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HymenaeusAlexander

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About HymenaeusAlexander

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    The Bible (as a human book), history, philosophy, having fun with my family, watching American football
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    I'm recently deconverted after over 20 years of active involvement in Christianity. I'm married to PeopleArePeople and we have two wonderful children together.

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  1. The short answer is no. No one knows. Neither the writer in 2 Samuel nor the chronicler ever gives an explicit statement as to why this particular census-taking is wrong. In fact, the Chronicler reports other censuses without objection and even goes so far as to note that Joab did not number the Levites, so it can’t be blamed on that either. Pride is often cited. Sure. Why not? That guess is as good as any other. As others have pointed out, according to the author of the 2 Samuel account, Yahweh was pissed at Israel for some undisclosed reason and needed an excuse to smite them so he incit
  2. David Bazan of Pedro the Lion deconverted. He went solo for awhile and is now part of the indie band Overseas. You've heard the story You know how it goes Once upon a garden We were lovers with no clothes Fresh from the soil We were beautiful and true In control of our emotions 'Til we ate the poison fruit And now it's hard to be Hard to be Hard to be a decent human being Wait just a minute You expect me to believe That all this misbehaving Grew from one enchanted tree? And helpless to fight it We should all be satisfied With this magical explanation Fo
  3. The writer of Hebrews may have believed that Christ was crucified during the Day of Atonement. It's difficult to read chapters 8 & 9 without making that connection. The gospel writers probably did not have the same theology of atonement that Paul did with his notion of reconciliation (though he does connect the Passover to Christ in 1 Corinthians) and the writer of Hebrews. While the gospel writers all link Jesus to the Passover, John diverts from the synoptics and makes the most direct connection, depicting him being crucified at the same time the lambs were being slaughtered. Conversely
  4. The doctrine of the Trinity does matter. It means Nearly All Christians Are Heretics.
  5. It's a parody of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement and an allusion to Bible verses like 2 Corinthians 5:21. Brother Jeff's humor might not be for everyone. I find it particularly hilarious, however. Glory!
  6. Regardless of your interpretation what we see here is clear and convincing evidence that faith, simple faith, in God can improve a life immensely. I would agree with your statement on two conditions. The first condition would be that we grant that we are dealing with a loose definition of “faith.” The second is that the object of this faith is irrelevant. Everyone’s god is different because everyone’s god is a product of their own imagination. Your god is no doubt different from Vujicic’s god. Because Vugicic’s god exists in his imagination, the object of his faith is ultimately himself. Vuj
  7. Regardless of your interpretation what we see here is clear and convincing evidence that faith, simple faith, in God can improve a life immensely. I would agree with your statement on two conditions. The first condition would be that we grant that we are dealing with a loose definition of “faith.” The second is that the object of this faith is irrelevant. Everyone’s god is different because everyone’s god is a product of their own imagination. Your god is no doubt different from Vujicic’s god. Because Vugicic’s god exists in his imagination, the object of his faith is ultimately himself. Vuj
  8. Turns out God's very first promise was bullshit that required some major ad hoc apologetics work-around: "for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die" (Gen 2:17). A "day" with god is like a thousand years; therefore Adam did die in the same "day"; you just have to ignore the part about "the evening and the morning was the first day". Good thing Yahweh has such excellent legal representation that allows him to get out of these otherwise plain statements that he makes. Never enter into a contract with an Ancient Near Eastern storm god with good attorneys. I don'
  9. Turns out God's very first promise was bullshit that required some major ad hoc apologetics work-around: "for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die" (Gen 2:17).
  10. I’m sure we’ve all either seen or used this epic question-begging before: "The Bible is the most amazing book ever! 66 books, written by 40+ authors from all different backgrounds, spanning over 1,500 years, written in 3 different languages and on 3 separate continents with no errors or contradictions and literally hundreds of fulfilled prophecies and it has one uniform message."
  11. The one I like to call "the imperative teleological argument" or "the layman's argument from design": Look at the trees! Pastor's wife used that one on my wife.
  12. That's certainly consistent with past behavior. In his first thread back in June when he went on one of his quote-mining expeditions and provided a made-up quote from Arthur Keith supposedly from 1959 and I pointed out that the alleged source of the quote did not exist and that Keith died in 1955 the only response was the chirping of crickets. Don't expect acknowledgement that he was incorrect, much less a confession of violating the 9th commandment, one he has broken repeatedly.
  13. Why should we believe your definition of a "real god"? Note for Bhim: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_method Note for OC: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cop-out
  14. Regardless of your interpretation what we see here is clear and convincing evidence that faith, simple faith, in God can improve a life immensely. I would agree with your statement on two conditions. The first condition would be that we grant that we are dealing with a loose definition of “faith.” The second is that the object of this faith is irrelevant. Everyone’s god is different because everyone’s god is a product of their own imagination. Your god is no doubt different from Vujicic’s god. Because Vugicic’s god exists in his imagination, the object of his faith is ultimately himself. Vuj
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