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Ironically, I became a christian due to mental problems, which lead to a psychosis.


I guess an ideal Christian is a eunuch (you remember those parts about them in the bible, don't you?), who had a lobotomy so he has no sinful wishes or blasphemous thoughts.


Well, from that point of view year of taking neuroleptics was very useful. My doubts grew over time, but the moment,when I stopped considering myself a Christian was when I read about God killing 70,000 innocent people because David ordered a census of the people (1 Chronicles 21) .


The book of Job is also pretty stupid. God has a bet with devil that no matter what happens Job will remain loyal to him. To check it out he lets devil kill all Job's slaves and children and "smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown." Another nice Christian story.


Also,I was a member of Messianic community, where pastor was very serious about the "don't ignore the OT" stuff. Surely,Jesus didn't cancel the OT, but doesn't that mean,that they should not only obey the "what to eat" stuff and sabbath, but also,for example,stone to death those,who don't? I wonder...


Being a christian I had to feel guilt about anything that's related to sexual desire and to believe, that many people are going to be sent to a "lake of fire" by a "god, who loves them," because they've done something wrong. (George Carlin made great fun of this crap in his "Religion is bullshit" act. You can check it out on YouTube).


Sure makes you feel kinda uncomfortable. Now I feel like I should apologise to my friend-atheist, whom I tried to "save." Or just don't mention it.


Also, my cultural desires are pretty non-Christian. My favorite authors are Camus, Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell, nevertheless I do admire Kierkegaard and a few other religious authors. Music I like is also often pretty blasphemous (industrial,dark-folk e.t.c. ).


Talking about the Christians I got to meet: at their best,they are good tempered, at their worst...


Well, in our community we had a prayer before the begining of the show, they (80-90 % in the community were rather old women) used to form a small circle, aim their hands to the centre (sorry, I just don't know how to say it in English) and try to summon Jesus or Adonai or something. It was sometimes followed by hysterical screams ByTheBook44.PNGTomorrow, May 1st, is being promoted by Christians as the National Day of Prayer. So they all get together and pray for... what? It's hard to believe that nobody has ever prayed to end the war or feed all of the starving children or end poverty or rid the world of all suffering, etc. And if they have (and they surely have) and we still have all of these things (and we certainly do), then how the hell can they still believe prayer works?


It's the same old thing. The Bible-God just can't lose! If Christians pray for something and they get it, they thank him for answering their prayers. And if the thing they prayed for doesn't happen, they excuse him with something like, "It wasn't God's will" or "God has his reasons." (I wonder what his reasons could be for allowing innocent children to suffer through sexual and physical abuse, starving, and disease.)


And if their god is going to do whatever the hell he wants to do anyway, then why the hell pray in the first place?


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I have to agree with this. Prayer is quite possibly the most useless aspect of religion humanity has ever invented. You'd think with all these people of different faiths getting together to pray, and if any deity existed or had any concern for humanity at all if they did exist, that one of their gods by now would have granted somebody's honest and kind-hearted prayers by now and given us world peace already. Yet wars, child abuse, rape, violence, and poverty continues on with no signs of a response from any god. I think the fact that these horrible things continue on is enough to prove that there is no evidence for the existence of God. Of course Christians will go through the mental gymnastics to justify why God doesn't answer prayers, either by placing blame on the victim which would be appalling to most of society in any other situation, or by placing the blame on God by saying everything goes according to God's plans, so it's like God can never lose because it obviously must be a problem with us even though God is the one who created us to be this way in the first place.

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