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  1. The dangers of astral projection....

    Hi MG, I hate to say this but I agree, I doubt it will end well. I'll tell you more about my cousin. His name was Lou and he was like more than a cousin. We were born in a 3 family building in Brooklyn in 1952. I was older but only by 3 months. Our mother's were sisters and dressed us alike as if we were twins. From birth to the age of 6 we saw each other almost every single day. Even after we left Brooklyn Lou and me spoke often and we discussed everything from girls to Vietnam. I found out 20 yrs later there was a familial spirit in Lou's family. This Lou didn't tell me about until we were living in Florida at 19. We met a 15 yr old girl who liked Lou because he was cute. He wasn't interested in her until she said she was a white witch. They started playing with Tarot cards and attempting to move objects with their minds as well as attempting astral projection. If Lou wasn't like my twin brother from birth I would have said good bye right then. But there was a bond between us that we both wanted to keep. A few yrs later Lou married a straight laced "good Catholic girl" and he gave up witchcraft. Or so I thought. He didn't. When this started I told him, by the power of the HS, that his interest in witchcraft would destroy his life (it did in 1990) and eventually kill him. That happened in 2014, he was 62. We both always expected me to die first. I probably would have if he had gave up the whole New Age spirituality he was into. God blessed Lou with all the things I always wanted, a wonderful pretty wife who was very smart and made a good salary, 2 sons, a friend who sold him an eyeglass business, he managed to buy 2 houses, 2 cars, and a nice sized piece of property they were supposed to retire on. He had a storybook marriage until 1989 when he refused to work anymore. He had a psychotic breakdown, he lost the ability to differentiate between what was real and what he wished was real. I saw him in 2006 and he was like a child. So sad for me, his ex-wife had remarried by then. Lou never wanted help. He wanted to have magical super type powers. He used to speak to spirits who promised him whatever he wanted, most especially a very long life. 120 yrs was the last number he told me. He died a pauper at 62 who lived with his 84 yr old mother. Everything I told him came to pass. Sometimes I just wish I was wrong, but I knew what I said came from God. We always argued right up till 2 weeks before he died. I always hoped he would at least believe Jesus is the Son of God again. Maybe he did on his death bed. If your friend wants powers as Lou did, I doubt you will win. Since she's just a friend that's why I said don't make yourself crazy arguing with her. Another warning, if she's in real contact with some spirit be careful not to make her too angry at you. I knew Lou would never willingly do me harm. But something used to make me feel sick, cause my car to break, or just cause me bad luck. I'm sure that thing in him hated me, I mean I used to tell Lou it was a demon. Of course it wanted to hurt me. Lou believed it to be a holy angel. Just don't make your friend very angry at you. I hope you succeed MG. Keep us up to date. God Bless you. JTC
  2. I've been reading several of the apocryphal books lately. First of all, ayin jade is right that they are not inspired by God. IMO no one should read them until they know the Bible so well they can spot the errors easily. I actually only read half of Jasher and the first 10 to 15 chapters didn't have any serious errors. There was at least 1 after that. When an apocryphal book contradicts the Bible remember it's always the Bible that is right. Sometimes these books give a different pov on an event without a serious contradiction. This is to be expected. I found most interesting especially Enoch 1. I just read 2 short woks known as the Testament of Abraham and the Testament of Issac. There's a 3rd called the Testament of Jacob. I didn't read the one supposedly by Jacob because I realized there is no possible way the first 2 were even written in BC. They are obviously written in AD and probably not until 1500 AD. There are several books supposedly about Adam & Eve are that are clearly works of fiction. The one I read is what Hollywood might make into a movie if they were going to do an entire movie about just Adam, Eve and their first 5 or so children. It was entertaining. Read apocryphal books as a story based on some true events. They aren't factual accounts.
  3. The dangers of astral projection....

    Back in the 1990's astral projection aka Out of Body Travel was a popular New Age practice. I had a cousin who attempted it many times with no success. It is an occult practice, as was already said. I tried to get my cousin out of this for 25 yrs before he died. One problem when talking to these people is their definition of the word "spiritual" is not the same as ours. They believe they are extremely spiritual and if you use that word with them you will just end up arguing in circles. So try to avoid that word. To them doing astral projection is being spiritual, along with astrology, talking to the dead, and meditating. I think it took me 15 of the 25 yrs before I realized we weren't defining spiritual the same way. To me being spiritual means having and exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit. My cousin considered engaging in occult practices to be the fruits of the spirit. I never succeeded in helping him and then he died at only 61. He was like a brother which is why I never gave up on him. He wasn't Christian but he was Catholic and at one time he knew quite well Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Before he died he went crazy which is common when a Christian or Catholic gets involved with this stuff. It was a very sad 25 yrs for me and the woman who was his wife. MG I give you a lot of credit for trying to help this friend you have. I hope you're more successful than I was with my cousin. I will tell you if trying to help her makes you very angry and you get so frustrated you can't stop thinking of the arguments you will have, I say then give up. You can only help this kind of person if she wants help, that is if she sees a problem with what she's doing. I hope she does. If not all you can really do is pray for her. God Bless You for wanting to help her.
  4. Hi Goldie, what does it mean that she reaches Gos. ? Does that mean the state of Oneness with what they call god? If so, be careful. I had some family members who got involved with this. At this time only 1 is still alive. Both she & her teacher consider themselves extremely spiritual and the teacher claims he reached Oneness. Here's 1 problem, they don't show what we call the fruits of the spirit. St. Paul explains them in Galatians 5:22 & 23 as well as some other epistles. If a person doesn't show the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their everyday life there's something wrong. I understand how leaving Catholicism can be impossible after a lifetime. I saw it happen to my mother and aunts & uncles. Do you have a Catholic church nearby with a Charismatic group? If you can you will probably feel right at home with them. They still do the Mass you're familiar with but they also do the worship service and sermons Christians do. They are indeed Born Again Catholics. I know where they are in the USA but not in the UK. I was also involved with a married woman for many years. Eventually I broke off the sexual relationship. I wanted to remain friends but she choose not to. I still miss her. But until I stopped the adultery my relationship with the Lord was hindered. Sin separates us from God. For you, marrying the Buddhist woman won't solve the problem, you will just be changing 1 sin for 2 others. I've also realized something I want to share with you. Being of God is not about being happy in this life. It's about making sure you get to Heaven after death. It's true that some people get to happy now and go to Heaven, but most of us seem to suffer now with an eye towards eternity in paradise. It seems the more sinful this world becomes the larger the second group gets. Living in a sin is never the answer. Yes God talks to people but not usually in audible voice. He usually speaks in your mind and it can take years to learn to hear Him. I'm about 10 yrs older than you and now I know God was talking to me when I was 15. Unfortunately I didn't know it back then. He warned me not to do something, He even told me what would happen if I did. I was a thickheaded kid and did anyway. At 50 I realized it was God because happened as I was warned. God also talks to us through other people, what we read, even TV commercials. How can you? A message from God will never contradict something in the Bible. That's 1 very good reason to read it. You need to know what it says. I hope this helped. Sorry it's so long.
  5. confimation

    This person made a great point, we have just as many hypocrites in Evangelical circles as the Catholics do. It's hard to say one is worse than the other. You can't think of them as a group, you have to look at each person individually. Maybe only God can do this but we also have to try. Both Evangelicals and the Catholics need to start living what they believe. If they don't I think they will be in trouble with God. I was raised Catholic but left because it didn't help me with God. Different churches confirm their children at different ages. The church I went to confirmed us much too young, I say this because I didn't even know what it was about and now I barely remember it.
  6. confimation

    This person made a great point, we have just as many hypocrites in Evangelical circles as the Catholics do. It's hard to say one is worse than the other. You can't think of them as a group, you have to look at each person individually. Maybe only God can do this but we also have to try. Both Evangelicals and the Catholics need to start living what they believe. If they don't I think they will be in trouble with God. I was raised Catholic but left because it didn't help me with God. Different churches confirm their children at different ages. The church I went to confirmed us much too young, I say this because I didn't even know what it was about and now I barely remember it.
  7. confimation

    This person made a great point, we have just as many hypocrites in Evangelical circles as the Catholics do. It's hard to say one is worse than the other. You can't think of them as a group, you have to look at each person individually. Maybe only God can do this but we also have to try. Both Evangelicals and the Catholics need to start living what they believe. If they don't I think they will be in trouble with God. I was raised Catholic but left because it didn't help me with God. Different churches confirm their children at different ages. The church I went to confirmed us much too young, I say this because I didn't even know what it was about and now I barely remember it.
  8. I also believe these are the end times, the problem is I've been believing that for the last 30 yrs. In the 80's I didn't think things could get worse but they did. I'd like to see Jesus come back today but in my spirit I feel that won't happen because the Father wants more souls to be ready for heaven. So as bad as the future looks I think mankind will find a way to survive it. But less jobs is a real problem. My answer to this is simple but people aren't going to want to accept it. We need less people and we should do this by less babies, what I mean is a return to morality. But first people have to change their mindset. If only married people had babies that should do what I mean. Since this thread was about space, it just occurred to me that colonizing Mars might also reduce earth's population. Maybe that will happen. Whatever God does about this, or whatever He allows for I probably won't be here unless it culminates in the next 20 yrs or less. I'm glad I'm close to the end of my life cycle. That's sad but it's true.
  9. I did see Sophia somewhere. Part of the idea is to make robots with facial expressions so people don't fear them so much. All new technology is both good and bad. They want to put the people friendly robots in boring, low paying jobs and that's bad. People need jobs whether they like them or not. But these robots can also be used in high risk jobs, such as in areas where there was a radiation leak. We can't stop progress.
  10. Spiritual Warfare

    Of course we should have fun if we can. I thinkarteaga means we weren't created specifically to have a good time. We can also say we are meant to be Holy not happy. If you can be happy while being living Holy that's fine.
  11. Dennis, I saw some robot prototypes that look human on CBS's 60 Minutes, but I don't think that's what you're referring to. Can you tell us about this? I used to think if we could invent faster than light space travel that someday we'd reach other solar systems. (I grew up with Star Trek) But then I came to think that God won't let us reach other stars even if we could. But I still think God might let us reach the Moon or Mars. That's a big if because the cost of doing that might stop us. We live in scary times.
  12. Scared

    Mat, if I understand you correctly then no you don't repent of intelligence. When I was young my intelligence also made me not believe God was real. But God pulled me back and proved to me He is real. I suggest you use your intelligence to learn about God and seek to understand the difficult passages, the ones that many preachers even get wrong. Most believers simply accept them and there's nothing wrong with that. But with constant study and thinking about them you may come to fully understand some of them. But don't expect that to happen quickly, I've been working on it all my life. God doesn't require us to be smart He requires faith, but since He gave you intelligence use it for His glory. It's more important now than ever before because we have more false teachings today than in the past. I love science also and in my view science proves God. The universe is so big and complex only an infinite intelligence could have created it. That is God. Further, when nature is left to it's own it breaks down and destroys itself. You don't have anything to be scared of.
  13. What if

    I'm not sure what you mean by you left Christianity behind. If you mean belonging to a church many of us don't belong to a church. If you mean you quit believing in God because of the reasons stated then let me ask you this, are you happier now? If you are then why make this post, you probably aren't. You probably feel worse than before. I kinda did what you say once and I felt more scared, miserable and alone than ever. After a few months I confessed making a big mistake to God and came running back. Never will I do that again. You want to know why you should believe again, is that correct? I offer you this, because our reward for trusting in God is not meant to be in this life it's coming in the next life. Yes, I know many Christians seem to have it in this life too. But for reasons only God knows a good life on earth is not meant for all of us. I wish I knew why, believe me. Jesus said no one comes to Him unless the Father calls them. I think that's true because there are millions of people with no interest in God at all. That's not you. You became discouraged due to a misunderstanding and maybe false teachings as well. For over 20 yrs well meaning Christians told me that someday God will give me all the things I lacked. I'm now 65 and I doubt it although nothing is too hard for God. I still pray for healing and what I lack but those things are not what keeps me with God. I stay because there is nothing without Him not even the hope for an eternity in paradise. I urge you to come back to God and wait for your eternal reward. The things of earth will mean nothing once we leave here. Come back Shapes.
  14. I've experienced a preacher saying something wrong several times but it was so long ago I don't recall what it was. With some things you have to figure out why. This is the case with how a person dresses or how a woman apples make up. Make up can be used to enhance a woman's features, which is fine. Or make up can be applied to simulate a man's lusty desires, this is sin. The same with clothes. If your clothes are going to stimulate sexual desires in those who see you then it's sin. A little alcohol isn't sin getting drunk is.
  15. Science Disproves Evolution

    He guys please don't derail this thread with this debate. This tread is meant to fight the teaching of evolution as a fact. And I mean evolution of man coming from apes and ultimately single celled life forms. Evidence for this was never found so it is a theory not a fact. I was lucky, when I went to school we were still taught the truth of this. But at some point it changed and that's the problem.
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