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    I've also been into Star Trek since I was a kid, but I think what they did with the Klingon makeup was just silly.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
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  1. I had numerous God moments during my Christian period, and I took them specifically as "Jesus" moments. But I have had numerous God moments since perceiving the weaknesses in the Jesus story and, looking back, it seems to me that even those "Jesus" moments, being what I expected at the time, were preparing me for a deeper understanding of things. I read somewhere that the Universe responds as we expect it to, and I think there may be something to that.
  2. Joy to the world! The Sun returns, To warm the Earth again! The winter's night Now giveth way To leaf and bud and blade, To leaf and bud and blade, To leaf, to leaf and bud and blade!
  3. As deeply disgusted as most of us are with him, collectively we can't bring ourselves to admit that our beloved system is broken; we're too deeply enamoured of the notion that it can never fail. In addition, our corporate media slavishly bullhorn our two-party-dominated political system as the only game in town and keep our flabby minds in thrall with their exaltation of shiny-object entertainment. They pander to both our childish pride and our addiction to comfort, and their efforts are embarrassingly effective.
  4. Abortion is a big one, but the legalization of same-sex marriage sent them into a tizzy as well.
  5. Harmless? https://brookings.edu/research/the-moral-and-policy-failures-of-immigration-detainee-vaccination-policy/
  6. Their excuse for him is that "God uses imperfect people". Every time they say that, I want to throw 2 Corinthians 6:14 at them: "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?" They certainly use that one often enough about others.
  7. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/19/politics/christianity-today-op-ed-trump-removal-office/index.html
  8. At the same time, the Soviet Union wasn't exactly what you could call a shining utopia.....
  9. When Descartes got to that point, he went all the way back to the basic foundation: "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am) and went from there. It sounds to me like that's the point you've reached. I believe that he worked back out to a fairly traditional belief, but that doesn't mean that you have to. The word "religion" is thrown around rather loosely, but there's a significant distinction to be made between theological belief and *organized* religion. The main thing, I think, is to avoid sliding into a position of dogmatic certitude on ANYTHING whatsoever. And one thing you might consider is looking for a good psychotherapist who can help guide you through issues.
  10. When Descartes got to that point, he went all the way back to the basic foundation: "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am) and went from there. It sounds to me like that's the point you've reached. I believe that he worked back out to a fairly traditional belief, but that doesn't mean that you have to. The word "religion" is thrown around rather loosely, but there's a significant distinction to be made between theological belief and *organized* religion. The main thing, I think, is to avoid sliding into a position of dogmatic certitude on ANYTHING whatsoever. And one thing you might consider is looking for a good psychotherapist who can help guide you through issues.
  11. Greetings. As you continue your departure from fundamentalism, may you find a place of support and acceptance here. And may you also feel free and encouraged to continue exploring your belief in a higher power.....despite what *some* may think of it.....
  12. For me it was that unpardonable sin issue. That was the first inconsistency I couldn't ignore. It didn't take away my belief in God, but it did make it a lot easier to take a long, hard look at Christianity.
  13. In addition, it's just common sense to conclude that a delicately balanced system----like the ecosystem----is going to be thrown out of balance by the countless tons of chemical pollutants being dumped into it every year.
  14. Rather, you seem to feel that I expect *illogical* things to work out. I don't.
  15. Interesting, and also telling. The CC absolutely insists on its communion bread being wheat, and absolutely insists that in order to qualify as wheat it must contain gluten----thereby firmly establishing gluten as an *elemental* substance of its communion bread, then dismisses it as an "accidental" substance when it makes people sick. That's the part that doesn't work out.
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