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    Oshawa, Ontario
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    Many; they come and go like the tide.
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    Became an ex-christian in my mid-20's; much of my family still believes.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    None exist
  1. I heard a different take on that joke; it was a professor teaching a medical class about the importance of observation. In this one, he was describing how to test for diabetes by detecting sugar in the urine. He then stuck his finger in the glass of urine, and then put his finger in his mouth to taste it in order to detect sugar. He requested everyone to do the exact same as he did, and...well, you know the rest.
  2. As long as you stay true to yourself, I won't be disappointed.

  3. is not dead yet!

  4. Even though you fall into my "Untrusted" age range, I find myself agreeing with many of your posts. You are proof that all hope is not lost with your generation.

  5. Scarlett, what an interesting story. I wanted to tell you that you should never regret how you spent your time as a believer, because it is that experience that has helped to shape you into the person you are today. I used my experiences as a god-fearing Christian today as fuel for my internal fire that motivates and drives me today.
  6. Wanting or desiring something has never played a role in the genetic mutations that have taken place, at least not until very recently with modern medical science. Rather, the genetic mutations happen at random, and we consciously determine whether or not they are desirable by choosing to reproduce with that person with those traits. Many people have had the desire to fly like a bird for many thousands of years; that desire was not sufficient for our species to develop lightweight bones and sprout feathers. However, such a genetic mutation is much more likely to happen than that of an afterlife which would really serve no useful purpose other than to feed our egos. It is entirely possible that at some point, someone somewhere was born with an eye in the back of their head. It would be possible then that this mutation caused other problems which prevented that person from passing on their genetic code in the gene pool, thus killing off that genetic mutation. After all, eyes do require much more maintenance and protection than do other sensory organs. Most likely, the ability to turn our heads to look over our shoulder was sufficient. Perhaps the need to be aware of what is behind us is what led us to develop stereoscopic hearing, and the ability to turn our heads, and those that were not able to hear what was behind them or turn their heads got killed off by animals that sneak up and attack from behind. That would leave only those with better hearing ability and flexible necks to pass on their genetic code. The genetic traits we all carry today is a result of hundreds of thousands, even millions, of years of refinement. I see evidence of this today; my own son has the traits of both myself and my wife. I have also seen many people die, and have yet to see proof of this afterlife. Then again, seeing my son makes me realize that there really is no need for an afterlife; we live on through our children. I'm going to focus on making the world a better place for him rather than worry about some fictional afterlife.
  7. Welcome, fellow newbie. I must admit, music also played a role in my deconversion process; however, it wasn't heavy metal. After my heavy metal phase (which included Ozzy, Guns n' Roses, Metallica), I became keenly interested in alternative punk. At first, I discovered the Clash and the Sex Pistols. However, it wasn't until XTC and Bad Religion did music really help the seeds of doubt grow. Then Napster came on the scene, which allowed me to follow some of the "Trails" I discovered in this music. For instance, the Dead Milkmen's Punk Rock Girl lead me to search for Mojo Nixon, where I enjoyed songs such as "Are you drinking with me Jesus" and "Plastic Jesus." My exploration came full circle when I discovered anti-religious sentiment in Frank Sinatra's work. Consider this line in "My Way": "For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught To say the things he truly feels And not the words of one who kneels" Yes, it's out there, and has been for a very long time. Now I'm going to have to search for Dimmu Borgir and check that out...but thanks for the post, I found it quite entertaining. Oh, and Bon Jovi is not heavy metal. Not in my books. It's more 80's rock than anything else.
  8. I was fortunate in the fact that, while my wife was a Christian, she never really went to church anymore. I was also a Christian when we first got married. The birth of my first son caused me to re-examine my beliefs. I found it all to be absurd; from accepting that some guy got nailed to a cross for something bad about me to the concept of heaven and hell. In fact, I found these concepts to be an insult as I had firmly believed in personal responsibility. I went to agnostic, and am now an atheist. My wife still says she believes, and sometimes gets upset that I'm an atheist, but I always stick to what I feel is right no matter what, and that's something she loves about me. In any case, I've managed to keep my son out of church for the past 7 years, which was a feat unto itself considering my parents go almost every Sunday. However, my father has his doubts and goes only to socialize and keep the peace, so there is an understanding between us. With my wife's side of the family, the issue has come up now and then, but there's always been some bigger issues for them to deal with. I still think that honesty is the best policy. If you don't believe, just say so, and while you probably should still attend weddings and funerals, going to church every Sunday in spite of professing your disbelief will only make things worse. If you truly don't believe, there's no point in going for anyone's sakes. If you were raised in redneck country like my father was and are afraid of the men in the white hoods and pickup trucks torching your place, you wouldn't have said anything anyway. It's 2006 already. You are free from religion, should you so choose. Save 10% and stay home Sundays. Enjoy a little sleep-in. You'll feel much better about yourself.
  9. Greetings, everybody. I'm new to this site, but not to Christianity or atheism. If you like, I have already written my deconversion story and hosted it own my own web site: http://digitalquirk.ca/walkaway.html Good to find a place where rational thought reigns supreme.
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