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  1. Congrats on shedding your indoctrinated beliefs and disconnecting from the crazies. The intellectual journey out of religion is often long and sometimes treacherous but, in the end, the freedom gained from religion is more that worth the trials of the journey.
  2. Excellent post, and you have stated the reason rejecting religion requires studying and researching the historical realities of the Bible and the Christian faith. Just saying neither heaven or hell exists isn’t sufficient for most people. There is plenty of evidence that exposes the Bible as a collection of fictional stories with fictional characters.Those that are in the process of deconverting must familiarize themselves with the historical realities of religion and the Bible in order to free themselves from it’s grip. Until a person is convinced hell simply does not exist they will live in fear and uncertainty. Religious brainwashing is extremely effective and it requires effort to reverse it and get a firm grasp on reality.
  3. It takes 25 posts before all the options become available.
  4. I listened to it too. Looking forward to more podcasts.
  5. She was a Christian before converting to Judaism. I don’t know which version of Judaism she embraces, but I believe she has studied with Rabbi’s. She is very intelligent and has several college degrees. I think her knowledge of Judaism would qualify her as a scholar. As I understand it Judaism and Christianity are different religions, that worship the same God, but in very different ways. Jews find meaning in metaphor and symbolism, while Christians tend to think their Bible must be literally and historically accurate, except for liberal versions of Christianity. Much like Jews liberal Christians find meaning in metaphor and symbolism too. It’s the fundamentalist Christians that believe the Bible is literally true and historically accurate, but the evidence doesn’t support their beliefs.
  6. On another site there is a Jewish lady that converted from Christianity 40 or so years ago. She is very knowledgeable about Judaism. We communicate regularly and have for several years. I would say that she would qualify as an expert in both Christianity and Judaism. I have learned a lot from her about both religions. I don’t think Jewish people know scripture better than Christians. I would say they understand it differently. Christians generally read/interpret their Bible literally. Jews read and interpret scripture symbolicly, and interpret the same scripture in numerous ways. In fact, as I understand it, they seek as many ways as possible to interpret scripture believing that each scripture can have many meanings. She is an acknowledged agnostic. She has pointed out that one does not have to believe in God to be a Jew, but if a Jew believes in God they “encourage” that belief to be in the God of Abraham. That doesn’t really answer your question it’s just my .02 cents that I’m throwing into the pot.
  7. I have no words for that. It seems there is no limit to the stupid things people do. The gene pool that some folks come out of is appently extremely shallow.
  8. Hey mom and dad, I want to introduce you to my live in lover and the man that took my virginity. Well, gotta run now. Love to all. Write soon. Once you get to know him, I'm sure you'll love him too. Bye now! Okay, so maybe not great advice, but definitely effective. I'm sure you'll come up with some better ideas though.
  9. When people examine a preponderance of evidence and form a conclusion, based on that evidence, they do not have a closed mind. They have the truth.
  10. Grace is a word that applies almost exclusively in the religious realm, much like the word sin. These words do not resonate in the secular realm because they are not applicable to secular thinking.
  11. This is an informative video and deals with a subject that needs to be brought out of the closet. My only negative comment is that the video is too long. Few people are likely to listen for the full hour and twenty minutes. It needs to be condensed, IMO, to no more than 15-20 minutes. Most preachers know their audience will not listen for more than 20 minutes and I believe that is true for instructional videos too.
  12. The Bible is a collection of theological myths that reflect the beliefs of the cultures that produced them.
  13. Our younger generation does not seem to understand either the concept, or the need, for free speech. The purpose of free speech laws is to protect speech that some find offensive. They don’t seem to understand speech that isn’t offensive doesn’t need protecting. But they will if their speech is ever declared to be offensive and therefore not protected.
  14. A case can be made for life beginning at conception, but I think a stronger case can be made for abortion to be illegal if their is a heart beat. At that point, at least in my mind, it is a viable human being. I am comfortable with calling aborting a viable baby, with a heart beat, murder or at least manslaughter. Our laws are often confusing and contradicting. Aborting a viable baby isn’t even illegal, but a DUI driver that kills a pregnant woman will likely be charged with double homicide. At least one of those two scenarios is very wrong IMO.
  15. Christianity uses fear, threats, and intimidation to achieve their agenda’s. No one familiar with Christianity should be surprised by their well established tactics.
  16. That has to be one of the best analyst of Christianity I’ve read. I think you nailed it.
  17. There are lots of places in the Midwest and South where a nice 2,000 to 3,000 sq ft home in a stable neighborhood can be purchased for $250,000 to $350,000 and the property taxes will be $2500 to $5000 annually. Decent homes under $200,000 are available too. That kind of money won’t even get you a decent condo/apartment on the East and West coast or Chicago. Employers, of course, typically pay more in those areas too so the cost verses the benefit has to be weighed. Interestingly enough the homeless seem to prefer the most expensive places in the country to hang out.
  18. I would assume it’s the overall high cost of living for such things has housing, food, utilities, taxes, & transportation that has a lot to do with people seeking a better overall quality of life. They are likely seeking a place where the cost for a better quality of life is more affordable. One of my sisters lives near the Illinois Indiana state lines. The overall cost of living in Illinois is significantly more than it is in Indiana. Thus people are leaving Illinois and moving over into Indiana. The little rural community she lives in is growing rapidly with folks leaving Illinois. And that is good for the Indiana economy and especially the home market. Climate and weather conditions are probably a factor too along with living in areas that are prone to natural disasters such as fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.
  19. I hope this theory isn’t true. God seems to be stretched pretty thin now just trying to manage this universe.
  20. I think you’re onto something older. Market it on social media and you might become rich and famous. Then I can tell my friends I used to post stuff to you before you became rich and famous.
  21. One can only assume the dude has an underwear fetish. Embarrassing and sad. Get a life dude.
  22. Assuming scholars are correct, Genesis was written during the Babylonian captivity. As many as five different contributors to those writings have been identified. Genesis, of course, is simply a collection of stories that are correctly classified as theological myths. The author of this story is apparently attempting to modify the original myth and add his own updated version and/or interpretation to it.
  23. Sorry, that isn't the way I interpreted your post. Your post implied, at least to me, that you were concerned about your eternal destiny.
  24. The victim card, the race card, & the persecution card are all too often played for money, or to obtain or achieve something that cannot be obtained by more difficult means; like hard work for example. Life ain’t fair thus the need for victims to level the playing field. That is not to deny there are legitimate victims and it is sometimes difficult to identify the real victims from the players.
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