Derek

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About Derek

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    Nerd stuff...reading and astronomy. Also "jock" stuff like weightlifting :D
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    Just an average guy

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  1. Derek

    Sh** christians have said to you

    I had an accident a number of years ago and had to get some wounds sutured behind my ear and on the back of my hand. My truck was written off by the insurance company. And how...I really did a number on it when I put it in the ditch. A number of Christians said "God was watching over you". What a crock...if there was a loving, caring God watching over me, why did my truck end up getting demolished and why did I have to get stitches? Ffs...
  2. Derek

    How did you choose your nickname?

    Derek is my real name...apparently, I have a limited imagination...I envy the rest of you
  3. Derek

    Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

    I have no hangups with any of the holiday greetings. I typically use "merry christmas" because that's the culture I was raised in. However, if someone greets me with a friendly "happy holidays", I will return the greeting in kind. The label doesn't matter...the attitude does.
  4. Derek

    just saying "hey" :)

    Thank you, admin
  5. Derek

    just saying "hey" :)

    Thanks, Joshpantera...peace
  6. Derek

    just saying "hey" :)

    Hey, admin...is there a way to copy what I posted here and paste it in the "testimonies" forum? My apologies...still finding my way around here
  7. Derek

    First Christmas as Ex-C

    I have been celebrating christmas secularly for 30 years now...no nativity scenes, no stories of a jewish virgin with a british name giving birth to a miracle child, no bethlehem...we just focus on peace and good will...not that the cult knows anything about that lol
  8. Derek

    just saying "hey" :)

    Thanks for the welcome...and Geezer, I think the church of Christ and the pentecostal church are very closely related. Maybe one splintered from the other due to some childish spat, as happens quite often...?
  9. You might be an ex-christian if the hair on the back of your neck stands on end whenever some pentecostal cult member says something like, "gawd is watching over you" :p
  10. Derek

    just saying "hey" :)

    ...and the story continues. I lived my childhood and early teen years being constantly fearful of offending the invisible terrorist in the sky. School was hell--I was bullied, harrassed, emasculated, and jeered at because of my beliefs. Over time, I became increasingly introverted as a result. I had no friends. Being a straight guy, there were girls in school that I wanted to talk to, but the thought of it petrified me. I would always imagine the girl rejecting me in a very public way, and I had already taken more than my fair share of ridicule, and the fear of more ridicule overruled the possibility of getting a date. But then, in my mid teens, something inside me began to change. For some reason, I started to develop a more inquisitive nature. I questioned EVERYTHING--even though the invisible terrorist clearly says not to in his "holy scripture". I began to ask why--why does God allow so much evil...why doesn't God heal amputees...why doesn't God show himself...why doesn't he even give one solid sign of his existence? Just after my eighteenth birthday, the answer, which is the same for all those questions, became blindingly clear--GOD DOES NOT EXIST. All of a sudden so many things began to make sense--why prayers go unanswered, why children are starving in Africa, why Adolf Hitler was allowed to run amok. That one statement explains it all. HE does not exist. Much to the chagrin of my parents and many others in the cult, I walked away from christianity about a month after I turned eighteen. I had to leave. Logic and reason are powerful tools, and they had been chipping away at my faith for years. Now, in the cold light of reason, religion seemed like just another work of fiction. After I left, members of the pentecostal cult tried desperately to "win me back" as it were, but they failed. Just before I moved out of my parents' house, my father came to me and told me that I would never make anything of myself because I had "succumbed to the ways of satan", in his words. That broke my heart...here was a man who, up until then, I had a deep respect for. Even though the christian side of him was out to lunch, this was the same man who, when I was a young child, taught me to hunt, fish, camp, drive a boat, and fix stuff. Now he was telling me that I was going to be a loser. His words still haunt me even now. I set out to prove him wrong. I never made it big---I'm a powersports mechanic and I have been for many years. I have earned a reputation as one of the most proficient techs in my region. Sadly, my father passed a number of years ago, and he died still believing that I would not become any kind of a success. In the early nineties, I read a book by Dr. Carl Sagan entitled "Pale Blue Dot". There is a chapter in that book entitled "A Universe Not Made For Us". That chapter in that book really put things into perspective for me, and it helped me to cement my relatively new-found sense of logic. I highly recommend that you read it. Being a book that's almost 30 years old, there's lots of outdated info in it, but that one chapter is inspiring. Anyhoo, that's basically the story of me...if you made it this far, I thank you for reading. I hope I didn't bore you too much lol. Hopefully something I wrote here can help someone in some little way. Cheers
  11. Derek

    just saying "hey" :)

    My story, like so many others I have read here, started when I was a young child. When I was about 6 years old, my parents converted to pentecostalism from another protestant denomination (like there's a difference lol) so I spent my childhood and teenage years listening to a constant barrage of "hell fire and damnation" sermons. I was led to believe that any little wrongdoing on my part would damn me for eternity, and that the lake of fire was waiting. I spent countless sleepless nights, terrified...Wondering if I had inadvertently done some little errant thing to earn condemnation from God and feverishly praying for forgiveness for such things. At home, my parents were very negative towards the "evil world" and anytime I expressed any fondness for anything secular I was instantly rebuked with something like "don't you know that's from the devil?" and I would be met with some scriptural flourish or other. *to be continued...my lunch break is almost over *
  12. Derek

    I am me and that's enough.

    Hey, Jupiter...I left the cult 30 years ago and I still feel the anger...just need an outlet for it. I lift weights
  13. Hi everyone, I'm Derek...I left the christian cult 30 years ago and I never looked back. I must admit that I spent quite a bit of time "lurking" here and I'm happy to see that there are indeed some enlightened people in the world. Looking forward to interacting with all of you...will share my story when I get a chance. Cheers