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  1. EMF & 5G & our health

    To shield small devices like mobile phones, look up DIY Faraday cages. Many devices sold for mobile phones actually don't shield anything at all. You can make something quite effective yourself using things like aluminum tape and foil. On a larger level, one way to shield a house from EMF is to use metal siding and roofing. That effectively makes the house a large Farada cage. Skip the wifi router and make all your interior internet connections wired with ethernet cables and you're set. Note most mobile phone won't function inside such a home unless they're near a window facing a nearby cell tower.
  2. What are the primary reasons you attend a traditional church service? For example, some get energized by gathering to sing and pray, others want to hear the lesson from the pastor, and some feel the whole experience renews them for the week and helps them focus on God.
  3. Howdy from a Newbie

    Howdy from a displaced Texan!
  4. I agree. Call it tithe, helping the poor, or simply helping when you're called to help, it all has a purpose. If we attend a formal church with a building and such, it makes sense to help them pay to support what they're providing. The church pastor / board / elders may have causes they support as well and ask church members for support for those. We may be called to support those, or we may not, that's up to us and our discernment. We may be called to support a cause our traditional church doesn't help at all.
  5. atheists parodying Christians

    Really, Cobalt? You want to turn my comment into a personal question about whether I'm a Christian? No thanks, I'm not going to bite and justify this with a response.
  6. atheists parodying Christians

    When they're trying to make a point, do atheists pick out some of the worst possible examples to talk about?
  7. Discuss ideas, beliefs, scripture, and how it may be understood. Keep discussion at 'third person' when possible, avoiding 'you' and 'I' when at all possible. When bringing up questions about anything, keep the question about the topic, i.e. "Some believe xxx to mean yyy. How would situation zzz be handled in this case?"
  8. atheists parodying Christians

    Atheists frequently don't need to create a parody. Christians do a good job of creating them on their own. The actions of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting at military funerals come to mind.
  9. House churches...

    You're free to call our home church anything you like. Most of the people there attended because there were unhappy with practices at formal churches in the area. It tried to be a bible based church, nothing more or less. Here are a few things I know about our home church. In the social time after our home church and potlock, as a group we played sports, repaired cars, roofed a house, remodeled a kitchen, sang carols, and much more. Everyone personally knew each other. I'm not talking about the 'How are you doing?' acquaintance meaning, but truly knowing each other well. It was an extended family. If anyone there was going through something, the others would be there and do anything they could to help. When the daughter of one family was in the hospital for several days, the entire fellowship held church at the hospital waiting room and spent so much time there the entire floor and nurses got to know us. We prayed over each other regularly asking help with jobs, family issues, and more. That's what I mean by 'fellowship'. While I've heard some of this can exist at organized churches, I've never found it.
  10. Strange Beliefs

    No, this is from a local group that's very 'charismatic'. Their meetings involve lots of cheer leading and bragging about how many people each member has 'saved' each week. They also brag repeatedly how serious illnesses didn't need doctors and were cured by Jesus. I attended one meeting and that was enough.
  11. House churches...

    House churches can be wonderful. I was part of one for about five years that includes 3 to 5 families and a few single people. We rotated the meeting location between three houses. Each meeting, we met and had church service including singing worship, a message and discussion that ran from 20min to 90min, and communion every few weeks. We then had a potluck lunch and a social time afterward that may include all sorts of activities. We called it our fellowship as those people were effectively an extended family. That's the good part. There were issues with interpretation of scripture, beliefs, and legalism. That caused some members to leave and others to join. It was a careful balance. After several years, some key people moved away and the fellowship ended up dissolving. I would still take it over any formal church. Knowing the people of the fellowship personally made the discussions deep and very valuable, something I haven't been able to find in any local churches.
  12. Strange Beliefs

    Here's another one my wife encountered today: "If you get blood transfusions, you inherit the sins of the people that blood came from."
  13. Strange Beliefs

    My grandmother attended church regularly for several years. One day, the pastor gave a strong sermon saying "Gone with the Wind" was an evil movie and anyone that went to see it was going straight to hell. Since my grandmother had already seen it the past evening, she concluded there was nothing she could do now and stopped going to church. For the next several decades, she lived her life in a more Christian manner than 99% of the people I've met who attend church.
  14. No One Whats To Learn Anything

    We should collect a list of topics that are commonly used to derail discussion and start referring them to 'those of which we may not speak'.
  15. No One Whats To Learn Anything

    Here's a pattern I've seen on this forum and others: 1. An idea, situation, or belief is presented with scripture and at times other information (commentary, other scripture, translation details) to support it 2. A response is added saying effectively "Scripture says this. You're wrong" 3. The original source or perhaps someone else adds a question such as this: "The original translation is based on this word which could mean these three things. Depending on the bible version, the meaning and how it's applied is different. Which meaning and application is correct?" 4. The next response is generally a personal attack on the original source. "You keep twisting scripture. The Word is perfect. You are evil and trying to make us sin." 5. At times, the attack also attempts (and frequently succeeds) in dragging the discussion into a side argument involving unrelated topics.
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