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  1. It has become difficult for the Jesus lie to propagate. A kid can ask a question on a website like this and get an army of responses debunking what his parent just told him. So kids pretend to believe until they are out of the house. And they arent just getting the 'it's not true' message, they are getting the message that religion is toxic. It will be fun to see how it plays out.
  2. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/freethoughtnow/christianity-is-collapsing/
  3. Fragmented, unclear messages, words, visuals. Couldn't a deity do a better job than that? Why would a god send you a half-assed message? If it 'was' a supernatural being, it wasnt a very smart one. Might be something to consider. Your experience reminds me of hypnagogic hallucinations. They occur as one fades into and out of sleep. Now and then I hear my wife call me when I'm half asleep. I look at her and she's out cold. I used to hear the doorbell ring in the morning while in bed. I would pop out of bed and nobody's there. My hyperalert dogs never seemed to hear these occurrences. shrugs.
  4. If God is real, loving and wanted you to believe in him he would not stay in hiding. He would not allow you to worry and be anxious. I am pretty darned sure Jesus does not exist but if he does and he wants worship like the bible says then I demand he appear. I'm not going to kowtow to a god with poor behavior or lack of social skills. I got tired of the kowtowing nonsense in 2003 and said bye bye to Jesus. I got no response. I did have a bit of post conversion fear but it helped to tell myself I was more powerful than god and jesus and satan. I stood up to them and they faded. Even if it is all real and I end up burning in hell I will lift my burning middle finger towards heaven for all eternity and tell god to stick it, because sending good people to hell because they didnt kiss your butt... is evil. But there really isnt any indication in reality that there is a God, Satan, Jesus, or Hell. You should be able to have a frank and open conversation and criticize God to his face. I'm not going to live in fear for all eternity. (Hope that's helpful)
  5. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/long-fuse-big-bang/202106/solving-the-mystery-havana-syndrome
  6. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57875322 So what is it? How does it work? Should it maybe get more press time?
  7. My wife and I often say, in the face of some adversity, "we'll make it through, we always do." The statement is partially based on evidence of continued survival up to this point but also unreasoned, evidence-less confidence in the future. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Heb 11:1 Faith of some kind is built in to humanity. Whether theistic or not.
  8. I just read the old networks' websites like CBS, ABC, NBC. Maybe USA today. Probably best to just avoid the news, like you said.
  9. My brother seems to have gone full Trump/Qanon/Conspiracy mode a while back. I talked to him on the phone a few months ago and he was basically channeling Tucker Carlson. He's a church-going Christian by way of the fundy wife as well. So it goes hand in hand. Sorry you have to deal with that nonsense with your brother. Maybe you can gray rock him. Just give the minimum feedback to his texts. If you reply at all. I think the take-away for me after this last election is to be personally vigilant to NOT worship the person I voted for, and to put a critical eye on what they say while in office. If I'm not disagreeing with the person I voted for now and then, then perhaps I've been infected with the mind virus of politician worship. (Note: I am aware of the drama that both CNN and FOX whip up. I've been looking to less partisan news sources lately.)
  10. "Name one thing that religion figured out that we could know was true before science verified it to be true." That people are gullible?
  11. Thanks for the clarification. I'm out.
  12. "Or are we prepared to just play the "hokum card?" I read a bit about accupuncture on the nih.gov website. nih says it appears to help relieve pain. They dont mention the cause of pain. ... What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Acupuncture Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-in-depth
  13. I will research some alternative medicine stuff.
  14. I suppose a pregnant person would have to be suffering some emotional/mental problem which somehow caused malformation of the baby... in order to maintain the disease via bad thoughts idea. Sounds like bullshit but there it is. Why not just try something (like reiki) and see if it works. If it doesnt then you can either rip on it in this thread or just pretend you never tied it and remain a staunch skeptic. Oh I saw something today: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1011415113/awe-appears-to-be-awfully-beneficial?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social Maybe get yourself some awe! My awe is sunsets off my porch. Good stuff.
  15. I know this spiritual healer in Lynchburg, Tennessee ... Jack something ... Jack Daniels, yeah that's it. He cures every damn thing.
  16. Imo, alternative medicine like reiki, meditation, yoga, acupuncture are ok if the 'disease' isnt life threatening and you have pain under control. Maybe you want some sort of life improvement over time that regular medicine isnt fixing. Neither alternative medicine nor traditional medicine are a cure-all, though. Saying disease is a failure in the positive thought department is like a Christian saying you didnt pray hard enough. Magic makes me feel good, but the evidence is against it curing medical issues, especially in a timely manner. Use a variety of approaches. Diversify your health portfolio.
  17. He knows ahead of time that nobody is going to accept his nonsense yet he spews it anyway.
  18. Though I've had a couple 'experiences' in my Christian life, they never really amounted to anything. The experiences did not make me a better person. They didnt reveal some deep truth that changed my life. I once came up with a clever phrase about Jesus that some travelling pastor happened to also say while doing his sermon. My family was like, "Whoa! He said what you said. It must be the Spirit!" Maybe I was set up (doubtful), maybe it was coincidence (likely), or maybe it was Jesus (doubtful). Well, if it was Jesus, is that the best he can do? A coincidence happens so I should become a bible scholar? I dont think so. Christians are happy to accept any scrap or minutiae to keep their belief going.
  19. Radical credulity is a great term. And so is radical skepticism of authority. The radical or extreme level points to a touch of paranoia, imo. And the problem with over confidence in one's ability is 'experts' have more natural talent along with education.
  20. I have another version of Semmel on my Facebook page. Quite dogmatic about Q conspiracy shit, people who didnt vote for a certain candidate are "insane" and ... she is evangelical Christian. Christianity is a gateway drug to conspiracy theory. Or maybe vice versa.
  21. I'm respecting the moderator. Did you have something to post about Jesus?
  22. He would support his accusations if the Deep State operatives hadn't erased his hard drive this morning.
  23. Fauci was a respected doctor for 50 years...then he had the duty of telling people they should do something to increase their safety...wear a mask. Suddenly he's part of the evil Deep State. And all medical personnel and hospitals we trusted for decades were now supposedly calling every hospital visit a covid case to collect that government assistance money. One day they are respected people and institutions... the next day EVIL.
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