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    I'm a 23 year old seeker of truth, interested in chatting with like-minded people

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  1. Stargazer95

    On Healings

    He only "heals" what the body can fix naturally, or what can fixed with modern medicine. How convenient....
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    First Christmas as Ex-C

    Oh that's a great idea! Never would have thought of that. I'll check it out, thanks.
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    OH, the irony of my apostacy!

    Ah okay
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    OH, the irony of my apostacy!

    Northern Ireland. And yourself?
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    OH, the irony of my apostacy!

    I think Calvinists would claim that if someone left the faith, then they were never truly saved to begin with. Either they never really believed it in their hearts, or they just thought they were saved but actually weren't. I have no idea how they make it work but I think it's something like that. And so it's only the ones who are "truly" saved who will persevere until the end, and that's what they mean by once saved always saved. But it's not just Calvinists who believe this. Some non-Calvinists do too. This raises the question of how a person is supposed to know whether they're truly saved or just deluding themselves into thinking they're saved, and will someday fall away. By their logic, there is no way of knowing until they die while still believing in Christ. So much for the assurance of salvation that Calvinists ramble on about.....
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    First Christmas as Ex-C

    It's my first one too. I suppose that not *too* much will change for me. I just won't be going to church. And I've made a new playlist filled with entirely secular christmas music rather than the religious ones that I used to love, but I know now will just make me sad. It will still feel weird though, and I imagine that I'll have a mixture of emotions.
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    Mistakes you made thinking it was “non-Christian”

    Not really a mistake, just more of an embarrassment. Several years back, some Christians had stuck bible passages on lampposts all over town. On one lamppost, someone else had covered the bible passage with a "God's not real" note, or something like that. I stood and scraped/peeled it off, even though people were looking at me. I thought I was being a good little Christian. In reality, I was just a good little moron making a fool of myself.
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    Many gods in Bible

    Could it be Psalm 82? 1God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”: 2“How long will you a defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? b 3Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. 5“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6“I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ 7But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” 8Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.
  9. It looked more like they were teaching the kids about the basic beliefs of Islam, rather than forcing it down their throats. Also, the video made it sound like the mother was against ANY religion being taught in school, but I don't think that's the case. All those bible verses tell a different story. This is a fundy mum desperately trying to "protect" her child from every other worldview except her own.
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    Most disturbing book ever written

    I get why the atheists would want that, but why the fundies? Wouldn't they want to defend it as a book of love and peace and all that crap?
  11. The bible is currently at number seven on this list, which I find hilarious. It seems Goodreads members have some sense!
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    Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’

    Fun times....
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    Recurring fears

    Good to see that you've been able to get some help. Hopefully it will be beneficial. If you're having trouble with your mind wandering, maybe you need some distractions? Movies, tv, a good book, or whatever else that helps you relax might quiet those constant nagging fears, at least for a little while. Maybe set aside a time each day where you're determined to not think about religion at all, if it's driving you crazy. There's absolutely nothing wrong with having unanswered questions. It's fine to just say, "I don't know". And there's no requirement to find 100% natural explanations for everything either, as that may be just as rigid as some religious beliefs. I've reached the point where I wonder how the hell I ever believed in hell. But I can't be too hard on myself or others because I know it's all conditioning and indoctrination. I was made to think that this was normal, justifiable, and even good. In Christianity you're told not to think or question, and doubting is portrayed as bad (remember Doubting Thomas and Jesus' rebuke of him?). We were also told that God is the ultimate goodness and authority, so whatever he does is totally okay, even though we would label humans as evil if they did the same things. In Christianity, God's ways are higher than ours, and so he is not to be questioned. So that was a really long way of saying that people's devotion to the religion and to God keep them from seeing hell for what it is. Your mother's love for God will refuse to let her think of him as anything less than perfectly righteous, and so she and every other devout believer will find numerous ways to justify it, no matter how absurd.
  14. I grew up with funeral-like hymns for most of my childhood, accompanied by an organ and nothing else. So moving to a Pentecostal church with a band and lively music was like a dream for a young teen! Lol. Though admittedly some of the stuff is rather repetitive.
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    Going to Hell

    What's the show called? That's frickin hilarious!