Discussion Forum Rules: Please Read
04-02-2009, 03:54 PM (This post was last modified: 12-12-2011 06:24 PM by Vic.)
Discussion Forum Rules: Please Read
SeekGod.ca Discussion Forum Rules
The goal is to have a welcome and friendly forum where members feel free to discuss Biblical issues and things that affect us as believers. Just as the SeekGod.ca website, this forum is intended for a Christian audience and those seeking answers to life’s questions, as well as those who may disagree with our Christian beliefs. It is a privately owned forum, run by Vicky Dillen, on the forum as Vic, and is under the umbrella of the SeekGod.ca website and is offered as a service. That does not mean that any moderators work for the site owner. Any acting in that capacity are volunteers and just as with other members, all are responsible individually for what they say and do on this forum.
Some may lose sight of maintaining an attitude of respect for the person they might disagree with. It is not unreasonable to suggest that if a discussion is getting heated, that a person might want to step back and take some time to get feelings and the flesh under control, so any posts reflect what you really want to say. To that end, here are some guidelines that we hope will help each to consider what they post.
By becoming a member and posting on this forum you acknowledge your acceptance of the following forum rules.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Simple, courteous, and decent manners, goes a long way. Please check your attitude when posting, and make sure you convey things the way you really want to.
Blasphemy will not be tolerated. Those not of the Christian faith are welcome to become members but, need to keep it very clearly in their mind that derogatory remarks about God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit, in any language, are not to be used as expletives or interjections or in an abusive, mocking, or insulting way . The same for hate based remarks about Christianity. It is solely at the admin discretion to not only delete those types of things, but possibly permanently ban the poster, with or without warnings. That goes also for any filth concerning the Bible. If you don't believe it, then please ask questions, but be aware that we believe the Bible to be the Word of God and it is not to be taken lightly. We also believe it is the standard to which we weigh beliefs, doctrines, ideas and behaviors.
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UPDATE December 12, 2011 > As a Trial, Newbies are going to be allowed to start threads in the General Discussion section,which is just below The Endtimes section. THis will be a allowed as long as those threads and discussion, are NOT used for doctrinal discussions which belong in the other sections of the board; that is, the main Discussion Boards and The Endtimes section. **One caution would be in the Share a Favorite Scripture and What it Means to You----that must not be used to promote a huge doctrinal discussion but rather, merely as a way to encourage others, for example.
>>3John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
As a parent this gives me great peace and joy to know that our children walk with Christ.<<<
That type of Scriptural sharing.
Or> I was looking for some verses to help me deal with ? and here's what I found.... END UPDATE
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We can all make mistakes, so we urge you to take care, and correct any errors of information if necessary, or restate things if necessary. And if you need to, apologize.
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For Christians especially, we shouldn't wear our feelings on our sleeves, and we can expect to take disagreement, attacks and unchristian attitudes and behaviors due to the nature of the forum and the SeekGod.ca website, and simply because we belong to Jesus Christ. It is expected, but will be closely monitored and dealt with as the admin sees fit. Remember Ephesians 6:10-18. Being direct, firm, or challenging someone's doctrine using Scripture for rebuke or correction and edification are part of being of Christ. But attitude in delivery goes a very long way. Religious discussions can get messy.
Promotion of beliefs contrary to Scripture or what we understand to be Christian beliefs may/will be allowed to a certain point. That is, if someone brings in another gospel and another Jesus, it may be discussed Biblically and exposed for what it is. It will not be allowed to sit unchallenged to Scriptural Truth. It may also be discontinued as a discussion.
How the above are dealt with are completely at the discretion of the admin. It won't be up for debate or discussion.
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It needs to be thoroughly understood that any posters who violate the rules and receive a warning, or dislike what they are being told by the admin/moderator, should not to attempt to carry the issues to the public forum. Do not discuss/complain admin actions concerning upholding the forum rules publicly. It will result in short or permanent banning, and/or warnings.. That includes Any who show a disregard for forum policy or disrespect for forum members ; arguments about forum policy, or admin/moderator decisions, or trying to undermine the forum, the forum rules or admin.....you get the picture.
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Some have said they do not like the Smileys, and the recommendation is, don't use them. They are there to help put across a message which some may not articulate well or come through with writing. They are also there to bring a little humor in, especially when discussions become intense, and try to convey or pad some hard truths. Some like using them, some don't. No one is forced to use them.
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3John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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