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  1. Faithful Kevin

    Is he/she the one? (Discussion)

    Is he/she the one? I've come across this question many times in my young life. I've been around Christians for about 4 years and I've heard things like the topic says regarding to someone waiting for a confirmation of God to tell them this or that person is "the one". I usually hear something like this, "We're getting to know eachother, but we are waiting on God's confirmation to see if He wants us to be together". I've also heard something like this too, "We've been together for X amount of time and I'm waiting for God to tell me if he/she is for me or not". To me these phrases cause more of a problem than a solution to a happy, commited couple. What happened to what the bible says? What happened to observing if the fruits of the Holy Spirit are in a man's life or a woman's life and using THAT to determine for oneself if one wants to be with that person or not? What happens when a happy couple who actually have the fruits of the Holy Spirit and are both ideal help for one another suddenly allow this storm of doubt to come about to their minds about the need to hear some kind of supernatural confirmation from a prophecy to figure out if that person is right or not? What happens if someone prophecies that the relationship is not of God? What happens if 2 prophecies say it is of God, but one says it isn't? Do you see the picture here? Why depend a loving, fruit filled relationship to the mercy of prophecies? Doesn't the bible say there will be false prophets in our days? Why not judge if the person is marriage material by their character and their fruits? I have this indignation because I went through this, and every time I see someone with this kind of doubt, absolutely convinced within themselves that they need a confirmation like this makes me think, "Hello? Are you aware that the bible holds your answer already and what you are attempting to seek is absolutely dangerous?" Where is your own discernment? You should know what is good and bad for yourself. It also bothers me because it seems if I come to them with this reasoning, I am seen as some kind of outsider. Now I do understand the point where people seek God's path in their lives. That's perfect. But when the questions have already been answered in the bible, why continue to seek the answers? Why continue to seek answers in areas you are likely to be deceived and hurt? This annoys me completely.
  2. lazy_Albatross

    Can hermaphrodites have a marriage?

    Who are hermaphrodites allowed to love according to god's law? Would god punish inter-sex folks for having sex with other hermaphrodites? Would he punish them for having sex with a non-hermaphrodite? Would god consider you to be sinning if you fall in love with and have sex with a hermaphrodite? Could you fall in love with a hermaphrodite in the first place? If not, why? Also, If a hermaphrodite from another country adopted a child in their home nation, should we remove the child from their care if they moved to the United States? After-all, if they are supposedly harming the child by raising them to be possibly confused about gender, wouldn't that require us to take action? If it wasn't moral/right to remove the child from their care, would it be fair to prevent other hermaphrodites, or even gay couples from raising children?
  3. Well, here comes another set of notes: This time we'll be in Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and a few other places. We are seeing a steady increase in divorces in marriage: It's become a common thing to see a divided home, or a child with two sets of parents due to divorce, or even a child who no longer knows where one of their parents are. It's sad. Do you know what the Bible has to say about divorce? (Matthew 5:31-32) It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: And whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. (Matthew 19:3-9) The Pharisees also came unto Him, tempting Him, and saying unto Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. [(also in Mark 10:9) What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.] They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: And whosoever marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. (Luke 16:18) Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. What does that mean? If you divorce your wife for reasons other than that she committed fornication against you, you're making her commit adultery. Marriage is meant to be a life-long relationship with one person, not something easily broken. And then, if you have divorced your wife, anyone who marries her commits adultery. Also, if you have divorced your wife and taken another, you commit adultery against both women. Not only that, but when you marry someone, you are not meant to come out of that bond. When you agree to marry someone, it should be a true, loving relationship in which you and your wife are joined by God for the entirety of your life. Also, if you are married to someone who doesn't believe in God, there are verses concerning that aspect of marriage and divorce: (1 Corinthians 7:13-16) And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage is such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? And also there are verses dealing with marriage after the death of the husband or wife: (Romans 7:2-3) For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth: but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. General information and guidance for the problems of marriage can be found in 1 Corinthians 7. The whole chapter deals with many of the problems of marriage. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband (Ephesians 5:33). Other verses concerning marriage: Deuteronomy 24:1-4 Ephesians 5:22-33 Genesis 2:24 Proverbs 18:22 1 Corinthians 6:16 Exodus 21:10-11
  4. My brother is very devoted to this woman he's going to marry. Due to some abuse at her place (not physical...emotional and mental abuse where her mother would call her a 'lazy, fat cow' even though she works hard and is too skinny for her own good), she lives with my brother in the basement suite that my brother has been renovating. They are of age, and they started having safe sex after they were engaged to each other. They are both wonderful Christians. She was in the nursery to help take care of the kids (responsible and a joy to be around), and both of them were in the Worship group for Sunday service. My parents have been accepting of it, and they are Baptist Christians. We all went to the same church. But, I recently found out that the church banned them from joining in the worship team, babysitting, or anything like that! They basically turned their backs on them, and now they're left looking for a new church. The two love each other a LOT, and they are devoted to each other. I guarantee you, knowing my brother, that the relationship isn't going to end until one of them DIES. I used to go to the church, and I had some nice friends there with kids as well (I have a toddler son), but now I'm wondering if we should just look for a new church. I'm very hurt by what the church did, and frankly, the pastor has hurt me in the past when I was going through an identity crisis (I have borderline, and my gender at one point was in question in my mind so strongly, I finally called myself bigender, but not bisexual). He wanted me to change so I was perfectly a girl, even though that's NEVER been the case with me my whole life because of my mental disorder. I just need someone to help me out with this. I'm torn, because I want to stay where there were some good friends, but at the same time, I want to stay loyal to my family and do what I feel is RIGHT. Is it possible to still have ties with those families outside the church without being awkward? Or, will it be too strange for me to go to another church while being on my brother's side when I want to still be friends? I'm a young mother (23 this year, married for three years) with a wonderful Christian husband, and he says that we should look for another church. HE feels that they're being too close-minded. We can't even find anywhere in the Bible that distinctly says not to live together before marriage. (Remember that the mother actually goes to that church too, and they probably wouldn't believe my brother if he told them what she says to his fiancee). This is more of a rant to get the feeling out, but I am curious to hear what young people now-a-days are thinking. After all, there's different ways of being married all over the world. Heck, you can be common-law and not technically married in this country, and that's legal and legit. But, what do the rest of you think?
  5. Ok first of all CTF has changed a lot and I'm not sure I like it! Although that could be just because I'm getting lost lol Anyways, a lot of you may know me from before when I was really active on here...I have had the same boyfriend for over two years now and we're planning on getting married. The thing is, he's in the Air Force and we recently found out that he will most likely be deployed in the next year or so. This has led us to the decision not to wait until I graduate college to get married, because then (in his mind) if something happens to him while he's overseas, I will be taken care of......we're hoping for a May wedding. We are ready for it; he can provide for us so we're financially stable, and we're both mature for our ages (he's 20, I'm almost 20) So when we get married, he would be a month away from 21 and I would be 20. We have several obstacles though....the biggest being my parents, who don't want me to get married right now and think I need to explore a little bit (he's been my only boyfriend) So what do y'all think? Marrying young has its advantages and disadvantages; I just need to hear some other people's thoughts. If you need more info, I'll give it
  6. http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100804/gay-marriage-100804/ Awesome news. Again. But, still awesome.