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!

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God Exists

Is the above a true and infallible statement?

Hardly. As one individual put it …

The statement has no value in [and] of itself and relies on a premise that has not been verified.

And therein lies the marked difference between the believer and the non-believer.

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(Click here for the discussion leading up to this comment.)

Hogwash!

The following comment was made by a Christian on another blog:

Of course, there are many … reasons people choose to disbelieve or walk away from God. We may have prayed for someone and they died, or we suffered some other tragedy and blame God for not intervening. It could be we want to be free from some oppressive version of religion that we experienced, so we look for reasons not to believe.

It seems to me it usually comes down to either being angry with God or not wanting to be accountable to anyone but ourselves. 

(emphasis added)

My response to this statement was the title of this blog post.

Feel free to add your own …

I’m Getting So Tired Of …

  • Incessant yapping of the neighbor’s dogs!!
  • People who don’t understand or want to understand the motive behind Kaepernick’s actions
  • Christians who verbally assault and assail non-believers on blogs (and elsewhere)
  • Trump’s ongoing, over-the-top lying and blustering
  • Trump’s criticism of everyone who doesn’t agree with him
  • People who deny climate change
  • The incessant commercials related to healthcare and drugs on TV
  • The ridiculous “See your doctor if …” comment on TV drug ads
  • TV movies that go nowhere
  • Individuals in law enforcement who use black people for target practice (and then cite “fear” as their motive)
  • Immigrant children being separated from their parents
  • So-called “white supremacy”
  • The arguments against abortion
  • The NRA and people who think guns are a necessity of life
  • Mass shootings/killings
  • Individuals in congress who will do/say anything to ensure future votes
  • The lack of care and concern for homeless people
  • The healthcare war on the poor

This isn’t all … but I would hate for anyone to say I’m a complainer. 🤣😈😇

What are you tired of?

Prayer and Football

Watching or discussing football is not something I’m interested in. I haven’t a clue regarding who’s playing who and I only know the names of (some) teams because they’ve been around a long while.

However, the recent hullabaloo related to football player Colin Kaepernick got me to thinking and I decided to open things up for discussion. If you aren’t familiar with this person or why he’s been a topic of conversation, I suggest you do some research.

Those of you who regularly watch football are no doubt aware of Tim Tebow, a player who is well known for his signature move – dropping to one knee on the field, his head bowed in prayer, his arm resting on his bent knee. These very public actions have made him the darling of the Christian crowd.

Recently, another football player, Colin Kaepernick, performed a similar action. However, in his case, he was severely censured and became the pariah of the Christian movement. He was voted as the “most disliked” player in the NFL. People posted videos of them burning his jerseys. He was called “an embarrassment” and “a traitor”.

Why the different reactions?

Interestingly, according to what I’ve read, Colin is just as devout as Tim. Perhaps even more so as he “advertises” his faith all over his body. Plus, as a demonstration of his religious belief, he frequently provides financial assistance to several charitable organizations.

Yet, the Christian world sees these two individuals through much different lenses. To them, Tebow is kneeling in private prayer while Kaepernick is kneeling in public protest.

For me, the question becomes … if both individuals were down on one knee in what many consider a prayerful position (thus honoring their god), why was one censured while the other was praised as a devoted Christian?

Many in the secular world felt Kaepernick was being disrespectful because he chose to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem, ignoring traditional “etiquette,” which includes:

  • Standing at attention
  • Hand over the heart
  • Removing one’s hat and holding it in the right hand over the left shoulder
  • No eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing (food containers should not be held)

Yet there are hundreds who regularly ignore these practices. Most everyone will stand, but many neglect at least one or more of the other actions. Does anyone point a finger at them? Do presidents publicly censure those who fail to follow protocol?

Prayer is prayer. The reasons for participating in this religious action are many and varied. And the locale and practice for doing same are just as diverse.

Kaepernick had his reasons for what he did just as much as Tebow: he wanted to draw attention to something he believed in. Simply because he chose a different place and time does not make him any less devout or his “cause” any less meaningful. Tebow brought attention to himself on the field, Kaepernick did so in the bench area.

As is so often the case in the Christian world … interpretation is the deciding factor on what’s acceptable and what isn’t. And in this very public incident, this fact has been very much in the forefront.