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lotr1997

lotr1997

I feel like lately, PI has been getting less and less spiritual and less and less Biblical. (For the record, I’m not talking about the forums here) I feel like some of the writers on this site are not taking everything they say from the Bible, or at least distorting some things that are in the Bible.

For example, in a very recent post on transgenderism, the author of the post made a statement that amounted to: “It doesn’t matter what’s Biblical and not Biblical”. Now while the author may not have meant it that way, it came across to me as someone saying: It doesn’t really make much of a difference what the Bible says. And to be honest, this has happened with a lot of issues that have been discussed. Homosexuality, and even the topic of sexual purity have almost been made light of. While I am all for showing God’s love to others, especially those living in sin, I often see these articles as saying that we shouldn’t even act as if these things are sins. Has anyone else noticed this? And I am also getting tired of all of these articles about fashion, guys, and “You know you’re a ____ when”. When can this site get back to it’s roots? I’m all for other fun stuff, but I feel like it’s almost all the articles talk about these days, though it has improved slightly over the last week.

June 3, 2015 at 05:47
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

I see your point, but I think the writers mean well. And it seems to be specifically that writer. He said the comments under the “homosexuality” article that he did NOT support it, but he felt like we should focus on loving them more. I hope that makes sense. =D

June 3, 2015 at 05:55
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Call me crazy but I’ve read that article 3 times and I don’t see where he said “it doesn’t matter if it’s biblical or not”.
In the second paragraph he said we can *argue* about what biblical and what’s not, but his point was that it won’t really make a difference to people who are transgender if they don’t believe the Bible in the first place.

I for one am lovin’ PI! I certainly don’t agree with every single article, but I rarely agree with everything a person says anyway so it doesn’t bother me.

June 3, 2015 at 08:50
Mandi Pi

Mandi Pi

I understand what you’re saying, Lotr, I felt the same way while reading the article. I kind of lean a bit both ways, as I don’t figure it would be a good idea for the first thing you say to a LGBT person be, “I think how you’re living your life is wrong”. I think you should definitely try to reach them with the Gospel and eventually lead to your telling of how living their life that way is not right in God’s eyes; however I think to do that, you have to start with showing them Godly love, that way they will be more open and maybe more convicted to what the Bible/God says. I do understand what you’re saying about recent articles focusing a lot on loving and shushing up about what the Bible says is wrong. I basically think balance is the key; and the articles are right in the sense that we need to be more loving in general, though. That’s something we can always work on. πŸ™‚

As for the articles in general, they actually have always had articles about fashion/guys/funny things in addition to the spiritual ones. However while pondering this just now, I think I figured out why I’ve (also) felt uneasy the past few weeks about the PI articles: they’re picking quantity over quality. I mean, they used to have an article out every couple/few days or so, but now, there’s multiple being published every single day, and if you think about it, it’s almost like the quality and even just length of the articles has gone down. I mean, on the advice ones, I feel like they used to go a lot more in depth with Scriptures, but now, it’s just a few “steps” that are “some truths we should consider”, and they’re not even very specific or in-depth–know what I mean? Anywho, that’s my feeling of what’s happening.

June 3, 2015 at 11:56
lotr1997

lotr1997

^^^That has been bugging me lately. I feel like they don’t really go back to scripture for a lot of things they post about. Again, on the transgender article, they never actually used any Bible verses to back that up. And I agree that in a lot of the advice ones it seems pretty shallow sometimes.

June 4, 2015 at 05:32
PolkaDot

PolkaDot

The reference your making about the ‘biblical or not’ is at the beginning of the article and he was trying to say that no matter how much you try to argue with people, whether biblical or not, people aren’t going to change their opinion. I actually thought that article was ok. I agree with PI’s look on homosexuality and transgenderism. Just love the people. Seriously, they already know your opinion when you say ‘I’m a Christian’ so just love them and they will ask your opinion if they are interested. But don’t get me started on ‘My Thoughts on Living Together Before Marriage’. That article made me mad. The thought that if you don’t have a ceremony and a license than you cannot be married is just wrong to me. I know people that have been together for 10 years and they are ‘married’ in every sense of the word but they don’t have a license. And they didn’t have a ceremony.

I see your point. I have been noticing that quality has definitely gone down. The over length of the articles aren’t very long and their thoughts aren’t thought out. lol And I haven’t seen a post from Nicole in quite some time.

June 4, 2015 at 06:16
QueenFemminist97

QueenFemminist97

The articles that I personally pay attention to are the Bible Study ones. And the finding your inner peace, using justice, and forgiveness, even the beauty envy one. There is one writer on this site that bugs me to no end because her articles are judgemental and want to scare everyone into following her opinion. I try to stay away from hers. I don’t agree with most of yours and PI’S opinion on you know politics and LGBT community and etc. I won’t go into that.

I’ll just say, take what you want from the articles. If you feel like there specific types you don’t like, don’t read them. That’s what I do.

June 4, 2015 at 06:57
Project Inspired

Ashanti

Even that chat room is becomeing an unsafe place to talk

June 9, 2015 at 06:05
PI_Dave

Dave Herrmann

Hello you guys! First off, thank you for your feedback on the content on the website. I want to point out a few things to clear up any misconceptions.

First off, on the transgender article…. The reality is there is no clear cut Biblical verse ON transgender that we can specifically point to that says it’s wrong. As in the post I shared a verse that isn’t a moral law, but a ceremonial law. Since the issue is a bit convoluted to Christians I have elected to take the position to love people first, before arguing a point.

As Project Inspired has grown into a fairly large website we wanted to create content that can be digested easily for all. We found the sweet spot at 3/4 paragraphs. As of now our readership is well over 80% on mobile devices. So, writing articles that get to the heart of our message is our goal.

As for quantity over quality, as the person leading the charge I’m doing my best to get you the best, most quality articles we can create. I certainly always welcome any and all feedback on articles. As PI now has many new contributors that have different voices you may see posts you don’t always agree with. I am of the belief that’s a good thing. It helps stretch you and really understand your points.

Anyhow, again thank you for writing about your concerns. As for the chat room being unsafe Ashanti, I’m going to look in to that. Under NO circumstances is that acceptable.

Lastly, Nicole has been quiet on the site as she’s been working on her book. She’s still very largely present behind the scenes and rest assured we communicate daily on content. I know we will be seeing more of her very soon again.

Thank you and God bless you girls, it means the world to all of us you’re here. This is YOUR community so we want you to be happy and love it.

David

June 10, 2015 at 09:34
Marissarulz

Marissarulz

…Dave came on the thread. Well. That’s one of the last things I was expecting. xD

Polkadot- As far as marriage goes, the Bible says that you have to have a certificate of marriage (in this country) in order to be married (even though couples can definitely be married in every other sense of the word)… Allow me to explain.

Titus 3:1 ESV
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

Romans 13:1 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

The Bible says here to obey the government. In order to become married in America, the government says that one must acquire a certificate of marriage. So, the Bible says that a couple here isn’t married until they’ve done it legally.

Does that make sense? And I’m sorry if I made you really mad. That’s not my intention. :/

Anyway, here are some cookies in case I did. πŸ™‚ :/

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June 10, 2015 at 11:04
PolkaDot

PolkaDot

You didn’t make me mad. Just because we have a difference in opinion does not authorize me to be mad. I don’t think that God cares whether or not you have a piece of paper, but I understand where you are coming from too!

June 10, 2015 at 14:57
PolkaDot

PolkaDot

And thanks Dave for chimin in! Your response explained a lot! πŸ™‚

June 11, 2015 at 05:19
lotr1997

lotr1997

I really like that thought Marissarulz! πŸ™‚ And thanks for chiming in Dave! I do enjoy your articles, and I wasn’t meaning to say that I didn’t like anything on the site!

June 11, 2015 at 09:23
Mandi Pi

Mandi Pi

*Face-palms at self*

I remember Nicole posting on a couple different forums before, and it made me wonder how much the PI team sees and we don’t realize it. xD This is why you are always mindful of what you say on the interwebs, because you never know who’s looking…

If @Dave or any other PI team member sees this: To perhaps be a bit more specific on the quality of articles thing…I know that simplicity, such as “pray” or “study God’s Word” is often what people need to hear, and it is certainly very true. However, personally, I find that what I usually lack in a tough situation is the knowledge of specifics. Like, I know to pray and study God’s Word, but what should I pray for specifically, what certain passages might be useful in that situation, what are some specific ways to learn to trust God, etc.? For example, the PI article “5 Steps to Get Over Your Beauty Envy” (http://www.projectinspired.com/5-steps-to-get-over-your-beauty-envy/) was great *because* the steps were extremely specific and included examples of how to accomplish them. The steps in the article β€œHelp! I Feel That God Is Calling Me to a Life of Singleness!” (http://www.projectinspired.com/help-i-feel-that-god-is-calling-me-to-a-life-of-singleness/), however, were more vague (more specific steps might have included, “stop stressing out by taking bubble baths, doing crafts or activities that help divert your thoughts from it, talking about it with a church leader, etc.”, or “trust in Him by posting these certain Scriptures on your mirror to remind yourself of His faithfulness”).

Specificity is just what I would personally appreciate more of. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and being open to thoughts–this has always been a great site and still is. πŸ™‚

June 12, 2015 at 10:10
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