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  • Birthday 01/10/1987

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    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Traveler. Teacher. Thinker. Comedian. Writer. Artist. Musician. Singer. Optimist. Pessimist. Juggler.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Abraxas and Enlil

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  1. You had to request to be removed from your church’s roll call? I was excommunicated without having to lift a finger! I guess some of us have it easier than others
  2. Your parents are ignorant dolts. Don’t feel guilty for their shortcomings.
  3. Speak for yourself. These other creatures are only nasty in your limited opinion. Sea urchins find each other quite sexy, and view us humans as ugly gelatinous blobs of meat.
  4. He had to ask for your permission to say grace over his own meal? Weak...
  5. Interesting, I never knew that about the COC (I suppose they don't use that acronym much). Although they never explicitly made the argument you present here, my extended family on one side is entirely religious, but spans or has spanned a breadth of sects from Presbyterian to Church of the Brethren to, I suppose, Baptist and Evangelical, and nearly all of the family members I know well have found most of their spiritual refuge in the writings of Paul, who was the most oft-quoted author throughout my childhood. To the OP (@Wertbag), I suppose by "a fair number" you mean a fraction of a minority of Christians.
  6. Modern "Christianity" is not Christianity at all, but a cult built around the rabid and egomaniacal teachings of Paul. As such, I refer to modern Christians as Paulians. Bring up any criticism of Paul to a Paulian (aka "Christian"), and they will become immediately grieved as you are attacking the very foundation of their dogma.
  7. Your experience echoes mine in so many ways. I also went to Awana, have multiple younger siblings who are still 100% fundamentalists, was severely punished by my father for the slightest infraction, etc. I'm also the ONLY one of 4 children and over 50 cousins who is not 100% committed to Das Religion. I turn 32 in January. I'm sorry for your experience up through adolescence. But what's even worse, I know, is seeing all of your immediate (and likely extended) family still engaged in the same ignorance that you escaped, and therefore to feel so alone. I'm with ya.
  8. George Carlin says it all:

  9. Holed in with the Christian family for a week. Time to start sneaking alcohol.

  10. I don't know where to ask this, so... how do I gain access to the Ex-Christian Sexuality forum?
  11. The way I got over fear of hell was realizing that I could be wrong about its nonexistence, and coming to terms with that. Maybe there IS a hell, and maybe I AM going there. But there's not a damn thing I can do about it. If god's really sovereign, then he'll decide who ends up there and who doesn't. I compare it to how Yahweh hardened the Pharaoh's heart in the Old Testament. The Pharaoh had nothing to do with it! Same with the snake in the garden of Eden. God sent the snake. He knew Eve would obey the snake but he sent the snake anyway. Same with Satan when he was testing Job. God knew Job was going to suffer, but he still essentially sent Satan down there to do all these horrible things to Job. God sounds kind of like an asshole, doesn't he. Like a kid with a sandbox full of ants. Ants he created and then commands to worship him, of all things! And then he picks off the ants who don't worship him, one by one. A jealous god, indeed. Thankfully, this "god" doesn't exist. It's a fabrication, and a very very powerful one. Or maybe he does, and we're all going to hell. And maybe Santa does too. But we just have to accept that we can only be 99.9999% sure of something. Not 100%. Besides, even if you ARE a Christian, you will still have the fear of going to Hell for a variety of reasons: - You sin too much. - You doubt your faith too much. - You, somehow, just aren't one of the "Chosen ones" (Calvinists only) - You're going to "lose your salvation" somehow by accidentally committing the "unpardonable sin" (a term which really scared the "hell" out of me growing up, yet no one ever really explained to me) So get over your fear of Hell. Remember that this "fear" only exists because you were raised from "within" the fear. You had no perspective, you didn't even know what it was like to live a life without the fear of Hell. It wasn't in your vocabulary. Give it time, brother. I went through the same phase. I had nightmares and all that good stuff for a few years. But eventually your brain and your consciousness will rewire itself, as it was designed to do!
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