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Suggested Reading (based on My Story)

Curious to learn more after reading My Story? Here are some resources that I’ve found helpful over the past few years Books: Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary Daniels, Kenneth W – Read this one first! Its about a former missionary and Wycliffe Bible translator who sorts through his doubts about Christianity after… Continue reading Suggested Reading (based on My Story)

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My Story: Science, Evolution, and Creationism

Science and evolution versus Creationism: Growing up in high school and all the way through my science classes at Bob Jones and Liberty, I was taught one perspective on how we and the rest of the universe got where we are today: creationism. Every class blasted evolution as merely “a theory” (a word used in the colloquial… Continue reading My Story: Science, Evolution, and Creationism

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My Story: Christians not Christ-like

More questions about Christians not acting like Christ Another phenomenon came to my attention which I will use a story to illustrate. An acquaintance of mine worked at a local wireless store and dealt with customers all day. She often had angry and frustrate customers that would test her ability to remain calm and professional.… Continue reading My Story: Christians not Christ-like

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My Story: Why Don’t Christians Act Like Christ?

The age old question: Why don’t Christians Act Like Christ? While this question was raised in early childhood, it became increasingly an issue in college where I saw a much greater representation of the church than simply right wing, conservative, Bible believing, homeschooling Christianity. Certainly that brand of Christianity, which I was raised in, thought… Continue reading My Story: Why Don’t Christians Act Like Christ?

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My Story: Early Doubts (4)

Prophecy Another spiritual gift that was trumpeted in my early years was the gift of prophecy. This was a spiritual charismatic gift to either speak something you shouldn’t have otherwise known about someone, or predict the future. The church had numerous prophecies which rarely were specific enough to be verified, but nonetheless served  to strengthen… Continue reading My Story: Early Doubts (4)

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My Story: College Part 2

College: Give me Liberty Sophomore year I transferred to the right wing conservative Republican school of Liberty University. While politically they equate to Fox News, in practice, the administration and student body was much more open minded than Bob Jones (Liberty still falls right of mainstream Christianity but no where to near the same extreme).… Continue reading My Story: College Part 2

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Uncertainty of life and Expectations

Life is uncertain. We cannot know the outcome of our decisions, relationships, and circumstances. That’s in part why we have expectations. We are trying to make life as predictable as possible, essentially fighting against the uncertainty. Some people spend their entire miserable lives fighting uncertainty. We want people to live according to the way we… Continue reading Uncertainty of life and Expectations

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Why Expectations KILL everything [good in a relationship]

Expectations destroy relationships. You expect her to do this she expects you to do that and neither of you can agree. And this will be your life long cycle if you do not reach a compromise. Expectations are like poison to relationships. When you expect someone to live the way you want them to you… Continue reading Why Expectations KILL everything [good in a relationship]

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Expectations and Emotional Persuasion (Getting the girl to like you)

Why expectations kill everything. Expectations and Emotional Persuasion (Getting the girl to like you) So where does the aspect of expectation relate to emotional persuasion? I might assure you that I have strong feelings for you, that we are perfect for each other, that I have no intentions for anyone else. But if you expect… Continue reading Expectations and Emotional Persuasion (Getting the girl to like you)

attraction · rejection

Is Attraction A Choice: Conclusion (Part 5, the MOST important part!)

Why is this even important? Why do we care if attraction is a choice or not? If ultimately attraction is not a choice than I think it should alleviate some of the anxiety about rejection and rejecting that we get. No one likes rejection and hopefully most of us don’t like rejecting someone else. If… Continue reading Is Attraction A Choice: Conclusion (Part 5, the MOST important part!)

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Is Attraction a Choice? Social Proof (Part 4)

There is a third factor that effects attractions called social proof. What is social proof? Wikipedia has a great article that summarizes this concept (http://bit.ly/16Sah4B) which I will summarize here. Social proof is a psychological concept. It refers to the tendency of people to: want things that others want, agree with the group regardless of… Continue reading Is Attraction a Choice? Social Proof (Part 4)