hell?
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    The kindest, gentlest, most loving people I have...

    The kindest, gentlest, most loving people I have ever known and worked with for years were from India. Many library patrons were Muslim, also wonderful people. They truly followed the Golden Rule!
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    We don't know His EXACT WORDS. We do know the...

    We don't know His EXACT WORDS. We do know the messages He taught.
  20. Nope. Transgender, yes. Bisexual, no....

    Nope. Transgender, yes. Bisexual, no.
    https://www.qwearfashion.com/home/qweary-how-to-dress-bisexual-and-proud

    Was it a public bathroom or a school bathroom?

    Oh, how the Christian love pours...
  21. A bisexual boy doesn't wear a dress. You are...

    A bisexual boy doesn't wear a dress. You are definitely out of touch with gender issues.

    Is the story even true about the rape?

    And you weren't there either. Any boy who goes into a girls'...
  22. Have you ever been in a girls' bathroom? A...

    Have you ever been in a girls' bathroom?

    A "bisexual boy dressed in a skirt" would be nursing a split lip and bloody noggin from a beating his male schoolmates would have given him. (P.S. Bisexual...
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    Rather than scold them (and they immediately stop...

    Rather than scold them (and they immediately stop listening), I would use "I" statements and gently dig into their reasoning/rationale. Then I would, along the way, carefully remind them what Jesus...
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    Don't most (all?) of the major religions profess...

    Don't most (all?) of the major religions profess the Golden Rule?

    If I'm near or with a person whom I know to be a Christian disparaging another's religion or even someone's Christian...
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    Truly, how would prayer help? God isn't going to...

    Truly, how would prayer help? God isn't going to whisper in her ear. Sally could pray and decide God wants her to abort the baby so as not to lose the husband she loves dearly and who is the devoted...
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    How would prayer help?

    How would prayer help?
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    Or "Sally," a Christian and the mother of five...

    Or "Sally," a Christian and the mother of five children, is 39 and four months pregnant. Two forms of birth control failed. She has been told by her husband, an agnostic, never to get pregnant again,...
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    Not at all. Our actions too often are the...

    Not at all. Our actions too often are the opposite of our beliefs.
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    Yup, reading comprehension. Literalist to the...

    Yup, reading comprehension. Literalist to the core!
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    "Now"????

    "Now"????
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    Text = content. E.g., Jesus died on a cross so...

    Text = content. E.g., Jesus died on a cross so our sins will be forgiven. Let's expand text to mean teachings, the heart or moral of each story.
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    I never said the NT text isn't reliable! And we...

    I never said the NT text isn't reliable! And we DON'T have Jesus' exact words!

    We can't verify the accuracy of Jesus' words. Jesus spoke Aramic and Greek, not English. Matthew and Mark were not at...
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    Your conclusion is totally incorrect. As Athos...

    Your conclusion is totally incorrect. As Athos has said more than once, reading comprehension is not your strong point.
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    I hope you don't rue that upcoming day of...

    I hope you don't rue that upcoming day of judgment -- or maybe you're just getting your own personal unhappiness out. Like we learned in counseling psych grad school, bullying, incivility,...
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    They all agree regarding Jesus as being the...

    They all agree regarding Jesus as being the perfect example of unconditional love.
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    He spoke Aramaic and Greek. His entire life was...

    He spoke Aramaic and Greek. His entire life was one of selfless love -- the agape kind, not eros or philos. Selfless love was the center of His teachings.
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    When Jesus spoke the word love, especially when...

    When Jesus spoke the word love, especially when He told us to love one another, He meant agape, unconditionally. Of course, He knows we're human, restrained by the bondage of sin, so we can only...
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    Who recorded them, wrote them down, when He said...

    Who recorded them, wrote them down, when He said them?
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    We're talking about WORDS said, not account (the...

    We're talking about WORDS said, not account (the overall story).
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    So you KNOW which are His exact words.

    So you KNOW which are His exact words.
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    You are already misconstruing what I'VE said!!!

    You are already misconstruing what I'VE said!!!
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    What do you believe He said? Everything exactly...

    What do you believe He said? Everything exactly as printed in the KJV Bible?
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    In the same way, how do you know hell exists? ...

    In the same way, how do you know hell exists?

    Of course the NT has been added to and changed to suit the ruler or pope or priest in power over the scribes.
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    We don't have His exact words, just...

    We don't have His exact words, just transcriptions and translations over the centuries.
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    What He said or what you say He said?

    What He said or what you say He said?
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    Who acted. He loved/cared/empathized.

    Who acted. He loved/cared/empathized.
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    Will we earn heaven (or be consigned to hell)...

    Will we earn heaven (or be consigned to hell) depending if we love/care/empathize (or not)?

    Should attaining heaven be our reason for
    loving/carving/empathizing?
  48. I started a new thread, tomder. Topic: Adult...

    I started a new thread, tomder. Topic: Adult Sexuality.
  49. What would confirm a man thinking he is a woman or a woman thinking she is a man?

    A gender counselor/therapist will ask many questions and eventually a chromosome study will be done. It's a long process, not an easy walk in the park or just some Halloween fun.
  50. Are the apples you buy at the grocery store all...

    Are the apples you buy at the grocery store all the same size? Do we all have brown eyes with perfect vision? Are you as innocent and cute as you were when you were 3? How many surgeries have you had...
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