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    I'm a former Christian in search of more like-minded free-thinkers

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  1. The good news is healthy young women (pregnant or not) and children seem to do pretty well with this virus. Its still a bit unnerving though. Best to you and your wife!
  2. I got this in a work email recently. I haven't yet verified that all of it is true and I don't like to spread hearsay, so take this with a grain of salt: Some good news -China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them. - Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally. - Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus. - A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China. - Apple reopens all 42 china stores, - Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days. - Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining. - Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe. - Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine. - 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life. - A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research. - A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore. - Tulsa County's first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery. - All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered. - Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19. So it's not all bad news. Let's care for each other and stay focused on safety of those most vulnerable
  3. Amen, brother! I am an RN, sitting at home sick with symptoms that are not entirely COVID related, but I cannot get tested despite pleading with the folks on the hotline. I work in 2 facilities: one of them a nursing home with not as much direct care, and also in a hospital where literally all of my patients had respiratory symptoms last week (of course, none of them were tested and no precautions implemented). Also, the collateral effect is not even being discussed. My GI doctor was closed for routine visits, instructing all non-routine visits to go to their doctor or the ED, further unnecessarily congesting EDs. (I didnt go, I'm trying to wait this out til my appointment tomorrow morning so that I minimize my exposure to ED crowds). I couldn't even get lab work done today. I fear I might not get the diagnostic tests I need in a timely manner. What if I were to need a blood transfusion or, heaven forbid, urgent surgery? Is the blood supply safe? Why are we rejecting testing of ANY health care workers? Why are hotlines still asking about travel? I could go on and on with these questions. Trump needs to step aside whenever ANY questions about COVID come up. I want to drag his ass into the hospital to the front line shit that's about to drop. We missed the boat on testing and screening, having supplies ready and having a plan to address all the non-COVID emergencies. God help the person who has a stroke, heart attack, pancreatitis, bleeding ulcer, or even simple dehydration needing a little IV fluid resuscitation. I fear it's going to be a fucking mess and I'm about to do battle as both patient and nurse. Ugh.
  4. Not ALL phobias can be rationalized. The definition of phobia is "an extreme or irrational fear. . ." And sure maybe there is some deep dark reason for a person to develop a phobia. However, if someone acknowledges that it is silly and irrational to have a fear, yet is unable to control the emotion, the emotion is separate from the belief. Lets use a different analogy. Lets pretend I fear an invasion of alien monsters from the moon. Lets pretend I grew up before space exploration and I was indoctrinated to believe all the mythology about aliens on the moon poised to invade earth. Lets suppose later in life, science revealed there is no life on the moon and I came to realize my fear was unfounded. But my childhood indoctrination still haunts me. So I develop a phobia that stems from childhood indoctrination. That doesnt mean that deep down I believe there are aliens on the moon ready to attack. It means I cant shake an irrational fear. As a side note, when someone tells me what they believe or feel, I take that at face value. In other words, I believe they are telling the truth. It would be very presumptuous and insulting of me to tell anyone what was going on in their own mind and heart. So if an atheist tells me they don't believe in any gods, but contunue to struggle with an irrational fear of hell, I have no reason or authority to correct them.
  5. Atheists can have irrational fears just like anyone else. Phobias do not necessarily stem from any real threat. And many people who have phobias also understand how irrational the fears are. I know someone who fears a certain color and cannot wear that color. She knows it is completely irrational. She is also brilliant person with a PhD. The brain is a strange thing. So yes, an atheist can be a "true atheist" and still have an irrational fear of hell.
  6. Hi Zen, Parents aren't perfect and often they say stupid shit (kidding or not). My advice would be to consider her comment a silly remark and ignore it. Plus keep doing what you're doing (therapy, planning to move out, etc). And, just for the record, there are plenty of guys who have had no girlfriends by 19 years old and well beyond that age. Relationships will happen organically. If you feel no partner is needed in your life right now, don't bother seeking, especially for the sake of someone else. Best to you!
  7. I'm definitely in the middle ground. I go along with Alan Watts' belief that the universe is intelligent, that it is not possible for something intelligent to evolve from something unintelligent. The earth is not just a dumb rock. Without eardrums vibrations might exist, but not sound. Without eyes, energy waves might exist, but not light. We exist in relation to everything else and so it seems this is orchestrated. However, I dont know that there is a "who" behind the orchestration. So I don't think of myself as a theist. I still consider myself agnostic. But then again, I don't really see the point of labels.
  8. This concept always rankled me, but to be honest, even the most conservative Christian women I've known throughout my life have been smart enough to either rebel, ignore a "domineering" husband, find other work-arounds, or marry someone who didn't take the doctrine of submission that seriously (and those men are pretty easy to find nowadays).
  9. I think some people merely want to remain curious and open to possibilities. Is that a bad thing? And in what way does such speculation have to be "relevant?" A lot of things we do in life have no relevance. Some things are just fun to think about or fun to do. Clearly the human race has gravitated towards a belief in the existence of something more powerful and more intelligent than humans. Perhaps there is an evolutionary reason for that that remains to be discovered? I don't believe in specific deities. But I do find it hard to believe the "universe" (for lack of a better term) lacks any intelligence, particularly when it produces intelligence, even if it took billions of years to do so.
  10. Why not? Why not be open to the possibility of something more? If we don't dare to imagine that something (currently) inconceivable exists, then we won't pursue it in earnest. That's how discoveries start. . .with a hunch.
  11. I actually get what you're saying here. Perhaps we have to trust that there is something out there that cannot be described in a way that we can understand. I certainly allow for that. But I also allow that my preconceived ideas about what/who "God" is are likely very primative and so, not to be trusted. I am open to possibilities that there exists a "higher power," but I have to trust that, if it exists, that higher power will somehow figure out a way to communicate with me. If we want a dog to learn algebra, it is not up to the dog to figure out how to do that.
  12. This comment misses the point. This is not about a father allowing kids to endure some hardships in order to allow them to mature. This is about a "heavenly" father allowing unspeakable suffering to innocent children. For a god to allow this when he is supposedly capable of preventing it, . . . . is sickening and despicable. Luckily I dont believe this asshole god exists, but for those who do, why they choose to worship such an evil being is beyond comprehension.
  13. So there is no happy medium? Its either free will and allow all hell to break loose or its no free will and we're completely restrained? As a parent I figured out how to give my kids free will - within certain boundaries. I allowed them to do what they wanted and to learn from their mistakes within reason. I sure as hell didnt let them do whatever they wanted, especially if it was guaranteed to cause harm. So I'll rephrase my statement: Not only am I morally better than your Bible-God, I'm a better parent.
  14. Well, then, that makes God an accomplice to Satan's evil deeds and morally worse than Satan. How do you find it possible to worship such a sadist? If I were god, I would have never allowed that. I guess that makes me more compassionate than your bible-God.
  15. So if you believe in a God who has no needs and you believe that you benefit from "acting out through love," again I ask, what is your purpose here? How is it that YOU are acting out through love? You believe you benefit in what way?
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