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    I am a former Christian seeking to share experiences.

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  1. By the way, scarlet and purple dyes have historically been expensive, and wearing scarlet and purple cloth was probably a marker of wealth and power at the time, just as gold still is today. So if this text you're referring to mentions scarlet and purple, and the catholic church tends to use scarlet and purple more than average, the reason is probably money.
  2. Let me start off by posting my favourite video clip about the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHoxZF3ZgTo#t=49m18s In general, the chance of any one particular coincidence occurring is often low, but the chance of SOME coincidence occurring is very high, which is why coincidences happen all the time. Often, we're unreasonably impressed by such coincidences, because we forget all the other coincidences that didn't happen in the same place at the same time.
  3. Matthew 7 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ You see, God's plan is not only to sacrifice himself to himself to save us from himself, but also to fail to do so.
  4. Same thing Dawkins would say: First "Which one are you?". Because even if I knew it was Jesus, "Jesus", as I know him, is only a character from a book. What would this Jesus be like? And secondly "Why were you hiding?" Maybe followed by "So are we doing the furnace of fire now, or...". It's a matter of some interest to me.
  5. The brain is a physical object, as is plainly observable. Brain activity levels can be measured, and in at least one experiment, images a person was watching were detected from outside the brain using sensors and machinery. The notion that a PC is conscious is your idea. What do you base it on? Do you have evidence for that? Yes, DMT can make people imagine things precisely because their brain is a physical entity susceptible to chemical reactions. Disembodied souls don't have brains, so... you are a machine. Do you have evidence for that? What would it even mean for will to be "free"? What would a will be if it were free from the physical processes of the brain? How would a will ever will something if that act had no cause? Caged birds sing because of an inborn instinct, because, like us, they're physical creatures, and it's in their nature to do so.
  6. And the difference between that and crunching numbers is... what exactly?
  7. A brain crunches numbers in analogue. When you say the computer will not be conscious, what do you base that claim on? What is it that you believe our mind does that a computer can't be programmed to do?
  8. An associate of Richard Dawkins actually wrote a book on the unpleasant aspects of God's moral character, though I don't know if it cites specific verses that he's in breach of. Still, I thought I'd mention it, in case someone will find it interesting. https://www.amazon.com/God-Most-Unpleasant-Character-Fiction/dp/1454918322
  9. Not to mention, people intervene in each other's lives all the time. The police work day and night to stop children from getting raped. Why should an omnipotent being who's obsessed with the moral character of our thoughts and actions deny him self the opportunity to do the same? I think the old testament explanation of "He's hiding because he's angry with us" is at least a fair attempt. The bible makes no attempt to hide the fact that many didn't believe even then, and it's always their own fault for having sinned. But the notion that God has such immense respect for our free will that he's unwilling to even interact with us, yet at the same time thinks it's fine to neglect us one millennium after another and then brutally and gratuitously punish us long after it would have had any effect, is so contrived and so contorted that it doesn't serve to explain anything. That's one major problem with religion. It so appeals to people that we're tempted to ask not "Is it true?" but "Could it be true?". And from the presupposition that it is true, people work backwards to impossibly convoluted explanations like that one. "Oh, but free will, you see. There must be evil, because something something free will."
  10. He probably walked and rode on animals such as horses, camels and donkeys. They don't. Sometimes people get better by themselves or due to the placebo effect. No, she didn't. Boils can come and go. Different versions of Christianity say different things. Different religions also say different things. The problem is that there's no definitive evidence for any of them. Perhaps the true god is the mighty Atheos who wants us to be atheists.
  11. Could you make it so that it preferentially hits Kim Jong-Un? Perhaps if you daydream about Jang Hyun-seung...
  12. Ah, but I do have proof for Eve Keneinan. My proof is: "What proof do you have that the burden of proof doesn't lie on the one making the claim?" Either she must accept my proof, or she is a hypocrite.
  13. Well, goodbye, Joefizz, and thanks for being a part of this community for a while. Welcome back in the future, and best of luck!
  14. If you got the same result by looking at Mark 21:25-26, and John and Matthew, and the same weather phenomenon had occurred every year since the gospels were written, and not before, and not just in 2017, it would be a little impressive. Though only a little, since they would still be matching the verses to the weather phenomenon after the fact, and it would not count as a prediction. But as it is, this is cherry-picking upon cherry-picking upon cherry-picking. I could find a verse in there that says something similarly profound about the closing value of NASDAQ. It's just a matter of searching.
  15. I find that the symbolism ruins it for me, never mind the actual tenets. As a former Christian, I associate the concept of Satan with something very negative, because that's basically all Christianity defines it to be. It's rather different from other things that Christianity rejects – I embrace self-interest, for instance, and I think sexuality and material wealth are both great, and all of these things are quite integral parts of human nature. But Satan is nothing but a Christian symbol of evil. Not of humankind or of human values, but solely a symbol of that which Christianity rejects. To see it through my eyes, imagine you had just left orthodox Judaism and were presented with an opposing belief system called Hitlerism, that promoted, surprisingly, personal freedom and peace on Earth. It could be ever so nice, but the name and occasional use of nazi symbols would be a bit of a dealbreaker to a lot of people. That's not to say I intend to make myself the judge of their ideology, whatever it may be. It's rather that Satanism, by defining itself in terms of, not only Christian symbolism, but the part of Christian symbolism most loaded with negativity, reminds me too much of the parts of Christianity that ruined it for me to begin with.
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