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Jun. 8th, 2005 @ 08:59 pm Prayer request (Xposted to elysiankitten)
Current Mood: worriedworried
When you get a chance in your prayers, please say one for my mother. She was admitted into the hospital yesterday for kidney problems due to diabetes and will be there for a while. I'll go into detail later when I have all of the information in order. Due to this, I won't be hitting LJ for a little bit. My mom is my world, and nothing has ever worried me so badly, so please keep her in your thoughts. Thanks, ya'll.
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Red Rose
May. 25th, 2005 @ 08:21 am A question of virtue
Recently, a friend posted a link to G-d's Yellow Pages (http://web2.airmail.net/dpelc/yellow/)

I am recently divorced, and I wanted to see what they have for Divorce under "Teachings about life's problems" - the idea being that regardless of religion, one can glean pearls of wisdom on ways to live peacefully and happily. I was shocked to see what was written there.

Mark 10:2-12 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

2Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

3"What did Moses command you?" he replied.

4They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."

5"It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied. 6"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'[a] 7'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] 8and the two will become one flesh.'[c] So they are no longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

10When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."

To me, it says this: Even though G-d said that divorce was okay before, it's really not. If you get divorced, you must never get married again, or it's adultery.

Am I misunderstanding? My husband left me, and I divorced him because he was committing adultery. According to Christian principles, does that mean I must never marry again?

I'm Jewish, so I know that I will one day find love and marry again without guilt - but I try my absolute best to understand other religions - especially the ones of close friends whom I respect. Can anyone clarify for me?
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May. 18th, 2005 @ 09:16 am Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments
I returned from San Francisco a few weeks back to find a book sitting on my desk, it was wrapped in a brown paper bag from our local bookstore. I knew it had to be from Monica. I opened it to find Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments by Rabbi Schmuley Boteach. Haha! I had to chuckle. My friend Monica and I have taken to buying books on the clearance shelf at McNally Robinson, and gifting them to one another. This was her latest pick. I was skeptical.

Oddly enough, I've been enjoying this one. He's light-hearted and funny, and even when talking about abstinence before marriage, he's not preachy. It's interesting to see how he adapts and interprets each commandment in order to apply it to romantic relationships. It's an easy read - rather common sense, but interesting.

Has anyone read this?
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Love Is
May. 16th, 2005 @ 10:08 am Disturbing Trend & Christian Semi-Rant (you are fore-warned!)
There seems to be a disturbing trend developing of Christian churches taking action against parishoners for their beliefs. There was the Baptist pastor that kicked out the members of his congregation who voted for Kerry (this was a recent headline, and the pastor subsequently resigned). Then there was this posted this morning (my personal opinion follows the story):

Priest Denies Gays' Supporters CommunionCollapse )

Okay, specific to the communion story. If you assume homosexuality is a sin (and even if it is, an abstinent homosexual wouldn't be committing any sins), I still didn't think that being sinless was a requirement of receiving communion. And the people supporting the gay & lesbian parishoners being denied? For what?

Anyway, it disturbs me.

My personal opinion (which, I believe is backed up by people much knowledgable than I) is that, in the Christian faith, ALL men and women are sinners. That's why we needed Christ to die on the cross for our salvation. I think that these churches are 1) missing the point and 2) alienating more people from coming to Christ. The question, for me at least, is not as much what is and is not a sin. It is more important to focus on the fact that we ALL (including me and every other Christian and every other man/woman on this earth) are sinners.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

***EDIT*** Okay, I didn't intend for this to be a debate on homosexuality - hopefully any discussion on that topic will be respectful and won't be offensive. Otherwise, Helen or I (as moderators) may choose to freeze a particular thread. So, please ladies - let's be loving and respectful to each other! :)
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okp - flowers
May. 14th, 2005 @ 07:58 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: curiouscurious
So, okay. Post #2.

I just recently discovered I'm probably an Agnostic Christian, although some things I question. I realize that I don't completely fit into just one religion! I believe in /so/ many different things, that somehow I bet I'm best where I am right now! Sometimes, however, I wonder if I'm believing in God/Jesus/etc. just because I need something to believe in. Just recently, someone broke into our apartment and ruined stuff. They slashed up my mom's clothes, the living room furniture, the wooden furniture, and my mom's bed. They also beat the crap out of my mother's flute and digital camera. We believe they were from my mother's workplace, because they also stole the originals of her worker's comp. documents (and our bikes). The very next day after I found out, my grandmother ended up in the hospital. The day after that, the car broke down for good. We're very low income, and we did /not/ have enough money for a new car. Just about a week ago, we bought a new one, and now I have the pressure of, "omg, we're not going to have enought money to pay rent!" seeing as my mother has no one else to talk to. That's my spree.
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never perfect
Apr. 27th, 2005 @ 08:23 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: creative
Hola! My name's Amanda, and I'm 13, which means I'm pretty sure I'm at least ten years younger than all of you. helenangel convinced me to join this community. I'm an unbaptized, undenominational Christian with Jewish heritage. I remain unbaptized, because my mom wanted me to choose my own religion.
And, plus, I've been questioning things. There's alot, alot, alot of stress laid on me an average 13 year old probably wouldn't have, but I'm really glad there is. My stresses make me stronger in the end, the trick is to just get through today, because it's never tomorrow. yepyep. so, yes then. I totally just joined this community.
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never perfect
Apr. 21st, 2005 @ 09:29 am Peace
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
I've had some thoughts running through my head this week, and I thought it might help if I just get them written down.

I have been just very happy and peaceful this week. If I could name one thing that my faith has brought me, it is peace. An overall contentment and happiness with where I am in life, the challenges and the blessings. A lack of envy with what others have in their lives - be it kids, more money, a nicer home, better looks, etc. (although I still have to work on this one!). Peace and love towards my fellow man and woman...just a sense of connection that I lacked before. A desire to live first for God, then for others, then myself. I really hope that others find this same sense of peace in their lives - I certainly know the way that brought it to my life. Here is my absolute favorite Bible passage, which speaks of peace...it is just so beautiful.Collapse )
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okp - flowers
Apr. 20th, 2005 @ 10:57 am Chain e-mail
I got this as a chain email, but I'm breaking it (no, I'm not afraid of bad luck), and I'm putting the important stuff here, because I think y'all will appreciate it like I did!

Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways. Meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is also the patron Saint of flower growers and florists. She is represented by roses. May everyone be blessed who receives this message.

St. Theresa's Prayer
May today there be peace within
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you
May you be content knowing you are a child of God
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you.

Anyone Catholic? Does St. Theresa actually exist? Is this thing real, or just nice?
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Apr. 20th, 2005 @ 01:39 am (no subject)
i would like to ask a question or raise a topic of discussion, etc.

for those of you who were raised christian or are christian now, do you believe that god is someone/something to be feared?

i've heard the phrase "god-fearing", and that it's a positive connotiation. as in "decent god-fearing people."

i have to admit that i'm terribly confused by this. why should we be afraid of a loving god? perhaps it's because of my rather unfortunate early childhood (and the years of therapy that followed), but it would seem to me that equating love and fear is a terribly unpleasant and dangerous thing. it's true that the relationship between god and man is to be quite different than it is between two people.

but think of the phrase, "he really does love me; it's not his fault, i just make him so angry sometimes."

it's not the sort of thing we should EVER say about a person in our life. why should we ever say anything similar to that about god in our life?

maybe i'm rambling, maybe i'm really off base here. no, wait, i'm definetly rambling. i hope i haven't offended anyone, as that was certainly not my intention :)

p.s. we picked up a copy of "Luther" (about Martin Luther), and it was WAY cool. if you haven't seen it, you should. it's got the same guy from Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love, and the rest of the cast is QUITE good. highly recommended.
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Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 07:58 pm "He's not the kind you have to wind up on Sundays"
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: oldies station
I would guess that since we all joined this community, we think there's more to our religious and spiritual life than just attending services. I'm curious as to what rituals (or other special things) people do throughout their regular lives to bring their spiritual lives closer to the surface. Does that make sense?:-) Prayer, yoga, meditation, greeting the sun? Do you keep a shrine, or something similar (a picture of Christ, a cross-stitch of a favorite Bible verse, anything that helps you focus — I know Christians don't tend to have their own personal shrines) at home?

When I was growing up we always said "Grace" before supper, or Sunday dinner. It wasn't quite the same, though. No matter who it was who did the honors, it was always the same one. My dad had his own that he said, and us kids would generally do "God is good." It was done by rote, with no special emotion, or feeling that the words were significant in any way. That's not what I'm looking for here! I want to know what you do that does have meaning, even if it's only for you.

I have an example, again using "Grace." I read an interview with Rick Rubin, the producer for Johnny Cash's last albums with American Records. Johnny and June Carter Cash invited Rubin and several of the other people involved in the recording over for supper. Before eating, they asked everyone to stand up and join hands, and Johnny Cash said "Grace." Rubin said that the depth of the Cashs' belief in what was being said was so evident that no one at the table was unmoved, even though several of them were in fact atheists. That is the sort of thing I'm looking for. Maybe your personal rituals don't affect other people as much as Johnny Cash's, but then, we can't all be The Man in Black.:-)

My paltry answerCollapse )
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