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  1. 6 points
    It made me believe that by myself I was immoral. It made me believe that no one could be good to me. It made believe that I couldn't do anything without a supreme being. It made me believe that I couldn't help myself. It made me believe that little children were going to go to hell. It made me believe that all human effort was useless. It made me believe that I all I needed to do was rely on the promises and blessings of God. It made me believe that all my actions were only rags of dirt. It made me believe that I knew something I could never prove.
  2. 5 points
    It made me believe the promises of Jesus It made me believe that God promised to answer my prayers because he loved me It made me believe that when those prayers weren't answered, that God was answering with "a better plan" It made me believe that God's better plan included suffering and death instead of what I "thought I needed" It made me believe that a constant shell-game of beautiful -sounding promises, "better plans", and God's utter failure was really God's faithful and powerful response of love It made me believe that God was my father who was watching over me and would protect and provide It made me believe that his threats of harm were because he was holy It made me believe that my own sexual desires were really the devil, and that I was now holy but compromising with the devil It made me believe that satisfying my sexual desires made me unclean and made God want to hurt me It made me believe that God was justified in hating me, and that only another tortured person's blood could save me from being burned alive by the God who loved me It made me believe that groveling in tears of shame before this being was the right response to having been a mere human It made me believe that a cruel, abusive, spiteful, harmful, irritable, capricious, blood-loving, tantrum-throwing man was in charge of the universe, and that his actions and threats were really good instead of evil because he's "holy" It made me believe that "men of God" who behaved this way were good because they were chosen as leaders of the house, leaders of the church, and my role was to submit to their whims which weren't really whims because they were led by God
  3. 2 points
    There's some funnies in here: He picked out most of the things that caught my attention too. I like the reality TV dynamic of these state of the unions. The Real World 5,000,000 Washington DC *and action!*
  4. 2 points
    It made me fly an airplane into the World Trade Center.
  5. 2 points
    Nothing is impossible with God, except for the things which are impossible for God.
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    I realized a few years ago that my posts were visible on the search engines; and that, worst still, both my screen name and my little "ix" symbol are also associated with me in real life, meaning that anyone coming across my posts would immediately recognize me by my name and trademark. Fortunately, I've suffered from a lifelong case of the fuck-its, so, after the initial shock, I just laughed it off and went on about my business.
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    Here’s one to get you started. A very energetic one from Dark Element feat Anette Olzon. https://youtu.be/A7fuuDc2hH0
  8. 1 point
    I passed a church today on my way to a business meeting - and something totally caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the brick building and the words Unitarian Universalist. Next thing I noticed- four or five black homeless people with their belongings hanging out in the front yard of the church. The church had set up a table and was handing out something to the homeless people I couldn't tell what. I went to my meeting. On my way back to the freeway I passed the same church. The table with handouts was gone but three of the homeless people were still resting on the benches on the church property. Then I noticed the sign hanging out in front of the church that I took a picture of and that I now share with you: This congregation believes: Love Is Love Black lives matter Climate change is real No human being is illegal Women's rights are human rights All genders are whole, holy, and good. Then I instantly understood why there were homeless people who felt welcomed there. And my eyes filled up with tears at the beauty of it all. 7 years ago I would have looked at that "statement of faith" and scoffed. Now I look at it and it resonates with me deeply. I can tell you this - my white Fundamentalist Suburban Church with a really long biblical and orthodox statement of faith never had homeless black people taking refuge on its property. In fact, the pastor of that church, a prominent Evangelical, was one of the key signers of the recent statement on social justice and the gospel - the document that warned Evangelical churches that an overemphasis on social justice would confuse and obscure the gospel message... Now I can see that social justice is a thing for the Evangelical Church to fear because the more we take up the cause of the hurting, the outcasts, and the marginalized, the more we realize that the only Justice that will come to this world will be at the result of our hands, our efforts, our toil.
  9. 1 point
    I recently met a man from Estonia who never heard the term "Cunts" in his country until he came to Australia. On one particular night we went out to the supermarket to buy some cigarettes, cigarettes are expensive here (25 dollars for one packet) He couldn't stop saying "Those cunts" they're all cunts! he'd say, to which I replied that we are all cunts, either good cunts or bad cunts.
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    This is probably one of the most amazing videos I've ever seen. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/315487551?ref=em-v-share
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    Chris and Joni had known each other since Joni was a toddler. As long as Joni can remember, Chris had been part of her life. In Junior High, they made their relationship official; and in High School they were completely inseparable. They even went off to college together, to strengthen their relationship. One day, Chris asked Joni to become his bride; and she readily accepted. A year went by, during which time Joni spent a lot of time looking at dresses, picking out China, and reading Bride magazine. But Chris never gave her an engagement ring. Joni just figured the ring must be something really special; and Chris has some mysterious plan for giving it to her in some spectacularly romantic way. Another year passed; and for Joni’s birthday, Chris produced a ring with a low-grade, ¼ carat diamond wrapped in a bag marked “Big Al’s Gun and Pawn.” Joni was disappointed; but she just figured that Chris was wisely saving money to put toward the incredible future he planned to give her. Five more years went by. Joni was no longer excited about the wedding; but she was committed to the relationship with Chris. Because he had promised her that the life they would have together would be extra-ordinary. She dreamed of the house in the quiet neighborhood, the laughter of their future children, the vacations; and most of all, the love and happiness of their family. Chris had often comforted her with these thoughts during her periods of doubt and frustration. Twenty more years went by. Joni had passed the age where she was able to bear children. She would never hear their laughter, or walk them to the school bus stop. But Chris continued to promise her the bright future she had dreamed of since childhood. Do you think, maybe, that Joni would be justified in leaving Chris? If so, then you’ll understand why I (John) left Christ.
  13. 1 point
    Say, mate, could I bum a faggot?
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    Nothing to see here. Move along. Islamophobia. Video is racist. I'm a Nazi for posting this.
  16. 1 point
    This is to a tee exactly how I feel about taxes. I don't mind paying and I don't mind if it helps others, but we haven't had much of a say in how it's used, the government does and it has demonstrated corruption. You sound much more gracious than me in how you worded your views on taxes, lolol, I sound like an embittered little @Burnedout :P
  17. 1 point
    That was the huge crack in the wall for me. Sitting in the therapists office spilling my story about a narcissist father who was always hearing god for my life. And I realized that the bible is mostly men hearing from god who then tell people to go do stuff or stop doing stuff. The next big ah ha moment was when my oldest child tried to tell me she heard from god about a minor decision that needed to be made. I jolted back in my chair and barked at her to not say that to me. Took a deep breath and explained that if god told her something it was for *her* and not me. And again...I realized my words were in total contrast to most of scripture. I got on YouTube,fairly convinced whatever I found wasn’t going to stand up to thirty years of my religion and four year degree in bible college. I was wrong. It fell like a house of cards,the damn broke and I couldn’t take back what I had learned. The most important fact to me was finding out when the gospels were written in relation to the books supposedly written by Paul. I watched documentaries,Dawkins,Richard Carrier. Part of me felt like I was experiencing a death of someone I knew for my whole life. Part of me was so relived that hell isn’t real,that satan and demons aren’t real. That conditional love is damaging and destructive and wrong. I threw it all in the trash and started listening to “secular” music for the first time in my life. What was amazing to me at first was how god didn’t send me dreams or people or anything to woo me back. I realized that wasn’t going to happen. It’s only been six months since all this happened,so I still wonder about a lot of things. But I am So Much Happier now. I can be me and find out who that is and has been all this time.
  18. 1 point
    Understood; but just because I said "those who pay should benefit first", that doesn't automatically mean I fit your definition of the "help yourself crowd". That was a conclusion you jumped to on your own; and a false assumption, to boot. This is what I mean when I say that the taxpayer should be the first to benefit: Currently, the bulk of our tax dollars are spent exterminating women and children in Arabic countries, or lining the pockets of our corrupt corporate overlords. We didn't vote for this; and a good deal of us don't want it. What we'd rather have is the ability to stay healthy, or the ability to drive to work on safe roads, or to not have to supplement our kids' education because there isn't enough money to buy classroom supplies. In other words, our tax dollars ought to benefit Americans (whether they be immigrants, Natives, or Indigenous... but not the fucking Irish, fuck them). As it stands now, the only benefit we receive from our own tax dollars, are essentially the scraps and crumbs that are left over (and we should be grateful that our leaders care enough about us to give us those). Obviously, not everyone in America pays taxes, for reasons ranging from disability that prevents them from work, to being a toddler who can barely count to 10 without falling asleep at the effort. Such people could easily be taken care of by the taxes of those who do work, if our money wasn't being wasted on implementing new innovations for killing mohammedan women and children. However, limitations should be put in place, such that illegal immigrants, or those who could work but don't, receive the left-overs; which is not to say "help yourselves", but rather to say, "wait your turn, we've got veterans living on the streets." I've been working, and paying taxes since I was 15 years old. Yet I've had teeth rot out of my head on account of not being able to afford simple dental procedures. This past year, I had to pay out-of-pocket for treatment of varicella zoster on account of not having insurance at the time. I've lived on food stamps and unemployment, while simultaneously paying exorbitant tuition rates so I could get a degree and try to get ahead in life. I know what it means to "help myself"; and I know what it means to be helped when I legitimately needed it. Like you said, it's easy to label.
  19. 1 point
    I would think provisions could be made for the vulnerable within a socialized economy. Provided they can sufficiently demonstrate that they are, in fact, "vulnerable". I had assumed that was understood. My bad if it wasn't.
  20. 1 point
    The Unitarian Universalists are a hell of lot better than the fundamentalists, fer sure!
  21. 1 point
    "to do by the ballot box what amounts to naked and raw violence to people like me and you." Voting = violence...that's a rather libtard kinda thing to say, isnt it? Have you been to the emergency room to get that ummm...emotional laceration bandaged up?
  22. 1 point
    I'd find the price of smokes more offensive than whatever word might be used to describe the seller. But this does remind me of a time when I lived in Ireland and heard a girl on a train asking her boyfriend if he'd like to come to her house and pet her new pussy.
  23. 1 point
    And "all god's promises are 'yea' and 'amen'", except the ones that don't come true. Those are all just part of god's mysterious plan.
  24. 1 point
    The more of this guy's videos I watch, the more I like him. He seems like a pretty cool guy.
  25. 1 point
    My kid was in it. The kids were mostly doing it for the positive attention, and the film makers encouraged them to really ramp it up and make it good. Yeah this shit happened but we were deceived about the filmmakers actual goals in filming. I wish people could just stop watching this particular movie. It prob doesn't hurt my daughter any more as she is a completely non-religious woman in her 20s now with a great life and career. But for a while, she felt victimized every time someone posted her pic from the movie and spent some amount of time requesting that sites please remove her image. Even in college people recognized her when they watched it and would ask about it. Im not trying to be a dick, but consider the victims/kids who were in it. If possible let this piece of shit film just die already. Its not real. The kids were just faking it for the adults in charge. That is the whole point I know, but the real damage to the kids was the movie itself, not the silly camp. Just keep that in mind as you view and comment on your podcast - which I have listened to btw
  26. 1 point
    Also guy proclaiming how vile and disgusting TS and co are (I assume that means anyone disagreeing with BO et al) says this: Yep, you read that right! The guy talking about disgusting humans and moral superiority hopes that violence will be inflicted against people disagreeing with him. Why? Because they don't share his ideals and ideas. Wow, just wow. Much covfefe. This truly is BO's thread for all things BO. Huge rant, ad hom galore, and wishing violence befalls another member. I LOVE this community! LOVE IT I SAY!
  27. 1 point
    Like this? I think I got the gist of it.
  28. 1 point
    Lets compare this with what the Bible says about caring for the homeless. https://www.openbible.info/topics/helping_the_homeless
  29. 1 point
    It makes almost as much sense if you only read the CAPITAL LETTERS.
  30. 1 point
    Everything in your post applies to me as well, but I'd like to add one thing, if you don't mind... Religion stole my childhood.
  31. 1 point
    I'm choking with laughter at this point. The irony. Did you even read the pile of shit you posted? BO me mate, I do think you've out done yourself. I think that even beats your global warming rants. I vote BO's post above as the most bigly BO post ever. It is a big post. A great post. Covfefe. I do believe the oft quoted term for that rant of BO's is... triggered? No that's not it... TRIGGERED!!! Because putting stuff in CAPS makes you doubly right!
  32. 1 point
    The problem here is that you're treating people like a bunch of sheeple who have no brains and blindly buy into whatever propaganda they're fed. In other words maybe you should stop generalizing people who identify more on the left on the political scale of things as completely ignorant and brainless. Differences in thinking can be attributed to differences in values and priorities ie maybe some of them have differing opinions from you and have thought them out, and that's ok.
  33. 1 point
    Even if they cut their dick off?
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    You're not a troll. That was made clear. Let's just rock this shit out then. "To start this off, without any words, I got so high, I scratched till I bled, Love myself better than you, I know it's wrong, but what should I do..." "I'm on a plain, I can't complain!"
  35. 1 point
    What's wrong with the Confederacy, racism, etc? According to the today's conservative-libertarian philosophers, the Civil War was about state's rights, which is a noble thing worth fighting for. The same philosophers also state that IQ tests demonstrate that blacks are mentally inferior to whites, so if that's the case it logically follows that mental inferiors should be separated from the superiors. Also, what's wrong with secession? I heard from a lot of conservatives here in Texas that they want to secede from the USA. What you describe are all conservative-libertarian ideologies and interests.
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    El Chapo is pro wall.
  38. 1 point
    Thank you so much MOHO. It's a wonderful thing to feel appreciated. The internet is amazing in what it has done to help people who are questioning their religion to have readily available information (including things contrary to what is taught in churches) anonymously. My heart goes out to people and especially children who are wanting or trying to free themselves from these damaging cults. I retired last week and am thinking of starting a Recovering From Religion local group as part of my plan for creating a fulfilling new phase in my life. I believe you and I and everyone who contributes here are performing a much needed service that just wasn't available back when I was 13, 14, and 15 and would so much have appreciated a place like this to talk about what I was thinking and the problems I was facing. Your enthusiasm and genuineness come through so clearly (along with your sense of humor) in your frequent posts. Keep up the good work! It's great to be participating on this site with you.
  39. 1 point
    And go to great lengths and jump through many hoops in order to attempt to do so? A ) All knowing god somehow misses the fact that he's inspiring bronze age priests to draft contradictory myths which he already knows future generations of believers will be unable to defend or make any sense of. Questioning his all knowing-ness. B ) All knowing god somehow purposefully inspired bronze age priests to incorrectly describe creation on purpose, willfully hanging up his own apologist's of the future with untenable foundations. So they'll always, no matter what, turn out completely wrong in the end. The god knows all, but misleads his followers on purpose. C ) All knowing god had absolutely nothing to do with any of it. Bronze age priests write about their own thoughts and feelings, call it god, which turn out to be completely untenable with respect to reality. And future generations of apologist's are stuck with the dead weight that the bronze age priests left them with. The god doesn't exist, so doesn't know anything and didn't inspire anything at all. It seems to me that C is the most obvious answer as to why believer's have to do all the talking for YHWH or Jebus, they always have. It's always been make believe. Making a more fitting title of "make believers." Maybe in time people will simply ask, 'so, are you a make believer or a non-make believer?'
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    How come believers have to do the talking for Jebus?
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    I think one of the things some of the others have been trying to explain, and you either aren't getting or not admitting that you are getting, is that the dust of the ground is star dust, because all of the elements in observed nature originated from the reactions within stars. So, to answer your question, which is improperly framed, by the way, there is no difference.
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    Thanks a lot for the support and ideas guys. Feeling a lot better, its still very difficult to focus as this is on my mind 24/7 but I'm learning to control my thoughts...I think... Better understanding the arguments have helped me disassociate the voice with the devil and more so realise that these are bad thoughts..., still these thoughts get to me as it's not something I can stop thinking about and ignore, perhaps there is some way to manage these negative thoughts in a way that would help me focus in school and at work? Because right now it is a little difficult to focus and get things done, especially at school. Thanks once again for reaching out :).
  44. 1 point
    Aren't these his Orange Years?
  45. 1 point
    Abortion should be legal for the first 18 years of a child's life.
  46. 1 point
    You know Trump is full of shit and hasn't done one useful thing, B.O.
  47. 1 point
    Yes! I really love these sentiments and hope to pass on the same sort of ideals.
  48. 1 point
    Well, you apparently have not read enough of SB's posts, or the years of posts he made before he changed his screen name to Serenity Blue (didn't know about those, perhaps?). SB has a serious mental illness. He was also deeply infected with a rather virulent strain the Christian God Virus. Over the years, we watched as he battled these two infirmaries and, slowly, but eventually, he deconverted from his religious indoctrination right in front of us. His mental illness continued and he has had many relapses in and out of the religious nonsense. The severity of his bipolar condition has diminished over the years, with occasional flareups. He is having a minor flareup right now. SB is not a troll. Your conclusion otherwise is simply wrong.
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    I had a similar thing. When people ask me what "started it" my answer almost always feels different. I can point to several moments of cognitive dissonance. The one that happened to me in Genesis was when I saw a meme online that was like "Right. There were three days before the sun was created" or something similar and I was like......"dumbass humans wrote this shit" lol
  50. 1 point
    Your requirements for proof a quite good, if god is a personal god. However, this does not preclude the existence of a deistic god who simply doesn't care about you. For example, I was making yogurt today and in doing so, I create an environment where I pasteurize my milk to kill off all microorganisms then add in a live bacteria culture to then, be fruitful and multiply as it were. If, say, one of these bacteria became aware and asked me what it was, I could tell it that it's a bacteria in a pot. Being alarmed and confused it may accuse me of lying. As a comparative god to it, I'd find that amusing. ((NOTE: If I were YHWH, I'd be screaming at the pot, adding sanitizers to it to kill untold numbers of bacteria and demanding their praise and obedience for creating their world and the lives they have.)) If this bacteria started demanding that I demonstrate my power to it, I may rightly say that I have far more important things to worry about than answering to the demands of a bacteria in a pot. If after awhile there were countless numbers of them, all petitioning me for everything from finding their lost possessions to changing the very world they live in, demanding answers, praising me, cursing me and every which other, I may eventually just shush the pot and put a lid on it so that I do not have to listen and their world continues on has it has, as I made it. In this instance, the lack of demonstrable evidence of my power does not preclude my existence. Neither does belief or non-belief in me really matter to me in the slightest. But how would the bacteria who cannot leave the pot truly know if I am real or not? Well, there's a good chance they could never know unless I returned and started interacting with their world again. But unless I do, my existence actually doesn't even matter. What would it take for me to believe again? Well, definitely a god interacting with the world. But the only concept of a god I have now still wouldn't care about my belief or non-belief. If it reappeared and said, "Yup, I am the one who created life." I'd fully expect that if I started demanding answers of it, I'd be ignored. That god would do whatever it's motivation is to do and there isn't much I can do about it. Now, if YHWH is real and then shows himself to me, I'd first assume I was crazy and ask for external confirmation. If I receive that, my next question would be, "WHERE THE F*** HAVE YOU BEEN?!"