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    I'm just a guy trying to make it through college while at the same time trying to make sense of life, the universe, and everything. :)

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    Agnostic with a soft spot for panpsychism
  1. Hi, everyone! I spent the last hour or so reading some of the debates posted here in the forums regarding whether or not Jesus actually existed. Anyway, the topic really perked my curiosity, and I set off to do some investigation into the matter myself. I stumbled across a YouTube channel that is completely devoted to the topic in question, and I thought that some of you might want to take a look at it. Here is the link to the channel: Below is the promotional video for the channel. I hope this material contributes something worthwhile to the ongoing discussions!
  2. Hi, Lyra! I totally understand where you are coming from. I have been a non-believer for about three and a half years now, but I still deal with unnecessary guilt about things that I have no reason to feel guilty about. I really think it's all symptomatic of the brainwashing process that we as believers were subtly put through for years on end. Unfortunately, the after effects of it all don't just go away overnight. I've found myself having long mental conversations with myself in an effort to rationalize my behavior. It's definitely not fun to deal with. On a more positive note, it does get better with time. I used to feel absolutely horrible every time I would give in to the urge to watch porn. I'm proud to say that I've finally reached the point where I don't deal with that level of guilt anymore. I have a girlfriend who enjoys watching it with me from time to time, and that really helps a lot. It's not like we watch it all of the time, but occasionally we like to use it to spice things up in the bedroom. I guess the point I'm making is that it really helps to have someone in your life who can help you work through your issues. As far as weed is concerned, you don't need to feel guilty about that at all. I recently took a trip to Colorado, and spent the entire week trying out different edibles. It was such a stress reliever. Afterwards, I felt more clear-headed and focused than I had in quite a long time. I would say that it is the best cure for stress and anxiety disorders that there is. I would also go so far as to say that a lot of us who are ex-christians could really benefit from it. I think that deconversion can leave a person dealing with symptoms that are very similar to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and marijuana is one of the best treatments there is for it. Anyway, there is nothing wrong with you Lyra. You are definitely not alone.
  3. Excellent read! Thanks for the post!
  4. I don't know much about the Alpha course, but I did spend a few minutes glancing at their website. I was really disheartened to see that one of my favorite t.v. personalities, Bear Grylls, is currently the face of their website... Anyway, I don't think I'll be spending any of the precious time I have to put myself through what appears to be some sort of new wave Christian brotherhood movement. I'm completely through with that shit. If I were you, I would stay far away from stuff like the Alpha course. It took me about three years to get to the point of where I am 100% confident in my non-believer worldview. After I first deconverted, I gave myself the freedom to explore a plethora of other belief systems, philosophies, and worldviews. By doing that, I was able to broaden my perspective of the world to the point that Christianity became almost laughable. As far as I'm concerned, the only way to fully get over the damage caused by brainwashing is to fill your mind with new ideas that aren't connected to the old belief systems you used to adhere to. It's a lot like battling an addiction. When you are first trying to quit a bad habit it is not a good idea to surround yourself with triggers that encourage you to participate in the old behavior you are trying to get away from. For example, you don't quit cocaine by keeping a small stash of it along with a mirror and a razor blade on the nightstand next to your bed. You get rid of the shit and stay as far away from it as possible. If I were you, I wouldn't spend any more time reading Christian literature, hanging out with Christian groups, or participating in Christian functions. Those things will only make it a whole lot harder for you to regain the self confidence you'll need to completely overcome the brainwashing that you endured for so long. I'm sorry to tell you this, but it may take many years before the damage is completely undone. However, it does get easier with time. Just hang in there!
  5. Loved it, L.B.! It really describes how I tend to look at life, the universe, and everything.
  6. Dark Bishop, I really appreciate what you have written here. Your comparison of deconversion to taking the red pill was perfect. The Matrix is one of my all-time favorite movies! Anyway, you are absolutely right when you say that we should all be proud of ourselves. Some of the strongest people I know are ex-Christians. After all, it takes strength of will, steadfast mental resolve, and a rock solid belief in oneself to stand up and question the cultural norms that are found in any society. Christianity has become one of the main cornerstones that modern American society is built around. It's a societal institution that affects so much of what we have been taught to value and hold dear, and anyone who has the guts to call it out for what it really is has way more courage, tenacity, and mental fortitude than your average Jane or Joe. The coolest thing about not being blinded by deception is that you have all of the freedom you could ever hope for to actually search for real truth without any religiously induced fear or cultural bias affecting your endeavors. The red pill is scary, but it's liberation in it's purest form.
  7. Does anyone else have crazy neighbors?  Mine are in the middle of an enraged shouting match... it's nearly 1 o'clock in the morning. Smh :(

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    2. knightcore


      My upstairs neighbor has five kids and lets them run around at all hours, even if it's like three in the morning. Whenever I go up to ask for some quiet she just sends them out on the porch -_-

    3. MOHO
    4. Akheia


      My downstairs neighbors used to have the WORST knock-down drag-out fights. It didn't seem like it got physical so I just gritted my teeth and endured. Then one day I thought I heard the woman screaming for help and heard someone getting slammed up against a wall, so yeah, I called 911. The cops showed up and it turned out that the guy had been the one screaming. She got hauled off. They had two kids together (I knew of one and thought he was a toddler--they had 2, school-age) who were hearing that shit day in and day out. The cop called me later to thank me for alerting them to it; it'd started to get physical a few days earlier apparently, and she was the one doing the hitting. That was the impetus the guy needed to get his shit together and dump her for good, and it's been nice and quiet ever since. But whoa, that year beforehand... I feel ya. It's scary to be on that edge wondering if you should say something, or if doing so will just get you in deep trouble with unbalanced people later. Hang in there.

  8. Oh my god... This article is strong evidence that seemingly smart people (the type that prestigious universities like Harvard usually try to recruit) can be complete idiots when it comes to religion. She mentioned in the article that she read through the Qur'an, The Skeptic's Annotated Bible, and Dawkin's book, The God Delusion before deciding that Christianity was a better path. Am I the only one who thinks that she didn't really read through the entire Skeptic's Bible, let alone the Qur'an??? I'm going to say that there is a strong chance that she potentially broke one of the Ten Commandments by bearing false witness in this article. But, hey, why not use deception to spread the truth? That's what it's all about, right? As long as more souls are won for Jesus, it's all good. Anyway, there was absolutely nothing intellectual or profound about this girl's supposed conversion. It sounds to me like she merely broke down and caved into her emotions because they were in concert with her romanticized ideas of the ancient philosophers of old as the article states, "But nothing compared to the rich tradition of Christian intellect. I'd argued with my peers, but I'd never investigated the works of the masters: Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Pascal, and Lewis. When I finally did, the only reasonable course of action was to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ." Oh, and by the way, I definitely would not want a person like her representing me in any kind of governmental role. She obviously isn't very good at distinguishing fact from fiction. She could very well be the type of person who would throw logic, reason, and democracy out the window in exchange for a more "pleasant and humanitarian" system like theocracy. Smh
  9. Hi, JL11. I once fell in love with a Mormon girl... Everyone I knew told me that I was going to have problems because our belief systems weren't at all alike. I ignored all of them and proceeded to perpetuate our relationship to the point of being serious. What else can I say? Her beautiful blue eyes, perfect skin, silky blonde hair, and goddess-like body was just way more than my teenage hormones could resist. My desire in combination with the foolish belief that I could change her drove me to take her all the way to Las Vegas for a quick marriage... I was a Christian at the time, so I believed that I could use logic and reason to show her that Mormonism was a fake cult that split off from the one true religion, Christianity. With God's help, she'd come around - I just knew it. (Boy, was I ever wrong about that...) Anyway, here's the tragically funny part of the story. I knew I was on the verge of making a huge mistake, but I ignored myself anyway. I decided to throw my gut feelings and intuition out the window in favor of "love." It wasn't until I visited a fortune teller while staying in Vegas that my eyes were opened to the truth. The fortune teller told me that I was on the verge of making a huge life-changing mistake. For whatever stupid reason, I couldn't get the old gypsy's words out of my mind. I took the girl home without marrying her, and she cheated on me three weeks later. This might be the most embarrassing story I've ever posted on here. Not only did I almost make a huge mistake by choosing to marry a Mormon girl that didn't share my belief systems, but it took a chance meeting with a fortune teller of all things to wake me up. I mean... a fortune teller? Really? Looking back, I know I was out of my mind. The moral of this story is that I narrowly missed a bullet. My luck in combination with my naivety and stupidity saved me. Now, I'm willingly sharing this story with you in the hopes that something good might come from my foolish teenage blunder. You might not be so lucky...
  10. Ha ha ha!!! You are on the right path, ConsiderTheSource. However, you still need to pray to Zoda Pop in the name of his son, Zoda for Zoda's spirit to come upon you. Once you've been baptized in the Spirit of Zoda, you will truly be able to experience all of the power and joy that Zoda has to offer.
  11. I'm sitting in professional and technical writing right now - the most boring college course ever created. :/

    1. HereticZero


      I can remember wanting to scream during macro economics class.

  12. Thank you, LogicalFallacy! I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I'm really not sure why I chose to use that word. It just sounded right in the moment. lol I think it was a word that my grandma used to use whenever she was frustrated about something. If you've ever been in a wooded area at night, you would totally understand why discombobulation and massive amounts of croaking tree frogs sort of go hand in hand.
  13. Ha ha ha!!! That's about the funniest thing I've read on the internet today.
  14. While researching effective ways to combat drought for an environmental health course I'm taking, I stumbled upon this short video that explains the revolutionary new process of desalination. Nearly 97% of the earth's water supply is made up of the oceans. If this technology is improved upon and instituted effectively, it could literally end drought, fix water shortage supplies, and usher in a new era of prosperity all around the globe. Science wins again!
  15. Thank you, Margee. Just remember, if you let Zoda down, you're letting all of us down.