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    I am a recent de-convert who is trying to figure things out.

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  1. My family didn't actually start out religious. My grandfather came home from WWII wanting nothing to do with god or the church. But for reasons that'll never be known to me, he had a turning point where he jumped in with both feet, joining his wife and kids in their churchly activities and since then, my grandfather has boasted perfect attendance for decades since. By the time I came along, my very large family were deep in Christianity - my father an elder, my mother a youth leader. It wasn't hard to be a Christian. Literally everyone I knew and loved was one. The people I feared for, in term
  2. Ah yes, that delicious feel like you are doing something wrong but yet it's still kind of fun to feel like you are breaking some kind of rule. I'd say embrace it. Imagine that maybe you are courting the devil. Just don't forget that he is just a myth and that all you are doing is overcoming your own biases. But it's ok to "be bad" for awhile so long as it's nothing too illegal.
  3. Well, much of the trouble is that the dominant themes are all over the place so neither inference is objectively wrong. But I suppose I always worked backwards in my logic. If god creates only things he intends, and I as a thing god created values freedom and freewill, therefore god values freedom and free will. Or so my thinking used to go.
  4. Ok, so I am taking some liberty on the General Christian Theology topic because this is a little more abstract theology based on a C.S. Lewis book. I'll be giving away some spoilers to the 7th book in the Chronicles of Narnia series so if you wanted to read that you may want to skip this one. So, some setup: *SPOILERS* In the 7th book of the Chronicle's of Narnia, The Last Battle, a talking Ape finds a lion pelt left behind by some hunters and conceives a plan to gain power and influence. He lives with a talking Donkey who's a simpleton but a loyal companion. The Ape convince
  5. When I was a child, I was on a mission trip to Haiti. I was in Jr. High by then and I had recently outgrown my fear of monsters in the dark. Or at least, comically ridiculous ones. Yet it was after midnight an I had to go to the bathroom. My tent was on the roof of the compound and the nearest bathroom was two levels down. As I was returning to my tent, I heard a tune. Something eerie and unsettling that I knew from childhood that used to frighten me. And this was strange. I felt like something was behind me. This seems like a monster in the dark situation so I sucked up my courage and walked
  6. Your requirements for proof a quite good, if god is a personal god. However, this does not preclude the existence of a deistic god who simply doesn't care about you. For example, I was making yogurt today and in doing so, I create an environment where I pasteurize my milk to kill off all microorganisms then add in a live bacteria culture to then, be fruitful and multiply as it were. If, say, one of these bacteria became aware and asked me what it was, I could tell it that it's a bacteria in a pot. Being alarmed and confused it may accuse me of lying. As a comparative god to it, I'
  7. I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED THAT!!! I never grew up believing it but I knew many who did and I had no idea where it came from. I mean, they cited the story in Matthew 24 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding ((mind starts to wonder......... hot)) with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. But this was a pretty long leap into full on rapture for me.
  8. Whoops, got happy with keyboard shortcuts and accidentally made it double-post. Oh well, I'll edit this one. But anyway, that's how I would've counter-argued you as a theist.
  9. This sounds like something my best friend Chris would and has said to me in the past. Of course, were I still a Christian, I'd counter-argue like this. That if that's what god wanted, he'd just have created robots. That god wants a personal relationship with everybody and to have that, both parties have to have the ability to choose to reject each other. Otherwise it's just mind control. If I program someone to adore me, do they truly adore me? It is not so much more important that a person chooses to adore me when they do not have to and could adore literally anything else?
  10. Fun fact, discrediting Paul is also a popular way of claiming the Bible, or at least the New Testament is pro-homosexual (or... at the very least... neutral on the matter). Yes there is Leviticus and Deuteronomy but, hey, that's all old covenant stuff and Jesus made a new one. And Jesus really didn't speak a word on homosexuality. So far as we know anyway. His message was grace and compassion so clearly it's graceful and compassionate to allow people to love whomever they want. The only New Testament passages written explicitly about homosexuality were written by... hold your brea
  11. This is where the early cracks in my faith started to form. First, I conceived of hell as a place that was outside of god's presence. That's all. To clarify, I believed that god sustained this world. That without his presence, goodness, empathy, compassion, etc. would not exist. That even evil people can experience goodness on this earth because god's spirit permeates all creation. So hell was a place god set aside that was outside his presence and spirit of goodness. Descriptions of wailing and gnashing teeth, of fire and torment weren't god actively torturing people, but rather metaphorical
  12. Giving credit where credit is do, I actually do respect and admire Ray in one thing. Having watched countless hours of Creationists speak, I feel confident in saying the following: Ken Ham is more interested in being right than being genuine. Ken would watch you go to hell and just smile and say, “I told you so.” The Hovind’s are criminals. Literally. I have serious doubts they actually believe any of it. Maybe they do... but regardless, they have found out how to make a money racket out of it and they lose no sleep at night scaring people into giving them money.
  13. Oof! Shots fired! But hey, I love Ray! Oh yee? Have ya ever lusted afta a woman? Ye ever committed adultry? Ye like yur pown? You see, you know in yur heart that god is real but you just like yur pown too much and can’t let it go! Y-yes Ray, I uh, I do like my, um... porn.
  14. Yes In time. Sigh... In due time. I actually did this somewhat. I was playing with semantics. She asked if I was debating AiG and I said I was not, but rather debating the people in the comment threads as AiG (wisely) does not engage in their own comments. But I said I was countering bad arguments to try to improve the overall dialog by addressing the stupid ones first. She pulled up one such debate and I was trolling a flat-earther (who are very common on AiG forums). She decided that maybe my dismissal of that person was justified.
  15. I’ve been caught! My mother has been snooping my Facebook feed and has seen me trolling the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. She doesn’t fully understand what I am saying but does recognize that I am not giving them my blind undying support which resulted in a very serious and almost whispered conversation about what I was trying to do. So what am I to do now that one life’s great joys has been taken from me? Use my lifetime membership to the Ark Encounter and start hot glueing feathers to their dinosaurs?
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