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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Can We Ignore the Truth?

Donald Trump Is Not Well

If your answer is “No, we can not ignore it,” then the next question becomes … is there anything we can do about it?

Of course there is! And it’s summed up in one word … VOTE in the 2020 elections!

As a nation, it is essential that we accept the reality that our current leader has a disordered personality — and it is our democratic duty to ensure this psychologically and morally unfit person does not continue in the role of POTUS.

As the article writer states, “Trump’s psychological impairments are obvious to all who are not willfully blind. On a daily basis we see the president’s chaotic, unstable mind on display.” (Emphasis added)

And then he asks, “Are we supposed to ignore that?”

I think not.

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And Speaking of Hate

From an older (6/29/17) New York Times article by Charles M. Blow. While much of the article content is dated, I believe the following still holds true.

Trump was sent to Washington to strip it of all traces of Obama, to treat the Obama legacy as a historical oddity. Trump’s entire campaign was about undoing what Obama had done.

Indeed, much of what Trump has accomplished — and it hasn’t been much — has been to undo Obama’s accomplishments, like pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate agreement and reversing an Obama-era rule that helped prevent guns from being purchased by certain mentally ill people.

For Trump, even plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t so much about creating better policy as they are about dismantling Obama’s legacy. The problem with Obamacare isn’t that it hasn’t borne fruit, but rather that it bears Obama’s name.

For Trump, the mark of being a successful president is the degree to which he can expunge Obama’s presidency.

As Blow says earlier in the article, “The whole world seemed to love Obama — and by extension, held America in high regard — but the world loathes Trump.”

And Trump knows it.

I believe it’s this realization that’s behind many of Trump’s actions. He’s trying so hard to accomplish something that will cause people all over the world to look up to him … to admire him … to respect him. But most of all, he wants to erase Obama’s legacy.

No doubt he’ll keep trying and, contrary to what his supporters believe, We the People will be the ones who will suffer in the long run.

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Hate-Filled People

The following is from a letter to the “Public Forum” section of our local newspaper:

Concerning the far-left Democratic party, news media and their never-ending attacks on President Trump: Democrats are in lockstep with the Communist Manifesto.

The writer goes on to define the Manifesto:

It encourages domestic violence, insurrections, riots, political unrest, to lie, teaches citizens to give up their rights for the sake of the common good, but always ends in a police state.

And adds …

This is called preventative justice. Gun control, prohibition is front and center now. Politicians are trying every trick in the book to deprive “we the people” of our constitutional rights. I believe our governments, federal and state, are riddled with communists or communist sympathizers.

Further on, he declares that an ex-representative from Florida believes that 75% of the Democrats are members of the communist party. (!)

He then writes …

The communist Democrats have tried countless tactics to run Trump out of office with lies, false information, attacks on his family.

But the portion of his letter that really got to me is when he wrote:

I never saw such a bunch of hate-filled people …

I couldn’t help but wonder if this individual proofread his own letter — or if he has ever read the mind-boggling number of comments made on Twitter, Facebook, blogs (and undoubtedly other sources that I don’t follow/read) that are FILLED with hate against anyone who doesn’t support the current POTUS.

I’m not saying that anti-Trumpsters don’t get their dander up as well, but IMO, the MAGA hat-wearers far and away make some of the nastiest, meanest, insulting comments I’ve ever come across.

Not only that, they tend to overlook (ignore?) the “lies” and “false information” uttered everyday by their esteemed leader. Even when you point it out to them, they deny-deny-deny. Or make excuses. Or, like this person, call you a “communist” (or worse).

I truly dread to think where this nation is going to end up if its leadership doesn’t change in 2020. I fear the HATE that has been festered is only going to get worse.

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Reblog: The Birth Of Capitalism

Dave sums it up well. Don’t you agree?

A Humanist's perspective

By the strangest of circumstances,
A group of ten previously unknown,
Were deserted in a far off sea,
A tropical isle they now commonly owned.

We must work together, said one;
And together erect ten huts.
If we will only cooperate,
Then we won’t find ourselves in a rut.

We must also gather food,
So each one of us can eat.
We will share what we gather,
At an appointed place we will meet.

Most everyone agreed,
Yet as plans were underway,
A certain man stepped forward,
He had something he wished to say.

Everyone was silent,
As this man made his case,
He said equality is wrong,
Then he volunteered to run the place.

He explained that their plan,
As pleasant as it might seem,
Was actually Socialism,
Contrary to the American Dream.

Cooperation is a liberal plot,
And sharing lacks the appeal,
Of good old fashioned competition,
Then…

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Remember The Victims

I wrote this as a comment on one of my other blog posts, but decided it needed a post of its own.

From a news report on recent shooting in Texas (8/31/19) —

“Details on the victims have yet to be released. The wounded include three law enforcement officers.”

“The gunman was identified as Seth Ator”.

I understand “privacy” as related to friends and relatives of the victims, but IMO, knowing who these human beings were and the roles they played while alive is FAR more important than knowing who killed them. To this end, I don’t think the shooter’s name should be released until AFTER the victims are identified.