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The question of slavery came up as a bi-product of another discussion I was in. I had simply assumed that all Christians would see slavery as an ethical issue, and regard it as totally immoral. I felt a little like a lonely voice.
A couple of points:
There is a timeline here which you may find interesting.
Timeline of abolition of slavery and serfdom - Wikipedia
1834 Slavery becomes illegal in the British Empire - except for BEIC Controlled areas
1865 Slavery abolished by the 13th Amendment. Ratified over time - in 2013 by Mississippi.
1954 UN Declaration of Human Rights - Article 4
1926-1956-2008 Slavery Convention ratified by 99 Countries.
Current estimates as to the number of slaves in the world is around 40 million people....
I am a gentile..but I know once we are saved, there is no difference.
I want to know, is it commanded to keep God's festivals, such as Passover for myself? The more I read about man made holidays...the more I'm done with them. (Easter, Christmas, etc) and trust me..I loved Christmas so much. I did put up a tree last year, but over the last 3 or 4 years..something is gently pulling at my heart that it's not right to celebrate. Not stepping on anyone's toes, just what I feel.
I feel terrible. In spite of having a genetic illness, passed down to me from my parents, they have shown me little compassion and care (I'm the youngest of 3, not so young anymore, I'm in my 30s now). They've threatened to kick me out and have wanted me to contribute financially since I was in college, not even working, just trying to get my education (which was a priority for them) and manage life with the little health I had. They would take money that school would refund me from financial aid to pay the bills though they didn't really give me pocket money. When I graduated high school, they took all the money people gave me as gifts and said that it was a gift to God and used it to pay their church mortgage. I know their financial...
I understand the concept of witnessing to others as sharing what God has done in your life. However, that assumes that you already have a testimony to begin with, i.e. a set of undeniable personal experiences with God that you can witness about to others. But what about people who don't have such testimonies to share? An extreme example: an atheist. An atheist has never had a personal experience with God, therefore you never see atheists witnessing about experiences they've never had. (Otherwise, had they had those experiences, they would've probably stopped being atheists and converted long ago.)
The point I'm trying to get across: How can you witness to people about God if you, personally, have never had an encounter or experience or...
If I want to go beyond theoretical ideas and anecdotal stories of other people, and have my own testimony and personal encounter with the Creator, is consistent daily prayer the way to go? Should I concentrate my efforts on developing a solid habit of daily prayer, before and after bedtime? What advice would you give to someone who is seeking an encounter with God?
1 Peter 3:18 - 20
'For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually and in his spiritual existence he went to preach to imprisoned spirits. These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was building his boat.
This means these imprisoned spirits could still repent, that's why he preached to them
Voting rights: Democratic-led states eye expansion amid GOP push to restrict access - CNNPolitics
With the advent of Georgia moving to change some of it's voting laws, the Left has moved to boycott the All Star game from Atlanta Georgia.
But who are they hurting here?
Atlanta Georgia has long been known as a center of black wealth, higher education, political power and culture; a cradle of the Civil Rights Movement and the home of Martin Luther King Jr. It has often been called a "black mecca".
And according to a 2015 analysis of census data, Metro Atlanta had the greatest numerical gain in new black residents than any metropolitan area in the U.S. This is a city with about half the population that is black.
That's right everyone,...
from: What You Need to Know About Your Vaccine Card
"With some destinations, cruise lines and venues already requiring travelers to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19, keeping that record is key. In New York, for example, proof of vaccination or a recent negative test will be required for entry into large venues or catered events when they are allowed to reopen at reduced capacity on April 2. Proof will be required at events with more than 100 people, so anyone having a wedding or Sweet 16 with more attendees will have to ask guests for evidence that they are complying with the rules.
"There are already a number of vaccination “passport” initiatives underway that would make vaccination status easy to share digitally. Clear,...
For those of you who are theistic evolutionists, what denomination are you? I was raised Catholic but long story short, it didn’t stick. I joined the Lutheran LCMS two or so years ago but they don’t accept evolution and while I thought I didn’t believe in macro evolution, either, now I’m not so sure. Maybe I’d be happier in a more theologically liberal church. But I really like the people I’ve met.
Suggestions would be helpful.