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#1 nephthys

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:30 PM

Hi guys

For those of the Christian faith, this is the thread for you!


I was born and raised a Christian and love my faith. Although I must admit to not being as committed as I was even a year ago due to being so exhausted with uni and work, my life is what it is because of my faith and I hope to get back involved with church like I used to soon.

Anyone else out there?
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:22 PM

Hi there, I'm also a christian though I don't go to church. I found that there are so many differences in interpretation of the bible that I have pulled away from going to church. But I did go to a very religious primary and high school and I did actually enjoy chapel twice a week (perhaps the only person who did?!). Anyway, enough about me. Who else is out there?


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Posted 13 September 2008 - 05:52 PM

Me! I have been pretty much born and raised a Christian but made my own serious commitment to it at about 14. (Am now 33).


I am a regular member of a Baptist church and love it. We have such a great church family and I wouldn't not be a part of it. It's so rewarding and it's so nice to be a part of something bigger.

Will be great chatting in here! Will try and duck my head in here as much as I can but I'll be interrupted in a few weeks with the arrival of #2 baby!

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 08:08 PM

K, what a great idea.

I've been a Christian since I was eight, so quite a while! I'm actually going to hillsong at the moment which surprises me! I am enjoying it a lot though.

My faith is up and down at the moment, mainly because I make the mistake of blaming God for things that have happened, but I am starting to get it through my head that He loves me more than I will ever comprehend.

Support in this thread would be awesome if we can all help each other.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 08:19 PM

Me too. I'm only just coming out as a Christian, largely because I move in lefty latte-sipping circles and my religious beliefs conflict with my own scientific beliefs, let alone those of my friends.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 08:23 PM

I am a catholic , married to a Anglican, raising our son as an Anglican.
I consider myself to be a Christian , my religion and the faith of my son is important to me.
I struggle at times with keeping my relationship with god in perspective, not losing sight of the bigger picture.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 08:39 PM

I have been a Christian since I was about 8, and my faith is a big part of my life. I love being a part of a church family, and I met my hubby at church! At the moment, we got to a Church of Christ - it has about 800 regulars, and it's the biggest church I've been to. I sometimes struggle with the size of it, because it's hard to get to know people, but we are in a small group and would be lost without them!

We have been to many different churches, pentecostal, Anglican, and now church of Christ. To be honest, I don't really believe in denominations, or particularly identify with one, the point is that we all have the same fundamental beliefs, and I don't believe there are going to be denominational sections in heaven!

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 09:50 PM

Hi! So good to hear from you all, it's always wonderful when a group of believers gathers together- even online!
I've been a christian since my teens, my family is not christian, i always like to think that God found me!
I used to be at a Uniting church and be really involved there, since we got married we haven't been going as much. I'd love to get back into a church, but it's hard because we've grown up so much in the last year (married + pregnant!). Everyone we know are still at the dating/getting engaged stage, and we just don't feel like we have any support at our old church.
I'd love to catch up with someone in Brisbane who could recomend something good for young families?

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 10:27 PM

QUOTE(MeganH @ Sep 13 2008, 09:19 PM) View Post

Me too. I'm only just coming out as a Christian, largely because I move in lefty latte-sipping circles and my religious beliefs conflict with my own scientific beliefs, let alone those of my friends.


Oh I hear you MeganH. I could have written that post myself word for word.

I was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic primary and high schools then I had what I call my "wilderness years" where I explored a number of different religions. But I find as I get older I am drawn back to the basics of the Catholic faith ie Do unto others as you'd have done to you and judge lest you be judged.

The Catholic church has many ideas and beliefs that conflict with my scientific beliefs but there are definitely parts that resonate with me.

I've been accused in the past by some fiercely Catholic friends of picking and choosing when it comes to my faith. That may be the case but I am comfortable (and comforted) by what I believe in.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 11:12 PM

QUOTE(TrippyTaco @ Sep 13 2008, 10:27 PM) View Post


I've been accused in the past by some fiercely Catholic friends of picking and choosing when it comes to my faith.



I have had this happen to.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 11:28 PM

QUOTE(CamALI @ Sep 14 2008, 12:12 AM) View Post

I have had this happen to.


It's curious isn't it? I find the Catholic church often contradicts itself in its teachings. Take this passage for example:

John 15: 9-17
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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.


And yet in the same breath the Catholic church can say that being Gay is a sin.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 02:14 PM

oh, it's so wonderful to hear from people who have similar beliefs! Thank you so much for posting. I know what you guys mean about struggling though. I haven't been as involved in church for the last 12 months as I have been for most of my life (I'm usually a youth and song leader) and I've really noticed such a difference in my personality although it's only been recently I've been able to pin point why. I'm becoming aggressive, angry and impatient and I have no patience for other people any more. I think of revenge, being unkind and saying mean things about others, something which I've never been the kind of person to do. Then I realised that I've merely been an intermittent pew sitter for the last 12 months and I've been missing the weekly spiritual 'top-ups' that involvement used to bring me. I've always gained so much from helping out in some way.

It takes so much time to organise the music for a church service, to lead a group, to arrange outings and support people spiritually and that's the first thing that has fallen aside in the pursuit of a degree and a full-time job. I think that's where my mistake has been - rather than being the first thing to go, it really should have been the last. Still, I'm realistic and when I finish my degree in three months, I'm going to sign myself up to get involved again.

That's my ramble! laugh.gif

Trippy and Megan, I'm hearing you on how hard it must be to combine scientific proof with Christian belief. Science is based around hard n' fast facts whereas pretty much all of Christianity is based around faith. How do you approach the idea of God creating the world in contrast with an accident of nature like the big-bang theory supports?
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 03:33 PM

QUOTE(nephthys @ Sep 14 2008, 02:14 PM) View Post


Trippy and Megan, I'm hearing you on how hard it must be to combine scientific proof with Christian belief. Science is based around hard n' fast facts whereas pretty much all of Christianity is based around faith. How do you approach the idea of God creating the world in contrast with an accident of nature like the big-bang theory supports?


It takes a lot of convoluted thinking and an acceptance of the reality of cognitive dissonance, a concept I first met during Communication Theory at uni. Apparently holding two conflicting beliefs about whatever subject, not just theology, is pretty common biggrin.gif

I do think the Bible is very much a product of its times, deeply rooted in a culture which has become increasingly alien from our own. That's not to say one is better or worse (though frankly I know which I'd rather be a female in) and that there is a great deal of allegory, metaphor and so on involved.

After all, who do we know who liked parables laugh.gif

I don't like Intelligent Design as a theory for several reasons (including because it tends to be held up as a scientific theory rather than the religious theory it is) but I'm a 'six day creation as metaphor for evolution' kind of person.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 04:06 PM

I was actually thinking of starting a thread like this a few months ago!

I have been a Christian for most of my life, and DH was raised a Catholic, but has been coming with me to Anglican churches for a few years.
At the moment though we are not going to church as the one were going to just infuriated us with their radical views and hypocriticism. No women could ever speak to the church up the front, in case it was seen as teaching (big no-no) Submitting and having people over for dinner and making cakes etc was the big thing for us ladies to do.
Then they weren't open to gay people or even homeless people. Once some people at the church were telling us about how some homeless man came in after church and was eating the food. Then they said how they ushered him out! ohmy.gif I was really shocked by this because I think, as TrippyTaco pointed out, we should love everyone and thus should welcome people coming into the church, even if it is only to eat a biscuit.
The other big thing that astounded us was the constant 'missionary trips' to great places (apparently in need of Australians rolleyes.gif ) like Paris and Spain! Couldn't Aussies be missionaries to Aboriginal communities or somewhere closer? Why is the church paying to fly people to the other side of the world when:
a. People closer to France and Spain could go there,
b. France and Spain have a large Catholic population anyway, so it's not like God and Jesus are unknown to them,
c. There is a need for missionaries here in Australia, and
d. How much help can you be when you don't even speak the language!

We spoke to the leaders about getting involved in something more than Bible studies and get togethers, like perhaps running a soup kitchen for homeless people. Anything that helps others and will help them to know about Jesus.
They weren't really interested and after being unhappy for so many months we left.

I'm sorry, I know that this is supposed to be a thread for gentle talk, and I've just gone overboard. I just wanted to ask if anyone has found this sort of thing in their church or a church they have gone to, and what they did about it?
I understand the concept of Christian fellowship, but at what point do you feel there is enough fellowship? Hanging around with people from church at dinners, Bible studies, more dinners, church and some other get together like a course or something 5 nights a week seems to be a bit much! It just leaves no time to go out and do anything else. Jesus didn't just hang around having dinner with his disciples so why do we do it?

I've been to a Catholic church with DH a few times since leaving but I just don't know what I'm doing and the kneeling really kills my knees. ph34r.gif I have terrible knees. ph34r.gif I like the fact that so many of the Catholics I know go out and DO acts of charity though. I think that is what I am looking for.

Does anyone have any advice for me?
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 03:31 PM

Oooh, it's been a while since I've been in here.

Wippy, I can't say any of the churches I've been in have the same problem. They've always supported overseas missions, but also a lot of things in Australia. Maybe because a lot of the time my Dad has been the Pastor so he believes in that.

I'm now at Hillsong (not a pro Hillsong plug! laugh.gif), and they have a tremendous amount of ministries that benefit those in Australia and our local community. I too believe in starting local, so many people just living next door need help.

Buffy, glad to see you in this thread. smile.gif If you're interested in learning more about the Chrisitan faith, I would recommend doing an Alpha course. I've tried googling it but having some problems finding good info, I'll keep trying.

As for your beliefs, I don't think it's anyones place to judge. God doesn't and to me that's the most important. smile.gif

Feel free to ask any questions, and I'm sure we will all try and answer them as best we can. smile.gif
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