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crazyguy123

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  1. I think when you get to 25 posts and become a Regular Member, you can edit your posts. I listen to a lot of rock and metal and I like to listen to things that have nothing to do with religion in general, either for or against it, but once in a while, I like to listen to some anti-religious stuff. Since leaving the Christian religion, I've come across a few favorites that fall into the anti-religion category: Metallica - The God that Failed Epica - Fools of Damnation Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here I'm not a big fan of AFI, but I have found
  2. Given how sadistic the Christian god is and the way that he and Satan used Job and his family as pawns in a game they were playing, I wouldn't necessarily consider travesties like these as an argument for his non-existence. Things like this still sicken me and give me the idea that the existence of a benevolent god is unlikely. I'm not sure that the same can be said for apathetic or sadistic ones, but I don't have any evidence either way for those.
  3. Aw, that's too bad. I actually liked him. Oh well, on to the next Christian I guess!
  4. Well, it really only makes sense to suspend belief towards unsubstantiated claims. If something hasn't been demonstrated to be true to the extent that it is acceptable to believe it, then the correct thing to do is doubt it as much as it is possible to do so. If it can't be demonstrated to be true, then there is no reason to believe it whatsoever. There is of course the possibility that you are right, yes, but possible doesn't get us to the truth of the matter if assertions is all you have. I could also make the claim that an invisible dragon lives in my basement and that it will b
  5. @TruthSeeker0 If anything, rather than being a magic pill that fixed everything, religious faith, for me, was more like smoking a big fat joint once a week and getting a buzz for a few hours afterwards (without helping much during the week). Depression and anxiety have both been constant things I have had to deal with for most of my life, with periods where they are better and periods where they are worse, but looking back now, I don't think that Christianity necessarily made my problems worse, it just gave me a good high without fixing my issues, since the Bible merely confirmed the negative
  6. This is a good way to at least determine if someone has a reason to be dishonest about the things that they are claiming for sure. I don't necessarily think that any of these red flags apply to you exactly, so that still leaves us with two options - either you are right, but the rest of us missed something somehow, or you are just incorrect about the things you are believing. How do we determine which of these is the case? I have also made the observation that people in general do this very thing once they have adopted some sort of ideology, whether it is religious, polit
  7. I'm sorry to hear that you are going through this. I went through the same thing with my mom 3 years ago, so I know what you are feeling. Keep us updated because we are here for you.
  8. Aw, he picked the wrong curtain and got the Zonk...
  9. The thing is, people can invent stories and call them "testimonies" if they want to, so unless we have a way to differentiate your experience from a mere story that someone invented, how are we supposed to believe that your testimony is accurate? I personally know someone who made up a story about having cancer to get sympathy from people so he could take advantage of them, but when it turned out that he didn't actually have it, he invented a story about how the Christian god cured it to make himself seem like less of a liar, but his BS was so unbelievable that even his fellow Christians calle
  10. I've been reading through this thread and realized that your experience is a lot like mine was. The fear of hell was something that I struggled with for a long time as well (and I still experience it from time to time). At one point I thought I was free from it, but then it came back with a vengeance because of a whole new set of stressful situations that came at me all at once, so I understand what you have been experiencing completely. It's also pretty awesome that a former minister was involved in the group you went to, so it just shows that you can be free no matter how deep you get into t
  11. It's nice to see that this site is still as amazing as it was when I first joined a little over 7 years ago. The doctrine of hell and other toxic ideas from Christianity are still being ripped apart with logic and reason, helping people to feel free to think for themselves, without being afraid of offending God Anthony Freemont for doing so.

     

     

  12. Now I understand why it says on your profile that you live in America's wang... Anyway, just so I have something to contribute to this topic, I'll say that when I first stopped going to church, Sundays were awesome because I could relax as much as I wanted and just do fun things for the most part. Unfortunately because of the job I had, Sundays stopped being quite as fun as they were at first, so it was just me sleeping because I was too tired to do anything and then going back to work again Sunday night. Now that I am starting a new job that will allow me to have weeke
  13. I know I have experienced what I thought were "God moments", usually during times when I was at church and everyone was worshiping together. It seems more likely that it was just my brain creating the experience, because I was a believer then and surrounded by like-minded people while having a positive, shared experience. Non-believers still experience similar things to this outside of a religious setting that aren't related to a god. It could be the case that rather than finding some god's love, you had a positive experience that you probably couldn't explain at the time and because you are a
  14. Ooh, I kind of disappeared again for a while there. I had no idea how long it had been since I last came here.

    1. TABA

      TABA

      Welcome back!  Always good to see people return after an absence!

    2. Orbit

      Orbit

      Welcome back!

  15. Well, they haven't actually said that yet, but what I said in Discord was that I suspect it might happen. At the very least, I got my debate opponent to at least recognize the fact that I have investigated their claims, even if I rejected them as being true. I will just have to see how things turn out.
  16. Yes, he does have better things to do, such as joining us in the Lions Den. It would be nice to have some fresh Xian meat to chew on.
  17. It always feel great offering advice to a newbie on this site. Reading their introductions remind me of when I first came here. It's hard to believe that was almost 7 years ago...

  18. The most important thing that I can say is that they probably never will understand your position and it's unlikely that you will ever be able to change their minds about it, either. Only they can do that for themselves, if they ever begin to doubt and question their beliefs. The best things you can do for yourself are to keep learning as much as you can, so that you have facts on your side, in the event that you are ever backed into a corner, and to find a way to be at peace with yourself. The second can be a difficult thing to do, for those who were deep into Christianity when th
  19. It sucks getting errors like that when trying to post something, but thank you for trying! It means a lot!
  20. Before I get started with explaining my situation, I first want to thank @LogicalFallacy, @TruthSeeker0, and @disillusioned for helping me out in the ex-C Discord the other day. I was going through a very rough time and your advice and encouraging words helped me to get through it, when I had already begun to think that there was no way that I could. As you guys know, I have been struggling with major mental health issues for a while, such as severe depression that included suicidal thoughts and feeling like I was worthless and without hope. I also had to deal with the feeling of b
  21. Hey guys, it's good to be back again.

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    2. Orbit

      Orbit

      So glad you're back!

    3. TrueFreedom

      TrueFreedom

      Nice to see ya, crazyguy.

    4. crazyguy123

      crazyguy123

      Thank you for welcoming me back in. I just wish it was under better circumstances that I came back. It's surprising how a person can recover from a toxic religion, only to have a huge setback when they go through a mental health crises.

       

      Your support is very much appreciated!

  22. You would only do that if you were Yahweh. Awesome post Yunea!
  23. *gets horny thinking about Jesus coming inside of him* Damn... It looks like I'm not making it into heaven after all. Oh well, it's not like I was going there anyway. See you in Hell guys. That's where all of the fun will be happening anyway.
  24. I also think Sauron is an asshole for creating the one ring and causing so much suffering in Middle Earth. Good thing he, like Yahweh, is imaginary.
  25. After having been out of the loop for so long, it was a shock to come back here and find out about this. Even though I didn't know him personally, I was always fascinated by the things he posted, even though half the time I had to spend hours doing research to understand what he was talking about. I also had a lot of respect for how calm he was when arguing with religious fanatics. Other people would get worked up, but he would still be the voice of reason, even in the Lion's Den. I fully understand what his friends and family are going through. I lost two people that I cared deepl
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