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  1. Yes, and when this was going on we did understand to some degree what was happening with you. And we also understand to some degree what similar episodes are happening right now to @JamesL they are different, but very similar. He joined under one name as a deconvert asking for help and then came back as JamesL. Possibly manic as well. This sort of thing happens. And can be part of someone's deconversion process. Note that as yet we have not banned JamesL. Instead we have kept the 'heat of debate' on him as he's going through whatever it is that he's currently going through.
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  2. Well........ Many of us have been harmed by Christianity by its sheer madness and we want to reduce the harm it does to others. If I can help one other person from becoming mentally ill over Christianity, then it is worth it. Christians who claim that atheists push back because they secretly believe see no problem with Christians pushing back against Islam. Do Christians secretly believe in Allah.....
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  3. On Aug 4 2019, when the Christian calling herself Georgia was asked to provide evidence that she had obtained a university education, this is how she replied. https://www.ex-christian.net/topic/82423-my-pastor-denied-my-gender/page/5/ Your extremely rude. I asked kindly not to be called names, such a nutter, crack pot, someone also said I'm delusional with this topic and my disorder will effect other topics too. Attack my views but not me personally, that's absolutely not fair. Go away- for what ? Is this not a place to debate? Don't patronise me because I
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  4. I came here with an earlier account as a Christian. I read articles on the ex Christian website and later joined the forum. I had a different screen name, my own name, but paranoia caused me to ask florduh to delete the account for me. In retrospect it was irrational paranoia. I didn't know I could have changed my name without creating a new account. I went in and out of hypomania, mania, and depression. My medication was inadequate. I drove everybody crazy. I had a fear of hell and the Christian god. I started reading more about the inadeqacy of the bible. I read a lot of li
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  5. I’m hesitant to write this portion. I’ve lived in the fishbowl of being the pastors wife for so many years and it is ingrained in me to always worry what others will think and to always be a good example. I worry what if someone who knows me, someone from my church were to come to this site and find my story. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to get out from under this weight of others opinions. My husband still desires to fill in for pulpit supply at churches and so I can’t run away from Christianity in a blaze of glory with a giant F you. I must watch myself. Also as I said in a response my
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  6. I think using the analogy of parents following a progression when raising kids fails as a parallel to god-garden-getting-to-gethsamane. The main failure involved is that parents have no choice but to start with infantile little people with no greater awareness than to shit themselves and then cry in their discomfort. Humans start as infants and cannot start as anything else. But, as has been stated beyond the point of belaboring, god had a choice in his creation. He could have created humans as fully cognizant, fully functional adults. He could have created an entire tribe of
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  7. Help theologians? Are you serious? They woukd probably not even read your book, let alone use it to reconfigure their beliefs. Do you imagine pope francis going...aaa yes...the gospels is just about stars in the sky? :))
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  8. Well, no wonder they came from scottish prebyterians. This is a NO TRUE SCOTSMAN after all :)) My firm opinion is the majority do not come or stay in religion or large groups with ideologies like politics bk of truth. But bk of emotional/physical needs. This means that they do not really care about consistency and if they run into cognitive disssonance they cling to religion as much as possible. It was true for me, to some, but not all extent. So smtimes they come up with simple cliche to refute others. Oh you don t believe right at the bat? Then you weren't saved. So no
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  9. Isn't it a great feeling!! And the longer you are free, the more the whole system seems absurd.
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  10. Checks my watch. The library is closed...just about time for James to post something.
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  11. James, one book says that Jesus said the cock shall not crow before Peter denied him three time. Another book has it at twice. And the following stories are made to follow suite according to Jesus prophecy. It is most definitely a contradiction. You and the author of the article just simply explain it away as having more detail. But it isn't true. If the Bible is truly inspired by an ALL KNOWING and ALL POWERFUL God then surely he can make sure everyone is on the same page. Or well he really isn't all that powerful if he can't even do that. Right? But what am I thinking? he can't even get his
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  12. When you have lived in enough places and service clients from multiple cultures you quickly realize that you grew up and reside inside a bubble, assuming everyone views the world in a manner similar to you. Once you spend years in another culture or years servicing clients from other cultures you learn that "good" as opposed to "laws" may not have much overlap.
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  13. Hey @SerenelyBlue I’m so glad to hear you’re doing so well now! Thank you for letting us know. Sometimes we lose touch with people and wonder how they’re doing. I recall when you were much less clear-minded and more anxious. People here might not have been sure how to help you but we were sure you were not trolling us or trying to be that way. So good you got the help you needed. I trust this community helped you look at Christianity objectively once you were in a position to do that.
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  14. I have always enjoyed reading about the paranormal / occult / "Fortean phenomena". I'm neither a complete skeptic nor a true believer, I just find it to be entertaining.
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  15. I've only had brief episodes with anxiety, but the feeling of my mind not being right was genuinely scary. I'm so glad that you found good help and were able to navigate your way back out. Welcome back!
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  16. That means a lot to, thank you.
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  17. Thank you very much.
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  18. That might be the hardest one for them to dance around, but dance they will! Perhaps it was moral back in those good old days but it's immoral today. For Bible believing Christians, morality is literally the MOST SUBJECTIVE topic, yet they think of us as lacking a basis for a moral code. If your moral code must come from the Bible then you must decide which parts of it you shall ignore. Interesting, no?
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  19. But St. Paul was a tent maker; and James lives in a tent. Tents can't exist without being created; therefore St. Paul must exist, and James' tent proves it. Checkmate, motherfucker. If only you would sell all your possessions and send the money to an offshore bank account located in the Cayman Islands in the name of Johnny Redneck, god would help you believe.
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  20. As I think about fear of HELL more, I find it curious that it (fear) strikes the good and well meaning people more then it strikes the people who are criminals. So if anything, it has the unintended consequence of scaring the wrong people and not having the desired effect of preventing crimes and violence.
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  21. These Catholics I worked with swore their religion was real Christianity. Georgia seems to feel her version , whatever it is, is the real Christianity, but not those damn Catholics. The Pentecostals said their version was the real Christianity and used the 'gifts of the spirit' and didnt like the Catholics much. Visiting Baptists believe the gifts of the spirit have expired so disagree with the Pentecostals. A Church of Christ I tried out once thought musical instruments was not scriptural , so of course they would not have liked the Pentecostals and their damn rock n roll
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  22. I think the problem with Christianity is that too many Christians are turning to the Occult and other religions and therefore are dabbling in all of them, including Satanism. So I guess it is to say, I was Christened at birth, I just left the church for other reasons, mainly indoctrination of facebook ...instead of bringing people to Christ, they are leading people to an organization of greedy billionaires who sold them out long before they even got there.
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  23. Yes, please believe and worship whatever you wish, just don't try to write your religious dogma into our secular law. Oh, and stop knocking on my door!
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  24. I just posted this article "Sexual Anguish of Atlanta Suspect is Familiar Thorn for Evangelicals" to FB along with my views on Christian purity. May have opened the barn door this time, time will tell. https://news.yahoo.com/sexual-anguish-atlanta-suspect-familiar-140929602.html
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  25. I’ve been reading on here on and off for the past 5 years or so. I finally joined so I guess I’ll introduce myself and try to keep it short so it doesn’t turn into my ex testimony. I’m in my early 40s. I grew up going to a Bible Church, which is where I met my husband as a teenager. He went to Bible college, we married and he became the pastor of that same church we grew up in. We had a couple of kids who are in their late teens now. I had always had doubts since childhood, I never told anyone. Instead of following those doubts, I tried to silence them. I knew that doubts equaled hell so I t
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  26. I have it on good authority that Heaven is a real, physical place. Several devout believers and ministers told me so.
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  27. Welcome, Seeking. It sounds like you have a good sense of self-awareness, which is something I lacked for many years even after deconversion. It has been interesting for me to watch myself evolve as a person and I sometimes surprise myself. Having family support really helps, too; though I'm sure it hurts to think of your husband's career being taken away because of your lack of belief. I hope to hear more from you.
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  28. Indeed, it's mind-boggling how many people are gung-ho for the orange moron. Even when I was a fervent believer who mostly aligned with the religious right, I would not have thought highly of this buffoon we have now. He's the most arrogant, self-centered, egotistical, lying-ass sack-of-shit president we've ever had, at least in my lifetime. He's a downright horrible person, and I'm glad that my still-religious wife sees that and can't stand him. What gets me is the sheer hypocrisy of so many on the religious right. Even my own father, who is a very honest man who would never knowi
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