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    You're going to find...

    It seems that everyone is sure they know the truth, their perspective is the only correct one, and their scripture references prove their position. When questions about that 'truth' come up, rather than considering the possibility that one might be wrong in some way they instead become determined to explain how others are wrong. Asking too many questions frequently leads to accusations of not being Christian.
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    Don´t play fps video games

    I've not heard that the subconscious mind can not distinguish between reality and fiction, or that ethics and preferences for solutions are coming from the subconscious. Did that belief come from psychology studies or such? If so, references would be appreciated for more study on that.
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    Don´t play fps video games

    Does this fall into "Don't do things that lead you to sin"? Some churches and fellow Christians avoid watching television, radio, music, movies, board games, etc. for the same reasons.
  4. Cobalt - You seem bothered by my statement: "To understand the intent and use of the word 'homosexuality' in the bible, I found it necessary to research the original words translated to 'homosexuality'. " Why is that?
  5. Culture affects linguistics, the meaning of words, and how they are used. If one is to examine the original words of something translated such as the bible, it's not just a simple 'this word means that' process. If our native language is English and we wish to explore the meaning of Aramaic or other root languages of the bible, we need to learn about that language than reading a language dictionary. More on that topic: Linguistics across Cultures: The Impact of Culture on Second Language Learning Abstract: The purpose of this article is to discuss the inseparable relation between culture and language and the implementation of instructional strategies for teaching second language through culture to enhance students’ linguistic comprehension. Language is not only the product of culture, but also is the symbol of culture (Gleason, 1961). Culture must be incorporated outright as an essential component of second language learning and teaching. Only after cultural issues become an inherent part of the language curriculum and instruction, can students be successful in their target language learning. Second language teachers, therefore, should pay more attentions to the diversities of cultures, identify key cultural items in every aspect when they design a language curriculum, and apply appropriate teaching strategies to learning activities in order to help students to bridge the culture gaps. Source: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED496079.pdf
  6. To understand the intent and use of the word 'homosexuality' in the bible, I found it necessary to research the original words translated to 'homosexuality'. Information about the culture of that time and location was also very helpful.
  7. The thread about dream catchers got me thinking about worshiping idols, the dangers involved, and some common fears of inanimate objects. Most objects have no significance. Car keys, a toothbrush, and other items are just inanimate objects and have no religious meaning. Some objects are reminders. Crosses on our wall or necklaces may be reminders to ourselves and others of our beliefs. Some objects may be ways to focus our prayer to God, or they could be idols. These could be candles or crosses we look at to concentrate. They could also be statues of the virgin Mary for famous saints to whom people pray. Is a cross on a necklace held during prayer an idol and wrong, or simply a way to concentrate on prayer? Does it depend only on the owner's intent? Some objects are not significant until we give them power and meaning. A Ouija board game in a store is just an inanimate object, but if it's purchased and the owners believe it can be used to contact spirits, it's been made into an idol that is now quite dangerous. A dream catcher may only be a pretty stained glass item hanging in the window, but some people may give them power by believing they have some spiritual ability. Some people wear necklace charms with statues for specific saints and believe it gives them special protection. The difference here is completely with the owner and how they view the item. Suppose one purchased rocks, prisms, or other inanimate objects from a spiritual / occult store? These are still only inanimate objects, right? They only have power if we choose to believe they do. If we think a rock is only a rock, there's no danger, right? My point here is not that these items are all harmless, but instead that they can only have power over us if we believe they do. What happens if we consider this view incorrect? Would that would mean objects can be inherently dangerous and by themselves are 'good' or 'evil'? That approach seems to require one believe that inanimate objects can somehow hold power over people. Thoughts?
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    Missions in India

    Note only some yoga practices include spiritual parts. Others are the same as physical training and stretching practices in the military or martial arts. It all depends on who's running the yoga class.
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    New member!

    The movie was like many movies based on books and felt like a high level summary to me. I'd recommend finding a copy of the book at a library or such. It has detailed references from credible source that can be verified and explored as needed. I'd try to list some arguments here, but honestly the book does a much better job.
  10. Halloween is over. It's time to switch to condemning Christmas as a pagan holiday that should not be celebrated due to its origins.
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    New member!

    AA - Have you read any Lee Strobel books such as "The Case for Christ"? His background and the style he wrote that book in matches your initial requirements with credible, verifiable evidence better than most.
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    New Testament tithing

    Local churches haven't proven to be very wise in their spending, so some research local charities and donate directly to them.
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    Should Christians own "Dream-Catchers?"

    Thank you for a rational explanation. Giving power, i.e. desire, worship, attention, etc. is a problem. An inanimate object on your wall, table, or other place isn't. A dreamcatcher on your window that you like because it make pretty colors when the sun hits it? Not an issue. There are similar items not discussed much. Do you talk to or communicate with the pictures of your parents hanging on the wall? Is that wrong? How about a necklace, ring, or watch from your parents? Is that idol worship of ancestors? Are you assigning some power to wearing that necklace, ring, or watch? Is that more idol worship? As Cobalt said, it seems that inanimate objects only have the power we give them.
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    Marriage concerns

    Beyond what's been said, it may help significantly to find and visit a good marriage counselor.