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  1. Christmas

    A lot of people pounced on that verse. It is more pertinent to those that argue that we should not have special days at all. Is there anything blatantly pagan about Christmas if it lacks all the worldly customs?
  2. Christmas

    This is true. I never get straight answers to this question because people point to those who call themselves Christians that practice the worldly aspects of the season. You have people (not many) that do not give gifts, decorate, erect trees, or any of that stuff. However, they like to sing the hymns about Christ's birth, read the story of Jesus, and go sing for the old and sick. They have recognized the day, but do not engage in any of the things that people are condemning. Do I tell this person to stop because Christmas has pagan roots? "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." -Romans 14:5
  3. Christmas

    Well, there is this . . .
  4. Christmas

    No, its the latest!
  5. Christmas

    Yes, that was a bit over-the-top. Many people that celebrate Christmas do not include Santa Claus in their traditions.
  6. Christmas

    I once attended a church that chose not to celebrate Christmas due to the pagan roots of the tradition. So I am well-versed in how Christmas festivities have pagan roots and the scriptures that tell us to put away such things. However, I know sincere Christians that do practice Christmas. Do you believe it is wrong for Christians to celebrate Christmas? Does the dynamic change if Christmas is kept Christ-centric?
  7. Parents disapproval of relationship

    At no point in that post did he say that he does not work a job. I do agree with one aspect of what you said though. If he worked on being independent, not only would he be better prepared for marriage but who he marries would be his decision. However, I sense that he desires his parent's blessing.
  8. Women's Modesty: Pants Vs Skirts

    Which is exactly the point.
  9. How do you view Autism?

    I feel like 90% or more of that is my life story, but I have never been diagnosed with anything.
  10. Parents disapproval of relationship

    Now that this thread is open to commoners, I will say my piece. You belittled this man for living with his parents. You assumed he did not work a job. You assumed he had no plan to move out before getting married. Finally, you did not address his concern. Your response was unkind and lacked grace.
  11. Women's Modesty: Pants Vs Skirts

    It seems that there is no established standard to determine which passages should be defined as moral and ceremonial laws. In this chapter, one passage has been defined as moral; whereas, the rest of the chapter is regarded as ceremonial. It would seem that people categorize sections of Mosaic Law as moral law when they want them to apply today. If something being declared an abomination establishes an eternal principle, then the dietary laws apply today as taught by Seven Day Adventists and Christians that focus on Hebrew roots. " Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing." -Deuteronomy 14:1 (Leviticus 11 uses the word abomination multiple times when addressing the kosher diet) However, I think you might be on to something with this abomination principle. I did a word search and it comes up in select places in the Torah. The word is used to describe homosexuality, cross dressing, prostitution, allowing a defiled wife to return, and idols.
  12. Women's Modesty: Pants Vs Skirts

    If Deuteronomy 22:5 is a portion of Mosaic Law that applies to the New Testament church, Christians cannot wear polyester/cotton blends (Deuteronomy 22:11) and they have to keep tokens of virginity for their daughters (Deuteronomy 22:15). I am not saying that the principle is not good, but Christians tend to cherry pick through the Mosaic Law and adhere to the parts that suit them. They are well versed in why they are free to eat pork and shrimp, but will then apply other passages of Leviticus to the New Testament church.
  13. I am 37 and still not married

    I am not far behind you and I’m not married. Mostly due to social anxiety, missed opportunities, and investing several years in an unrealistic relationship. I still live with my parents, but it is not like the stereotype. We have mutual agreements, I help them out, I work a job, and I do not cause them drama. However, your situation appears to be causing strife with your parents. I would pray that God opens the door for you to live independently which would likely help you gain the maturity that you desire.
  14. Military topic

    From my experience, the majority of mainstream evangelical Christians in the United States would either encourage military service or be honored if their child decided to join. People that are against military service have very little friends in the U.S.
  15. Women's Modesty: Pants Vs Skirts

    "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me." John 5:46