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2019.12.18 22:30 Herbb__ ChurchOfGen
The church of our lord and savior, Gen Asagiri
2019.11.21 16:17 Ecstatic_Pickle ChurchofOggdoBoggdo
The church of our Lord and Savior, the Oggdo Boggdo from Jedi Fallen Order
2020.11.05 17:28 JohnnySinsReligion
The church of our lord and savior "Johnny Sins." Not a porn sub btw. Funny Johnny memes only.
2023.03.26 13:22 DesperateDiscount253 Question regarding leadership
I have a question, do the leaders of the Church ( Presidency / Quorum/ Seventy ) have to fulfill some minimum requirement of wealth in order to be called to serve ?
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2023.03.26 13:19 The_Swan101 CFIF #8: How a Single Douglas Adams Joke Ruined a Priest's Career
“The Answer to the Great Question … Of Life, the Universe and Everything … Is … Is … Forty-two.” - Deep Thought
One cannot understate the popularity of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Beginning as a radio series in 1978 and later spawning a hexalogy of novels, Douglas Adams’ series following the misadventures of Arthur Dent drew international acclaim for its charm and wit. The most significant pop culture contribution of the franchise might be the number 42: the answer to the meaning of life, as declared by supercomputer Deep Thought.
Although Hitchhiker’s Guide drew nearly unanimous praise from the public and critics alike, its rise in cultural relevance brewed some controversy in Christian circles. This controversy materialized mostly in the United States, whose “Satanic panic” of the 1980s coincided with the meteoric rise of Hitchhiker’s Guide in pop culture. Admittedly, Douglas Adams’ series was not subject to the same intense scrutiny that Christians aimed at the likes of Dungeons & Dragons. Nonetheless, Pan Books, the publisher of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series of books, still received several letters from angry parents accusing Adams of “demonic” rhetoric—largely because he said the meaning of life is 42, and not seeking salvation through God and Christ.
Predictably, Pan Books was unfazed by the accusations, insomuch that they—nor Douglas Adams, a self-described “radical atheist”—never published a formal response to critics. Still, for the most dogmatic Christians, Hitchhiker’s Guide was another effort for popular media to corrupt children by implanting diabolical notions of life’s purpose. This came to a head in 1984, in the small Louisiana town of Moss Bluff.
Laying on the outskirts of Lake Charles, Moss Bluff’s population stood at around 10,000, according to the 1980 U.S. Census results. Despite Louisiana’s high poverty rate, Moss Bluff was an affluent town with a thriving Christian population. Central to the town’s culture was the Moss Bluff Pentecostal Church and its young and charismatic pastor, Reverend Jonathan Logan.
Logan wasn’t a native to Louisiana, originally hailing from a rural town in Texas, but his arrival in 1979 marked a turning point for the Church. Logan prided himself on being in touch with the interests of young people, and his sermons frequently discussed the troubles and anxieties of growing up, parental expectations, and bullying in schools. While his style was initially controversial among the older conservatives in his audience, he produced an infusion of religious enthusiasm among children and teens alike that silenced even his most staunch opponents.
One of Reverend Logan’s most frequent appeals to young people was his reliance on pop culture references. His sermons often used characters or ideas from popular media as allegories for religious morals (in one notable speech, he carefully analyzed how the Force from Star Wars was an embodiment of the Holy Spirit, which culminated in a standing ovation from audience members). In order to remain relevant, Logan had to keep a steady eye on the interests of his younger audience—occasionally blinding him to the fears of his elder viewers.
When Reverend Logan casually joked about the meaning of life being 42 before delving into a legitimate speech about how Arthur Dent’s pursuit of meaning parallels the need for a cultural reconciliation with God, he unknowingly stepped on a landmine. Beginning with quiet whispers, his audience began trickling out of Moss Bluff Pentecostal Church, children in tow. More than half of his weekly attendants left before the end of his sermon—some of their own volition, most from the peer pressure of their “anti-Satanic” brethren.
What ensued was a sixteen-week boycott by 40% of Moss Bluff Pentecostal Church’s congregation. Reverend Logan repeatedly attempted to understand the outrage of his elder audience, but—incensed by the realization that their young community leader had been spreading Satanic propaganda since 1979—they insisted that the only way they would end the boycott would be through Logan’s resignation.
Facing pressure from other church leaders, and newly cynical towards a town that rejected him on such nonsensical grounds, Jonathan Logan resigned from his position as a pastor on August 20th, 1984. Two weeks later, Logan left Moss Bluff and disappeared from the public record. Ironically, his replacement’s name was Adams.
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2023.03.26 13:19 DollyTrip Bible Quizzing???
Hello all, I just had a memory of when I used to participate in an activity called Bible Quizzing where they’d pair you up with another kid your age and gender at the church, and have you memorize Bible verses front to back, left to right, and then compete as a team of 2 against other teams from different churches in a tournament. The proctor would ask the question and whoever hit the buzzer first would answer. They’d have you fill in the blanks, recite entire passages, explain meanings of verses, etc. They treated it somewhat like a sport and we’d travel to different churches to compete, there were State and National tournaments and whatnot as well. I was pretty much expected to use up my entire free time dedicated to studying verses.
Anyone else have experiences with this activity? Please share your thoughts.
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2023.03.26 13:18 Black_Londoner Blood to stain the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in protest at Harry's Afghanistan kill count.
This is from the Sky News (UK) Website
"Human blood is set to "drench" one of the UK's most famous landmarks in a protest over Prince Harry's controversial remarks about the number of people he killed in Afghanistan.
Russian artist Andrei Molodkin says he will project a sculpture featuring blood donated by Afghans on to St Paul's Cathedral in the coming days, along with footage of the Duke of Sussex.
It comes after Harry faced criticism for revealing in his memoir that he killed 25 Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, writing that it was "not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me".
The prince also admitted that he did not think of those he killed as "people", but instead as "chess pieces" that had been taken off the board.
Molodkin told Sky News that Harry's remarks had made him "very, very angry" and the idea of his project "is to drench St Paul's Cathedral in the blood of Afghani people".
"They read they are just 'chess figures'... for some prince hunting by helicopter," he said. "It looked like a safari situation.
"How he told it, for him it's like a computer game."
The artwork contains blood donated by Afghans, says Andrei Molodkin
The sculpture is called Royal Blood Blood 'pumped' into royal coat of arms
Molodkin said four Afghans in Calais had already given blood for the sculpture and another five Afghans in the UK will donate when the stunt is carried out before the end of March.
The artist said about 1,250ml of blood will be used for the artwork after being taken from donors by a registered nurse, kept in a fridge and then "pumped" into the sculpture of the royal coat of arms.
Explaining how the project will work, he said: "Blood will go in the royal coat of arms, it will circulate in there.
"It will be projected... on to the cathedral - so all the cathedral will be in the blood of Afghani people."
Moldokin said a video featuring Prince Harry will also be projected on to the cathedral.
Artist will try to take blood from inside cathedral
Molodkin said he will attempt to take the Afghans' blood inside the cathedral - where Harry's parents, King Charles and Diana, were married - but he has not approached St Paul's to seek permission.
"I think in the church, you can give the blood," he said.
"It's a cathedral - it's for everyone. Everyone can come there and pray. Donating blood, it's kind of a way of praying."
Sky News approached St Paul's Cathedral for comment but did not receive a response.
Molodkin, who used to serve in the Soviet Union's army, said he explained to all the Afghan donors why they were giving blood.
Asked how they felt about Harry's remarks, he replied: "I think they are very angry."
He added: "Even in the army, you're scared to participate in the shooting of others… you're very stressed about. But he thinks it's a video game."
Afghan on Harry: 'We should get compensation'
Molodkin, who now lives in the south of France, hit the headlines last year after he produced a sculpture featuring an image of Vladimir Putin that was filled with blood donated by Ukrainian fighters.
"Now I can't go back to Russia," he told Sky News.
He believes he would face jail for his artwork if he returns to his home country under its current laws.
"I can't go there while [Putin] still has power but I truly believe it's not possible to continue like this," he added.
"People who kill so many people and start a blood war like this… and try to brainwash… can't stay longer."
THE CONTROVERSIAL ARTIST WHO USES BLOOD AND OIL TO MAKE HIS POINT To coincide with the World Cup in Qatar last December, Andrei Molodkin unveiled a replica of the World Cup trophy that slowly filled with crude oil. It had a symbolic price of $150m – a figure that matched the amount of money allegedly spent on bribes and kickbacks to FIFA officials Last August, Molodkin presented a sculpture of the White House that reportedly contained the radioactive blood of Nagasaki-born men to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs In May last year, Molodkin showcased a glass portrait of Vladimir Putin which was filled with the blood of Ukrainian soldiers. An image of the artwork was said to have been live-streamed near Moscow's Red Square as Mr Putin oversaw Russia's Victory Day parade Back in 2013, Molodkin opened an exhibition called Catholic Blood that featured an installation where he pumped blood donated solely by Catholics around his replica of the Rose Window at Westminster Abbey, which he saw as a Protestant symbol Artist Andrei Molodkin Image: Andrei Molodkin says he has been creating artwork containing human blood for more than a decade Molodkin said he has "worked with human blood for 15 years" and the sculptures he creates "represent the symbol of power", adding: "Then the people who are abused by this power, I ask them to donate blood for this".
Read more: Biggest revelations from Harry's memoir Taliban bans women from universities
Harry's comments in his book prompted criticism from senior military figures, with Admiral Lord West - the former head of the Royal Navy - reportedly calling the prince "very stupid" and warning he had increased the risk of threat against the Invictus Games.
Taliban officials called for Harry to be put on trial, with a senior leader in the group saying the militants he killed were "not chess pieces, they were humans".
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In response to the criticism, Harry told Late Show host Stephen Colbert it was a "dangerous lie" to say he had "somehow boasted" about the number of people he killed in Afghanistan.
The duke carried out two tours in Afghanistan during his time in the military, including one tour between 2012 and 2013 when he served as an Apache attack helicopter co-pilot gunner"
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2023.03.26 13:14 3LittleShepherds Franciscan Vs Thomistic Theology
I feel called to becoming a franciscan friar.
Q1. Does Franciscan and Thomistic Theology mix like Oil and water or are they two sides of the same coin?
Q2. Do you have any books reccomended for Franciscan Theology and the way of St. Francis in general.
P.S - I have already fallen in love with the way of St. Anthony of Padua.
Also the Diary of St. Faustina seems more Thomistic in her (personal) thought life however I have fallen in love with her submission to the Holy Spirit and the church; I personally tend to enjoy focusing on the Greatness of God rather than my own condition otherwise I end up in a cycle of self-deprecation than trust in Our saviours healing mercy (also I have trust in Our Lady's Immaculate heart to Highlight all that is necessary.) Shows that I am still drinking milk or am I just overthinking things.
I'm turning 25 and wish to become a Friar in the next 2 years. God bless.
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2023.03.26 13:10 Fragrant_Performer67 How to find hobbies?
I (16F) literally have no real hobbies. All I do is go to school, study, watch Netflix, scroll mindlessly on social media for hours, hang out with friends, go to concerts, and go to my youth church on fridays. That’s all I do. I don’t have a job right now or play any sports or instruments or anything. There’s nothing I’m actually passionate about, all I do to pass time is go on my phone. I have depression & social anxiety which is the main contributor to my lack of hobbies but I really want to get better and get out of my comfort zone so how do I find hobbies?
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2023.03.26 13:08 Eindtijdnieuws Message to the Church in Philadelphia, is about: ‘false’ Jews, being steadfast in expecting the Coming of our Lord Jesus, being removed from the earth during the Rapture, the 7 yrs of tribulation when satan will tempt many, and lure them into the beast system
Part of Revelation 3, the message to the Church in Philadelphia, is about: ‘false’ Jews, being steadfast in expecting the Coming of our Lord Jesus, being removed from the earth during the Rapture, the 7 yrs of tribulation when satan will tempt many, and lure them into the beast system, etc.:
Behold, I (Jesus) will make those of the synagogue of satan - those declaring themselves to be Jews, and are not, but they lie - behold, I will cause them that they will come and will worship before thy feet, and they shall know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of My patient endurance [patient waiting for the Coming of Jesus in the Rapture], I also will keep thee OUT OF* [out from and to another place, like in the Rapture] the hour [a certain definite time or season] of THE trial [calamity, temptation, 7yr tribulation], which shall come upon the whole inhabited world [earth], to try [to solicit to sin, to tempt] those dwelling upon the earth. I am coming quickly [does not mean "immediately" or necessarily "in a very short time" but rather "without any delay"]. Hold fast [keep carefully and faithfully] to what thou hast, that no one may take thy crown [as a prize to victors]. The one overcoming [being victorious], I will make him a pillar [of support, a rock] in the temple of My God [God’s dwelling place, God’s sanctuary], and he shall not go out anymore…. https://biblehub.com/interlinearevelation/3.htm
Always read it in its whole context, so that you get the true meaning of the living Word of God. God’s Word is meant to be living/alive for those who love and obey His voice, who are His. :)
*"out from and to"… It is one of the most under-translated (and therefore mis-translated) Greek propositions – often being confined to the meaning by (or from). Many bible versions have translated it as FROM which means something different: Keep from vs Keep out of (I think this is important to know) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20from
to not enter (a place) >>> so KEEP OUT OF
means that we are no longer in this place, this earth, after the Rapture! https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20out%20of KEEP FROM
would only mean that we wouldn’t EXPERIENCE the time of trouble during the 7 years of Tribulation. However, we would still be on earth.
Derek Prince explained the difference once if I remember well.
And what is a ‘pillar’ here? https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pillar
like in: ‘The Lord Jesus Christ has been my pillar throughout this crisis’ Mocking God and Christian believers, satan loves to use pillars as a real copycat.
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2023.03.26 12:56 Kilgore_Bass 'Revelation' documentary by ABC
This is a doco that needs as much attention as it can get. It was released by the ABC in 2020 and is now available on Netflix. It's a 3 part series, totalling about 4.5hrs.
Heads up, this is a very hard watch. There are specific descriptions of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, including interviews with victim-survivors, offending priests and the people within the church who covered up their offending and have faced no legal repercussions. The sense of injustice, frustration and grief is visceral.
But this only hammers home the point that the only way child sexual abuse - and specifically institutional abuse - can be challenged is if we look at it squarely in the face and /choose/ to reckon with it.
Powerful viewing. As difficult as it is to watch, I can't recommend it enough.
Resources: The blue knot - https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/
Beyondblue - https://www.beyondblue.org.au
› depression Lifeline - https://www.lifeline.org.au/
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2023.03.26 12:55 steves_friend_ every time i tell my mom im not planning on coming to church she seems closer and closer to kicking me out
im paranoid to even go into more detail bc it would be very bad if she found this. but yeah. i recently told her im not christian anymore and although she claims that we both have to “respect each other’s values,” she still expects me to go to church. it feels like it is a condition for me living here. i’d love to leave but the cost of living is so high and i can’t afford to do anymore than im doing right now or ill **** ******. this is such an impossible situation because i don’t know what makes me more miserable, not going and dealing with her nagging and disappointment, or going and being faced with all the negative feelings that come with that. i fucking hate my life dude, ppl who expect certain ideologies out of their children shouldn’t have any
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2023.03.26 12:54 Taytay_Is_God R.I.P. to Y'all But I'm Different
2023.03.26 12:52 HorusofEgypt Did Edelgard really need to declare war in Three Hopes
Im just wondering if there was any good reason for Edelgard to declare war in Three Hopes since I went through the comments of that Church and Nobility feed of each other post (which led to the church and nobility do not feed of each other argument) which has made me re consider that Edelgard's war was entirely pointless and this wrong and that change was indeed very much possible without the use of violence. I might be missing things here but it seems that Three Hopes just made Edelgard to be wrong in the end especially since there is so many arguments on the Three Houses sub that support that Edelgard was wrong.
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2023.03.26 12:48 Reach-Former Relating to modern day
Does your church speak on issues of the modern day or take a spiritual stance on the political world ?
I like Fr Josiah Trenham because he speaks on the evils of the world today and uses the teachings of the church fathers, bible and Christ to promote a stand for followers to take and relate to the life we are living in the world. Is this a taboo within orthodoxy?
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2023.03.26 12:40 aubreysimon R.I.P. to Y'all But I'm Different
2023.03.26 12:39 AudreysEvilTwin How to live with someone I have a poor relationship with? (Me 30F, my mother 67F)
TL;DR I live with my mother, we don't get along and have serious communication struggles, leaving is not yet an option for financial reasons, and I don't know how to endure this situation without going crazy.
I live with my mother for now, while I save up money to renovate my apartment. I expect I'll finally be able to move out next year, but until then I don't know how I'll be able to preserve what's left of my sanity while I still live here.
We don't get along well. She may not be the stereotypical toxic narcissistic parent, but she has some serious issues that have caused chronic relationship difficulties between us. I cannot communicate with her at all; every time I try to raise a concern with her, she employs just about every communication no-no in the book, from dismissiveness, stonewalling, knee-jerk denial and defensiveness, tu quoque, to joking around pointlessly in an attempt to deflect the conversation (one time I was trying to have a serious conversation with her about something important to me and this woman just stuck out her tongue at me), to simply not listening and not trying to understand my point of view. She lacks basic psychoemotional skills, doesn't understand concepts such as boundaries, and has never been interested in educating herself in that regard.
Our arguments usually involve me trying to teach her basic communication skills while I'm upset about a problem and need her to have those communication skills already in place in order to solve it. And I'm just exhausting myself and working myself up into a state of despair while I feel that she just doesn't give a shit and wants me to fuck off along with my grievances.
And the communication problems are just one small part of the problem. She mismanages the household and I have to ensure I do everything myself if I want it done well (I work a full-time job, she's retired), because of course it doesn't work if I communicate with her about it and hope for the best. She makes some really questionable financial decisions that she refuses to be held accountable for, and then I have to foot the bill. We have joint ownership over a property (me 75% and her 25%) that we need to renovate and sell, and she went behind my back to get my uncle to do some shoddy work on it, because she's in a hurry to sell it and it's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission, I guess, and, again, I have to foot the bill. She has told private things about me to random people, and suddenly I had my third cousin's creepy husband asking me about them, shit like that. She randomly gets mad at me, acts pissy and passive-aggressive, and refuses to tell me why. During the pandemic she fell for the antivax and Covid denialist/conspiracist rhetoric (as a doctor and a cancer survivor, no less), and I was basically living in close quarters with someone who refused to protect herself, and that's when I decided she was a lost cause.
If this were a marriage, I'd have filed for divorce several times over. In many ways I think life with her is influencing me for the worse. She's a deeply religious person from a rural background, with a very austere and anhedonic lifestyle and very conservative beliefs, and I don't think the upper levels of the hierarchy of needs are real to her; she doesn't read anything non-religious, doesn't do anything for fun, doesn't appreciate ideas or aesthetics or new experiences, complains all the time, and just seems to content herself with taking care of basic needs and going to church and that's it. And she sets the tone in this house. I often feel like I'm living inside someone else's life, and it's not a life I'd have chosen for myself. It's a struggle to stop myself from decaying into the same kind of person.
I mention all this particularly because this attitude of hers has caused me great damage as a young teen, when I was seriously struggling with social exclusion and body image and the transition to a more "adult" level of independence and self-expression, and she didn't consider these problems valid at all, and was basically useless in helping me deal with them. I'm still dealing with the fallback of having been a "loser" kid. Even being in my predicament at 30 is seen as a "loser" thing; I wasn't even sure of posting this, because I'm sure there are many people who have zero sympathy for adults living at home and probably believe I should be ashamed of myself for having this problem.
So basically I'd like to know how to tolerate an inescapable bad situation at home. Typically, inescapable bad situations translate to depression, and I've been dealing with some of that recently; my coping mechanisms are a bit overwhelmed at the moment. Yes, I have a therapy appointment for the next month, but I'm not really getting my hopes up; it would be good to have someone to talk to nonetheless. Regarding my living situation, renting right now would make no financial sense for me, and my own apartment isn't yet habitable (no kitchen, no working toilet, very little furniture).
Thanks for reading.
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2023.03.26 12:23 jryad I think I'm being watched
First my religion demanded absolute perfection and now I am being "watched" by insecure people who need me to be completely perfect because they can't stand that I am not.
What people are seeing now is the fruit of years of abuse. They don't like the results of what they have created. They wish I would be silent or go back to believing like they do.
I promise that will never happen. That part of my life is completely dead. The abuse woke me up.
For my in-laws, who are pissed that I have written about their strange and dark extremist hate-filled religion; you have brought this on yourself. Now I know they read this and I find it humorous that they are so insanely insecure in their demon God that they have to follow me around and see what I say. Pathetic lol.
For those in the church who are perplexed that someone once so devoted as I left, the truth is, there was little love in a religion that claims to worship a God of love. Your god was so hateful and exacting and demanding that he looked nothing like the person of Jesus. I could never wrap my head around that. When I realized Ellen White was a false prophet it all made sense. The fact that the church continues to uplift this woman shows me that the church chooses legalism and money over love.
Being told over the years to trade my life for the afterlife proved to me that the God I was sold was not a God of love. Being attacked by in-laws constantly proved to me that their god had nothing at all for me.
They woke me up and they don't like it. Too bad. I know that in their fantasy world up in the hills they believe that the world should revolve around their wants and desires, but down here in the real world it doesn't. While the father in law and brother in law lord over everyone else, I am here to say that YOUR REIGN OF SELF-IMPORTANCE is over!
if you are both reading this, let it be known your days of control are over.
Your religion is DEAD.
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2023.03.26 12:19 OneSaltyStoat I have just become a sussy priest
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2023.03.26 12:18 fizzl Uncle was passed out next to Pub Nappo on Sunday mid day. I spared him the embarrassment of being seen by Mummo who was walking to church at this very minute. (Because apparently she is too much of a snob to travel in a van.)
2023.03.26 12:15 barryleeickes Oh my how we have fallen
FYI: In 1948 the formation of the World Council of Churches took place in Amsterdam. The theme of its inaugural assembly (subsequently modified) was to have been ‘The order of God and the disorder of man’.
John R. W. Stott (1979). God’s new society: the message of Ephesians (p. 16). InterVarsity Press.
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2023.03.26 11:53 Embarrassed_Quote_21 [Ben Kiely] I agree with Holly Holm saying we need to protect children from being sexualised. Here's a list of major cities where major sexual abuse scandals involving the Catholic church were uncovered.
2023.03.26 11:50 Farblechar Transformers x Bloodborne: Ludwig the Holy Blade Fossilizer Build
2023.03.26 11:42 Icy-Cycle6470 I feel guilty about hating to go to church
This is a throw away account.
I grew up with a family who is heavily religious and frowns upon anyone who doesn’t attend church. I’m 20 now, still living with my family since they’re housing me while I attend university. I am forever grateful that they didn’t kick me out, but since I’m still under their roof I still have to follow their rules.
Maybe it’s just an Asian thing, or maybe just a strict parent thing. Either way, they don’t take no for an answer. Ive seen how they talk horribly behind the rest of the families backs. About how they’re going to hell for not attending masses on Sunday. Usually I can bear it, suck it up because if I speak out it would honestly get worse. But as of late the church I’m forced to attend has been giving transphobic and homophobic sermons.
I can’t help but always tear up whenever I’m forced to sit through them. I can’t leave, and I can’t cry. Because if I cry, my parents would just tell me to get over it after.
My family knows about me being gay, when I came out though they went on that iconic homophobic rant about how I’d go to hell and how it’s “Adam and Eve, not adam and steve blah blah blah.” But they came around enough to tolerate and pretend i never came out. Though I learned my lesson about coming out as gay to them. If i were to ever come out to them as non-binary, I think they would have actually murdered me.
But yeah I feel guilty and I feel as if I owe my parents to attend a place that makes me miserable.
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2023.03.26 11:42 swaliepapa Question about the "Shadow Self." Can you guys give me a pep talk as to not be afraid of spirits? Battling over my fear of spirits in general; trying to get over it once and for all.
Hello all, as the title suggests, I may need a little "shove" or "hype up talk" to make me push over the last threshold for me before APing.
Since my youth, I have always been a rather anxious/fearful kid...
-Scared of what others might think of me.
-Scared of a relative dying
-Scared if I am not good enough in the end
-Scared if i disappoint, Scared if I don't do good in this exam, scared if I fuck up this date, etc etc etc you guys get the picture hopefully.
In the past 4 years, I have been doing a lot of meditation, delving into many philosophical concepts of various cultures, employing energy, and even some ritual work. I have read, quite a lot. and this is my issue. I understand that there is no virtue in being a coward. I understand our creative and powerful potential as energetic beings. I understand that we are here to experience, to make mistakes, to learn, to grow and thus to evolve as souls in this rather lengthy journey (if you believe in reincarnation that is). I understand that feaobstacles are a blessing in disguise- direct opportunities for us to grow.... to face our shadows. I understand that we must NOT get rid of our negative aspects of ourselves, but rather, find reconciliation between opposites... a balance. point being not to stop feeling anxiety or fear or whatever, but to be *aware* of such inherent "natural" facets of ourselves, and thus, through this awareness, step back and observe these objects that arise, filter them out, and stop them in their tracks so as to not be *consumed* by them. I.e., be the director and actor of your own life.... control over the primal monkey impulses of the Ego. Lastly, before I keep on ranting for too long, I understand that courage must come from within... that courage is not in the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
I have delved really deep into the reasons why I am anxious/fearful... and in these past 4 years, I have come a long way. But it seems that, even though my mind understands these things, my body does not. if that makes sense, which I believe it does not lol. It's like, I just can't bring myself to astral project. the fear ingrained within me given to me by the church, by Hollywood, seems to be ever so greater over my need to verify the true nature of reality for MYSELF, to experience it once and for all, and know that I am not crazy. To see before my very eyes that there is more than meets our fleshy eyes... and further embrace the transformation of character that, allegedly, APs bring. This is something that I need to do! It's been far too long, and I haven't experienced it yet (i.e., projected) because of my own inability to push myself over the final threshold. I have read countless books, I understand the process of inducing the vibrations, everything, you name it. and still, I keep holding myself back.
I know that these things take time, especially spiritual practices of this magnitude, but I can't help but feel stuck. Perhaps not only in regards to AP, but also in other areas of my life... i.e., why do I still feel such a degree of shame and need for validation from others, even when I read so much of the stupidity and the illusion of it created by the egoic self ? why do I get the jitters and anxiety and the need to coward away in comfort at the simple thought of giving a firm-wide presentation at my job?
Perhaps I say that I understand such concepts, but in reality, I simply really do not.
Anyways, I am just here to hear your opinions on what makes you get over your fears, what's your reasoning for not fearing spirits (as this fear seems to not only be fear of "evil" entities as portrayed by the machinations of Hollywood, but of spirits in general, benevolent and all), and if you are feeling in getting more personal and in-depth, I would love to hear your triumphs over your shadow self :)
To be fair, writing this out already helped put things into perspective a lot. so thanks in advance lol.
I wish you all well :).
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