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well it is often the thought that counts ....i don't mind people recomending thing ....i did like that anime ...more so than many...and will very likely watch it again...it had a Ano Natsu de Matteru feel to it .....and sort of a Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo feel too....perhaps more in the attatude of the characters more than anything else....
I never read the entire thing either. My life interfered, and the beneficial discussion began to give way to trolling anyway.
You're not the first one to say you envy the strength faith gives me and other Christians in hard times. I hear people say that, and/or that they respect my faith. It makes me sad, because you’ve caught a glimpse of something you recognize as good, but you don’t have more than that glimpse, at least not yet. Believing in God is not just about comfort - and I think you know that. You - and others - have said you envy part of what faith gives me. What is stopping you from pursuing the possibility of God?
I won’t get to see all my family after we die. I believe that those who believe in Jesus as their Savior, Lord, and God will have eternal life. Those who don't will have eternal suffering. I don't think my oldest set of grandparents believes, and I don't know how many years they have left. So when I worry about their health, I worry in a different way than I do about my Christian relatives.
I’d love to hear interesting scientific facts now and then. I eventually have to take a science class (I wanted Physics at first, but then I realized that I’ll never have the time/mental energy to waste on an unnecessary 400 level class, so I’ll probably take Life Science). The human body is fascinating. I used to think that knowing details about cells made living organisms less beautiful. But now, I look at my finger and remember the pictures and facts I’ve seen about muscles, nerves, complex cells, and atoms. I “see” all these at work in even one little part of me, and I can’t help but think God is amazing. Same goes for when I look up and see the stars. There is so much to discover, and so much to enjoy and study!
From what I've read and observed, the purpose of creation is to glorify God. He’s the one person in the universe who has full bragging rights. I believe everything, from the tiniest electron to the largest star, points to God as Creator and Ruler of all.
The purpose of people, specifically, is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We were made to praise God and bring praise to Him, to call attention to Him. When we do, when we are in the right relationship with Him, we have joy in living for Him and for His glory. So I agree with you: all of this amazing stuff you see in the universe and in people is not “just so we can enter Heaven and live in a paradise.” It’s not about us, not ultimately. God loves us and knows each of us, but He doesn't worship us. He’s invited us - commanded us - to worship Him. There is fellowship, friendship, laughter, and learning, and I believe God takes joy in this. And there is paradise, but that paradise is not just for our benefit - it’s for God, and He’s invited us to join Him.
Most people I interact with on a regular basis are Christians (that’s an obvious side effect of going to a Christian school). Online, I have friends and acquaintances of more varied backgrounds, but we don’t get into these kind of discussions as often as I’d like. So my door (or rather, profile) is always open! ... but if I'm being responsible about homework, I might not be prompt about answering. :)
I tried to be quick. I really, really tried, I promise! But... two big things haven't changed in the past three years:
1. Faith is important to me, and I can blab about it at the same rate at which I blab about anime.
2. I like to write/talk, and I'm bad at cutting myself off. -_-" Sorry.
Hi Zutto! Long time no see! Actually, I browsed that religion thread a few months ago for a paper I was writing. I still think of ya'll from the forum from time to time. :) And, remembering those posts... are you sure you want to ask me an open ended question? I've grown out of several things in the past few years. Wordiness is not one of them. :P
I've grown in my faith since I wrote those novels in the forum. At the time, I was a senior in high school, dealing with depression/anxiety/teenagehood, and I had to hold onto truths about my status as God’s loved one throughout the following months. I'm now a sophomore at a Christian college, getting a minor in Bible (and a major in Creative Writing). God continues to be important to me.
Here at school, I've learned more about other religions, and even read excerpts of Darwin's Origin of Species. It's been interesting to look critically at various worldviews (including Buddhist, Muslim, Nihilist, Naturalist/Darwinist, and my own). One professor has led me to think especially critically about things like this, and it's been fun. There's a ton to learn, but what I've seen so far has enhanced my understanding of God and the world. Just in the past week, He's been teaching me about humility and relying on Him. I knew I was getting too prideful about my academics, and He's called me out on it. I've got one thing to say about it: ouch. But it's good for me, and I've seen His mercies throughout the process, making things bearable.
So, that's the “short” summary of where my religion is right now. Basically, my faith is growing, just like the mental and social parts of me continue to grow and mature. Some elements of my perspective are a tiny bit different - it's been three years, after all, and I'm no longer a teenager. But the really important parts remain the same.
How about you? Have you been giving the topic more thought?