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Old 01-28-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Where are the Christians?

I have been online since 1998.

-Going about the net trying to spread the good news about that rebel from Nazareth

-Posting the Sunday Dispatches

-Discussing the merits of the Christian faith

-From the Korn boards to a brothel in Nevada

-I've tried to get around


What I find is puzzling is that I encounter very few Christians on these sites.


Where are the Christians?
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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i rarely post here, but...

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Old 01-28-2009, 09:07 PM   #4
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Your problem ultimately is one of communication, perhaps.


So,

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What is the good news, in your view? Can it be explained in a more accessible way?


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Your problem ultimately is one of communication, perhaps.


Absolutely!!!

You try and "spread" a lot, but you listen very little...

In fact I've found much of your "good news" to be very un-Christlike...
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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If you're looking for honesty, people who try to spread religion to me are exactly the types of people who turn me away from it.

I find it much easier to be apathetic at this point.
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If you're looking for honesty, people who try to spread religion to me are exactly the types of people who turn me away from it.

I find it much easier to be apathetic at this point.
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I have been online since 1998.

-Going about the net trying to spread the good news about that rebel from Nazareth

-Posting the Sunday Dispatches

-Discussing the merits of the Christian faith

-From the Korn boards to a brothel in Nevada

-I've tried to get around


What I find is puzzling is that I encounter very few Christians on these sites.


Where are the Christians?
Have you tried posting on Christian sites? Posting on Korn and brothel sites is like going to Holland and asking where all the Madagascans are. I mean sure, you'll find a few, but it you want a Madagascan you go to Madagascar, you know?
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:31 PM   #10
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I could say a lot of things, but won't bother.

Still, if your aim is to spread the good word, then I'd say a place where you can't see many Christians - like, presumably, here - is probably exactly where you should be. Keep up the good work!
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That is a good excuse to belong to a brothel website though...

wife: "What the hell is this I find on your history?!"

husband: "Oh honey, I was just spreading the good word. I'm going this weekend for an on-site spreading."

wife: "You're such a good man, what did I do to deserve you?"
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If you're looking for honesty, people who try to spread religion to me are exactly the types of people who turn me away from it.

I find it much easier to be apathetic at this point.
i'm not apathetic so much, as i just like my way of looking at it. i see your point, of course.

i know what i think about religion, but it's madness to dismiss any other view because you just can't be sure. that's what i appreciate about christians (or in fact, anyone) who don't force their views upon you, especially when nobody can say for certain who is right or wrong.

i've never understood the rationale behind militant types on any side of the god/no god debate, tbh.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:43 PM   #13
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If I really wanted to be snarky I could add (truthfully) that I am of the Christian faith, but I bet you wouldn't know it because I'm not forever going on about it.

I bet that I am not alone.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:46 PM   #14
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If I really wanted to be snarky I could add (truthfully) that I am of the Christian faith, but I bet you wouldn't know it because I'm not forever going on about it.

I bet that I am not alone.
Indeed. I practice a Christian faith as well.
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it's 'Malagasy' not 'Madagascan' though

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Have you tried posting on Christian sites? Posting on Korn and brothel sites is like going to Holland and asking where all the Madagascans are. I mean sure, you'll find a few, but it you want a Madagascan you go to Madagascar, you know?
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I'm a Christian.

I think most people here in FYM know it too.

But since my politics tend to be more liberal, I don't know if that "counts" or not.

(Which is funny, because I'm guessing I'm probably one of the most theologically conservative Christian posters on this forum. . .not that you'd ever guess it).
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I have been online since 1998.

-Going about the net trying to spread the good news about that rebel from Nazareth

-Posting the Sunday Dispatches

-Discussing the merits of the Christian faith

-From the Korn boards to a brothel in Nevada

-I've tried to get around
This explains the lack of engagement people encounter with iron horse. He's not here to discuss ore even be a U2 fan. He's only here to preach.


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What I find is puzzling is that I encounter very few Christians on these sites.
Apparently they're here; they just don't respond to or agree with your kind of posts.
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(Which is funny, because I'm guessing I'm probably one of the most theologically conservative Christian posters on this forum. . .not that you'd ever guess it).
Don't worry, I would.
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If you're looking for honesty, people who try to spread religion to me are exactly the types of people who turn me away from it.

I find it much easier to be apathetic at this point.
This pretty much captures what I don't like about church and any expectation that there's a "right" way to express Christianity.

I'm not at all apathetic of many basic Christian beliefs and values, but I don't drink Kool Aid and churches and ministries tend to be full of people who do. So I avoid them. I want 100% fruit juice blend lol - hard to find!

Iron Horse, what I personally appreciate about your Sunday Dispatches is that there is no commentary. Usually they do a good job of capturing the current and common vibe prevalent in most of the threads and provide an opportunity to silently meditate on the basic Christian'ness' underlying all our bickering and heated debates.

What sort of validation are you looking for?
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