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Christians Explain Evolution
If you are sincere about seeking an answer to this question you might consider visiting the website for the Biologos organization.

Tithing Not Biblical Sermon
Re. "Set Salary"...and...
I applaud your pastor for his great honesty. Most pastors know the truth and won't tell their members, for fear of losing that money. .---Robyn on 4/12/11

I visited a church once when I was new in town and looking.

A person I met told me that the pastor was not on a set salary and only took "love offerings."

Well he drove into the courtyard every week and proudly exited a new $85,000 BMW, was said to have a $585,000 house, and made over $385,000 a year!

My acquaintance only said the pastor was "blessed" and to not give if not "led".

I was "led" to never go back!

Attracted To Older Men
Most older men desire younger women. They disdain or overlook an older woman. They have myriad of reasons why they do this.
---Robyn on 3/28/11

Not always true. I am 52 this year and find myself infatuated with a 59-60 year old.

Of course, she looks better than a lot of 35 year old women thanks to a good complexion, lack of wrinkles, and a trim shapely physique. But her secret is that she is not a natural blonde.

Is The Internet Of The Lord
Maybe it is Satan if you are Amish.

I am so involved now that I can not live without it.

I spend all day at work online going to vendors, doing research, getting specifications and data. It is like having the whole library of congress at your fingertips.

And don't get me started on my finances and driving directions and getting social announcements for church etc...

No Looting In Japan After Quake
I see John is back at it spewing his hate and SHOUTING at all of us once again. LOL

No Looting In Japan After Quake
From birth people in Japan are immersed in a community culture where they are taught a groupthink mentality. I saw it on a PBS special. Children in kindergarten are taught to clean the room together every day before the schoolday starts. They all sweep at once in one line across the room. There are other things they teach too to instill a groupthink mentality.

Obama Defense Of Marriage
Thank you, Donna, that is exactly how I feel.

Im glad the Mods let you post. For some reason the mods have not let me respond. ---NurseRobert on 3/11/11

Same thing happened to me. I merely wanted to point out in agreement that if we had a theoretical Christian "tailban" in control of "defense of marriage", divorce and remarriage could become outlawed for straight couples too lest they commit the sin of adultery.

Obama Defense Of Marriage
\\CHUNY: James 2:17 (KJV)
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

That sums it up for me, he displays no works that indicates he has interest in Christianity....

And what are faith "works?" Is denial of a civil union between gays a faith "work"? Obama has already said he is against marriage between gays from a Church standpoint, and that is what really matters at the end of the day - NOT what the state allows.

Is care for the poor and lessor of us not a faith work? What about healing and healthcare for the sick among us who are denied care?

Denominations Things Of Past
Yes, Catholics executed Protestants. But Calvin (one of the Protestant reformers) executed Catholics too. When one starts to throw mud, there's enough around to land on everybody.
---StrongAxe on 2/24/11

And Martin Luther in some of his writings called the Jews "cursed Christ killers whose synagogues should be burned".

Only writing? Well there were Nazis who were German Lutherans who read his stuff and even quoted him in Nazi propaganda and that is exactly what some Nazis did!

Denominations Things Of Past
If one looks at the statistics it for sure suggests that denominations are on the decline.

Young people and new converts are leaving "traditional" denominations in droves. Major denominations have been in decline for 30 years.

On the other hand, mainstream non denominational churches are in a huge growth mode.

That should tell you something.

Give Tithes To Neighbor
Wow, Donna66! A debt free church that doesn't pass a collection plate...that is something special, indeed!
---AlwaysOn on 2/18/11

It is not as rare as you might think. I went to a Plymouth Brethren/Mennonite church for 13 years. They never passed a plate or preached on tithing the whole time I was there. There was a small box on the wall at the back of the church where people put envelopes with their "freewill offerings". The building was paid for, and their were only three full time staff members whose salary needs were always met. I think they had a Biblical view of giving.

Are All Christian Bands Good
I wonder if the hymn "I'll fly away" would have been considered too upbeat when it was written.

It's pretty peppy
---James_L on 2/17/11

There are quite a few "traditional" hymns in the church with tunes that were once bawdy drinking tunes sung in bars and pubs.

When they were first written hundreds of years ago it caused quite a bit of conflict in the church much like our contemporary music does today. It was "the devils music" and all that stuff.

What Is The Gift Of Singleness
If a Christian single is content then I would say they have the gift.

I mean, there are a lot of advantages to the lifestyle if you think about it.

With the divorce rate as high as it is I consider it a gift myself to have been spared that misery.

Give Tithes To Neighbor
That is a great GIFT to your friend neighbor but it is not part of your tithe. Your tithe is 10% or more that goes to your local church.
---Scott on 2/7/11

You obviously have never consulted your Bible for a topical study on the word tithe.

1/3 of all Old Testament tithes went to help people in need - not the "local" church. And they were always food and not money.

Give Tithes To Neighbor
The Old Testament definition of Tithing includes a mandate that a full 1/3 of all tithes taken in go to take care of the poor, widows, and those who have special needs.

If your church is not doing that I see nothing wrong with you giving 1/3 of your tithe directly to those in need. It is scriptural whereas giving a full 10% to a church that cares not for the poor is not.

Then too, OT tithes were food only and not money. And, my understanding is that it is no longer law anyway. Freewill offerings apply today.

Too Old To Marry At Age 30
Find a Church where Sunday School is divided into SUBJECTS, not people.
---kathr4453 on 1/16/11

That's fine for Sunday morning, but what about the rest of the week? Reality is that many singles are ALONE and couples and families are not. And churches are for the most part insensitive to the problem. One church I went to even went so far as to form a "Couples Club" which had parties and outings to which singles were not invited. Couples and singles usually don't mix - socially - outside the church.

Free Will With Predestination
It has been said it is like a door with a sign on one side that says "whosoever will may come" and on the opposite side says "chosen from the foundations of time". Since God is all knowing and timeless, I don't think it is a concept humans can easily grasp. Will you choose to be chosen?

Should Churches Be Taxed
If they overstep their boundaries and start endorsing political candidates or forcing members to vote for one party or another then yes they should lose their tax exempt status. Why should churches have any more rights than a political action committee or union - both of which are not tax exempt as far as member donations go?

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