I just wanted to come in and offer a few comments.
This forum IS moderated. It may feel at times as if there is no one watching out for its course, but not so. I check in daily if possible or as soon as possible. Over the last couple of years, I have seen no reason to intrude, but that wasn't always the case in previous years.
When this forum was established by Ev, about 9 or 10 years ago, the idea was for a safe place to discuss the many isssues surrounding mainstream Christianity. When non-christians came in to challenge all believers, regardless of denomination or emphasis, a debate forum had to be created.
The purpose of this forum is not just as a place of support, but a place where Christians from different walks can discuss their differences in a safe place as opposed to the outright confrontation of the debate forums. Anything placed in a debate forum is fodder for anyone who simply wants to disagree with Christianity as a whole or with belief in God.
In the early days, some of the people who came on this forum had views based on some other philosophy in addition to the Bible, therefore other forums were created to accomodate their particular beliefs. That freed this forum for Biblical discussions only, however, there is no rule as to what interpretation of the Bible is allowed or not. The operative word here is 'mainstream' Christianity.
There are some people who have come in from time to time with some prettty bizzare ideas of what mainstream is, but those have been rare and far in between. They have not been banned becasue they fall into a grey area as far as the rules of the forum go.
In the case of this previous discussion between Grace, Vektek and even Refreshed, no rules have been broken. I don't understand why Vektek mentions in one of her posts that she expected the moderator to chastise her for her posts. Vektek has never violated the rules of this forum and neither have any of the other two.
If you check the forum description you willl see that dicussions about the practice of the gifts of the spirit, whether they are for the pressent time or not, are part of the discussions that can safely take place on here.
I am very sorry to see someone leave the forum, so I hope it is for other reasons than feeling like they no longer have a place here.
Faith is one of the most delicate, private and personal positions we hold in life. Not everyone can stand up to being challenged or challenging others, but part of living out that faith is expecting that it will happen at times and we are to take it with grace.
Regardless of anyone's individual path, I encourage everyone to continue sharing and discussing amongst yourselves often and fearlessly.
Can you please explaint to me what you mean by, "If this is normal around here, I won't be around very long"? I really would like to know what you mean, for although I have read through all of the threads, I think I'm missing something in the continuity or I'm just not grasping it. What is it that has disappointed you so much? and I'm a ssuming you are referring to something in the way the forum is being run or the behavior that peole display. This is the reason I would really like to understand your statement. Thanks and blessings.
Grace, in all honesty, Curezone has become way to huge for me to go through all the forums like I used to. I stick to some favorite forums and this one. Without a link I really don't know whether you are referring to a post made by someone in their own private forum or what. I was concerned with something having occurred in this forum that I may be unaware of.
Don't forget that sparks blow up into wildfires and then die off. This happens everywhere on Curezone it seems, and Curezone isn't what provokes it, human nature (fallen) does.
My unsolicited advice is; don't just run off in anger and frustration. There is a lot of good to be gathered on these pages and sometimes you will need to skim through a lot of other stuff to get to it, but it may be worth it. You will never be able to stop people from judging or loudly voicing their opinions. Sometimes we don't realize that when we are very convinced of something we try to make others see it, but that seems to them like bashing over the head. We've all done it, I know I have. Haven't you?
I can see if you want to stay away from some of the other forums for a while, but why this one? You may have a different set of experiences from Vektek and Refreshed, but why leave here? With all of your collective contributions, surely more is to be gained than lost. Please consider continuing to be a part of that process, it's a winning formula for true spiritual growth. :-)