Your Questions About Successful Trading Stories

Jenny asks…

On what basis did you choose your religion?

Whom Do Religions Want to Please?

Response to popular demand may move some to start a new religion. For instance, the Economist magazine reported on so-called megachurches in the United States. The article notes that these churches are growing because they are “based on the same principle as all successful businesses: putting the customer first.” Some feature “jazzed up services with videos, drama and contemporary music.” Certain religious leaders in these churches claim to teach their members to be “rich, healthy and trouble free.” Although such churches are criticized for being in the entertainment industry or in “the self-help trade,” notes the same source, “they are simply responding to demand.” The report concludes: “The merger between business and religion has been fabulously successful.”

Even though other religions may be less overtly businesslike, churches that are “responding to demand” remind us of a warning given by Paul. He wrote: “There will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.”—2 Timothy 4:3, 4.

John answers:

Personally, I never had any religious training. When I started learning what the Bible had to say, verses what religions had to say, that made me “hungry” for the truth!

There is no way that the Almigthy God would be blessing thousands of versions of “religion”. Any logical and good hearted person can see that plainly.

In fact, Jesus Christ himself told people how to worship his Father! Not him, his FATHER, by leaving the “Model Prayer”, or you might call it the “Our Father Prayer”…

9 “YOU must pray, then, this way:

“‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth. ***Mt. 6:9, 10

***Think about it…how can you worship God if you do not recognize his name to be Jehovah (Ps. 83:18) and that God’s kingdom or “Government” will be what will bring the blessings???..not possible!

Sandra asks…

Should i quit smoking weed?

Here’s the back story:

I started smoking weed at about 14 yo and had developed a full time habit by the time i was sixteen, i’m 22 now.
All in all, it isn’t something that i regret. I have led a healthy functioning life whilst stoned and haven’t had the same troubles that others have of losing motivation, in fact, as a musician/artist its been a great motivator.
It hasn’t limited my social life either as its such an easy drug to use in almost any situation and i wouldn’t ever avoid a place or event solely for the reason i can’t smoke.
Also, it helps in terms of my anxiety and depression, I know its not supposed to work that way but it does for me.
My problem really is to do with money. At the moment i spend about $100 a week on bud and am left with about $100 after that to buy food, pay for entertainment and all else (apart from rent and bills, thats always sorted before I consider spending money on anything else).
Im trying to save money to go travelling at the end of the year at the moment and i can’t afford to keep this up. The problem is that in terms of me and weed it’s really all or nothing. Ive never been successful in moderating the amount i smoke. I have given up completely before for the space of a few months and didn’t really think much of sobriety. Its all just so boring and stressful…
But if it takes quitting for a few months so that I can go travelling later in the year it seems like a worthy trade. On the other hand if anyone has any tips about moderating use then I would love to hear from you. I could manage to keep smoking if I spent about half as much every week on bud and still save to go travelling.

So should I just quit entirely..?

John answers:

I started smoking when I was 15 and I smoked almost every single day until maybe a year ago and I’m almost 20. I suffer from severe anxiety and depression so I know how tempting it can be as far as alleviating it. I can completely remember sitting in my friends car listening to Incubus just saying that life is wonderful. When I was in high school I always had people who smoked me up which was great so I didn’t really have to spend that much money. Once I stopped talking to those people I realized I had to actually start buying all the bud for myself. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I was just thinking to myself “eff that.” I’m an all or nothing type of person as well so I just kind of sat myself down and thought about it. Eventually I convinced myself that I should stop smoking and get my shit together so one day I WILL be able to just smoke and not worry very much at all about money. So, I just smoke like once every month or so when an old friend drops me a call but otherwise I don’t spend any money at all.

One thing I noticed is that when I smoked rarely, when I DID smoke oh my god, I got RIPPED. It felt so nice vs. Having to smoke like 5 blunts a day and get somewhat high.

It’s definitely worth the trade and you should consider quitting for a while until you have reached your goal of traveling. I managed to get myself a puppy named Tysen and he was so incredibly worth it.

Would love to hear what you decide to do!

Mark asks…

Do i need to quit weed?

Here’s the back story:

I started smoking weed at about 14 yo and had developed a full time habit by the time i was sixteen, i’m 22 now.
All in all, it isn’t something that i regret. I have led a healthy functioning life whilst stoned and haven’t’ had the same troubles that others have of losing motivation, in fact, as a musician/artist its been a great motivator.
It hasn’t limited my social life either as its such an easy drug to use in almost any situation and i wouldn’t ever avoid a place or event solely for the reason i can’t smoke.
Also, it helps in terms of my anxiety and depression, I know its not supposed to work that way but it does for me.
My problem really is to do with money. At the moment i spend about $100 a week on bud and am left with about $100 after that to buy food, pay for entertainment and all else (apart from rent and bills, thats always sorted before I consider spending money on anything else).
Im trying to save money to go travelling at the end of the year at the moment and i can’t afford to keep this up. The problem is that in terms of me and weed it’s really all or nothing. Ive never been successful in moderating the amount i smoke. I have given up completely before for the space of a few months and didn’t really think much of sobriety. Its all just so boring and stressful…
But if it takes quitting for a few months so that I can go travelling later in the year it seems like a worthy trade. On the other hand if anyone has any tips about moderating use then I would love to hear from you. I could manage to keep smoking if I spent about half as much every week on bud and still save to go travelling.

So should I just quit entirely..?

John answers:

It’s all about moderation.

I think weed is very psychologically addicting. Although there is no NEED to quit, I am coming to a conclusion daily smoking leads to the same black path. Consider slowing down. You may be stressed, but you’ve been smoking a while and there is no need to STOP. Try not smoking 1-2 days a week and go from there. I know it’s hard but I always find it worth it in terms of feeling better and there being less of a dent on the pocket.

Start slow. It would be optimal to quit, but we all know how hard it is.

Even when I slow down and smoke only 1x a day at night, within a couple days I notice a difference on my body. Start slowing down with a vision in mind to eventually quit. Whenever that is, who cares 😉

Maria asks…

Religious folk, is this evidence that Jesus is black?

Humans are homo-sapiens we know this, we may not agree about where homo-sapiens came from, evolution or creationism or whatever, its irrelevant. Neanderthals are a similar to use, I think theyre either a different species or a sub-species. They evolved from a common ancestor to us, but were not as successful as the homo-sapiens and all died out.

Genetic testing shows that some groups of homo-sapiens mated with the neanderthals, neanderthal genes are in most of our DNA…I guess were not as purely homo-sapien as the groups of humans who did not mate with neanderthals. The humans that mated with neanderthals were in Eurasia…where Jesus was born 🙂 The purely homo-sapiens were mostly around Africa at the time (hundreds of thousands of years ago).

This means that Jesus, only 2000 years ago, if white would have neanderthal DNA and thusly be not purely homo-sapiens. Homo-sapiens are made in God’s image, Jesus is god…so its not a massive leap to say that Jesus is purely homo-sapiens and therefore is African ancestry and is a black guy. There was by that point plenty of trade between africa and eurasia and at the time Africans were not uncommon in the area where jesus was born.

So is it reasonable to thnk that Jesus is black? As an atheist…I dont believe he was god so its irrelevant, I just wonder what the gene thing means to a christian, any relevance?

tl:dr Homo-sapiens mixed their dna with neanderthals all over the world except in Africa, if Jesus is pure homo-sapien he must be of African ancestry.

News story.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8660940.stm

I dont know if this was discussed on here back when it was actually news…but whatever.

John answers:

Based on this logic, yeah, it’s still a stretch. Neanderthals died out 30 kya, so how would the writers of the New Testament be able to prove anything about his lineage, or even comprehend the concept of genetics and interspecies breeding between two hominins 28 thousand years earlier?

Jesus wasn’t called God by his followers because of his pure Homo sapiens sapiens genes; he was considered so because his followers wanted to justify their worship of him.

As far as I know, and from the most reasonable perspective, Jesus was a Semite. Not Djimon Honsou black, but not Hitler Youth white.

Helen asks…

How the Lakers have grown?

Last year the Los Angeles Lakers finished the season with a 42-40 record, finishing seventh in the west, and were bounced out of the first round of the playoffs by Phoenix in 5 games. In the off season Kobe Bryant expressed his disappointment with the team and demanded to be traded which he later backed off of. However, his outrage at the team must have sparked something in this team that have taken them from nothing but a first round exit to a championship contender and, when healthy, the scariest team in the West, if not the league. This team has grown tremendously in under a year and with 13 games left in the season the Lakers are 48-21, good enough to hold the number 1 record in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. So what had lead to this amazing turn around? There are two major factors that account to this teams success. First of all is each players will to win and dedication to the team which means they put in the extra hours of shooting, running and dribbling practice, all of which lead to an improvement in their game which shows on the court. The two players that have improved the most since last year are easily Andrew Bynum and Jordan Farmar. These two players have worked their behinds off all of the off season and it has shown this season. All the rest of the team has also stepped up especially Ronny Turiaf, Sasha Vujacic and Vladimir Radmanovich. The only player who had declined has been Luke Walton but his decline is nothing compared to the overall improvement of the team.

Secondly, the improved leadership of Kobe Bryant. Kobe has gone from the best player in the league but not a leader to both. He has lead this team through the season and he has helped each player improve beyond recognition. Add this to the comeback of Derek Fisher who is a proven leader and it is not surprise how this team has such a great record. Last year people questioned Kobe’s dedication to the team this year but there is no question that he is the key reason this team has been so successful. That’s an MVP in my books.

The Lakers have also shown that they can roll with the big boys. The Lakers are the 4th youngest team in the league and they have the ability to beat any of the major contenders such as San Antonio, Detroit, New Orleans and even Boston. This is not because Kobe erupts in these games but it is because the team plays together and works hard the whole game and they never give up no matter what the score. I saw several games last year where the Lakers were down and they just gave up and lost a game which could have been won had they continued to play hard. However, I do not see that in the team this year and it shows. There have been games this year where the Lakers have been down and come back to win and there are games where they have lost big leads but still hang on for the win. Truly, this shows just how much this team has grown.

Another key factor to the Lakers success is their road record where they are 24-13. The best example of the Lakers success on the road would be the 9 game road trip in February where the Lakers went 7-2 with the two losses coming in games decided by less than three points. More recently is the Lakers four game road trip against New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and Utah where the Lakers went 2-2. But the record does not reveal the whole story. The Lakers lost Pau Gasol to an injury in the first quarter of the game against New Orleans which was a lost. The Lakers then became the 22nd and the last victim of the Rockets amazing winning streak. After the loss to Houston it is fair to say that the Lakers would have had low moral but somehow, someway they found a way to come back and beat the two teams with the best home records in the Western Conference, when many punters were writing in the Lakers for a 0-4 road trip, which leads me to my next point.

Despite what everyone has said about how this team could not win this year they have proven them wrong. The media saw the Lakers as a team that would not even make the playoffs. Now the Lakers are first in the West and have proven every single critic wrong. This team has been able to overcome the adversity they were face with and have been able to show the media and the league that they are not a team to be messed with. Each player on this team looks out for one another and I have seen more than a few examples of that on the court, most of them coming from Kobe Bryant which shows just how close this team is.

Finally, this team has become one of the most entertaining teams in the league and the best Laker team in recent history. They could even become better then the Laker team of 2000-2002 which won three straight titles and whose games and plays are all embedded into our minds. Who knows, when it is all said and done, this team might even be considered the greatest Laker team to play.or one of the best

John answers:

True.

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