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I have never been heavily involved in fantasy or role playing games, but I've had plenty of friends who were. A couple of them have given it up for one reason or another. The most applicable of these cases was somebody who was convicted about the usage of their time spent in the gaming world not being productive or glorifying to God. There was no objection ...


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Short version: The rule is about appearing nice, clean-cut, and respectable in line with current cultural norms. It's a matter of practicality - just look nice, in order to better represent the Church and therefore, God. From an address President Dallin H. Oaks gave to the 25,000 students of Brigham Young University. Unlike modesty, which is an ...


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The missionary dress code has changed a lot over the years to stay compatible with current trends and styles (without compromising modesty, of course). Until about 2010, sister missionaries were required to wear nylons and dark dresses/skirts that went down to at least mid-calf, as well as dark suit/jacket tops. In 2010, the dress code was updated, ...


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On one hand, fantasy world is based on magic. In fantasy there are daemons, witches, sorcerers, spells etc. But on the other hand, real magic is a sin against God's Will Deuteronomy 18:9 (ESV): 9 "When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There ...


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It's not an ignorant question. You've touched on something that has great value to Latter-day Saints. Not only has the LDS Church partnered with Ancestry.com and others to make their genealogical records available to church members and developed FamilySearch to organize and collaborate family history research, the LDS Church also has the world's largest ...


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It's actually NOTW, and stands for Not Of This World: It's a reference to Jesus's words in several places, including John 18:36: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” [ESV] The ...


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The original concept album (on which the stage and film versions are based) was deliberately ambiguous about whether Jesus was, in fact, anything other than a man. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice came to the Gospel text with a humanistic premise. "We approached the opera from the point of view of Christ the man, rather than Christ the God," Rice noted. ...


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Although it is granted that there are some Protestants that engage in a practice of "Church Shopping", it is somewhat tendentious to assert that "Church Shopping" is actually a "Tradition" within Protestantism (particularly from a Catholic interlocutor given their particular semantic usage of the term). The fact is, that many Protestant churches actively ...


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Summary: As you noted, the concept of a "personal relationship with Jesus" could be argued from Scripture, but it is certainly not emphasized in any way. Relationship with God is almost exclusively described in Scripture as a communal experience. The emphasis on "personal relationship" is a modern emphasis, and is rooted more in Enlightenment thinking ...


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First of all, Paul was the Roman citizen, and during his imprisonment he was been waiting for Caesar's judgment: (Acts 25:10-12) Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged (...) I appeal unto Caesar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. ...


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This answer will focus on the religious aspects of the Amish rather than the cultural aspects, as far as differentiation is possible. Even then, there are four major orders and each community is self-governing; therefore, all statements made will be generalizations, and will naturally have exceptions. The Amish find their roots in the Swiss Anabaptists ...


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Relevant? Yes. Universally viewed as supportive? No. Scholars disagree on this. Some use those other accounts to lend credence to the Biblical account. Other scholars say that it is evidence that the author of Genesis stole from those accounts to make up the flood. Either way, it is a relevant discussion without universal agreement. (In my personal opinion ...


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The biggest issue I can see in America is the frequent confusion of Christian marriage and Governmental marriage (which hints at a greater confusion between America and God, but that's another topic for another day.) From a Christian perspective, marriage is defined as a covenant between a man and a woman to honor and love each other, and treat the other as ...


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Before I can answer, I must clarify several terms that you are using incorrectly/ambiguously and define how I will approach this question. I also must begin with the disclaimer that I will be answering from an Eastern Orthodox perspective. Eastern Orthodox vs. Oriental 'Orthodox' vs. Nestorianism Nestorianism was condemned at the third and fourth ...


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For Mennonites and Amish, the issue is not about the technology itself, but about community. Community is of paramount importance, and a technology is accepted or not depending on its effect on the community. So, for example, cars are bad because they permit people to travel long distances on a regular basis, reducing the connection to the local community. ...


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Proverbs 31:10-31 is a famous passage on The Virtuous Woman. In addition to taking care of her family, the passage describes a woman who contributes financially to her household. Proverbs 31:16-18 She considers a field and buys it;     out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously;     her arms are strong for her ...


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No. Everyone in my local Church self-describes as fundamentalist, and we live like normal folk in cities, suburbs, farms, our own houses, apartments, underground survival bunkers with automated home defenses, abandoned missle silos, trees, caves, and just about anywhere else normal people live. Just joking about the last four on that list... Our group ...


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There's probably no general explanation for the different reference styles. Both are just as easy to understand, but using the colon is the more common. Wikipedia says that the Chicago Manual of Style specifies a colon while MLA style specifies a period, but only a tiny fraction of Bible verse references would be from people strictly following either style. ...


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As a gamer and Christian who's been both since the 1980s I can explain the general history of Christian attitudes toward fantasy role-playing games. This is largely crossposted from a newer and somewhat identical question on the RPG Stack Exchange, Background of Christian resistance to role-playing. Ancient History The Church was initially quite ...


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Preface: This is one of those questions that deals with personal convictions and preferences rather than a clear-cut Biblical statement. This actually came up not too long ago when our Pastor was preaching a sermon on the difference between the three. A Biblical statement is simple. The Bible says "Thou shalt" or "thou shalt not". (Example: Theft - thou ...


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Ironically, I think the constitutional issue here is the simpler one. Remember that from the Christian world view, marriage is established by God between Adam and Eve. It is a religious structure before it is a social or legal structure. Therefore, by the reasoning of the poster in the question, any law or regulation that recognizes marriage — at ...


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There is no Biblical argument for any food or drink of any type to 'aid in spiritual connection with God' or in 'developing a deeper understanding of his Word'. However, as you already noticed, the Bible does oppose drinking too much alcohol. 9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? ... nor drunkards nor slanderers nor ...


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According to The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller, his autobiography: I began the service of caring for children who are bereaved of both parents, by death, born in wedlock, and are in destitute circumstances, on Dec. 9, 1835. —Chapter XVII, "Reaping Bountifully", p. 294. That, it seems, confirms the ...


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There are really two kinds of cuss words (with some overlap): the profane and the vulgar. Profanity is absolutely prohibited, in part because of the verse quoted in your question, but it is important here to first understand the precise definition of the word. To profane something is to take something that is holy (set apart) and make it common. Words ...


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I suspect a very influential factor is how Christianity was linked to Korean nationalism in opposition of the Japan occupation and the effort to eradicate Korean culture. I've read other analysis of this, but wikipedia puts it fairly succinctly as: "One of the most important factors leading to widespread acceptance of Christianity in Korea was the ...


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I know when I was growing up my mom didn't let me play D&D (I did anyway) partly because of the magic/demons/occult stuff, but also because (according to Focus on the Family at least) role playing is supposedly all consuming with a cult like aspect of sucking you into it's world and not letting you go. That was at least the common wisdom of James Dobson ...


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"The problem" with consumerism, says a Christianity Today article, is "living to consume." Consumerism "defines our relationships and actions primarily through a matrix of consumption." In the encyclical, Pope Francis says that consumerism "prioritizes short-term gain and private interest." Similarly, this blog post by a Lutheran pastor states that ...



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