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by Atticus Finch
Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: Christian Chit-chat
Topic: Struggling with lust
Replies: 107
Views: 20284

Two of the more difficult problems standing in my way of commiting myself to Christianity are pornography and my general frustration with people. I've been looking at porn on the computer since I was about thirteen years old. It was simple stuff back then as my mind was being introduced to it. Simpl...
by Atticus Finch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:36 pm
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Luke 22: Jesus asks disciples to buy swords?
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

What do you all think of Tolstoy's non-violence interpretations from the Gospels?

Jesus throwing out the people from the temple tells me that there is a time to act and not sit down submissively.
by Atticus Finch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Dreaming in Sin
Replies: 41
Views: 9882

Re: Dreaming in Sin

We really have no control of what plays out. I don't think we would be held accountable for what pops up in our dreams. What about mental illness? And to what degree of mental illness? Clinical depression can make a person feel a certain way when perhaps they don't want to and have no reason to be ...
by Atticus Finch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: Aberrant Christianity
Topic: Shepherd's Chapel
Replies: 17
Views: 23674

I've seen his show on TV a few times. It makes me feel like I'm at some bizarre cult meeting in a farm house. :shock:
by Atticus Finch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Dreaming in Sin
Replies: 41
Views: 9882

Dreaming in Sin

What is the christian stance regarding morality within dreaming? It's difficult to control the path of our dreams and sometimes they aren't always pure. I'm about to share a rather candid example so some people might want to skip the next part. While I slept this morning I dreamt that I had relation...
by Atticus Finch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Christian believer + suicide
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

I've thought about suicide and I think it's natural for a person in maturing to struggle with it on a moral level. Since I've become a sort of trial-based-member-christian ( :wink: ) I've found that I feel silly thinking depressed thoughts. I feel that I'm being selfish in focusing on bad things rat...
by Atticus Finch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:08 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: The Religion of Love
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

Upon reading the Epistle of James I've found an answer to some of my confusion. I should seek answers in the Bible first and foremost before I just start releasing questions onto every helpful person. James 1:22: "But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." And a tr...
by Atticus Finch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:58 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: The Religion of Love
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

What kind of doubts are you having that are keeping you from believing in Jesus for eternal life? I find it hard to believe John 3:16 as the only way to eternal life. I can understand the "Prodigal Son" aspect of John 3:16 that God rejoices when a person turns to Him, but many people who receive Je...
by Atticus Finch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:05 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: The Religion of Love
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

Re: The Religion of Love

Atticus, since you've read the gospels, do you understand the offer that Jesus presents to you? I do but (and I hate to say this) I'm not sure if I can "buy" it. I'm confronted with too many doubts about an afterlife (and confusing descriptions of one) that leads me to believe that Christianity mig...
by Atticus Finch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Subtle Variations Through Oral Tellings
Replies: 17
Views: 3297

Subtle Variations Through Oral Tellings

Catchy thread title, huh? I'm not well educated on this so please excuse me if my thoughts are naive on this issue. Jesus' life was remembered through the apostles and oral traditions. Since many of Jesus' parables and teachings could be changed by a simple sentence change, how can we know that thes...
by Atticus Finch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: The Temptation of Jesus
Replies: 2
Views: 795

But if it's to be taken literally, what form can we assume Satan appeared to Jesus in? I have SUCH a difficult time trying to imagine anything but Satan working doubt, ego, etc into the mind of Jesus at that point. Also, how is it known what happened to Jesus during that testing time in the wilderne...
by Atticus Finch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:36 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Are Aliens Real?
Replies: 32
Views: 11260

Wouldn't it be neat if we were in contact with "aliens" and they confirmed everything about Christianity? 8) "...You guys didn't know? Dude, it's all totally real. We thought you knew... we would've come sooner to deter your doubt if we had known." Also, wouldn't it be neat if we were in contact wit...
by Atticus Finch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: The Religion of Love
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

Re: The Religion of Love

What is your position on the Person of Jesus and how do you see your relationship to Him? Bart I'm not quite sure yet. I've been greeted with what I'd consider naive requests to "accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior" at once. I turned down these requests thinking that merely saying words that enterta...
by Atticus Finch
Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: Curious Of How Prayer Works
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Jesus often left early in the morning to pray outside by himself.
by Atticus Finch
Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: "gospel of thomas" is fake right?
Replies: 25
Views: 6329

The Gospel of Thomas is beautiful. Upon first read it will probably offend you at some points as it has every first reader. This is from a lack of understanding rather than a faked document of Jesus' sayings. The first thing to consider is that these are the things which Jesus told his friends perso...