Personally, I think incest is repulsive. You aren't supposed to be intimate in those ways with family members. However, I think it's only considered incest up to a certain point in family ties. Either way, I won't be marrying my cousin, or any other relative.
As far as the topic of the Bible (and subsequently, religion) goes, I won't touch on that topic. It's highly controversial, and everyone has their own thoughts, views, opinions, etc. Which we are all entitled to, but it tends to spark wars, which can easily be avoided if we all just agree to disagree, believe what we choose, and let others do the same. We all have free will, we all have our own minds, and we all make our own decisions how we see fit.
Oh that's all well and good, if it works. However, Christians are targeted on here all the time (see Debate and Discuss). Some Christians won't go in there anymore because of being flamed, called names, and cussed at. Only because we claim we are Christians. We are accused of being intolerant, when actually it's the other way around.
When I'm answering a person's Biblical question to help them out (read this thread), and then get flaming and derogatory remarks about Christians/Christianity/God/Bible from those who just want to start trouble, then it's time to say something. I didn't start this, but I'll finish it. I'll stand up for the Lord and my Faith anytime and anywhere. If they think they can shut me up? lol
Besides, qon, cuppycake, and a few others never disappoint to provide such great study topics for my Bible Study group at church.
You seem to be forgetting that Christians are NOT the only ones targeted. Everyone is a target, as we are all different and have varying thoughts/views/beliefs/opinions etc. Maybe here, on FC, Christians seem to be targeted but Christians in turn do their fair share of the targeting. Which you have done simply by quoting my post and starting your response with "Oh that's all well and good, if it works." And who are you to pick me out and direct your comments towards when I said nothing to offend Christians, or any other faith. Did I call you names? No. Did I verbally bash Christianity? No. Did I talk down on any one? No. Did I bad mouth any one's religion? No. And No, I didn't do anything to 'start trouble'. So before you go around speaking of people 'targeting' you for being a Christian, check your own actions and be sure that you are not a hypocrite in the fact that you are doing just as you claim to be a victim of... Targeting people who are not as you.
And lastly, I never claimed to not be a Christian and I never claimed to be a Christian.
And by the way (this is for any and all, not just you) Any one can claim to be a Christian. But going to church and acting Godly on Sundays (and for some, Wednesdays as well) doesn't make you a Christian any more than quacking makes you a duck.
Take this for what you will, as I can only imagine how wrong you will receive my comments. Have a nice day. (:
For one thing shadetree, you are wrong. I was not targeting you for anything. It was just an explanation (for whomever is reading this thread), and was not meant to single you (or your post) out for anything. If you took it as a personal affront, then I'm sorry. It was not meant to be. I live my Christianity every second of my life. Sundays and Weds., are just another day to me, except it's a day to "gather" with others of like precious faith as a family.
Accept my apology as nothing was aimed at you personal or otherwise. However, you do not have many posts and that tells me that you must be fairly new, or you don't frequent the forum often. cuppycake and qon (among others) are notorious for singling out Christians and flaming them on this forum. Please take my suggestion and go read all of our posts in "Debate and Discuss".....unless they have deleted their posts.
And that's where you would be incorrect. You did target me, (whether intentionally or not) as my post didn't need any further comments or explanations. Nor did it pertain to your previous experiences with others on the forum, in the past. It was plain and simple, just a read (or don't read) and move on, which you did not. That was all I meant by that.
And what difference does it make how many posts I have? It doesn't.
As far as Queenofnines and Cuppycake goes, I've not any issues with them. They state their opinions, just as you or I do. Which, we all have a right to do. If you don't like what they say, then ignore them. By acknowledging them, you only encourage them and thus bring the "hate" upon yourself.
You should exercise more caution in your words, your anger is showing (and I'm not referring to our comments to each other). Which, there is no need for.
Also, I've no desire to read what they have posted in the past, as it's in the past and has no effect on me. Again, it's their opinions, which I respect as I do yours. If you cannot do the same, then I fear you may be slipping. Are you not, as a Christian, taught to tolerate those whose views differ from your own? So you disagree with them, fine. Let it be and instead turn your focus & attention to those whom you have positive interactions with.
Why must you continually bring up the past? Move on, let it go, and don't let it bother you because otherwise, you only give them the satisfaction of getting under your skin. Which only brings a darkness upon you.
Lastly, I accept your apology, and I in turn hope that you don't take any of this the wrong way as it's not meant to offend or attack you in any way. Have a great day Annella. Be well, take care, and exercise caution. (:
As far as relating to your posts, I was only pointing out that you were new, and not familiar with a lot that has been going on around this forum. I see that you don't care, only to attack me. As far as anger, it comes through very much in some of the posts you have made to me when all I was doing was trying to help. However, the Bible says you can be angry and sin not. If your angry with me, I'm sorry because no anger was directed at you. There's nothing wrong with righteous anger as long as you do not sin. Everything I wrote, I'll stand behind because it's Truth and Bible. I have no odds against my Faith, nor do I question the validity of God's Word. I do not respect any opinion that is blasphemy and liable against God.
Your wrong. I'm to be tolerant of those who know no better and are ignorant of the Gospel. Not those who know exactly what they are doing when they blaspheme the Lord on purpose. There comes a time when you stand up and make others aware that you are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Reproof and rebuke is given to the Ministry (Bible).
However, I can see that you are offended so I will steer clear of any other comments you may make that are/or not questions in the future.
I get that, but it's irrelevant. I don't care about what has been said in the past, as it had absolutely nothing to do with me. And you once again are incorrect, I am not attacking you. Although, if that is what you are after then I could always do just that.
Yet again, you are incorrect. I haven't any anger whatsoever in any of my posts, that's just how you are reading in your mind. And that's your problem, not mine.
I didn't need any help and I didn't ask for any help. You just jumped in assuming that I did. Look before you leap.
I'm not angry with you, for anything. Like I said already, there's no anger here. When I was referring to anger in your posts, I was talking about posts you had made towards others. I read your comments towards me and saw no anger in them. Clearly, there's been a misunderstanding.
That's your decision. However, I don't think God would be all to pleased with your lack of respect, regardless. But I digress.
Again, trying to tell me that I am wrong, when in actuality, I am not.
On purpose or not, you, as commanded by Him, are to Love Thy Neighbor. There is so "except for if they do this, or say that". And did it ever occur to you, that perhaps those who do so may in actuality be "ingnorant to the gospel"? Because, if you think about it, they may not do so otherwise. You claim to love the lost, yet you look down on those who don't share your views or say things you don't agree with, and on those who say things that you have referenced to before (Cuppycake, Queenofnines, etc.). The very ones who just may be/are the lost and/or ignorant. A touch hypocritical of you.
"There comes a time when you stand up and make others aware that you are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ." There shouldn't be a 'time', as you should, from the beginning, be unafraid. And based upon your sentence, at some point it shows that you were ashamed. How do you suppose that made God feel, that you were ashamed of your faith in Him?
You speak with a closed mind and a closed heart, all the while pretending to be otherwise. Maybe you need to re-evaluate yourself. And while you're at it, open your eyes. Nothing you have said offended me, and there's nothing you can say that will offend me. And do you know why? Of course you don't, so I'll be so kind as to inform you... I do not allow you to have any power over me in that manner. I take no emotion towards your words, and if I may suggest.. You should try that as well. That way, maybe people such as Cuppycake and Queenofnines' words won't bother you and you can just walk away from their comments, completely unaffected, without looking back or giving them a second thought.
Good day, Annella.