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    I am a new ExChristian deeply wounded at this point by my experience. I am happy to be a part of this community and look forward to talking to people who have/and are going through the same troubles that I am experiencing now.

    Being raised a Christian I was indoctrinated with very strong foundations in Christianity. In my teenage years I rebelled, practiced wicca for awhile, but eventually received "salvation" when I was 22. When I devoted my life to Christ I was on fire for God and eventually answered what I felt was the call to preach. I preached for ten years, had a radio ministry at one point, Did street ministry, was awana commander in one church, eventually was ordained a Bishop in the Church of God, the Gospel assembly(hence the screen name DarkBishop), and later was made assistant pastor at one of their churches.

    Its a long story but eventually I began to question my faith and back slid into sin. I tried for 4 years to reorganize my thoughts to a point that I felt I could go back to church but couldn't. My faith never came back.

    When my son made mention that he thought the bible was BS I tried to search for archeological evidence to prove stories from the bible and was greatly disappointed that there was none for the specific event I was looking for. This lead to other searches on the God EL who was the original God of the Israelites. that was when I found out that the original mythology of EL included a whole pantheon of other Gods and Goddesses.

    This destroyed what little faith I had left. I still believe in something. I just don't know what and I highly doubt any religion on earth knows either. To say the least at this point I am spiritually Broken.

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    I feel that there is something n no one knows what

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  1. Lol my Dad became an Ordained dudeIst priest because my brother and his wife wanted to him to perform the ceremony and they wanted him to be a dudeist. Lol. My brother is quirky like that. I was surprised that my dad went along with it tho. He and my mom are very strict fundamental baptists. I was kinda curious to the justification on that but I've learned even when I was christian not to talk religion with them. It always got heated. DB
  2. Lmao somebody got a lil drunk at the bar after the flight!
  3. Can I just give a realistic point of view here? We are far far FAR away from ending our dependency on fossil fuels. Here is an excerpt from this Govt website. https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo/electricity.cfm Electricity generation by source The worldwide mix of primary fuels used to generate electricity has changed a great deal over the past several decades. Coal continues to be the fuel most widely used in electricity generation [169], but there have been significant shifts to other generation fuels. Generation from nuclear power increased rapidly from the 1970s through the 1980s, and natural gas-fired generation increased considerably after the 1980s. The use of oil for generation declined after the late 1970s, when sharp increases in oil prices encouraged power generators to substitute other energy sources for oil [170]. Beginning in the early 2000s, concerns about the environmental consequences of greenhouse gas emissions heightened interest in the development of renewable energy sources, as well as natural gas—a fossil fuel that emits significantly less CO2 than either oil or coal per kilowatthour generated. In the IEO2016 Reference case, long-term global prospects continue to improve for generation from natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy sources. Renewables are the fastest-growing source of energy for electricity generation, with annual increases averaging 2.9% from 2012 to 2040. In particular, in the Reference case, nonhydropower renewable resources are the fastest-growing energy sources for new generation capacity in both the OECD and non-OECD regions. Nonhydropower renewables accounted for 5% of total world electricity generation in 2012; their share in 2040 is 14% in the IEO2016 Reference case, with much of the growth coming from wind power. After renewable energy sources, natural gas and nuclear power are the next fastest-growing sources of electricity generation. From 2012 to 2040, natural gas-fired electricity generation increases by 2.7%/year and nuclear power generation increases by 2.4%/year. With coal-fired generation growing by only 0.8%/year, renewable generation (including both hydropower and nonhydropower resources) overtakes coal to become the world’s largest source of energy for electricity generation by 2040. The outlook for coal-fired electricity generation could be further altered in the future by additional national policies or international agreements aimed at reducing or limiting its use. It should be noted that the IEO2016 Reference case does not include implementation of the U.S. Clean Power Plan, which would reduce the use of coal in the United States substantially (see "U.S. Clean Power Plan Rule" in the Emissions chapter). Finally, if other nations with shale gas resources (notably, China) are able to replicate the U.S. success in exploiting shale gas production, the outlook for world natural gas-fired electricity generation could be much different from that represented in the IEO2016 Reference case. Coal Coal continues to be the largest single fuel used for electricity generation worldwide in the IEO2016 Reference case until the end of the projection period, with renewable generation beginning to surpass coal-fired generation in 2040. Coal-fired generation, which accounted for 40% of total world electricity generation in 2012, declines to 29% of the total in 2040 in the Reference case, despite a continued increase in total coal-fired electricity generation from 8.6 trillion kWh in 2012 to 9.7 trillion kWh in 2020 and 10.6 trillion kWh in 2040. Total electricity generation from coal in 2040 is 23% above the 2012 total. China and India alone account for 69% of the projected worldwide increase in coal-fired generation, while the OECD nations continue to reduce their reliance on coal-fired electricity generation. With implementation of the Clean Power Plan, projections for U.S. coal-fired generation are reduced in 2030 by about one-third. Natural gas Worldwide natural gas consumption for electricity generation grows in the IEO2016 Reference case by an average of 2.7%/year from 2012 to 2040. From 22% of total world electricity generation in 2012, the natural gas share increases to 28% in 2040 in the IEO2016 Reference case. In the United States, natural gas-fired generation is encouraged by low prices and favorable greenhouse gas emission characteristics. Natural gas is the least carbon-intensive fossil fuel; like all fossil fuels, natural gas combustion emits carbon dioxide, but at about half the rate of coal. In addition, natural gas generation technologies are more efficient than coal generation in producing electricity. Thus, natural gas can help in meeting CO2 reduction goals for many countries. Petroleum and other liquid fuels The use of petroleum and other liquid fuels for electricity generation continues to decline steadily in the IEO2016 Reference case. The share of total world generation from liquid fuels falls from 5% in 2012 to 2% in 2040, an average decline of 2.2%/year. Despite their recent decline, oil prices are expected to be higher in the long-term projection. As a result, liquids remain a more expensive option compared to other fuels used for generating electricity, and generators replace liquids-fired generation with other fuels where possible. Since June 2014, world oil prices have decreased substantially, falling to less than $40 per barrel in December 2015—a level last observed in late 2008, during the worldwide economic recession. The most notable regional declines in petroleum use for electricity generation are projected for the Middle East, Mexico, and Japan, where policy movements have encouraged the phasing out of oil in the electric power sector. Renewable resources Renewables account for a rising share of the world’s total electricity supply, and they are the fastest growing source of electricity generation in the IEO2016 Reference case (Figure 5-4). Total generation from renewable resources increases by 2.9%/year, as the renewable share of world electricity generation grows from 22% in 2012 to 29% in 2040 (Table 5-2). Generation from nonhydropower renewables is the predominant source of the increase, rising by an average of 5.7%/year and outpacing increases in natural gas (2.7%/year), nuclear (2.4%/year), and coal (0.8%/year), even without taking into account the growth in renewable generation anticipated under the Clean Power Plan in the United States. By 2030, the CPP would increase U.S. renewables generation by roughly 396 billion kWh (58%) compared to the IEO2016 Reference case, according to EIA’s analysis of the proposed CPP rule. Solar is the world’s fastest-growing form of renewable energy, with net solar generation increasing by an average of 8.3%/year. Of the 5.9 trillion kWh of new renewable generation added over the projection period, hydroelectric and wind each account for 1.9 trillion kWh (33%), solar energy for 859 billion kWh (15%), and other renewables (mostly biomass and waste) for 856 billion kWh (14%). figure data In the IEO2016 Reference case, the pattern of growth in renewable electricity generation differs between the OECD regions and non-OECD regions in two ways: the relative rates of increase in generation from nonhydropower renewables and the potential expansion of hydropower capacity. Non-OECD countries surpass OECD countries in their use of nonhydropower renewables for electricity generation by the end of the projection in 2040. OECD net generation from nonhydropower renewables totals 2.3 trillion kWh (or 2.7 trillion kWh with the U.S. Clean Power Plan), compared with the non-OECD total of 2.8 trillion kWh. The difference is primarily the result of ambitious solar targets adopted principally by India and China, and to some extent by other emerging market countries (see "World production of solar photovoltaic modules,”). In the non-OECD region as a whole, solar generation grows by 15.7%/year on average from 2012 to 2040, nearly twice the growth rates for wind (7.7%/year) and geothermal (8.6%/year). In the OECD region, by comparison, wind, solar, and geothermal generation grow at comparable rates of about 4.5%/year. As you can see it is not until the year 2040 according to a prediction that may or may not happen that renewable energy is expected to start to surpass that of coal energy at 29%. Natural gas use still holds at 28% in 2040 according to this prediction. We are 23 years away from renewable energy becoming basically 1 third of the power supply. Fossil fuels still taking the lead by 57% between coal and natural gas. Add nuclear and oil into the mix and your looking at over 60% dependency on sources that aren't good for the environment. While I do agree that we need to invest our future in renewable energy, it still remains that at the predicted rate we will never see renewable resources as our primary energy provider in our lifetime. It will most likely not happen until our great grandchildren are old. Therefore I have to disagree with you on the statement that we need to stop spending money to prop up the fossil fuel industry. Because for the near future that will be our primary source of energy. This lists only the use of fossil fuels for electricity. This doesn't even include all other uses of fossil fuels. Clean fossil fuels are not an impossibility. Here is an article you might find interesting from the new York times. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/01/science/what-is-clean-coal.html?_r=0 It goes over the concept of clean fossil fuels. After reading this I will agree with you that in the long run coal is going to die out and overall it is the most expensive fossil fuel to clean. However if the Clean tech was made more affordable it would go a long way in helping our environment and the topic we are speaking on now. Climate change. We don't need to wait 100 years for renewable energy to take the forefront while spilling harmful gasses into our atmosphere during the meantime. We do need to invest in clean fossil fuels which contrary to your assessment isn't a 19th century solution for a 21st century problem. It is a 21st century technology to safely use a nineteenth century energy source. Which in my humble opinion for the short term is a good investment. Dark Bishop
  4. Yes I know. I'm just trying to get IHs thoughts on his statement and how it relates to us ExChristians. I have a good idea to what the response will be. DB
  5. I think at the very least we should use the coal for power. My momma taught me not to waste lol. All that coal is just sitting there. We need to use it for something. Unless we can truly convert to a completely renewable source of electricity. Nuclear has its environmental impact. And solar, wind, and water generated power is selective according to the area. I don't see a complete end to coal just yet. I've worked in plants with coal burning boilers and lived around coal burning power plants and was quite impress with the stacks. Literally the only thing.... other than co2 that leaves the stacks is steam. They have really come a long way since the fifties. This political cartoons with black smoke boiling out of stacks is just completely false to todays reality. DB
  6. So a lot of the people here were true christians at one point in time. If this is the case do you believe we are still going to heaven even tho we have lost faith? DB
  7. Ummmm trumps bringing coal jobs back. Least a lil bit.
  8. That's really good news on the China front. Maybe them cutting down will offset us using more. 😕
  9. I dunno I might repost that. I like Liam Neeson lmao!!!
  10. I think that for the most part you and I agree. However I don't fault trump with his stance on coal. You would probably just have to know whats going on in the US to understand the reasoning behind that. The second church I was a member of had a yearly mission for the youth to participate in. We would go up to kentucky with canned goods etc to take to them. We also helped with clothing and anything else we could while we were up there. The reason the area was poverty stricken was because the main job in the are was coal mining. It was a very big part of our culture at one point in time. When regulations choked coal mining families lost their lively hood. We can argue climate change all day long but in the end even if we do use coal our smoke stacks are outfitted with 1000s of spray jets so that there is no sut produced to pollute the air. I know that probably doesnt stop co2 from leaving the stack but we are still doing better than say china who seem not to give a shit what so ever. We have it in an abundance. It is probably the resource we have most of. So IMO we should use it. It will cut down our dependency on other fuels we import from other countries. The coal issue is kind of a catch 22 for Americans. On the one hand we are helping the earth I suppose. But on the other hand we are hurting Americans that depend on the revenue from coal. Here are the areas affected by coal mining. https://www.google.com/search?q=coal+mining+states+in+us&client=tablet-android-samsung&prmd=nimv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjP1tPDuPvSAhUKOyYKHRVvBa4Q_AUICCgC&biw=768&bih=1024#imgrc=9FQJ-vVUMOY5HM: I can see where it might make a greening effect but it won't change climate if we keep the green pushed back that said greening effect tryst to produce, and keep building. I will need to look at the link you mentioned on the earlier post and get back with ya on that. Maybe the greening effect is the planets way of countering the CO2 gas effect in the atmosphere but if so we are also stopping the planet from fixing the problem by our growth? But otherwise I think we pretty well agree on what's going on. Maybe BO could shed some light on the subject from his point of view. 😉 Dark Bishop
  11. I'm proud to say I didn't vote for either of the two popular pieces of shit we had to choose from. I hadn't even heard of Gary Johnson before I went to vote but knew he had to be better than trump or Killary. But over all. Barring his unfounded accusations and stupid ass tweets. I don't see a problem with enforcing extreme limitations on new Muslim immigrants. Especially since they have made such leaps and bounds in terrorism techniques in European countries that have been letting them in. But hey I guess we could just call them entrepreneurs for that right? I also don't have a problem with a more aggressive stance on illegal immigration because I think our country has the right to know who is within our borders. But I also think it should be easier for our neighbors to the south to come here legally. I don't really think a wall will do much good in the long run. They would still find a way around, under, or over. The reason he won is because he isn't the normal politician we always see. And we are tired of political corruption from both the left and the right. Unfortunately the reps and dems both make it almost impossible for a more middle of the road party to gain a foothold. It's all about retaining power now. Keep us focused on wedge issues and the dems and reps stay on top. Dark Bishop
  12. I posted your video on LF s thread on climate change just a lil while ago
  13. Ya know I think this is another one of those issues that could easily resolved with the thought that.... I think it was shinobi posted with the square, circle, and triangle. We all three have different opinions which we perceive as truth. And it's likely that somewhere in amongst all three there is truth. 😉 DB
  14. 1) yes I believe the climate is warming. Even in my own life time I remember as a child yearly snowfall was an annual event. Now we have only had about 3 or 4 good snowfalls since the blizzard of 93. My Barber is in his 60s or 70s and he talked to me about how it is so much different now than it was in his youth. There is definitely something going on. 2) No I don't believe human's have caused the climate change 3) yes I believe humans are making an impact and possibly even making it worse. Maybe even unending. 3) I don't know if we can accurately predict the future impact. But I do believe as information is gathered we may be able to. 5) yes I believe it is a threat. If the earth does in fact go through natural warming and cooling cycles our current impact on those cycles could become catastrophic at some point in the future. I would also like to share something I never here anyone point out referring to our impact on climate. And it is also something that not even politicians would touch on if they did present it as a variable. That is the fact that human growth has completely changed the earth's surface for the foreseeable future. We have ripped down forests, built cities, and paved a good portion of the earth's surface. We have removed the earth's natural shade if you will. The trees soak up and use the suns rays, while shading the earth beneath them. Likewise with all other plant life. I'm sure everyone here has seen heat waves rolling on roadways during the summer and roadways also get so hot in this are at times you can cook eggs off the surface of them. They probably just wouldn't taste very good. I imagine that is even worse closer to the equator. But if this is a large variable on the issue like I think it is, I don't think it would be mentioned because no one wants us to stop building roads or expanding our cities. It is much easier to put the bulk of the blame on co2 gasses which we can control. But in the end we aren't stopping the problem. The climate steadily rises every year according to graphs already posted. So the end result is the same. We are still losing the war, just slower.
  15. Posting this here for your viewing pleasure. This is from daffodil's post in ToT. Maybe throw a different perspective on the discussion.