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Leaving Christianity – Oh What A Relief It Is!

Oh What A Relief It Is!Although I left Christianity over 20 years ago, it took a long while for me to erase the doctrines that had been embedded within my consciousness for 15+ years. It was not an easy road.

As Stephen Van Eck wrote on the Deism.com website: “Once sucked into the parallel universe of Christianity, [a person] is too intimidated by threats and rationalizations to attempt escape. Even thinking along alternative lines will induce severe feelings of guilt.”

Writing my book helped tremendously because of all the research and reading I did. Learning how and why certain doctrines of the Christian faith (e.g., final judgment, burning fires of hell, Satan and his demons, the end-times) were introduced into the faith was extremely liberating … and removed a ton of guilt and fear.

I also found out some things about the Bible. As many others, I had been taught the Bible was “God’s Word” (even though the interpretation of what “He” said varies considerably among denominations). Through my studies, I discovered that much of what is in the bible is the result of stories, epics, myths, legends, proverbs, etc. that were passed by word of mouth from one generation to another. This is particularly true of the Hebrew Bible, but intrinsically typical of the New Testament scriptures as well. Can you imagine the burden that was lifted when I found out I wasn’t genetically inclined to sin and thus in need of someone to save me from being human??!?

Contrary to what one might think, the many discoveries I made did not turn me into an atheist. However, I definitely do not believe in a supernatural being who lives somewhere “up there,” who can be manipulated by prayer, or who has a “will.” Rather, my image of “God” is far more encompassing and has nothing to do with religious belief. In fact, I’m extremely reluctant to even use the word “god” because of all its connotations.

In any case, I find my life so much more fulfilling now. Truly, what a relief it has been!

The Ideal Place for Sarah Palin

Originally posted in March 2011. Still holds true today.

Scary!

Reblog:  Do We Really Want One-Party Rule, Especially by Republicans?

Steve has pointed out some very scary possibilities.

An Urgent Request

trump2 tRump in his usual open-mouthed pose

PLEASE pray … sacrifice … beg … count beads (whatever it takes to please the “god” of your choice) that tRump will NOT win the Iowa Caucus.

And then pray also the TV cameras will graphically show his reaction BEFORE he has had the opportunity to compose himself and begin his incessant bragging on how he’s not bothered because he’s “leading the polls” in New Hampshire and people love him and this is just a minor setback because he’s going to win the Repug nomination … because that’s an image many of us would love to witness.

Salvation by Billboard, Signs, and Banners

cheerleaders

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of high school cheerleaders who had argued that their free speech was trampled by their school district when it ordered them not to display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.

(The above is an excerpt from a Washington Post article.)

The banners in question carried various Biblical verses such as, I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me; Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us; But thanks be to God, which gives us Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The school district originally argued it had the right to restrict such signs, but then later allowed them. The court said their ruling “was necessary to protect the future display of religious-themed signs.”
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A public high school in Georgia recently banned banners containing Bible verses from being displayed at its football games. A cheerleader at the school said this: “I’m sad and angry about it, because we’re silenced for what we believe in. Our freedom of speech and freedom of religion is being taken away.”

The principal later decided to allow the banners in a “designated area.”
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(These articles reminded me of a blog posting I wrote back in 2011, which I believe still holds true today.)

Whenever I read about incidents like this, the question that comes to mind is, “Why?”

Do Christian believers truly think by posting signs, banners, billboards, monuments, etc. in public places that it’s going to convert someone?

For those who have been or are a Christian, were you “saved” because you saw a sign that quoted scripture … or had a picture of a beckoning Jesus … or listed the Ten Commandments … or displayed Jesus on a cross?

And the winner is …

Letter to the Editor, local paper:

If Hillary Clinton wins the election in November, the Republicans have already made arrangements to have Steve Harvey announce the winner.

 

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