"Certainly, our faith demands that we go to God for every situation. Usually, it involves prayer, scripture reading, and going to pastors/teachers/more mature Christians. Sometimes, we persue a path until that door is closed and we opt…"
"I agree with others that a big part of the issue is the meta-issue of free will and predestination of particular actions and God's foreknowledge.
On the particular issue of romance, I'm either least qualified or most qualified to speak on…"
"I see different issues blurred together here.
One is philosophical: predestination and free will.
Another is a belief that God plops women into people's laps and you don't have to do anything.
That's different. God can…"
"I think you nailed it.
The purest idea of god suggests that He is responsible for everything whether we perceive it so or not. He is even, then, responsible for this article. Obviously what the original poster needed was a timely push to find the…"
"Wow, the article is a bit back and forth for me. I agree that you should not just sit and wait for God to drop that perfect someone in your lap. You should be active in seeking a Godly woman (or man) with qualities that compliment you both. My wife…"
"Here's my understanding of it all.
God has a plan for us. For most, it includes marriage. For others, it is to be "eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom." - Mt 19:12
We sin. We don't always follow God's plan.
"Just Do Something addresses the reasons, as well as the solutions, quite well. It's also a tiny book. :)
I believe that there isn't a "one true love" - each person has a number of potential spouses to unite his life with.…"
"Of course God knows whom we will marry. And in that sense, I guess he has someone for each of us. However, I think a lot of the thinking you are describing has been borrowed more from chick flicks and romance novels than from anything resembling the…"
"I haven't read the article, but I can see both sides of this argument.My first thoughts were, "Of course God has a specific person in mind for 'person X' !" My reasoning is the God is both Sovereign and…"
Apr 5, 2012
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I read this article recently and it resonated with me. For some reason, many modern Christians (both men and women really) have this idea in their heads that every wife or even girlfriend is preordained by God as if He just plops women into our laps when we pray hard enough or do enough good works. Because of this, many people in the church are single and miserable because they don't take action. They decide to "wait for…See More
"He/She will notice by the time they are 3 or 4, yes. The question is, what will the parents do at that time? Will they stick to their guns and try to brickwall Storm, causing a great deal of confusion for the kid, or simplky shrug,…"
"I respect the idea of breaking down stereotypes and I'm sure most people here agree. There is, however, a right and wrong way to do this. If Storm grows up to be a boy who doesn't like "boy stuff" or a girl who…"
"I think at this point, the Westboro Baptist Church consider themselves the only legitimate Charistians in the world. There are only about 20 people in that "church", mostly being just immediate family and a few friends they…"
"What concerns me the most about this article is their middle son. The parents claim he enjoys wearing pink dresses but the kid was desperate for his mother to tell a total stranger that he was a boy, is too afraid to socialize with other kids,…"
"If we truly subscribe to the animalistic theory of violence and dominance ("Might"), then is the question of "Right" (as in "Morally correct", as opposed to "Entitled to rights"; more on this in a second) even…"
"The exercise of might by apes is "right" as they instinctively know it to be. Anything that will enhance their survival is clearly right for them.
Chimpanzee war parties hunting down and clubbing or ripping to death members of rival…"
"Basically, we are still, at our subconscious core, still apes. The only difference is that our poop fights are now nuclear. Although, apes do not kill each other over differences of creed. In that respect, are we more than animals? Or less..."
"I think Native Son nailed it. I'll go further. Not only are these things not taught in schools, there are few apprenticeships, and few fathers willing and able to teach this (many reasons). I'd dare say that in some…"