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  1. Matthew 7:6 "Do not give to dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."
  2. To tack on to the previous answers, in my experience, such evolutionists often have a narrow and basic understanding of the theory and science itself. Time is such a complex measurement that no clock within existence is accurate. It goes on and on and on like: 00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00:00, etc. It's an endless sequence of factors that lead up to what we understand to be an hour, many of those factors can be drastically effected by even the smallest disturbance. The fact that planets aren't zipping and zooping and falling out of the space-time continuum is a testament to the fact of the existence of God. It is far beyond our understanding, and always will be.
  3. Is it okay for us to celebrate Christmas?

    Yeah, Jeremiah chapter 10 is mentioning idolatry. Many idols were either made of wood or had a wooden base, as casting a wooden idol with gold or silver could use up less gold and silver. Deuteronomy there is talking about the exodus of the Jews from Egypt into the land the lord had promised them. It's a fairly straightforward passage; Obey the Law of Moses and don't mimic the natives of that land in what goes against the law i.e. prostitution, adultery, idolatry, child sacrifice, robbery, murder, etc. I don't personally buy into the celebration of Christmas, but i'd think it's fine so long as one does it with Jesus in mind. There's a lot of misinformation surrounding details to where I think nobody can really say.
  4. Avoiding Relationships

    Many people detest the idea of having children someday. Many of these people, regardless of their desire to not have children, go out and about and engage in funny business anyway. However, there is a growing movement (or movements) where people are basically celibate. No funny business, no dating, no holding hands, no marriage, you name it. The reasons are many. Some are caught up in the divisiveness between the sexes, some claim it as independence and freedom, some claiming to have no sexual desire whatsoever, the list goes on. What I am asking you is, do you think it's acceptable for a Christian to be the same way? Does a person have to get married and have children?
  5. Homelessness in your area?

    I always figured that was part of why the rent is so high there. Not only the "prestige" of living in LA, but because so much tax goes towards the homeless. You'd think they would realize that taking the price that high only adds to the problem, especially when the places don't get bought and they aren't getting the money that they're looking for. Less money is better than no money, as they say. I live in what I would call a moderately sized town but what most others would call a small town. I don't call it small because i've been in much smaller towns, towns with slightly over 70 people to just slightly over 500 people. Tack a couple thousand onto the latter and you've got a "moderate" town here in the midwest. We really only get the rare homeless person wandering through town every great while. Like, i've only ever seen 2 or 3. However, there's also a larger city nearby that's been growing much lately. Not only has crime spiked up in that town, but near as i've heard, there are more homeless as well. I grow worried because it's only a matter of time before that nonsense spreads to this somewhat quiet and peaceful town. If towns keep growing, where is a small town guy like myself supposed to live? Even the town with a population of 70 won't be safe, given time.
  6. need healings

    I will be certain to pray. Also, when I had back issues when I was younger, the physical therapist instructed that I should lay flat on my back on a hard surface (the floor) for around 15 minutes at least 3 times a day. Be sure to put your shoulders back so that you are flat against the surface. If the issue was rough, I would roll up a towel into a sort of cylindrical shape and lay on that, with the towel under my spine. Physical exercise of the back muscles and hot showers help as well.
  7. I Think We Are Harsh To Fellow Christians

    While people can be too harsh, one really shouldn't be too soft, either. When you are too harsh, you not only scare off newcomers, but you make people more likely to not listen to your own point of view. When you are too soft, any particular view (no matter how bad or relevant) becomes acceptable, and so no opinion has any value and thus there are no opinions, no direction. It's a lose-lose situation either which way. To quote Sun Tzu, a great leader leads by example, not by force. We must not strongarm other people into our own views, but we shouldn't just simply allow any or all views. It's a difficult and blurry line one has to walk.
  8. Easter or the Passover?

    It's pretty much the church. They created and morphed Christian holidays to include paganistic practices in order to try and convince pagans to come to Christianity, and yes, this includes Christmas. It comes down to the individual. Many people celebrate Easter/Passover and Christmas whilst avoiding said practices and instead focusing wholly on the Christian concept. Others like myself don't see such holidays in scripture (aimed at Christians, at least), and for us, there isn't a day more special than the other, a day set aside for prayer, for every day is prayer. So long as one avoids those pagan practices that have been intertwined, I think it should be fine.
  9. Emergency help and drug addiction

    Well, one has to realize that everyone makes mistakes, and quite often, you've got a lot of malicious folks, both on and off the streets, who take pleasure in dealing death to people. They care not for a person's health, but rather the steady income that comes with dependency (and yes, many in the medical field fall under this category). Then you look at the health services and it's like 2k for an ambulance pick-up, 2k for a night in the hospital, 13k for treatment, if you wish to go to rehab that's going to be 20k... If they cared about helping people, they would make their services more affordable. They'd rather just spit on a person and laugh at them for either having no insurance or "bad" insurance. That's not to say there's a complete lack of care from the medical staff, it's just more of the ones behind the desks, the ones who get the payment. So you've got practitioners and drug dealers alike who deal death, and you've got people who sorely lack the means to treatment and assistance. There's also a lack of room for people seeking treatment. So many of the sick, but not nearly enough beds. Then, you DO have some addicts who use rehab and other such services merely as a means of skirting prison time. They claim to want help, but in reality, they have no intention of stopping, and they can take up that room that was intended for people truly wishing to receive assistance. However, I like to think of it this way; By helping the growth of assistance programs/availability, you can hopefully extend the reach of said services to the people who truly need it and desire it. Hopefully cut down the cost of it at that. All the while dealing with the insincere folks, cause as walla229 stated, they will more than likely meet that "rock bottom" stage at some point. So, in a nutshell, the only reason ambulances would have to prioritize like that is due to a lack of ambulances. There's no reason why the addict nor the baby should not receive help.
  10. Retro games

    I know saying "online" has most people worried about viruses/malware and improper downloads, but Steam is one of the most valid options.They offer lots of games, both old and new. Not only that, but if any of your games went through PC to begin with, you can even find those games on the developer's site(s) sometimes. It doesn't hurt to have decent anti-virus protection regardless of safer options, and definitely avoid anything that seems too fishy. Keep in mind you've got false sites out there that can either claim to be safe or even pretends to be the developer.
  11. FPS games anyone?

    I'm more of an RPG nut, and if I do play a shooter, I tend to enjoy third-person better. The Fallout series is pretty good. I like to play the older Medal of Honor games before they went from sitting on the throne to being flushed down it. Area 51 and Red Faction on the PS2 were also quite good, especially Red Faction, I loved the environmental damage.
  12. Your Best Advice To New Christians...

    I'm quite new myself, but my advise would be to take your time. It does no good to freak out and rush things. Take it slow. Pause. Reflect. Pray. Mistakes come with the territory, but there's no reason why one should try to avoid them if possible. Not only that, but change is never immediate. I've tried forcing change so much, quite often through willpower and discipline as Gandalf stated, and I ended up just stressing out or burning out. Not that one should be too lax about things, of course, but again, just try and remain calm and take it slow.
  13. fishing for men

    When I was a kid, there was a spot of drama in the church over our preacher. He had made a mistake about 15 years prior and the congregation was voting to have him replaced... Except my own family. We liked the pastor and my parents reasoned that everyone makes mistakes. Thus, we were invited to never return. To this day, my parents haven't been to another church. It has taken me quite some time to come back around to Christianity, as with that time, I came to realize that there's a difference between the word and the people. We all fall short, and I know I certainly can't claim to be perfect. The most you can do is just lay it down on the table and see what they do with it. You can open doors, but if they aren't willing to cross that threshold, there isn't much that can be done.
  14. How effective are Gospel tracts?

    I don't think that picture there is a good example. You say it includes bible verses, but I see none. Not only that, but it advertises the Catholic church. The issue, it would seem to me, is that a tract is a lot like a postcard. You try to sound articulate on the postcard, but due to lack of space, it's just like, "The food here is good. I like pie and pizza." A tract, you are trying to simplify things that really aren't quite so simple, stuff that can have lots of intricate details. In fact, I think for just one topic, you'd need at least a small booklet to cover everything. I get the idea of simplifying things, as most people aren't willing to take the time to read things. However, in my opinion, if that's their initial disposition, I don't think they'd be much interested in reading the bible, much less reading anything that they don't find relevant. They may be able to have a small effect among a small amount of the population, but you'd have to have a good balance (not too simple but not too complex) and really hit the nail on the head as far as the target audience goes.
  15. Tarantula Burgers - not for the squeamish!

    On the one hand, i'd be willing to try it. On the other hand, i'm deathly afraid of arachnids, lol. I have already eaten crickets and grasshoppers before as snacks and they weren't that bad. They tasted like chicken but with a different texture. So I can't imagine it tasting too different, and that chili sauce would really add to it. Also, a bit unrelated, but Japan's McDonalds carries squid ink burgers. It's a regular burger (pretty much a double quarter pounder here in the US), but the buns are dyed black with squid ink.
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