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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Trump to Obama — Damn You!

Our delightful leader (?) has struck once again in his efforts to destroy all things Obama. The latest, of course, is his “Executive Order” related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and his decision on the Iran nuclear agreement.

One reporter commented: his efforts to assail Obama’s legacy is “a source of constant exasperation for the property tycoon turned novice politician, who finds himself isolated and lashing out.”

Analysts say these actions reflect his “boiling frustration with the limits of presidential power.” Not surprising. He’s used to running his own company without interference from anyone. He makes the decisions and Tough Shit to anyone who disagrees. Unfortunately (for tRumpsky), it’s been a rude awakening to find that it doesn’t work that way in Government.

But that doesn’t mean he’s not going to give it the old college try.

We who are on the receiving end of his bitterness are not only sick at heart (and body), but we’re also frustrated and disgusted that our namby-pamby Congress isn’t pushing back. tRumpsky is pretty much walking all over them — although there have been a couple of dissenters and more seem to be coming to the forefront. (Thank the gods!)

His frustrations in not being able to “get his way” is becoming more and more apparent. It’s been reported he has expressed his hatred for “everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” (Now he’s experiencing what many on the other side of the aisle feel about him.)

Some say the recent actions and criticisms from certain individuals that he considers friends indicate tRumpsky may finally be getting the message he is unfit and incapable of running the country.

Not likely, but we can hope (and pray, if so inclined).

 

Science … Faith — What’s The Answer?

This post is for an open discussion on the merits of faith vs. science as related to human existence.

On another post, one individual has indicated he believes humans are here (exist) because they were put here by a “Designer” (i.e., “God”). Others strongly disagree.

What do you think? If you’re new to the subject, I suggest you read some of the comments on the other post. If you have an opinion — whether you agree or disagree with what someone else has said — don’t hesitate! Jump right in. The more the merrier!

NOTE: Please follow the blog rules. 

Two Words That Will Never Describe Trump

While homes burn and people die due to the devastating and uncontrollable fires in California, and while the death toll continues to rise in Puerto Rico, our illustrious leader is more concerned about such urgent matters as:

  • “Fake news” as he (once again) attacks the news media
  • “Knee bending” (and “disrespect” for the flag, etc.)
  • Signing an executive order to dismantle Obamacare
  • Blaming Obama for the situation in No. Korea
  • The amount of money Puerto Rico “owes” the U.S.
  • Assailing LGBT rights

Aren’t we fortunate to have such a CARING and COMPASSIONATE leader?

 

Why Do We Exist?

The following comment was made by a Christian blogger to an individual who disagreed with him:

 But you will fail because you will never be able to answer the most important questions of all—why we exist, why are we here at all? Your “I don’t know” answers will always be found wanting.

I found this comment a bit condescending, but mostly, it’s simply not true.

To say that an “I don’t know” answer will always be found “wanting” reveals an obvious bias since NO ONE can definitively say why humans exist.

Even though multitudes of people attribute our presence on this earth to a supernatural entity (and not always the biblical god), there are scores of others who support a more “scientific” view. Still others simply shrug their shoulders and say, “Who knows? Who cares?”

I would say I lean towards the last point of view.

This is not to say I never ponder the heavy question of “why?” … but if/when I do, I admit my tendency is to accept the answers provided by science. However, having said that, I also recognize that science is not … and cannot be … the final answer.

But then neither is the answer found in a book written many thousands of years ago. Nor is it hidden in the numerous legends, myths, and fables that have been passed down though the centuries.

Simply put … we don’t know why we exist.

Therefore, when someone asks, Why we exist, why are we here at all, the most honest answer has to be “I don’t know.”

“Shooting Back”

By now, most of us have read or heard about the (very) recent Nevada shooting. And once again, after these events, I ask myself the following question:

Why don’t we ever hear of anyone “shooting back” during these mass shootings? Some have taken place in states where concealed (and even open-carry) weapons are legal, yet I don’t recall reading or hearing about anyone whipping out their pistol or rifle to stop the shooter. Surely at least one or more individuals would be present at such events and be willing and able to take steps to stop the shooter?

Of course in the Nevada shooting, it would have been impossible since the gunman was in an entirely different location. But what about in a movie theater (as happened some years back)? Or in a mall? Or some other place where the shooter is “accessible” and could be “put down”?

Could it be that FEAR overrides the noble idea of protecting oneself and others?

Anyone?