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Storm last won the day on February 19 2016

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    I was a Christian for the majority of my life. I became really frustated by the church and its "teaching". I was a blind follower for a long time. I have realized many truths and they weren't found in the bible. I am learning a lot about myself and how I hope to live the rest of my days. Its a lot of hard work, but I am enjoying it for the most part.

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  1. Storm

    Sexual tipster

    I was being facetious regarding Jesus and Mary. But I was entertaining the thought that maybe Jesus has had sex, in heaven. If we're made in his image, and we know that angels can have sex, it's not outside the realm of possibility that Jesus has had sex. I would agree that it's far fetched, but it's certainly plausible considering all the other outrageous stuff he's supposedly done. Edit: grammar
  2. Storm

    Sexual tipster

    You forget that Jesus had sex with Mary so he could come to earth as a human. Supposedly cosmic sex is the bomb! But on a serious note, everything you claim about Jesus' sexuality is assumed, and probably rightfully so, but it is still assumed. Did Jesus use the bathroom? The bible doesn't say, but we assume so because of the nature of being human, but then again, he was also fully God, so does God use the bathroom? We are, after all, made in his image. Would the same be true about sex? Is there sex in heaven? The bible says that angels (or demons) had sex with women. So, based on these questions, was Jesus really unqualified?
  3. Storm

    How can I answer this Christian?

    Christians often argue that this meets the Criterion for Embarrassment and gives the story validity. I don't necessarily agree, but i suspect that is why the OP segment refers to it.
  4. Storm

    Iron Horse-Michael C.

    I am sorry for your loss, Adam. I hope you find joy in the life you had with your father and that your memories of him stay with you as long as you live.
  5. Storm

    Hey, Brotha!!!

    I see the points that JP and TS are making, and I agree with both of you on some level. That being said, I would say that I agree with the science that race doesn't exist on a biological level, but it does exist on a sociological and psychological level. But I think that the psychological level gets ignored in the whole of the social construct of the sociological models of race and gender. While I do agree that racism and gender are social constructs that are learned, there is also an evolutionary property to those types of thinking. Our own biological need for belonging automatically encourages us to place ourselves in groups as a means of protection and to provide us with our sense of belonging and for our need for love and acceptance. So, groups are needed to provide us with psychological security on a number of levels. Secondly, our own propensity to succumb to implicit bias in regards to how we view groups of people in generalizations also lends itself to the creation of categorical differences in groups of people based on patterns and other factors that we come to recognize. Those implicit biases don't necessarily make us racist, however, they can lead to racist type thinking. When you group together a bunch of people who share a common belief system, cultural system, etc and add in to the mix our own biological propensity to be implicitly biased, you get the perfect storm of opportunity to create an us vs. them mentality and our generalizations become more directed to seeing those patterns and generalizations as faults and negatives rather than neutral facts. I think that sociological constructs often come about due to the individual psychological constructs that lead to social behaviors. This all leads to race/gender/ethnic stereotyping and this is what leads to problems. So, I think I am saying that you are both in agreement with my thoughts on this.
  6. This is interesting. To be honest though, I struggle with whether or not what you are saying really is true. I am not saying you are or aren't, I just have trouble reconciling it. I have seen references to Acts being an epic in the lines of Homer's Odyssey. I suspect that would also apply to Luke's gospel as well, since they are a two part series. But if Mark was indeed a play, maybe that would lend credence to how or why Luke wrote his epic(s). Maybe @ficino can chime in on this?
  7. It's funny that you stated this, because I often tell people the world isn't black and white, but mostly gray. I certainly was stuck thinking in black and white in this situation. I certainly understand that there is some historical accuracy in the gospels, but there are also inaccuracies. Then there's the completely made up stuff, which @Geezer mentions. Of course, the debate goes on about how much was accurate based on whether you're a believer or not.
  8. This is something I have thought of in the past, but needed to be reminded of. The funnel of the Catholic church and how it pruned history. Good point.
  9. I am involved in a thread on facebook that has been discussing the probability of Jesus having been given a proper burial. While that is not really the purpose of this post, one of the things that the original poster keeps stating is that the there are multiple individual attested sources that confirm the burial account of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea. He continues to argue that the gospels, regardless of inspiration or not, are considered to be valid sources. My question is: Are the gospels considered valid sources in the realm of scholarly and historical research and documentation? Due to their anonymity, their not being first hand eyewitness reports, and the fact that most scholars attribute much of what Matthew and Luke wrote to Mark's gospel, as well as the plausibility that the author of John may have (or likely) had knowledge of Mark's gospel, due to being written so much later in the century, I contend that the gospels are not valid sources. Is my sentiment shared in the academic and scholarly world in general?
  10. This. Christianity thrives on experiences. Every thing that Christians believe about God or Jesus or their faith is predominately based on their own experiences. You can argue theology, or semantics or whatever, but nothing trumps experience. If Christians cannot argue against experience, they have nothing. So, the pastor has to find a way to discredit it.
  11. Storm

    Absurd things you still do

    Rachel I am truly saddened that you are struggling with life right now. I wondered if things were not well with you after seeing your post on the "Supporting Friend through Bereavement" thread. I understand how you feel, as do many others on this forum. Leaving Christianity is difficult and it can be very lonely being different in this world. But I can also say that it is good to be free from the constraints of religion. Music definitely also soothes and is often emotionally driven. If you find comfort in listening to Jeremy Camp, that is ok. Its your life and you are able and free to do whatever you want. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I am not going to pretend I have the answers to your issues, but I would like to encourage you to find a counselor and talk with them about the feelings that you are having. I strongly recommend talking with someone who isn't a believer, as they will not help you in the way that you need. Your life has whatever meaning you want to ascribe to it, but even though I don't really know you, I want you to know that you matter to me. Depression is tough and it certainly has the capacity to disable even the strongest people. Please find help and do whatever you can to find joy in life. It is there, I promise.
  12. Its tough in this situation, for sure, but this is a perfect time to demonstrate that Christianity doesn't have the monopoly on empathy. For me, when my father died unexpectedly when I was 21, the thing that meant the most to me was when my 2 best friends came over to my house and we just went for a walk. Neither of them said much, but they just stood by me and let me know that they were there if, or when, I needed them. I talked a little bit on the walk, but mostly we were just quiet and walked. That time did more for me than just about any other thing that others did for me. There aren't any words that you could likely say that would help in this situation. Its all about action. Just simply being there and helping out with whatever your friend may need will be all that is needed, even if its from a distance. No words need to be said. No debates, nothing. Let them have their moment to grieve, let them think however they want about the person that died. There isn't anything that you could say that would change their mind anyway at this point. Christianity (and religion in general) is a coping mechanism of life. We know it isn't the best one, or even a rational one, but it is one. Let it work its course, and the time for debate or rational thinking will come when there is less emotion involved and the grief has been processed. Hope this helps. Good luck
  13. Storm

    Hello from an ex-worship director

    Welcome Kitten, Glad you were able to get out of the craziness of Christianity. You have been through a lot. Hopefully you can continue to find the joy and happiness you deserve without "God". Good luck!
  14. Storm

    Race Relations and Religion

    I certainly agree with your statement, but I would also add that humans are divisive by nature. We generally want to be a part of a group, and the more "exclusive" the better. Tensions arise anytime someone (or some group) is different. Skin color is likely the easiest way people are divided, because you can "size them up" before you even get to know them. I think that no matter how hard you try, there will always be a "different" group or person.
  15. Storm

    Newbie to the exChristian world

    Welcome to the forums, shellymak! I am glad to hear that you were able to get away from that life. As for the one you are now living, things will be bumpy for you as you deprogram from all the stuff that you used to believe. There will be anger, maybe depression, and loneliness (maybe) as you separate from the Christians in your life. You will find yourself on the outside looking in at times because everyone else still believes in the stuff you don't anymore and that gets frustrating. But I think there will be peace and joy about life that you never had before. Living now means something. and making the best of your life becomes more important than it ever has before. Developing a new worldview is difficult at times and I struggled with who or what to trust. Christianity made all those tough decisions for me, so I often never had to formulate any ideas of my own. Once I left Christianity, I had to figure out what I wanted to think about the world and the ideas I felt were worth having. There is a lot out there to process and consider, it can certainly be overwhelming. But hang in there. Take your time. Live your life. Good Luck!