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  1. @poci Can you cite specific examples with links to posts of said Jerkiness? From the posts I read and interactions I had everyone was polite and went to great lengths to explain their viewpoint. In fact the only person who refused to engage properly was you, poci. I remember Wertbag and I were trying to get clarification about what you meant in the supernatural thread and you flat out refused to answer. I know because I tried multiple times to get clarification. I don't like it when people come here, ask questions, don't receive answers they like then get all precious about it. It takes considerable time and effort to write a decent post and to then turn around and call members jerks because you weren't personally satisfied is not on. If you are honestly searching for the truth then stick around. If not then goodbye.
    2 points
  2. In matters of ethics such as lying cheating killing etc., no my ethics have not changed. I dont kick kittens or steal little kids toys. Sexually yes I have changed.. e.g. fornication is not wrong to me. Actually, I dont think in terms of sin anymore, I think in terms of an ethic of love of others and self. Therefore fornication, lust, not praying, not attending church, leaning on my own understanding vs. trcusting God, not tithing, cursing, avenging evil against my family or me, are all no longer wrong to me. It feels very natural. I see my 21 years as an evangelical as time wasted in a cult. Nietzsche is a philosopher I read as well as Heidegger, whereas previously, I regarded them as lost souls, satanically inspired and devoid of insight. I think the ultimate nature of reality and this life will always be mysterious to mankind and that's okay. I dont require simplistic, unscholarly answers to the imponderables. I do however, cling to basic ethics of love and caring although I dont believe the creator judges or condemns those who violate these precepts, because that would create a moralistic world of condemned people just as in Christianity. I'm not an atheist, but I'm certain the Hebrew or Mohammedan Gods are atrocious creations. I follow no religion or philosophy although I do respect the natural order regarding sexuality and gender relations. Thus many things I formerly saw as sin, I now see as foolish, hurtful or self destructive. For example, heroin addiction isn't sinful, its just self destructive and hurtful to those who love the addict.
    2 points
  3. I consider Christianity to be a very, very childish collection of mythology that preys upon people's fear of death. It is not necessary for a good life, and some of its primary "features" actually get in the way of a good life. If you tell yourself that you were born evil and deserve to be burned forever for something that isn't even in your control, unless you acquiesce to letting Jesus die in your place, you do severe chronic psychological damage that can take decades to undo. Don't go there. It's a long, long trip back.
    1 point
  4. Rambling is welcome! That's essentially what started this topic. Look into the conjunction fallacy a bit, while cultural influence obviously affect the nature of a particular local religion, this particular reasoning error appears to be a hardwired reasoning defect as opposed to a cultural bias. But you are 100% correct that cultural influences are going to be a large part of the religion that ultimately springs up. Just spitballing here, but that may be why Hinduism has maintained all their local deities whereas Christianity and Islam jettisoned theirs.
    1 point
  5. There was no change in my morals, which are essentially "don't be an asshole".
    1 point
  6. Dear timeless, breadthless Being Above, send us once more a devout follower to shew us the path to your infinite coherent heaven! With neither meal nor morsel in the den it appears some here are growing restless. We await your infinite power to sate the hungry!
    1 point
  7. Poci, you would be wise to listen to Joshpantera’s words above. It’s good you are interested in hearing from the opposition side before deciding to become a Christian. You came to the right place for that. I don’t think anybody here intended to be mean to you, by the way: you may be a bit sensitive to people’s tones. If you were to take up his suggestion and engage in a discussion here, with you presenting the best arguments for Christianity and one or more of us making the case against, then if you decided that the case FOR Christianity made more sense, you could become a Christian with your belief built on a decent foundation. If you skip that step, if you don’t subject Christian claims to scrutiny, then you are not doing yourself a favor and your future as a Christian would be on shaky ground. In spite of how it seemed to you, we DO care about you. We know that people are better off when they know WHY they believe - or don’t believe. We’re ready and willing to help there, if you are willing to subject this belief system to scrutiny and testing.
    1 point
  8. Do you ever ask if anyone has found a better theory for how Muhammed rode to Jerusalem on a winged horse and split the moon? If your answer is to scoff and say "that's just a made up story", congratulations you've found your answer for the so called resurrection.
    1 point
  9. I’m sure there are STORIES of people being raised from the dead. The old B&W Frankenstein and Dracula movies are great, but they’re just stories too. In reality, people do not come back from the dead, period. If you want to know why we no longer believe in Christianity or the Bible-god, then this recent post is a good summary of the main reasons... Christianity does not even come close to being demonstrably true. But plenty of people believe it anyway, just as plenty of people believe in Islam and other religions. That’s what faith is. If you want to believe, feel free. It’s just not belief grounded in reality.
    1 point
  10. Since there have been no cases where a human has been clearly shown to have returned to life after death, I’m convinced it is impossible. Now we know that the belief developed in certain quarters in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE that a man named Jesus had returned from death. And today hundreds of millions believe it. The belief also developed in other quarters in the 7th century that a man named Muhammad travelled from Jerusalem to Heaven on a winged horse. And today hundreds of millions believe that. So if you are inclined to believe in Christianity, I would ask you why you are inclined to believe that Jesus rose form the dead. Like Muhammad and his fantastic journey, why should it be believed?
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  11. You do know it's just a story and not an historical event, right? https://infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/resurrection/lecture.html
    1 point


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