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    Favorite Bible Verses.

    I am sure that God is more broad-minded than that. Anyway, I am human, a sinner, and a fool, so may be I have this favorite bible verse at the moment because it was my father's favorite bible verse when he was battling a very aggressive type of cancer: Psalm 91: 14“Because heb loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
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    Tattoos

    Up until now, I didn't realize that there were actually bible verses that prohibits having tattoo markings. My family has always been conservative and tattoos were never talked about much but we know that we're not supposed to have them. When I was a child, I actually thought that people who had them were prisoners or ex-convicts. Of course I know better now that for people who have them, tattoos are forms of art or self-expression. That doesn't mean though that I'll be expressing myself with a tattoo anytime soon. Making a canvass out of my body is just unnatural and I believe that my body is too precious to be turned into a canvass.
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    Organ Donation Question

    Organ donation is a selfless way to help extend other people's life or help others live a normal life. I am encouraged to sign an organ donation card but I am wondering if there is any verse in the bible that prohibits organ donation premortem or postmortem. Do I have the right to give my body organs away in life or in death?
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    People In Heaven Praying For Us

    When I was still a Catholic, I didn't just think that our dead close relatives are in heaven and praying for us, I actually prayed to them for help. But now I know better. I know it can be comforting to think about close family members being in heaven and praying for those who are still living. We often tell that to people who are grieving and it gives them comfort somehow. But then again, if our dead relatives are accounted to be worthy of heaven, they will be in a blissful place where there are no worries, hurts, and tears and where they can worship and praise God like angles. If they have to worry about every living relative, then they will find no peace. That's not heaven. Right now, I know that Jesus is praying for me and my loved ones, and that prayer is all the prayer I need.
  5. I regularly attend church service at a church building where I can focus on worship and prayer with fellow Christians. I don't know if you would call a home bible study class a home church, but our church leaders conduct weekly bible studies by group. I've known Christian churches in my country that do home church but that is because they lack financial support and could not afford to rent a building or a bigger house. They tend to disintegrate and lose members soon enough. I want a more stable relationship or church than that. I only get to experience church service at home during wakes, interment, or wedding but on a regular basis, I would prefer to worship and pray in a place where I can be away from the ordinary, day-to-day place like a house.
  6. I was a Catholic for 25 years and I know all about the rituals and traditions. When I started attending our company's bible study (the company president/owner was a Christian), I began to see the light of day. The pastor who conducted the bible study didn't even have to point out the differences between what's written on the bible and what we are being taught as Cathollcs. I began to be converted because of those 2 years of bible study. I didn't join that pastor's church, however, but I chose another Christian Church with a bigger heart. I attended my first Christian service without anyone inviting me. I brought my son with me. Catholic masses last for only 1 hour, a Christian service lasts for 2 hours. The freedom and happiness I felt on my first service was unbelievable. There were no rituals to think about, just moments to worship God freely with songs and listen to an in-depth discussion of God's word. I didn't feel that way when I was attending Catholic masses. I've memorized the rituals of the mass and I can do them without even listening to the priest. There was no feelings of worship at all. I know that I'll never go back to being a Catholic again. If they can see the positive changes in your personality and your life, I am sure that your father will appreciate your being a Christian.
  7. I used to be a Catholic but my paternal relatives are mostly Christians. When I reached college, they tried to win me over to their faith by showing me pamphlets with pictures of the Pope with horns and tails and some articles against Mary. They even belittled the Catholic University I was enrolled in. I was young and I didn't have the confidence to speak out and defend Catholicism but inwardly, I detested their blatant disrespect of my then religion. As they were blurting out the reasons why Catholicism was a cursed religion, the Mystery Babylon, my mind was resisting every word that I heard from them. If they say I shouldn't confess to a priest but tell my sins directly to God, my mind would say it's because your church leaders don't have the authority to hear confessions. It was a wrong way to convince people to turn away from a religion. It would take more than a decade later for me to be converted. A Christian church member prayed over me when I was so distraught about my son failing an important exam and she did it so spontaneously like she does it every day. I felt God that day and that hour. That simple act was a turning point. As Christians, it's our duty to disciple others. I believe that 'blasphemous' or disrespectful statements against a certain religion is the quickest way to turn people away.
  8. I haven't the slightest desire to listen to heavy metal or related music. My unsolicited advice to those who do: screen each band/group before listening to their music. Many, many years ago, I've read about backmasking which revealed creepy, even allegedly Satanic, messages behind seemingly innocent lyrics. I would hate to patronize music like that, even unknowingly.
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    Is it 10% or 15%?

    I wish to point out some verses that can tell us how God looks at tithes and offerings: Malachi 3:8-10 8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. In my opinion, 10% is a small sum to give back to God considering that He alone gave us the ability to produce wealth. I give tithes of my income and allowances to the church I am attending in to support its operations and discipleship work. God doesn't need it, but the institutions and people who are doing God's work need the money to pay for the building, electricity, real estate taxes, allowances of church employees, charitable works, discipleship, brochures, etc. At one point in my life, I was out of job, was earning pennies, and had no money to give. That didn't stop me from contributing though. I'd volunteer as an usher, assistant, or admin staff, anything.
  10. I am certainly happy that I was born into a Christian family or I wouldn't be able to speak my mind, have my own career, be independent, and choose the man I will marry. However, I'd like to make a distinction between Islam and the Muslims. Most Muslims were born into the Islam religion and had no choice but to abide by the tenets and laws of their religion, no matter how violent, cruel, or out-of-this world the laws may seem. I will never turn someone away just because he or she is a Muslim, there are many peace loving Muslims, too. It will be difficult, for sure, to convert a Muslim to Christianity, but we can always try by showing them through our words and actions that our God is a loving and forgiving God, the only God who is worthy to be praised and loved.
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    Don’t give money to panhandlers.

    I don't really like giving money to panhandlers because that will just encourage them and their friends. Thing is, they are really asking for money, and sometimes, they would even state how much. I also feel bad because some children are being used to beg for money. I want the social welfare department of the government to be vigilant about situations like this.
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    Men who won't marry

    If a guy can't take the relationship to the next level and the girl do want to get married, that is a clear sign that they're not on the same page. For guys, they can take forever before making that decision, but girls can't because the biological clock is ticking and the guy should know that. If I were in your friend's shoes, I would keep my options open and probably go on friendly dates with other guys. And yeah, I will not consent to a live-in arrangement, I am worth more than that.
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    If our Creator comes among us, what...

    Jesus is the perfect teacher for me. He clarified every doubt that a human being can have about life, God's relationship with man and vice-versa, and man's relationship with each other. There are a lot of controversial issues confronting the world today, and yet we only have to look back to the scripture to know what God would have told us.
  14. I am a sinner, too, so I can't cast the first stone. God condemns homosexual acts, not the homosexual. If a homosexual will repent and depart from homosexual ways through discipleship and church guidance, that is certainly God at work. I pray that many more will be converted and turn to God, but that will not start happening unless we start opening the doors of the church.
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    Baptism

    I was born into a Catholic family and was baptized as a baby. Later on in life, I found myself attending a fundamentalist Christian group. Part of my growth as a Christian with this group is joining a weekend retreat and being baptized in a pool. The same thing happened to my father who joined a Baptist church. There's a big difference between the two baptisms. The first one was done without my conscious knowledge, while the second one was fully my decision. Now, I know that there is such a thing as confirmation among Catholics, and I also went through that as a teenager. However, I know and I realize that unless I get myself baptized with the Christian group, it will be difficult to grow in my walk of faith with them. So I didn't hesitate about having myself baptized the second time around.
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