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    Internet discussion through text and video, reading, conspiracy theories, discussing religion, cooking, spirituality, God, creation and evolution, computers and information technology, making money, alcohol and tobacco, human sexuality, the nature of reality, movies, Justin Bieber, human services, economics, masculinity and feminism, the number of lines alotted when a website requests interests, and so forth.
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    I think Christianity is a cult.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    God. I don't think he fits into a religious box.
  1. Has God gotten nicer over the years?

    It doesn't really look like the God in my OP is either one. There was no hell in the OT, or if there was it was seldom mentioned. Where in the OT were people afraid of the flames of hell? The God of the OT was strange and brutal, but none of the Isrealites would have ever gone to battle were they afraid of some eternal torture chamber.
  2. "'And if the prophet is enticed to utter a prophecy, I the LORD have enticed that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel. Ezekiel 14:9 It's always nice to now that the LORD entices prophets to utter lies. God of truth or...?
  3. Amazing Grace Parody

    Amazing hate to seal my fate and damn a wretch like me and burn the USA from sea to shining sea plague with frogs the gentile dogs and send them all to hell when i see a nonbeliever i say dear god, what's that smell the fag, the queer he who drinks beer at them i scoff and sneer my righteous sons in the bible belt stand up high and proud the Lord will slay the liberal men when he appears in a cloud
  4. Who Goes to Hell?

    But from what I understand "hell" was the valley of Hinnom, Gehenna, a burning garbage dump where criminals and trash were thrown. I suspect Christians of conspiring to scare everyone with a burning lake or place of torment so they can stuff their offering plates.
  5. This is a sermon excrept from Sinners in the hands of an angry God by Jonathan Edwards The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given; and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when once it is let loose. It is true, that judgment against your evil works has not been executed hitherto; the floods of God’s vengeance have been withheld; but your guilt in the mean time is constantly increasing, and you are every day treasuring up more wrath; the waters are constantly rising, and waxing more and more mighty; and there is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, that holds the waters back, that are unwilling to be stopped, and press hard to go forward. If God should only withdraw his hand from the flood-gate, it would immediately fly open, and the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God, would rush forth with inconceivable fury, and would come upon you with omnipotent power; and if your strength were ten thousand times greater than it is, yea, ten thousand times greater than the strength of the stoutest, sturdiest devil in hell, it would be nothing to withstand or endure it. The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood. Thus all you that never passed under a great change of heart, by the mighty power of the Spirit of God upon your souls; all you that were never born again, and made new creatures, and raised from being dead in sin, to a state of new, and before altogether unexperienced light and life, are in the hands of an angry God. However you may have reformed your life in many things, and may have had religious affections, and may keep up a form of religion in your families and closets, and in the house of God, it is nothing but his mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction. However unconvinced you may now be of the truth of what you hear, by and by you will be fully convinced of it. Those that are gone from being in the like circumstances with you, see that it was so with them; for destruction came suddenly upon most of them; when they expected nothing of it, and while they were saying, Peace and safety: now they see, that those things on which they depended for peace and safety, were nothing but thin air and empty shadows. The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you were suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up. There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell, since you have sat here in the house of God, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship. Yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell. God was so angry in times past that I find it comical.
  6. In the Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now, I wonder what secret Spirit-filled interpretation I should apply to this because after all it can't just mean that God created the heaven and the earth. I'm not capable of understanding the Bible, so it must mean something else
  7. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27. Evidently pure religion is not a conversion to Christianity according to the Bible itself. Please do feel free to post any other verses that debunk Christianity as I'm sure there are plenty.
  8. How useless is prayer

    I prayed once for a pain my right side and it went away. I did this with one of the televangelists. So while I no longer believe in Christianity, I did receive benefit from prayer.
  9. In the Beginning, Mothafuckas.

    You know God, by all means, I certainly don't mean any disrespect so please hold off on the divine judgement and everlasting wrath, but I really think I speak for everyone when I say you could really use a beer.
  10. Fear of Hell

    When examined logically from outside of the perspective of religion Hell makes no sense at all. Punishments usually fit the crime in our society and God is said to be the source of all good and blessing who suddenly turns into a monster after people die and sends them to hell for their disbelief. Why does God change after people die? People aren't burning in hell now so when we look at it rationally is it not more likely that the threat of hell was conjured up by the Church to make people afraid and keep them loyal to their religion.
  11. The Doubt Paradox

    Apperantly the deity in question has a narcissistic attitude and an incredibly poor disposition when relating to his creation. He seems ill tempered about things completely beyond one's control and his fits of rage betray his immature nature. When it comes to one's beliefs, we would expect that the burden of ensuring that people believe correctly lies upon Him rather than people, and that if it is so important that someone believe a particular way, he would ensure that they do.
  12. The Doubt Paradox

    Original sin was merely the desire to become like God. Now any God worth his salt would desire his children to become like Him, therefore making eating the fruit the right decision in the first place.
  13. The Doubt Paradox

    For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. Hebrew 6:4-6 So really I tasted the "badness" of the word of God and now I can't go back. I believed in Christianity before I read it. I don't like a lot of what Paul said about creating people just to be destroyed or the elite mentality of the Church. Why can't a Buddhist or an atheist go to heaven? If they were unselfish and kind people, why shouldn't they? I'm a vile vile wicked non-Christian crucifying the savior repeatedly every time I doubt the Bible
  14. Getting your book published

    But how do you promote your book and let others know they may be interested in reading or purchasing it? Its one thing to send it to a traditional publisher and let them sell it to a bookstore, its quite another to throw it up on Amazon with millions of other books hoping and praying that someone will read it when it sits there amongst millions of other books. There must be a way to drive traffic to the Amazon store.
  15. Why do Christians hate the flesh so badly?

    Not usually. The reason that God was invented was because he was made in man's image. Some people are good, but I'm a cynic when it comes to humanity. Most people are abusive, condemning, angry, petty, unjust, and vindictive and so they invented a god to suit them.