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  1. I suspect there are many women who hold old fashioned values, would enjoy living on a farm and who are not religious.
  2. A simple google search may open the door to your mind: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3770908/ https://kids.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frym.2016.00003
  3. Here is yet another End3 thread going nowhere.
  4. Modified to: Understanding physical/chemical mechanisms (theories/explanations/predictions, all subject to falsifiability) -> natural/physical (is this redundant?) -> behaviors -> explanations and predictions of and concerning cultural consensus. I don't "know" this, and neither do you. That being said, the evidentiary history strongly suggests many things can be explained and predicted, with a fairly high degree of probability (subject, of course to modification or outright falsifiability) by first understanding physical/chemical/biological mechanisms. You seem to expect the human species, collectively, should have all the answers now. It doesn't, although many work quite hard to understand more as time passes.
  5. Yes, Christian apologetics focused on self- importance, convenience and irresponsibility are particularly smarmy.
  6. Thanks for giving us your update, RealityCheck. I must not have been paying attention, but I did not realize you were experiencing such personal trauma, aggravation and despair. Good news that you have solved and/or mitigated those issues. Keep in touch with this forum. There is no reason to quit it.
  7. Please spend the time to write complete and coherent sentences, as that would be quite helpful for any discussion. Put more simply, the above sentence simply sucks.
  8. Emotion can effect the maintenance of belief, but not necessarily. Some folks' emotions will be involved to one extent or another. For other folks, not so much.
  9. An interesting interpretation of the myth, considering how vacuous the myth is in the first place.
  10. Sit back, relax and enjoy the conversations you have here.
  11. Many claim their God is not definable, not knowable, etc., yet in the very next breath make claim after claim of how they "define" and "know" their particular sky fairy, or set of sky fairies. Of course, they also claim they have a special access, a privileged observing position, etc. They're full of themselves, and full of shit.
  12. Good. Do you believe you need therapy for a minor event that occurred three years ago? I don't know. Often, there are many different ways to deal with a situation such as you described and many of those possible ways are just fine. One is not necessarily better than another, just different.
  13. You did nothing legally or morally wrong, although some others may have considered your insistence to mind this girl a bit out of line. It was three years ago. Perhaps it is time to move on from all that.
  14. Christianity, as well as many other religions, has always been composed of numerous sects, often competing with each other and often developing dogma and beliefs which reject or ignore earlier dogma and beliefs. Humans invented and control the dogma and beliefs, as well as the changes in them over time. As much as Jesus hypothetically would have rejected certain dogma and beliefs of some modern Christian sects, those same modern Christian sects demonstrate they reject the mythological dogma and beliefs of Jesus.
  15. Childhood religious indoctrination by trusted adults is the primary source of a God Virus™ infection.
  16. Talking with a secular mental health professional is a good idea. Be patient. It can take time to find the right therapist and then further time to address the issues. Fortunately, you seem to have high levels of introspective and honest intellect, which will serve you well. Your emotional and psychological health, however, appears damaged. Work on those parts.
  17. A rather plausible explanation is the God you reference does not exist.
  18. Excellent progress, SB! Any new or revisited hobbies or other interests?
  19. A rather plausible answer is he didn't. Imaginary entities cannot create disease.
  20. Tell that to the 230,000 people killed from the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 25, 2014.
  21. I first heard about it as a teenager when someone told me about the Bishop Usher calculations which resulted in a claim that Adam and Eve were created in October of 4004 BC.
  22. Given time, I suspect you will find satisfactory answers to your questions. Be patient. Work hard. Perhaps you could start with where there is no good and/or evil in the world. Does it exist on Mars? Deep in the ocean among the variety of species living there? Inside of a mountain? Good and evil are generally attributed to the behaviors and actions of moral agents, such as homo sapiens and some other sentient species. Quantitatively, nearly all human behavior is neither good or evil, but simply neutral. For example, which foot I use to step out of my front door in the morning (left of right) is neutral behavior. Whether I choose to have broccoli or cauliflower with my dinner is neutral behavior. All that being said, good and/or evil behavior and actions do occur. For the most part, they "come from" humans. The empirical evidence convincingly suggests we (i.e., you, me and other extant humans) come from our ancestors via reproductive processes inherent in carbon based life on Earth. I don't know. The BBT (and/or similar cosmological scientific theories) are certainly plausible, as are other well founded scientific theories. Plausibility does not equate with certainty but simply generates probability. The existence of God is generally based on religious faith, usually instilled through childhood religious indoctrination by trusted adults. Based on your posts so far, I conclude you are infected with religious indoctrination. You assume you uncle's cancer remission was due to magic. Consider it was due to his immune system's action and/or human medical intervention. Is that plausible? Your mother is a nutcase. Learn to ignore her nonsense. That will take time. I suggest you spend time studying other topics. Revelations is mythology, politics and nonsense all rolled into one. Save this question for later.
  23. There's nothing inherently wrong with playing in the theist's sandbox. That being said, there's nothing wrong with occasionally asking the question I posed.
  24. Why are you playing in the theist's sandbox? Just asking.
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