- June 5, 2004 at 2:36 am #841
This should tell you something about American culture: http://money.cnn.com/2004/06/04/technol … /index.htm
In short, 18.8% of U.S. internet traffic was at “adult” sites while search engines were 5.5%, entertainment 8% and shopping and classifieds 7%.
Almost 1/5 of U.S. internet use was for porn. How sad.June 8, 2004 at 8:58 pm #2956
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I know prayer is not useless, so I would encourage everyone to pray for this aspect of the American culture.
Thanks.June 9, 2004 at 3:04 am #2960
I don’t think so much about the entire culture because it indeed does require vast amounts prayer. But with each encounter- say the television show you thought would be ‘ok’, or being bombarded with the immodest dress that people display everyday, hearing or seeing lewd activities—-this doesn’t so much disgust me as much as it makes me feel great compassion for the ‘offenders’. For truly they must not be aware of how very much their Heavenly Father loves them. If a person realizes that they are a new creation in Christ Jesus they would just feel so special that they would not even consider activities that demean themselves……..they are precious lambs lost in the cold darkness and we need to help ‘shepherd’ them home.June 9, 2004 at 5:48 am #2961
[quote:dv9u7pel]If a person realizes that they are a new creation in Christ Jesus they would just feel so special that they would not even consider activities that demean themselves.[/quote:dv9u7pel]
Of course not everyone out there is a Christian, so not all are new creations in Jesus. And some don’t even care.June 10, 2004 at 3:48 pm #2963
But isn’t everyone created by God/Jesus? And isn’t Christ with us all the time whether we know it or not?June 10, 2004 at 4:19 pm #2964
well yes, but as Catholics we believe that a person is not a “new creation in Christ Jesus” until he or she is baptized.June 11, 2004 at 12:07 am #2965
Okay, perhaps my term ‘new creation’ was incorrect. What I meant was more in line with Berrycat’s description that all children are created by God, and all are precious. That those engaging in destructive activities are lost in the darkness
I suppose we could debate about those who see the light but purposely shun it. Yet I really believe that many somehow just do not understand how very much God loves them.
From what I have experienced, it is when a person realizes, experiences, or is suddenly overwhelmed with the knowledge that they are loved so much,–this is when they make a turning point in their life.
There is a popular Christian song out now by Casting Crowns. Some of the lyrics ask, ” If we are the Body why aren’t His arms reaching? If we are the Body, why aren’t His Feet going?” The song illustrates that God indeed has everlasting love for His creation—-but He needs us to help deliver it here on earth. My view is that when we fail to be The Body of Christ, then we fail those that most need His Love and Mercy.
This is a lengthy response I hope my words make sense. :” title=”Question” />June 16, 2004 at 4:24 am #2968
[quote:btasuz9f]From what I have experienced, it is when a person realizes, experiences, or is suddenly overwhelmed with the knowledge that they are loved so much,–this is when they make a turning point in their life.[/quote:btasuz9f]
How does one know if they are loved? How does it feel?
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