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    I've been watching a lot of Yale School of Religion YouTube videos lately & I highly recommend these. These are actual classes being taught by Yale Professors. Christine is this Professors first name but I don't know her last name. I assume many of her students are planning on a career in religion at some level. The Professor noted in one of her lectures that she didn't want to harm anyone's faith or beliefs but this was a university & they teach from the historical critical perspective, not from the perspective of faith. She also noted that in this course you will come to see that the Bible is literature not history & it's important for you to understand the difference. That is a key difference that everyone should be aware of because that would solve a lot of problems some people have with the Bible.
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    First & foremost, radical scholars have presented sufficient evidence to support Jesus being a literary figure only. In other words, Jesus was a fictional character in a fictional story. Additionally, fundamentalists believers think the Bible is a record of real historical events. Scholars, however, has shown by a preponderance of evidence that the Bible is an example of literature not history. In other words, the Bible is a collection of mythical stories aka theological myths. So , no, Jesus didn't rise from the dead because he never existed in the flesh.
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    My experience is not typical. Most folks go through more of a process until they concede their is no god/hell/heaven/spaghetti monster. Mine was a bit more immediate. After a couple decades under church programming, and processing reality "on a separate channel" in my mind I found myself looking over beautiful scenery surrounding Mt. Hood. At that moment I thought "What if god is imaginary? What would that mean? Does it explain why people behave and act they way they do"? Almost immediately it became soooo clear: This explains everything!!! Over the next 20 to 30 minutes I sware I could physical feel my mind's operating system reprogramming itself. I no longer believed any of it. No fear of hell. Just a mind now living in reality. For a few years bad memory of church abuse were easily triggered by church speech/buildings/symbols/bumper stickers/billboards/social media etc.... but it does fade away. But, for me, in reality, life, and peace of mind, has never been this good.
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    We don't even need bible believers to studying its origins. They can just read its content: If nothing else this portion should give great pause to anyone with half a conscience: Numbers 31: 14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. 15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord. 17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
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    The Genesis creation myth was written during the Babylonian captivity. Elements of it was stolen from the Babylonian creation myth. Much of Genesis was copied from other ancient cultures myths. The God Christians worship today is the mythical son of a mythical Canaanite War God named El. If present day Christians actually studied the origins & evolution of their Bible & the Christian Faith there would be a lot of vacant Church buildings. But then again if they actually read their Bibles......
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    I've primarily been a lurker around here, but today, a FB post to our "siblings" group really got to me. My niece is a lovely young woman who has really had it hard since her teenage years when her parents (my brother and his wife) divorced. She got pregnant at 16, forced to give birth, then give up the child for adoption; a few years ago her husband was nearly killed in a freak accident; he has really never fully recovered. Then her house burned down, killing her two beloved dogs (luckily, no human life lost). Now, after having appeared to have gotten back on her feet, and only months after having a much-wanted baby, she has now been found to have uterine cancer. This poor little lady just hasn't gotten a break. BUT, but, but... her (my) family knows that God has great plans for her! I almost gagged when I read my sister's post: "Prayers please for our beautiful Amy as she faces challenging surgery next week. God certainly is preparing this young family for great things. — praising God." With a halo-wearing emoji yet! I threw up a little in my mouth. Thanks for letting me vent...

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