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    Boulder, CO
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    Computers, Altered States of Consciousness, Putting Bush Administration in Jail, Searching for truth
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    I am an ex-"born again" Christian. I am currently an agnostic. I don't think in terms of belief or dis-belief, I think in terms of probabilities. At this point in my life, I consider the probability that there is an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent god to be near zero and, if it does exist, it's probably evil.

    However, I have had enough odd experiences in my life and heard enough stories to think that there is a slightly greater than 50% chance that there is some kind of...well, what you might call "supernatural" (though only because we don't know how it works yet) though the question of whether or not there are any spirit beings is still very much an open question for me.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Amaunet, Ninlil
  1. As much as I'd like to take credit for it, the squirrel page isn't mine. It's just a fun page that I happened to stumble across one day as I was surfing the net. But since you like the Q&A stuff, I'll see if I can add something similar to my own.
  2. ROFL!! Actually, it was me! I scarfed up the domain minutes after I made the post. I've wanted to do it for years but never had the time. Actually, I still don't have the time but after making it public, I wanted to grab it before anybody else did. It makes me laugh almost as much as the bunny with pancake on head! If anybody wants to help out or has any suggestions, I'm open to them. Basically, I want to make it an extremely tongue-in-cheek website where "believers" believe that god is an evil demon who consumes people's souls unless they spread the false message of a loving god and entrap more souls so that it can get more to eat. Those who manage to get enough converts are spared from having their souls eaten.
  3. I don't know what it is, but I love the wind. It brings a tremendous sense of calm and peace to me. Exactly the opposite of what you'd expect.
  4. I have to agree with the others who said it simply isn't worth faking it. You have to lay it on the line and let her know exactly where you stand. I was raised a Catholic and became a "Holy Roller" when I was 13 so I'm fairly experienced with them. My father is still a Catholic and my mother went from Presbyterian, to Baptist to Holy Roller to Baptist to Catholic. Go figure! Anyway, Catholics can be pretty rigid but they're usually more flexible than "Born-again" Christians. But if she can't be flexible, sorry, but it's not worth it! Zetetic.
  5. I definitely wasn't faking it and it really wasn't at all hysterical. In fact, I still do it today any time I want. I don't have to get worked up emotionally or anything...though it does cause pleasant feelings. I don't believe it's anything supernatural though. I think it's just, kind of the way babies babble or something like that. One of the things I noticed is that most of the people who speak in tongues in public only use a few syllables over and over and over again and it sounds really stupid. Especially when somebody interprets those few syllables into some long complex prophecy. What nonsense! Mine is much more varied and rich though. I think it actually sounds like a real language. I guess maybe I have a talent for it, though it's a rather bizarre talent. :wacko_old: Some people in the occult forum on MySpace have suggested it might be tapping into some sort of magic. Not that I believe in it...but, who knows?
  6. Especially fiction gods in computer games vs. real ones... Just kidding! I've played Baldur's Gate myself. Am currently playing World of Warcraft. My goddess(es) doesn't(don't) seem to be chastising me so I think I'm ok. Whew, that was close! I've thought of trying World of Warcraft but I know I'd get way too addicted! Thanks everybody for all the warm welcomes. I'm overwhelmed with your hospitality!
  7. Eeeks! That's what I get for surfing while drunk! The name of the Egyptian goddess is Amaunet, not Amaunater. Amaunator (not sure of the spelling) is the name of a god in the computer game Baldur's Gate.
  8. Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself (if anybody cares) and mention that I'm so glad I found this web site! One of my favorite groups on MySpace was the "Saved From Christianity" group. Then one day it was gone. I don't know if the owner got fed up with it one day because of all the people criticizing it (like one self righteous b... who compared them to Nazis) or if it was deleted by the MySpace gods because they thought it was prejudicial towards Christians...but, whatever the reason, I missed it. So I'm really glad I found this web site. I know some people consider it prejudicial to criticize other religions but I think it's completely fair when you used to be brain-washed by that religion and wasted half your life because of it's nonsense. I also think it's fair to criticize it when it promotes prejudice and intolerance. As for me, I was a devout "born-again" Christian from age 13 to my early twenties. I was totally into the witnessing thing, "laying on of hands", casting out demons, dancing in the aisles, being slain in the spirit, speaking in tongues, etc. It's hard to say exactly when I became no longer "born again". I drifted away from it gradually and it wasn't until my late 30s that I finally started calling myself a non-Christian. My reasons for drifting away from Christianity are that I just started to see more and more contradictions. In particular, reading the Old Testament with a more critical eye, it appeared that the god of the Old Testament was thoroughly evil. As a Christian, you can't even think of such things so you come up with all kinds of rationalizations for the atrocities committed by the god of the old testament, but as I saw more and more illogic, I was finally able to recognize it. Probably another reason is, that I saw my brother and his wife totally screw up their lives and the lives of their children while they were devout "born again" Christians. Shouldn't god have helped them instead of screwing them up? I guess not. They seemed to get more and more hateful and intolerant as the years passed. To hear them talk, you would think that we should actually torture criminals and nuke Muslims. At this point in my life, I am completely convinced that there is no omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, good deity. If there is a deity in control of this universe, then it is either evil or doesn't care about us or pay attention to us. Actually, one theory I have is that we only exist so that he can consume our souls when we die :-) J.K.! But then again, you never know! One of these days I'm going to start a web site called www.godeatspeople.org :-) Actually, now that I've mentioned it, I'd better go grab the domain right now before somebody else scarfs it up! As to the question of the supernatural: I was born very gullible, naive and superstitious. I've worked very, very hard to re-train myself to be more logical and scientific in my thinking. Because of that, I force myself to never believe in anything. Period. I only think in terms of probabilities and never trust my own feelings or intuition. It's only when something's been thoroughly scientifically proven that I'm willing to accept it. That being said, there have been enough interesting events in my life that I think there is a slightly greater than 50/50 chance that there is something that we would call supernatural (though only because we don't know how it works yet). I really want there to be a supernatural and an after-life so I have to constantly force myself to re-evaluate my beliefs. As to the question of deities? That's one that's still completely open for me. I don't even assign a probability to it at this point. I do know that I constantly "feel" the presence of other beings around me and often feel as if some of them are communicating with me. I never get the sense that any of them are "gods" though. There is one in particular who seems to infuse me with energy. Long before I knew anything about most mythologies, I "heard" "her" say, "I am the wind" and she seemed to associate "herself" strongly with the north wind. One day, a long time ago, I wrote a computer program to generate "random" words for my Dungeons & Dragons game. One of them leaped out at me and I used this word as the name for this being that I commune with. In researching mythology many years later, the Egyptian goddess Amanauter seemed to fit her very well. I also saw some resemblance to the Sumerian/Babylonian deity Ninlil. I have an inner need to "revere" some kind of deity, but to me, there is no sense of inferiority nor a desire for submission. In some ways, I think of myself as her protector. I see her as having a kind of wisdom and knowledge that's superior to mine yet she has a vulnerability that requires protection from humans. Perhaps something like a child Princess who compels me to kneel before before her because of her kindness, gentleness and beauty. Ok, I'm whacked! I don't care! At least I don't actually believe it...even if I sometimes act as if I do ;-) Zetetic. P.S. I also sometimes have a bizarre sense of humor (in case you hadn't guessed it from the Bunny with the pancake on it's head ;-)
  9. Scarlett, I'm new to this forum but I just wanted to say that your story sounds an awful lot like mine so I understand how you can be extremely resentful towards Christianity. To put it succinctly: Me too! (Though I'm gradually learning to temper my anger a bit). I was once a "Born Again" Christian, and a big part of the slap in the face that woke me up, was also my sexual orientation. I just didn't want to hate myself any more for something that I did NOT "choose". I also echo everything you said about Christianity being evil and your frustration towards people like WinglesS. Not only did he violate the rules of this forum, he also spouted one of the more absurd Christian mythologies. Yeah, right! Like their god really has unconditional love. Ha! Obviously nonsense since he's the one that condemns you to an eternity of torture (or the destruction of your soul) if you don't believe in him or commit your life to him (become a slave?) or whatever your particular interpretation of Christianity is. Hasn't he ever heard about people being thrown into the Lake of Fire? That sounds pretty damned conditional to me! Anyway, I didn't really want to perpetuate an argument in this forum; I just wanted to let you know that there are others out here who share your sentiments. Zetetic.
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