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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyZ View Post
    Here's an experiment for you that will prove this point... get a woman (or a man) to make a detailed list of everything they want in a mate. Go find the person who completely embodies these traits. Arrange for them to innocently 'run into each other'. My money says they won't give each other the time of day.
    Normally, I would agree. That is........ IF it was a "list" the person compiled, cold, just thinking of what they, themselves, see as their preferences.

    However, if the questions were surreptitiously asked in the manner of, say, an MMPI Test, they might quite accurately pin-point an attractive match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyZ View Post
    Here's an experiment for you that will prove this point... get a woman (or a man) to make a detailed list of everything they want in a mate. Go find the person who completely embodies these traits. Arrange for them to innocently 'run into each other'. My money says they won't give each other the time of day.

    Part of the reason this (often) happens is because we erroneously believe that a perfectly compiled set of traits will somehow make us happy. Basically it boils down to people being certain about what they want and maybe missing what they actually need in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hand_Of_God View Post
    to some extent I feel as although maybe not necessarily being "punished" per se, but 'tested' for following church instruction and keeping it in my pants for years.. which in retrospect may not have been the right thing to do.
    Are you saying that you think it might have been better to sleep with her all along? Do you really think that would have made the situation somehow better, or would you just have gotten even more attached to (and possibly had a child with) someone who would ultimately leave you anyway?

    Or did you mean that you should have gotten married sooner? I'm not sure the outcome would have been any different or better. There aren't very many details here to go on, but I think your only option is to learn and grow from this in every way that you can, and otherwise do your best to put it behind you.
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    Hmm... Gotta say I can't blame the OP if he feels lambasted in this thread. Some of y'all jumped on him pretty hard, pretty fast, based on a hunch.

    Not that hunches are bad things, but maybe we could hang back and make sure of our target before we fire at it.
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    The thing I always loved about the Singles forum is that it seemed we could share what we were going through and find several others who were going through the same thing/and or could offer positive insights to our situations. I always came here for the discussions.

    Unfortunately, over time, that seems to have disappeared almost completely, probably because for some reason, whenever someone posts a personal problem now, they are always psychoanalyzed to the point of emotional implosion.

    While I agree it can be hard to write an upbeat reply to some posts, whether due to hurt feelings that are obviously being projected/displaced onto others, or scant, cryptic details that doesn't give someone much to work with, immediately implying that someone is a sexual deviant is obviously not a very welcoming or encouraging response.

    The CC crowd always changes and flows... I keep hoping we'll get back to a point where we read these stories in a mind frame of wanting to encourage the original poster rather than analyzing them to death and tearing him or her apart. Not that I don't have my own analyses of some situations myself, but at least asking for more information from the original poster first before seemingly declaring that their thought processes are part of abnormal sexual behavior might be a bit more helpful.
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    Kinda like beauty is skin deep but ugly goes all the way to the bone

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    it's pretty naive to think a persons sexual past will have no bearing on future relationships

    so no I would not consider a woman who has had multiple partners.

    if someone has been eating at the buffet all their life, would they be content to be restricted to the salad bar.

    women who went out and "had their fun" then came back to the church later in life, I have no interest in them, if that reduces my dating pool to almost nothing then so be it, but it's a sad reflection on todays church
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    Quote Originally Posted by sc81 View Post
    it's pretty naive to think a persons sexual past will have no bearing on future relationships

    so no I would not consider a woman who has had multiple partners.

    if someone has been eating at the buffet all their life, would they be content to be restricted to the salad bar.

    women who went out and "had their fun" then came back to the church later in life, I have no interest in them, if that reduces my dating pool to almost nothing then so be it, but it's a sad reflection on todays church
    But where does that leave you when you fall for a woman before you find out her past? Would you be ready to walk away from a woman who is perfect for you in every other way?

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    Most importantly, where does it leave you with God?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sc81 View Post
    women who went out and "had their fun" then came back to the church later in life, I have no interest in them, if that reduces my dating pool to almost nothing then so be it, but it's a sad reflection on todays church
    How powerful is God, that he can call those who "went out and had their fun" and subsequently turn away from that lifestyle.

    You're doing these women a favor by avoiding them. Who needs the condescension with their repentance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hand_Of_God View Post
    Went out with this girl for 7 years... I had my air force career and I was waiting for her to finish college. We never had sex because we were trying to do "the right thing" and wait for marriage. We got engaged. She ends up leaving me for some other guy.

    Ever since then I have tried to move on but realized I have an issue with women who have slept with hundreds of guys. I seem less excited knowing that there has been a plethora men who have had free reign over the woman I am with.

    Anywhoo, I am now 38. No kids. No family. No wife. I have prayed over my situation and have tried to move on but it pretty much looks like it's never going to happen.

    There is no easy answer here. I must move on and accept my situation.
    I hear you brother. I can only say about myself that the ONE thing I despise that I do above all else is to look back at the sins and mistakes I have made. For me, I find it easier to look past mistakes my wife has made. Maybe that's because she looks past MINE as well.

    Try not to dwell on a person's past. I'm sure the Lord is working in them to sancify them. Try and look forward to what you could have. I can tell you with certainty that there are no perfect women, or men out there. Only sinners. I'd recommend finding someone who has been made new, (Not Perfect Yet) through Jesus Christ.

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    IT's not your 'situation"...it is their situation....There are very few people sitting in pews today who have not had sex, before marriage. It comes with the turf. It reflects modern day society's attitude. What we have is a Sodom & Gomorrah going on. A pastor friend of mine took a personal vow years ago to not perform a wedding ceremony if he knew that the couple were living together or were having sex. HE has not performed a wedding in over 12 years so far. What a sad 'situation", indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrnJC View Post
    IT's not your 'situation"...it is their situation....There are very few people sitting in pews today who have not had sex, before marriage. It comes with the turf.
    *Lynx clears his throat and raises his hand.

    And my church is full of young people who are the same. It's not as rare as you might think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysmyle View Post
    But where does that leave you when you fall for a woman before you find out her past? Would you be ready to walk away from a woman who is perfect for you in every other way?

    Luke 6:37English Standard Version (ESV)

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    Most importantly, where does it leave you with God?
    probably the most misquoted passage in history, it's talking about judging others while you've done the same things.

    I can judge peoples sexual pasts and hold them to a higher standard because I have none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellooo View Post
    How powerful is God, that he can call those who "went out and had their fun" and subsequently turn away from that lifestyle.

    You're doing these women a favor by avoiding them. Who needs the condescension with their repentance.
    life has consequences

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc81 View Post
    probably the most misquoted passage in history, it's talking about judging others while you've done the same things.

    I can judge peoples sexual pasts and hold them to a higher standard because I have none.
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    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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    Default Re: So here's my story...

    i'll be honest. when i was younger, i wanted to be with someone who was like me: never married, no children, etc.

    in my late 20s, i realized that if i were to date someone (a born-again man) around my age, there is a greater possibility he has a past, whether he is divorced, widower, or someone who already has children. is he less of a person because of his story? is he less of a christian? no. am i a better christian because i "haven't been around"? nope. we all need Jesus. if Jesus doesn't hold their past against them, then why should we?

    p.s. there are still those who are saving themselves for marriage. we do exist lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by sc81 View Post
    life has consequences
    I guess that schtick about "making all things new" and "washed whiter than snow" is just a pretty myth, then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoetMary View Post
    I guess that schtick about "making all things new" and "washed whiter than snow" is just a pretty myth, then.
    Jesus clearly said marrying a divorced woman means you are committing adultery with her

    it's ok though, no one reads their Bible anymore

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    Has anyone considered this may be a trolling thread? Or an outsider looking to create strife among believers? We take the bait waaaay too often folks. Use discernment. The guy is full of venom and control issues.
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