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What Are You Thankful You Don't Have To Do Anymore?


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What are you especially thankful for not having to think or do anymore? Is it reading the Bible? Getting up to go to church? Fretting around holidays? This last spring I was sitting with my christian friends and they were talking about what they were giving up for Lent and griping about how tough it was going to be. I just sat back with a big smile on my face thinking about how wonderful it was that I never had to give up anything again!

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I'd say I really don't miss cringing in my seat every sunday morning as the pastor or the youth pastor grins and teaches the mercy of god through the massacre of countless tribes and how we must humble ourselves for he is greater than us and yadda yadda. Now that I don't have to hear that bullshit every weekend I actually look forward to sunday! I could sleep (at least until I got my job..) or study, whatever. I don't feel any pressure to go back into the flock and stare with the other sheeps now that I got the lying scales of christianity off my eyes. (I love using christian metaphors against them :grin: )

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I'm glad I don't have to do these things anymore:

 

1. Read Bible each day

2. Pray each day

3. Go to church each week

4. Be active in Church events

 

I have more time to relax, and Sunday's are my real "Sabbath", I cool down and only do things with the kids, like watch movies and such.

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I'm thankful that I don't have to "censor" entertainment anymore, that I can enjoy a movie, tv show, book, cd, etc. without feeling guilty about it.

I don't have to force myself to read the bible, I don't have to force myself to care about things that I never bought into fully like the nativity story, and I don't have to go to church anymore. I have my weekends back and am able to be a wicked hedonist.

 

I can enjoy xmas as a nice holiday and not worry about celebrating christ's birth, which was never really a huge deal to me. Its funny, I was a christian but never really cared about that and it was hard trying to make myself care. Best of all I don't have to stifle my sexuality. Yeah!

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Not having to go to church is my favorite bit. I really don't like the people at the church my family attends. Never have, in fact. There is hardly anyone there I can relate to.

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I don't have to go to church anymore.

 

And I don't have to be nice and smiley to people who don't like me. I'm free to dislike 'em right back!

 

Turn the other cheek?

How's this pair for ya?

 

:moon::moon::moon::moon::moon::moon:

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I'm glad I don't have to feel obligated to argue with people at the drop of a hat anymore or witness to anyone in any situation at any moment, whether it's appropriate or not because God will make a note in my file if I don't.

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1.) No more witnessing for fear of being luke warm...

 

2.) Saving money on gas...

 

3.) I can stay home on Sunday and watch the Surreal Life...

 

4.) Saved money on tithes...

 

5.) Not feeling guilty that everything I do is goddamn sin.

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I like being able to sleep in on Sundays. Or go out. Or work.

 

I'm glad I don't have to tithe anymore.

 

I'm glad I don't have a religious monkey on my back making me feel guilty and ashamed for breathing wrong.

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What are you especially thankful for not having to think or do anymore? Is it reading the Bible? Getting up to go to church? Fretting around holidays? This last spring I was sitting with my christian friends and they were talking about what they were giving up for Lent and griping about how tough it was going to be. I just sat back with a big smile on my face thinking about how wonderful it was that I never had to give up anything again!

 

No magical fairys in the sky taking notes on my every action. The phonieness of church.Praying,,,talking to myself for things and strength in life,,,,you MAKE these you don't have to fuckin beg for them.No longer feeling guilty for being human!

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I'm glad I don't have to feel guilty for not "witnessing" or reading the Bible or praying. I'm glad I don't have to go to church and pretend that I believe everything that's being said.

 

I'm just glad I don't have to feel guilty.....! Sara

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I'm glad I don't have to do anything that I used to.

 

Pray everyday for fear of ignoring the Lard™.

 

Adhere to every little bit of Catholic catechetical dogma and obey them like a slave.

 

Worry that, if I believed Jeezus™ was really physically present in the Yuckarist™ inside every tabernacle of every Catholic church, that I had to be bold and open and constantly figuring out ways to tell people about how wonderful and miraculous a thing it is.

 

Fear that I won't be considered "holy" enough when I'm dead, or that Jeezus™ will find me lukewarm or embarassing since I didn't spend every waking moment trying to spread the Gospel™.

 

Worry about where my divorced father and his second wife (my mother) would end up, given the teachings of Jeezus™ about divorce in the NT.

 

Constantly confess every little thing I did that wasn't angelicly perfect, especially my porn and masturbation habit, which I would always violate every week following Confession™.

 

Try to believe that "turning the other cheek" was a virtue.

 

And most of all...

 

Try to justify my increasingly Heathenish and freethinking outlook with my Catholic religion, appeal to history to find dusty and spurious examples to back up my claims, and in general bullshit myself to the Nth degree that Jeezus™ really was happy with a guy who believed in personal improvement, ancestral worship, and had love for his culture, including the pre-Xian past.

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I'm thankful that I don't have to go to church anymore, or pray, or read the bible (especially the OT *yawns*). I'm thankful that I don't have to feel guilt anymore...especially since some things in my life I just didn't feel were wrong and anything to feel guilty about, then I ended up feeling guilty for not feeling guilty. I'm also looking forward to Christmas and being able to celebrate it how I used to as a kid...lots of tinsel, santa claus movies, santa cards and no nativity scene in sight. I might even ditch the star and stick a fairy or santa on top of the tree.

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I might even ditch the star and stick a fairy or santa on top of the tree.

 

A faery with a tree up her ass sounds like a great way to celebrate the holidays :)

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Like many others, I'm glad I don't have to go to church every Sunday morning...or Sunday evening...or Wednesday night...or at least one other day a week for special meetings, fundraisers, seminars, etc. I do attend a Unitarian church sometimes, but not because I feel I have to. I go when I find the sermon topic to be interesting; same goes for any type of weekly meeting, which I may or may not attend depending on my personal interest; and if I go to a weekday event, I may skip Sunday! I sleep in if I want, sometimes I only show up once a month...ahhh, freedom.

 

Oh, and no tithing! I give money in the amounts I want, to the organizations I want to support; not to the groups the evangelical mob feels I should.

 

A biggie is not being obsessive over being a better Christian, or striving for Christian perfection, or struggling against perceived "sins", etc.

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I'm thankful for no longer needing to be so damned concerned with the "works of the spirit", with whether or not I spoke tongues enough, whether or not my other "gifts" were on their way, of god, etc.

 

That I no longer feel "called" to be a missionary.

 

That I no longer feel guilty for anything I do.

 

That I'm actually allowed to feel anger towards someone.

 

That I don't have to worship something that never made sense to me anyway. (I was forced into Christianity. My Xn foster parents took me in with the thought in their minds of converting the "little pagan girl".)

 

That the "for every 1 minute you don't loudly praise god in church you are strapped to a chair in the kitchen for an hour rule" hasn't applied in years.

 

That I'm no longer afraid of the "end of the world".

 

That I don't need to "wait" for marriage.

 

That I don't need to be obsessed with reading scripture and trying to find "deeper meanings" given only to me by god that I must share with everyone else.

 

Shall I keep going? I'm just thankful that I'm no longer a brainwashed little bitch!

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Generally I feel much less neurotic about every goddamned thing I do and experience. No need to psych out every motive, every impulse. Whew, glad that bull is over. :phew:

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I'm glad about the following:

 

(1) Not having to worry about a psychotic gawd smiting me "for my own good...."

 

(2) Not having to deal with christians....

 

 

Everything else seems to fall into one of these two buckets. :)

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Shall I keep going? I'm just thankful that I'm no longer a brainwashed little bitch!

Welcome Rhia! :wave:

 

Good that you don't have to be a brainwashed little bitch anymore, now you can be a freethinking little bitch instead. :grin:

 

(btw, your eyes are really mesmerizing... uuuuu... feeling dizzy here... :wacko_old: )

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I would say, "The chance to sleep in on Sundays," but I work weekends now. Still, at least I don't have to worry about scheduling my job around church and I get paid for getting up early, now.

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I'm thankful I don't have to lie awake at night fearing hell. I'm also not going to miss having a jolt of fear thinking that an empty house means the rapture has happened and I missed it. Basically, I'm not going to miss the fear.

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