RevOxley_501

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About RevOxley_501

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    Strong Minded
  • Birthday 02/11/1986

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    http://www.ragingrev.com
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    Male
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    eastman, ga
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    Debate, discussion, discourse on religion and science.

    PC repair, websites, and learning to code.
  • More About Me
    Former Christian and devoted minister of the godspell. Pretty much completely atheist now, though it has been a long hard road to get to this point. I may add more to this later

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    not anymore

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  1. The Art of the Deal - more like the art of losers. Sad. @realDonaldTrump

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  3. Preach https://t.co/Bi4ysGg0CX

  4. I remember when this page was just me live tweeting the presidential debates thinking that there was no way he'd... https://t.co/YONNrRDV2y

  5. "My mother and I swapped realities. It seems as if the moment I left my faith behind, she decided that it was... https://t.co/1F9S6daUqu

    1. LogicalFallacy

      LogicalFallacy

      Ha! Oh my gosh that's what has happened to my family... so much to the point I have thought "what have I done?" So it's actually a phenomena? Interesting.

  6. If you are participating in Lent this year, might I recommend Atheism for Lent - a challenging pyrotheological... https://t.co/atWXKacUF9

    1. hockeyfan70

      hockeyfan70

      This looks interesting. Thanks for the link!

  7. I liked a @YouTube video from @linustech https://t.co/P3zXT6V0N1 AMD RYZEN 7 OFFICIAL LAUNCH - ALL THE DETAILS!

    1. SkipNChurch

      SkipNChurch

      Heya Rev! Cool vid. Does it come in black? :)

  8. Why didn't Sarah Palin report on this #russiagate thing first is my question?

  9. I was on this podcast a while back, it's still been the most popular show they've done. In it I tell the story of how I left my faith. A Matter of Doubt ep 45: Ft Matt Oxley of RagingRev.com
  10. I was wondering where you were brother. Glad to see you still kickin round here.
  11. How would I get it pinned?
  12. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  13. Thanks everyone, for the feedback.
  14. Excellent videos. It's pretty amazing how similar our stories are, I hope you don't mind that I've shared them on my blogs Facebook fanpage and if it's OK I'd like to use them in a future post on my blog...if that would be ok?
  15. Introduction The below post was originally published on my blog last night...I think it's important to share here, in this community of people that those years ago helped me to survive my time of doubt. I was a member of this forum for a little over a year and the extimonies and conversations here were vital to my survival and to helping me avoid a certain and self inflicted death. Now that I've made it past that pain and done all the grieving I needed to do, I'm taking the time to make myself available to others that may need the same or even more one on one help in this area. I'm trying to get this post spread around the internet so that as many potential doubters may read it as possible... I thank you guys, even if none of the old faces are still here, for the time and energy and love you put into this great work. The original post can be found at my website - www.ragingrev.com - shortlink: bit.ly/mSGaBN _____________ I remember thinking – knowing really, during that indescribably difficult and painful time of my life when all of my doubts were finally being dealt with, that this darkness and self-hatred was something I was destined to endure until I died. I remember this feeling, hopelessness, being all that I could feel for some time. I was losing my faith. I was losing the core of who I thought I was. I’ve tried to describe this pain before but my words can’t do it justice. This was an involuntary reversal of that which I once KNEW; that my god existed, loved me, and had plans for my life. To know something and then to no longer know that something, especially something so vital to my own existence can be absolutely devastating. It was for me. For over two years I wanted to end my life every day. It seemed like the only way. Eventually I began to accept who I had become, I stopped lying to myself and calling myself a believer. I wasn’t anymore and for a long time I was ashamed of it. Eventually it became the thing I am most proud of. Today I’m writing this for those of you that find yourselves in a place similar to where I was just a few years ago. Those of you struggling to understand who it is that you are and to come to grips with the terms of your existence. I’m writing today to tell those of you that fear god’s wrath or your family’s rejection that god is not a threat and a family that rejects you for being exactly who you are isn’t one worth having. I want you to know that you deserve to be exactly who you are without shame or fear. You don’t have to pretend if you don’t want to, nor do you have to meet anyone’s expectations. I’m writing this because I know that there are thousands of you out there who, because of the idea that you are totally depraved and unworthy of anything but punishment has been pounded into you for your entire life, need to know these things; this idea is irreconcilably wrong and you are not the first nor the last to endure this – you are a member of a family of people that prefer truth over comfort, happiness over devotion, and doubt over false certainty. You are a unique member of a community of millions of people that have been exactly in the midst of their own version of where you are now. You need to know this. You need to know that even though right now you feel like no one else in the entire world understands the pain you feel and the loneliness of moving from one station in life to another – we do. I’m writing this to say that, if you need it, my door is open. I’ll provide whatever advice you may need, bringing my own experiences into what you are dealing with or if you want I’ll just shut up and listen. I’m only an email away. Why bother? Many people don’t understand the drive I have to help people make it through their crisis of faith. To clear up any mystery or confusion, this isn’t in the least about “converting” people to atheism. My goal is to make sure that the group of people that are most in need yet the most ignored have someone to turn to when all seems lost. I don’t personally care if anyone seeking my help renounces faith all together, that would be selfish – I just want people to know that, no matter what, it gets better and the result is well worth the pain. Suicide rates of gay teens and young adults are through the roof, though I haven’t seen any studies about people dealing with the results of a lost faith my own experience tells me that this too is driving suicide rates due to the despair that so often accompanies doubt. I bother because I wish someone had bothered with me and I wish I would have had the courage to reach out to someone sooner than I did. A side note, for The Church: I know, I get it. This sounds absolutely awful coming from your perspective. I’m potentially taking someone away from “salvation” and grace. I totally understand why you might be upset at this prospect…but what I don’t think you understand is that these people hurt, they hurt in ways that you probably don’t understand and I’m sorry to say it but you’ve probably had your chance to help …and unfortunately you probably blew it. The Church just isn’t good at helping doubters because the real issues never really get discussed. If you’ve never been in those shoes it’s just not something you can understand much less help someone else with. So, respectfully, I ask that you work with me here. If the lives of these people are as important to you as they are to me I need you to put away your dogma for a moment and consider the consequences of someone taking their life over doubt because of your inability to help them cope. It may be the most important thing you ever do to just help someone find this page or some other resource for doubters. Please, put these lives first. If you know a member of your church or youth group and you think they need help please get in touch with me or someone else that can help, someone that’s been there. There ARE doubters in your congregation, they may even be in your pulpit.