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Freedom From Addictions

Noey
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If I asked you to name some addictions, what would you say? No doubt you would mention drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, sex and food. What about these things make them an "addiction?" The habitual and progressive nature of the problem - you cannot stop even when you know it is harming you - qualify these problems to be called "addictions." When you are addicted, you are obsessed. In our lesson this week, we will not spend much time on the type of addictions, as much as identifying the source of the problem and what the Bible teaches us about leaving our addictions behind. Let's dive right into God's word!

http://www.ssnet.org/qrtrly/eng/11a/less11.html
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Erene
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What about flirting, men with women ,or women with men, one can call this an addiction especially married people as well as singles what do you think? Is this a harmless thing or not?
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

lovelyladybird2000
First one must define flirting. A person cannot be responsible for another persons misinterpretation of what was innocent friendliness or display of Agape love as flirting. The trouble with people is they read into all sorts of things where 1 + 1 = 24
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

lovelyladybird2000
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I must confess this link shows my addiction .......lol


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YRKIu3oiYs


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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Noey
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I suppose the questions to ask are -  is flirting a positive or negative attribute? can it become habitual? can it become harmful?
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Noey
Another question is ask is that are there any kind of addiction that is good?
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Erene
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It is good if we can make these become addictions,  like reading and studying the bible, witnessing, positive thinking, praying, drinking water, washing our hands regularly, good time keeping, eating healthy, obeying the health and the moral Laws
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Erene
I know people can get addicted to washing of hands.

Notice I said wash your hands regularly, not obsessively, washing of hands can save a person from getting an infection or passing on bacteria to foods especially,
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lovelyladybird2000
How does a person reallze the difference between normality and ocd?
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Noey
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I suppose you can term that as a good habit rather than an addiction. Its good to form good habits, that would include the list mentioned earlier but addiction is another matter.
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Noey
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I think the initials says it all, you end up being obsessive and compulsive about something.
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lovelyladybird2000
So there are 2 types of extreme behaviors at opposite ends of the spectrum's so one must find balance?
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Noey
Thats exactly right and that's one of the big points from this weeks lesson study. Finding balance.
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lovelyladybird2000
Can OCD be cured and can it be sin?
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Erene
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Do you think addiction can be or is a lack of self control and a lack of faith and trust?

Is it a mental problem? or is it a spiritual problem? not having a sound mind or the mind of Christ?

The bible says  for God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind
2 peter 1:7
He also said let this mind be in you which was also  in Christ Jesus Phil 2:5

We also need to look at temperence, doing things in moderation so that we don't get addicted
 
The bible say we should be temperate in all things
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Noey
OCD is an anxiety disorder so in that sense it is curable but one must get to the bottom of the anxiety that is causing the obsessiveness. Having a spiritual mind can certainly reduce the level of anxiety one feels as faith and hope plays a major part in ones life. Moderation sometimes is very hard because church life (Adventist) tends to be primarily right and wrong, good and bad, black and white etc. etc. labeling people in one group or another and this adds to the anxiety some people might feel.
Noey
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Noey
This weeks lesson talks about addictions and specifically freedom from them. The additions mentioned are as follows:

Alcoholic Beverages
Sex Addiction
Gambling
The Love of Money
Personal Image

If we were to grade them what would we put? should we address each addiction differently or treat them all the same? Sometimes I think personal image is more acceptable to church goers than say sex addiction, should we make a distinction between the two?
Noey
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lovelyladybird2000
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An interesting read on the addictive personality

It seems people can be addicted to the 'feel good factor' without any thought of the consequences



http://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/18/science/the-addictive-personality-common-traits-are-found.html
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Re: Freedom From Addictions

Erene
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Men looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart

People only see the personal appearance that's why they make themselves to look good
this can become an addiction especially those that have cosmetic sugery

but we dont know much of what going on in their personal lives behind close doors

look at sex addiction
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/emotional_health/addictions/sex_addiction.shtml

There's always consequences to any addictions
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