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Why can't I ask for personal advice?

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 ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
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Askers that show possible medical issues should be referred to doctors first, not only pastors

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 ...
Caleb's user avatar
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Askers that show possible medical issues should be referred to doctors first, not only pastors

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 ...
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Why can't I ask for personal advice?

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 ...
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What about people who don't have Pastors?

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 ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
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When are reference requests for pastoral advice on topic?

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 ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
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Does a question count as a personal question if a normal Christian would not ask such a question?

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 ...
can-ned_food's user avatar
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Should answers be given where advice puts OP in more danger?

The person openly asking a question in the Internet is putting their neck out there. Caleb used to moderate the site from Turkey and didn't seem to have a problem with telling people the Truth as much ...
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Askers that show possible medical issues should be referred to doctors first, not only pastors

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 ...
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