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  1. I'm doing a slow instead of fast. Full 48 hours of taking it easy.....
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  2. The question is often asked among Christian believers... "without God, how can there be any objective standard of good and evil?". I believe that this is an emotionally-driven false dichotomy.
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  3. The Bible showcases a rather questionable "morality" when it comes to women, slavery, genocide and incest. There are lots of rules WE are supposed to follow, though, if we can keep track. The Biblical rules from "God" and the behaviors of his "chosen people" reflect the ancient monarchical societies of the authors as well as the previous societies from which much is derived. The only good and practical rule is the Golden Rule, and even that didn't originate with the Bible.
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  4. Our friends just got back from their other home in NY where they've been hunkered down for Covid this past year. Our group here along with them are all vaccinated and it's as safe as it will ever be. It's really a rebirth of socializing for us all. We're doing a Chinese Easter. Local restaurant will be open and ready to supply us with all the various Chinese dishes we love. I'm thinking veggie egg foo young, Hunan chicken, egg roll, Kung Pao chicken or beef, white rice, fried rice, some noodle dishes, and we have a home made strawberry cake for dessert. Chop sticks freshly washed and ready to go (forks for the cake). If we don't get sick from Covid we'll likely get sick from over eating. Happy Easter! Oh yeah, there's not a "believer" among us!!!
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  5. I can state the above more succinctly perhaps by saying that I despise hypocrisy. I believe that my life here in the temporal realm has value. I see nothing to give me reason to believe that my life is worth more than your life or the life of anyone else. That being the case, to fail to treat others with respect and honesty is to be a hypocrite. I look in the mirror and I see a badly flawed creature, with no hope of living long enough to learn to be more than that... a flawed human. I can work at trying to be more than that, better than that, but my flaws run too deep to reasonably expect that I can attain perfection, or come anywhere near perfection within the span of years I may have remaining to me. So others deserve the same consideration, if I want any possibility to eradicate the flaw of hypocrisy in myself. As I live and interact in society, I can rationally expect no less of myself.
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  6. I build my expectations in life on an understanding of the reality which can be objectively seen and understood. And a fundamental part of that is understanding that there are no contradictions in this temporal reality. Rather, there are only apparent paradoxes, those which seem to be contradictions to the individual human perception. Things are what they are. I want to live and thrive. I accept that this is a material world and that as human beings, we have needs which cannot be met by living as other animals do... I cannot live by sleeping in a hollow tree, wake to hunt and kill another animal, eating it on the spot, then returning to my hollow tree to sleep and do the same thing tomorrow. Human beings are the only animal unable to live in our natural environment without the aid of tools, implements, and weapons. And living to anything near our fullest potential requires that we share that burden by trading human-created artifacts with other humans.... "division of labor". Enabling the specialization of labor and skills and free exchange of the products of that labor with others. Thus, the basis for society and human culture. As a rational, thinking human, how can I possibly expect to have all that work as such unless we treat each other as we naturally want to be treated ourselves? The right to private property is foundational to a functioning society. And that right to private property is at the essence of the Ten Commandments, is it not? Do not envy, do not steal, do not violate your neighbor's marriage.
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  7. Good morning Georgia. This has been discussed on this site... I was a believer my entire life until about 4 years ago. Speaking for myself, my sense of morality remains precisely the same. It's embodied in "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". There's an emotional and subjective component to that, for sure. More though, to my thinking, it's only when I treat others as I naturally wish to be treated, and others in society do the same, that anyone can reasonably and rationally expect to have peace and any sense of security in life. It isn't rational to expect that society will function in a manner where we can all live in peace and harmony if we fail to treat others as we wish to be treated.
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  8. Yeah seekingwhatisnext, I too enjoy singing religious songs like "how great though art" and rock of ages," etc. in a church pew or at a home-study get-together. One of my favorite stories concerning religious home study relates to aggressive married women who ask me what I believe. I expect they have an inkling that I don't believe so they ask. I tell them that I do not like to discuss my beliefs in a group but that I will tell them in private if they wish. That ends it right there. Not only are they afraid to talk to me in private, but the word gets around and no one thereafter asks me what I believe So I keep getting invited and going since I like to sing with the people who go and who I meet there. And the BIG JOKE of religious belief sometimes makes me smile.
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  9. · The sphinx is a man’s head with the body of a lion, combining the astrological signs of the man (Aquarius) and the Lion (Leo). This stone carving erected in 1440 BC between the paws of the Great Sphinx at Giza explains this symbolism - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Stele · The man on the right is pouring a jug of water, directly indicating the Aquarius symbol, while the man on the left is also pouring a jug, suggesting far older use of this symbol than is generally recognised. · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Stele#/media/File:Giseh_Traumstele_(Lepsius)_01.jpg · The underlying myth here, also recognised by the mystical poet WB Yeats in his poem The Second Coming, is that the Golden Age was when the spring equinox was in the constellation of Leo, around 10,000 BC, and that the coming Age of Aquarius will mark the beginning of a return to the next Golden Age. · A star shaft in the Great Pyramid points directly to the North Celestial Pole. A mainstream scientific explanation is at https://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/thuban-past-north-star From my forthcoming book · Polaris, the Pole Star, never moves from its position at the North Celestial Pole. Or at least that is how it seems. Polaris is a bright star in the constellation of the little bear. Sailors have used it for centuries to tell direction at sea. But five thousand years ago, apparently when these ideas in the Bible were developed, Polaris was a long way from the pole, which was then in the constellation of the dragon, Draco, as shown in the picture below, produced using astronomy software Skygazer. Polaris has moved its position in the sky as a result of the same slow wobble of the earth’s axis that causes the equinox points to move around the stars of the zodiac. · One of the strangest stories in the Bible is in the Revelation 13, where “the dragon gave his power, seat and authority to the leopard-bear-lion”. This weird image looks like a hallucination. But a quick review of the previous paragraph readily shows the real meaning. The “power, seat and authority” of the visible heavens rest in the point around which the whole sky revolves, the North Celestial Pole. In 2800 BC, the Pole was at the star Thuban in Draco, illustrated below. Since then it has shifted through the bear, which is right next to constellations known as the lion and (formerly) the leopard. The authors of the Revelation could see that this cosmic movement told the big history of deep time. For the general public they packaged it in supernatural visions. For the initiates, they explained the real meaning of accurate observation of the orderly movement of the heavens.
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  10. This may not resonate with everyone but I need a little advice. As many of you have already read I am getting a divorce. The main reason being that of my deconversion. My wife and I have come to a point where she especially feels like our lives have taken two different directions (which they have). And that I am not the same man she feel in love with and married. I was a preacher when we married, she met me at the height of my zeal for Bible God back before I started questioning. So I understand that this step is probably best for us both and the family. Here is the dilemma. My parents are devout Christians with some beliefs that even when I was Christian, I thought were a little out there. I'm sure you've heard the jokes about baptists thinking they will be the only ones in heaven. ....... yeah. That's my parents. The literally believe that only members of their church will be allowed inside the Holy City. And that all other believers will have to live outside the city gates. So apparently they have a class system. but anyway that's beside the point. My problem is very soon I have to break the divorce news to them. They have no idea that anything is wrong. As far as they know I haven't been preaching anymore but they think I go to church with my wife when i can. I've not been able to tell them because I know It is going to devastate my mom. Some of you are going to say," so what, its your life she'll get over it". Let me cut ya off there. I am a mommas boy. I'm proudly a mommas boy. My real dad was a POS drug addict that spent all of his and my moms money on drugs, then took money from his mother to get groceries. They divorced when I was 4. For two years it was just me and her until my step dad married her, and two years after that adopted me. He was a great father. He made up for my real dads absence and more. Its on thing to be a great dad to your own kids, it takes a special kind of person to be a great dad to someone who isn't your own. So I have wonderful parents that have always been there for me. I haven't told them because I dont want to hurt them. I would rather them live out their days believing one day they will see their son again. Even if it is only when they decide to take a stroll outside the city gates. Lol. So when I break the news to my parents they are going to want a reason why. Understandably! They have grown to love this woman as their own. But I dont have a biblical reason for a divorce. I haven't cheated, neither did she. I'm an unbeliever but I was happy to stay with my wife. Not the reason I would want to give them anyway. Neither one of us abused the other. And they aren't going to accept that we "just grew apart" or "we fell out of love" (which we didn't, I'm pretty sure deep down we both still love the other) The only way I can see them accepting this divorce is if I tell them everything. Come clean and come out of the closet about not being Christian anymore. But I really would like to see another way. I just can't. I'm pretty sure my parents will understand why she wants to leave if I tell them the truth. But then I'm the bad guy. I dont want to be the bad guy in my parents eyes, or the lost child, the fallen one, and I dont want my mom going to the grave with that fear of not seeing me again. It breaks my heart to think about it. I dunno what to do..... they are of the once saved always saved variety. So maybe they'll still think I'm going to heaven. Any thoughts? Dark Bishop
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