Storm

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    I was a Christian for the majority of my life. I became really frustated by the church and its "teaching". I was a blind follower for a long time. I have realized many truths and they weren't found in the bible. I am learning a lot about myself and how I hope to live the rest of my days. Its a lot of hard work, but I am enjoying it for the most part.

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  1. Woo Hoo! 666 upvotes! I have officially arrived :58:

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    2. LogicalFallacy

      LogicalFallacy

      Lol... that is awesome. What are you going to do now that its 667? :D

       

    3. Storm

      Storm

      Happily reminisce about the good old days! :)

    4. Geezer

      Geezer

      Congrats. Hitting 1000 is the next big milestone. 

  2. Well, considering I was in Junior High 30 years ago, I suspect she's been "conquered" and "plundered"...
  3. It is stuff like this that constantly reminds me that life is so incredibly complex. Its so easy to see things as black and white and maybe a little gray in there. But its mostly gray with some black and white. More than anything, I simply miss the social aspect of Christianity. I couldn't care less about the religion itself, but I miss the sense of "purpose" I used to have when I attended church. That old feeling and the desire to have it again in my life is pulling me very strongly. I am contemplating a return to attending church, but I am still really struggling with how and why I am even considering it.
  4. So, based on this response, you're also saying that I might still get to go on a date with Jenny from my junior high school?
  5. Its nice to know that God and the Holy Spirit are consistent. In the past, I prayed to them over and over again and never got answers, and then I comment on this thread asking a question and I get ignored again. I guess its true that God never changes.
  6. God or H.S: Is Omnimpotence a word? Because if not, can you will it into existence so we can add it your list of personal attributes?
  7. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    Over time, yes the pain relief wears off as tolerance builds up for those who deal with chronic pain. Part of the difficulty with pain pill addiction is that it becomes a mental thing after significant tolerance builds up. The person taking it uses the pills as a crutch and as a way to be able to function. In sort of a placebo effect mentality, they start to think and believe "I can't function without the pills". And while the pain may still linger after the tolerance builds up, simply knowing that they took the pills, or have the pills to take, creates a perceived safe feeling. But then after a period of time, the doctor decides that its too dangerous for the patient to continue taking the meds due to the tolerance and the high dosages, so they take the prescriptions away. This often leads the clients to start seeking the pills on the street, or to go to heroin, which is easier to get and generally cheaper to buy. Once they are buying the street drugs or using heroin, their addiction levels are pretty significant and this makes it difficult to get clean. The withdrawal from opiates is intense for a lot of people, and oftentimes people will continue to use simply to avoid the withdrawal more so than to relieve the pain or get the good feelings. This is why medication assisted treatment is popular. Methadone clinics help people "step down" from their high levels of use while avoiding the withdrawal symptoms. But one significant problem with these clinics is that they are often "for profit" businesses and its in their best interest to keep the people on the methadone as long as they can so they can make money. Thus making them legal drug dealers, more or less.
  8. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    When it comes to much of the stuff I comment on in these forums, I am but an average Joe. However, this particular topic I am actually qualified to talk about. I work professionally as a substance abuse counselor. I took psychopharmacology classes and addiction theory classes. I spent numerous hours learning how and why people become addicted and how I could help them to become clean. I earned a degree in addictions counseling and I work with people everyday who struggle with all sorts of additive behaviors to all sorts of addictive substances. I can tell you without any hesitation that not one of my professors ever made any reference to your claim that opioids are any more addictive or any more powerful than any other drug of abuse. The only thing that they ever emphasized about any particular drug, is that alcohol was by far the worst drug due to the fact that its the only one that can kill you from withdrawal. I also know from personal experience, having worked with addicts for the better part of 11 years, that what you're saying is not true. There is nothing unique about opiate addiction. I will say that the "addictiveness" and the strength of any particular substance is completely subjective to the person who abuses it. Everyone reacts differently to substances and their experiences and their biological reactions to the drug are different. Personally, I have no positive reaction to any opiates, I get no euphoric feelings nor do I ever feel anything other than the cessation of my painful feelings and maybe some sleepiness if I take a particularly strong dose. But some other people get very good feelings, a euphoria, if you will, when they take opiates. The same holds true for people who abuse other drugs. They feel nothing when they take opiates, but when they take meth, their bodies immediately react and they get a very pleasurable high. People also withdraw differently. Some people have very ugly withdrawal from opiates, while others have minimal effects. Others have ugly withdrawal from alcohol, but others have little to no effects. The same is generally true for most people when they withdraw from a heavily abused drug. Experiences differ. I can tell you that, of the many people I have done substance abuse evaluations with, people who abuse meth indicate to me with much, much more frequency that they were instantly hooked than people who abuse opiates do. Most of my opiate abusing clients didn't become addicted until after taking pain pills for months, or even years. Rarely do I encounter someone who tells me that they got instantly hooked on heroin or pain pills. A lot of this has to simply be attributed to the fact that most people go into taking pain pills with a different mindset than people who abuse meth or cocaine or other drugs. When people get prescribed a pain pill, they are using it for a valid medical reason and the majority take the pills as directed and experience a satisfactory return to a workable quality of life. They aren't thinking they are going to get addicted, and they aren't thinking that this drug is going to make me feel good. It is only after they develop tolerance over time and the doctors continuously increase the dosages that it begins to become a problem. People who abuse meth for the first time usually have only one goal in mind: to get high or get energy or to lose weight. Their confirmation bias makes them more likely to react to how the drug makes them feel and they often get hooked much faster because of this. All drugs work on neurons the same way: causing them to fire. The only difference is what receptors they activate and how the neuron responds. And while opiates mimic naturally occurring neurotransmitters, other drugs that are not opiates do the same thing. Other drugs stimulate the neurons to produce abnormally high amount of neurotransmitters. But all of them end up stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain either directly or indirectly. There simply isn't anything special about opiates that makes it more powerful or special, as you claim.
  9. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    Alcohol is often used as a coping mechanism and a stress reliever before it ever reaches the addiction stage. Most people who consume alcohol do so to "unwind" after a hard week of work. Its also a way to let loose and have fun, or to just get some type of escape from the stress of life. So, while the social aspect is there, it also is used for other reasons prior to the addiction stage. Secondly, while most people do take opioids as a legit prescription prior to them abusing it, there are some who simply do so because they are intrigued as to how it may make them feel or because someone they are friends with or their significant other abuses it. No prior script involved.
  10. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    This is not a true statement. There is nothing more unique about opioid addiction than any other addictive drug. The treatment is the same for Opiates as it is for Alcohol, cocaine or meth or any other drugs. People get just as addicted to Meth and Cocaine as they do to Alcohol or Opiates. Every person reacts differently to each drug and people can develop just as strong addictive behaviors and cravings for each type of drug out there. This article (even though its over a year old) does a good job of shedding light on the reality of the opiate "crisis". Drug use is often cyclical in our society and it will oscillate back and forth between various drugs. A few years ago it was the Meth crisis, or the spice epidemic, and I suspect that within the next few years, it will either return to Meth or Cocaine or will gravitate towards a new substance. The media is obsessed with trying to manufacture crises to keep it relevant in the world.
  11. I'm Having A Hard Time

    I understand how you feel, as I felt much the same way when I first started my deconversion. Changing who you are after such a long time is a difficult process and learning to think and be different is going to take time. Just keep working through your thoughts and feelings and know that it will get better over time. Don't hesitate to go meet with a counselor (non-christian) and address your depression and also to process your deconversion. Isolation and withdrawal is the strength for depression and as much as it can be difficult to be open when you're feeling that way, you need to reach out and get it off your chest and out of your head. Come here if you have to, vent or journal or go to the chatroom. We will listen. We understand. One thing I would like to point out regarding this, is that when you prayed and had the mindset that someone was watching over you, you did and there was. It was you. Nothing has changed in that regard other than the fact that you now understand that it isn't some entity in another dimension, it was simply you expressing how you felt about life and thinking that some cosmic being heard you and cared about you doesn't change that. But just the act of sharing your feelings out loud in a prayer was in itself, cathartic and freeing. And guess what? You can still do that. Talk to yourself in quiet meditation. share how you feel about things in the quiet of the morning or in your "prayer" closet. Its perfectly ok to do that. There is no magic formula to deconverting. You can do it however it works best for you. I still "pray" to myself, much like i did when I was a believer, but I now understand that I am simply being honest with myself rather than petitioning god. I still struggle with these feelings too. But, you be who you want to be. You can be a cultural Christian and follow their general moral codes if you want. That is perfectly ok. You have been taught an extreme view of the non-christian world. But the reality is much less crazy than they led you to believe. Truthfully, very few people really care about how you live your life, as long as you respect their right to live theirs. Do what is the most comfortable to you. I think that we often think that when people make a change, that it has to be an all or none proposition. Christians think that if you're not a believer that you eat babies and go to orgies every day. But that isn't true. Being an unbeliever really just means you stop going to church and you stop being influenced by a bunch of rules and regulations set about by people who lived in a very different time than we do now, and those rules really don't apply anymore. As much as believers want that to be the case, I think that deep down, they know this. Bottom line: there are no expectations about leaving the faith you once held. Go at your own pace. Do what you feel works best for you. Its much easier to make small changes than to make wholesale changes. But also remember that if you want to go out and have sex or watch porn or be a "sinner", its ok to do so. Always get consent, and be respectful of others. You only get one trip on this rock. Make it worthwhile. Good luck
  12. If we don't have free will, then Jesus died for nothing. Its our ability to choose to serve God that makes his love for us so valuable. That is what I was taught to believe. If we didn't have free will and God ordered everything and we have no control, whats the point of becoming a believer?
  13. Thoughts

    SeaJay I have been reading through this thread and I couldn't help but notice that one thing that is driving you to have some of the problems you are having is the idea that you are still holding the Bible in some type of authoritative position in your life. I suspect that you still believe it is God's word and that it is his way of communicating his plans and idea to us. But the reality is that it was entirely written by men, with entirely man made doctrines and ideas in it. Its not anything more than propaganda. So, all of your beliefs about hell and blasphemy stem from your belief that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that it still has some type of power over you. So, maybe you should ask yourself: what role does the bible have in your life? or why do I believe it has any type of power over me? And its also important that every single thing that you "know" about God came from a human. Everything. God did not personally "reveal" anything to you. You were taught, or you deduced through your own thinking, all of the things you believe about God. This means that you also can learn new things about yourself and the world and you can develop new ideas and thinking patterns for yourself that will eventually lead you to a more safe feeling in your mind. It took you many years to develop the beliefs that you have now, and it will likely take many years for you to deprogram and develop new ways of thinking. As others have said, keep asking questions, keep working your brain. There is not a "correct" way to leave Christianity. We all did it differently, utilizing different ways to get where we are now. Take your time. Process what you feel and think. Its ok to do it on your own terms, in whatever way works best for you.