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Orbit last won the day on January 17 2015

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  1. Ethnic Cleansing in the USA

    Let me give you a history lesson that might shed light on your question: 1865 - slavery is ended in the US Because under slavery it was illegal to teach a slave how to read or write, you had a large illiterate population After slavery, we had another hundred years of "Jim Crow laws" which segregated blacks and denied them entry into white educational institutions They were legally prohibited from taking all but menial jobs. Fast forward to WWII. Black served in the military. When they came back, they had the GI Bill, which provided help with school expenses and mortgages. White America took advantage of these benefits and built a strong middle class. Blacks were barred from using their benefits because white colleges (just about all colleges were white) wouldn't admit black students; and blacks couldn't buy houses outside of a poverty-ridden area because of "restrictive covenants" which were legal documents attached to the deed of a house saying it couldn't be inhabited by a black person. So segregated society continues until 1965. At which point the Black community has been unable to build a strong middle class. It has only been since the 1970s that they have had (theoretically) equal job opportunities. In the meantime, generational poverty grows stronger. Pick yourself up by the bootstraps given this history? Give me a break.
  2. Ethnic Cleansing in the USA

    The majority of welfare recipients are white. Don't let the facts get in your way.
  3. Thoughts

    A just and merciful God would understand human frailty and forgive you. And if not, do you want to worship an unjust God?
  4. The worlds biggest lie?

    I'm going to call hubby to thread so he can clarify/give references @wellnamed
  5. The worlds biggest lie?

    The word being used isn't aon, it's aonios. Contemporary uses of aionios in other documents of the time show its use to refer to periods of time, like a king's reign, or a judge's tenure, not just a long historical period.
  6. The worlds biggest lie?

    I just want to speak to the issue of "everlasting life". My husband has studied ancient Greek of the Biblical era, and he says the word that gets translated as "eternal" is the Greek aonios, which means "of the age" and in most contexts means a lifetime, not an eternity.
  7. Consider this: http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-ofarrell-harassment-teen-girls-20180107-story.html
  8. Fear of hell and suicide

    You sound very depressed. Perhaps you could seek out a therapist to help you sort through these thoughts. It would be terrible to make a permanent decision about a temporary state of mind.
  9. Constant Inadequacy

    It's disheartening when we fully realize that our parents are just people with flaws; people who can be shortsighted, selfish, or unfeeling. It helps to build a network of accepting friends to replace the family group you look to for support. It hurts, but parents can't always give us what we need. Hang in there,
  10. What if?

    I would say "Have you seen Jesus Christ Superstar? What did you think of it?"
  11. Family, boundaries, and survival

    It's important to build a secular support network so you don't feel so vulnerable. Religion is no guarantee that others will have your back anyway.
  12. I cannot have friendships with Christians.

    There's nothing wrong with sharing your experience. I hope you meet better people soon.
  13. What you're noticing is the social construction of reality. Human groups define what is cruel, what is not, what is acceptable and unacceptable and this changes over time and place. Exposing unwanted infants was once "normal" if frowned upon, for example. As society changes, beliefs and practices about cruelty, what counts as life, gender, race, and everything else about the social world changes. It's part of the social realm, which is very "natural" for us as a species. The social is how we adapt to our total environment, which is more than physical.
  14. What does it mean to be spiritual?

    Ex-Christian doesn't necessarily mean atheist. From this forum header: "In this one area of Ex-Christian.net, each individual who has adopted an alternative spiritual expression should feel encouraged to freely express any experiences, thoughts, or opinions without fear of being brow beaten, harshly criticized, or condemned. " So there's not a problem discussing spirituality, but there would be a problem to "atheist evangelize" or to try to convince people spirituality doesn't exist. In fact, the topic of "What is spirituality?" is a fascinating one. I suspect it means different things to different people and I think it is just one of the limitations of the English language that the word is hard to pin down. What is spirituality without religion? It could pertain to the very complex world of our feelings and emotions; our personal psychology; or the search for inner peace. It's not very helpful to tell someone who is searching for inner peace that everything originates in the brain. Describing the parts of an engine doesn't describe the elation of the ride. Whatever causes our emotions, or our personal psychology, we have to deal with the effects it has on us as full human beings. It does no good to tell a troubled person that they are lacking in oxytocin at the moment; states of mind can't be reduced to chemistry because we have to make psychological sense of that chemistry--and because the causal arrows can go the other way, with a thought causing a change in brain chemistry. It's a dialectic, a feedback loop, and it's complicated. We are complicated, and I think "spirituality" is the name given for our struggle to cope with that complexity.