TrueFreedom

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About TrueFreedom

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    Dallas, Texas
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    arts, sciences, games, sensational sex, jamming with friends, good food, drink, and conversation
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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. TrueFreedom

    How did you choose your nickname?

    Mine is basically a wink at "True Believers" who embrace the paradox that "True Freedom" comes from slavery to their supposed savior.
  2. TrueFreedom

    Many gods in Bible

    This might also be a good start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Deities_in_the_Hebrew_Bible
  3. TrueFreedom

    Many gods in Bible

    How about the first commandment? "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
  4. TrueFreedom

    Did you ever email your former pastor?

    My last pastor appreciated my doubts before I became a full blown apostate, but I haven't discussed my completed deconversion with him. A pastor friend whom I interned under acknowledges that the emperor has no clothes and agrees with most of my conclusions, but he remains in his cognitive dissonance as a pastor and continues to lie to his church. Leaders have been much more understanding with my position than followers.
  5. TrueFreedom

    How many people have fully read the bible?

    I also may have snoozed through a few begats, but I've read all of it many times. I majored in it in undergrad, as a matter of fact. I can at least paraphrase a good portion of it. It's not the most interesting or original, but it's got its share of porn-level sex and violence.
  6. TrueFreedom

    Recurring fears

    Welcome, Kat34. Our moral values have clearly evolved over time to better address the general needs of society. Compare the bigoted, misogynistic wrath of the OT YHWH with the usually gracious, non-judgmental Jesus of the NT. The same changes are easily observed in civilized societies over the last 100, 50, or 20 years. How would a #metoo movement have been received 100 years ago? We don't get our morals from Yahweh or Jesus. We build better values everyday.
  7. TrueFreedom

    Struggling

    The cliché, "the more you learn, the less you know," or, "the more you know, the more you know you don't know," to quote Aristotle, tends to resonate with people who value learning. It's application is not limited to sacred beliefs. This passage from “Ainsi Soit-Il, Ou Les Jeux Sont Faits” by André Gide comes to mind: "I resist giving advice; and in a discussion I beat a hasty retreat. But I know that today many seek their way gropingly and don’t know in whom to trust. To them I say: believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it; doubt everything, but don’t doubt of yourself. There is more light in Christ’s words than in any other human word. This is not enough, it seems, to be a Christian: in addition, one must believe. Well, I do not believe. Having said this, I am your brother."
  8. TrueFreedom

    I'm Still Alive....and a STILL Deconvert

    Damn, girl! I'm so sorry about the injury and added insult! SO glad you're still sane and okay!
  9. It's sad that so many maintain that cognitive dissonance. They know what makes a tyrant, an abuser, a bigot, a hypocrite, a narcissist, yet divert their attention when their deity displays those qualities. Then they often imitate the tyrant in the name of righteous indignation or child discipline.
  10. TrueFreedom

    What does it mean to be spiritual?

    This is not the forum to make such claims or begin with such assumptions. Do you equate consciousness and ego with "physical brain?"
  11. TrueFreedom

    "Christian homeschooling mother of 5?!?!

    I was Christian homeschooling my kids in Texas when I saw behind the curtain as well. I wish that I had transitioned my kids to public school earlier. It's best to do it before high school. Good luck!
  12. TrueFreedom

    Did anyone else have to come out to a Minister s/o?

    I spent a year dropping hints and undermining my wife's beliefs before letting her and the kids know the extent of the changes in my beliefs. She didn't take it well but eventually came to agree with me. We still ended up divorced a few years later, but it wasn't directly because of my rejection of Christianity. Good luck.
  13. How is owning a person ever a loving thing to do? How is sacrificing a child ever a loving thing to do? How is using someone as a scapegoat ever a just or loving thing to do?