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Suzy last won the day on May 3 2011

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    I was a fundamentalist, pentecostal Christian for about 20 years. Now I'm 100% God-free.
    My favorites include
    Music: Michael Jackson, Queen, Prince
    Literature: Philip K. Dick
    Science: Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, Hugh Everett, Richard Dawkins, David Deutsch

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    God-free since 2010
  1. I think the premise that things are getting worse is wrong. For example, I'd rather live today than in the Middle Ages, where superstition ruled people's minds - there were witch burnings, inquisition, poor general health, dangerous epidemics which killed half of continents, a short life expectancy etc. So did things really get worse compared to that? Yeah, life sometimes (often?) still sucks, but not as much as it used to back in those days IMO. Christians often say it's the morals how things are getting worse. Really? Are the morals the Old Testament (and its God) really higher th
  2. Unfortunately many of these documentary channels (not just History channel) are full of BS. Doesn't the History channel also run docus which say we were planted here by aliens? Or is it Discovery? Ancient aliens or what's its name. You can find good docus on these channels, but it's you who have to do the thinking and judge whether you are watching a good docu or not.
  3. The difference between what most people consider a cult and a respectable religion is only how old they are and how many followers they have.
  4. This really freaked me out as a Christian. Once I read it in my Bible I obsessed about it a lot: "what if I commit it?" I wondered if it can be commited in mind too or only in words. So would "bad thoughts" constitute as commiting it? I have never heard it being discussed in my church. Indeed, it's odd considering how important it is: after all your whole salvation can depend on it. I think the reasons why so many churches avoid discussing it is because 1) they are unsure themselves, 2) they know how crazy it sounds. One can kill, rape, molest children, commit just about any crime and still be
  5. I think it can. My father, who is a fundamentalist Christian, likes to use the Pascal's wager "argument" which is a ridiculous argument IMO and it always disgusted me even as a Christian because I always saw it as an attempt to scare people into Christianity. But obviously it works on many people, including my father. His fondness of this "argument" reflects on his own fears IMO. I suspect he's in because he's afraid of Hell and he doesn't want to take chances ("what if it's true"). I think the doctrine of Hell is one of Christianity's biggest traps. It plays on people's biggest fears - who
  6. I agree with you that a lot of people do this, but can anyone explain to me why? I've never understood this. I was indoctrinated from birth and always just thought it was true. When I started seeing challenges to my faith, I at first dismissed them as I started with the presupposition that I had the answers. Nevertheless, I never had any compunction to suppress any challenges and I in fact started seeking them out on my own after I was confronted by a couple of minor ones. I've just never understood why people get stubborn here. Either you are right and what you believe can withstand cha
  7. No, I do not feel intimidated as an Ex-Christian. And I actually never felt intimidated by people - rather by Christian doctrine (such as Hell). I was sucked into Christianity as a 12-year-old, so I just acceped its doctrines by faith. And I was sucked in in the first place because my father was and I kind of accepted him as an authority: if he says it's right then it's right. Like Overcome Faith said in his first post in this thread, once you get into this frame of mind that faith is a bigger virtue than anything, that logic is inferior to faith, then it's not about logic any more. I think
  8. Is it? According to Christians today God intended marriage between one man and one woman (an argument they bring up against gay marriage). However according to the Bible many of God's great people had many wives. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David. Solomon had as many as 700 wives and 300 concubines. How does that fit into the one man-one woman concept of today? The New Testament also doesn't explicitly say it's wrong to have many wives. Only in the case of the elders of the church it is forbidden. Or what about the fact that in the OT Israelites were allowed (or at times even ordered!) by G
  9. Indeed. And it's amazing how people fall for it over and over and over again. Still in the 21st century.
  10. I'm reading Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Inner-Fish-Journey-3-5-Billion-Year/dp/0307277453 I'm planning to read next Who Wrote the Gospels? by Randel McCraw Helms: http://www.amazon.com/Wrote-Gospels-Randel-McCraw-Helms/dp/0965504727/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356356235&sr=1-1&keywords=who+wrote+the+gospels
  11. It's interesting because Christmas does not irritate me as much as some other atheists here. Maybe it's because it never really was a religious festivity in my family. My father and me converted to Christianity when I was about 12 and until then we always had "atheist Christmases". Like most people in this country, BTW. It means that people like the tradition, families getting together, giving and receiving gifts, Christmas tree etc. but do not really press on the religious aspect of it. Some obviously do, but most people here don't IMO. So to me as a child it was all about the family, gifts,
  12. To me evolution single handedly destroys the Bible (praise Darwin! ). As for considering the creation story as a metaphor - well, Paul took it literally...
  13. Does the Bible REALLY talk about a "one world currency"? I don't think so. This is what the Bible actually says: "It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[a] That number is 666." (Rev. 13:16-18) Like every "good prophecy" it can be anything. Christians
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