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Living the Truth

I loved the article "I Lived a Lie" (Nov/Dec). Christians are not always perfect, and this story is a strong testimony. As a Christian high school senior, I learned in this article that we can do nothing without the Creator.

Brittany, Florida

That story ("I Lived a Lie") could've been my own. It sure hit home because that's exactly how I am. I might be half-drunk and have no problem telling someone about God. I know it's pretty messed up, but thank you for the article. I needed it.

Name Withheld

"I Lived a Lie" was an awesome article. I can relate. Sometimes we have to sink to the bottom before we realize how precious air is. Such is the power of God's love.

Rick, Ohio


Your articles have been a great source of inspiration to me. They have helped in transforming me into who God wants me to be. Please keep this up!

Okwuchi, Nigeria

Matrix Rethought

It's sad how much we Christians try so hard to fit into the world. I'm disappointed that we'll go so far as to try to make movies like the Matrix acceptable to our beliefs (Nov/ Dec's TV, Music, and More). It's nothing more than sort-of-spirituality and violence.

Rod, Saskatchewan

I enjoy the Matrix trilogy, but I don't compare it with any religion or religious beliefs. It's a movie and that's all there is to it. It's just plain, good-old fun.>

Cathy, Canada

editor's note: Good point, Cathy. As Mark Matlock said in TV, Movies & More, " … Since the film makers didn't set out to make a 'Christian movie,' some Christians might be trying too hard to find parallels." Even so, it is always important to watch movies with our minds engaged, realizing that there are often messages within all that "plain, good-old fun." When it comes to any movie we watch, it's important to always take a brief moment to ask ourselves: "Is anything being said that encourages my faith or contradicts it?"

Ok to Pierce?

I read Jim Burns' advice about body piercings in the Sept/Oct issue. He said "I don't know why your mom is opposed to the piercing." It's because the Bible says so. The Bible warns us against cutting into our flesh in Leviticus 19:28: "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord" (KJV).

Kristen, Florida

Editor's Note: It's great that you use the Bible for guidance, but when looking at the meaning behind this verse we have to look at the "big picture" of what it's saying. The Bible Student's Commentary says the problem the verse is addressing is actually pagan rituals. At the time it was written, pagans often cut themselves as a sign of mourning or to gain favor with their false gods. So the big picture message here is: "Don't do what pagans do."

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