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    Ex-fundamentalist, raised in the christian churches/churches of christ.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?

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  1. Just curious, but . . . you started it; seems like there must have been something on your mind.
  2. Women aren’t inferior, just different. I was raised to believe that all this was the absolute will of god. There’s an organization dedicated to preserving it: the council on biblical manhood and womanhood. https://cbmw.org/about/mission-vision/ Note the part about “humble, sacrificial leadership of the husband and the joyful, intelligent submission to that leadership by the wife.” Come on, be joyful about it!
  3. We have a little sister, And she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister In the day when she is spoken for? Song of Solomon 8:8
  4. I went through this in my mind after my deconversion; it seems obvious to me now that altruism and cooperation are population traits that are very valuable and therefore selected for; but christians don’t believe in that stuff, they think it all boils down to their own personal god vs. satan. There is more to life than their religion. On the other hand, back in the believer days, an unbeliever once asked me why, if Jesus could do anything he wanted, did he not rape, pillage, etc. I guess it takes all kinds . . . .
  5. If god answers prayer, you’d think he would have answered these (in the affirmative): City that prayed, searched for missing girl to say goodbye https://apnews.com/ab23f1fc60e4a40e1240f96ca5c3cd18
  6. Just don’t make any threats . . . . https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/man-arrested-threatening-kill-schiff-schumer-impeachment/story?id=69077522
  7. I have a problem with the existence of a written Q. Not only do we not have any manuscripts, but no one in the early church ever referred to it. It makes more sense to me that there was a circulating oral history of “Jesus stories” that the gospel writers drew from. Which explains why they are much the same, but a little different, and the content is not always in the same order. Parallel verses like Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16, where a memorable word (biazo, force) are used, but in a different place in the sentence, support the idea that the gospels were written from a pool of memory.
  8. TEG

    I Am Free

    Women play roles in the gospels and acts; but then you have those two places where Paul says women are to be silent in the churches, and not to teach or have authority over men. And the last verse of the gospel of Thomas had to reflect someone’s opinion: Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life." Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." Sounds like there was a real divide back then about the role of women. Sure makes me want to adopt the bible as my rule of faith and practice . . . .
  9. The training isn’t free. The office etc. isn’t free. The licensure and board certification aren’t free. Just sayin’ . . . . Maybe someday we/you will have a universal health plan of some sort.
  10. First, based on what you are saying, I think what would help you more in the long run is to find a therapist who can help you work through your trauma. But medication may help your symptoms in the meantime. The modern antidepressants also treat trauma-based anxiety, and few people have bad side effects. Benzodiazepines are addictive and just a temporary fix. But of course you need a thorough evaluation to determine what is best. If what you have is an underlying bipolar disorder, for example, you mustn’t start with antidepressants.
  11. True; I was thinking of harmonizations we used to do, such as of the post-resurrection at the tomb, where everyone saw it from a different angle, at different times, and you have to put it together like a puzzle to get the whole picture. People would be all proud that they had figured it out; but these were supposedly inspired writers, not just simple eyewitnesses, so why would they write three seemingly contradictory narratives rather than “the truth”? Or so I used to wonder. The allegorical interpretations about the seasons are interesting. I don’t think anyone I knew growing up would ever let such thoughts enter their head. The bible was true because that’s how it happened, and that was all there was to it. None of that “liberal” stuff . . . .
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