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  1. hello :3 i hope enjoying my draws, i'm training to get better at this content (I'm learning to do background, so I'll improve on it.) starting with this, my =3
  2. What are your views on fate/destiny? Is it prewritten by God (mean unflexible). Or is it given in our own hands (or maybe hooves) and we choose our path by ourselves. Just an idea came to my mind. My views are that:- Almighty God knows everything before it happens so He knows what a person is going to do with his life, so He writes his fate the day he born. This means actions of a person is his own choices and not bound by any prewritten destiny. Let me know your views on fate or destiny.
  3. Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. - Billy Graham Reverend Billy Graham has died at the age of 99. Graham will be remembered as a faithful evangelist who dedicated his life to spreading the gospel. Graham spent seven decades preaching the Good News. He travelled to 185 countries, and reached over 200 million people worldwide. A North Carolina native, Graham was introduced to Christianity by his mother, who made sure the family attended church, and asked her children to memorize Scripture verses. However, church seemed boring to young Billy until he attended a revival meeting at the age of 16 and made the decision to follow Christ. From that point forward, Graham dedicated his life to ministry. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1939, and named the President of Northwestern Bible College in 1947. In 1949, he was launched into national prominence by preaching at a Christ for Greater Los Angeles revival. Graham formed the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950. He later served as an advisor to presidents and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive. Graham’s greatest accomplishment was the millions that received Christ because they heard his message. His impact on the world cannot be measured. Executive director of the Billy Graham Center Ed Stetzer wrote, “Billy Graham was an amazing model for the Christian faith—a person whose mind and heart was fixated upon Jesus. There shall never be another person like him. And yet I know that if he were here, he would continue to remind us that we are all to proclaim God’s love in a world that is lost and drowning in sin.” “The world has lost an amazing man. And yet the Spirit of Christ lives on in all of us. My prayer for me and you is that we too would let the words of life fall off our lips at all places, at all times, and in all sorts of new and creative ways. It’s time for all of us to continue on where Rev. Graham’s passing has left a void.” As the remembrances pour in today, let us remember the very words of Graham: “My home is in heaven. I’m just travelling through this world.” https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/billy-graham-well-done-thy-good-and-faithful-servant.html
  4. In light of all these devastating recent events, I just wanted to post about one of my favorite charities, Samaritan's Purse International Relief. Samaritan's Purse provides disaster and medical relief all over the world, including the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida. Click on the link below to donate: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/hurricane-relief-general/ I've also included a link to Global Giving for Mexico Earthquake Relief and the Gofundme page for victims of the Las Vegas shooting: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mexico-earthquake-relief-fund/ https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund Another Samaritan's Purse project I wanted to talk about is one they do every year around Christmas called Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC is a project in which donors fill shoebox-sized boxes with toys, school supplies, and practical items. These boxes are distributed around the world to needy children living in impoverished countries who might otherwise not receive anything at all. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/ Please consider giving and show your support. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. - Matthew 25:40 (KJV)
  5. Now the apologetics answer "There is no contradiction here at all because both are true. A contradiction occurs when one statement excludes the possibility of another. In fact, what happened here is that Judas went and hung himself and then his body later fell down and split open. In other words, the rope or branch of the tree probably broke due to the weight and his body fell down and his bowels spilled out." http://www.carm.org/diff/Matt27_3.htm I will open by saying you can find the possibility in any contradictory statements, to suppose they can both be true at once. I have a cat, it is orange, and died yesterday. Ghosts don't exist. Vs I have a cat, it was purple and turned into a ghost after its death. They could say oh well it said 'was' purple that could've been when it died and it was orange before that, no contradiction. Or it was orange, but got coated in something purple before, it just fails to specify. Also it being a ghost and not existing obviously he is hallucinating the ghost or its no ghost at all, its simply the spirit of the cat. Thats apologetics for you, you can debunk ANY actual contradiction doing that. Now for the god works in mysterious ways argument. I ask why is he gone, it doesn't fit his character. They say he works in mysterious ways, surely someone with infinite intelligence could have confusing motivations. First off the bible describes him with human emotions, he kills peoples to demonstrate his power by specifically reducing the number of participants to make them seem more fearsome, he gets offended easily and sends plagues and death across the lands and is a self-described petty and jealous god. This was a statement to fear monger to prevent worshiping multiple gods at once which occurred back in the day(easy enough to google). So obviously the deity likes controlling through fear and basic power demonstrations. Not only that he mourns the loss of life after his flooding the world, and says humans were made in his image (like he had emotions before humans did). Which means he is like us, which means he is very much comprehensible. Not only that if you analyze his behavior he is basic as anything. He fear mongers, he gets angry and throws tantrums, he imperfectly solves decisions that cause him to mourn (flood, but also epic of gilgamesh contradicts that) when he could snap his fingers and fix the world as he wants he is rather blunt and lazy about things and indirect. He could show up and just spank everyone and they can't do anything then explain why they were wrong and why he is there now and why he wasn't there before etc, instead he is like, oh haha you made a mistake I get to slaughter you 'angrily'. The only way he could differ isn't because he is 'mysterious', its because he is a lie, or lying. Considering bible contradictions or unoriginalities (epic of gilgamesh) its not a big issue to consider too in depth. But he is rather basic, like an angry father-figure authoritarian who teaches you need to wash your hands more and clean up your horse poop better in egypt by sending a plague when they ignore your follower's preaching, and you knew it'd happen because you were omniscient. You could've solved it peacefully, totally like an 'omnibenevolent' deity just by showing up all godly n stuff, and discussing gently but firmly. But because the bible was mostly passed down through oral tradition by illiterates why would we expect a reasonable well-thought deity? Power and fear was something they had experience with, could comprehend without being well-read. Thats why their god didn't have higher thought processes, because they didn't. And I have other methods to disprove the god but thats not why I made this topic, I wanted to debunk these two types of thinking specifically, its easy to google bible contradictions, and if you try arguing different types of arguments thats exactly what I will supply you with, information so you can see yourself, rather than arguments. So this was debunking of apologetics in general through the use of the Judas contradictions example and demonstrating the dishonest(or at least wishful thinking) apologetics method, and why god isn't mysterious, and shouldn't be. (him showing himself is always preferable to get basic arguments out of the way so he can address issues only talking can resolve, which never happens) Source: Judas' deaths- apologetics and god works in mysterious ways debunked.
  6. A fair warning about religious debate: I don't delete comments on my blogs, but the mods might if you act like an ass. I'd like it if ye all would stay on topic. Danke. Christian-themed movies have been making a comeback recently, and I have nothing against that in concept. Many profound and groundbreaking worldviews first made their debut in the form of art. Religion, in particular, is something I feel humanity needs to have a more nuanced discussion about. Modern hugbox culture has succeeded in polarizing theists and atheists against each other, while poisoning the well to the point that argument quickly descends into a melee. The current batch of Christian movies is not helping matters. Putting aside the fact that most of them fail on purely a quality standpoint, the sad fact is that they only seem to be made to pander to people who are already devout Christians. There is little intention of explaining their side to Atheists, or Jews, or any other denomination apart from their own. But I'm not one to bitch without offering solutions. A lot of what I write below is devil's advocate, but I want to prove that it can be done. Inevitably, the first issue I can hear people screaming is that I don't really believe in God, so how could I ever make a movie that portrayed God (and Christianity) positively? God, in our world, is akin to Schrodinger's Cat: nobody knows for sure what the truth is, but everyone has an opinion. And my personal opinions on what exists in our universe do not affect what exists in the universe of the film. A good storyteller must divorce their feelings about the world they stand on from the world they write of. To put it simply: God exists within the film's context because I say so. And with this established, we must now ask what God's relation is with the planet Earth and our human characters. The Problem of Evil being what it is, obviously God doesn't hand out miracles willy-nilly. Free will and the laws of nature still very much apply, and can be responsible for incredible tragedy. A storyteller must speculate on the reasons why God did not prevent the Holocaust, or end world hunger, or stop any other of the countless tragedies which would naturally be simple for an omnipotent being. The answer to this puzzle must fit an additional condition: It must assume that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent. All-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving. This isn't the only possible answer to the puzzle, but the one proposed in the Futurama episode Godfellas always made the most sense to me. God knows that if he interferes in any noticeable way, things are only going to get worse. Therefore, the world must turn on its own. Bad things are going to happen, but a small miracle here or there can hopefully mitigate the damage without creating an even worse situation. And if we can look at one of these miracles, and instantly discern that it was God's doing, then he's already failed. God can not interfere significantly with our characters' lives, yet he must still be a central driving force in the plot. The way I see it, we need to look to the real world for inspiration. The best stories of faith involve God as an inspiration for mortals to achieve something great, and throughout history, this has proven true. God's role would best be served as the messenger and motivation to our human protagonist, with one free card reserved for a tiny Deus Ex Machina later on down the line. Speaking of which, what of our human protagonists? Contemporary Christian films have protagonists that range from "Devout Christian whose faith saves them from a crisis and is reaffirmed" to "Atheist who does a 180 and becomes a devout Christian." They are answering the wrong question. Before you can give a character their traits, you must first give them a motivation. The question is not "who is this character," but instead "what does this character want?" Recall what I said earlier. God, in the context of the story, must motivate our protagonist to do something incredible. But what? Could they change the world? Could they inspire the next great wave of change-makers? Or could they simply make a profound difference on one life? Films about a man and his child against a cruel world are not uncommon, but I feel that this would be the best framework for our storyline. To get a sense of what I mean, I suggest you watch the film Life is Beautiful, which is the story of a Jewish man in wartime Italy who must keep his son alive in a Nazi concentration camp. Stories like these may be familiar, but they strike universal appeal for a very good reason. Everyone has someone they care about, and we all know how horrible the world can be. The character in our film wants to save their child from one of our world's very shitty situations. This is his motivation. Now that we have this, we can expand further into asking who he is. I decided early on not to make the protagonist an atheist. The reason for this is very simple. God is going to be aiding this man, albeit in intangible ways, throughout the story. Enough so that, by the end, any man would be a believer. Character development is all well and great, but you need to think about what you are portraying as a positive or negative character trait. It would be real patronizing to have an entire character arc be all about how this "heathen atheist" turned his life around and conquered the odds all because he found Jesus. You need to have shades of grey when you talk about real world issues, and an objective examination. For similar reason, he also can't be a practicing member of a different religion, or else the film's message becomes "convert to our God because yours is shit." Arguably, that's even worse than the previous example. On the flipside, our character also can't be a devout Christian, or our problems are two-fold. Not only does this leave no room for character development, but it also makes him unrelatable to much of the audience. Denzel Washington's film The Book of Eli made this mistake. The main protagonist was an already established devout Christian on a mission from God, and this made him extremely self-righteous and preachy. This wasn't his character flaw, though. His character flaw was that he didn't stop and help every single person he came across... in a nuclear wasteland. Basically, characterization is a minefield. If you look at it only as a sliding scale between "christian" and "not christian," you're only going to be choosing between two types of patronizing. That's why I chose to look at it in another way. Our protagonist believes that God has forsaken mankind. He believes that man's actions have left us beyond salvation, and that we are being left to decadence because God no longer believes in us. Whether he is correct or not is left up to interpretation, however, it is implied that his is the good soul that may redeem our species. This approach is superior because it brings the human element to the forefront, along with asking a question that resonates with both Christians and non-Christians. Everybody walks away with a new perspective, and nobody is patronized in the process. To finish off, I'd like to talk about the film's setting, and attempt to tie this thing into a cohesive premise. I have decided against using a historical setting, against my better wisdom, and opt to set the tale close to the modern day. In an unnamed middle-eastern country, a marauding force of invaders is conquering cities one-by-one, and slaughtering all who think or look differently from them. Our hero lives in a suburb near the capital with his daughter, when the marauders begin their siege. The government declares a lockdown. Nobody gets in or out. Every able-bodied man must pick up a rifle and fight. When our hero's draft order comes, he instead waits for the cover of night, and slips out of town with his daughter. The two must head north, and cross the border into a more stable country. A wanted deserter and his five year old daughter against the perils of the desert, and all the demons of a forsaken race. Along the way, he is tested in numerous ways by powers beyond his control. However, it is not his faith which is being tested, but his virtue and resolve. And that... would be a damn good movie.
  7. I have heard people say that they think celestia should go bad, well what if celestia, luna and cadence went bad at the same time! you may wonder why any of them would go evil. I think the only way for any of them to go bad would be for a more powerful villain to be pulling the strings from the shadows, perhaps the movie villain. this is my idea for that villain PROTOSIPPOS THEOS (first pony god) protosippos has 3 heads, earth pony, Pegasus and unicorn. he also has wings and is 100 feet tall. HISTORY in the beginning there was magic, and from this magic was born the universe. from the chaos came forth protosippos, the first pony. from his very essence he brought forth his children, the earth ponies inherited his strength, the Pegasus his wings and the unicorns his magic, over them he set the alicorns, made in his very image. other creatures were born upon the same day that were not his, they were the dragons. wise and powerful the dragons lived in the mountains far from the ponies. one day protosippos called fafnir, the wisest of dragons, to come tell him his future. fafnir told the god that a race of his descendants would bring about his imprisonement. enraged by this protosippos slew almost all dragons which is why there are not many today. protosippos grew paranoid, his heads which were usually in total agreement could not decide which of there descendants would imprison them, thus the gods personalities split. each of his personalities chose a race, then they sent them to war! the earth ponies followed terrason( the left head) the Pegasus followed Pegasus (the right head) and the unicorns followed lord karkadann (the middle head). the alicorns looked down from alicron(there homeworld) and saw the war. some alicorns wanted to stop the war while a few wanted to join the destruction. the evil alicorns were weakened, destroyed and banished, these were the progenitors of the changelings. the remaining alicorns attacked there father in his weakened state, the battle raged, the magic of there gods fell like blood upon the earth and imbued certain beings with intelligence, this is how griffons and other intelligent races came to be. the alicorns won and imprisoned his 3 personalities in a reality behind there own, thus fulfilling the prophecy. to keep him imprisoned the alicorns gave there remaining strength to create the tree of harmony, a inter universal lock, which could only open if evil outweighed good in the universe, they then died. millennia later starswirl sensed protosippos stirring, and has been keeping him asleep ever since. MOTIVATIONS as terrason he wants to destroy all Pegasus and unicorns, along with every race created in the battle of the gods as Pegasus he wants to destroy all earth ponies and unicorns, along with every race created in the battle of the gods as lord karkadann he wants to destroy all earth ponies and Pegasus as well as every race created in the battle of the gods. as Protosippos theos he wishes for vengeance on all alicorns and the destruction of every race created in the battle of the gods, he wishes to rule as a benevolent god over equestrian as he did in the days of old. HOW HE COULD BE USED IN THE SHOW/MOVIE protosippos could break out and inhabit the bodies of the princesses, turning them evil and giving them immense power. if his personalities were fused into one again, he could take physical form. I hope he is voiced by james spader please post your thoughts on this guy! I wanna know how everypony would feel about this. apparently sunset shimmer was created on the forums before being on the show, I hope the first pony god can make it to tv to.lord willing will update later how I believe his imprisonment could actually be near its end!
  8. I know there probably isn't a lot of people who are the religious type, but I found this quote to be very up bringing. I believe in God, and if you do too, that's good. If you don't, that's okay too, because I accept for who you are, but still hope that this quote will give you a good feeling. "I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do. That's how it often is. God's voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell." - Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
  9. Ok im tired of my friends saying Kratos from God of War (PS3) could beat Master Chief from Halo (Xbox 360) I need some opinions up in here! A DeathMatch of 2 Spartans clashing it out! Who Would WIN!!!???
  10. Is homosexuality acceptable under a Christian perspective? This is a topic that I found elsewhere from someone else. Now I have a very serious question to other Christian believers out there. Leviticus 20:13 13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Okay let me get this straight gay people should be punished under death right that is what is said. For the longest time I detested gay people and was very closed minded to many things but as of two years past I have really become more open minded to things. Gay people are like anyone else they are human beings wanting to find happiness within' this life. What right does anyone have to strip someone of that right there? Why would a all loving God wish upon death to gay people? That if I start to think about it is pretty sick. Death really people? what condones that? I don't have any problems with gay people should they not have a right to be happy in their life? So please I would really like some feedback on this with honest answers because it is really confusing to me as a Christian to hear this... Thanks
  11. This topic I created out of curiosity because I noticed quite a few Bronies of faith in this fandom, and a fair number of them have had moments when they second guessed how much they enjoy being apart of this community. Personally, I've had such moments. But, now I've made up my mind and I love the fandom too much to quit on it. WOOT!
  12. The time has come for an update. I have been dormant on here for a while now. Why? I'm feeling under appreciated here, and am starting to find more and more will to follow things in real life. What has been happening lately? 1. I'm performing at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne now. I am a certified actor, and am creating musicals and music. 2. I have received the Presidential Award Of Education For Advanced Learning, meaning I'm one of the highest learners in the entire country of The United States Of America. 3. I am perusing careers in acting, music, and ministry. 4. I am working on a book that debunks the theory of evolution. Not just the monkey to man theory, but evolution as a whole. 5. I am publicly debating against evolution, and am winning. My best win: beating a teacher of evolution who teaches seniors. I am pursuing this further. 6. I have grown more religious. 7. I am slowly drifting from the brony fanbase. So, there's a short update on me. For those of you who know me and actually talk to me, this shouldn't be a surprise. I figured I should let you all know. Thanks for reading, and God bless you all.
  13. Plus, it sounds dumb anyway
  14. Welp, God Twilight vs Tirek hands down most epic fight in MLP. Anyways, Was that Luna's, Cadences, and Celestia's "True Power"? Has the fandom merely been underestimating these alicorns? What do you think?
  15. There once was an actress, born with lovely, natural pink hair, who was (un)fortunate enough to be chosen to play as Pinkie Pie/"The Rebel Queen" * (a. k. a. "Rebbie" or "Pauline") in a school play. Here's the myth behind this mindlessly dumb spectacle: "An alien girl gets selected by the gods to kill the god-like Painis Cupcake. Armed with only a divine sword, a bow-and-quiver-full-of-arrows, and a pink pony to ride on into battle, she must kill Lord Painis. Without the sword, she and her pony will definitely become Lord Painis-chow, his next kills and meals. The ending varies: you choose your own: 1. Lord Painis Cupcake still manages to kill and eat the girl and the pony. He proceeds to destroy the world, and become king of his new, monstrous pantheon. 2. Rebbie, with the help of the divine, kills Lord Painis, only because the gods aided her, and destroy his body in such that he will never reassemble. She and her pony were forced by the gods to join them. They vehemently reject, but they are now weeping in the heavens as stars." This same actress ("Minnie" or "Minerva") hates this play, and especially her own character. Yet, this play is considered a patriotic play in her country (Nation Y), as it is facing a war against the most powerful dictatorship in her world. "Rebbie" and her pony are even considered national symbols there, despite some opposition, because "Rebbie's Story" is a satrical inversion of the enemy's propaganda, in which Painis (Nation X) is a supreme god who slays the demon Pinkamena (Nation Y, and all other enemies, in general.). So, you encounter Minerva in a park, on a sunny day, pouting and cursing secretly against her character and society. She also hates it that her pink-haired family is seen as "human P*nkies/Bubble Berries" with a high chance of being psychopaths. Here are some questions: 1. What ending would you choose for this retarded play? 2. What advice would you give to her? * Hint: "Rebbie" looks like a rip-off of the EqG Pinkie wearing a blue Mongolian dress.
  16. A little over a year ago, I fell in love with a girl (name's Jaimie :3). It's not anything too special right? Every guy's gone through that stage at least once. Heck, they probably went through it multiple times. At first, it was an infatuation. She's a real Fluttershy. Literally. Loves anything to do with the environment, is shy and awkward around strangers, and has beautifully long hair. Like, it's silky! And she looks cute! And chubby! And I was just RELISHING all the possibilities of being with this girl who I only knew because I tutored her in chemistry. Only one conversation, and I was already feeling something tingly. Tingly feelings are wonderful, mysterious things. You feel warm when you see a girl (or guy) you're attracted to. You want to be with them because they're so... well... perfect. Like, they're beautiful for hugging, kissing, and the like! They share some similarities with you, and they seem to like your company. And all that you seem to learn over just one conversation. That's what happened to me when I found Jaimie at a staircase, sitting alone. I approached her, and I chatted with her. It was a wonderful conversation where we got to know some things, but it was awkward now that I look back. She barely knew me, and out of nowhere, her former tutor pops up and wants to talk to her as if he loved her! We had so many moments of silence, and it was like Jaimie was thinking, "Paul. Go away please. I need to work!" Sure she said I comforted her, but it was still REALLY awkward. Then silly me decided to tell her my feelings over a Valentine's Day Card because of that one conversation. Worse yet, I wrote a cheesy poem! This was Jaimie after she got my card! first, then , and finally . When I told her my feelings to her the first time last year, her face just screamed, "Paul... are you nuts? I think you're wacko." It was a good thing she still wanted to be friends, given the fact she's so nervous and awkward around guys! Over the next month, all I could do was wonder what exactly went wrong. She smiled at me. She waved at me now and then. She was shy around me and it seemed like she didn't mind me. Why didn't she like me that way? I thought they were indicators that a girl liked me! Yeah she thought I was a really nice guy, but I was only a friend. Even THAT was questionable though! Then came my friend Pamela, a close friend of Jaimie. What she told me would come back to haunt my mind for the next year... "Paul... You're truly the only guy Jaimie feels comfort with. Build a friendship slowly while not expecting a relationship. You can still hope for one [under God's will], but don't think that you'll have the right to it." That phrase confused me for the next year. And it led me to a whole lot of crap. No it wasn't the phrase itself that was bad. It was my misinterpretation that led to the crap. You see, when Pam said that, I thought, "Hey, if I became friends with Jaimie, then I would definitely get my relationship! Problem solved! :yay:" And so I did that. Be her friend and approach her as much as I can and get to know her more! That I did, and I even gave her a comfort card so she could get through her exams and gave her free tickets to our concerts! She got more comforted in me over the rest of that semester and we learned a lot more about each other! But where was the relationship? That I wondered over the summer... As the fall came and gone, Jaimie and I had so many cute moments... and she was getting so comforted around me too! She jumped on me like Pinkie Pie to support me for my performance of a really difficult piece! She approached me for conversation several times, and we even had a lunch date! Surely she'd ask me for a relationship now?! But the expectation was what hurt me most. At all the times we couldn't chat, I felt miserable. I thought nobody cared about me and that I would be all on my own at my last year at my university. Jaimie was so busy with her friends... I thought she had forgotten me... neglected me... I thought I'd get love! All hope was seemingly lost because not even a shy girl like Jaimie wanted to love me... I lashed out at everyone a lot more than I should have, and I was easily provoked to anger. At my worst, I started smashing things. I started to close myself from everyone, and I closed myself from God. I kept asking God about my love for Jaimie. "WHY DON'T I HAVE LOVE YET?! " I screamed from my mind with anger at my Lord! I may not have said it, but I blasphemed with my heart... "NOBODY LOVES ME!! NOT EVEN GOD!! DAMN EVERYTHING!" It wasn't until February that my friend Jess noticed my fears and told me to see a counselor. I was hurt inside, and I thought nobody cared about me, especially that rascal Jaimie. I did so much for her, and yet we haven't gotten anywhere in our friendship... I thought I'd get a relationship! But all that time... I forgot that last phrase... "Don't expect a relationship, but continue to have hope and faith, building your friendships slowly out of God's love..." Lots of people, from forum members like Mightymags, to my friends Emily, Jess, and Pam, and even my counselor and parents, told me all that... and I forgot it. You see, love is something that God gives to everyone. It's not something we ever had the right to, for we all have fallen short of God's glory and deserve to DIE as punishment for our sins. But lo and behold, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ came down to this world, bear the brunt of the world's sins on the cross, and pegged it into His blood. From the past, present, AND future, He placed it there. And you know what? We didn't deserve it. Christ came down there with compassion. He healed the sick, opened the blind men's eyes to see, and most of all, cleansed our sins away... It's that love that I had to truly give to Jaimie. I had to pursue her as my friend, not expecting her to fully appreciate my efforts. I had to be compassionate and abundant in my love while realizing its boundaries and knowing when something was too far. I was giving cards, tickets, and my energy for her, expecting something in return. But true love doesn't expect anything in return. It gives freely from God's grace. It gives it to all, even if you know that you won't get anything back. From all my friends, family, and counselor, I learned so much about God's love for me. About how God never forsook me in the first place. And finally, how God wants me to love everyone, especially Jaimie, the way God loved me. Even if it will hurt. Even if I won't get anything in return. Over the next two months after I gave Jaimie my "last-ditch Valentine Card", she became very giddy... and happy around me. I started to remember what God wanted me to do to love her. I began to talk to her considering what God did for me, and things changed so much... I knew she was comforted around me before, but now... it's like I've seen a completely different Jaimie. She seemed so much happier, freer, and more... loving to me! I was stunned at her reactions to me coming to her! She giggled at me a lot more, she was a lot more active, and most of all, she wasn't awkward around me at all! She was even thinking more about me, being concerned about missing my senior recital and considering all my successes and failures I went through with med and grad school! She remembered all that, something I never expected... All that... it accumulated into 2 big hugs from Jaimie after I had completed my senior recital... :o I thought she HATED physical touch! But these hugs... where did it come from?! She WANTED to hug me! We hugged as if we were... in love... I've never felt a more loving hug, and what was so beautiful about it was that I never expected it! We... we even have a picture of us happily sitting beside each other as my friend Enya took a picture of us... God works in funny ways doesn't He? Throughout the whole year, I was expecting a hug and a picture of us together someday! And you know what? When I least expected it... after I remembered about unconditional love... He gives them both to me! God... you are HILARIOUS YOU KNOW THAT?! Now, I am preparing to tell Jaimie about my feelings for her. How much they have grown over the past year and what I learned from her. I learned God's unconditional love for me from her, and she's blessed me so much, despite my unrelenting fury that stemmed from last semester... I'm not expecting her to love me back. I just don't want our friendship to die... Even if it DID die, which would hurt me a lot, I learned so much about God's love for me from her... I'll never forget it... That's why I wrote this blog post. So that if I did forget it, that I would come back here and read all about God's love for me... And it's also for everyone... We didn't deserve love. God gave it to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit. I'll never forget you Jaimie... God taught me so much in my friendship with you... I may have my fears linger about every now and then, but God's love... wipes all my fears aside. I love you Jaimie. Really. I do.
  17. I noticed this while searching on Google Trends. It lists atheism as a religion. A religion is defined as 'belief in, or the worship of, a god or gods'. Atheism is a religion in the same way not collecting stamps is a hobby, or not smoking is an addiction. What are Google's motives? A multi million dollar information company making an innocent mistake? Or something more?
  18. You are in Equestria, and the ponies know and love you. One day though, you decide to take a stroll through the Everfree Forest for no reason at all. You get lost and come across an alter to a demon god, and being the curious goof that you are, you accidentally summon the god. He goes on about how he is finally free to reign death and destruction across the land, but you try to persuade him to go back to his realm. Somehow, this works, but on one condition. He makes a deal with you. You bring him one of the ponies, and he will leave quietly. So, you agree. TL;DR Version: You summon a demon god. To make him go back to his realm, you have to bring him one of the ponies. You agree to. Which pony would you bring to the demon god? Keep in mind that the pony you bring will never be seen again.
  19. Hello, my first post so I decided to start off strong. How do you think the ranking of power goes in terms of raw destructive ability? My personal opinion is: Elements of Harmony: The Rainbow Cannon takes down everything Demon Sunset Shimmer: Was able to take the Elements for longer than any other villain and what she corrupted required separate shots to heal Discord: Owned Celestia and Luna with little trouble Crystal Heart: Power of an entire city is stronger than the love of two ponies Shining Armor's Shield: Wrecked Chrysalis Queen Chrysalis(love powered): One shotting Celestia Nightmare Moon: Stronger than Celestia but not owning her Sombra(body): Required both Princesses to put down but when they combined, was one-shotted Celestia: I got the implication that being older, she is stronger than Luna Luna: Like I said, I go by the fact that if she's younger, she's weaker Sombra(smoke): Being held at bay by his weakness but not being seriously hurt by it. Twilight(magic burst): When enraged Twilight can shoot anti-tank round level bolts and lift entire trees Chrysalis: The Changelings seemed pretty weak without their love draining Trixie(with Alicorn Amulet): Stronger than Twilight but not by a huge amount and if Twilight had a magic burst, Trixie would lose Twilight: Able to free Cadence when she could not Sunset Shimmer: Implied to be rivals with Twilight Cadence: Unable to break through the same wall Twilight coul with ease Shining Armor: Defensive spells galore
  20. So this was always a topic I was going to talk about at some point, but seen as there was a topic about strong Christian parents stopping people playing games I decided I would write this post: So I will answer 2 questions: Are Video games demonic? Are videos games a waste of time? (mainly from a Christian perspective). Making stuff: So lets look at Genesis: Genesis 1&2 – The Creative God •V1 – God creates ex nihilo •V3-25 – Filling and Forming creation Ultimately, everything that God creates is said to be "Good" and we are "Very Good". This is important as the next paragraph will show. And then, God creates man ! and we are: •We are co-creators with God – Filling and forming •Eg naming the animals •Continuing the creation God started So overall, everything that humans create in essence is an imitation of what God created. I mean just look at computers! Some works of art are amazing, we also listen to and enjoy music, films, TV-shows (MLP woop woop) so why should video games be any different? Further evidence of us enjoying creation from the bible bellow. Then after this there are examples of us enjoying Gods creation: 1 Timothy 4:4-5 •Enjoying God’s good creation •Giving thanks and glorifying God in enjoying things Now then, here comes the ugly part. Christians believe that Sin entered the world through "The Fall" (link to Genesis 3: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+3&version=NIV). Without recanting it, Sin enters the "good" world that God created. Practices such as magic and demons came into the world along with sin (such as death, pain, anguish, shame, greed, and all the things that comes with that). So where do video games fit in with all of this? Are they full of things making us susceptible to demons and things hurtful to God? Playing games as a Christian - Engaging with Video Games Now I'm going to come at this from a very Christian centred way, but this will explain my beliefs well and hopefully challenge Christians who think its all bad, if it has not already. Video games send out an array of mixed messages to us, just in the same way as films and books which are a mix of truth and lies, beauty of the Gospel and ugliness of sin. The two worst things that Christians can do when it comes to movies, books or video games is: 1.Ignore it and blindly take it in. Passively take in the content and not really think about what you are watching or reading. 2.Dismiss all media and culture. Brand it as a waste of time or evil. Encourage Christians to stay away from all of that. So as a Christian I tend to ask myself these 8 questions (I don't do it formally most of the time, but I still think about it and have these questions in mind as I'm playing): 1.What’s the story? 2.Where am I? (what world you are in?) 3.What is good and true and beautiful about it? 4.What’s false and ugly and perverse about it? 5.When I play this game, do I notice any change of attitude of behaviour? 6.Is this a game I could easily walk away from or is it addictive? 7.How are men and women portrayed in the game? 8.How does the Gospel apply here? Now, using these questions I can asses the game thoughtfully and expose it for what it is trying to show. Most of these questions I feel everyone should ask themselves just to game in a healthy manner. From this I look to learn from the game, games often show aspects of real life and I believe that you should be able to learn something from anything. By looking at and Identifying what is Ugly/perverse IE killing/rape/demons/magic I am not just letting myself be influenced by them. I may choose not to play a game because it changes me as a person (long stints on WoW used to make me angry with the world and I also become addicted to it, thus I ended up not playing it for a while). Other thoughts games: •Anti-Christian content •Violence •Sex & Gender issues •Immoral actions •Alternative worldviews •Are these things a corrupting influence? For a Christian, living Godly is our aim. If a game (such as wow I mentioned above) stops me from doing that because it effects me in some way, then I won't play it. I'm not saying the game is wrong for a Christian to play, but for me it is not indicative of a Godly way of life because it effects me. Non - Christians Dealing with controlling Christian Parents: Now as a non Christian, very strong Christian parents can feel very controlling with these things. My advice would be: After reading this, try and understand why they are doing it (usually, they want to protect you from what they see is harmful to you). Discuss with them the game/s in question and get them to explain to you why? Games may be seen as demonic, and talk about demonic influences. I believe demons are very real and it is important to guard yourself from them. Your parents don't want them to influence your life at all. Yes there are demonic/sinful practices in games (that should be obvious) but once again it is important to perceive this and not let it effect you (talked about more in the next paragraph). If your parents are not letting you play games, then go through the risks with them, show them that you know what the risks are and that you won't let them effect you (I know this can be really hard for a non Christian, as often Christians see things very differently). If you show understanding, and explain why in ways games are good (point out things from points 3. and maybe point 8. lots of games have redemption stories and reflect the bible in this way, or may even contain Christian themes within them such as MLP). Ultimately, (and I urge you all to follow Jesus), for a non-Christian, your aims are not to be Godly in everything you do, and I'n the end that is your choice which is a choice everyone has. I would still say to you, think about the video games you are playing and how they might be effecting you (using the criteria) and don't let them adversely effect your life (particularly with addiction, everything in moderation ). (I also talk about how video games can be great for Christians/Christianity but this doesn't fit here). If you have any questions ask me, Ill try my best! If your a non-Christian I will thank you for reading ! Your welcome to read the rest but it is basically only aimed at Christians . Extra Advice for Christian - Playing games as a Christian Part 2 – Dealing with dangers Three Important things regarding this: Apply the Gospel. Know your own limits in these things. Treasure Jesus. Gaming is also an amazing way to build relationships! 1.Gaming can be part of a community whether an online community or having your mates around to play a game together. 2.Set up a gaming society at Uni or join one? Make friends, chat about games, play games together and build relationships that are authentic. 3.Gamechurch – gaming convention – give out free beer and tracts. Could you do that at your uni? Could you do that at a UK gaming convention? 4.Set up a CU event for those who enjoy video games. Play games together. Eat food. Share your testimony? Remember as a Christians we are called to be the "salt and the light" in everything we do . A quick thought from one/the most up to data Christian literature: “It’s high time for the church as a whole to realize that this is not a passing fad, something to be ignored until it fades… The church has seen fit to engage other media (books, TV and films) and there is no reason to ignore games. God’s people build communion and community in all kinds of situations. The fantastic worlds of video games certainly have room for us.” – Of Games and God, pg169 Overall, gaming is not bad for Christians, and if you apply the above you can't really go wrong! One thing I live by is: "Doing what you love, and taking Jesus with you!" Thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions ! Ill do my best to answer!
  21. So, as promised, I said on a recent topic I made just before I went camping that I would write a short blog entry when I got back about my experiences. Firstly lets set the scene; I was camping with my Christian Union at a Christian conference camp that had roughly 1000 campers. The weather was very sunny on the first 3 days of the 5 day camping with overcast/light drizzle on the last few days. Now I just want to say, overall It was loads of fun ! As people on the forums had promised, when you are with friends you can have a great time without really having things planned! Al thought we did have most of the day filled up with football and worship/seminars, we still had a good 4-5 hours of spare time and most of this we just sat around enjoying each others company ! So here are some of the funny moments: One of my friends was trying to cook his pasta on a small single burner (the type where you pierce the gas canister) and decided to not hold the pan and look away from 10 seconds. Before we knew it his pasta was all over the floor and he had burned a massive hole in his tea towel from the flame! Luckily he had some spare pasta, but it was still really funny! One night we also had a "sing off" with the Scottish and Welsh campers to see who could sing there national anthem the loudest! It was 11pm and not everyone appreciated it to say the least, not to mention the singing was awful ><! Worst parts: Feeling dirty and smelly most of the time is not fun for me. We had 2 shower block's that where rammed unless you skipped out activities (which I ended up doing every day so I could get a shower a day). Admittedly this is really only an issue when you wake up/after playing sport. The lack of light at night can also be annoying when your playing cards by torchlight and can't read the cards ><! The amount of wasps was unreal. We ignored them the first day, but by the second we had 20 flying around us at all times while eating and something had to be done. We declared war on them making a variety of traps and using everything from water bottles to forks to kill them, casualties where taken (I got stung twice when I was just standing around not caring about them ) but eventually but the last 2 days we had thinned them out enough to eat food without being harassed to badly ! Best Bits: Being with 40 people in almost a family like atmosphere where we shared everything had had great banter. Had 4 people in my 5 man tent, and we had some great conversations and times together! We also had a real Chinese chippy just down the road, so one day I got chips which where AWESOME! Also learning loads about Christianity and God, and worshipping with 1000 other people (like a mini festival) was great! Lots of good memories where made, and bonding was done with others a barely knew before the camp ! Verdict?: I wouldn't say I enjoy the camping part of camping, but I would most likely do it again to be with friends and have a great time! If you prepare pre cooked food and make sure you have simple things to cook and are well prepared, it can make it easy and even at time enjoyable! Having a stand up tent is a must for me though, and I would look to get some odourless deodorant (both wasps stings happened just after I put it on :/) and taking the memory foam mattress was a great Idea ! Thanks for reading, I hope you found it enjoyable!
  22. So after [insert amount of time here] of work, I have created this. I personally dislike it, as I am never really that proud of my artworks, but I hope you people like it. Feedback is appreciated.
  23. I like to think of Religion this way. If the Bible was released, today, as opposed to quite a long time ago, people would mark it's author a madman and ignore it. Just because nobody was going to mark the author some kind of madman in his day and age doesn't make the Bible less insane. It's a book that literally changes it's mind from verse to verse. Reading this feels like trying to walk up a down escalator, it takes the progress you thought you had understanding it, and throws it away every time you read a new sentence. If we taught people syntax and writing structure with the Bible everybody would speak in tongues. There are a TON of inconsistencies in the Bible, people say: "But those were God's beliefs at a different time" To which I reply "If a being is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and perfect, it cannot, by definition, change it's mind without violating one or all of those traits" Like this: 1. God is satisfied with his works Gen 1:31 God is dissatisfied with his works. Gen 6:6 2. God dwells in chosen temples 2 Chron 7:12,16 God dwells not in temples Acts 7:48 3. God dwells in light Tim 6:16 God dwells in darkness 1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2 4. God is seen and heard Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/ Ex 24:9-11 God is invisible and cannot be heard John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16 5. God is tired and rests Ex 31:17 God is never tired and never rests Is 40:28 ___________ The Existence of a God/Deity is an extremely weak argument It's taken for granted that a "Universal negative" cannot be proven, so the religious say I can't prove God doesn't exist. They treat it like anybody who denies the existence of such a God is insane, and that the existence of such a God is a given. I disagree. I can disprove God the same way I can disprove that there are cubical spheres, because his own nature is contradictory. Namely, that he is perfect, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. For example, they say that God is perfect, before us, they say he is all that existed, perfection. But that can't be.. because that would mean there is no reason to create. In fact, creating disproves that he is perfect because implying that he is perfect implies that he is completely free of the need or will to do anything. If he is perfect, there is nothing he needs or desires, he would not want to create, he would not need to create, he would not create. He would simply be content with what he had, otherwise, he would be imperfect by definition. Alright, but let's take this for granted, let's say that God is perfect. Next the Bible says that he creates humanity and that they are the crown of his creation, but that they disobey him and become imperfect. That's not possible, nothing imperfect can come from something perfect, there's a saying that goes "Bad fruit can't come from a good tree". Which is to say, something perfect cannot make something imperfect, that would mean that the original perfect thing is not in fact perfect. Tl;DR The existence of imperfections in the universe proves that if it has a creator, said creator cannot be perfect, thus the Bible is not true. ____________ Free Will Argument Debunked Lets look at another argument. Some Christians say that God did not make humans imperfect, but that he gave us free will because a being needs free will to be happy. But if God was really omnipotent as they claim, than could he not simply make it a rule that those without freewill would be the happy ones? After all, according to the religious, he CREATED us. Would it be such a hassle for him to make it so that we're happy when not disobeying him? It just does not make one ounce of sense for him to behave this way. He clearly could have chosen our lack of freewill, why wouldn't he? He had nothing to lose at the time and if he really did have time to ponder our creation before actually doing it, neither did we. __________________ Hell is Unfair Also on that subject, doesn't having Hell kind of make God a jerk? I mean, sins are finite, they are limited evil, so he punishes humans by sending them to infinite torture in Hell. My biggest problem with this is that the reason these humans would be imperfect, and thus able to sin, would be the fault of the God in the first place. And seriously, this God thinks that belief is more important than action. If you don't believe in him, you go to Hell, even if you die never having had a chance to believe in him, it's ridiculous. Take this quote, for example: " Consider all of the people who live in the remote regions of the world who have never even heard the "gospel" of Jesus Christ. Consider the people who have naturally adhered to the religion of their parents and nation as they had been taught to do since birth. If we are to believe the Christians, all of these people will perish in the eternal fire for not believing in Jesus. It does not matter how just, kind, and generous they have been with their fellow humans during their lifetime: if they do not accept the gospel of Jesus, they are condemned. No just God would ever judge a man by his beliefs rather than his actions." Does that not make this "God" incredibly unfair and unjust? Don't say I'm evil for believing that is unfair or unjust because according to the religious, the only reason I'm able to believe that is because this "God" lets me. It's ridiculous. They act like such an Omnipotent being would not interfere in an observable, do they even know how ridiculous it is to believe such a being is playing an eternal game of "I'm not touching you" with the goddamned UNIVERSE? __________________________ Jesus Lied Jesus says, undoubtedly, in the Bible, that ANYTHING you pray will be granted. He does not say that God will think about your prayers, he clearly says, in the Bible, that all of your prayers will be granted. I could pray right now that I would become a cactus and unless that happens right now (It isn't, by the way, I'm still typing) it won't happen, which means Jesus lied. Even try praying for something outlandish if you're faithful, go ahead, try it, nothing will happen. Here are some direct quotes from the Bible for you to prove that Jesus does in fact say that literally goddamned ANYTHING you ask will be granted, and since that isn't the case, he lied.: 1) And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen. "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:21-22 NAS) 2) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 NAB) 3) Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst. (Matthew 18:19-20 NAS) 4) Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. (Mark 11:24-25 NAB) 5) And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-13 NAB) 6) And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14 NAB) 7) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. (John 15:7 NAB) 8) It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. (John 15:16 NAB) 9) On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. (John 16:23-24 NAB) ___________________________ Religion has NOTHING to do with morality People have argued with me that without religion, we'd all be murdering each other. That is as ridiculous as saying that without the internet, people would stop communicating. Believe it or not, people don't need some kind of magical being to tell them not to murder each other, it's actually kind of a thing we just learn from our peers. Same with most morals, and once we can sustain ourselves logically, we decide our own morals. I rarely ever do something that the Bible considers "Evil" (Except not believing in God) even though I hate the Bible. You know why? Because the Bible's "morals" are just common sense packed to look divine. It would be like if I convinced you that cereal granted you immortality by putting a first aid kit in the box. It would be like me writing that Octopuses are planning to take over the world but you praising it for it's morality because I inserted "Brush your teeth everyday" somewhere in the middle. I've seen evil fanatical religious people (I.E. Extremists), I've seen evil fanatical non-religious people (Insert Joseph Stalin here), it really doesn't matter, your morality and whether you believe in some kind of perfect being that created you has nothing to do with whether or not you know that stealing something is wrong. If you honestly believe that eternal punishment is necessary to make people act civilized than you'd be shocked to find that is not the case in the slightest. _______________________________ Epilogue I think I said most, if not all of the things I needed to say. I just needed to vent a bit because I'm particularly strongly opinionated. Of course, you're always free to make your own decisions about this and draw your own conclusions about this, in fact, I encourage it, because the more closely you look at religion, the less sense it will make to somebody, simply because Religion is impossibilities stacked upon layer and layer of impossible. I'm not trying to disrespect your beliefs, I'm strictly analyzying the claims of the (Christian) Bible (Which is to say I did not read for example the Qu'ran so I did not address it's claims) from a scientific and logical perspective, as I just really needed to say how I feel about this. I do in fact acknowledge that not everybody views things the same way I do (A trait I wish was more common in humans) so it's always up for debate, if you want to contact me and have a (Civil, I don't want a yelling match) discussion about the subject, you can always contact me. Remember, in the end, this is my opinion, I am simply stating what I believe, and backing it up with evidence. I'm not forcing you to believe what I'm saying, I'm just kind of highly recommending it. Thank you for your time, and have a nice day. Harmonic out. P.S. INB4 People barge in with sites like Religionandyouaguidetodenial.com and TotesLegitScience.com and Theoreticallythiscouldbeaccuratebutprobablynot.org
  24. We know that Celestia and Luna are considered gods because of them being alicorns and the rulers of Equestria. Does twilight becoming an alicorn make her a god? Because she is a alicorn, I assume she has inmortality like Luna and Celestia, but does this really mean she is a god? What do you think?