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Religious Topics / Re: Hindu Mob Kills Muslim Man for Eating Beef
« Last post by Amatorus on Today at 11:51:22 AM »
Everyone making lame jokes about this... Would you do the same if the victim were a Christian? It could easily have happened there as well. We do after all generally eat beef. Christians have been murdered by Muslim mobs for allegedly desecrating the Quran. THEY REALLY DO THINGS BY THE BOOK OVER THERE HAR HAR

I guess you could say they're mercenaries; they kill for prophet.
Eminem was forbidden (even though I had cassettes of his albums) yet I could buy Wu Tang Clan and Nas.

You were apparently raised by actual hip hop fans.

Nah it had more to do with ignorance than anything else. But they both know who Eminem was (who didn't in '99-03?). My parents had an eclectic taste in music to say the least, and I am grateful with how large their music library was and the kind of music I was exposed to. My tastes wouldn't be so wide ranging without it.

But I thank my parents for never letting me buy Magic The Gathering cards because it was "Devil's Stuff", which I totally understand why cause I showed them a set that had these demonic creatures appear on the front of the cards. It probably didn't help it looked like some Tarot card crap to them. I wasn't at all interested in playing the game, I just liked the artwork.

Once I hit high school I was free to do consume whatever I wanted though because of my grades.
Back off the kid.

Having a public forum is like opening a church in the city. Expect the various sorts you see there to waltz in.

After all, you survived the bronies of 2012 just fine.
Do you read French?
Unfortunately, I do not. But my father does. If you have any French resources you would recommend I could either give them to him or have someone at my University professionally translate them. Thank you in advance, Father.
I don't know what to call this tangent

How about creepy, disturbing anime fandom "culture" worms its way onto leaving a slime trail behind it.

The case is you're placing Pharisaical false judgement, accusations, and labels on people you know nothing about.  There's nothing pharisaical about being skeeved out by someone on an Orthodox Christian message board doing an "anime waif" routine.

W-w-why d-does t-typing like t-this....b-bother you s-so much~? ;_;

I-I'm just a wee lad though.

This speaks for itself. 

Westerners aping the worst aspects of anime culture is gross, and its recent introduction to these boards by a handful of posters is most unwelcome.  This community is becoming increasingly less fun to participate in lately because of the overt weirdness.

have you ever considered it's you and not everyone else who's the problem here? Who's forcing you to post?

"weird" Yeah the Romans first thought Christianity was a weird paedo-cannibalistic death cult that came from the backwater desert by their equivalent of hillbillies. You're still acting like a Pharisee with your narrowminded judgement.
Faith Issues / Re: Orthodox view of the Crusades
« Last post by Rohzek on Today at 11:16:55 AM »
First off, just because someone issued an apology, it does not therefore remove them from the guilt of their crimes. Additionally, Pope Innocent III's behavior was inconsistent. He condemned the Fourth Crusade, but had no problem installing a Latin Patriarchate and supporting a violent regime in the form of the Latin Empire. This shouldn't be particularly surprising considering he also launched a violent campaign against the Cathars.

Secondly, your whole notion of a war between two religions is just plain wrong. The Crusaders and the Byzantines all negotiated and allied with Muslim powers fairly often. Many times, they would ally with Muslims to fight other Christians. There never was this clash of civilizations that people like to imagine these days. That's a false narrative.

Why was Syria majority Christian at the time of the First Crusade? Well because Muslim rule wasn't brutal up to that point as most people like to believe. Additionally, I think that is very telling that the first established Crusader state was built upon the conquest of an independent Christian power: Edessa. As for Egypt, yes, about 50% of its population was Christian at the time of the First Crusade. The demographic shift began in the Middle East for a variety of reasons. First, the crusaders themselves. Their acts of intolerance in the name of God gave incentive to the revolutionary Mamluk regime to massacre the Christian populace in the 13th and 14 centuries. Second, the Church of the East rose in high prominence in the Ilkhanate of Persia after the fall of the Abbasid Caliphate to the Mongols. The khan's mother was a Nestorian Christian and as such he often favored Christians over Muslims. In a society built upon a caste system of faith, this didn't sit well with most of his subjects. So when the Ikhanate within a generation converted to Islam, policies of persecution and pogroms of hatred erupted that practically destroyed the Church of the East. The decline of Christians in the Middle East is much more complicated than the simple "clash of civilizations" narrative.
Faith Issues / Re: Immaculate Conception
« Last post by Deacon Lance on Today at 10:49:18 AM »
2362 "The acts in marriage by which the intimate and chaste union of the spouses takes place are noble and honorable; the truly human performance of these acts fosters the self-giving they signify and enriches the spouses in joy and gratitude."145 Sexuality is a source of joy and pleasure:

The Creator himself . . . established that in the [generative] function, spouses should experience pleasure and enjoyment of body and spirit. Therefore, the spouses do nothing evil in seeking this pleasure and enjoyment. They accept what the Creator has intended for them. At the same time, spouses should know how to keep themselves within the limits of just moderation.146

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by Gamliel on Today at 10:36:48 AM »
Orthodox Family Forum / Re: Dealing with a picky eater
« Last post by rft183 on Today at 10:31:52 AM »

Worked well except for brussels sprouts....but giving those to anyone violates Geneva Conventions everywhere.

I always hated Brussel Sprouts as a kid.  My name is Russel, and I thought that it was completely unfair that the nastiest vegetable on Earth was named Russel Sprouts...
Convert Issues / Re: Anyone else struggle with this?
« Last post by rft183 on Today at 10:26:32 AM »
If it makes you feel any better, I have been going through the same/similar thing.  I start thinking that it would be easier just to go back to the Roman Catholic church, that there are things I miss about the RCC anyway, and it probably doesn't really matter which church I go to as long as I'm really seeking after God.  But then I remember how lousy some of the Catholic church's teachings made me feel, and I realize I am making the right choice.  Just keep praying, is really all the advice I have right now!
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