Nerve Center

/christian/-tan dump

Lost most of my collection. Posting what I have here:

Relationship general

Post your successes/troubles.

The responsibility is yours. Since you're the man you are the driving force behind starting a relationship. It is your job to do the first move as it is to lead all other moves.

Women seek stability. A woman is like a flower that grows towards God. A man is more like a stick. He can direct the married couple towards God. If both of them are flowers, then they stay in mud.

>Be yourself

Be confident about who you are. It will give you a special aura around yourself

>Work on your confidence

Start at nofap thread, eliminate porn and masturbation from your life. Increase your testosterone levels by working out…./fit/

>Get hobbies

If you lack interests, you are less interesting to women. Women want men of action.

>Visit places where high quality women hang out

Church, library, your hobbies…

>Become more educated about your faith

If you want a good Christian girl you should study scriptures. If she takes her faith seriously she will probably be impressed.

Your future wife probably will not just appear out of nothing and ask you out. It is your job when she appears all of sudden to be confident enough to ask her out and handle that situation.

Purity thread:

https://8ch.net/christian/res/405648.html

If any of you guys have some useful meta, please post it so we can include it in the future to the OP.

Debunking Evolution

Greetings, brothers, and sisters in Christ. I was wondering if we could have a general thread for debunking evolution. I'm still not completely sold on it just yet.

Are there any theological contradictions that make your faith tremble from time to time, /christian/s?

Can we say that the Trinity is the most Perfect and Accurate depiction of LOGOS ?

Can we say that the Trinity is the most Perfect and Accurate depiction of LOGOS ?

Is it possible to be more LOGOS than that ?

God the Father is Logos

God the Son is Logos

God the Holy Spirit is Logos

So it means that the most complete and perfect representation of Logos would be the Trinity ? The Logos of the Universe.

How do we destroy Islam?

/christian/pol

>What is this thread?

The designated political discussion thread. Christians from all parts of the political spectrum are encouraged to discuss relevant political topics and ideas, as well as ask questions and hopefully recieve answers from all points of view. Anything related to politics that doesn't actively involve the Catholic/Orthodox/Protestant churches should go here, so if a politics thread is deleted, this thread is the reason why.

As a reminder:

All board rules apply to this thread, so keep things civil.

Catholic General

NON EST VERA LIBERTAS NISI IN SOLA ECCLESIA CATHOLICA

The purpose of this thread is to provide a place for general Catholic discussion. Mass, readings, rosary - everything that is connected with the faith.

Other denominations welcome, although we politely ask you to keep the arguments about our theological differences in other threads.

Useful links:

Official Vatican website: www.vatican.va

Today's readings: www.ewtn.com/daily-readings/

Papal encyclicals: www.papalencyclicals.net

Catholic encyclopedia online: www.newadvent.org/cathen/

Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas online: www.newadvent.org/summa/

How to pray the rosary: www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/how-to-pray-the-rosary/

Divine Office (liturgy of the hours): www.divineoffice.org/welcome/

Little Office of the Immaculate Conception: www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=1925

I know lust is a sin, but however I don't understand why masturbating to porn is looked down by God.

I'm looking for a serious explanation.

I'm just ignorant on the bible and would love a serious explanation on why lust and porn is a sin.

Purity Thread/NoFap

27 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1 Corinthians 6:19

8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

Post your Purity successes/woes/prayer requests/ etc.

Owen Benjamin interviews E. Michael Jones

I know we talked about Owen Benjamin before here. He just interviewed E. Michael Jones, who is popular here, so I thought this deserved it's own thread.

Why did Jesus have to die?

Came across this video and am starting to have some doubts, was it because of our own free will throughout history that made it so the only way God could save us was through dying on the cross?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIHZZMDp7uI

QTDDTOT

Didn't see a qtddtot in the catalog, so I'm creating one. I'll start it off with this question. Is sodomy between a man and a woman sinful?

Meme thread

New meme thread because the old one is autosaging, starting with a request: I need the exploitable 8ch logo, have this crop in return

Who created the creator ?

One of the most common christian arguments to debunk the godless theory of the creation of the Big-Bang, is to say that "what is, cannot come from what is not". In other words, it is absurd to say that "atoms formed" out of nothing and yet from itself, and that those atoms exploded and created the universe…And thus, there must have had a creator, a God which created the universe, or created those atoms if you stick to this specific theory.

It's a very convincing argument against atheists Darwinism…But the next logical question is: Who created the creator? Who create God? Did God come from itself? If so, how could he have been created from nothing and yet from itself? Is there a creator of the creator? And if so, who created the creator who created the creator ?

We can continue like that at the infinity…

Is it the point that we have to just have faith in God? Because I'm ok with that, but I wanted to know if there is a rational explanation to the creation of God. What we are sure, with the argument used above to debunk the theory of the Big-Bang, it is that we have the certainty that there is a cause, that there is a creator to this universe…Which we call God. But who created God and who or what is the creator of all the creations ? Is it the same God that we are talking about ?

Pope Refuses Resignation of Cardinal Convicted of Covering Up Sex Abuse

>https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/19/cardinal-philippe-barbarin-says-pope-has-refused-his-resignation

What's his problem, honestly?

Haven't been to mass since Ash Wednesday

Should I go to confession before receiving the Eucharist this weekend? Is it necessary?

explain this.

If you only need to accept jesus as your saviour to enter heaven, then what's the point of doing good deeds, helping the poor and doing charity?

Orthodox Church of Ukraine

In this thread we'll post updates in Ukraine and their newly founded church so we don't have to derail the Orthodox general

The news are running like crazy and i think many people haven't yet realised the significance of the event.

We can also discuss our objections to the autocephaly if anyone has any. All opinions welcome but please try to be civil and elaborate on your disagreement.

Catholic opinions also welcome but please try to stay on topic.

If once saved always saved is true then how can we have a “falling away” as Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:3? Granted we are justified by faith as described in Romans 3:26-5:4 and that if we confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead then we will be saved as written in Romans 10:9 as salvation is a free gift of God so that way we can’t boast about gaining it by works according to Ephesians 2:8-9. However though with all gifts they can be rejected or thrown away so I would say yes one can lose their salvation but only through rejecting or renouncing Christ .

Do other religions share the same moral foundation of christianity at their core (in some sense) or do other religions contradict christian beliefs in a fundamental sense?

Books general

What books are you reading at the moment?

What are you up to?

Map your spiritual journey

>raised protestant (Church of Christ)

>agnostic at 13

>atheist at 14

>gnostic occultist at 15

>protestant (Church of Christ) again at 17

>Orthodox at 20

Autism and Christianity

I don't know how many autistic people actually post in this particular board, but I feel a need to ask. As someone with autism, how on Earth am I supposed to be comfortable, or even content, when it comes to practicing Christianity? I can do stuff like pray and read the bible, but stuff like going to church or confession make me a nervous wreck because I don't like dealing with big crowds or singing or just badly following along what everyone else is doing. It doesn't help that I'm constantly asking myself if I'm following the right sect of Christianity. I understand it started with Martin Luther, but I keep asking myself if following the wrong sect of Christianity is worse than not being religious at all? Autistic people on average do well with set goals/actions, and when there's so many different possibilities to not just the sects, but to the meanings of different parts of the bible, some of which conflict, that I start having panic attacks thinking about it. Don't even get me started on the parts about converting people, I've been told that I'd be a terrible motivational speaker.

Gentiles

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is primarily concerned about the Jewish people. He does a few miracles for Gentiles dogs, since dogs must get a few crumbs now and then, but mostly he sticks to his own. In the Gospel of John some Greeks want to meet with Jesus, but he has no time for them.

The book of Acts and some of the Pauline letters detail a schism between Paul and the Jerusalem Church. There was initial disagreement with acceptance of Gentiles coming to the Church. They say the winning side writes the history, and in the case of Christianity, the winning side writes the Bible. One could justifiably claim that the generally pro-Roman stance of the Gospels, and Paul's justification for Gentile believers, are modifications due to the fact that the Gentile believers inherited the faith when Jerusalem was wiped out. So you get universal declarations to all mankind, which might be putting words in the mouth of Jesus.

But the fact that Jesus was almost exclusively interested in Jews, and there was initial concerns about Gentiles, what if Christianity is a massive presumption on the part of Gentiles, and they are in fact illegitimate. Of course Christians make all kinds of justifications, and trust all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings that God is on their side etc, but remember Jesus's teaching about false disciples: "Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"

Of course every believer has the conceit that they are special - they are a true disciple. But what if they are like the false disciples, who will be cast away?

This lack of legitimacy must subconsciously gnaw at some groups, so you get Black Hebrew Israelites, and others who believe themselves to be of the lost tribes. And you get Exclusive groups who shun outsiders and who believe they are the only true believers.

So if one were to entertain that Jesus even exists, there is no security for the gentile believer. If people who truly believed they were disciples can be cast away, what makes YOU so sure?

what is the best english translation of the septuagint?

And also, whats the most respected oldest manuscript of the original greek?

Trying to give Christianity another go

At one point I felt very drawn to the religion but after extensively looking into it, and attempting to commit to it I've basically fallen away.

Making a sort of last ditch effort here: what convinced the majority of you here who are converts / christians who returned to the religion? What are your conversion stories? What helped you overcome doubts? Also what denomination are you if anybody answers this.

And to those who have consistently been Christian what's the basis of your faith?

I'm basically on my last legs here with it so I figured I'd post this and similar threads to see if I end up with any sort of sign.

I know that suicide is a sin, but what about taking actions that, while not directly causing death, increase my chance of death? These actions include eating unhealthy food, not exercising, and smoking. I don't want to live a long life.

loneliness

I failed to remain pure of lust for 3-5 days. 3-5 DAYS!! I want to break free but i'm scared of dying alone. I want a faithful loving wife and kids. I want a purpose to my life. TO HAVE MEANING!!! where have most of the faithful women gone. i want someone who will protect me and vice versa. I want someone who will teach me the faith( i'm catholic) and nurture me our kids. All I see are degenerates faithless miscreants. I have Aspergers and I live in the woods so i'm alone most of the time. I don't know what to do.

GOD HELP US :''(

Denominations

Hello, friends. Without wanting to start another thirty years war, which denomination do you follow and why? Personally I am unsure, I went to a church of England school and have been many times to both a protestant and Methodist church. I am interested to hear any and all arguments for all denominations.

Baptist Thread

Re-making this thread since the last one died recently

The Gospel

>1 Corinthians 15:1-4__

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

>Romans 10:9-10__

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Baptist Confessions, and Statements

London Baptist Confession of 1689 (Calvinist): http://www.ccel.org/ccel/anonymous/bcf.pdf

Baptist Faith and Message (Arminian Inclusive): http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

Notable Modern Baptist Teachers

Albert Mohler: https://albertmohler.com/

James White: https://www.youtube.com/user/AominOrg

John Piper: https://www.desiringgod.org/

Leighton Flowers: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrLeightonFlowers

Robert Truelove: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQPPHf_DdqfJP5RyosVxhZA

Steven Anderson: https://www.youtube.com/user/sanderson1611

William Lane Craig: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/

Saying grace before a meal

Should I say grace for everything I eat, even if it is a snack? How often should I say it throughout the day? Do I also need to say grace for drinking water?

Rosary

How do I pray the Rosary? i tried praying it but I don't know how to meditate on the mysteries. i don't understand them at all. :'(

also i don't know if i'm going to heaven. i was angry at god and cursed the trinity. is there hope for me? i'm confused about my faith and don't know what church to attend. PLEASE HELP ME !!!

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And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

I'm not sure if I should post this in another thread, but I'd assume with religion comes panic attacks, whether they be religious or otherwise.

Lately I've been suffering more panic attacks. I'm trying to stop fapping, and on the third day my mind and body start racing with negative thoughts. I start to think about fapping, but panic attacks make me tired and I just go to sleep. That's not always a viable option though, like if I'm driving or if I'm at work. Every time I have a panic attack, I start thinking about religion. I'm not sure exactly why; it could be my personal fears about dying or maybe it's a message from the lord, or the devil playing tricks on me. I believe in Jesus and a higher power, but Hell has always been difficult for me, simply because I can't understand why Satan, who attempted to overthrow God as the king of Heaven, would then become a torturer of souls. The leap from one thing to another doesn't make sense to me. However, in the end, I do fear death, as it sometimes makes me feel like my actions that may help others either does not matter, or are selfishly done in hopes of being granted entrance to His kingdom. I find it funny that I feel more at ease doing good deeds without thinking of the lord then I do with Him in mind.

So in a roundabout way, I'm asking how anons deal with panic attacks and stress in relation to religion. Sorry if I already posted this, I might be having issues with the image I post in the OP.

UK Homr Office Denied Christian Convert Asylum. Quoted Bible to Show Christianity isn’t Peaceful

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/home-office-christian-convert-asylum-refused-bible-not-peaceful-a8832026.html

Remember this. This person converted from Islam and risked death, and the UK said Christianity is a violent dangerous religion and denied entry on that basis.

In the process of begoming Orthodox, what should I be reading / doing to prepare?

I don't want to be rushing my priest through the Christmation / conversion process. I'm currently in the process of getting my baptism cert. so I can show it to my priest.

Are there any parts of the Bible or any good books I should be reading at this time for my conversion? What should I be doing?

I don't want to rush the process but I am also anxious to go to confession and get the eucharist. What do?

Orthodox General

Purpose

This thread is to help all the Orthodox anons on this board to gather their thoughts, uplift each other, share edifying materials, and ask important questions.

Glory be to God in all things.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Useful Links

Ancient Faith Radio: http://www.ancientfaith.com/

OrthodoxWiki: https://orthodoxwiki.org/Main_Page

Canons of the Seven Ecumenical Councils: http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG0835/_INDEX.HTM

The Orthodox Church in America: https://oca.org/

Orthodox Christianity (a site that hosts articles predominantly written by clergy): http://orthochristian.com/

Prayer Requests

“But I have prayed for you, that your faith would not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brethren.”

Luke 22:32

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Confess your offences to one another and pray for one another in order to be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective!

James 5:16

I hear everyone on here always pissing and moaning over "Rabbinic Judaism" and the Talmud. But have you guys actually ever read the Talmud? I'm not defending it or anything and it does contain some blasphemous stuff about Jesus and Mary but really other than that all it is is a bunch of Rabbis debating over how to interpret the law of Moses and also how the law was practiced in the time of Jesus. For example, it tells us that the Passover lambs were slain at 12:30 PM (half past the 6th hour) if Passover began on the Sabbath It also tells us how to Sanhedrin worked and stuff. A lot of is pretty harmless so what's the fuss? How is Rabbinic Judaism different from ancient Judaism minus the Temple? I am genuinely curious.

What is the most effective counter to anti natalist propaganda?

And why is anti-natalism being pushed so hard by media and pop culture?

I know there are many Christian anons here, honestly, stop attending the /pol/, that environment is toxic.

Right now there was a thread about an anon that got blackpilled to death by shills on that website. Apparently he took his own life.

I prayed a reprimand for their work, including the dwarfs who may have been innocently affected, I did not open the secrecy, and I left the site.

I do not know what's wrong with that chan, but I've often noticed shills putting negative energies there to harm others unnecessarily, I've even seen a webm on thread that showed subliminal satanic messages.

As Philippians 4: 8 warns us,

Philippians 4

8 Conclusion, dear brothers, absolutely everything that is true, whatever is honest, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, if there is something or worthy of praise, Think about this. 9 All that you have learned, received, heard and seen in me, practice; and the God of peace will be with you ''

Let us not fill our heads with malice, evil, negative and demonic thoughts, nor with the works of the devil.

May God bless and keep you.

E Michael Jones and Owen Benjamin Live on the JQ

Check this out, very cool. Owen Benjamin was raised Catholic, got red pilled about the JQ. Currently professing to be a Christian, unsure about the Catholic Church. Pray for him and check out the live stream.

can u anon share with me debates between christians and non christians (atheist, muslims, jews, agnostics, etc)?

Opinion on Celibacy?

Hello /christian/ anons,

I was wondering what you guys thought specifically of:

celibacy until marriage

vs.

celibacy until you find the 'right person', (but aren't married)

>This exists

Is Christianity the religion of Europeans?

Is paganism or Christianity the religion of white European peoples? Sorry I am debating a pagan and he says Christianity is a Jewish death cult from the middle east. Responses? Is Christianity white?

Question for protestants

What is the Biblical basis for the trinity being co-equal?

Baha'i Here

Can you educate me more about your religion? I am studying the prophet Jesus. :)

>if you're a homosexual I hope you get brain cancer like Ted Kennedy

Now was this called for? Are all Christians like this?

What do you think of the seminars by the Westar Institute?

How many of you are converts?

I was thinking about this recently. How many of you guys (or just Christians as a whole) are Christians because they converted, and how many were born into it?

No I do not consider you a convert if you were a fedora and then came back later in life. I think you are truly a convert if you have no prior experience in Christendom.

Do you ever wonder about things like this? I have been seriously thinking about this. When I came back to Christ I largely discarded most other religions, and didn't pay them much mind, whereas if I were raised another religion I know for certain I would have looked into that religion and discarded most others.

No idea where I am really going with this, I guess I am just trying to verbalize my thoughts.

Broke up with my gf. We had premarital sex

I really thought she was the one I'd marry. I lost my virginity to her. What do now? I committed a big sin

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Austin has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites.

Austin Police arrested Rev. Gerold Langsch and charged him with assault by contact stemming from the October 5, 2018 encounter.

The 75-year-old priest is free on $15,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a year in jail and fined up to $4,000.

Police contend in the arrest affidavit that the woman was in hospice care for complications from diabetes when Lansch went to her home to administer the sacrament of anointing the sick, a sacrament of absolution.

The woman, who is still alive, reported that Langsch first anointed her chest with holy water, then began to apply lotion, massaging a breast, pinching a nipple and asking “Does that feel good?” He then tried to slip his hand inside her diaper but was unable to.

The woman later told police the priest’s actions left her in shock, uncomfortable, confused and feeling like, she told police, a “nasty, dirty piece of meat.”

In a statement Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Austin said Langsch had been pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Austin until last month, when the diocese “received an unrelated report that he had failed to maintain proper boundaries with an adult.”

The statement said that report did not involve any physical contact. Nevertheless, the diocese removed Langsch from his post and deemed him no longer able to serve as a priest in the diocese.

The diocese said it will cooperate fully with police and asks anyone with information about the priest’s actions to notify police.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/03/20/catholic-priest-accused-groping-texas-woman-last-rites/

What would you do if?

Hypothetically lets say tomorrow Pope Francis resigns and the college of cardinals decide to randomly select a practicing catholic man from a computer. You win the jackpot and become Pope and are elevated to the pontificate. What would you do? What would your papacy be like? What name would you choose?

Are some of you ex-muslims that converted to christianity? If so, what did your family say about it? Were they angry? Or worse?

Transgender Advocate Attacks Statue of Virgin Mary

Transgender Advocate Attacks Statue of Virgin Mary.

At what point does someone become irredeemable? Short of taking the mark of the beast, is it ever too late for a man to redeem himself?

Thoughts on Calvin?

Christian Music General - /CMG/

Post your favorite traditional Christian music of any genre. Here are a few of my favorites:

Great Gospel song from the greatest singer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5bk6Epd4qg

Not solely Christian, but helps me remember to not fret about Earthly problems as much

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5i4ZGVQGa8

The crown jewel of Handel's Messiah, makes me tear up every time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg7aXEvCeXY

Is the use of psychedelics sinful?

Is it a sin to use psychedelics? What about just microdosing where there is no possibility of encountering spirits? What if while tripping you completely refuse to talk to any spirits?

I do know that tripping allows demons to speak to you, but I wonder if its redeemable whatsoever. I did read one interpretation of the Old Testament that manna (Exodus 16) is identical in appearance to mushrooms. Also sorry for the DMT Ape Man talking point but what about the burning bush? It seems there is some precedence for psychedelics to be used in order to communicate with God or His messengers. Perhaps if you scrutinized and tested each entity you encounter ( 1 John 4:1) you may avoid displeasing The Lord. Here is a relevant excerpt from Orthodoxy: Religion of the Future by Seraphim Rose.

>"St. Gregory of Sinai was careful to instruct his monks on the dangers of these experiences: “All around, near to beginners and the self-willed, the demons are wont to spread the nets of thoughts and pernicious fantasies and prepare moats for their downfall….” A monk asked him: “What is a man to do when the demon takes the form of an angel of light?” The Saint replied: “In this case a man needs great power of discernment to discriminate rightly between good and evil. So in your heedlessness, do not be carried away too quickly by what you see, but be weighty (not easy to move) and, carefully testing everything, accept the good and reject the evil. Always you must test and examine, and only afterwards believe. Know that the actions of grace are manifest, and the demon, in spite of his transformations, cannot produce them: namely, meekness, friendliness, humility, hatred of the world, cutting off passions and lusts — which are the effects of grace.Works of the demons are: arrogance, conceit, intimidation and all evil. By such actions you will be able to discern whether the light shining in your heart is of God or of satan. Lettuce looks like mustard, and vinegar in color like wine; but when you taste them the palate discerns and defines the difference between each. In the same way the soul, if it has discernment, can discriminate by mental taste the gifts of the Holy Spirit from the fantasies and illusions of Satan.”

Yet at the same time I wonder if I am just being to expedient. I used to trip but stopped when it became clear to me I was in communication with demons and I needed to re-conceptualize everything I knew about psychedelics and the spiritual world. The spiritual warfare you undergo while tripping is compared to the spiritual warfare of monks. Am I being retarded for thinking that I, a lousy sinner, have enough fortitude to resist demons when seeing them face to face when it is difficult for monks to?

Regardless of myself, should there not be a Christian guide for those who do wish to undergo tripping to warn them of what they might encounter and how to resist the prelest that follows ignorant acceptance of the half-truths of demons?

Who were the most autistic Christian figures, be it in the Bible or outside of it

Not completely in the insulting way, but one that displays very odd behavior and even ones that are symptoms of autism

Ex: Martin Luther

>constantly thought sexual images of Satan (more of an OCD thing)

>played with his own literal shit (a trait of autism)

How do we deal with extreme deformities and disability?

Brothers, I am in need of help. I am struggling to deal with the horrors of birth defect/deformity like pic related and video related. I am part of the Orthodox Church, and I am wondering if there is a Church teaching which allows for doctors and families to mercifully let these children die. Wouldn't it be torture and evil to medically keep these people living? Wouldn't we be creating a hell on earth for them?

I haven't struggled with my faith in quite awhile, but seeing videos like this makes me want to cry and makes it hard to rationalize how our God–being so loving and merciful–wants us to keep these things alive.

https://youtu.be/5mUQ-hDWJoY

https://youtu.be/gwNQqnEYMXw

Were psilocybin mushroosm the forbidden fruit of the garden? I've heard they're what made us self aware beings knowing good and evil….

Solving The Problem of Evil

After the mosque shooting, some of my atheist friends have debated with me about the classic problem of evil, as in why an all-loving GOD allows what appears to be unnecessary suffering, and I'm curious as to how to approach this issue without having said friends become hardened from the glory of GOD.