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alreadyGone

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  1. Now for your next exercise, try applying logic to Christian beliefs. I'll start: Noah was able to procure a male and a female polar bear to live on the ark, by doing what? (using Google is not permitted here, because Noah didn't have Google)
  2. Recent tests indicate that modern humans share at least 98.5 percent DNA with Neanderthals. What might this finding say about the Genesis creation story? https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/29/eabc0776 https://nypost.com/2021/07/17/humans-neanderthals-share-up-to-98-5-percent-dna-study/
  3. And there's a part 4. Be aware that this series is wrapped in a Christian post-Amish message.
  4. This fascinates me because it was respectfully produced by a former Amish family. The Amish are interesting to me because of the abundance of self-created stricture based on nothing more than their tradition. To my thinking, the Protestant and Catholic churches are different only in the particulars of that self-created stricture. "...excommunication and shunning is the fabric which holds the Amish culture together" "tradition is a very strong horse. It will carry you a long way.." "...when he preached, he preached fear." "...we went to a lot of trouble to live simple" "...the beachy amish were allowed to have cars, but the cars had to be painted black" Part 1 Part 2
  5. Given the human propensity for myth and story-telling, why would any honest human being expect anything else?
  6. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/november-web-only/dead-sea-scrolls-bible-fakes-forgeries-frauds.html
  7. Is that a topic for a different thread? "What are the most absurd or outrageous claims made by any of the various religions?".
  8. I try to see it (Christianity, Mormonism, etc ) in the context of human beings' propensity for myth and story-telling. That's the only way I can make any sense of it all. I am convinced that it's all the consequence of facing our mortality and the fragility of human life. Maybe with our modern ability for record-keeping and worldwide cross-cultural communication we will move past that.. in another thousand years or so. If we survive as a species that is. Personally I doubt I'll ever move past the inner disappointment and shame that I fell for it (Protestant Christianity) too. In the real world being wrong in your core belief almost always comes at a price in lost energy, time, material resources, or even your mortal life.
  9. If you have ever encountered those of the Mormon belief, it can be an interesting experience. This video is an overview of the Mormon church, told by some former members, converts, and various researchers. (including Brigham Young's great-great granddaughter, now an ex-Mormon apostate) "proxy-baptism for the dead" ??? This stuff is even more fun than snake-handling.
  10. I miss this place for a few days and you guys put together some of the best most interesting insights I've ever encountered. May be a message there for me somewhere..
  11. You mean there was in fact no magic talking serpent? I am truly surprised to know this.
  12. I enjoy falling on my knees and conversing with my secret imaginary friend. He's omnipotent, all-knowing, and all-seeing. Other times I just sit and contemplate the lint in my belly-button.
  13. This disdainful term "conspiracy nuts" or "conspiracy theory" has certainly become popular in the past few years. Anyone with any knowledge of history can see that there certainly are conspiracies... in government, in various secret societies, throughout the range of human affairs. Which are of any consequence or importance is another matter, but human beings have always engaged in various conspiracies. How else would you describe the Vatican? Anyone here familiar with the International Monetary Fund?
  14. Is that why it was necessary to invent 'Jesus'?
  15. That's the thing about human beings when they become enmeshed in large organizations.. and the connections + power that so often entails. Even with the best of intentions. And the power of influential organizations draws also those with the opposite of "best intentions" as well.. Everyone should read Sinclair Lewis' "Arrowsmith".
  16. Science revealed the truth that hand-washing and basic personal hygiene helps prevent disease and improves human health and well-being for all. The closest the Bible came to that was teaching to remove yourself from the living area inhabited by others when you defecate. Then science gave us toilets and municipal water-treatment.
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  18. As I've been a member here only a short time, I've noted the same thing with regard to he and several other true believers who've passed through. Unintended counter-witnessing..
  19. "Free will".. that's the linchpin in the Baptist's particular brand of apologetics. There is in that same theology the concept of a supreme being who is "sovereign". "there are no contradictions" - Ayn Rand
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