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cloudwriter 08-11-2014 06:38 PM

So school is next week. At my school they do this dumb Lunch A/B/C thing where they split you up based on your fifth period. Last year I didn't even have time to be nervous about it because I didn't even know until we got our schedules, and my best friend and I had lunch together.

But this year I'm terrified

I realized that you have two types of friends in this world: real friends and school friends. Real friends you talk to on a regular basis and see during the summer and do lots of things with. School friends you pretty much only see/talk to at school, but you don't text/do anything outside of school with them.

I pretty much only have two real friends and then a large handful of school friends

And I'm terrified that I won't have lunch with my best friend. I don't want to be that person at lunch who sits alone

Damn it.

TheAshWolf 08-11-2014 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Ember (Post 552266)
(Just going to slip in my input, if you don't mind. I don't mean to undermine anyone else's beliefs, this is purely just my thoughts.)

There are certainly many pagan origins to many holidays. However, I don't think it's wrong to celebrate holidays. I celebrate Christmas because i am worshipping Christ and his birth. I celebrate Easter because I am worshipping Christ and the Atonement. Just because they may have disturbing pagan backgrounds doesn't mean that that is what the holiday is about. I'm not very good with words, but I guess what I'm trying to say is that all that matters is the spirit of the holiday, and the reason you celebrate it. As in most things, it's the thought that counts. Cliche, yes. But I believe that Christmas is good for lack of a better word because it is a day to remember and worship the Savior. And it certainly helps me to grow closer to Christ as I remember him.

I wish I could explain it a bit better but hopefully I somewhat portrayed my opinion on the subject.

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Originally Posted by Elizabeth (Post 552255)
Okay, I'm entering your conversation simply because the whole holiday thing is something I've been wondering about for a while. My family has always celebrated the holidays because it's just what my parents grew up with and it's just what lots of people do. We never thought anything might be wrong. But now, we've been wondering and thinking a lot about it and don't know exactly what to think.
I have a friend who has very strong opinions. Her family doesn't celebrate Christmas and Easter, at least, not in the usual way. They celebrate Passover. I got into a conversation with her about it with her one day. Our choir teacher mentioned something about coming to her church on Easter because they had a special program going on or something. My friend had a bit of a disgusted look on her face and commented that she wouldn't go. I asked her if she was going to go to her church. I believe she said that she wasn't even going to go to her church. I found that really strange, because I didn't think her family would skip Easter, which is an important holiday for Christians, you know, celebrating Jesus's resurrection. Well, she explained, in not the most tactful way, that it was a pagan holiday. I told her that my family wasn't worshipping some pagan goddess. She kinda just looked at me like, "well, you're obviously very confused." It bugged me because she was practically accusing me of worshipping a pagan goddess.
Well, I went home and my mom and I began researching the matter more. We found articles about all the ways Easter is connected with pagan worship. It disturbed me, and I'm still thinking about it. I mean, I pointed out to my mom that a lot of days could have pagan meanings, but that didn't mean we shouldn't celebrate stuff on them. However, it's not a very strong argument. I just don't know what to think. These are things we've always done, always celebrated. It's hard to start thinking and doing differently now. I would ask my friend more about it, but um, I think she'd be hard to talk to about it.
I'm sorry for cutting into your conversation, but this is something that has bugged me for a while and I thought you might be able to tell me more or something.

Hey, guys!
Sorry for the semi-late reply, but, I have something I'd like to add to this. ^_^

It's great that you both want to show your appreciation for what Jesus did for us! It's critical to our spiritual health that we celebrate this occasion correctly, though. I know neither of you approve of the Pagan aspects of Christmas and Easter, and that's a good thing. But, I think we should turn to the Bible for advice. Researching articles online are helpful, too, but, the primary authority here should be what the Bible says on the matter, don't you think?

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 says, "For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be′li·al [meaning “Good for Nothing.” A reference to Satan.]? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? Just as God said:  “‘...Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves.’" God doesn't want our worship to be mixed with paganism in any way. How can we practice things we know originated with false religions with a clean conscience? While your friend, Elizabeth, was very harsh about this topic, what her point was is very valid. She shouldn't have been so condescending. But, she's on the right track when it comes to Christmas and Easter.

Consider this fact, too: There's no scripture anywhere in the Bible mentioning Easter or Christmas.

However, Jesus DID directly tell us how we should celebrate the ransom sacrifice and his death. Luke 22:17-20 says, ."And accepting a cup, he gave thanks and said: 'Take this and pass it from one to the other among yourselves, for I tell you, from now on, I will not drink again from the product of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.' Also, he took a loaf, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: 'This means my body, which is to be given in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.' Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: 'This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf'."

He said nothing about presents or Christmas trees or rabbits and eggs. He directly said, in remembrance of him, we should pass the unleavened bread (representing his body) and a cup of red wine (representing his blood). While we are not required to celebrate the Passover holiday along with that, since that was a separate matter, we should keep this Memorial of Jesus Christ's death (also called The Lord's Evening Meal). If you would like to read more about this, I suggest you look at this article here.

Lena 08-11-2014 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by AlgebraAddict (Post 552695)
No don't worry it will be okay *hugs* you are wonderful and everyone will love you I promise

thank you *hugs back* i'm just really scared

camikat 08-11-2014 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Lena (Post 552611)
shitshitshitshit
school starts on wednesday i'm not ready i'm so scared i don't think i feel any more confident than when i left which is bad i was going to get better this summer i was going to be able to handle this but i can't i'm so scared

i know you can do this you're a wonderful person and i know you can pull through no matter what happens <3

pluzzle 08-11-2014 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by camikat (Post 552788)
i know you can do this you're a wonderful person and i know you can pull through no matter what happens <3

yes you can do it!!!! it's gonna be fine yo!!

JoMarch 08-11-2014 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Lena (Post 552611)
shitshitshitshit
school starts on wednesday i'm not ready i'm so scared i don't think i feel any more confident than when i left which is bad i was going to get better this summer i was going to be able to handle this but i can't i'm so scared

(*hugs*) you can do it i believe in you c': now you just need to believe in you okay? we're all here for you <333 good luck i know you can do this (*more hugs and also cookies*)

Lena 08-11-2014 09:08 PM

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Originally Posted by camikat (Post 552788)
i know you can do this you're a wonderful person and i know you can pull through no matter what happens <3

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Originally Posted by pluzzle (Post 552791)
yes you can do it!!!! it's gonna be fine yo!!

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Originally Posted by JoMarch (Post 552794)
(*hugs*) you can do it i believe in you c': now you just need to believe in you okay? we're all here for you <333 good luck i know you can do this (*more hugs and also cookies*)

thank you all so much this means a lot to me <33

LizzieS 08-11-2014 11:03 PM

Is no one talking about robin williams because I'm very upset right now

LizzieS 08-11-2014 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by LizzieS (Post 552863)
Is no one talking about robin williams because I'm very upset right now

I thought watching jumanji was going to make me feel better but it's not

LizzieS 08-11-2014 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by LizzieS (Post 552868)
I thought watching jumanji was going to make me feel better but it's not

Okay but one of my favorite authors died at the end of july and I was just kind of shocked but didn't react very emotionally and now an actor I really like died AND THIS IS NOT OKAY


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