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    Chaos Magick, Meditation, Lucid Dreaming. I try not to take my philosophy of life too seriously.
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    Enjoys the study of various religions.

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  1. I've been watching Matt Dillahunty on youtube and he made a couple points about the harmfulness of faith. The one I remember is that telling children (or anyone) that their newly departed relative went to heaven and that they will someday see them again is actually harmful to the grieving process. I disagree with that point. I'm about 95% in agreement with Matt's point of view overall but disagree that faith is always harmful. So the bigger question on my mind would be: Is faith completely devoid of value? My momentary faith prior to being a Christian was catalyst for a positive change in my life once. I broke an addiction by prayer. I'm not saying God stepped in and took away that addiction. Maybe he did, maybe he didnt. I am saying I prayed and shortly after , with some additional hard mental work, I succeeded. My question is not 'Is supernatural intervention possible?' because all atheists will say no. I'm asking, does faith/belief in the supernatural start the physical brain's wheels spinning to effect a physical change? A useful placebo effect? If so then that may be another value point in favor of faith. And not necessarily Christian faith. Anyway, I'm bored so there you go.
  2. William: However, I don't expect everyone to understand the text including myself. Wouldn't God provide a corrective insight if a Christian seeker started down the path of wrong understanding of scripture? William: After all many misunderstood Jesus Christ so why would I think anyone might understand me all the time? I don't understand how or why Jesus would allow people to not understand him. Both of my questions should really start with: I'm old, possibly confused and it's late but..
  3. Welcome back. Glad you enjoy Idaho. Spent a few years there back in the day. Stanley and McCall are gorgeous , along with Coeur d'Alene .
  4. The bible is silliness and unimportant (to me). Enjoy your beliefs. I'll enjoy mine. I have no great commission to turn you into an agnostic. edited.
  5. Why ARE you here? So you can tell us how predictable we are? To tell us how wrong we are without explaining why? To ignore arguments that refute your God's reality (or call it into question) ? Maybe something else? Why would a Christian visit an Ex-Christian forum? Hmmmmm.
  6. Half of a jelly bean apparently is an impossibility. And God appearing to people in 2019 is an impossibility. Though he appeared to many people (supposedly) 2000 years ago. And as a burning bush.
  7. Why does a supreme being appear to behave a lot like an overly judgmental human being in the bible instead of a supreme being?
  8. 'God has spoken.' But is he enforcing his authority? It doesn't appear so. It's really hard to tell. I think a good show of authority (or force) would be to appear and do something. Otherwise you end up with people like us that are going to take God's silence as God's non-existence. I mean if God is silent/invisible/absent for 80 years of my life, why would I think he exists at all. And why would I be inclined to think someone who is non-existent is going to take me to Heaven or send me to Hell? So where is God, anyway? He was a burning bush once that spoke with Moses. He walked around as Jesus. Why doesn't he do any of these things now? I understand that none of us will change your mind and you won't change my mind, but it's still interesting to talk about belief. Maybe someone else who is reading this will gain some insight from one of us.
  9. So let's discuss scripture. You mentioned scriptural authority. Authority over whom or what and why? I dont think it has any authority. (Edited...twice)
  10. Waits for LuthAMF to give us something other than bluster. The substance so far seems to be "I'm right and you're wrong" along with assumptions that the bible is true. Did you want to 'anger' us back to Jesus?
  11. Whenever I post some nonsense , LF refutes it. Can you fix that?
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