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    reading, flying, foodie stuff, hounds
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    Former seminarian, missions-focus.
    Recovering from christian abuses.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Ganesha is cool. He likes cheeseburgers.

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  1. You bet. I'm grateful to have found what you wrote, so no worries! I hope that you tell your story every chance you get. People need to hear your clear story of identifying and doing the hard word getting free! Cheers! ~Yak
  2. That was brilliant. You've clearly been doing a lot of work to recover from ravages of sick and worn out christianity. I see You expressing compassion for yourself that no christian or their "god" could or would ever give you. They succeeded in creating a very familiar and deep pain and confusion in you that they did in me and in countless others. But you've found the way out and you have walked it. Bravo! Keep telling your story. Many need to see that there is hope for their otherwise similarly confused and hurt lives. I wrote a similar letter to my young self 7 years ago and fou
  3. Well-done! Between you and Epicurus, I think you have nailed it. When directly compared to the nonsense from the bible and other Abrahamic conceptions, I just refer to "it" simply as a bad actor. I guess we should add it all to the "Ain't all that" list: Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omnibenevolent, Omniscient... Just, loving... "Ineffable", but I know a lot of folks on this site would simple say "in-F-that "
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  5. Fuego, sorry. Been away for a bit and just saw your post about yet another christian propaganda film. I have an idea: let's make some films. Perhaps a series. Let's use our knowledge and the open-source material like online videos, tv, articles to expose their activities using their materials. There's enough out there, and they're arrogant enough and careless enough to put out highly revealing and embarrassing activities that will give credibility to the effort. They believe that no one could ever come up with a complete case against them. So, why not let's call their bluff and p
  6. FW, Agreed. I have to keep in mind that the decrees that christians order their lives and thinking by were written by and for a culture in which men were (as Christians are today) deeply insecure in their manhood. the fact that it was deemed necessary to write such statements as " wives will be in submission to their husbands" and similar statements reveals the extent of their insecurity and the fact that christians continue to "buy into" this mindset gives their men an easy way to not have to grow up. They just quote their holy book and done is done. This is a natural outgrowth of the beliefs
  7. Indeed. Well-said. Fear is a great motivator, especially when crafted by individuals and organizations that expect a payoff from inculcating that fear. Using, as you say, something that one cannot control or that is beyond understanding is a commonly used tool in the hands of such individuals. The fear of "what's after death" and of death itself are a common themes, because no one has been there and back to confirm or deny what is "beyond." The fear of the "god" is a holdover from ancient assignment of frightening natural forces to some unseen and highly powerful, capricious being. Agai
  8. A very good point. Some individuals reach a point of being unable to cope with events they are confronted with and they may fall back on thinking that provided the comfort in times of crisis. Others make a conscious choice to use religion as the "opium" that a 20th century philosopher described. Marlene Winell describes how the problem may develop in visual fashion here: https://new.exchristian.net/2014/06/childhood-indoctrination-is-serious.html
  9. Well-put! That's pretty straight forward. Christianity by no means has the corner of delusional thinking.
  10. That's been a pretty common line of reasoning in christianity since it's earliest days: the notion that "if I (god) make you suffer, then you you will love me or you should love me." A related problem in real life is when parents create fear of pain in their children, common responses by the child is for the child to leave the household as early as possible and to avoid contact and, later, withhold contact with the grandchildren. If it is the "god" or "father" whose "plan" is creating confusion or suffering, would anyone marvel why so many leave the religion?
  11. They are not in treatment at the time of writing or at this time.
  12. Yes. You have a great point. That's one of the cognitive flaws expressed in this delusional thinking. Somehow the "god" is connected with everything; however, the key matters of why a) did you know about and cause do this, b) allow this to occur or, c) aren't you doing something to stop the suffering are never answered. It is assumed that one must have already known, without knowing, that this is acceptable behavior. Do keep in mind that religiously-based ideation in delusions is a frequently encumbering part of this pathology. The book and film industry have made ample use of thi
  13. When I received the following I wanted to present it here as a current example of a highly dysfunctional, self-protective reaction to a crisis when religious ideas have infiltrated a person's mind to a considerable degree. What makes this interesting is the depth to which the writer's religious delusions have affected them and the writer's inability to cope with a crisis by blocking reality using those delusions. My profession includes psychological pathology and, being a humanist, I want to share this recent example of religious delusion as a coping mechanism in a crisis situation. No names a
  14. Well said, RP. You clinch the point in that article. The fact that any human would not only follow, but spread the christian message that their fiend-god has a plan for someone's life shows that the person is not just gullible, but complicit in spreading its evil. It was also humorous and pleasing to see the opposition spitting their talisman quotes from their book at your clear premise..and exposing the shallowness As I said earlier, those people get engaged with their beliefs uncritically. Perhaps they started out as children in a family where it "just what we did" b
  15. Moho: I think you have a good point which I take to mean, "Don't go into *anything* that offers promises of relief, platitudes and denial and expects compliance." I think the matter applies to all of these. After all, why are you and I on this site? We were roped-in to something that is so damaging and so corrupt and "accepted* uncritically. My point is that some kind of action is required to expose the matter more. Sure there will be push back, but there exists a proliferation of images, video, sound and print of these bad actors spouting their unsupportable doctrine. The same is true of
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