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Hi everyone,i just want to say first that i don't wish to offend anyone or disregard anything said- i'm just in a mingle and tangle at the moment. I am thinking of returning to a revival church. I had been going for many years but when one of the splits occured my family decided to leave. I have parents who have been dragging me round from church to church for many many years now and i'm tired of it. Ibelieve that if you have tounges it is clear that u have the holy spirit but whether u need to speak in tounges first to know that u have it i'm unsure. Now i know that i have said the same thing but in reverse and i'm sure many will mention that but like i said i'm in a mingle. I don't feel happy in all thesechurchs i've been to. I just can't feel comfortable with the torronto blessing and the way some places keep dragging the singing out, while many lift their hands as if the power of the lord is like electricity running down into them. Again i wan't to say that I'M NOT TRYING TO CRITICISE ANY CHURCH OR PERSON. I don't believe that not talking to others outside the rf/rci churches is right- it's wrong in my eyes.I'm at an age where i am thinking of the future. I wan't to get married and have children but i don't want to rush into anything. I am so cautious about even thinking of a relationship with any Christian because i am unsure of what i believe that i don't want to affect anyone elses life. I know i'm all over the place but please just tell me, eveyone here that i've read seems to be very happy that they've left but why am i the opposite- why am i unhappy? has anyone else felt this way- wanting now to return? am i thinking the right thing?Confussed.
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I don't believe that church is needed. I do believe that we need social interaction as humans. Church was that fulfillment, usually at the exclusion of everything none christian. That means when you pull away from the church, ex-devotee's don't always know where to go next. They don't know what else there is besides church and thus many times mistake that for the emptiness that happens when god is not in your life. Which is crap or buddhists and muslims would be feeling that emptiness as well.

But what you have to do is find a replacement. Like getting off or drugs or alcohal, you need to find something to replace it that is not harmful. For me, it was joining a forum. I ended up being a moderator at another forum and have been there for nearly three years now. It allows me to give out my opinions, discuss issues with religion and politics, and gives me an outlet for my studies. I also have three kids which keeps me busy along with a couple atheist friends at work. I found that my old friends simply don't want me around to be used as satans tool. Which I find ironic because I consider them the churches tool. But unless I fully repent, they don't want me back any way, not even to see them in some church function. At first, that upset me, now, I don't even want to see their christian propaganda.
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Hi Anonymous,

Sounds like you're starting to fimd your own feet and decide your own destiny, instead of being spoon fed by those around you. Be brave and find your own way. Remove yourself as much as possible from those influences and mix with different people and experience life 'outside'. You'll probably find a bunch of people that are just as mixed up and that's OK. Most people that postulate as though they have everything together are deluded and full os shit anyway. Forget about offending people. That's their problem. You have to experience life yourself, and NOBODY has a magic formula for how YOU can live your life. Its your life. Don't let anyone invalidate what you have experienced as real or what you instinctively believe. Hang out here a bit and see what others have found, but mostly, get out there and live your life.
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"for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)
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Reply to : Anonymous

 just want to say first that i don't wish to offend anyone or disregard anything said- i'm just in a mingle and tangle at the moment.

I'm not sure what your previous posts were... but I don't think people are easily offended here. Actually, the trolling posters breed a certain amount of distrust for genuine anonymous posters, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt because I can relate wholeheartedly with what you've written.. that and I'm hard to shut up.

I am thinking of returning to a revival church. I had been going for many years but when one of the splits occured my family decided to leave. I have parents who have been dragging me round from church to church for many many years now and i'm tired of it.

Which split are you talking about? Surely not the big 95 split 11 years ago?

I believe that if you have tounges it is clear that u have the holy spirit but whether u need to speak in tounges first to know that u have it i'm unsure. Now i know that i have said the same thing but in reverse and i'm sure many will mention that but like i said i'm in a mingle.

Well, I don't have to tell you that I think tongues is an over-rated ability to speak random vocalisations and that pretty much anybody with a mouth can do it... I don't have to tell you that, so I won't. I do dig that it's a hard belief to shake.. I mean, I did spend 17 years in Revival preaching that doctrine. You'll have to come to your own epiphany on that one.

I don't feel happy in all these churchs i've been to. I just can't feel comfortable with the torronto blessing and the way some places keep dragging the singing out, while many lift their hands as if the power of the lord is like electricity running down into them.

Heck, I know what you mean. Crazy is as crazy does.

 Again i wan't to say that I'M NOT TRYING TO CRITICISE ANY CHURCH OR PERSON. I don't believe that not talking to others outside the rf/rci churches is right- it's wrong in my eyes.

There's a lot of double negatives in that sentence... but yeah, you should feel free to talk to anyone. You're a big person with your own mind and no one has the right to tell you who you can and can't talk to. Freedom seems to be something that many of us feel is too good to be true... or we're not free to be free. I think the new testament bible has a lot to say about freedom and grace and how we should embrace it.

I'm at an age where i am thinking of the future. I wan't to get married and have children but i don't want to rush into anything. ...eveyone here that i've read seems to be very happy that they've left but why am i the opposite- why am i unhappy? has anyone else felt this way- wanting now to return? am i thinking the right thing?

gAwd... yes, please for criminy sake, don't rust into anything. You may be thinking about eternity and spirituality but don't forget that you've a long life ahead of you here. Life is so damn hard without the mistake of shaking your head in regret for making the wrong decision at those big crossroad moments. You know what I mean? Some decisions open life and the heart and soul... other decisions restrict and restrain it. Did you ever see that Pixar movie short 'knick knack' where the snowman in the snow globe tried so desperately to get out? Churches can be such a lifetrap.

Whodo nailed it when he said  - "They don't know what else there is besides church and thus many times mistake that for the emptiness that happens when god is not in your life"


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$%*'`[Thanks and ..........]%*'`@

Hi everyone

Thank-you so much for your helpful coments. It means a lot. I was just wanting to ask if anyone knows of a good church that i could feel comfortable with. A church though that doesn't have the whole torronto blessing thing.

Thanks

Anon.

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$%*'`[A church in Victoria]%*'`@

Sorry i didn't say where. A church in Melbourne, Australia (Victoria)

 

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Reply to : A church in Victoria [Anonymous]

Sorry i didn't say where. A church in Melbourne, Australia (Victoria)
Christain City Church in Box Hill is Fantastic.
A man died and went to heaven. He was met by Jesus and Jesus began to show him around. As they walked they saw some amazing things. Some too beautiful and amazing to describe. Eventually they came to a huge wall and the man heard the sound of music, laughing and what basically sounded like a party coming from behind the wall. Curious, the man asked Jesus what was going on behind the wall. Jesus answered, "Shhhh!!! Not too loud. That"s the GRC. They think they"re the only ones here!!!"
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