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Brother Jeff

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  1. I was actually born and raised in Lake Jackson, TX. And I've lived several places in Texas as an adult. But I did get to spend 12 years in Anchorage, AK, and it was amazing! Loved it... except for the icy winter roads. Hated those. But overall I loved my time in Alaska! But it is nice to be back in a much warmer climate, though I'm not sure how I'll feel about that when the blazing hot summer hits!
  2. It's not so much the strain of running the site. I don't mind the work involved. It's getting traffic to my sites that is always the problem. My sites usually just end up as magnets for comment spam, and that's about it. As far as videos go, I would have to learn how to make them... any suggestions?
  3. Yes, most of the time. Depends on the phase my bipolar illness is in. I actually find a lot to like in religious mysticism, but I don't believe in God, except maybe as Pure Consciousness. I'm open to that idea...
  4. I stayed up praying all night and reading God's Word (THE BIBLE!!), and I asked THE LORD JESUS CHRIST back into my life, to be my LORD and SAVIOR, and I got baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues!!! I prayed in the Spirit for HOURS!!! HALLELUJAH!!! PRAISE GOD, JESUS IS LORD!!! HALLELUJAH!!! HE IS THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS AND HE IS COMING BACK SOON TO TAKE US ALL HOME TO BE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN!!! BLESS THE LORD AND HALLELUJAH!!!
  5. I'm not able to enter new topics or reply to existing topics in Chrome. Just for grins I fired up Microsoft's new Edge browser, and it all works fine, though a bit slow, but that may be my Net provider since it's satellite and the weather is bad here right now. The Talking Snake is magically causing it to rain. Glory!
  6. Hey everybody, I haven't participated much around here for quite a while, but I hope you are all doing well. I took a long break from dealing with religion much at all, and I've pretty much given up on finding any sort of spirituality that would work for me. There are beliefs and practices that I find interesting, but I'm generally only interested in it when I'm manic. And as far as being a voice for reason and atheism, I just don't know, but I'd like to give it another shot. The only problem is that I have a mental illness to deal with on a daily basis, and I have periodic manic religious episodes that destroy my credibility with people who don't understand that I have a mental illness and I can't help my religious thoughts and feelings when I'm manic. It's all incredibly REAL when it's going on, and it's easy for me to convince myself that it really is for real and that I've entered into an awesome new way of life that will give me joy every day for the rest of my life. So, while the manic religiosity is going on, it's impossible for me to just stay silent about it because I'm feeling so much love and joy and I want to share it with the whole world, and in the moment it doesn't matter that it's not real and that it's just a product of mental illness. In the moment, I just don't care. It feels REAL and I want it to be real, so while I'm manic I'm also heavily in denial that it's all a product of mental illness. But at any rate, all of that said, I'm feeling reasonably stable now, and I'd like to give doing a website again a shot. I've had nothing but frustration with that for years and I've done a number of dead sites that never did anything but become magnets for tons of comment spam. Even so, I am ready to try again and I feel compelled to put my voice out there, though I know I can't compete with the major atheist bloggers out there who get most of the traffic and interaction. Of course, given time, I'm hoping that my voice can once again be significant and wanted too. I'm going to try a different approach. In the past, my blogs have been a mixture of angry rants and the anti-religious humor I was once known for. I'll probably keep some of the humor around for no other reason than it makes ME laugh, but I'll be dispensing with the angry rants. I'd like to put a calm and reasonable voice out there for atheism in the Bible Belt now that I live in Texas. I do have a site online, though I haven't done much with it for a while. I plan to start posting to it again maybe even today... My site is here: http://www.texanatheist.com I'd really appreciate it if y'all would take a look at it and offer me some feedback. The site is a work in progress, and I know that some of it needs some work. I'm also doing a lot of reading on religion. Lots of atheist stuff, but also lots of liberal Christian stuff and even a couple of books from fundies, you know, those Christian apologist folks. I have a LOT of books and a whole lot of reading to do, which of course will take some time to get done, but as I complete books, I'm planning to review them on my blog. And I'm not talking about angry rants against the Christian authors. I'm planning to do thoughtful, serious reviews that I hope my readers, assuming I have any lol, will value. So... before this post gets too long, I'll stop for now. Thanks for listening... Oh... and I still haven't forgiven myself for taking my original "Religion is Bullshit" site offline way back in 2004. It was very popular, and if I had continued it, I may well be one of those major atheist voices I now envy the popularity of today... Every site I've done since then has bombed and been nothing but a spam magnet.. Sigh... But I'm hoping this time will manage to be different.
  7. I had an encounter many years ago with a church of Christ friend and his pastor. We were discussing religion, of course, and they shocked the hell out of me when they informed me that I wasn't saved because I hadn't been properly baptized. I had accepted Jesus as my savior, I was Baptized in the Spook and spoke in tongues, I read the Bible frequently, prayed often, worshiped, all that religious stuff... but in their minds I was not saved simply because I hadn't been baptized. They said I was close to being saved, but not there yet....
  8. I’m a professional evangelist. I travel the country — and sometimes the world, when the Lard magically commands it — trusting the Spook of Kryasst who is also somehow magically Him to magically cause those who hear me preach the Good News, the Glorious Bullshit about Kryasst, to believe and be SLAVED! As I’m sure you know, the most important decision we can make in life is our Sky Decision about who the Lard Jesus is and what we must do to follow Him. I couldn’t believe it when I first heard the Truth that 2000 years before I was born, the Lard Jesus Kryasst sacrificed Himself to Himself on the big giant stick to save me from the Holy Farter version of Himself! I always sensed somehow that something was wrong with me, and when I heard that that “wrongness” was because Adam and Eve killed my inner spook because they ate some magic fruit from a magic tree after listening to a lying talking snake and caused me to do shit that pisses Jesus off, even against my own will — well, it all just suddenly made perfect sense! The Word says that Jesus came to destroy the diabolical magical works of the Talking Snake (which He did when He Croaked in the Spook on the big giant stick), and the Word also says that Kryasst is gonna ride His Sky Horse down from the Sky Kingdom someday very soon to kick the Talking Snake’s ass for good! Glory! Considering everything that Kryasst has done for me, how can I NOT totally dedicate every moment of my life to Him and His glorious work all around this biblically flat planet? I say without shame or fear of any man that KRYASST IS MY EVERYTHING. He Croaked in the Spook and then Magically Undeadened Himself so that by believing that Glorious Bullshit, I could be SLAVED and go to live with Him in the Sky Kingdom forever after I Croak in the Spook. Hall-lay-LOOH-Yah!!
  9. You need to be slaved, and I praze GAWD that the Spook of Kryasst who is also somehow magically Him has magically convinced you of that fact! Glory! Here's how to get slaved! Let's walk the Romans Road together, shall we? You'll notice that all of the following verses are from the glorious Book of Romans, which is why our journey is said to be on the metaphorical Romans Road! The first verse on the Romans Road to slavation is Romans 3:23, "For all have done shit that pisses Jesus off, and come short of the glory of Gawd." We have all done shit that pisses Jesus off. We have all done things that are displeasing to the Holy Farter. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what the shit we do that pisses Him off looks like in our lives. The second Scripture on the Romans Road to slavation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of doing shit that pisses Jesus off - "For the wages of doing shit that pisses Jesus off is death; but the magical gift of Gawd is a second magical eternal life after this one is over through Jesus Kryasst our Lord." The punishment that we have earned for doing shit that pisses the Magic Sky Man off is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death! Without Jesus, not only will your physical body die, but your inner spook (the real you) will die too! The third verse on the Romans road to slavation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, "but the magical gift of Gawd is a second magical eternal life after this one is over through Jesus Kryasst our Lord." Romans 5:8 declares, "But Gawd demonstrates how He made love to us from the Sky Kingdom, in that while we were still doing shit that pisses Him off, Kryasst sacrificed Himself to Himself for us." Jesus Kryasst died for us! Jesus' death paid the price to the Sky Him for doing shit that pisses Him off. Jesus' magical undeadening proves that Gawd the Holy Farter accepted Jesus' sacrifice to the Him up there in the Sky as the payment for doing shit that pisses Him off. The fourth stop on the Romans road to slavation is Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that Gawd magically undeadened Him, you will be slaved." Because of Jesus' sacrifice to the Sky Him on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His sacrifice to the Sky Him as the payment for doing shit that pisses Him off - and we will be slaved! Romans 10:13 says it again, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be slaved." Jesus died to pay the penalty for our having done shit that pisses Him off and rescue us from Himself and the loving flaming torture chamber. Slavation, the forgiveness of having done shit that pissed Him off, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Kryasst as their Lord and Slaver. The final aspect of the Romans road to slavation is the results of slavation. Romans 5:1 has this glorious message, "Therefore, since we have been justified through magical thinking, we have peace with Gawd through our Lord Jesus Kryasst." Through Jesus Kryasst we can have a magical relationship of peace with the Holy Sky Farter. Romans 8:1 teaches us, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who participate in the Sky Magic of Kryasst Jesus." Because of Jesus' sacrifice to the Sky Him on our behalf, we will never be condemned for doing shit that pisses Him off. Finally, we have this previous promise of Gawd from Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither friendly spooks nor evil spooks, neither the present nor the future, nor any magical powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all the magical creation, will be able to separate us from the absurd love of Gawd that is in Kryasst Jesus our Lord." Would you like to follow the Romans road to slavation? If so, here is a simple prayer you can say. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to Gawd that you are relying on Jesus Kryasst for your slavation. The words themselves will not slave you. Only magical thinking and blind faith in the glorious bullshit about Jesus Kryasst can provide slavation! Say this prayer right now. The Magic Sky Man will hear you and He will slave you and seal your slavation with the version of Himself known as the Holy Spook! Glory! Click here to hear Brother Jeff preach and pray the glorious prayer below! (Warning: This file was recorded LOUD, so turn your speakers down initially so you can adjust the volume, or risk having Brother Jeff shred your speakers and blow your glorious ass all the way up to the Sky Kingdom at the same time! Glory!) O Magic Sky Farter, I know that I have broken your laws and the shit I have done that pisses you off has separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from that shit and stop doing shit that pisses you off. Please forgive me, and help me avoid pissing you off again. I believe that your son who is also somehow magically you, Jesus Kryasst, died for the shit I did that pissed you off, was magically undeadened, is alive and living in the sky, and hears me talking to myself. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my farts from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spook to help me do shit that pleases You, and to do Your kind of shit for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I talk to myself, Amen. Glory! Congratulations! You just got slaved! Now, don't let the Talking Snake take away your joy! He'll try to tell you that your slavation isn't real, that it's just an emotional thing or that the Gospel, the glorious bullshit about Kryasst, is actually bullshit, but don't believe him! You've put your trust in Kryasst! Rejoice at your victory over the Talking Snake! That talking animal no longer rules your life! Your new Lord is Kryasst, the Magic Sky Man! Glory to GAWD!! It's important to share your newfound blind faith with someone right away so that Gawd knows you are serious about your decision to get slaved and start living not for yourself or for the Talking Snake, but for HIM, your new Invisible Friend up there in the Sky! Please email me, Brother Jeff, at (EMAIL: jeffreylreid@gmail.com), about your glorious decision for Kryasst! I'll rejoice and glory with you in your slavation! I praze GAWD for magically leading you to this site and this very page you are reading so that you could hear the Gospel and get slaved! GLORY!!
  10. Hasn't been that long since I checked in here but... things have sure changed. Upgraded the forum software? Hope you are all doing well and that the Lard is blessing! Glory!

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      Brother Jeff

      Hey everybody, yes, I am doing well! Thanks! Glory! :)

    3. Ellinas

      Ellinas

      Well, hello Brother!  May the Lard be praised for your good health and beneficial presence in this hallowed sanctum!!!

  11. Fundies... So far today I have heard that if we try to please an invisible sky man, everything will change... and prayer (talking to the ceiling/talking to an invisible sky man) sweetens the air...
  12. Bless the Lard! Glory!

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      Brother Jeff

      Life in Texas is good! Dad is stable for now, and my sister is doing well. I'm also generally doing well. :)

    3. Brother Jeff

      Brother Jeff

      Thanks for the welcome back! Glory!

    4. Brother Jeff

      Brother Jeff

      Thanks, REBOOT! Glory!

  13. This has been a favorite for years: Glory!
  14. I joined this site in 2005, and I used to participate daily back when it was very busy and very interactive. I felt valued here and my posts usually got a lot of action, which I have to admit that I loved. That was back while I was stuck in the "anger" phase of religious de-conversion, and now I spend most of my time in the "acceptance" phase. So my participation here tapered off as I began to move on from my religious past and I stopped being so pissed off about it. I think this site is still a great place for Christians who are questioning their faith to come and find answers. But the honest truth is that when I visit these days, I usually don't find much that interests me to respond to. That isn't really a criticism of the site, but just a sign to me that this site has served its purpose in my life. I still check in from time to time because I know I have lots of friends here, and I still want to contribute and help others who are where I was years ago when I first found this site. Glory!
  15. Hallelujah!! God put it there so Jesus could magically create life on Mars too! Glory!
  16. Sure, Brother! Use any of it that you think would work and be helpful. Glory!
  17. Posted this to Facebook and thought I would share it here too. Glory! Those of you who have been friends with me on Facebook for a while know that I used to bash religion - a lot, and usually I wasn't nice about it at all. But back then I was still stuck in the "anger" phase of de-conversion. Walking away from 15 years of devout religious belief was not just a matter of me shrugging my shoulders and thinking, "Oh, well, that sounded nice but it's not actually true" and moving on unscathed by the experience. There are phases to religious de-conversion that closely correspond to the stages of grief. They are essentially the same. The five stages of grief are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Most of the time now I find myself in the acceptance stage of grief, but for a long time I was stuck in anger and also in depression. When your God dies, that is an event of major importance! We all grieve when a human or animal loved one dies. But when your God dies? That's far worse, and it's just as painful as a human death is, if not more so. Because when your God dies, so does the hopes you had for an awesome and eternal afterlife and your hopes of being reunited with lost loved ones at some future date. And what also dies is your hope that at some future date your God will dispense righteous judgment, right all wrongs and wipe away all of the suffering associated with this life. When your God dies, so does everything supernatural associated with that belief. What dies too is belief in angels, demons, heaven, hell, and activities such as prayer that require a supernatural component to actually work. When your God dies, what you are left with is what is actually real and that we know actually exists -- the natural world in all of its grandeur and beauty -- the vast cosmos consisting of billions of galaxies, of which our solar system and our beautiful planet are but a very small part. When your God dies, what dies too is the belief that you were specially created to serve and worship this God. What dies too is your belief that you are special to this God and that He loves you and cares about what happens to you. When your God dies, you realize that you are not the special creation of a God, but rather the product of millions of years of biological evolution, and you realize how amazing it is that you are here at this moment in time and you realize how precious and incredible and amazing this life is. My God died almost 17 years ago, in early 2000. It was a death brought about by doubts and questions that had plagued me for years that I never found satisfactory Christian answers for. It was a death brought about by a great deal of thinking, reading, and research. It was a death brought about by seeing just how easily people on the skeptical side of the fence dismantled my cherished Christian beliefs not with ridicule and derision, but with solid, credible evidence and verifiable facts. My God died a long time ago, and I have lived quite happily free from the fear, guilt, shame, and ignorance that so defined and drove the fundamentalist religion that I was once so deeply involved in. So... when your God dies, that is a life-changing, life-defining event of major importance. When your God dies and everything that you believed was real dies along with him, it takes a long time to process and to come to terms with. It takes a long time to rebuild the framework that defines your reality. But it is possible to come out on the other side of the grief and all of the processing of it through its various phases complete and whole and happy and grateful to be alive. If you want to know more, I wrote an article describing what it's like to make the journey from Christianity to Atheism a few years ago. You can read it here: http://smokeyinthebox.com/journey-christianity-atheism/ I can only speak for myself and my experience, but I hope this gives you a better understanding of me and what it was like for me to experience the death of my God all of those years ago.
  18. Thanks, Brother! Life in Texas is great. Enjoying the warm weather...
  19. I posted this to Facebook a while ago but thought I would share it here too. Glory! I was forced into a conversation I didn't want with a Christian friend last night, so I am going to share some thoughts. I am not out to upset my religious friends. But, I cannot and I will not share your fear of Hell. And here's why... Hell is... NOT REAL. As is the case for, well, all religious claims. There isn't even the tiniest shred of evidence to back up the claim that Hell is real, and that holds true for all other religious claims, whether they are pleasant or scary. Back in my very religious days, I once believed in Hell. I thought it was real because, like most religious people, I engaged in circular reasoning. Hell was real because the Bible said so and the Bible was the Word of God because it said so and I was assured that that was the case by people I trusted at the time. But they too engaged in the same circular reasoning for the same reasons I did. It's a never-ending cycle, and it's one of the reasons religion continues to survive despite the fact that the Bible has been thoroughly debunked online now for many years. I no longer believe in or waste a moment of my life worrying about or fearing Hell, for the following reasons. 1) Hell is a morally reprehensible concept 2) There is exactly ZERO evidence that Hell actually exists 3) I cannot and would not worship a God who would create such a place or who would burn anyone for any reason for even one second, because such a God, by definition, would be EVIL. Such a God would, by definition, be a MONSTER According to the Bible, Hell is a flaming torture chamber where human beings are barbecued forever with no hope of reprieve and where human beings are tormented by demons non-stop, forever, with no hope of reprieve. Does such a terrible place actually exist? NO, of course not. If a human parent burned their child for even one second for ANY reason, we would quite rightly consider that parent to be a monster, and we would remove that child from their care immediately. But... millions of people enthusiastically worship a God who not only burns his children for seconds, but for all eternity! And this monster of a God gets a free pass, and we are assured that this God is Love and that he has good reasons for barbecuing his children for all of eternity with no hope of reprieve. We are told that this God is holy and that he cannot tolerate sin, and that if we don't accept Jesus as our savior so God can wash away our sin and see us through the blood of Jesus, we are filthy sinners who deserve to be punished infinitely for finite sins. But... THINK ABOUT IT. Can a God who burns his children for ANY reason be considered holy or righteous or even good? NO, OF COURSE NOT. Even if we are not his children but children of the devil if we don't accept Jesus, is it right to burn us? Is it ever acceptable to burn anyone for ANY reason? OF COURSE NOT! When Christians had the political power to do so, was it ever right or acceptable for them to burn people at the stake? NO, OF COURSE NOT! And, of course, it is not right or acceptable for a God to burn anyone for even one second for ANY reason... such an idea is monstrously evil, and such a God would be monstrously evil... I reject belief in God primarily because there is not a shred of credible evidence that the Christian God or any other god actually exists. But if the Christian God did exist and Hell was real, I would reject that God on moral grounds and I would quite rightly consider him to be monstrously evil... If you would not burn your child for any reason, no matter what they did, then why are you worshiping a God who supposedly burns human beings forever with no hope of reprieve? And I'll say this too... some Christians recognize the morally reprehensible nature of the doctrine of Hell, and they try to soften the concept by saying that it just means separation from God... as if that was something awful. But I will say this. I have had more peace, more joy, more happiness, and more contentment since I walked away from belief in God than I ever did when I was religious. And, I value myself and my life far more now than I ever did when I was religious. If separation from God is Hell, then I have to say that I am not suffering for it at all. Not one bit... My 2 cents... which I hope will break the cycle of circular reasoning in my religious friends and get them to THINK about what they profess to believe... Carry on...
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