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amateur last won the day on February 4 2016

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  • Birthday 01/15/1964

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    I grew up in an agnostic family that went to church but didn't take it too seriously. I became the black sheep who became born again as a teen, then as I read and thought logically realized the bible just didn't make rational sense. I taught Sunday school for about 15 years, which is when I truly started realizing how crazy the stories were! I finally gave up any belief after many months of thinking, "This is so goofy" while listening to sermons.

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  1. People will respond to you however they want, not how you "expect" them to. We have no real ability to influence others' actions. Things happen. People react how they want. Like others said above, most of the time things go how we predict they might (i.e., if you smile and say something nice to someone, chances are they will smile and say something nice back) but there is no 100% (i.e., you could smile and the other person can do absolutely anything they want).
  2. I'd love to see reruns of Taxi again! I remember that as being a funny show. The Bob Newhart Show was another good one, but that's because Bob Newhart is great! He had a cameo on the Big Bang Theory; that was fun!
  3. Welcome! As everyone above says, this is a great place to get things off your chest and be honest. It doesn't matter if you still need to fake being xian with your family and friends. You know what you really believe or not believe, and that's all that counts. Your mental health is the most important thing. Feel free to ask questions and add to the conversation anywhere on this site! It's been a wonderful place of learning for me!
  4. Isn't it weird when you grow up in a religion that you take all the crazy stories for granted? Talking snake! Manna from heaven! Four horsemen of the apocalypse, eternal torment because you didn't say, "I accept you, Jesus!"! OMG, those are hysterical now! And as a protestant, I reverently drank my little tiny cup of grape juice and ate my tiny piece of bread (holding onto them so we could do it as a GROUP!), and pondered how jesus had died for us!!! And isn't it glorious having that whole half a day back to enjoy freely??!!?? I used to be very involved in church, teaching sunday school, being a deacon, being in various womens' groups. Gad, all that time I gave them! I haven't been to church in at least 10 years, and I don't miss it one bit. I can't even imagine going back now that I'm a complete non-believer (I had always questioned, but always gave religion the benefit of the doubt, but I finally had my questions answered and I am DONE!); I couldn't bear to listen to the blahblahblah of what a sinner I am that needs god just to get through my day. I get through my days just fine, thank you! My ex-husband and I did raise our kids in the church, but I'm happy to say that they are both now non-believers. They're in their early 20's, and realized much earlier than I did that the church stories were crazy!
  5. There are times when the police are necessary. If someone mugged me, I would want an officer there immediately. Do I trust them in general? No.
  6. The older seasons of Big Bang are enjoyable. It's starting to jump the shark -- no definite moment, but a slow jump. I didn't watch Seinfeld in the 80's (I was busy and didn't watch tv at all), but have watched re-runs at the gym recently, and other than getting a kick out of the fashions and how much hair Jerry Seinfeld had back then, I don't enjoy it. I never watched Friends. I was busy.
  7. http://www.amazon.com/Deeply-Superficial-Coward-Marlene-Dietrich/dp/B00BUMFE6C This book is awesome! Deeply Superficial , Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Me by Michael Menzies
  8. This is all too strange. I can't even.....
  9. Glory!!!!! This site is surely a blessing!
  10. That's funny, and so true! The "true meaning of Easter" vs. the reality of bunnies and chocolate and peeps and, oh yeah, going to church to sing some praise songs is very, very strange!
  11. I, too, would've ignored the jackass that said the hateful thing. But I would send a very short note to the former pastor, saying, "I had a private conversation with you as my pastor in which I discussed my lack of belief. You chose to share that conversation, along with my identity, with others. I am letting you know that was wrong of you to do, and it is hurtful to me." No, nothing would come of it. But I'd still have to say it.
  12. Excellent realizations! A good church service is very powerful and manipulative.
  13. Dead bodies being exposed from their tombs from an earthquake would have been understood by people back then as dead bodies being exposed from their tombs from an earthquake. They would NOT have thought those people rose from the dead and walked into the city! C'mon, people weren't THAT dumb back then. They were aware of dead people, tombs, and earthquakes. Just like we are today.
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