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This afternoon I enjoyed Asain buffet with my sister Allie and then some soccer heaven.  Now is homework.  School has been on the backburner this year, at least compared to previous years.  I guess being forced to go back to Kimberly this year has just tooken ambition out of me.  My motivation for school has always been my passion for learning and doing the things that interest me.  I guess I should be glad that I have such wonderful education oppertunities.  This of which all reminds me that I need to register for classes.  Peace to all.

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. from what i got from your comment, you believe all homosexual relationships are sinful.  and i quote “Why is homosexuality a sin therefore? Because God has revealed it so.”  because, scientifically, homosexuality is NOT a choice, at least not for most, one who is homosexual cannot be sinning in the true definition of sin.  a sin is a choice, therefore, if one cannot choose their orientation, they are not sinning.  i know you feel that it is possible to change homosexual feelings or orientation, but if god created you that way, isn’t it an actual sin to be destroying or changing something that god has created?
    obviously, i know your opinions about acting on homosexual feelings and i just don’t agree, i know i’m not going to change your opinion about that and you won’t change mine.  but i do remember you saying at one point in time that sex or physical contact is meant to express love, and i feel that if men do truly love each other then they should be allowed to express that just like heterosexual people are allowed to express that.  i have found, however, that most physical contact between many heterosexuals is not based on love, so it seems as though the supposed sanctity of sex is pretty much nonexistant.
    because you have never been in a homosexual relationship, or what you believe to be an actual homosexual relationship, you do not know that true love does not exist between these two people; you are assuming that all gay relationships are based on lust alone, but i also totally disagree with this assumption.
    i do find it sad that you feel that god has created us to be masculine or feminine based merely on gender.  i mean, who ever created the standard for masculine or feminine?  what’s feminine?  cooking and cleaning and wearing pink and makeup and playing dolls?  by stating this, you are creating obvious gender roles for others that no one in this modern society could ever completely fulfill.  i wear pants, does this make me masculine?  just because someone has masculine attributes does not make them a specific orientation or, for that matter, violate god’s plan.
    lastly, i was not trying to devalue the bible or religion in any way by stating that it was a five thousand year old book, however, i find it ridiculous that we find homosexuality and the “laws” in the bible to be valid, but what about the other portions in leviticus where it says to burn your mother in a private gathering if she wears garments of two different fabrics?  i guess everyone wouldn’t be here if that were still valid.  we already discussed this point.  and not to specifically attack you, but do you do homework on sundays or drive or heat up food or even switch on a light?  if so, you are not keeping holy the sabbath day.  back in the time that scripture was written, to even cook or travel farther than a mile, i think, it was considered work. 

  2. crap, i wasn’t done, anyway…
    scientology was created by a science fiction writer in the forties…he thought an outer space warlord sent us here.  enough said.
    the exact same scripture that you quoted for judaism is also one of the few that is used for the christian faith and i have addressed the inconsistencies of the laws within that entire book frequently.
    i’ve found that many of your arguments about these religions lies mostly on sex outside of marriage and the sanctity of marriage.  although i still believe in the institution, one must adapt their beliefs for the modern world and realize that marriage is hardly a sacrament anymore.  i mean, think about it, you are screened much longer to receive a license than you are to receive a marriage license.
    lastly, sodom was destroyed because the people were impolite.  look it up, i promise.
    i appreciate you opinions, but, once again, i merely don’t agree with you and i am not trying to change your opinions or anyone else’s, for that matter.  but i feel that changing or hiding feelings for someone else is pathetic and it really saddens me.

  3. Sarah,
    Actually scientifically nobody knows.  And actually, more scientists believe and more evidence shows that homosexuality is not genetic or inborn.  I would to refer you to one article and part of one article that I posted in Father Tom’s xanga.  “”There is no such thing as a `natural’ inclination toward homo- sexual involvement,” says Dr. George A. Rekers, professor of neuropsychiatry and behavioral science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.”Instead,” says Dr. Rekers, “there are adverse situations in a child’s life that can lead to homosexual temptations.” Such factors may arise within the family. Many homosexual men, for instance, never sensed warmth and acceptance from their fathers.”  I would not disagree however that feelings of sexual attraction toward the same-sex are not a choice and therefor not sin.  However no matter which way someone feels orientated they do have a choice to respond to those feelings.  Acting on homosexual sins, homosexulity-this is what i meant by it- is sin.  God does not create people to be homosexual because homosexual orientation is only a modern lable to a non-existant reality.  People may feel that they are a gay because of society but that does not means that they are a gay they just struggle with same-sex attractions. 
         The question is what kind of love did God intend between two men or two women.  Nature makes this  clear.  Nature makes clear the intention of sex acts to be for procreation.  I would agree that any form of argument saying we need to defend the sanctity of sex in our society assuming that a majority is santified is silly.  Society has abused sex in so many ways, beyond number.  I think the best choice for a Christian is to make the right choices for themself in matters of sex and pray for society.  The sanctity of sex is not something you can pretend to create by passing legislation.
          I have not assumed that all homosexual relationships are based on lust alone. If that were true there would be no arguement int he church that homosexuality is wrong.  Homosexual feelings are much more then simple lust but coresspond with real needs of love, affection and relationship.  However, the way these needs are being met are not the way God deisighned them to be met.  Apperently you have been involved in a homosexual relationship too so maybe I am just narrow minded.
        I thought I might be misunderstood about masculine and femmine.  I should have clarified.  I don’t mean what society strerotypes masculine and femmine to be but what they actually are.  This seems impossible and even the actual understanding of what they really are is vauge but there is a sense of the masculine “embracer” and the femminine “embraced.”  We all have both a little.  A male understanding they are masculine and a female they are femminine is an imporant part of gender idenity and growing up.  I would refer to you here to listen to this message.  It is not to long so I hope you take the time to listen.  http://www.extreme-impact.org/ME2/Sites/dirmod.asp?type=gen&mod=Core%20Pages&gid=68BAB1B2AEB14CD8A67E0B43D05E5D99  The first part may not seem relevent but keep listening and it will start to make sense, in relevancy. 
         I have already looked through Leviticus for this account and did not find it.  I have explained however, that the books of the Law- the Torah- contain laws.  “The specific command that a man is not to “lie with a man as one lies with a woman; [for] that is detestable” is sometimes attacked by pro-homosexual scholars who argue that Christians are no longer under the Mosaic Law. But there is a sharp distinction between the dietary or ceremonial laws abolished in the New Testament (Mark 7:19; Hebrews 10:8-10) and the moral laws reinforced in the New Testament. They are still applicable today. Breaking the ceremonial laws resulted in temporary uncleanness; breaking the moral laws meant severe punishment or even death (Leviticus 11 and 24).”- (Sexuality: Homosexual Conduct, Perspective Paper).  The laws of wich you speak of are cermemonial and/or civil and no longer apply to today.  Jesus also spoke on the Sabatth and how the legilistic understanding the the Pharises held was not what God had in mind. 
         Scientology I now is ridiculus.  The point I was trying to make is pretty much all major world religions and some odd ones consider homosexuality sinful or unatrual.  This stems from the reality that nature makes this plane and Christiantiy is not the only religion that considers homosexual acts sinful. 
          There are no inconsistancies in the Book of Leviticus you just have to understand the context the of the books relevance under the New Covenant we have in Christ. 
         Sodom is refrenced as a place destroyed for sexual sin in other parts of the Bible.  “God decreed destruction for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. A mound of ashes was all that was left–grim warning to anyone bent on an ungodly life. But that good man Lot, driven nearly out of his mind by the sexual filth and perversity, was rescued.” (2 Peter 2:6-7)
         I would not advise anyone to hide their feelings either, this would be decietful to oneself and not truth.  The Bible says “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)  On the other hand change is a reality of the Christian life.  If one is not changing the authenticity of there commitment to Christ would come into question.  I don’t change myself I am only allowing God to change me. “”So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” (Romans 12:1-3)

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