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    katie
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    @kate-flournoy – it’s such a tricky subject πŸ™‚ I’ve never really thought about this question before, so it’s good for me to think about, but I think I need to delve deeper into the Bible, in order to form a more solid answer.

    In Aragorn’s case it might not have been wrong, I’m not sure. It’s just an example of an alias that I thought of. πŸ˜‰

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    Kate Flournoy
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    @lifeofkatie yep. I need to study this some more as well.
    Thanks for getting us thinking, @his-instrument. πŸ˜€
    @jadamae good point…

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    Elizabeth
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    Psst. Hey @kate-flournoy Can you pop over to Tam’s doc real quick?

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    katie
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    @kate-flournoy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

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    Emily
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    @his-instrument Wow. This is really hard. Somebody else might have already said this, but in my opinion, I think that we won’t know everything until we get to heaven. Even then there will still be a few things we won’t completely understand. When it comes to things like this, I think that you just need to do what your heart says is right. The Holy Spirit will guide you. Just trust in him.
    Personally, I don’t think that it is a problem. But do whatever your conscience tells you too.

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    Dragon Snapper
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    @emily Agreed. Very much agreed. There are definitely gray areas, because, well, we are human…and we aren’t God. We aren’t made to understand everything. That’s why it is ‘the mystery of the cross’

    @his-instrument Wow. This is really hard. Somebody else might have already said this, but in my opinion, I think that we won’t know everything until we get to heaven. Even then there will still be a few things we won’t completely understand. When it comes to things like this, I think that you just need to do what your heart says is right. The Holy Spirit will guide you. Just trust in him.
    Personally, I don’t think that it is a problem. But do whatever your conscience tells you too.

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    Emily
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    Thanks @dragon-snapper. My parents have done great job telling me that type of thing when I am confused about spiritual things such as that. It’s not easy to be able to let your own worries and things go, but it is really important.

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    Daeus
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    I thought I’d pop in here because I noticed somebody touched on my pet peeve.

    So, I totally agree that there are times when we’ll be puzzled as to what the right thing is to do and in those times we’ll simply have to act on our conscience. However, that’s not a situation you want to be in. It’s much better to be a Berean before hand and search the scriptures constantly so that you won’t stumble due to uncertainty. As much as we might be mystified by despite our study, we also constantly keep experiencing revelations where before a solution seemed impossible.

    Which I’m sure is what you meant, but, like I said, it’s my pet peeve.

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    Dragon Snapper
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    @daeus
    What are you referring to?

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    Daeus
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    @dragon-snapper

    When it comes to things like this, I think that you just need to do what your heart says is right. The Holy Spirit will guide you. Just trust in him.

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    Emily
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    @daeus Yeah, I get that.

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    Dragon Snapper
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    Ah, yes…comprendo. Now I see.

    It’s the whole Disney complex. Follow your heart.
    Yep, that drives me nuts too. πŸ˜€

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    Dragon Snapper
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    @his-instrument Despite everything said on this topic, another thing to do would be to ask people who are really good authorities on the subject. Parents, pastors, youth leaders, they’d probably love a question like that, and they could probably give you a more solid answer.

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    Hannah
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    @his-instrument I wanted to give my two cents in this discussion (Me and a friend had a talk about this.) Deception and Lying are both bad, I have to politely disagree with Daeus here.
    I think you could give your characters alias’s but like others have said, make sure you don’t use it in a good light, maybe with out being preachy explain that it wasn’t right, or even maybe make an authors note at the end. Since we live in a sinful world I think we have to some degree have things like that in our writing (all in very careful moderation of course) but always make sure we point to our glorious God an His wonderful truth. And I will also agree with dragon-snapper here Parents, and your Pastor. Hope you work it out! πŸ˜‰

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    Catwing
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    @his-instrument Okay… I’m not sure what to say. So I’m just going to dump all my thoughts below. Because I suppose I should say something… About story?
    Your characters will make mistakes. And sometimes there are pressured times where they don’t have time to think and you do have time to think. The can make rash decisions. They’re human.
    But maybe they shouldn’t say they’re relatives.
    They could be poor (as in ‘oh, so sad’ not ‘I have no money’) children with out a home who the family takes in.
    The family could struggle with the alias idea too. They don’t have it all figured out. they are still learning too.
    Since they struggle with the alias idea, perhaps they could convene that they will use a nickname or a name that comes from their name. Or a name that their name comes from.
    If a child is adopted they are a part of that family. They don’t have to tell everyone they’re adopted.
    Some people change their names. But then that’s their name. (For *spoiler*)
    They can be mystery kids who don’t want to talk about their parents. People will probably assume things, but when they reveal it might be more believable than, “I’m not their relative’s kid. I’m king. Or I will be after the coronation.”
    Like others have said, near the end Cerdic can wonder what would’ve happened if they hadn’t used an alias.
    So there’s something different. My random ponderings. Perhaps that will help or throw you back to where you started.
    That was long… 😸

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