QUOTE (notalone @ Nov 14 2010, 03:59 PM)
No, I didn't miss the boat with Joyce Meyer. I choose not to listen to her. I'm not a fan. I'm also not a woman. What exactly is your different perspective? Unless you've been where a sexually abused person has been, you can't have a clear opinion on the subject. Plain and simple. If you were sexually abused, my apologies.
Look, everyone has a different view on who Jesus was, and what He did/does for us. Therefore, technically there will always be a personal Jesus quotient. Yes there is only one, but not everyone has exactly the same thoughts and impressions on Him. That's all I was getting at. I knew you'd comment on it. And in doing so and trying to educate me on the one and only Jesus, you did imply that you knew more than I do on the subject. Argue all you want, it's all semantics now.
And lastly, God's law and societal laws are not connected anymore. I agree that both parties should be equally taken care of too, but that's not the way it is. You also can't write a law that pertains to different levels of trauma. That would be virtually impossible. Trauma can't be measured. Again, I simply stated that a 35 year SHOULD physiologically, psychologically and spiritually know better. It doesn't mean they do.
Also, again, having sex with someone does equal having a crush on someone. There is a very defined line. A 14 year old girl was misguided in her short life at some point to have that line blurred. We can only hope, that she finds strength and proper guidance from here on out.
You did miss the point I was making on Joyce Meyer. We can argue Bible doctrine until the cows come home, but we can't debate someone's testimony. We can choose not to believe it, but we can't debate and say that they are wrong.
God is not a God of confusion and the 'different views' are all man's confusion. There is only one truth. He did no intend to confuse us, let us make our own decisions about Him, or give us different ways to Him. I don't debate the Word of God, I was on the side of unbelief for 47 years, and the journey He's led me on since 2001 has been eye opening and life changing. I, just like Joyce, have experienced His power, healing, and presence. It goes way beyond 'believing' or 'implying' anything to anyone. It's like if someone asked me. "Do you believe you have a nose?" My answer would be, no I don't believe it, I know it. Do I believe Jesus is part of the Trinity and is not only the Son of God, but also God in the flesh? No, I don't believe it......I know it! Imply that however you want, but it has nothing to do with me being smarter than you or anyone else, it's what has been revealed to me, by Him in this ongoing journey that is, and will continue to be, a work in progress.
Most people aren't in a vulnerable position to receive Christ until they are at a 'rock bottom' or place of hopelessness in their lives. That's what happened to me. I thank God that happened to me and every day of my life these last 10 years, the pain, sorrow, joy, and peace. I have a peace now that He promises us in His Word that has absolutely nothing to do with our circumstances or environment. Happiness is something that can only be gotten and defined by what is going on around us. His peace and joy is eternal and 24/7 despite any valleys he allows to test us.
It's not an opinion, it's fact!!!
In closing my different perspective is from the side of the sin of pornography, which He has delivered me from through the tools and journey He has led me on.