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Why aren't advice questions allowed? It's true that this site does not allow what we call "pastoral advice questions"—that is, questions that ask for advice, particularly spiritual advice, regarding an individual's personal situation. In fact, our users are strongly discouraged from even saying one little thing in response to such questions. So why is ...


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I already do delete answers to pastor advice questions (and comments that attempt to address the issue rather than redirect to real counsel) on sight. But I don't see everything, no even do all the mods put together. If you run across these, feel free to flag answers on such questions with a quick custom reason such as "flush answers on pastoral advice ...


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We already have a strict policy that even your comments on the post cannot give advice: But can't I just say one thing? The site's official response to every pastoral advice question is "You should speak to a pastor, priest, spiritual counselor, etc. about such personal matters." Comments that do give advice typically end up deleted. Why should an ...


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I'm going to disagree with this — not because I think you are wrong about many problems needing medical attention but because I think it's better to grab the stick from the side the people with the issue think their problem is on and redirect from there than it is to try to diagnose issues online. People that end up on this site that clearly need personal ...


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I think referring people to pastors is better. Here's why: If we trust a random "local, trusted pastor" to help a person with spiritual problems, we should just as well trust the same pastor to refer the person to a doctor. Suggesting to someone on the Internet that their problem is medical or psychological, rather than spiritual (which they believe) is a ...


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Other users have tried "Christian Advice" sites and similar, but they never materialized. The history on this site is that we wanted to avoid arguments and drumming out the quieter voices of the less known Christian denominations with unorthodox views. See: Christianity.SE vs. Survivor On SE, I don't think there is a site were you can give any moral issue ...


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I don't believe there is any place within the SE network to ask these questions at the moment. Some questions would naturally fit on other sites, but without a Christian flavor. Parenting, comes to mind as an obvious example. Our official answer on advice questions has always been "Ask your pastor or a trusted Christian counselor." And I think that is ...


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I also believe that Pastoral advice type question require a type of skill that very few members of this site have. It would be irresponsible for this site to let such important matters be answered by people that may or may not be qualified to give advice. Just for your information I believe the Cognitive Science SE has a similar policy. Seeing as this site ...


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The highest voted answer (+26 / -1) to the post that decided pastoral advice questions were off-topic starts: The most important thing is that we resist the temptation of providing an answer. I know that Christians are supposed to love others, and questions like this will undoubtedly tug at the heart-strings, but answering questions like this will always ...


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We're giving them the solution they need: find a local church and begin a relationship with them. If they need help with that, we can help, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone who asked one of these questions ask us for help with that. Because the reality is that most people who come here to ask pastoral advice questions already have some relationship ...


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Reference requests should be sufficiently targetted that you wouldn't expect to get more than half a dozen references in the answers. For something like lust my local Christian bookstore is going to have hundreds of relevant books. Also, in this case, PyRulez made a bad edit which did not respect the OP's intentions, which should not have been approved. We ...


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I myself don't see that there is a correlation between it being a “personal question” and it being a question that only one person in the world would ask. Indeed, it often seems that I have many thoughts and concerns which never grace the minds or consciences of other people. (I believe someone once wrote something lamenting such a predicament.) Those ...


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On the one hand, "an answer cannot rightly take your personal situation into account." On the other hand, a situation that applies to one person may apply to others as well—and depending on the situation, not everyone may be qualified to make that judgment. What, then, constitutes "your personal situation", and what constitutes "personal advice"? As ...


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By the time someone appears on our site asking a question like this it is very likely that their friends and family have already expressed concern and told them to get medical help. If the OP won't listen to them then they certainly won't listen to us, but there is the slightest chance they might listen to a spiritual adviser they trust. Yes they might turn ...


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