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#16 Lollies

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:10 PM

I was brought up in a Christian home, my father was a minister. So it was easy to share with my parents, my sister & my brother. My brother is not a church goer and certainly doesn't live as a Christian, but he enjoys discussing Christianity & arguing with non-Christians when he is drunk... hehe. At the heart of it, regardless of where we are in our lives we still believe and would never deny what we believe, no matter what sort of life we are living. I try to attend church semi regularly, but seem to have slipped into a monthly routine rather than weekly. My husband is also a Christian and was brought up in a Christian home, which makes life easier that we both have the same spiritual beliefs, although him & I don't really discuss it as he is not into talking about feelings & faith. I can share with my MIL as she is very much on the same page as me.

As for sharing with non-christian friends, they all know I am a Christian. I don't really share in the way of giving them a run down of my beliefs and inviting them to church because they are clearly not open to it, but I would certainly bring in my Christian perspective on issues and mention what I believe. I think mostly my non-Christian friends are just relieved to know I'm not a bible bashing nutter, and it can't hurt for them to see that I am normal, well adjusted, not perfect and not judgemental.



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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE(nephthys @ Oct 18 2011, 02:44 PM) View Post

It's unfortunate that religion has such a bad rap because for all the bad things you hear anecdotally, there's a hundred good things that aren't advertised. Yes, doctrine is often not tolerant and all-encompassing of human diversity and the Church has a lot to answer for in some things but to allow those things to suggest faith in its entirety is negative, is just as intolerant in my opinion (just speaking of general societal thought).

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:35 AM

QUOTE(AliRo @ Oct 18 2011, 09:54 AM) View Post

what kind of stuff are you wanting to know?



Gosh I don't know... general stuff I guess.

What are the basics of your beliefs? Are there things you can and can't eat? Are there things you can/should and can't/shouldn't wear? Whats a church service like.... is it singing and music or lots of listening? Is there a service once a week on a sunday or lots during the week you can go to? Do you have special holidays or times of the year?..............those kinds of things I guess. smile.gif
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

QUOTE(Lizzie1 @ Oct 19 2011, 08:35 AM) View Post

What are the basics of your beliefs? Are there things you can and can't eat? Are there things you can/should and can't/shouldn't wear? Whats a church service like.... is it singing and music or lots of listening? Is there a service once a week on a sunday or lots during the week you can go to? Do you have special holidays or times of the year?..............those kinds of things I guess. smile.gif


Righto, don't really know where to start! Um, so I'm a Seventh-day Adventist, so that means we go to Church on Saturday and we have a Sabbath which is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. The general idea of Sabbath is that you don't really do things that you would normally do any other day of the week (shopping, tv, house cleaning etc). Some people are more strict and others are more lax about what they do and don't do on Sabbath but it's all good.

The SDA Church's offical standpoint is that vegetarian is best and it is encouraged, but lots of people do eat meat and that's fine, you're not going to get kicked out of Church because you eat meat tongue.gif In general they encourage healthy living and respecting your body as a temple of God, so no smoking, alcohol, drugs and eating healthy with exercise.

There really isn't an offical rule per se on what you should and shouldn't wear, but I suppose if anything I would say you would be encouraged to dressed sensibly (not too exposed, neat and tidy). Most people would wear dressy casual to Church with the older generation tending to go more suits etc.

Church service is only on Saturday, but there will often be some kind of a Friday night program (kind like a more casual Church service) and during the week will usually be Bible study programs. Not everyone attends these though.

On Saturday we have Sabbath school in the morning. There are separate ones for kids and adults and it's where you would study the Bible in smaller groups and the kids do things like singing and craft etc. The Church service is later in the morning and generally consists of half singing and other types of things and half is a sermon on whatever topic the Pastor chooses.

Don't really have special holidays etc during the year. Just Christmas and Easter really.

So yeah, that's the overall picture of what I DO, but there's still the doctrines and beliefs on all the finer points of religion I haven't talked about, but that could take a long time laugh.gif


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 02:18 PM

smile.gif Thanks! Thats the kind of thing I meant as I had no idea at all about that - it's really interesting!
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:25 PM

QUOTE(AliRo @ Oct 19 2011, 11:40 AM) View Post

So yeah, that's the overall picture of what I DO, but there's still the doctrines and beliefs on all the finer points of religion I haven't talked about, but that could take a long time laugh.gif

Thanks, Aliro. Maybe you could start a thread where we could discuss it more in depth?
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE(Daybreak @ Oct 19 2011, 07:25 PM) View Post

Thanks, Aliro. Maybe you could start a thread where we could discuss it more in depth?


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