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    Last Goodbyes

    By TheBluegrassSkeptic

    Death for me over the years has rarely been difficult to process and move on. I've buried quite a few, only mourned a couple. The two I mourn are now memories I guard so earnestly a mother bear could not rival my ferocity. These two people immediately bring on the wet eyes and short tight breaths when I just so much as think on their lives, their influence, and my loss.   This past January I experienced a third loss of someone very important in my life. It's hit me very hard, and I am surprise
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Oh! I Wish I'd Thought Of That! (Warning: Angry Blog)

I've started to say this in the threads, but it's not enough, I want to dedicate a whole blog entry to it.   I've started to find it increasingly insulting that Christians seriously think we just never had any idea how to be Christian the right way. That we somehow expected God to be a miracle machine or expected everything always to be perfect and then left the church for utterly selfish reasons, such as giving in to the temptation to sin. Oh yeah, we totally abandoned eternity in heaven bec

yunea

yunea

 

Getting Sick Of Giving God Excuses For His Behavior

I have studied many religions I got many good excuses. why bad things happen So, do other people   Why was i born handicapped? you know how many people have been god awful to me because of that Why are children raped and killed why is there evil?   here are the reasons i get and i think i can prove there stupidity   Why was i born handicapped?   1.adam and eve ate the fruit Why is that my problem i was not there so, i gotta be deformed cause God was dumb enough to put a tree in the garde

willybilly30

willybilly30

 

I Am Thinking Satanism...no, I A Mean Arbys..

I posted in my testamonie already called"I ate the forbidden fruit" so you may want to lookthat up to get a back story   I love studying religions I really do. I have studied Christianity, Gnosticism, Native American spirituality, buddhism, paganism damn,have i got everything...   I am on a group called Satanic. Philosophy amd Education on facebook They are some nice people there man Some one bitched that their is not any philosophy. in forum I decided since there is a gob of books in the fi

willybilly30

willybilly30

 

An Unexpected Thank You

I don't know how well this blog is going to go over, and I probably haven't thought this completely through, but I am posting it anyway. I have to get this off my mind, and I am sure just the idea of what I am suggesting will infuriate a few out there, but hopefully if read all the way through, I make sense, just not articulated well.   This all began earlier this week when a friend of mine, our very own Brother Jeff, was being persistently pursued about the concept of Hell, and the need to op

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Burger King And Politics

"No truly dedicated human being would stay with someone that sexually abuses others."   "I wasn't happy about Bill Clinton's sexual harassment charges and affairs in office either."   "Why would someone wait until an abuser is running for office to come forward? It's fame. S/He wants fifteen minutes of fame."   I want to address the first statement from a Trump supporter's interview on CNN earlier this week. Honestly, this one is the most difficult to deal with, not because it's horrible t

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Mam

My mother died last night. Looks like she collapsed at her bedside - probably a heart attack. She was found this morning by my brother in law. And if one Christian acquaintance, just one, tries to tell me that my harmless old mother is now in hell, then there is a very real danger of extreme unpleasantness.

Ellinas

Ellinas

 

How To Get Slaved!

You need to be slaved, and I praze GAWD that the Spook of Kryasst who is also somehow magically Him has magically convinced you of that fact! Glory! Here’s how to get slaved! Let’s walk the Romans Road together, shall we? You’ll notice that all of the following verses are from the glorious Book of Romans, which is why our journey is said to be on the metaphorical Romans Road!   The first verse on the Romans Road to slavation is Romans 3:23, “For all have done shit that pisses Jesus off, and co

Brother Jeff

Brother Jeff

 

The Downside To Fundamentalist Religious Belief

Sometimes I feel some nostalgia for my younger days of extreme Christian religious belief. And it is true that when I was very religious I had many good Christian friends, and we had some really fun times together. But, other times, such as today, I am reminded of how awful it was to be locked into that narrow worldview as well. I spent years being terrified that I was not really saved and that I was going to end up in Hell, and I had the same fear for my "unsaved" family and friends. I annoyed

Brother Jeff

Brother Jeff

 

The Orlando Shooting: Thoughts On Responding To Bigotry

*This is an edited and expanded version of my "Free Hate Speech" topic, which is why they're similar in parts. I'm going to post it on my regular blog, not affiliated with Ex-C. Your comments are appreciated!   **Much thanks to RealityCheck for editing suggestions.   As concern for the humane treatment of LGBT individuals grows in modern Western society, freedom of speech and expression are often perceived to conflict with sensitivity toward this group of people. On June 12, the deadliest ma

Lilith666

Lilith666

 

Life Full Of Plateaus, But Maybe There Is An End In Sight

Plateau is defined by a google search as the following:   pla·teau plaˈtō/   noun noun: plateau; plural noun: plateaux; plural noun: plateaus 1. an area of relatively level high ground. synonyms: upland , tableland , plain , mesa , highland , coteau "a windswept plateau" denoting a group of American Indian peoples of the plateau country of western Canada and the US, including the Nez Percé. modifier noun: plateau

Travi

Travi

 

Not Alone, But Lonely

Tonight I feel pretty alone, in one sense. I love my wife and she loves me, we have an extremely close relationship and we get along very well. But I am saddened that we are on different pages about religion. she listens to a lot of radio preachers almost every day. They speak of stuff that I just don't believe in any more, and I'm never going back. My eyes have been opened and I can't accept all that religious nonsense any more. I still go to church with her, and I am friendly with the people a

StephenW

StephenW

 

Job Hunting

Job hunting in the "real world" is way different than job hunting as a pastor. From my first ministry at my home church to my last ministry, I have had six ministry positions. I believe that besides one of them, I was the first choice in each church search. When you are looking for a ministry position, you usually start with sending your resume and perhaps a cover letter. Then, if the church likes what they see, usually either the senior minister or the head elder will call and do an introduct

hockeyfan70

hockeyfan70

 

An Introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog. For now, this is blog shall remain anonymous, because I haven't completely finished "outing" myself as of yet. However, once I do so, I will give more information about who I am; but for now, it will be rather generic. My journey away from ministry and ultimately christianity has been a seven and a half year jaunt, however my walk away has really gained steam over the past three months. I have tried to look back at my life in the past few months to figure out whe

hockeyfan70

hockeyfan70

 

Secular Rage Quit Syndrome

The past few weeks, with the onset of Summer and seemingly aggravated like insects by climate change, many incidents of straight up assholery has permeated all manner of news. It could just be an intensely socially focused political season, but I still think we are animals in our behavior. This has been especially felt by me in the secular community, where activist networks have been tearing each other down.   Yes, I realize that this isn't new, but it seems more intensified. Maybe because man
 

Make Bernie Great Again

Bernie Sanders has said that:   "I think the overwhelming majority of the American people know that we have got to stand together, that we're going to grow together, that we're going to survive together, and that if we start splintering, we're not going to succeed in a highly competitive international economy."   Bernie supporters, I ask you this honestly. How does one affect change when even the DNC is actively splitting apart its base with supposed corrupted delegate counts like that in Ne
 

Weight Loss Progress - 36 Kilos / 80 Pounds Down!

Today I clocked in 129.1 kilograms. That's about 284lbs for you yanks Now, I realise this is still fat as fuck, but I was at one point 165 kilograms so I'm pretty chuffed at the moment. I still have about another 29 kilos to go until I am anywhere near a healthy weight but at least I'm past the halfway mark. As it stands now, I am lighter than I have been in years. In fact I think when I first joined ex-c, I was probably about 10 kilos heavier than I am now, to help put it into perspective.  

JadedAtheist

JadedAtheist

 

Turning My Personal Calendar

The month of May is always tough for me due to past experiences that have come and gone. Two passings (my best friend 8 years ago, which began my deconversion, and my best four legged friend and furchild of 18 years, 5 years ago), several bad memories, and much in the way of strife usually plagues the month that saw my birth. I'll be turning 29 in about 13 days, and it seems like each year - my situation never gets better, or the odds continue to stack against me. Both are things I'm looking to

Travi

Travi

 

My Favorite Mother's Day Recipe: Two Eggs, A Cup Of Milk, And A Dash Of Codependency

It's funny how many lessons we learned as children that we like to attribute to mom or dad. The respective holidays for our parents every year tends to make us all reflect a bit on their parenting skills when raising us, and it's nice to look back on thoughtful advice and recipes. You remember those heartfelt talks about life, parenting, education, or morality, and many of us out there treasure them. Some of us end up seeing those moments of advice and conversation as the bread crumbs that lead
 

Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Bless the Lard, my brothers and sisters in Kryasst! I've gone back to church! Glory!   Not just any church, though. I've attended the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship twice now, and enjoyed it both times!   http://www.anchorageuuf.org/   There is no religion in the services, just very liberal and generic expressions of spirituality. The minister and a few other folks commented on my glorious "Praise the Lard" t-shirt today. They loved it!     There isn't any particular cree

Brother Jeff

Brother Jeff

 

Who Wrote The Books Of The New Testament? Part 1

Debunking Christianity is an interesting thing to attempt to do. On one hand, it's kind of easy because there is so much information out there. If there were only a few discrepancies contained in the Bible, or a few inconsistencies, it would take some time to dig them out. But that's not the case. The Bible is filled with errors. On the other hand, it's difficult because as I continue to research and see for myself some of these discrepancies, I find myself having to stop and reflect. This is du

hockeyfan70

hockeyfan70

 

What Makes People Think There Is A God?

What makes people think there is a God? My nonreligious father asked me that question a while back, and it has stuck with me. As a former fundamentalist Christian, I have a very religious past, and most of my relatives (whom I now generally have little contact with) are very religious. What made me believe? Well… it was a combination of things and a single reason would be hard to pin down. My mother is not religious but she believes in God. I had some interesting conversations about God and the

Brother Jeff

Brother Jeff

 

Thanks For The Analogy, Rob.

This blog is taking a longer to update than I thought, I apologize for leaving you hanging.   I'm a huge Rob Bell fan. Even right now as I find myself drifting away from religion and faith. Rob was one of the few "famous" Christians who I felt really kind of understood that god couldn't be boxed in, couldn't be sold in a nice, neat package with easily digestible answers. He made me think about the Bible and faith in a way that no one, except perhaps for Brian McLaren, ever did.   For example

hockeyfan70

hockeyfan70

 

The Tears Beyond The Veil

For more about me, see my introduction here: From a Fellow Sojourner. Lately I've been going through a real sense of mourning, like the loss of a dearly loved one. However, no one has died. I'm 65 years old and in relatively good health. I imagine I may live another 10 to 20+ years. I have no sense of dying soon. My wife, whom I love dearly, is 50.We've been married since 1989. Part of my grief is in grieving for her, having to live 10 to 30+ years without me when I do die. And then she will nev

StephenW

StephenW