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" Well, how about greed and lying and cheating and being rude and nasty to other people? There are a lot of behaviors that seriously hurt other people and/or hurt the person doing them." === Good point and an example of why it is so hard to follow the Great ESSENE teacher and many others who taught love and compassion. The slanders we commit in our minds are as serious as those we speak. I must admit, this is where I fail the most often.http://www.ajjacobs.com/books/yolb.asp
This guy's book, where he tried to live by the bible's 700 or so rules, was fascinating. The time he tried to control and clear his mind of evil thoughts was the most challenging. Not eating shrimp or cheeseburgers, much easier.
The phrasing of this question shows an underlying misunderstanding of the whole practice of "fasting, prayer, almsgiving" as the three pillars of Lent. The idea isn't to "give up a vice" -- if it's actually a vice, then you should be working on that year-round. To fast from something you ordinarily enjoy doesn't mean that the thing you're fasting from is inherently Bad. It is, among other things, a practice in self-discipline. If I can't say "no" to myself for 40 days straight when it comes to chocolate or whatever, then how can I possibly say "no" to myself when I want to do things that are actually bad?
Related to that, there's a common misconception that the "bad" things are also the most fun, and therefore, who would want to give them up? Well, how about greed and lying and cheating and being rude and nasty to other people? There are a lot of behaviors that seriously hurt other people and/or hurt the person doing them. These are good things to give up, all the time, not just in Lent. But most of us lack the self-discipline to do so. Lent is a good sort of boot-camp to work those muscles.
Lutherans also practice Lent. Can't fast for medical reasons. Give up coffee-Hell no. Give up chocolate-no way.
Personally, I think the Jews have a much wiser and more practical plan this time of year. It's easier to not eat anything with "leaven" for eight days, then to go without other yummy stuff for six weeks!
Giving up celibacy for Lent.
Catholic priest should give up molesting little alter boys! New indictments came out today.
i did my fast earlier this year. i'm not catholic, but i hope whomever participates gives it a 100%. i'm hoping that God honors them for what they give up. i hope they do it for a reason and not just to say they gave up something. and in the end i hope whomever is a better person afterwards then they were before.
Very few Christians in Lawrence. Survey is invalid.
twice... thrice! lost my vice
sleeve tattered, torn, blood-spattered
I am not going to donate any more money to the Koch Brothers until after Easter.
I give up moderation for Lent.
I'm starting something. EXERCISE!! The new year's resolution didn't work, so here's to a fresh start.
What's with all the Catholic-bashing?
I gave up Catholicisim years ago and never been better!
No way am I giving up self gratification but I may cut my drinking down from 18 drinks a day to 14.
I have decided to become more tart.
Why would I do that? All that I consume, say, do project is out of need and necessity. Only a dummy would waste time on atonement and repetance for something they never did.
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Think I will make my first visit to Club Orleans, then give up paying 20$ for a lap dance.
We are all giving up a vice.....the KS legislature is going to mandate it.
I think the fasting periods in the church were thinly disguised attempts to stretch out the stored food supply until new food could be produced.
why on earth would anyone give up anything that makes them happy? it's like we're sacrificing virgins to please the gods. makes no sense, hurts society. Catholicism is bull. in fact, i'm going to eat twice as much chocolate just to prove my point. i respect God and everything, but tell me why you have to be perpetually unhappy to get into heaven, mr. pope?
I am giving up a vice to sell at bo's for junk, will get 5cents a pound or something close to that iron is now $135 a ton, maybe it is a vise, not sure but I will give it up.
I was going to give up the J/W but it is already fasting
I will give up Catholicism.
I know what the 21 suspended Priests in the Philadelphia area need to be giving up. Molestation with Children.
Yes, I'm giving up advice for Lent.
I'm rather attached to my vices, but speaking of lent... If you run your clothes through the drier enough times, will they eventually disappear into fluff??
No. I gave up something last year. Can't remember what it was.
I'm going to give up criticizing The Obama for lent. Here we go.
Thank you President Obama for changing your position on holding trials at Club Gitmo. It takes a big man to admit he was wrong and move on. You did the right thing.
Wow, that felt good.
The Doc has already made me give up the good stuff. Who cares about all the rest.
If I were Catholic I would give up being Catholic for Lent.
I'm giving up LJWorld.com
No, but I will give up a C-clamp.
If the shoe fits wear it. This is nothing but a bogus attempt at self goodie feelings.
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