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Talk to me about how Jesus and the Holy Spirit are personally working in your life, how you are struggling, and honest and open-hearted inquiries into Christianity.

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I tried to kill myself aged 13 he appeared to me in a swamp, aged around 13 as well.
    That's about it. Never answered me again.
    t. western minor vajrayana tulku

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    God has appeared to me many times but He always takes the form of a strawberry elephant...

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      In all honesty, what's your experience around Christian people. Are you just completely unconvinced from a scientific realism perspective or have you had any experience with churches at all.

      When I tried to kill myself aged 13 he appeared to me in a swamp, aged around 13 as well.
      That's about it. Never answered me again.
      t. western minor vajrayana tulku

      have you had any type of faith formation since then, God works intimately in your life and it may just be a matter of seeing that. like right now I am really in a knock-down battle against the devil for work ethic and complacency.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >have you had any type of faith formation since then
        Yeah, I was recognized earlier as a tulku, as I've already established.
        > like right now I am really in a knock-down battle against the devil for work ethic and complacency
        Really? In what area of work?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I work for a business in operations and it's a tough job. High-stress, unclear work requirements, sometimes monotonous work. I feel like I'm in a sophomore time period in my career and I struggle to get myself to do the bare minimum as a work from home employee. The worst part is I'm so blessed to have received this job and it was an answered prayer - I feel a bit complacent and unappreciative of blessings being in this state, but I'm at my wits end with how to become a better employee. Hopefully, God will help me sort this one out in some way - and it may be some radical career shift or something I don't anticipate which is a bit scary. I guess we'll see what happens.

          I've never been exposed to buddhism so I had to look up the term. For me, I am spoken to by traditional Christianity and Bishop Barron and Father Spyridon on YouTube are two powerful resources that help me understand God's word. Also a very interesting prayer life, using the Jesus prayer that seems to put me in a lot of battles against myself. Hoping to win those battles here soon with the Lord's help.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            What are your long term plans, after this "sophomore" period? If any.
            >Hoping to win those battles here soon with the Lord's help
            Bona ventura, anon.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I frankly have no idea and am hoping for the Lord to set some catalyst in my life one way or another. For now I just want to do honor to 2 Thessalonians 3:10 and Thou Shalt not Steal. The logical next step is to find a new job as a software scrum master though. I'm sort of in the headspace of this image though - no longer have the ability to motivate myself into the next life step through sheer force of will anymore and things seem to backfire when I do from some false attachment to an outcome or pride so prayer and patience is the only option left

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I envy your faith.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I am no great man of Faith, I am a beginner spiritual disciple and anything I say that people like is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Talk to me about how Jesus and the Holy Spirit are personally working in your life
    While far from perfect Christs work in my heart is making me a better person than I ever was before and I am very blessed to have a Christian wife. Without the regenerate work of the holy I’m sure I’d be a massive degenerate coomer and while I still do consoom product on occasion (mostly Warhammer) I keep it at healthy levels.
    >how you are struggling
    Im starting to think Protestantism might be right, and I don’t want it to be right because I love Catholicism.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm really happy for you. I've been down the coomer/gamer/misanthrope pipeline post-college and turning to Christ in my mid-20's changed my life in the most radical way and I'm really blessed to have found a wonderful woman now as well. It's hard to articulate to others how dramatically life can change through the holy spirit and going from pure negative and self-destructive thought patterns to a completely different version of yourself.

      I am also in a relationship with an evangelical Baptist as a Catholic and have struggled with that in the beginning of the relationship. For starters, the evangelical community is less tolerant of the Catholic faith and you can be seen as a pariah in some circles. Otherwise, theologically I am still convinced by the quality of sermons by the ancient churches Catholic/Orthodox. A clearer eschatological view from Aquinas on sanctification. Totally loving the confession and eucharist as blood and body of Christ conceptually. My Catholic faith is my personal line in the sand as I cannot become a baptist in good faith. Luckily, we are rallying around the Bible as a source of unity, but it was definitely a hard conversation the first time we talked about Biblical authorship, Martin Luther, Biblical canon, etc. My goal wasn't to convert but to get understanding. The hard thing for us Catholic guys is that leaving the faith is seen as apostasy/mortal sin, not easy dating cross-denominationally because of it. Overall, I pray one day we can have no denominations and the Holy Spirit can just sort all of this silliness out for us.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >For starters, the evangelical community is less tolerant of the Catholic faith and you can be seen as a pariah in some circles.
        I've been very bless to have protestants around me that have no issues with me openly expressing latin signs of faith.
        >Otherwise, theologically I am still convinced by the quality of sermons by the ancient churches Catholic/Orthodox.
        >Luckily, we are rallying around the Bible as a source of unity
        I think we can all agree on both of those ideas. The early church writings are great and almost all denominations can get behind reflect on them, but the Bible can serve as our shared point of unity.
        To take license with the westminster confession, Early christian writers, "since the Apostles times, whether general or particular, may err; and many have erred. Therefore they are not to be made the rule of faith, or practice; but to be used as a help in both".

        >A clearer eschatological view from Aquinas on sanctification.
        Not sure what his take on eschatology is, I dont engage with it much myself. I hold to penal substitutionary atonement and while I love Aquinas so much (his work is phenomenal and forms a solid foundation for much of my faith in God) I just don't really trust him on atonement theory.

        >Totally loving the confession and eucharist as blood and body of Christ conceptually.
        Yep I still love confession and fully believe in transubstantiation
        >My Catholic faith is my personal line in the sand as I cannot become a baptist in good faith.
        Amen brother.

        >My goal wasn't to convert but to get understanding.
        Exactly the same. Talking with other denominations helps we understand what is great about the Catholic Church and also get me to honestly assess our history so I could see the points where we can acknowledge, "hey we were wrong to do Y to X"

        2 books that really helped me
        The Early Papacy: To the Synod of Chalcedon in 451, by Adrian Fortescue
        & The Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah I misspoke a bit on the importance of Aquinas. What I really meant is I appreciate sanctification/thoesis and in the Baptist circles I'm in there is a camp of once saved always saved folks and there are spiritual issues with that view which produces a type of idleness in faith. The Baptist circles that hold the you must accept Jesus as Lord and model your life after him group seem to have a more embodied faith that resembles our Catholic journey into holiness.

          Thanks for book recommendations, I'm trying to chase down the facts on my side as well. The sourcebook I have coming on late antiquity religion later this week should tell more.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    converted to christianity a while back but have since deconverted and moved on to asatru. I feel like I'm finally home, now.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      that's a curious pipeline, what was your experience practicing Christianity - did you have any personal growth/development from it, and how were you exposed to asatru

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >what was your experience practicing Christianity
        brother is a devout catholic and got me into the religion. He recommended me books to read, christian podcasts, etc.
        I was a spiritual person even before I was religious, so it wasn't much of a step to convert to christianity. But all the while I had been reading icelandic poetry and the heroic sagas out of a stupid little fascination I had with the vikings when I was back in highschool. I spent about a decade since then reading norse mythological texts and the bible, and I eventually just decided at a certain point that I found the former much more compelling and susceptible of being true (EVen when I was a christian, I harbored major concerns about doctrinal issues in the faith, which only festered and grew when no one could adequately address them).
        So now I'm "asatru," which I put in quotes because I'm not part of any official asatru group or church or what have you, because as far as I'm aware there aren't any near where I live. So I'm a bit of a solo practitioner, but that's alright with me.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Which doctrinal concerns, we don't have to get to into the rabbit hole, just curious.

          Knowledge is cool, but I'd hope a faith path is engaging us in the private places of our heart and bringing us out into relationships with other human beings.

          I have a lot of conversations with friends at the boundary of belief and their is this temptation to know everything or lack belief. One line that helped me was Apostle Thomas: John 14:5-7 ERV
          [5] Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”[6] Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. [7] If you really knew me, you would know my Father too. But now you know the Father. You have seen him.”

          It's tempting to want to know the particulars of everything but at some point, the full reality of our world and what will be tomorrow is unknowable, we need to either follow or not - and focus on the conditions of the heart to lead us to our next steps

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Which doctrinal concerns
            the problem of evil, mostly. I don't believe that christianity has a satisfying answer to it. The justification is usually individual agency, but this is directly contradicted by the concept of hell which exerts a coercive effect.
            The resolution to the problem of evil in asatru is more compelling in my opinion.
            >the gods hate evil
            >they intervene in human affairs to stop evil regularly
            >but they are not omniscient and omnipresent and so cannot stop all instances of evil

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I see the logic of your argument. I believe the problem of evil argument falls apart under Calvinism and free will is a necessary dialectic or God cannot be all-good therefore unworthy of worship.

            However, the coercive hell argument may be helped by the fact that Satan and the demons have boundaries to which they can interact with you and are allowed to exist by God for the purpose of salvation. You will not be given a temptation that you can't overcome with prayer and the Holy Spirit. Heaven is also not for the perfect, but for the repentant so even if sin does have an allure and we fall sometimes we are being tested on our endurance and it's more about drawing us into humility.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Which direction is heaven?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Which direction is heaven?
            We don't know. Some people might say "inward" but that's mostly appeal to emotion.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Good answer.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Maybe theologically the answer is to disagree with the question, heaven is not a physical realm in our 3d space, but I'm not the metaphysics guy and more of the personal revelation of God to the heart guy. This falls under the category of items Apostle Thomas didn't need to know in lieu of following Christ, placing him at the center of his life, and aligning his heart to the beatitudes

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I'm a different anon, but I would like to jump in if you are willing to engage with me.
            >the gods hate evil
            Yes, an important thing to understanding is christian isn't dualistic. Evil is the absence or rejection of God, it's not a self existent force by its own nature.
            >they intervene in human affairs to stop evil regularly
            HE, will take action into human affairs to make changes that could appear from our perspect to be good or bad at the time. What is looks like the in grand scheme of stuff, I can't tell you.
            >but HE is not omniscient
            He is
            >and omnipresent
            He is
            >and so cannot stop all instances of evil
            He can, he could "snap his fingers" and whipe away all human free will in an instance. God desire is us to freely love him. Not even God can force people to freely love him.

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    until the age of 28, I had been a Zoroastrianist for all my life. That all changed when a Christian woman, with beautiful pale skin and blonde hair flirted with me. I was married to a shrill woman at that time and I loved the attention and smooth voice of this woman so we started an affair together. I was convinced to become a Christian when I fell asleep in her arms and Jesus came to me and beckoned me to leave my wife for my mistress and eat his body and drink his blood. So I converted. I've been living with my mistress ever since and we're going to have our first child together in March.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      All things to the Glory of God, I suppose. We are all sinners. Welcome home.

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    No man, may see the face of God and live.

    Jesus =/= God

    t. Saint Michael

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    https://youtube.com/shorts/ERX_Xz4M3lM?si=bEu3u9pX4yvuWitE

    Take more time for silence and "wasting" time with God

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is it FSSP, SSPX, RSI or The Diamond thesis Catholic bros? Because it simply can not be the mainstream Novus Ordo.

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    God saved my life as a baby (father offered me up to God when I was dying in exchange for saving my life), and he has comforted me in times of great distress. Pretty sure it wasn't me just gas-lighting myself, because I've tried that many times and it doesn't work. He's also taken my misanthropy from me.

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