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Everything posted by sdelsolray

  1. Be patient. I could easily take several more years for you to mostly separate from your parents' influences and control. Plan the work and work the plan. Study hard at school. Learn to earn your own way to become financially independent. Strive for the moral and intellectual high ground when dealing with your parents. I won't suggest whether you should lie to them or be truthful with them, as that is your decision and your burden to deal with the consequences (which there will be, regardless of which path you choose). As to the boyfriend, again I won't suggest how you should proceed. Keep in mind, however, that hormones can greatly influence behavior. Over time you will extricate yourself from the emotional and intellectual abuse you have been suffering, as will your sibling, with your support.
  2. There are many possible external factors as you have identified. Internal influences include intellectual laziness or dishonesty, ego and lack of curiosity.
  3. Do not be so open minded that your brain falls out. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/13/open-mind/
  4. Luth appears unwilling or unable to admit his religious beliefs are based solely on his religious faith. So much for intellectual honesty.
  5. Christianity does not recognize democracy.
  6. Yes, there are some reviews of the book which are derogatory. There are also many reviews which are quite complementary. I can only suggest you read the book. That way, you can decide for yourself. I suggested the book to you in response to your question: Ehrman's book is scholarly and rather clearly demonstrates how oral traditions are simply not reliable. Have you found other "scholary articles on how oral tradition isnt reliable"? More to the point, why do you continue to look for ways to sabotage your search?
  7. I've had more success with saying, "I do not believe you" instead of saying, "You are wrong".
  8. They aren't lucky...they are selected before they are born....because they are special. Yeah, special.
  9. Much sexual repression exists in many Christian denominations (as well as within many other religions). I am not surprised that some in authority within those groups seek sexual experiences within the group. Unfortunately, many use that authority to seek sexual experiences with children and by doing so seriously violate secular criminal laws. Similarly, such conduct violates tenets of their religion. It's quite puzzling, at least to me. I would hope they would realize the nature and consequences of such secular criminal and religious sinful behavior before they engage in it. But, apparently, many do not.
  10. If the God you speak of does not exist in reality, or more precisely only exists in the minds of believers, the God did and does nothing. It is the human creators of the particular God (and related religious dogma and mythology), along with believers, maintainers, indoctrinators, etc. that are responsible for your angst. I'll leave it to you to decide how much responsibility you should share/allocate to yourself.
  11. A decent, short and sweet response to most mere assertions from Christians is, "I do not believe you". This response is accurate and effective. It states your belief. It sets a boundary by indicating you will not play in the theists' sandbox. It does nothing to address their claims, which avoids debate, enabling and codependency. I could go on. If the Christian continues with more mere assertions, a followup response could be, "I am not interested in your claims". When the occasional angry Christian escalates things to something like, "You will burn in hell for not believing!", you can simply state, "I do not believe you".
  13. I have no precise data, but I suspect BO's posts on ToT accounted for at least one-half of them in quantity and were responsible to 90% of the responses. Not bad for a shallow and irrational little shit. He should put that on his resumé.
  14. ... He was more than banned. All of his tens of thousands of posts were purged, at least from my ability to view. He was never here.
  15. Social media, for the most part, contains current topics, events and issues. Also, social media is rather infected with much noise, i.e., irrelevancies, agendas, fake news, lies, etc. Wading through the nonsense is cumbersome and wastes time. On the other hand, at least for me, there is plenty of quality content to explore, more than I could ever absorb during my lifetime, from other sources, i.e., books, papers, educational videos, etc. As to the OP's original complaint (who is no longer a member), he's a whiner.
  16. Good thoughts and suggestions so far. Study "codependency" and "enabling" as one or both of those may be present in your relationships with certain family members. Being able to spot these when they occur, in real time, allows you to adjust your behavior in small ways that can mitigate their effects.
  17. Poster LuthAMF is a TULIP wannabe. This explains much, at least about him.
  18. I think BO (Burnout) was banned. I have no information about others that fit your description. Some, I suspect, simply went away on their own given the timing of their departure. Keep in mind that many folks come here for a fair amount of time, are heavily involved while here and eventually move on.
  19. @Joshpantera I admire your maturity, integrity and patience in attempting to have rational discussions with Posters Christforums and LuthAMF. It is quite obvious that neither of them are capable of behaving in similar fashion.
  20. Two narcissistic little shit theists in one thread. How quaint.
  21. No. Electromagnetic radiation from Earth solely based on a human origin (e.g., radio and television signals) takes time to reach planets around other stars, how long depends on how far away that arrival point is from Earth. In all cases, a deciphering intelligence at such arrival point will only receive dated information, relative to to any new information being generated on Earth. If that "other being's" technology was advanced enough to capture visible light at phenomenally high resolution, it might witness an extinction event on Earth, but again, it would take time for that information to reach the observer.
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