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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by IceMobster » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:33 am

Oh. She said that the amount is 87 cents... I read that as 87%, lol.
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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by Audie » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:45 am

IceMobster wrote:
Audie wrote:
IceMobster wrote:
Audie wrote:So he missed a few.
Nevermind that,
IceMobster wrote:What is your source for that claim? Where were all nouns capitalized except in the jurisdiction where German was the official language?
Source for now is my not necessarily correct memory that such was the case
with English at one time. Id bet as much as 87 cents that I am correct.

Show I am wrong, and I will go pay it to the next street bum has his hand out.
How much will you pay him/her? :mrgreen:

I bet 87 cents, you care to raise me?

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by Audie » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:48 am

RickD wrote:
IceMobster wrote:
Audie wrote:
IceMobster wrote:
Audie wrote:So he missed a few.
Nevermind that,
IceMobster wrote:What is your source for that claim? Where were all nouns capitalized except in the jurisdiction where German was the official language?
Source for now is my not necessarily correct memory that such was the case
with English at one time. Id bet as much as 87 cents that I am correct.

Show I am wrong, and I will go pay it to the next street bum has his hand out.
How much will you pay him/her? :mrgreen:
Hopefully the $10,000 that she gave her maid. :wave:
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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by Audie » Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:03 am

IceMobster wrote:Oh. She said that the amount is 87 cents... I read that as 87%, lol.
Yeek not that much!

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by RickD » Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:54 pm

Audie wrote:
RickD wrote:
IceMobster wrote:
Audie wrote:
IceMobster wrote: Nevermind that,
Source for now is my not necessarily correct memory that such was the case
with English at one time. Id bet as much as 87 cents that I am correct.

Show I am wrong, and I will go pay it to the next street bum has his hand out.
How much will you pay him/her? :mrgreen:
Hopefully the $10,000 that she gave her maid. :wave:
From whom much is given, much is exoected.

Are you into "No good deed goes unpunished" now?
From whom much is given...

Is that an ancient Chinese proverb?
1 Corinthians 1:9
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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by melanie » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:18 am

Hortator wrote:
melanie wrote:I have often been troubled by this notion of women causing men to stumble.
Is that an Australian saying? I can't say I've ever heard of that. I know that behind every great man is a great woman, and behind every great woman is a great man checking out her great behind. :mrgreen:
melanie wrote: It just never sat right with me. I'm aware that we live in a society that is extremely sexualised and fashion seems to be very provocative but not all the time it depends what's in trend. It's also about common sense, swimsuit is okay at the beach, not so okay at the supermarket. No different for men, put a shirt on when you're out for lunch, at the shops ect.
As Christians both men and women, our standard has to be measured by our own common sense and what we find acceptable for ourselves, spouses and God.
There are many Christians and by Christians I mean mostly men who seem to grade a woman's spirituality by her clothing attire. 'You wouldn't want to 'cause' a man to stumble'.
Ah, I think I hear you now.
melanie wrote: Apparently the latest assault on women's attire is the yoga pant, or gym pant.
If anyone has done yoga, a spin class, step class, Pilates ect, a little house on the prairie dress just ain't going to cut it.
In saying that teeny tiny shorts with your bum hanging out topped with a boob tube which I have seen women wear to these classes is just as ridiculous and completely impractical.
I have actually talked to women candidly about this subject, specifically yoga pants. The consensus is actually quite positive: girls like yoga pants because they are comfortable and look good, and guys like yoga pants because they look good. It's a big win-win.
melanie wrote: It's about personal responsibility.
If anyone male or female has issues with lust then that is their own weakness best dealt with by laying it before God and accepting responsibility instead of blaming and defaming others.
The names that these woman and often girls are sometimes called is a disgrace or the assumptions made about them, done so by Christian men who are only doing so because of their own weakness an inability to face their own demons. It's easier to blame a woman for wearing yoga pants too tight than to took at yourself honestly and authentically and to address that you have an issue.
Lust is very different to finding someone attractive. Part of our human condition is to find pleasure in beauty. It's not a sin to think someone of the opposite sex is attractive or beautiful. To recognise that they have a great smile, athletic body, beautiful hair or whatever.
Precisely. I myself am a sucker for women in dresses, it's just the most flattering and feminine item of clothing I think a woman can wear. But I am still obligated to behave like a gentleman no matter if she is wearing a shawl or a burqa.
melanie wrote: Lust is when those thoughts turn deviant and lewd.
When the imagination takes those thoughts to a place they shouldn't go, it is a self gratifying and self serving desire. It has nothing to do with the other person and everything to do with ourselves.
It is not the fault of the busty woman with the low cut top, or the muscular man parading around with his shirt off.
Right once again.
melanie wrote: I'm not arguing whether it's morally okay for people to dress a certain way, that is a different discussion. Yes, there are people out there who dress in a way to deliberately sexually exploit themselves and others, but those people represent quite a small percentage of the population.
I'm talking about the woman with the gym pants on, the summer dress that sits above the knee, the top that shows some cleavage.
I'm not happy with the whole, women watch yourselves you may cause a man to stumble line. How about the men watch themselves, if they are stumbling best to pick your own feet up a little rather than looking to throw the blame around.
This hits close to home for me. Of all the sins I struggle against, I think lust is my biggest weakness. I don't think I'm alone on this though. For a man, every time we see a good looking woman, it's like the first time we have ever seen a woman in our lives. It's the one joy of life that never gets old.

Like you said previously, we live in a pretty perverted culture. Women have simply never looked more desirable than they do today, I believe, is thanks to advanced clothing manufacturing that allows for cheap and easy to produce materials for clothing such as yoga pants as mentioned.

I understand the women that want to wear yoga pants: they are constantly pressured by themselves and other girls to look presentable 24/7. If they want to relax, put their hair in a ponytail, wear a sweatshirt, yoga pants, and just be comfortable without caring, they 100% have the right to.
Sorry for my late reply, haven't been around much lately.
I loved your candour, your post made me laugh.
It did though exaggerate a few points I was making, men do react to the female form and perhaps our choice of clothing.
But where does that leave us?
So one woman can afford high quality yoga pants that aren't made poorly, using high quality fabric that is not too shabbily made and too sheer, whilst another affords the Target brand that just happens to be too sheer in fabric and poor in quality.
Who's to blame for a wandering mans eye?
The woman?
The manufacturer?
Or the man?

The change that has occurred in fashion and what's acceptable isn't only in woman's fashion. My point being that we live in a society that bears more skin. Men and women alike.
Men have never looked more desirable either.
When you look back at men's fashion over the centuries it has changed a great deal.
The sexual perversion of society in particular regards to the lack of clothing is not a solely female issue. I live on the coast, men get around with very little on in the summer months. It's not unusual to see men with their shirts off and low riding shorts.

I'm not arguing whether society's standard has fallen, because it has.
My issue is with men that accuse woman of causing men to stumble, and no, it's not an Aussie saying, this attitude is fairly entrenched in evangelical circles in the US and abroad.
We are responsible for our own short comings.
Blaming the fashion, or the man or woman is not taking responsibility for ourselves.
Within all this talk of women's clothes, yoga pants ect that exists within Christian circles, why is the onus always placed on women?
Why isn't there such an outrage towards men who flaunt their bodies?
Take an honest look around us, just as many men are doing so as woman.
B.W asked me the question in this thread can a man cause a woman to stumble?
Before I answer, Horatar my response isn't just to you at all, Your response was real, honest and refreshing, I probably shouldn't have quoted you, it's just a general response to my question.
So in answer to B.W question No.
A man's choice of attire cannot 'cause' me to stumble.
Causation is not the result of choice of clothing but rather my weakness in sin. Responsibility lies with me.
I'm not going to attempt to make excuses for my lust by placing blame on another.
That's my issue.
True story....
The other day I was driving along and there was a guy who was mowing his lawn with no shirt on and very low riding, short shorts. He obviously worked out a lot and was really fit, toned and muscular.
I drove past and was like 'whoa man, you're going to cause a traffic accident'. Lol. I had a laugh, kept my car on the road somehow and continued on my way.
No biggy, no sin there. I noticed a really attractive guy.
Absentmindedly along the way to home, without even consciously doing so, my thoughts wondered off to another place. As soon as it happened I called myself in check.
Later on that night I thought about the situation, held myself accountable and prayed. Not in any self depleting, self hatefull way but I asked for forgiveness and self control.
At no point did I become cynical or nasty towards men that mow with no shirt on. At no point did I minimalise my actions on the account of some else's choice of clothing. At no point did I justify my stumbling with some bloke who was going about his business.
It was my issue.
Alone.
Society will go on as it will, completely at times and more often than not against the will of God but we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions.
It's a struggle between the world and flesh and the kingdom of God, we struggle with it everyday in whatever form it's thrown at us.
We are called to rise above and conquer, we can never successfully do so when we blame the world for our shortcomings.
I'm a huge believer in personal responsibility for behaviour.

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by ICOYAR » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:02 pm

I admit, this is also a problem for me. I have trouble even talking to girls, and if I ever find a girlfriend (which is unlikely) who is loyal to me (since my last one cheated and married behind my back), it'll be an even more massive hurdle, since most likely, she would want to have sex with me, or something, even though, due to my admittedly weak will, there is a chance I might do that, even though I know better not to. It's frustrating. I feel like a massive hypocrite, even though I never had sex before.

It's still lust anyway, to even think of women in a "sexy" manner.

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by melanie » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:31 am

Icoyar there is nothing wrong with sexual desire.
God made us to be functioning, whole individuals, part of that is sexual desire.
It's not evil, nor something to be religiously against.
Your sexuality and your desire to be a husband and a sexually active partner is not something you should be embarrassed about or to feel guilty about.
Being whole as we experience in this realm does involve sexual connection and that's okay. It's more than okay because God made us this way.
You feel 'sexy' feelings towards some woman because you're a guy and you should!
Don't confuse lust which becomes problematic when it takes behaviour beyond the confines of marriage and causes infidelity to what is a natural beautiful attraction towards the opposite sex.
You should feel towards females in a sexual manner.
You are obviously single and being a Christian never required a man to be a celibant monk,devoid of instincts.
Being a Christian doesn't mean zero feelings of sexual characteristics towards woman.
It means taking those feelings and dealing with them as a son in Christ.
Don't feel guilty for being attracted towards women. In guilt and shame breeds negative outcomes. When our hearts and intentions mean well, everyone else's two cents can take a hike :ebiggrin:
Christ sets us free!

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by Philip » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:53 am

Don't feel guilty for being attracted towards women.
Mel, please, you need to explain to my wife that this is natural response a man has to seeing a beautiful women! :D

Although, I guess suffering a whiplash injury from suddenly and violently jerking one's head 180 degrees with googly eyes hanging out is not the best (or safest :shock: ) response when a lovely lady walks by - least not when the missus is watching you. :roll: Most of us know how to appreciate a nice view discretely, and with a neutral look on one's face. And yet, we still get busted, often because she "just knew you were looking at that woman." My response: "Well, sweetheart, I'm a man, and I'm not dead (yet :lol: )!"

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by melanie » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:17 am

Haha Philip, my point entirely we are HUMAN!
I've seen my husband notice really attractive woman and I get jealous at times. It's kinda a pride thing, helloooo Einstein whatcha lookin for you're lucky to have me on your arm.
But he's a great guy, great husband and far from perfect but a good Christian husband.
Attraction is okay.
We look, we are wired that way
I do it.
And I can't stand pots calling kettles black.
Jealously,,love, commitment, attraction and friendship we all work through everyday in our relationships, friendships, family and workmate scenarios.
It's hard to navigate God and the world, at such times but I try to remain civil and loving throughout.

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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by RickD » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:20 am

Philip wrote:
Don't feel guilty for being attracted towards women.
Mel, please, you need to explain to my wife that this is natural response a man has to seeing a beautiful women! :D

Although, I guess suffering a whiplash injuring from suddenly and violently jerking one's head 180 degrees with googly eyes hanging out is not the best (or safest :shock: ) response when a lovely lady walks by - least not when the missus is watching you. :roll: Most of us know how to appreciate a nice view discretely, and with a neutral look on one's face. And yet, we still get busted, often because she "just knew you were looking at that woman." My response: "Well, sweetheart, I'm a man, and I'm not dead (yet :lol: )!"
This post made me think of this commercial:
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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by Philip » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:56 am

Mel: We look, we are wired that way
I do it.
Yes, and there's a big difference between enjoying a nice brief view of someone walking by and ogling them, or obviously looking back and staring. Plus, whenever I see some unbelievably beautiful, sexy woman go by, I say to myself, "Yep, shes incredible looking, alright, but I bet she is MAJOR high-maintenance trouble with a capital "T" - probably wants a man with very deep pockets with the suffering tolerance and patience of Job - and they better not run low on either cash or patience." :lol: Funny how exceptionally gorgeous women often end up repeatedly divorced or going from relationship to relationship, and constantly unhappy. Guess all that beauty is rarely enough, eh? y:-?

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Post by Audie » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:01 am

Im pretty good at the capital T, and high maintenance.

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Post by Philip » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:43 pm

Audie: Im pretty good at the capital T, and high maintenance.
Shocking! I never would have thought that. :D
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Re: Stumbling Men

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Post by swordfish7 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:19 pm

I Timothy 2:9,10 says, "in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works". So yes women should be modest in their dress to not cause men to stumble. What Paul was referencing was the dress of a temple prostitute, which was sensual, immodest and extravagant. It was meant to entice men into sexual immorality, something that godly women will not do. So, for a woman to say, "It is your problem - get over it" shows a callous heart. If we love our brother we will try to edify our brother (1 Cor. 8:9-13).

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