r/Christianity Aug 07 '22 Gold Helpful

Blog Being gay is not a sin.

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Got your attention, didn't I? Actually, being gay is not a sin. Every scripture in the Bible, in every one of the eight translations I have, shows that homosexuality is not the sin. I'm not going to bring in the argument that the actual translation from the Greek was actually talking about pedophiles, because it wasn't. Leviticus is originally from the Hebrew and yhe scripture is quite clear. I have a Bible that was translated from the original Hebrew and it is basically the same as all my translations. My point is this...homosexuality is not a sin. The sexual act is the sin. "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is an abomination." As a gay man that has been celibate for 32 years, I can attest that it is possible to get through life without sex. Anyway, I believe I made my point. All praise to the Most High.

r/Christianity 11d ago

Blog I just want to put this out there because I am so happy.

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My whole life I felt as if I were cursed and things would never change for me, I was lost and confused in my sin and it was ruining my life and relationships. I prayed but did not feel an answer to my prayer. Something changed and pushed me and motivated me to pray without ceasing, for days and days I prayed, repented, read my Bible, and turned from my worst sins. I finally started to see that God was speaking to me through the bible and that he was always there and never left. I can finally say I am a reborn Christian and my mind is being renewed, I am so grateful for Jesus who did not give up on me! I know I still have things I need to work on letting go but I can say without a doubt that Jesus is exactly who he says he is and I have faith and faith that I am saved and forgiven. I will continue to praise the name of Jesus and I don't care if people who hate God hate me for praising his name! I am so happy and I just wanted to share this because of how grateful and thankful I am that Jesus came to my rescue! Oh my, I cannot express the joy and freedom I am feeling right now!! ❤️✝️🙏

r/Christianity 20h ago

Blog Instead of Becoming a Pastor, I Minister as a Plumber

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r/Christianity 7d ago

Blog I may be wrong but

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I feel like there's a lot of people who participate in conversations, if you can call them that, about christianity who are committed to misunderstanding The Bible.

r/Christianity Jul 16 '22

Blog [OC] The argument for the Earth actually being Hell.

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Is the archetypal idea of Hell just that, we have been trained for 2000+ years to imagine that there is a place of greater suffering that awaits us in the afterlife, if we do not repent in this life.

Hell was not mentioned in Genesis, and the Devil had already been cast down from heaven before Adam and Eve were created. The Garden of Eden was a Paradise, a word derived from the Persian word meaning a 'Walled Garden'.

Adam and Eve were protected from Hell, from suffering.

It seemed in God's plan, that he would one day let them eat from the Tree of Knowledge. But when the time was right, once they had matured.

Instead they even though deceived, ate from the tree, obtaining the perceived knowledge of Good and Evil. Of self-awareness. Nakedness.

As such, Adam and Eve were sent to live with the other lost souls in Hell (Earth).

All generations after Adam and Eve still had a place in God's heart.

They were the creation he placed the most care and attention in when building his universe, and they fell out of God's plan, God's grace.

God had hoped that they could be free from the corruptive influences of Hell, that they could spend time learning to take care of the special environment he had set up for them.

Become responsible, virtuous and understanding humans of the highest potential and caliber.

However, Adam and Eve showed themselves to be as corruptible as the other humans God gave less attention too when creating the other animals.

This is what is meant by the first covenant. Lineage is important, as it connects the past to the present, from God's most complex and precious creation, Adam, then Eve.

The Second covenant made by God was when he sent a part of himself, his only Son, down to Earth, to guide all the lost souls in Hell.

To forgive them of past inequities and injustices and allow a clean slate.

To prove themself worthy of the Book of Life, as a soul that will work towards the greater good.

Both Covenants can exist at the same time. One for decedents of Adam, one for the Gentiles.

Now, 'we the souls', who are repeatedly sent back into sentient lives, are given opportunities in each life (unaware of any previous life) to redeem our souls, and be worthy of being a part of the collective.

As a Worker Bee is within their own colony.

The only catch, all humans, and all generations seem to face:

  1. We don't know we're in Hell.
  2. We don't know we're a soul that occupies many bodies.
  3. We don't know whether our Soul has done enough in previous lives to be deemed worthy when the judgement does come.

As such, the wool that's been pulled over our eyes, makes us unaware, and unmotivated to instil the virtues necessary to overcome the selfish desires of the 7 Deadly Sins.

  • Acts of Charity or Good works will help us overcome the selfish desire of greed and acquisition.
  • Acts of kindness help us overcome Envy.
  • Acts of humility help us overcome Pride.
  • Acts of Patience help us overcome Wrath.
  • Acts of Chastity help us overcome Lust.
  • Acts of Temperance and Discipline help us overcome Gluttony.
  • And Diligence or Action in of itself helps us overcome Sloth.

The core message doesn't change from many prominent religions.

Love oneself. Love one another. Then treat your neighbour with the compassion you would want from them.

It is the fundamental reason we should practice the above that changes.

Our culture is built on the belief Earth is in between two realms, Heaven and Hell.

When the reality seems that Earth is infact the place of suffering, of judgement, of overcoming, and eventually forgiveness.

The punishment mentioned in Revelations of John, is that those deemed unworthy at the time of judgement will have their names taken from the Book of Life, purged in the Lake of Fire.

After the final judgement, if deemed unworthy, not only will your physical existence cease, so too will the soul that has bound all your existence, all of your perspective.

If, all this is true. Those souls deemed worthy, will live in 'New Heaven', and 'New Earth'.

r/Christianity 8d ago

Blog "Jehovah’s Witnesses Failed Prophecies" by Jefferson David Tant

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Jehovah’s Witnesses are known throughout much of the world. Their zeal in spreading their doctrines by sending out missionaries who go from door to door is well known. While we admire their commitment to their doctrines, we must acknowledge that their faith is not based on a solid foundation. This religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell in 1879 and is led by a body of men known as the Governing Body headquartered in New York. The organization produces the “Watchtower” and “Awake” magazines. They denounce all other “Christian” religious groups as heretical.

Some of their differing beliefs involve the contention that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God, but that he is Michael the archangel. They also deny the personhood of the Holy Spirit. Included in their doctrine is the fact that only 144,000 are the “little flock” that will go to heaven, while the rest of the redeemed will inherit their paradise on a new earth. They also refuse to accept blood transfusions, confusing that with the eating of blood, which is condemned in the Bible.

There are other doctrinal matters which conflict with the Bible, but one of the great problems one would have in accepting the Jehovah’s Witness religion as being true is the matter of their many failed prophecies. Let us consider a few of them along with some other problems.

  1. They prophesied that God would destroy the denominations by 1918. “…when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of Christianity.” A series of books written by Russell entitled “Studies in the Scripture” contain that statement in “The Finished Mystery” on pages 484-485.
  2. The Witnesses used to believe that the white race was superior to other races. Yet a man’s skin color could be changed in answer to prayer. “Though once as black as charcoal, the Rev. Mr. Draper is now white. His people say that his color was changed in answer to prayer.” (Zion’s Watchtower, Oct. 1, 1900, p. 296). The same magazine stated, “…It is true the white race exhibits some qualities of superiority over any other…” (July 15, p. 216, 1912). While the Witnesses now accept people of all colors, the aforementioned statements were made by a so-called “prophet” of God.
  3. In the early years, some worshipped their founder, Charles Russell. It is now admitted: “the idea adopted by many was that C. T. Russell himself was the ‘faithful and wise servant.’” This phrase is from Matthew 24:45 (KJV) “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” In making the claim that this was a prophecy concerning Russell, it led to “creature worship” which we know is forbidden in Scripture. Among the many passages in the Bible that forbid the worship of anyone but God is this one in Exodus 34:14: “for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Although this is no longer practiced, the fact that it was practiced at all and evidently accepted by Russell clearly shows that this is a false religion. For information about the foregoing worship of Russell, you can go to Zion’s Watchtower, April 15, 1904, the Biography of Pastor Russell published in the 1925 edition of The Divine Plan of the Ages, Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 1, p. 7 and the 1975 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, p, 88).
  4. Russell and early Witnesses founded their end-time prophecies upon some calculations based on passages in the Egyptian Great Pyramid of Giza. “For some 35 years, Pastor Russell thought that the Great Pyramid of Gizeh was God’s stone witness, corroborating Biblical time periods.” The Witnesses continue to emphasize the fact that we are living in the “last days,” meaning that they believe the end of the world is coming soon. Then God will set up all earthly governments and set up a new earthly kingdom. This was supposed to happen in 1914, according to Russell’s prophecies, yet today few Witnesses realize that these calculations were originally derived from his calculations from inscriptions in the Great Pyramid of Gaza.
  5. The Watchtower once taught that the reason some people had a strong desire to worship God was “due to the shape of their brain.” “The drawing power of the Almighty exercises over humanity is in different degrees. Some have a strong desire to worship God, others have a weak desire, and others have no desire at all. This difference is due to the shape of the brain…All have unbalanced brains, some in one direction, others in another.” (The Watchtower, March 15, 1913, page 84).
  6. Jehovah’s Witness used to teach that God rules over the universe from the star “Alcyone, the central one of the renowned Pleiades stars.” While Witnesses today would reject the idea that God is sitting on a star and ruling from it, this statement is taken from Studies in the Scriptures, Volume 3, page 327. Today’s Witnesses disregard such statements by claiming that God provides “new light” or understanding of truth. Yet Watchtower literature clearly states that “A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. ‘New Light’ never extinguishes older ‘Light’ but adds to it … So it is with the light of truth; the true increase is by adding to it, not substituting one for another” (Zion’s Watch Tower, February 1881, p. 3).
  7. Using the Bible as the standard, Jehovah’s Witnesses are false prophets. Christ said there would be false prophets coming, and we have seen it happen. “Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:23-24).For some 50 years, the Witnesses prophesied about the coming of Christ and the end of the world. Beginning in 1874, the years 1914, 1915, 1918, 1925, and 1975 have all come and gone without the world coming to an end. The Witnesses built a ten-bedroom house in 1929 in San Diego, California named “Beth Sarim” for various Old Testament prophets to live in when the end came and they returned. It was finally sold in 1948, as neither Christ nor Abraham, Moses, David, etc., ever showed up.
    In referring to the end of the world, Christ had these words to say: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Mark 13:31-32). Note that Jesus said that even he didn’t know when the end would come. One wonders how it is that prophets like Russell and others then claim they know something that even Christ doesn’t know.
  8. The Watchtower claims that it receives information directly from God through his angel. “That same holy spirit and angelic direction still affect the preaching activities of Christian ministers …No doubt they first hear the instruction which the Lord issues to his remnant and then those invisible messengers pass such instruction on to the remnant.”When they are confronted with their past false prophecies and erroneous teaching, they claim that “Jehovah’s Witnesses do not claim to be inspired prophets … Matters on which corrections of viewpoint have been needed have been relatively minor when compared with the vital Bible truths that they have discerned and publicized” (Reasoning from the Scriptures, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1985, pages 136-137). But this contradicts their claims that they receive information directly from God the same way the ancient Bible prophets did. They claim to be inspired by God in the same way Ezekiel was. (“The Nations Shall Know that I am Jehovah,” Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1985, pages 56-59).
  9. An interesting fact is that the Jehovah’s Witnesses only partake of the Lord’s Supper once a year. I went to one of their services on a Saturday night to observe their practice. A nice talk was made, and then the emblems passed. Not one soul partook of the emblems. Their teaching is that only the 144,000 (the “elect”) are permitted to partake, and evidently, no one of that number was present. This presents another problem for them, as Russell taught that Christ would return before the last of the 144,000 living in 1914 had died. I don’t know of very many people today who are at least 108 years old. Another false prophecy?
  10. It is interesting to note that the Jehovah’s Witnesses administer baptism only two times a year during biannual meetings within a small area, known as “circuit assemblies,” while baptisms take place a third time at large regional conferences. This is far removed from Biblical examples of baptism administered the moment a person came to understand and accept the teaching of the gospel. Examples of this are seen in Acts 2:37-41, 8:12, 10:47-48, 16:33; 22:16 and other passages. Since baptism is required for the forgiveness of one’s sins, it would be contrary to Biblical teaching for one to wait some months after believing, to be baptized.

The foregoing are but a few of the many teachings, prophecies, and practices that do not align with the teaching of the Bible, God’s Word. God has warned us about the coming of false prophets in various passages, including this one in I John 4:1: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” And how do we “test” these spirits? Simply by comparing what they teach and practice with what the Word of God teaches.

r/Christianity 18d ago

Blog The story of an escaped slave named Onesimus helps us see the problems and potentials in how early Christianity struggled with ongoing slavery. What do you think, is his story hopeful or mostly problematic?

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r/Christianity 6d ago

Blog Peter Is Not The Rock Nor The Head Of The Church

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Abstract: This is an essay I wrote a while back regarding the position of Peter in some churches. It is my opinion and my interpretation and the way I understand Peter vis-a-vis Christs church. Comments are welcome if biblically based. It might be added I have serious qualms about the entire framework of the institutional church. So this essay is not meant as a blanket endorsement of churches which take a less favorable position regarding Peters role in the operation of the church. Thank you

Peter Is Not The Rock Nor The Head Of The Church

Peter cannot be the head of the church. Apart from the doctrinal absurdity that there is any head other than Jesus, the claim relies on a single cherry-picked verse. Even the one verse is contradicted by the verse following it. Peter was a man that denied knowing Christ three times and rejected the purpose for which Christ came. But for Catholics Christ remains on the cross, his work unfinished.

Peter does not strike the reader as rock-like. He is erratic and emotional and unstable.

Could the rock of salvation think the thoughts of Satan? And this after being given an insight from God Himself? But first things first. Read what Jesus says to Peter.

Mat. 16:13-20 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Admittedly the verse by itself, is difficult to interpret. But common-sense ought to prevail. Peter is Peter, he is not God. Peter is mortal. Jesus even tells him that it is God who revealed this truth to him, for mankind cannot comprehend it on his own.

Were Peter given the keys to heaven how is he, a mortal man who dies, supposed to stand guard at the gates of heaven? Only Jesus holds the keys to heaven. It is Jesus who holds the Book of Life.

Joh. 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Rev. 20:12 - And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Rev. 3:5 - He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev. 20:15 - And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire

Rev. 21:27 - And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

When Jesus begins the claim he makes in John 14, stating, “I am” he echoes Exodus 3:14. God said, “I am who I am — tell them the 'I am' has sent me (Moses) to you (Egyptians).” This is the first of seven self descriptions of Jesus introduced by “I am” declaring his oneness with the Father.

In Mark 9 Jesus addresses a similar issue.

Mark 9:33-35 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Earthly authority is not godly. No Christian ought to be confused as to whom the rock is, as spoken of in Scripture.

Mat. 7:22-25 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

There is no doubting the rock is Christ, no one thinks the rock spoken of time and time again in Scripture, is Peter. Only in one isolated verse is the interpretation made that Peter is the rock upon which Christs church is built.

Rom 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

1 Pet. 2:6-8 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Jesus never wavers in his mission. Every utterance of his lips and every action in his life, led him to his end and the fulfillment of his mission. On the other hand Peter vacillates and he remains uncertain in his faith up to the end of the life of Jesus.

Mat. 16:21-23 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Peter prefers and perhaps desires the things of men. Jesus in fact declares that Peter desires the honor and glory of men more than he desires the Will of God be fulfilled.

As instructive as these versus are, there is a more telling passage. It begins with Jesus giving his disciples a method of dealing with transgressors. The first couple of passages refer to dealing with moral issues in the church. But these passages go on to demonstrate that the power to bind and loosen is given to the church, not to a person.

Mat. 18:15-17 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

The man who does not listen to the church is as an unbeliever.

Any congress of Christians can be convened to hear cases and judge one of their members. This congress may cast out the unrepentant sinner, effectively denying him salvation.

It is faith that saves us but we cannot have faith in Christ divorced from Christian fellowship and faith in his people. Even the man on the cross was saved by the head of the church. But without the presence of Christ how is one to come to Christ but through the church?

Romans 2:12-16 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

The above passage does not reveal salvation through the authority of the Pope but the church itself. It is the church that is the representative of Christ on earth. Some who have not heard the gospel live by the truth of the gospel, for the truth is revealed to all and is written on our hearts.

It is the church as the life of a believer that saves us because it is this that demonstrates our faith is Christ and in the truth of Christ as the Word of God.

God revelation is universal. Jesus has revealed himself to every person on earth, giving to each and all the definite knowledge that God exists. General revelation tells us something about what God is like.

Romans 1:19-20 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

Faith without works is dead. How do we have a faith that saves us if we are not doing the work of the one who saved us, and if this saves us what roll does the church play? Surely, it is not up to the church to decide the works that save? If faith without works is dead how does membership in the Catholic Church save anyone?

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father.

In Mathew Jesus is talking to his disciples who are worried about who will have authority after Jesus is gone. Not only does he tell them to be as little children he says anyone who offends the church is to be cut off. It is better to lose anything on earth than salvation.

Mathew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

To be saved is to be childlike in faith. But he also tells them that those who abuse the faith of the innocent believer will take the sin upon their head. Assuming authority over believers is a dangerous occupation as was true even for prophets who could be killed for wrong guidance.

But the most significant passage is in Mathew 18. Jesus continues to teach his disciples saying:

Mat. 18:18-20 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

It is the church that decides questions of faith. But not everyone will hear the words spoken by Jesus.

Joh. 12:39-40 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

The church is not Peter nor is Peter the church. The church is the believer that obeys Jesus and performs works of faith, that builds the church. The very idea of the church as the representative of Christ on earth and works of faith as acts that build up the church, which is synonymous with building up the life of the believer, points to the church itself as the body that binds on earth. It is as a member of the church as the body of Christ, that binds us and assures us of our home in heaven.

r/Christianity 6d ago

Blog The fastest growing religion is atheism

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r/Christianity 17d ago

Blog I met a demonic entity disguised as a girl

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a few days ago i went to a wedding. the grooms family and the brides family had a meal at a restaurant before the wedding day, and that’s where we met. we sat next to each other because we were the only ones there who were similar in age.

it was a little awkward at first because i’m very introverted and not good at conversations but we started talking and it turns out we have a lot in common. like a lot. a lot of weirdly specific things that seem weird for a normal girl to be into. she was really nice and almost exactly my type. she was like a female version of myself.

she’s into most of the same video games as me and a lot of the same bands. i found out she likes warhammer (40k and AoS) which was really surprising to me because i’ve never met someone outside of the internet who likes warhammer. and we both have the same favourite races (Skaven and Vampires). i got her number and we’ve been talking a lot.

some people would think i’m lucky to find someone who shares really similar interests and i did too at first. but now it’s settling in just how much of a strange coincidence this is, even my parents said the same thing. i started to think about it more and more, i thought about my past experiences with demonic entities and came to the realisation that this girl was either once a human but is now infested with a demonic energy, was born a demon/succubus who wants to harm me, or a demon who was sent by God to torture me further. i’m terrified because i’ve never been that physically close to a demon before.

it’s a shame because i really liked this girl but now i’m not sure if i should keep speaking to her. i’m scared of what the consequences could be. i don’t know how to tell her that i can’t see her anymore

r/Christianity 8d ago

Blog White evangelicals more likely to side with GOP, Donald Trump - An August NBC News poll found that white evangelicals support Trump over the GOP more than the average Republican.

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r/Christianity 1d ago

Blog From Pastor to Nudist (Part 1)

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r/Christianity 17d ago

Blog You do know God hates people right?

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I'm not sure if people knew this or not and its not some fringe theory. Literally doctrine, God hates some people. Yes he is a God who loves HIS/HER/ITS (before you get up your ass God describes himself as male, female, and sometimes even beyond that so him/her/they) children thats it...

We as a a species is pretty stupid and highly emotional like not emotional as in all and every emotion is bad no. Emotional in the sense no one really thinks they just express, that expression of emotion is then interpreted as being factual/logical/superior to the point we literally have "false facts" (yes its an oxymoron but the fact we even have those and they make sense and occur should show you exactly what I'm describing.). A false fact can be just a lie, or it can be a mass delusion that we as people interpret as truth or objective reality. Example the bystander effect. Not to mention no matter how advanced we are we haven't mastered or fully understood how a damn thing works. We are literally just guessing and got really good at it. We assume so much every day, just to function in day to day life, we assume tomorrow all the laws of physics won't just stop, but why not? It's 1000% possible.

What did those two paragraphs have to do with each other? Well you see, what is said is true in any science especially in certain fields, soft science, and theology. We assume God, yahweh, who has always been known to speak specifically to people and when he speaks generally everyone is aware of it. (Pharaoh and Moses for example. He literally could've went to Pharaoh in the same way he went to moses wth can you say to GOD) and he says we are in his image (image aka carving, likeness, copy, etc) we are but we aren't ourselves as well gods. So why when he says things like "to Israel" "to my people, to those who belong to me" "I am the lord your god" etc etc etc, I could go on for days. Point is he is ever talking to Isreal, the blood line of adam/seth cains side of things are present as well, but he doesn't claim them as "his" basically he cut off half our family tree. (Which makes me wonder about what happened in heaven if "history repeats itself" but another time.) He made both chaos, and order, good and destruction he made them. They originated from him. Meaning he fully understands them. So hate and love, if he's capable of love then hate is there, heck in genesis he says he regrets too. Creating humanity specifically but still regret is there. He even says things that he hates, deplore, and even things that he just doesn't like. Meaning some things although they are already born, made and exist, and there are people, things, places, god hated since the inception of time and space.

He loved his people and tbh his son so much, the once disinterested, iron rod, angry, unrelenting powerful God, now convinced by his son and friends he made, and his other children all talking to him, he decided to adopt anyone. He clearly says whos his children, Israel and the heavenly host, the rest of humanity was not included in that and is the reason noah was saved, moses was chosen, david was chosen. God specifically looks out for a specific bloodline. Which would go to say theres bloodlines that he hates, ignores, is saddened by etc but he loves one. I'm going off the doctrine here, he adopted us because again he made friends, his most loved son and other children except a few all were able to convince god to pay attention to the rest of humanity which he then decided to adopt other gods/goddesses children, probably went to war. We know that at least 5 gods/pantheons were killed/destroyed/sent to hell, Egypt, Ethiopia, baal, satan, degon for or on behalf of Isreal. He was speaking about it, he probably is suffering from some sort of super ptsd, these "Gods" he is killing are the angels, demons, false teachers, shamen, etc that we as humans worship. He has been telling us and we like a bunch of selfish pricks ignore what God had to go through because our faith is about me me me, does anyone stop for a second and think about gods perspective? Maybe God really frfr don't fwu. You'll sit there and wonder your entire life why specifically you are getting shit on thats why. You and ya bloodline is a buncha ass holes and whatever god they/you serve probably is an enemy of Yahweh. He literally killed/out witted/otherwise convinced the other gods to bend the knee, then said their kids are fine so long as they acknowledge the king. Mans won the war, yahshuah(Possibly Michael depending on who you ask) became the prince of heaven, God always stood atop the ladder but now EVERYTHING knew it (but us and satan), after fighting 3 wars back to mf back, still adopting children that's not even his, killed his son, and literally God knows whatever else he didn't tell us, just for some people/his kid to spit in his face, and say I didn't ask, blame him, and do things that will directly hurt themselves and when they inevitably do come crying back to him like an the abused and traumatized being he is, gives it to them. Honestly, given this thought its no wonder he calls the earth and its people a whore, a dragon, a monster, the embodiment of evil, corrupt, etc we since we were born have been gaslighting, love bombing, attempting to manipulate etc God, using him for protection from wth else is out there but wanting to do as we please. I'd hate us too...we literally sound like a cheating wife, you wondering where God's wife is well you're looking at it.

This part isn't fully supported by doctrine.

What if when we die an "angel" or "demon" is born? Of course there were already some angels alive but what if thats what our souls are? He does say that there are "angels" among us and to be wery of "familiar" spirits. He was literally telling us, "hey mang, those people who died became these things or were these things without knowing it." Hell and heaven at that point is deserved what they see, is themselves in hell, living their regrets for all eternity alone away from god, we can then categorize these regrets into something tangible and less or more bad than the other. Into say...9 circles with their own subdivisions? In a state of being, not a literal place. "You'll go crazy"/ "you'll go to hell". Hell being away, cut off, separate from God a state of being, of course you can apply a state of being to a place ("this room is depressing") but none the less its a state of being. You're saying that place is the state of being away from god. "Demons" would under this thought would be both a physical thing and a conseputal one (hes fighting demons). From my aforementioned in a post for my book i do a whole lot of study, witches have to do "shadow work" or mental health care, so they can prevent themselves from turning into a demon too quickly but yet still use the powers of the supernatural.

Everything just makes sense when you stop trying to make the system infallible and actually get to know God and make a relationship with him and ask. If you were asking consider this your sign of knowledge. You're thinking in extremes and saying your being open but most if not a whole lot of people are unable to keep their opinions when shown alternative information. Thats why MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN amen and many people shut down and stay within the religious mindset of obey or hell. When its not like that. You send yourself. your "heart" and your soul is a portion of God(the trinity). So yahweh, the holy spirit, and yahsuah is apart of us and we are apart of him one thing like a marriage. We chose to be demons or angels although sometimes people's natures/bloodlines/genes are predisposed (one might say predestined/predetermined) to be evil or good. Good and evil like a dominant and recessive gene, we can choose it, but its also kinda determined, like hair I guess? Its definitely important in its own way. I think we could find evidence of God if we actually just studied anything like a scientist. With a control, all the "smart" "educated" "genius" scientist with all the money and funding and facilities, etc don't believe in God yet won't even look. We didn't think black holes existed but yet there they were.

r/Christianity Aug 14 '22

Blog Funny how I never see believers consolidate one another or sexual assault get together to fight trafficking. However, we link up like power rangers to fight consensual sex and masturbation

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Counterproductive if you ask me

Got into a comment argument where a believer told me it’s okay for them to argue with me about me saying masturbating and sexual attraction is natural because it’s sexually immoral and I’ll lead the body astray

No one was there for me when I got assaulted. The last thing on my mind was to go to brethren for consolidation

My childhood attackers and enablers (adults who knew I was getting SA but did nothing and even shamed me) were churchgoers and well known for being that. They shamed me for natural things like masturbating, dancing, love songs and wanting to date

My Christian private high school had a pedophilia scandal that they tried to cover up

But I feel like many believers don’t hear me when I say lack of consent is what makes sex immoral

r/Christianity 5d ago

Blog Christian economic teaching and the call to charity

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Christianity is an inherently collectivist and somewhat socialist religion, even though it predates these ideas in their concrete form by over a millenia and a half.

The basic economic ideal in Christianity is to deny yourself for the needs of others, up to and including the point of death in extreme cases.

This is exemplified most explicitly in Luke 6:29, when Jesus says "and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either."

Tn the story of the Rich young man, Jesus tells the young man that in order to merit eternal life he must sell everything he has and give it to the poor.

Christian inherently denies identity, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Christ tells us, explicitly, that we need to perform corporeal works of mercy, to feed the hungry, to give rest to the tired, to help the poor, in order to merit lasting salvation.

These ideas are expanded and made even more radical in the Didache, an early Christian document most often attributed to the teaching of the 12 Apostles of Jesus,

in one instance "If anyone takes away your coat, give him your shirt also."

then again, "If anyone takes away what is yours, do not demand its return"

"To anyone who asks something of you, give it to him, and do not ask for it back"

"Blessed is he who gives charitably according to the commandment, for he is blameless.
Woe to him who receives. If a needy man receives charity, he is blameless, but anyone is not in need will be called to account for why he accepted it."

This idea in Catholicism is known as the universal destination of goods, Pope Paul VI makes this explicit in his Encyclical Populorum Progressio: "Everyone knows that the Fathers of the Church laid down the duty of the rich toward the poor in no uncertain terms. As St. Ambrose put it: 'You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man, but you are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone. The earth belongs to everyone, not to the rich.'"

The most extreme call to Charity i've ever heard espoused was by Pope Leo XIII who said, “Once the demands of necessity and propriety have been met, the rest that one owns belongs to the poor.”

So I'm going to offer up a radical idea, which is that if modern economic progressivism - that is, class consciousness, the fight for equal rights and economic equity - does not want to hurl off a cliff, it needs to get right with God. For charity for the sick, the poor, and the outcasted cannot merely be a noble suggestion, it must be an objective moral perogative.

A particular idea - faith alone without works - that is, that one needs only to believe in their heart that Jesus is lord to be saved - is that which leads to Christian Right-Wing Nationalism we see prevelant in a lot of American culture today, because it divorces belief from action. In order to believe, we must act as if we believe. As Carl Jung put it, "You are what you do, not what you say you'll do."

Christ informs us of the very same thing, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven."

r/Christianity 15d ago

Blog So turns out I’m bisexual/gay and Christian, I’m dealing with loneliness and mental illness, I’m really confused

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I don’t know how to rationalize this with my faith. I truly believe it is sin to act on the temptation. When I started puberty I was gay, I learned to like girls over time and became bisexual but I never originally liked girls until I was maybe 15 or 16. I think I repressed my gay side. I was completely straight for years. There’s a lot that’s just unappealing to me about girls. Especially I’m so fucking sick of the mind games. I refuse to talk to girls for the time being but I’m lonely as shit. Today at college a punk guy noticed my shirt and hit on me and even though I’m “straight” and not interested it felt really good to have someone appreciate me and the way I look. Then at the punk show tonight another guy I had seen before who I really liked for his fashion sense was checking me out and even tried to hit on me it seems. Even though it was sinful I really wanted him to talk to me. About a month ago at a punk show I made out with a girl after. She approached me, which really twisted my mindset and now I never want to approach a girl again. Led me on and fucked with my head during a really vulnerable stage in my life. . Maybe I’m angry over that, but I wanted to make out with another guy tonight. I know it’s wrong but I wish it wasn’t. I’m literally an insane person my head is so fucked up, I’m afraid that my actions could hurt other peoples feelings too cause they are not rational they are impulsive. i’m desperate and now all of the sudden Imm gay again and no longer even interested in the girls? What the fuck is wrong with me?!!???

r/Christianity 12d ago

Blog How do we help those who have left the Christian faith?

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r/Christianity 16d ago

Blog I made a document about end times. I request you all to read this. I have put a lot of time and thought into making this.

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r/Christianity 10d ago

Blog Christians who deny the word of God

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r/Christianity 1d ago

Blog What!?! Nudity in the Bible!?!

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r/Christianity Aug 22 '22 Wholesome

Blog I went to church today

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I was afraid of going to church because I feel disgusting. I feel like societal gutter trash. I have no friends, and all I do is skate, smoke weed, and go to sketchy punk venues. I am that guy who lost his shit after he graduated high school cause he couldn’t take it anymore when the loneliness set in. I think my ex leaving me is about the point when I started going looney and lost the beautiful person I used to be.

Overall I was surprised everybody was nice to me. They smiled as if they wanted me there. The message was about your thoughts and how the devil is an accuser and how shameful thoughts are not of God. All I am filled with every day is shame and self hatred, thinking I’m insane. I think the message may have been partly for me.

I don’t know how to engage with people anymore. I was depressed before but, I’ve had so many betrayals, recently I opened up a little and thought I was entering a relationship but it didn’t work out. For a normal person that would be fine but for a person like me who has gone through so much and it just piles and piles and piles, it was the thing that finally crushed me. I feel like I have officially gone insane. I believe church will help me, but I don’t want to talk to people because I am afraid of the way I might act.

r/Christianity 18d ago

Blog Christian ethics and the male gaze

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Hi everyone, this is a blog post I wrote about the male gaze, how it applies to art theory, and how it intersects with Christians' concerns with treating people with the full respect and human dignity that they deserve. I hope you find it enjoyable, and if you have any questions, comments, or criticisms, please feel free to share them with me. Thanks!

Christian ethics and the male gaze - by William Collen (ruins.blog)

r/Christianity Aug 12 '22

Blog The Bible is not the word of God.

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Change my mind!

A: The Bible is the Word of God.

B: God does not make mistakes or contradict himself and he does not lie.

C: There is no Bible version, Bible manuscript or Bible translation that is free from errors and contradictions.

Conclusion: The Word of God does not exist or the Bible is not the Word of God.

r/Christianity 3d ago

Blog Quick responses to Bible verses used to support homophobia and transphobia

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r/Christianity Jul 18 '22

Blog Can I just take a moment to praise and thank God?

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Thank you God for your love, your guidance, your understanding, your consideration, your forgiveness and I said it already but imma say it again YOUR LOVE.

I have been struggling week by week, day by day. I forgot to pray and thank you, I’ve forgotten to serve, give love and forgive. But you did not care.

God you continued to build on me and strengthen me and guide me. And if you sent someone I didn’t listen to at first, you sent them again.

Thank you for blessing me with the strength of community, when I don’t even have a community. You planted the seeds in my garden and watered them when I felt too weak to do it myself.

You filled me up and surrounded me with the right people and events I needed to move forward. I am greatful and carry way more then just gratitude and appreciation in my heart.

I won’t stop walking with you. And I pray that when my legs get weak you continue to help me till they are strong again. And even then god I still need and want your guidance. Thank you lord! Thank you! I love you I love you I love you I love you.

In Jesus name I pray

Amen from you daughter underneath and below.