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  • Birthday 06/05/1984

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    I am a glasses-wearing, grey-eyed curly-haired brunette of average height with a sarcastic streak a mile long and two miles wide, a mouth that belongs in the sewer and extreme sadistic tendencies, who eschews dresses in favour of jeans, T-shirts, baseball caps and sneakers. I am bisexual and proud of it, I am a perfectionist, I don't suffer fools lightly, and I believe that 95% of the human population is inherently stupid.

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  1. I'm still not entirely sure where I feel most comfortable in a religious sense. I've been an atheist since I was fifteen-and-a-half (and will be turning 27 in two weeks), so you'd think I would have figured it out by now. I've never really belonged anywhere, though - I think that's a lot of my problem. I definitely don't trust "traditional" religion, I know that much, but at the same time I'm not entirely sure "atheism" fits me anymore. When I deconverted I didn't know anything about other religions - I went to a Christian school at the time and they kept us deliberately ignorant about what was outside their particular "brand" of Christianity. I have a feeling it's more of a default position in my case - one I adopted because I didn't know any better. I think a lot of the reason why I haven't dared to shift from being an atheist, though, is because I still live at home and have a deep-seated fear that if I did take up a religion that my parents disapprove of (i.e. anything that isn't Christianity) they'll disown me and turf me out onto the street with only the clothes on my back. And considering my father's intermittent threats of doing just that whenever I look at him the wrong way, I think I have every reason to be scared. :/
  2. 6:20pm on the East Coast of Australia and the world is still here. What was this about the Rapture, then?

  3. It's not really intended as a table, just a surface to display the shadowing properly. But I will definitely check those sites out, I'm working on another 3D project at the moment.
  4. I submitted this as my second project for Animation class in the course I'm taking at college. It was put together in Cinema 4D.
  5. *frustrated sigh* You don't get it, do you Stranger? I asked for a clear and simple answer, free of both Christian platitudes and Bible bullshit. You halfway succeeded, but to be perfectly fucking honest that isn't good enough. Yes, I do consider being compared to Christians an insult. I do not like Christians, and I haven't since I deconverted. In my experience Christians are rude, they are arrogant, they belittle and insult non-Christians any chance they get, and they have nothing better to do with their time than to tell non-Christians they are going to a hell some people don't even believe in. To be told that I am more of a Christian than the misguided adherents of that religion are, that's extremely offensive. Would you like it if someone compared you to an atheist? I very much doubt that you would. As for my first question, how would you feel if you had just deconverted from Christianity, and was told by someone you considered a very good friend that a deity you didn't believe in any longer wouldn't force you to put up with more than you could bear? Again, I very much doubt that you would like it. Would you tell that to an abused woman or child? What about a cancer patient? I was told this by someone I considered a very good friend barely twelve months after my deconversion. Coming from someone who knew I no longer believed, who was well aware that I was trying my best to muddle through my confusion of deconverting after FIFTEEN YEARS of believing, and at the same time putting up with daily abuse and insults from my teachers and my fellow students purely because I was an atheist (at a Christian school, no less)...it hurt. Nobody should say that to a "newly minted" ex-Christian, and a teenage one at that. It's tantamount to psychological abuse. I didn't need it from my friend, and I certainly don't need it from every other Christian under the sun. I'm done with you from this moment forward. I am not your friend, and you are not mine - you never were, and you never will be. I have given you more chances than I give most Christians, and I'm fed the fuck up. You're just like every other Christian I've ever met. I'm very tempted to tell you to go and fuck yourself (oh wait, I believe I just did), but I think that Monty Python said it better than I ever could:
  6. (Sorry for jumping in the middle again everyone, especially as I've been off-thread and away from the forums for the last few months, but I cannot help but notice that Stranger never responded to my last post. And I rather think that three months is long enough for that. So here I go again.) Stranger, so that you don't have to waste time going back through the thread searching for my original questions, I'll repost them for you: 1. Let's say that you're going through a personal crisis. A Christian you're friends with, and have been friends with for a long time, tells you that "God would never force you to carry more than you can bear". However, you are not a Christian. How would you react to what your friend is telling you? 2. You've now been told by the same Christian (again, you are not a Christian), that you are "more of a Christian than most Christians are". How would you respond to this? Would you be insulted, or would you take it as a compliment? When you answered them the first time, it was with nothing more than the same old tired Christian platitudes. I wanted you to walk a mile in the shoes of many people here and respond not as a Christian, but as a non-Christian. You did not do this. This time I would like a clear and straight answer from you. I do not want Christian platitudes, and I most certainly do not want to read reams of Bible verses. Use your own brain for this. And keep in mind that some people might find what Christians have a tendency to say in my two scenarios to be offensive in the extreme. If you can't answer these two very simple questions without resorting to the Bible, then I'll be washing my hands of you.
  7. College needs to go away and die please.

  8. WHere you been girl? Its been ages since we have seen you round here :))

  9. And once again I'm reminded of why I really do not like Christians... *twitches*

    1. stryper


      don't worry the twitching will pass...however the encountered stupid will not.

    2. Kalidasa


      Unfortunately for me I'm forced to put up with the stupid every day of the bloody week... *sigh*

    3. NaturalMary63
  10. Kalidasa, I know that one's first reaction might be, "Hello, there is no God, and if there was He would take care of this crises for me! So where is your God?" Please first understand, for believers, whether another one believes or not, we view the bible to be truthful, and nothing but the truth. It is the guide in which we base our lives (or should be). Therefore when your friend tells you this, he/she is not trying to debate you up on whether there is a God or not, but rather trying to comfort, and to let you know that God is there with you. Your friend is telling you what they believe to be the truth for your benefit, and to help in the best way they know how to comfort you. Do you think it would be more of a comfort for them to say, "There is no hope, no reason, and nothing to live for. We live, we suffer, and than we die. That's just the way it is. Live with it." You see, as Christians, whether or not another believes, we believe in the hope of eternal salvation, and in knowing that God is with us in all of the troubles that we face. Not that He will take them away, just as Jesus had the purpose of suffering and dying on the cross. But trouble, that is, Gods plan, was made for us for a reason. Sometimes to relate and comfort another, sometimes to kick us in the butt to start a program that will help generations to come. Bottom line. Whether you believe or not, your friend is doing nothing more than to try to spread the hope, peace, and comfort that is in their heart to you. Their trying to let you know, this crises will not be more than you can bare. As I write this, I keep thinking of what Ouroboros and his family has went and are still going through. Sometimes we are called to suffer greatly, and sometimes we may never know the answers this side of living, but for believers, they feel they can get through it because of the inner peace in their heart which sheds the light on the word of God. Now I know many have different takes on this my friend, but to the best of my knowledge, this is what I see happening relating to your question. In regards to your second question, look at it this way. Whether one believes this to be true or not, in general terms, the Christians are looked at as people that want to and do help to the best of their ability others that are in need. People in general do not put liars, thieves, and cheaters with this same name. Not that this does not happen on occasion, as Christians are still human, and beyond this, many who claim to be Christian may not always show this in the way that they live. Bottom line, your friend is telling you that you seem to have a more caring attitude, and perhaps a more moral way of living, including taking responsibility, than most of the Christians that he knows. Based on that, it certainly would be hard to take this as an insult. Whether you believe or not, you can take this statement as a compliment based on the general perceptions that go hand in hand of being a Christian. Your friends statement basically being, your way of loving seems to be comparable or better than the way, personality speaking, that many other Christians live their lives. Yes, I know this response will lead to other questions that have already been addressed to some extent, and this brings many more comments to the table, but in any case, this certainly would have no reason to be offensive, even if you believe in no God, based upon the perception of Christians worldwide in general. Stranger, in a roundabout way, when I asked my questions, I believe I was asking you to walk a mile in my shoes - or in other words, to imagine for even just one moment what it might be like for an ex-Christian to be confronted with the scenarios I posed to you. As far as I'm concerned, you did not do this - all you have done is spit out the same tired old Christian platitudes. How about you try again - and this time, use your woefully underused brain for once in your life. Here, I'll even give you a teensy little hint - some people might actually find what Christians say in those scenarios to be extremely offensive. Think about that, okay? *smiles mock-sweetly*
  11. (My emphasis is in bold.) And do you know what that makes you, my dearest Thumbelina? A fucking twat. Oh I forgot, most of you Christians are fucking twats. How did I ever forget that? You "people" make me sick.
  12. 1. Secular Humanism (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (90%) 3. Nontheist (79%) 4. Liberal Quakers (73%) 5. Theravada Buddhism (67%) 6. Neo-Pagan (61%) 7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (58%) 8. Taoism (47%) 9. New Age (44%) 10. Reform Judaism (41%) 11. Orthodox Quaker (34%) 12. Mahayana Buddhism (33%) 13. Sikhism (27%) 14. Scientology (26%) 15. New Thought (23%) 16. Baha'i Faith (20%) 17. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (20%) 18. Jainism (18%) 19. Seventh Day Adventist (18%) 20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (17%) 21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (15%) 22. Hinduism (13%) 23. Eastern Orthodox (11%) 24. Islam (11%) 25. Orthodox Judaism (11%) 26. Roman Catholic (11%) 27. Jehovah's Witness (6%) How the hell Protestantism got in there, I have no idea... *is somewhat insulted*
  13. I believed in evolution. It was the only thing that made sense to me.
  14. Exactly. And I keep on losing socks in the washing machine, which means the sock gnomes exist for real. And I keep losing underwear in the wash. Ergo, underpants gnomes exist. Stranger, you are unlike most Christians that I've encountered in my time here at Ex-C - you're courteous for the most part, something that they are not. Therefore for the time being I will refrain from subjecting you to the usual vitriol, insults and abuse I hurl at religious folks on a regular basis, out of courtesy for you. Though you could do with learning to spell or using a spellchecker every once in a while. I've spent the last couple of days reading through this thread, and I have a couple of my own points to put to you and any other Christian that manages to stumble into this thread. Whether or not they're hypothetical, I'll let you know after you've answered me. Citsonga, sorry for jumping in right here - my apologies. 1. Let's say that you're going through a personal crisis. A Christian you're friends with, and have been friends with for a long time, tells you that "God would never force you to carry more than you can bear". However, you are not a Christian. How would you react to what your friend is telling you? 2. You've now been told by the same Christian (again, you are not a Christian), that you are "more of a Christian than most Christians are". How would you respond to this? Would you be insulted, or would you take it as a compliment? I know it's going to hurt a lot, but do try to use your brain here.
  15. Two weeks today until my second year of college - in a completely new area of study - begins. Bring it on! :D

    1. Margee


      You go girl! good luck!

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