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  1. Have you considered the possibility that humans created this God of whom you speak instead of the other way around?
  2. @Freed To further LF's post, you may wish to inventory the amount of religious influence/indoctrination you have received so far in your life. Write it out and notate time spent and content. For example, four hours of church times 50 weeks a year times 30 years = 6,000 hours of religious exposure. As to content, list the most common messages/dogma, e.g., you are worthless without God, you will be punished if you do not believe, etc. And don't forget to consider the amount of peer pressure placed upon you through those years to conform to the particular religion. The
  3. Only you can, although others may be able to help you do that.
  4. Consider reading the following in front of a mirror. Above you are attempting to speak for others. Below you speak only for yourself. "I have at least two choices, Grace or more of an OT approach, pointing to a more immediate correction of the less than ideal."
  5. You seem quite angry. Why?
  6. Here's another practice session for you. Repeat the following in front of a mirror, three times each day for three days: it's ok to be myself, speak my own words, think my own thoughts, and live with my own soul. if I don't I might not know how to be each place I go. I will wonder: how do i need to be for these people so that they will accept me, be kind to me, not speak bad about me, ect., ect. I will lose myself and become them. I will not be true. I will not be me. I will be a changing thing.. drifting, drifting, lost in the shifting tides of others opinions, evaluations,
  7. Speaking for myself, and not for others, is often healthy behavior. You can practice this by reading this in front of mirror: "I may well be in a kind of hell/purgatory/heaven right now."
  8. Some boundaries are more difficult to draw, implement and enforce than others.
  9. We have an ala carté Christian who pretends to be special. Boring combination.
  10. Tell us the part about if we don't believe in your sky fairies as you do we will be punished by them. That part is funny.
  11. This one has it all figured out, according to him. This one is not worth any more time.
  12. I suspect he is chasing endorphins.
  13. A goalpost is a predetermined location/goal/result/conclusion which is not moved or altered. Experimental scientists use the scientific method. They start with a hypothesis, which is akin to a question. A hypothesis is not a goalpost. After gathering sufficient relevant evidence, and evaluating that evidence, the scientist will propose (a) tentative explanations and/or (b) tentative predictions, each of which focus on the original hypothesis. Neither the tentative explanations or tentative predictions are goalposts. They are not predetermined locations/goals/results/conclusion
  14. Just not in any way you can demonstrate.
  15. Most provide predictable responses, i.e., statements sourced from their specific religious sect's tradition, which often contain (or are composed of) informal logical fallacies, lack of relevance, infantile rhetoric and general nonsense. Occasionally, a theist's response contains none of these flaws and is a decent attempt to communicate. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), these usually end up in the theological/metaphysical/philosophical realm, and more often than not turn into simple woo woo.
  16. Redefined (a bit): Willful ignorance + intellectual dishonesty + laziness = religious faith
  17. Josh19, What are the reasons and basis for your "continual acceptance"?
  18. Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. -Albert Einstein
  19. Many Christian sects within the USA are quite toxic, full of hate, lies, willful ignorance, xenophobia and prejudice (among other traits), i.e., human sewage. Staying away from them is smart and healthy.
  20. Congratulations on your graduation from college. As for your continued deconversion work, I suggest you consider researching/studying the following concepts/topics/subjects (if you haven't done so already): teleology burden of proof/persuasion informal logical fallacies (learn a few at a time...repeat with more) cognitive biases Biblical textual criticism codependency and enabling emergence That's a start.
  21. Note this one's abysmal attempt to use rational thinking. Atrophied parts of the brain can be repaired and improved. All it takes is the will to do so and some hard work.
  22. So, it's not up to you to support your mere assertions, at least according to you, so you delegate it to your imaginary sky fairy. How convenient, cowardly, irrational and vacuous. Instead of praying, perhaps you would consider actually doing something for someone else, such as helping a elderly person by carrying out their groceries to their car, or providing some food to a food bank, etc....you know, some act that will actually do some good.
  23. Not quite right. The US Tax Code provides the law under which religious entities are exempt from tax, more specifically the statutes and regulations dealing with tax exempt entities, starting with 26 USC § 501. The US Constitution, as amended, does not address the taxation of houses of worship. There are statutes and regulations which more precisely govern when an exempt organization can lose its tax exemption, in whole or in part, due to certain activities. One example is certain political activity by churches.
  24. Two questions: 1) Could you please identify the religions which are not harmful? 2) Is there any aspect of your religion which is harmful?
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