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Jason A

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  1. Thank you! Hope your Christmas season was a good and fulfilling one also.
  2. I suppose the debate rests partly on what level of trust an individual has in the government.
  3. It's a very complex subject, and I can see many sides of the argument.
  4. With the rise in state surveillance equipment, I was wondering how people felt about it. Is there a possible threat to liberty, or should only criminals fear it?
  5. I went to bed on Christmas Eve as a kid with my own idea of Santa. Not a big jolly man in a red suit, but a presence that made things magical for me. It was a kid's world. Interesting result - everyone thinks that teaching kids about Santa is lying. I suppose, if you look at it literally, it is!
  6. I suppose it would be a bit of a perennial question! I mentioned it because a kid I know of about 10 said to her Mom the other day: "Whay did you LIE to me about Santa? You lied to me, Mom!"
  7. Well, my decision, based on a personal conviction, was to got for a very short haircut - and I did ask people for advice. Everything led that way, and so I went for it. Most of my family like it very much, so I'll stay clippered! Few jokes about my big ears, mind.
  8. With me, it was an attempt both to be scriptural and have a more conservative appearance. I didn't realize it would have such a profound effect on people's perceptions.
  9. Since my hair was cut short, people have had difficulty recognizing me, and maybe that has changed people's attitudes towards me.
  10. Hi all, Over the last 12 months, I've changed a lot of things. I had a rebellious, wild debauched lifestyle, smoked dope, messed with girls, hung out with the wrong crowd! All that has changed - my conversion has meant putting all those things away, and becoming a new creation. It's not as if those things ever made me really happy anyway. In fact, do they make anyone happy? But it has led to the accusation from old friends that I have lost my personality and my uniqeness. Maybe my huge change of appearance recently has partly led to that conclusion. Yet surely, if those things were part of my old personailty, I must be far better off without them. If we're "new" those old things must go away. That's true for every real Christian isn't it?
  11. Seems to have been a little quieter than when I was last here.
  12. The thread started as one boy having all his hair cut off! It's turned into quite a fierce debate.
  13. I asked the question because so many people have said (wrongly, I believe) that much contained in Paul's epistles was valid only for that time and culture.
  14. I am interested. Though I still have a lot to learn.
  15. Perhaps we could start a separate discussion on Paul's views - whether they are his own, or part of God's word. My forehead and ears are very visible now! And the unhappy rebel is gone for good.
  16. I suppose, at the risk of sounding arrogant (which I will try not to, because I am young and new to the faith) it balances on whether we accept Paul's words as the Word of God, or as his own words. The danger to me is that if we say short hair is a mere cultural preference of the time, we could so easily slip into a pick and choose theology. Anything else that doesn't suit us could be passed off as cultural?
  17. I do look a very different person, and after a small period of uncertainty I am definitely keeping this haircut for good.
  18. Just wanted to thank everyone, and I am truly glad I followed good Biblically-based advice. This transformation has greatly pleased my family and church, and is one of the most positive things I have ever done.
  19. Sorry, I think I messed up my post there a little! I too have indulged in drink in my wilder days, and it didn't do me or my family any favors. Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler!
  20. Quite uplifted. Hello again, all. Hope you're all well.
  21. It's OK. You're not alone in your view.
  22. Well, she has often called people fools, or stupid or abnormal, or shared their failings round the dinner table. I did try to gently point out to her that words are important. She told me that she doesn't keep any record of what she says, and people would have to make of her words what they will.
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