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Godless Dave

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Rob Halford is the Metal God
  1. Which has been exploited by certain people in the petroleum business.
  2. This is one of my beefs with liberal Christians - they set their kids up to be prey for fundamentalists.
  3. Well most written records from that time (and most history) didn't survive. There are decades of Roman history that are lost, and they kept written records like madmen. The first century was actually pretty well documented. There were many scholars writing things down. And many records that didn't survive. Joseph Smith was a lot more recent, and was after the invention of the printing press, so I don't think that's a fair comparison. I certainly agree that if Jesus was as huge a figure as the gospels make him out to be - even without the miracles - we would expect to find records mentioning him. But that's a different question than if he actually existed. If he did, I suspect he was one of many minor apocalyptic preachers in that place at that time, and the gospels reflect later stories that were embellished after his death.
  4. Most likely he wasn't notable enough for much to have been recorded about him. Apocalyptic preacher roaming around the Jerusalem area? I bet they were a dime a dozen during that period in history.
  5. Well most written records from that time (and most history) didn't survive. There are decades of Roman history that are lost, and they kept written records like madmen.
  6. I'm not sure you have that quite right. If a pastor stands in front of his congregation and informs them that there is no real basis to Christianity, the congregation would likely fire him and hire a pastor who would tell them what they wanted to hear. You might find this article interesting: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/Non-Believing-Clergy.pdf
  7. It's all made up. If you search the web you may be able to find the debunking.
  8. Lying has been central to Christianity for a long time: and Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, was a big fan: More: http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/lying.htm
  9. I could, but I don't want to live a lie. They're constantly asking questions about my faith and I'm sick of lying to them. That's very noble and shows you have integrity. You should be proud of that. Unfortunately, when you are a minor who is financially dependent on your parents, pragmatism is sometimes preferable to integrity. I could be wrong. Your parents could surprise you and actually treat you as someone mature enough to make your own decisions. You can predict better than us how they will react. Just be careful. A lot of posters here were in situations like yours. I hope reading about their experiences is helpful to you. Edited to add: As long as someone brought up drugs and alcohol, I'll throw in my two cents. First off, I'm a 40-year-old guy who smokes weed almost daily, and I love it. I also enjoy a drink now and then and when I was younger I enjoyed quite a few more. I also know from personal experience how obnoxious it is when old people preach at you about drugs. From that perspective, my advice is to wait until you are 18 or even 21. Your brain is still growing now and it's easier to damage or delay development by throwing chemicals in it. Like Chef on South Park says, "There's a time and place for everything, and that time is college."
  10. Thanks for the responses so far. Some of you recommended books to me, some of which I've read. I thought I'd post again (above) what I've read so far so no one would miss it. Jesus, Interrupted is by Bart Erhman. And what the story I posted about "god" revealing the Muslim man's personal facts to him through the missionary? Do I just dismiss that, and any other story like that? Yes. It's unverifiable, and it's also the kind of story Christian missionaries have been telling for centuries.
  11. Do Southern Baptists do infant baptism? I thought they were opposed to that. I know American Baptists (ie. anti-slavery but still racist Baptists) don't do it until at least age 10. The idea is that the child has to be old enough to understand the commitment they're "choosing" to do.
  12. Not only that, you were neglected by your mother. You say she was always there for you, but she stayed with a man she knew was hitting you, and then relied on your income to support her and her other kids. It is going to be very tough for you to come to terms with how both your parents mistreated you and took advantage of you, but facing it head-on is the only way you will overcome it.
  13. um, isnt that the way it is with just about any job? No. And when you work with family, there's always an additional emotional factor.
  14. Are you sure you want to go into business with someone with whom it is not possible to have an honest relationship?
  15. Except how incest is defined varies across societies. Brother-sister and parent-child incest are almost always taboo, but once it gets into first cousins, uncles, and aunts what is taboo in one culture is acceptable in another.
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