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TheseDryBones last won the day on September 20 2015

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  1. So I'm not sure if this has been touched upon previously in another post, but I just wanted to ask because it's such a big part of my life at the moment. I have a friend who is part of a church who professes to be a "prophesying" church. I just went there the other day and their Sunday service consisted of spontaneous worship with people dancing and screaming in the aisles. Pretty much doing their own thing and it was very wild. But the main thing is that this church CONFIDENTLY believes that supernatural events occur everyday within their fold and it stems from their faith in God. And they also teach a doctrine that is very much Fundamentally Evangelical, albeit with a lot more young folks in skinny jeans and beanies. But my friend is a very spiritual guy who has told me face-to-face that he has performed healing miracles, demonic exorcism, and has experienced visions in which he has conversed with, wait for it...Jesus himself. My friend is probably the best guy I know: he's funny, cool, makes no effort to put up a facade of pretension, and perfectly sane. He's about as normal as you get but when we talk about these things he just lights up with joy and sometimes its hard for me to deny. He would have no reason to lie to me about these things. So I guess my question is what do you guys think of the people who continue to perform miracles in the world - I'm sure you've heard the stories or met someone who's encountered it - but continue to hold on to this fundamental doctrine of "fallen world must be saved"? I have my own personal pet theory but the rest of you?
  2. Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement! My spirituality is in something of a limbo right now (I've found less and less time to introspect and discover between work and school) but I know where I stand. It's good to know I'm not alone in doing it. The awareness of your essential smallness in the universe, but, simultaneously, a strange significance your life bears, is not something I would call an easy revelation. But, it's something we need to realize. Again, thanks! Zeke
  3. Hey guys. It's Zeke from Texas. Pretty excited to check this message board out, but I guess an introduction is in order, right? I come from what Bishop Spong might call a "Fundamentalist" Christian home. I was raised to believe in the literalness of the Bible, the omniscient, omnipresent benevolent power of God as Creator and Judge, and the perfect, sacrificial life of Jesus Christ, his Crucifixion, his subsequent Resurrection, and the Salvation ultimately found in Him, since Jesus is (as I was led to believe) one part of the Triune God: Father, SON, and Holy Spirit. Now, as an 18-year-old male, college sophomore living at home, I have found these principles increasingly indefensible and vaguely thought out, especially in the megachurch I attend and all the other churches I've attended (my family moved around a lot). These stolid, closed-minded ideals do not hold up in a world that is so much more complex, so much richer than what I'd been told. This is a fairly recent development for me. The switch of gears took place in the space of one month, propelled by the work of archaeologist and naturalist writer Loren Eiseley, various artistic/philosophical websites, and, finally, the ideas of Ret. Bishop John Shelby Spong, who I first encountered on a video interview conducted by Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica. My whole life changed after that. That is not to say that I am now a ridiculously enlightened guy. If anything the world has become staggeringly complicated and terrifyingly daunting. I, and no ideology created by man, holds all the answers. Including the Christian faith. But, to "walk into the mystery", as Spong puts it, has become a dear and profound goal in my life. That said, I do not blindly follow the teachings of anyone, even Spong, whose outright denial of the supernatural somewhat puzzles me, as I have had personal experiences with events of, admittedly, hearsay of events (told by close friends who would have no reason to lie to me!) that can be described as "supernatural". Who knows? Guess that's for me to figure out (or not?). So why join the site? Like-minded individuals are hard to come by these days. Plus, my father has decided on kicking me out due to my "disrespectful" and "harmful" beliefs (no resentment; it's his house) so a community is something I need right now. Life happens, it's a little scary, but hopefully I don't have to live it completely alone!
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