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Paper mache

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  1. Please pray for me

    Please pray for me. I feel like God's telling me to do something, but I'm afraid I may be too much of a coward to do it. More specifically, I feel like God's trying to tell me to talk to someone that is no longer in my life. He might be telling me to reconcile with that person, but I'm very afraid of being rejected by that person, so I haven't yet, and I don't know if I can. I don't know how I should do it or what to say. This person is very important to me. I want them back in my life, but I don't think God will give them back to me unless I actually step out of my comfort zone and do something to fix the relationship. I feel like I need to do it. But I'm afraid of being rejected. So please pray for me. Pray that I'll gain the courage. If this person doesn't come back into my life, I'm sure I'd be okay eventually, but my life won't be the same.
  2. I know the Bible tells us to obey our parents, but are there some scenarios where it would be better/acceptable to disobey your parents? For example, you and your parents are walking down the sidewalk in a busy city. There's someone sitting off to the side, begging for money/food. You ask your parents if you could walk over and give him/her $20 (out of your own money, you wouldn't be taking any from your parents). Your parents say no, because they think he's/she's homeless because he/she chooses to be, and that he/she doesn't deserve help because of this. Would it be acceptable to defy your parents and walk over to give the person $20, or should you still obey them? Thanks!
  3. Religion VS Relationship

    Thank you all for your answers! They do make me think.
  4. Why is Christianity so focused on Sin?

    The first step to getting saved is to feel guilty about your sin. All have sinned. Including the sweet old grandma down the road that always donates to charity. Christianity is so focused on sin because sin is what damns us all (before we get saved). Because of sin, everyone deserves death. Sin is a serious issue. That's why it seems to be a major point of focus. I do see your point, though. In a Christian's life, worship and love are very important. God did create us for His glory, after all. But, the reason we focus so much on sin and why it's bad is because without repentance (turning away from and therefore feeling guilt for) from our sins is necessary for salvation.
  5. Religion VS Relationship

    To start off, I want to make it clear that I know that doing rituals and being religious doesn't save us. I believe we are saved by the grace of God, and only by the grace of God. It is the relationship with God that saves, not the religion (the rituals we do, going to church, etc.), although a healthy relationship with God will most of the time cause us to be religious towards Him. Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the point of this topic. I wanted to ask, is it alright to want to be more religious? As in, wanting to do more rituals? For some time, I was drawn to the Roman Catholic Church. Not because of their doctrine, but because of their rituals and religious practices. Something about the way they did their rituals was attracting me, and I still feel a pull even today. I disagree with a lot of Catholic doctrine, but I am still drawn to their rituals. I'm drawn to their Rosary beads even though I don't believe in praying to Mary/the Saints (I pray directly to God for everything that I need). I'm drawn to their Sacrament of Confession/Penance even though I believe we can go directly to God to get forgiveness. Lots of things like that. If it's okay to want to be more religious, then how can I become more religious, without necessarily adopting Roman Catholic rituals such as praying the Rosary or going to Confession? I read my Bible and pray, although I admit that I don't do either as much as I should. I go to church twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays, most weeks (we seem to be missing more frequently due to illness these last couple months). If it's not okay to want to be more religious, then why do I feel this way? I know that rituals don't save. But I feel the urge to do them.
  6. Why Many Churches are Formed?

    There are a couple of reasons why new denominations are formed. 1. Somebody thought their denomination was corrupt and that it didn't follow what the Bible really said, so they broke off and formed a new denomination that they thought would follow the Bible closer and more accurately. 2. Somebody wanted to hold a position of importance and decided that the best way to gain power was to create another denomination. In other words, new denominations are either created because 1) someone genuinely thought their denomination was corrupt and tried to fix it, or 2) somebody was greedy and didn't really care for true Christianity, they only wanted power.
  7. This is a question about Conditionalist Beliefs

    Thank you for clearing up some of my misinformation. My bad! And thank you for your answer as well.
  8. Conditionalist - rejects eternal torment, believes in "soul-sleep", rejects triunity of man (body, soul, spirit), believes soul is only conditionally immortal, and rejects that we go to heaven/hell immediately when we die. Traditionalist - believes in eternal torment, that the soul is immortal and separate from the body, that we go to heaven or hell immediately upon death. Now that that's out of the way, I have a question for conditionalists. Lately, I've been finding much more biblical proof for conditionalism than traditionalism, but there are still some things that make me hesitant to confirm my switch (I was raised in a traditionalist environment and I'm still in that environment). One of the verses that bring doubts is John 10:28. It says the saved will never perish. How do you, as a conditionalist that believes in soul sleep, interpret this? UPDATE: I didn't mean traditionalists couldn't reply. I meant that debate about the truth of conditionalism wasn't welcome, because that's not the purpose of this topic. I have searched all over the internet for an answer to this question, but I cannot find one, so this question was meant for a conditionalist to answer, not a traditionalist since I already know what they would answer with. Sorry I came off wrong.
  9. I have this odd feeling that I can't seem to shake, like God's trying to tell me something but I have no idea what. I have my Bible, I've been flipping through it to see if God will point out something to me, but the feeling hasn't gone away. Maybe God's trying to tell me something, maybe not. Maybe it's just my emotions or body acting up. Please pray for me. I don't know what to do. I feel confused, and I feel other things too, but I don't know what those other things are.
  10. Hi

    Thank you
  11. Hi

    Thank you all so much fir the prayers and welcomes!
  12. Hi

    I'm not sure if I'll be staying for an extended period of time. I'm probably only going to show up when I have a question to ask. But, I'm new here, and I'd appreciate prayers for my life and spiritual journey! Thank you all!
  13. What do you do when you go to a church that teaches a lot of what you think is false doctrine, even though that false doctrine is held by almost all churches? I don't believe in eternal torment, or that a person goes directly to heaven/hell right after dying, or that the soul is separate from the body, or the rapture (Christians being taken up before the second coming of Christ). And by the way, none of these are up for debate here. I continually research these subjects, and if I find sufficient biblical evidence to change my views, I do just that. Anyways, the church I currently go to teaches all these things and I'm not sure what to do. Should I keep going to that church? If you think I should look for another church, what if there are no churches that teach what I believe in? Just a side note, I know the church is the body of Christians. But, you know what I mean.
  14. Leaving.

    To put it simply, there's too much passive-aggressiveness within debates. I've only started two of them, and all I really see is a bunch of passive-aggressive speech against each other. This is not how we treat brothers and sisters in Christ. If someone has the wrong idea of Scripture, first you need to double-check your own stance and why you hold that stance (because you're only human just like them, and you could very well be the one that's wrong if you aren't careful), and second you need to try to lead them to the truth WITH LOVE. I don't see that. I see pride. I don't hate any of you, and I'm not judging any of you. Not everyone here is guilty of this, either. But there's just too much of this going around, and this site isn't quite the spiritual edifier I first thought it would be. I'll be praying for all of you, and I ask that you pray for me as well. I'm still learning about God and the doctrines of the Bible, and I think I'll continue to learn until the day I die. Prayer would be much appreciated for this, since I tend to get very confused when trying to figure out which doctrines to believe. I guess I just need to learn to leave it in God's hands to help me, instead of trying to do it all myself. God bless
  15. The meaning of life

    Do not keep your faith from others. The Bible tells us to tell others about the Gospel. But also do it in a loving manner.