• Christians, IF the Bible didn't condemn being magical, what powers would you want to have/what would you want to be?

    I'm just saying this as a hypothetical. I was wondering what I'd like to do or be IF the Bible didn't say that being magic isn't good or even IF it said it was okay. I don't seem to recall pondering such hypotheticals as being sinful. It's not saying that the Bible is false. It's merely wondering. I feel like if that... show more
    I'm just saying this as a hypothetical. I was wondering what I'd like to do or be IF the Bible didn't say that being magic isn't good or even IF it said it was okay. I don't seem to recall pondering such hypotheticals as being sinful. It's not saying that the Bible is false. It's merely wondering. I feel like if that were the case, it'd be kinda cool to be a Seer, kind of a combination of a witch and a psychic. It'd be kinda cool to feel a connection with time and nature, kinda be one with the universe. Plus I might be able to help some people if I knew what was going to happen before it was to happen. But what about you?
    1 answer · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Would I be condemned to Hell for not being able to shift my mindset?

    I'm the one who asked the question why it's a sin for two people who identify as the same gender to be together. Over the years, I've developed the philosophy that as long as it doesn't infringe on human rights, I don't see anything wrong with it. I can't see why that's such a bad mindset to have if it means I can't... show more
    I'm the one who asked the question why it's a sin for two people who identify as the same gender to be together. Over the years, I've developed the philosophy that as long as it doesn't infringe on human rights, I don't see anything wrong with it. I can't see why that's such a bad mindset to have if it means I can't see why two people who identify as the same gender being together is bad. This mindset makes sense to me and Idk if it can be changed. Would I go to Hell for that, even though I believe in Jesus?
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 days ago
  • Why do people only seem to care about autism on April 2nd?

    Honestly it's quite insulting when for a single day, everyone gets all excited about hearing about autism, but not from actually autistic people, but from neurotypical mothers and fathers. Then after that day, we seem to fade into obscurity and if we try to speak up about our experiences, we're silenced and told that we don't understand.... show more
    Honestly it's quite insulting when for a single day, everyone gets all excited about hearing about autism, but not from actually autistic people, but from neurotypical mothers and fathers. Then after that day, we seem to fade into obscurity and if we try to speak up about our experiences, we're silenced and told that we don't understand. It's frustrating.
    5 answers · Special Education · 1 week ago
  • Why is it a sin for two people who identify as the same gender to be together?

    I've tried wrapping my head around this, but I'm autistic so I feel like it's a lot more difficult for me to. I honestly don't see what's wrong for two consenting adults who identify as the same gender to be together. Let me get some arguments out of the way. "Because the Bible says so." Perhaps, but the Bible has been... show more
    I've tried wrapping my head around this, but I'm autistic so I feel like it's a lot more difficult for me to. I honestly don't see what's wrong for two consenting adults who identify as the same gender to be together. Let me get some arguments out of the way. "Because the Bible says so." Perhaps, but the Bible has been updated and translated multiple times. I believe the original version was written in Hebrew. There is a chance that the meaning could've been lost in translation. "Because marriage is about procreation." I'm pretty sure there are plenty of hetero, Christian couples who are married that just don't want children or don't even want to have sex; perhaps they just want to be together. "Because God hates gay people." God hates no one. In fact He tells us to love thy neighbor, even to love our enemies. I'm not a troll. I'm genuinely curious about the logic behind this because, frankly, I don't understand.
    39 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 week ago
  • How do I move past this toxic/emotionally abusive friendship?

    It s been about two years since I realized my "friend" was emotionally abusive/toxic to me. I cut her off two years ago this August. But I never got any closure. I don t know why she picked me as her target. My self-esteem plummeted during that point, and even today, I m still trying to pick it back up. It still plagues me, but I don t... show more
    It s been about two years since I realized my "friend" was emotionally abusive/toxic to me. I cut her off two years ago this August. But I never got any closure. I don t know why she picked me as her target. My self-esteem plummeted during that point, and even today, I m still trying to pick it back up. It still plagues me, but I don t want it to hold me back. How can I get past this?
    2 answers · Friends · 1 month ago
  • Should I give this up for Lent?

    So I define myself as a sort-of Liberal Christian. I was baptized Catholic, but have since drifted from the faith a bit. I m trying to get closer to God, and I figured maybe observing Lent will be a good way to do that. I m debating between masturbation and self-deprecation. I m 19, have depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, so... show more
    So I define myself as a sort-of Liberal Christian. I was baptized Catholic, but have since drifted from the faith a bit. I m trying to get closer to God, and I figured maybe observing Lent will be a good way to do that. I m debating between masturbation and self-deprecation. I m 19, have depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, so self-deprecation is often inevitable. It s difficult for me to avoid self-deprecation, so I m thinking this might be a good idea. idk how many people give that up or masturbation. Which one might be better for me to give up for Lent?
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Why are people surprised that many autistic people/disabled people in general do have sex drives and have sex?

    I'm autistic. I don't understand where that attitude comes from.
    I'm autistic. I don't understand where that attitude comes from.
    4 answers · Special Education · 4 months ago
  • How can I stop being so painfully shy?

    I'm 19, autistic, and I'm incredibly shy. Whenever I get to a social event, I close off for maybe the first half of it. It takes me a while to even start talking to people. I get so nervous around others, especially those I don't know well and pretty people. I'm not exactly secretive about myself though. I also have such low... show more
    I'm 19, autistic, and I'm incredibly shy. Whenever I get to a social event, I close off for maybe the first half of it. It takes me a while to even start talking to people. I get so nervous around others, especially those I don't know well and pretty people. I'm not exactly secretive about myself though. I also have such low self-esteem and self-confidence. I've been told I rely on others for my happiness, but they never taught me how to be happy with myself, or how to be confident, in the social skills classes I was forced to take. I'm worried I'm gonna say the wrong thing, so I kinda just keep quiet around strangers. I've basically become Laura Wingfield from "The Glass Menagerie." I also have anxiety, so that could be part of it, some of it could be thanks to my social skills classes. What do I do?
    2 answers · Psychology · 4 months ago
  • Why is there a policy in high schools that we can't show shoulders?

    I remember this as I'm looking through these cute dresses I wanna buy and some of them are off the shoulder. I'm out of high school now, but the rule that we can't show our shoulder is ridiculous. I get covering them up during the winter because it's cold and people don't want to get frost bite, but in late summer/early fall and... show more
    I remember this as I'm looking through these cute dresses I wanna buy and some of them are off the shoulder. I'm out of high school now, but the rule that we can't show our shoulder is ridiculous. I get covering them up during the winter because it's cold and people don't want to get frost bite, but in late summer/early fall and mid-speing, the rule doesn't make any sense. Why does this rule exist?
    7 answers · Fashion & Accessories · 4 months ago
  • I'm scared of what happens after death. Help?

    So, I consider myself an agnostic theist. I feel like Jesus exists. I've asked Him into my life, I think, but I'm not sure if I'm saved. (Atheists, I realize you don't believe in Heaven and Hell or that really anything happens after death, and I respect that, but these are what I currently believe). I'm autistic, what you might... show more
    So, I consider myself an agnostic theist. I feel like Jesus exists. I've asked Him into my life, I think, but I'm not sure if I'm saved. (Atheists, I realize you don't believe in Heaven and Hell or that really anything happens after death, and I respect that, but these are what I currently believe). I'm autistic, what you might call high-functioning. I try not to lie. I'm trying to curb my masturbation habit. I tend to overeat sometimes, but I'm wondering if that has some connection to my autism. I can distinguish right and wrong on certain levels. I know rape for any reason is wrong. Murder and violence without good reason is wrong. But I can't understand some of the other stuff, like why homosexuality would be wrong. I'm sometimes rude to my family, at least that's what they say, but I feel like sometimes I can't tell my tone of voice and I tend to usually be very honest. I try to use vague statements a lot, I think, so that I'm not lying for certain. I try to be kind to my friends because I know they're easier to lose in comparison to biological family. I'm really scared to go to Hell. I don't wanna go there. I wanna not know pain or suffering. Some people have said autistic people are already part of God's spiritual family (because of the stereotype that we're innocent. If it helps, I'm still a virgin. I've had alcohol, but I've never gotten drunk. I don't smoke or do drugs). But am I gonna go to Heaven?
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 months ago
  • Why is autism/disability associated with innocence and naivety?

    This bugs me so much, being autistic myself. Why do people act like we're pure angel children who don't know anything about the world?
    This bugs me so much, being autistic myself. Why do people act like we're pure angel children who don't know anything about the world?
    5 answers · Special Education · 4 months ago
  • Why am I scared to sing for people?

    So I've been told I'm a really good singer (I'm not trying to brag. This is just what I've been told.) and I'm also a theatre major. But there's a bit of irony in that because when I'm acting, I'm usually fine, but when it comes to singing for people, I try to put myself out there, but I become TERRIFIED to do it.... show more
    So I've been told I'm a really good singer (I'm not trying to brag. This is just what I've been told.) and I'm also a theatre major. But there's a bit of irony in that because when I'm acting, I'm usually fine, but when it comes to singing for people, I try to put myself out there, but I become TERRIFIED to do it. Part of it could be preparation, but even if it's a song I know really well, I still get scared to sing it. I'm not sure why.
    2 answers · Singing · 4 months ago
  • What should I make Project X?

    So bascially I'm writing a book about a sort of dystopia where autistic people are separated from neurotypicals and put into centers where they are treated like perpetual children. When they turn eighteen, they are sterilized and then have their innocence preserved in some way. What I'm thinking about is that I want my [autistic]... show more
    So bascially I'm writing a book about a sort of dystopia where autistic people are separated from neurotypicals and put into centers where they are treated like perpetual children. When they turn eighteen, they are sterilized and then have their innocence preserved in some way. What I'm thinking about is that I want my [autistic] protagonist to have been selected by the government to be the test subject for what they call Project X. It would have something to do with keeping the protagonist's innocence and making her an "asset to all of mankind." I may have a rough idea of where I want to go for this, but I want to see what other ideas there are. So what do you think Project X could be?
    4 answers · Books & Authors · 4 months ago
  • Why is the world so cynical and pessimistic nowadays?

    In truth, somedays I am cynical and pessimistic, partially due to depression, but there is still a lot of good in this world. What happened to the idealism that we had?
    In truth, somedays I am cynical and pessimistic, partially due to depression, but there is still a lot of good in this world. What happened to the idealism that we had?
    10 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 4 months ago
  • Christians, why is innocence important to Jesus?

    I'm comparatively very innocent, at least to my college friends. They say I haven't been exposed to the stuff that they have. I feel like being innocent MUST have some sort of benefit, but I'm not sure what.
    I'm comparatively very innocent, at least to my college friends. They say I haven't been exposed to the stuff that they have. I feel like being innocent MUST have some sort of benefit, but I'm not sure what.
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 months ago
  • So if God exists, why am I still suffering?

    I'm 19 and I've tried to open my heart to Jesus, but I feel like the world still beats me down. I haven't gotten cast in any shows (I'm a theatre major), I feel like my friends secretly don't like me, I have a sort-of, hopefully patching up friendship, I'm still suffering depression, anxiety, and fairly debilitating shyness,... show more
    I'm 19 and I've tried to open my heart to Jesus, but I feel like the world still beats me down. I haven't gotten cast in any shows (I'm a theatre major), I feel like my friends secretly don't like me, I have a sort-of, hopefully patching up friendship, I'm still suffering depression, anxiety, and fairly debilitating shyness, I feel like my family is emotionally abusive at times. Also people would rather have their kids catch polio than be like me (I'm autistic), so that really crushes my sense of self-worth to know that I'm better off dead than autistic. So why am I suffering if God exists?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 months ago
  • Why do so many neurotypical people insist on speaking over autistic people when it comes to what autism is like?

    I'm so sick of neurotypicals treating us like we're all "helpless, innocent, pure babies who can't speak or fend for ourselves and need the Neurotypical Savior (TM) to protect us uwu." And with the boycott of the book "To Siri With Love" by Judith Newman, which btw I'm totally for, it makes me realize how little... show more
    I'm so sick of neurotypicals treating us like we're all "helpless, innocent, pure babies who can't speak or fend for ourselves and need the Neurotypical Savior (TM) to protect us uwu." And with the boycott of the book "To Siri With Love" by Judith Newman, which btw I'm totally for, it makes me realize how little people actually seem to care about what autistic people have to say on our experiences on autism. What I don't understand is WHY. WHY do neurotypicals insist on speaking over ALL autistic people on the topic of autism? WHY do they think our voices aren't worth anything on the topic? And yes, I assume "not all neurotypicals" do this, but it's enough to make the autism community frustrated and enraged AF.
    3 answers · Special Education · 4 months ago
  • Will Net Neutrality be repealed?

    There are so many people who use the internet, from lower to upper class. Repealing Net Neutrality censors free speech which is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
    There are so many people who use the internet, from lower to upper class. Repealing Net Neutrality censors free speech which is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
    3 answers · Politics · 4 months ago
  • Why do people believe it s a sin to read Harry Potter?

    I m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I m also trying to come back into Christianity. But there s a lot of controversy surrounding Harry Potter. I honestly don t see what the problem is. I mean, I m not performing demonic and satanic rituals, I m not using real magic. And Harry Potter isn t considered real. I think the characters demonstrate a lot of... show more
    I m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I m also trying to come back into Christianity. But there s a lot of controversy surrounding Harry Potter. I honestly don t see what the problem is. I mean, I m not performing demonic and satanic rituals, I m not using real magic. And Harry Potter isn t considered real. I think the characters demonstrate a lot of good characteristics. My favorite in particular is Luna Lovegood. Her sense of unconditional love, forgiveness, and her sense of individuality are inspiring. So what s the big deal?
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 months ago
  • Diaphragm/side ache. What to do?

    So I just finished some karaoke of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child. And if you know that song, that doesn't really leave much, if any, opportunity to take deep breaths. After I got done, my side and stomach started to ache a bit. It still aches. Should I be concerned?
    So I just finished some karaoke of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child. And if you know that song, that doesn't really leave much, if any, opportunity to take deep breaths. After I got done, my side and stomach started to ache a bit. It still aches. Should I be concerned?
    1 answer · Pain & Pain Management · 5 months ago