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  1. When I spent so much time worrying about how I was going to explain a negative press story about me to my young daughter. She had been listening to conversations I was having with an awful reporter and googling my name. When the story came out, she texted me the link to the story with the words “wow.” I told her to come in my bedroom so we could talk about it. She was only 12 last year and way too young for the subject matter being reported. She walked in the bedroom with her hand over her mouth. I told her I didn’t know where to start and she interrupted me saying that she couldn’t believe I was 43 yrs. old. “There’s no way you’re 43. Oh my gosh Mom, you cannot be that old.I can’t believe you’re that old.” She didn't care about anything else in the article. I can’t believe the obsession with age that people have. So yeah, that’s when I knew I was old.
  2. I’ve never seen anyone here criticize and condemn on this subject. It’s one thing to be looking for healing, it’s something else to be looking for a fight with those who did not hurt you.
  3. I just canceled my subscription last week. And then someone called me and said “you gotta watch the documentary about The National Prayer Breakfast.” Oh well. Yeah there was nothing suitable for me on Netflix
  4. I couldn’t think of any celebrities or politicians, but if I could talk with anyone it would be: 1. Any former or current Director of FBI 2. Director of CIA 3. A US Attorney from the Southern District of New York 4. Director of Homeland Security 5. A General in the Military I’m obsessed with the Rule of Law and the leaders who keep us safe in this country. Those are the only people I find interesting.
  5. I haven’t read through the thread, but have you set up a GoFundMe account? I think I’ve given to them only twice years ago for a funeral in the family and one for a sick friend. I usually don’t trust people’s stories. But I can’t imagine people here not wanting to help you if you set up one and give us the link. also, have you tried legal aide for your legal issues? I think you are eligible for free legal services. You can also call lawyers and most will give a free consultation over the phone. You can get many answers from a lawyer without spending any money. There are also online legal services that give free advice such as AVVO. You just sign up, post a question and they email you when lawyers in your area have responded. I will continue to pray.
  6. I wish there was something we could do collectively in addition to prayer.
  7. Thanks. I’m not thinking about myself at all. The people who hurt me were held accountable in different ways. I couldn’t help myself when I saw you talking about gaining trust and then slitting throats. Was talking to an author today who wrote a book about violence against women and how long it takes to recover and hearing her talk about the number of women suffering was just overwhelming. You mentioned forgiveness, but I wish more in the church were thinking about prevention. Off to bed. Have a good night.
  8. Men do this to women everyday, not sheep.
  9. Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t been doing enough lately.
  10. Why was their rebellion considered so bad when they were ignorant of what they were doing? Scripture seems to make allowances for those who do things out of ignorance.
  11. I believe they are actual individuals as well. I was questioning whether the eating of the fruit was symbolic. In Romans 5, Paul says not everyone sinned the same way as Adam, implying that Adams sin was worse than others. I was thinking that Adam sinned against God, but the story about the fruit was used as a symbol to convey the message that Adam sinned. Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
  12. Just wondering if all Churches still teach that the Scriptures about Adam and Eve were meant to be taken literally? I've always taken them literally, but now I'm having second thoughts and wondering if I'm the only one. All the evil and destruction in the world happened because they ate a piece of fruit? Why not guard the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with a flaming sword the same way the tree of life was eventually guarded? Yes they disobeyed God, but did the punishment fit the crime? The Old Testmant spends a lot of time talking about how just/fair God is, and more importantly, how merciful He is. Why no mercy in the Garden if all they did was eat a piece of fruit?
  13. Yes it is at odds with that one verse(maybe there are others). I don’t think Adam believed he was going to suffer for eating a piece of fruit. Why then would he have eaten it? de·ceive fail to admit to oneself that something is true. I’m confused by many verses in the chapter you quoted: 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
  14. That’s okay. It’s good to be exact. I just believe that anyone who is sinning has been deceived, so I just lumped them in together with being deceived. He had to have been led to believe he would not suffer grave consequences even though he had been warned that he would; therefore he was deceived.
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