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Everything posted by TheRedneckProfessor

  1. Do not do unto others as you would not have done unto you. And the corollary: do not allow others to do unto you as you would not do unto them.
  2. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3 Midnite's question is a valid one. If the above scripture is true, and god has given everyone the measure of faith, then why does god accept some people's faith as being enough, and other's faith as lacking? If he gave me what faith I had, why then was it not enough?
  3. According to NASA, the probability of an asteroid hitting the earth is 0.1% per year. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.interestingengineering.com/what-is-the-probability-of-a-huge-civilization-ending-asteroid-impact
  4. You must have been using Collar ID.
  5. I occasionally throw an Easter egg into my posts, just to see who's paying attention.
  6. I just watched this documentary last night, though it has been on YouTube for a while now. Two things really struck me close to home as I sat, nonplussed, staring at the screen like a sheep at a freshly painted gate. The first thing that really grabbed me was just how much I can identify with the kids who grew up in this environment. While my own experience was not quite as restrictive as this, there were a great many overlaps and parallels. The church I grew up in had a nursery/daycare center, preschool, K-12 grade school, boy- and girl-scout-like programs, youth groups for jr
  7. Damn straight. Especially us Coweta County boys.
  8. On the other side of that coin, in the early days of my deconversion, I used to say that I'd gladly sell my soul to the devil if, in five year's time, I was rich and powerful. Most believers would retort that the devil already had my soul, so it wasn't worth his effort to give me anything in return.
  9. Life doesn't have any inherent meaning. It never has; it never will. Your life will have whatever meaning you give it.
  10. Likewise, my life was a waking nightmare as a christian; but has gotten exponentially better since leaving. At first, my mother's apologetic for this was that Satan is causing me to prosper in order to keep me deceived. But I've been through some pretty rough patches since leaving the church, too, which gives the lie to that idea. I guess it really just boils down to how we interact with life and respond to our circumstances. Shame, though; I really wanted Satan to bless me.
  11. Seems like a lot to say, for someone who doesn't need to say anymore here. Listen, you two, your personal ax-grinding has already taken up plenty enough time and space in the science forum. Now y'all have spilled it over into the rants forum; and are continuing on with it despite being issued a warning yesterday. christians who disrespect forum rules and warnings end up getting banned. Should regular members be treated any differently? Or would that be... what's the word? "Hypocritical," I think. @pantheory @WalterP y'all sort this out between yourselves either in
  12. Alright now. Don't make me have to separate you two. If y'all want to argue, this ain't the place for it. Take that shit to the Den.
  13. Okay. There is a thought exercise from which you might benefit. You need to find somewhere that you can observe a lot of people from all over the world at the same time and in the same setting. Airports and international markets are good spots to do this. You want an international population so you can be sure that the people you are observing represent different cultures, ethnicities, and, most importantly, different religions. You should go alone, if possible, so as not to be distracted by conversation with friends or family. Once there, find a comfortable place and simply... observe.
  14. Is there, by any chance, a large international market near you? Or an airport?
  15. A lot of people in this thread are going to ask you why you're still spending time with christian materials such as videos. You may want to think of an answer or two. Just a heads-up.
  16. There is no "right" or "wrong;" there is only "is." We have been taught to think of everything in terms of duality: good & bad, light & dark, right & wrong. But life isn't always just black and white with shades of grey; there's an entire spectrum of colors that presents itself to those who can see it. There will be plenty of decisions in your life that you will question/regret/doubt/second-guess. That is part of the adventure. But in the final tally, you, alone, get to decide if those choices were "good" or "right" by determining the cost/benefit of the consequenc
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