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Lucy

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  1. Ezekiel was talking about something he expected to happen soon. He made other prophecies that didn't come true. It is also probable that many of the people who made the efforts to restore Israel were Christians and Jews who would have interest in it due to their religious beliefs and had likely read the Book of Ezekiel. If someone has a book of prophesies they believe in, and they decide to take the actions to fulfill the prophesies in that book, is that really such a miraculous thing?
  2. Sure about that? If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:26
  3. You shouldn't have to live with this even with disability. If they side with the perpetrator it will only get worse. Why do they side with the other person and not even tell them it's wrong? Does the person that hit you have some mental illness?
  4. For some reason this just made me picture god trapped in hell as punishment for all the things he did in the old testament. As if the short stint as Jesus wasn't enough to make up for all the previous events.
  5. Does he think there will be a Second Coming or Armageddon? Does he believe heaven and hell exist?
  6. Lucy

    If

    This is why I don't see how the 12 step program works. Addictions seem minor compared to many other issues that god doesn't bother to help out with. If god doesn't bother to stop people from doing harm to each other, why would he decide to intervene in stopping self-harming addiction behavior? Since believing god is helping you is all a form of self hypnosis, perhaps self help is the only sort of help any "god" would be capable of. Regardless, I would find it very difficult to convince myself that god felt like helping me while ignoring others with much bigger problems.
  7. Facebook's algorithms show you more of things you respond to. Posting comments on things you disagree with causes it to show you more most posts like that. The whole point is to get you to use facebook more. It doesn't care if you are enjoying it so long as you are interacting with it.
  8. That if I am a good enough Christian I might actually hear God's voice speak to me one day! Now I'm glad he never said a word.... It's really stupid but, if someone told me they actually heard god's voice tell them something I'd believe it because no one would lie about something like that! Right?
  9. I'm glad to not have to spend time worrying over nonsense anymore. I always had this nagging feeling I needed to be worrying about what god wants me to do. I spent much time contemplating how close my understandings of god and his will were accurate. I always felt like a lot of the laws were not really from god but rather added in by priests to give them more control over their followers. And the anti-female parts were in there because the bible was written by men. That didn't stop the nagging feelings like I'm doing something wrong by not following the bible accurately. The most d
  10. Lucy

    If

    If you are waking up due to tooth pain, go see a dentist. If you wait, it'll only get worse. I used to have issues with my gums and teeth. My gums would hurt and the inside of my mouth felt itchy. I would get itchy patches and if I brushed my teeth every day I would get ulcers. Then I switched to SLS free toothpaste and my issues all went away. My mouth feels totally normal and no ulcers or itchiness for over a decade now. It really sucked being in constant pain and getting lectures from adults about brushing my teeth and finding out much, much later that it was all due to a toothp
  11. Lucy

    If

    What caused the smoking or drinking to start? What triggers it each time? If it's all for coping then you need to come up with a better method for coping. You can't just stop drinking and smoking and replace them with nothing and expect it to work. I really don't understand the appeal of cigarettes and drinking. It seems strange to me. Just observing other people makes it seem unappealing. Cigarettes smell bad. And most of the people I know become highly belligerent when they are drunk. If you don't want to try counseling, try seeing if you can get a recommendation from
  12. I had a professor in college that believed in lizard people. And there was a woman at AlienCon last week that thinks she is one of the lizard people. I've noticed these beliefs for the last couple of decades. I've always known people who believe all this stuff. I can't tell it's any more common now, but it seems like it would be since the internet made it easier for it to spread and become normalized. I met one of these people back in the 90s for the first time. She wanted to tell us all this stuff because "nobody knows it." That's why she home schooled her kids. She ne
  13. She should join the Amish. She'd probably prefer their version of Christianity.
  14. So his personal view of god is of a being that would give your wife health problems to punish you. And I'm sure he thinks this god is all good and all fair. Right... You can't really get through to these people. He's probably on some bipolar high.
  15. Lucy

    Enlighten us

    It seems there is a common personality type that loves to have an authority figure to look up to. Just as some strive for leadership positions, some crave being a follower. But it's particularly strange when the people giving money to the guru are business owners or high ranking businessmen in big companies. One doctor in my town pays someone a rather large monthly fee just to occasionally talk to them about spiritual woo woo stuff relating to making money. I saw a documentary on that guy and the hot house event in particular a long time ago. What bothered me most was how the survi
  16. Is visiting your family worth all the grief? If you still want to keep the relationship, it might be better to stay away for a longer time. Then when they see you they might be less apt to act so disdainfully for fear you might stay away longer next time. Some parents act like they own their children. They can't control who you are as much as they might try. If you stop going around them, it would be perfectly understandable to any reasonable person. It doesn't matter who they try to put the blame on. They don't even call you by your name.
  17. Reference book are gone or kept around for laughs. Some of those are really nuts. As for bibles... Plain ones are for reference. Cheap plain ones were donated or tossed. Fancy heirloom special ones are wrapped up and boxed in the attic. I'm not throwing away great great grandmother's Bible when that's the only thing I own of hers. It sucks that a lot of family heirlooms are religious.
  18. I think they think they are winning brownie points with god for helping this guy. Not much you can do about it so long as they believe...
  19. I just read on facebook someone suggesting that it's a Christian duty to give someone money and what they do with it is between them and God. Can't he make money preaching in whatever language he speaks? What language does he speak fluently?
  20. He says what he needs to say to get people to send him money. He might even believe it since his own life works that way.
  21. They definitely need to add sirens. I thought they were required. This seems senselessly dangerous when we have the technology to give warning. At least they found the body. Hopefully they will try to get some sirens installed and not just accept it as God's will. The really upbeat funerals are the worst.
  22. @older Was this a controlled release? This seems intensely dangerous if they are just releasing water at unscheduled times with no warning sirens downstream. Adding religion to these things make them more distressing, not less. Because then you're left with wondering why god did this, or didn't prevent it, or why he chose to save some and let one die. Survivor's guilt is really tough even without religious themes being introduced.
  23. Every funeral I've been to was like that. They see it as an opportunity to preach to people that don't go to church regularly because most people who don't attend church will attend a funeral. At one funeral, the preacher wanted to go on about women wearing pants and make up and how that was ruining the world. The only one I was at that wasn't like that was for a 4 year old girl. He just wanted to inappropriately go on about how lucky she was! You see, everybody else will reach an age where they might doubt the gospel or struggle with sins, but she believed fully and wasn't old eno
  24. That man in the video is intensely bad. But I admire his confidence. My church music was good. My father played piano and guitar and sang. It was basically just him with some the congregation singing along. He didn't make anybody stand up either. He was asked to perform at events sometimes. He was offered a chance for a career as a professional singer but he turned it down because he thought it would be bad for him spiritually. Like the devil goes after people in entertainment industry more than other professions. I went to my friends church and it was all people wailin
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