I am 16. I have noticed a lot of my friends habits have begun to be distract me and I am trying to further educate myself on my religion to remind myself of what is important. I happened to find this site.
Are you R. Catholic or Protestant? (If you are comfortable disclosing) I'm just trying to get an idea of the editors and forum members here.
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I am pretty close in age to you. I am 17 (about to turn 18 in a month). I am Protestant, specifically of the Assemblies of God. I'm glad you found this site and are desiring to further educate yourself about your faith. That's rare among those our age.
I am 18 and have been a Southern Baptist all of my life.
Our other admin Henry is 65 and is a Presybterian (PCA).
Most people involved here are in their teens and belong to conservative, evangelical churches and denomations. There is a degree of diversity among us (which i think is good). There are some relatively minor doctrinal disagreements between editors of different denomations. We all hold the same beliefs and those are the absoloute essentials for our content.
You can even be a non-Christian and write on here, but we aren't going to invite it or promote it as much.
Hi ConsumingFire. You need to be an Administrator to edit the navbar, essentially only I and SouthWriter can edit it (but I would be the one that would do it). Is there a particular suggestion you had for the navbar? If so feel free to let me know and if its a sound idea I will certainly add it.
In Christ, Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 19:39, July 18, 2017 (UTC)
Oh, okay. Thanks for clarifying. I thought it would be helpful to add a sub-label for the Pauline Epistles and other epistles under 'New Testament' option, since there is only one for the Gospels currently.
I see that my page about the archangel Azrael has been chozen for deletion. I would like you to please reconsider your decison because even though Azrael is not very well known he is one of the Archangels and the Angel of Death. But of course there is not very much canon information on the angel. But I would like to ask if Bible Wiki could look into this for me.
I know this question was aimed at Christian, but I am going to be my cents on it as well.
Yes I have heard of Conservapedia and they are the most succesful example of a Christian wiki. They do experience a ton of vandalism which hampers editing. They do great on addressing modern political topics from a conserative standpoint.
Obviously they will be semi-satricial on liberalism and I imagine there content probably turns a lot of liberals off. As you know Bible Wiki has a much more narrow and specific approach, but that will allow us to be more productive in our specific goals as a ministry. They had a similair starting drive as we do, that is realizing Wikipedia while claiming to be neutral has a very liberal bias. Personally I think Conservapedia has become more semi-satrical or just stating things in a conserative viewpoint (I think they are the opposite of RationalWiki, different viewpoitns but treated in that same regard) rather than giving a lot of factual anaylsis. Furthermore I do not believe they have any formal declarations of being a ministry.
There cause is noble, but I think Conservapedia probably only draws interest from conseratives and doesn't have much avenue to thoughtfully engage with liberals. I would also like to repeat encouragement to re-join efforts here. We are much more narrowly focused and we do assume a Biblical Point of View, but we make efforts to be a ministry and to productively engage with those who disagree with our viewpoints. We hope to grow this site as a unique way for Christians to study and write about the Word of God at the same time, while also providing in-depth anaylsis of biblical history and literature for the skeptical, uncertain and doubtful.
A side note, you may be interested in tuning in on Thursday June 8th at 6:30pm CST/7:30pm EST for our first ever livestream- you can see more at this thread
In Christ, Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 21:20, May 31, 2017 (UTC)
Hi Christian. I wanted to let you know I reverted your edit on the Esther article for the following reasons: new intro paragraph was too detailed and not as quality as previous one, second intro paragraph used present/future tense, some information that was added was more relevant to Book of Esther than Esther herself and the Israelite category only applies to those of actual Israelite nationale (lived in israel when it was its own nation, not a descendant).
The fact about her being in the Tribe of Benjamin could be added to the Early Life section of her biography and the information about God not being directly mentioned could be added somewhere on the Book of Esther article. I know your edits are always well intentioned, but personally I didn't see how the paragraphs you added could warrant replacing the ones that were already there.
If you disagree or would like to discuss before reincorporating your edits start a discussion on the talk page.
In Christ, Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 22:43, March 18, 2017 (UTC)
I have no clue what you are talking about. Honestly I don't. I did some cleanup and removed some extra spacing, so it may have looked like I added new paragraphs but I didn't. Someone else wrote that. Those were there prior to my cleanup. Just needed to let you know.
That's interesting. It still doesn't seem like I could determine where that paragraph came from, so I just outright edited it out. Somehow I must've confused or included other edits in the history comparison to lead me to believe that you had done it.
Even while I was doing it, my brain was telling me how sick it was. I did it nonetheless, and I am now a living example of the "got more than he went in for" sort of person. I'm really discouraged and dissappointed in myself right now.
I am sorry I haven't been able to sit and talk with you about it for quite some time (BTW I edited your original message for reasons we can discuss privately). I, Christian, or SouthWriter would be more than willing and happy to sit down and talk about it with you some more again. If you are on tommorow around 3:30 CST I could dedicate a good hour to talk about it privately.
The thing I want to remind you of is that the self-dissapointment and shame is not just "the Holy Spirit". The Holy Spirit does not tear us down in our conviction, rather Satan can use our shame to hold us in our sin more. Keep in mind that the voice of being disappointed in yourself is not God if it tells you that you are an awful person. As a Christian there is recongition that we are sinful, but even moreso is the recongition and understanding of grace. For some one of the big key factors in overcoming this sin (or at least removing its rule over your life) is learning to overcome the shame.
We as brothers in Christ want to help mentor you and lead you in it, as you know Christian and I particuarly at your age know your struggles and experiences firsthand. At the same time out in the open on Bible Wiki and Wikia is not the best place (for legal reasons, for the scope of the site, for not causing others to stumble). We need to find some other avenue to communicate about this outside of public communication on the wiki.
I hope you can make it for the time I have given.
In Christ, Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator and Bureaucrat 01:54, March 6, 2017 (UTC)
I agree with all that Adam said above. When I was dealin. g with this at the extent you were, I had to fast browsing the web for a season before I was much more free. If you want, you can do the same thing or perhaps you can remove any electronics that you can access the internet with from your bedroom and let the only internet browsing happen in the open. If you have a phone, don't let it go into your room, keep it in the main area of your house. The idea is to create boundaries to help limit yourself from being in conditions that lead to your relapsing. This is what I currently am doing and I have not relapsed for a while. We will continue praying for you.
You keep relapsing because you have previously established pathways in your brain to revert to this when you feel a certain way or go through a certain circumstance. What we need to do is establish new pathways and abandon the old. It is possible. Whenever you start thinking things you shouldn't, try thinking of people of how God sees them. Also, I learned this: why you do it even though you know it is sick is because your limbic system takes control over your logical part of your brain (whose name I can't remember). The limbic system is your emotional part of your brain, your actions based on emotions start there. When it gets going it is like a Ferrari with no brakes. When I get on a computer I will be able to go in depth more.
Now you may think based on the title I am questioning the intention of the testament icon templates, but this is not the case. Rather, I am questioning your intention and idea of the implementation of the templates. I think your understanding of how they should be used are different than what not I intended, but what it should be (SouthWriter is in agreeance on this).
The testament icons should only be used to indicate when something's account is in the respective testament. For example, on Bathsheba you listed (though I changed this) as appearing in both the Old and the New Testament. She only actually appears (as in the actual historical account that gives the information) in the Old Testament. She is only indirectly implied a few times (maybe just once in the New Testament).
The same could be said about David. David's actual account and Earthly prescence in the biblical timeline is only found in the Old Testament. David is referenced extentsively in the New Testament and there is even "new" information (commentary from people like Paul explaining things in connection to Christ- though this is not something new that happened to David, rather a specific revelation. These things may be able to understood without the New Testament explaining them, provided we have an understanding of Jesus found in the Gospels) about him that we find. However the New Testament's documentation of David is not creating or adding additional historical accounts.
The intention of the icons was not to suggest literary acknowledgement, but chronological/era existence (they are found in the "Old Testament" as in OT timeframe). Could you cleanup and fix this on articles that you have done this on?
Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator & Bureaucrat