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TrueFreedom last won the day on August 6 2013

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    I grew up in the church, studied for ministry, married, began a secular career, stayed active in the church while struggling with doubt, and finally escaped religious indoctrination between age 35-40.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    no gods, no labels

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  1. Christians with good intentions will ask other Christians to pray for us out of concern for our eternal destinations.The larger problem that I faced was the spreading of nefarious speculations regarding what they thought that I must have done in order to reach a point of what they saw as denial or unrighteous defiance.
  2. I cut communication with some family for a while. I would let them know how I feel about it and base next steps on their reactions.
  3. The decision was not made lightly, and he had many opportunities to dial back his trolling. It's not like it was about censoring dissenting views. It was about excessive trolling, plain and simple, about topics completely unrelated to the purpose of these forums, something that he was actually willing to pay to do, evidently, as he was a subscriber.
  4. I don’t consider Christianity a religion. It’s more a classification for a vast collection of diverse religious cults based on a wide range of beliefs influenced by a few common books and traditions at differing degrees.
  5. That's a cute example but nothing compared to the medical study performed several years ago: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html "Prayers offered by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large and long-awaited study has found."
  6. Another brief, quality intro to the invention of hell in audio/video:
  7. I came across a concise article on the invention of hell and thought that it would make a nice introduction to a thread for historic teachings about a place of suffering after death. "This article seeks to chart in particular the provenance of ideas regarding Hell, particularly how it came to be the everlasting inferno that many people in the West still envisage to be the eventual fate of the wicked." https://infidels.org/kiosk/article/the-invention-of-hell-939.html
  8. Many of us favor teaching children about as many religions and cultures as we can. Do you do the same? How about secular perspectives?
  9. I don't think that anyone is anthropomorphizing "the universe" as they would a god and imagining that he or she did something magical. What are you suggesting that there is no evidence for? We have observed many things which people like to think God created or interrupted natural law to influence but have instead found that they happen naturally and often in a most ungraceful manner.
  10. Many innocent children have been tortured for much longer than a weekend. How did this Jesus fellow's unfortunate weekend absolve you of your wrongdoings? And why all of the hate for this Satan dude? What has he done that's so evil? Tell the truth about what happens when you disobey orders? Seduce a woman with food? I just hope that Jesus comes back to mow my lawn again this week.
  11. This "God" you believe in didn't even exist a few thousand years ago. El, YHWH, (gasp!) Asherah, Baal were part of the Canaanite pantheon. The rejection of Asherah and Baal and syncretism of El, YHWH, Yshua, and El/YHWH's spirit can even be tracked through biblical sources. And the characters have continued to evolve. None of the earliest Christianities looked anything like what we see today. And the Christianities we see now vary so greatly it's ridiculous that we consider them part of the same religion. But, hey, if we can syncretize ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, and Canaanite religion and top it off with syncretized gospel accounts of a rebel Jewish cult leader, why not?
  12. Actually, you either completely missed webmdave's point or chose to completely ignore it. Shouldn't we know who or what this God is and why we should believe in it before we imagine being one of its elect? Do you think that everyone already believes in the same God deep down? Would you consider that a properly basic belief?
  13. I don't see a way to restrict someone only from ToT. Skip or Florduh may know a way.
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