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    [–] Recommendations for "beginner" Bible readers? kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    Here's what helped me. Get an audio version and just listen to a story. Try listening to Job as a story and see if it makes more sense. You can get browser extensions that can speed up the audio and I find 1.2-1.3x speed actually holds your attention better as well.

    [–] 'We're being held hostage': federal workers describe life without pay kvrdave 1 points ago in politics

    Or they'll lose their house waiting for what is rightfully theirs. Hope they can last long enough to be good little soldiers.

    [–] 'We're being held hostage': federal workers describe life without pay kvrdave 1 points ago in politics

    Then it sounds like we better just take it. It's not like lives aren't being destroyed anyway. This isn't close to over.

    [–] I feel that my (24F) Christian parents (50s M/F) do not allow me to think for myself. I can’t distinguish between my thoughts and theirs anymore. It greatly impacts my mental health. kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    That sounds like someone trying to discount how they are being treated. If nothing else you could tell them, "I think we can all agree that we should treat people the way we'd want to be treated. You aren't treating me that way and I know you wouldn't want me to treat you the way you are treating me."

    And honestly, most times people's relationship just fades because they won't come out and say, "If you continue to treat me this way, a natural consequence is that I'll want to be in your life less and less."

    [–] 'We're being held hostage': federal workers describe life without pay kvrdave 3 points ago in politics

    Fuck that. If I'm not getting paid, my employer can't require shit. They all need to walk the fuck out.

    [–] Getting baptized a second time [after child baptism]? kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    I've been baptized twice. Some churches seem to want you to have theirs for membership. Some believe you should only have one, but that seems a bit legalistic over the verse. But this is also your first one as an adult. Actually, I was "pour" baptized as a child as well, so technically 3 times. I consider my second (that was my choice) to be the one that "took." But I also know plenty of people that do it again as a rededication.

    [–] Bob Costas and NBC are quietly and officially broken up kvrdave 0 points ago in sports

    Most of his halftime and end game summaries became Bob wanting to listen to how smart Bob was. I'm ready for him to retire.

    [–] If God commanded you to commit a sin would it still be a sin? kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    No, but he killed David's baby because of David's sin. But at least it wasn't ending a life unjustly.

    [–] Pope Francis: Abortion and euthanasia are extremely grave evils kvrdave 0 points ago in Christianity

    Valid if there is no living water. Following God's command just put you out too much? Can't even get a tank? Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

    If you really loved God you'd be baptized like he was rather than finding and convenient out meant for people who can't get to living water or out of bed for a good dunking.

    I think the Didache is from the 90s. It's super early and used by my old fundamentalist church to show that dunking 3 times is actually the proper way. That sounds as silly to me now as sprinkling and a transliteration of the word so people don't catch on.

    Or maybe the Didache shows just how quickly the church turned away to follow the edicts of men.

    [–] What is your focus as a Christian? kvrdave 5 points ago in Christianity

    Love God, love your neighbor as yourself.

    [–] Arab Christians protest 'McJesus' sculpture in Israel kvrdave 2 points ago in Christianity

    It isn't "Piss Christ," by any means. Anyway, I like it. I wouldn't put it in my house, but that's true of most art that doesn't include Captain Kirk. ;)

    [–] Arab Christians protest 'McJesus' sculpture in Israel kvrdave 2 points ago in Christianity

    I don't find that to be blasphemy. Maybe you're taking it too personally rather than concentrating on what the artist is conveying.

    [–] If God commanded you to commit a sin would it still be a sin? kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    I agree. But if it's okay for God to kill then the act of killing others is arbitrary rather than sinful because we're deciding that it isn't a sin if God does it, even to babies. Personally, I think it's more likely that the OT is mostly mythical rather than God is killing babies for righteousness, but most people just decide since God did it, it's not a sin. Seems to make sin arbitrary to me.

    [–] Pope Francis: Abortion and euthanasia are extremely grave evils kvrdave 0 points ago in Christianity

    Hey, how can it be billions of years, God says right there in Genesis that it was 6 days of creation....not billions of years. This isn't a metaphor.

    Seems pretty cut and dry?

    This can't possibly be the first time you've ever heard that not everyone believes the wafer is flesh (with no DNA or flesh like qualities, don't question it), so do a little google search if you're confused as to how anyone could believe something so crazy as a wafer is a wafer.

    To claim that it is just metaphor is to claim that Christianity was incorrect for 1600 years for no real reason other than you're married to protestant theology. Remember it's not just a Catholic doctrine, the Orthodox believe it too.

    That's fucking stupid, man. But do your own thing. You don't submerge people for baptism like was done for centuries until some fallible pope said, "Hey, just a sprinkle and make sure to transliterate baptismo some day since we obviously aren't doing it like the Apostles and Jesus did," but it just makes you clutch your pearls that someone doesn't do it like it's always been done. lol

    You don't seem to have a problem breaking from actual tradition there. But at least it's all based in the intellect and not just what some guy protecting child abusers says.

    [–] How true is it that "God does not love us equally"? kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    lol Yeah, that doesn't exactly seem fair, does it? My opinion isn't popular here, but I think the first 5 books are mostly mythical. I don't think Moses actually existed and there weren't a million Jews wandering the desert for 40 years. I forget the kingdom and book (around Nehemiah?), but the Jews even lost the book of Moses and then suddenly "found" them again. There' just no evidence for it and most of the stuff sounds like cultural stuff rather than things steeped in righteousness. And that's why you have God telling Abraham to kill his own son, or God telling people to cut off their foreskins, etc. etc.

    That doesn't mean the bible isn't true, I don't see how it affects what Jesus says either. But it sure clears up a lot of stuff that Christians in the past dismissed as "God is mysterious," or "It's not a sin when God kills babies," and the like.

    [–] Arab Christians protest 'McJesus' sculpture in Israel kvrdave 3 points ago in Christianity

    I find it usually increases the sale of pearl so that those who are easily offended have something to clutch.

    [–] Pope Francis: Abortion and euthanasia are extremely grave evils kvrdave 3 points ago in Christianity

    Like The Church's stance at increasing abortions? ;)

    The idea seems ridiculous to me. And the rationale strained.

    [–] I feel that my (24F) Christian parents (50s M/F) do not allow me to think for myself. I can’t distinguish between my thoughts and theirs anymore. It greatly impacts my mental health. kvrdave 4 points ago in Christianity

    They sound manipulative. I'd let them know that if they are going to be that way, I'll be contacting them less and less. Cut the cord, I say. You're just use to this manipulation and abuse and that's why you're questioning it. That's what it is and you don't need to put up with it.

    Lots of luck. :)

    [–] Arab Christians protest 'McJesus' sculpture in Israel kvrdave 1 points ago in Christianity

    Better seems a little subjective to me. And because there's a single type of art critical of capitalism, it should suffice? Not much of an art person, I assume.

    [–] Arab Christians protest 'McJesus' sculpture in Israel kvrdave 5 points ago in Christianity

    I find it to be compelling art. Sometimes that offends people, though.