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 Political Scene: Words vs. Action

Well, I hoped I wouldn’t be writing any more politically-oriented posts, but this comment on Facebook by my right-leaning granddaughter was more than I could stand. I so wanted to comment back, but would prefer to keep peace in the family, so you, my devoted readers, will have to take the brunt of my reaction.

Her comment was in response to a video of tRump apologizing for his recently publicized comment about women  …

I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am.

I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.

There was more, but this, in essence, was his apology. He ended his remarks with this:

I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.

This was my granddaughter’s reaction to the video:

Like my mother has engraved in my brain, “Actions speak louder than words!” Hillary’s actions are by far worse than Trumps words!

If I had responded, I would have asked, what exactly are the “actions” that you are referring to? Are you referring to Benghazi or the emails (which seem to be the topics du jour), both of which have been discussed ad nauseam?

And then I would have asked how these “actions” compare to a man who has verbally demeaned not only women, but Mexican, blacks, Muslims, etc.

I admit there is truth behind the statement made by her mother (my daughter), but words also reveal much about the belief system and temperament of an individual.

Further, while tRump pledges to “be a better man tomorrow,” what guarantees do we have that he will change? And why must we wait until “tomorrow?”

I so wanted to ask her — do we honestly want someone to hold the highest office in the United States who verbally assaults those who do not meet his personal standards … and praises someone who instigates attacks against humanitarian efforts?

And if we’re talking about actions, do we want someone who has declared bankruptcy four times? Does this reflect good business sense, as tRump declares? And what about the numerous times he has made a statement and then claims he never said it (or “didn’t really mean it”)?

More than anything, the thing that bothers me about political campaigns is how the candidates spend their time attacking their opponent and pointing out all their “bad” features. What I want to know (and I don’t think I’m alone in this) is what the candidate is going to do to improve our nation. (And stop telling me to visit your website for details!)

I will watch the upcoming “town hall” event on Sunday but I can almost predict what will happen. It will end up being nothing more than what has been going on for the last several months … She said, He said. The American people will know nothing more than they do today about either of the candidates.

I seriously dread November 8th.

Logic vs. Creativity

thinkingThis blog (Nan’s Notebook) has pretty much been centered around logical thinking because discussing religion from a non-believer standpoint, as well as politics and other topics of the day, is usually the work of the left side of the brain.

But deep inside, I’ve always enjoyed creative writing — although I haven’t done any for several years. Then I read some creative works by a blogger I follow and it prompted me to reinvigorate the creative (right) side of my brain.

The result is my new blog: Where Are We Going Today? It will be a collection of poems, prose, haikus, and perhaps some visual creations. Most of it will be mine, but I’m inviting others to participate as well (see new blog for details).

Please stop by and let me know what you think. Become a Follower* … and a Contributor if you’re so inclined. Be sure to read what’s already been added to the Creative Pathway.

*NOTE: To be notified of new postings on the new blog, you must visit and “follow” from there. 

Facts and Evidence

From a letter to the editor in today’s local newspaper:

[T]here will always be some portion of the population that cannot be convinced of something, no matter how much evidence is put in front of them.


Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes,
our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions,
they cannot alter the state of
facts and evidence.
— John Adams