Lent

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    Feb 22, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    Just curious as to what you guys are giving up, if anything. I'm not having any type of dessert or anything possibly relating to dessert i.e sweets, choclate etc.

    For all the atheists on here, I'm not remotely religious. Just wanna test myself
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    I'm giving up soda.
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    I am sure that giving up X to honor your god who starved for 40 days then died for you and then became supreme ruler of the universe will mean a lot to him.

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    Feb 22, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    I'm giving up caffeine, this is going to be tough.
    I'm not very religious either.

    (If you don't agree with lent and are against Christianity, cool man but don't talk shit about other peoples religion. No Christian here is hating on you for being gay. Try respecting other peoples religious views)
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    adam228 saidI am sure that giving up X to honor your god who starved for 40 days then died for you and then became supreme ruler of the universe will mean a lot to him.

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    I'm not Catholic but I think you're missing the point of Lent.
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
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    adam228 saidI am sure that giving up X to honor your god who starved for 40 days then died for you and then became supreme ruler of the universe will mean a lot to him.

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    I'm not Catholic but I think you're missing the point of Lent.


    I was Catholic. I know the dogma, I just never internalized it. It used to come with a host of dietary restrictions and abstinence. But instead, people just give up trivial things that are not that hard to cut out of their lives. So, the whole material benefit thing of giving up a luxury you have.. is largely lost and just makes the whole thing even more ridiculous.
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    I'm giving up pastries and cakes D:

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    I will never ever EVER give up on men!
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    masturbating. (not joking)

    but orthodox lent doesn't start until the 27th, so i'm good for a few days icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    To an Episcopalian, the season of Lent is designed to help us enter into the mystery of the Resurrection through our own period of penitence, fasting, reconciliation and restoration.
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    God wants you all to give up sex, now you all know that. So anything else, is not good enough in his eyes.

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    Feb 22, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    trl_ saidmasturbating. (not joking)

    but orthodox lent doesn't start until the 27th, so i'm good for a few days icon_biggrin.gif


    ditto. wish me luck! I might have to stay away from this site.....
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    Smoking and eggplant. So what if I don't smoke or eat eggplant already =o?
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    Feb 22, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    i am giving up vaginas.

    oh wait..
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    Feb 22, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    Nothing, don't need a random day in the year to give up something for a set period of time. Just try to better myself day to day, week to week, giving up something for a set time is easy. Changing your habits for the better for good, that's hard.
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    Feb 22, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    adam228 said
    imasrxd said
    adam228 saidI am sure that giving up X to honor your god who starved for 40 days then died for you and then became supreme ruler of the universe will mean a lot to him.

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    I'm not Catholic but I think you're missing the point of Lent.


    I was Catholic. I know the dogma, I just never internalized it. It used to come with a host of dietary restrictions and abstinence. But instead, people just give up trivial things that are not that hard to cut out of their lives. So, the whole material benefit thing of giving up a luxury you have.. is largely lost and just makes the whole thing even more ridiculous.


    Surely it depends on the individual whether or not they give up something they honestly feel is a luxury? Something trivial to you may seem great to someone else. So many things we do can seem pointless to others, but we do it to make ourselves feel better. It's not hurting anyone.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    I gave up Lent for Lent many years ago.

    I think I'm becoming polyatheistic.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    I'm giving up Love.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    I gave up Facebook for 40 days.....
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    Giving up chocolate and relationships
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:24 PM GMT
    I'm supposed to be a pacifist, but sometimes I think guys here need a good smack to the cranium.

    It's cool if you're not religious, but don't have to be douchey.

    People try so hard to sound forward-thinking and enlightened, but end up sounding stupider than those they're mocking.

    Personally, I have always been disrespectful in church and don't take Communion(NOT CATHOLIC), because the matza and grape juice just isn't all that tasty.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:26 PM GMT
    5 years ago I gave up caffeine. Have not had any caffeinated drinks since. Lent can serve as more than just a religious time.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:26 PM GMT
    Giving up icecream. It's been tough.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    Can someone please explain what Lent is?
    (Yes I know how to use google)
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    ^^ its the christian forty days fasting period before Easter.. it used to be that during those forty days, people would eat only one meal a day.. nowadays people give up one of their vices (gambling, smoking, sex) for the full period of forty days..

    I used to do it, now Im just gonna eat vegetarian on friday from sunrise till sunset... I cant be bothered with giving something up for forty days anymore lol
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
    Hmm I see. Thanks for the explanation. I participate in the Ramadan. This is where we fast from sunrise to sun set. No food, water, cigarettes, sex, or anything during this time. Total abstinence. It can be hard at times, especially when it falls during the summer, which is now and a couple years more (Ramadan is 10 days earlier every year, due to the Arabian lunar calendar being 10 days shorter than the solar calendar). It's a true test of your willpower and cleanses your body and mind.

    The Ramadan is usually 28-30 days. From new moon to new moon