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    Living in the foothills of the Appalachians in good ole Georgia
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    Personal hobbies, spending time with family, video games, Watching The Walking Dead, scuba diving, metal detecting, reloading, shooting.
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    I am happy to be a part of this community and look forward to talking to people who have/and are going through the same troubles that I have experienced.

    Being raised a Christian I was indoctrinated with very strong foundations in Christianity. In my teenage years I rebelled, practiced wicca for awhile, but eventually received "salvation" when I was 22. When I devoted my life to Christ I was on fire for God and eventually answered what I felt was the call to preach. I preached for ten years, had a radio ministry at one point, Did street ministry, was awana commander in one church, eventually was ordained a Bishop in the Church of God, the Gospel assembly(hence the screen name DarkBishop), and later was made assistant pastor at one of their churches.

    Its a long story but eventually I began to question my faith and left the church. I tried for 4 years to reorganize my thoughts to a point that I felt I could go back to church but couldn't. My faith never came back.

    When my son made mention that he thought the bible was BS I tried to search for archeological evidence to prove stories from the bible and was greatly disappointed that there was none for the specific event I was looking for. This lead to other searches on the God EL who was the original God of the Israelites. that was when I found out that the original mythology of EL included a whole pantheon of other Gods and Goddesses.

    This destroyed what little faith I had left. I still believe in something. I just don't know what and I highly doubt any religion on earth knows. I once said that I was spiritually broken. But I'm not. I'm renewed with the truth. De-conversion hasn't been without it's own set of troubles. Not all my family knows but my immediate family (wife, kids) do know. Not all christians in my life that know have been able to easily accept that i don't believe anymore.

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    I consider myself non-theist

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  1. Welcome to ExC!! I dont consider myself atheist. I prefer the term nontheiest. I know I dont believe in the bible or christianity, or any other man made religion. But I dont rule out all possibilities of there being something else other than what we can see. Ehrman is a good author. Reading some of his books really opened my eyes. Knowledge is power and will help you shake that fear of hell. Ehrman will help you understand why there are so many contradictions in the bible. I once applauded Paul for writing so much of the new testament. When I deconverted I read ehrman
  2. Ugh. Your just used to a different culture. As @ContraBardus said. most of us dont want to kill people. But a lot of us do have a mind to think of the possibility of different circumstances where lethal force would be needed. Maybe instead of critiquing american gun culture you should just be thankful for your own. DB
  3. @ContraBardus awesome defense! Had to give ya a trophy on that one.
  4. It's just a given. Look MWC. You and I have ran circles around this subject time and again. We won't change each other's minds. And that's fine. If it happens we'll see how it plays out then. Otherwise who knows. I just give you my best guess considering past events, current tensions, and certain state actions I've seen. DB
  5. As far as the nukes. With enough of them you have the ability to end human civilization. If america and Russia launched all their nukes it would probably cause a nuclear winter right? That's world ending capability. I don't even think our govts should have that type of power. So instead of it being a war between those two countries affecting those two countries only it becomes a war that kills untold billions of innocent people who weren't even citizens of either country. Now about my views on the other. Picture this if you will. The forefathers had just fought one of the greatest
  6. Dude that's what I'm trying to tell you. A civil war would end up being two separate govt. You would even have some states that chose one side over the other. You already got some states that have amended state constitutions to defy any federal regulation on guns. You know that right? If the people are split down the middle causing a civil war than the politicians will be split too.
  7. No need to have a melt down bro. Not my fault the forefathers wanted us to be able to wage war against our own govt. And invaders if needed. Its handy to have all that stuff for war. That's what the daisy cutter would be used for. War. But your beating your head against the wall over an opinion. You know that right? Meaning. Thats what I feel we should have because I know I wouldn't use those weapons unless they were needed. But the powers that be don't actually let me have all those weapons. That's why I have to hold on to the closest I can get. My AR-15. See? They've already take
  8. And if there were another civil war it would probably end up about the same. Some would choose one side and some would choose the other. ........... really don't see your arguement here. Each side would have their leaders just as before. Probably their politicians as well. Etc etc.
  9. Yep as long as they pass an extensive background check. All those things are ok with me. I say private militia because not many private citizens could pay for that equipment on their own. But a large militia pooling money would have a better chance. But again the problem with militias, even tho our constitution supports them, our govt and the media really do not. But her we can agree to disagree. I'm good with that.
  10. Not a nuke. I don't think anyone should have world ending bombs on hand but it is what it is. But should private militia be allowed tanks? Fully auto weapons? Helicopters? Yeah sure. I know it isn't gonna happen but yes I personally do believe we should have them if we could afford them. But those are very expensive pieces of equipment. As far as your comments on how small active militia are. Don't use those numbers. Most people stay out of those groups because the govt watch their every move. They are all "red flagged" if the govt ever turned on its citizens. Those would be the f
  11. In a civil war I imagine the military would split just as the first one. Some siding with govt. Others with the people. After all there are even Demoncrat liberals in the military. But hopefully it won't happen. Seems like we teeter on the edge of it daily tho. And your right that a lot of people are couch potatoes and not fit. But there are a lot of citizens that are fit. And there are a lot of vets. All those could work with military and strategize. As far as bombing places with armed civilians. Well.... where would they bomb? We are all spread out. The bombing usually comes fi
  12. Lol who says we aren't? How many veterans are here. I know several including myself. They have already been in the Army or national guard. Why would we join again? You have a nation full of veterans that would be more than happy to train civilians and in some cases already are. Your just not hooking up up with the right people to see it wertbag.
  13. Btw good to see you again as well. But also picture this. Say it's not a civil war. But someone attacking us on American soil. 3 million plus ar-15s joining the fight with the existing american army is an even more formidable force? Agreed?
  14. Its naive for you to assume it would only be the armed populace that would fight for one thing. Our country is split in half on the issues. I was in the army and our oath was the protect the constitution from enemies foreign or domestic. So not only would you have an armed populace of Americans, you would have a portion of the army as well. Many military men and women in america will not fire on American citizens in that scenario. All the active military and veterans I know would choose the people rather than the govt. That's america
  15. Well I don't agree because there is always a possibility of war in any country. And our 2and amendment specifically protects our rights to those weapons.
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