Why I’m no longer a Christian

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can you name one that began prior to 'in the beginning'?
the first false religion that i know of began when adam & eve put on fig leaves (first pagan costume) & attempted to hide from God.
There are many mythologies which predate the Jews. Try reading the Epic of Gilgamesh for starters. The Jews did, and incorporated parts of it into their own myths. In fact, that was back when Jews were still polytheistic.

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it's really kinda fun coming to this hornets nest and giving y'all something to swarm over for weeks!

you don't hafta thank me for keeping this thread alive, i know that you secretly appreciate me for it;)

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<quoted text> You will not get an answer. Rather, you will get more circle dances and condemnations with a large dose of 'I'm the great teacher'. Bah, humbug.
Oh I know that. I gave up on having a rational conversation with that one a long time ago. Now I just use to keep in practice.

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WTF is it that you believe, AGAIN?
That's the problem with religion: there is no objective proof, and thus one is as good as another. Problematic, no?

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There isn't much to figure out there. The created shall not say to the creator that the latter isn't necessary. However, have you considered the possibility that a deity could create you yet not be dependent on your belief in it? Indeed, it's rather illogical that an omnipotent deity *would* care whether you did or not.
of course i'm aware that God is not dependent upon me or my belief in Him. BUT what kind of relationship could we have if it wasn't based on belief/trust? you see, unbelief in the obvious is merely an obstinant denial because of an offense that's coming between 2 individuals. i.e., the angry wife says to the husband "i'm going to pretend you're not there and just ignore you".

because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, there is NOTHING in the way between you and God the Father. why are you acting in unbelief as tho there were???

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There are many mythologies which predate the Jews. Try reading the Epic of Gilgamesh for starters. The Jews did, and incorporated parts of it into their own myths. In fact, that was back when Jews were still polytheistic.
umm, Bible history predates the jews. abraham was not a jew and you can read all about his heritage from he to noah and from noah to adam.

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That's the problem with religion: there is no objective proof, and thus one is as good as another. Problematic, no?
it's really pretty easy to figure out which is the true God; just listen for the Name that's blasphemed by the fallen/hating world!

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of course i'm aware that God is not dependent upon me or my belief in Him. BUT what kind of relationship could we have if it wasn't based on belief/trust?
A relationship based largely on fact would be alot stronger. I guess your God just likes to play head-games.
you see, unbelief in the obvious is merely an obstinant denial because of an offense that's coming between 2 individuals.
If it's so obvious, why does most of the world not see it? For that matter, why do Christians spend so much time bickering with each other?
i.e., the angry wife says to the husband "i'm going to pretend you're not there and just ignore you".
because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, there is NOTHING in the way between you and God the Father. why are you acting in unbelief as tho there were???
Well, as I've said before, if Jesus already paid my debt, then I have no further responsibility to it.

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umm, Bible history predates the jews. abraham was not a jew and you can read all about his heritage from he to noah and from noah to adam.
The Bible tells a story of a time before it was written, but the fact remains that much of it's mythology was borrowed from neighboring cultures which predated it.

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it's really pretty easy to figure out which is the true God; just listen for the Name that's blasphemed by the fallen/hating world!
You mean like the way you reject every god except one?

Congratulations Waaas, you just became the biggest polytheist in history! LOL.

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Thank you for the link X. Little bits that caught my attention:
Christianity’s focus has long been about ushering in God’s kingdom “on Earth, not just in heaven,” Borg says.
“Christianity’s goal is not to escape from this world. It loves this world and seeks to change it for the better,” he writes.
“When Christians develop their own private language for one another, they forget how Jesus made faith accessible to ordinary people, he says.
“Speaking Christian can become a way of suggesting a kind of spiritual status that others don’t have,” he says.“It communicates a kind of spiritual elitism that holds the spiritually ‘unwashed’ at arm’s length."
By that time, they’ve reached the final stage of speaking Christian - they've become spiritual snobs.”
I think I am going to pick this one up, sounds very interesting.
I have read a couple of Marcus Borg's books. I would say that anything with his name on it will likely be a good read.

Now he'll put you to sleep listening to him speak because he talks in a monotone voice with little emotional inflection. But if you can stay awake, you can learn some good stuff.

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umm, Bible history predates the jews. abraham was not a jew and you can read all about his heritage from he to noah and from noah to adam.
Oh, you mean the unsubstantiated portion of the "history" that the bible asserts? Yeah, read it, but I have found a hundred more sources that contradict it ... so meh.

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Crazy apocalyptics, having no idea what the scripture they quote-mine actually references.
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...when so-called 'peace' is made in the world, but God is kicked out of its ideology...
Puny god.

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i'll answer your question if you answer mine:
in retrospect, who do you think were the more effective Christians in germany circa 30's - 40's; the wishy washy hand-wringing lutherans who thought their vocation was to smile and be friendly and who were afraid to speak-out when the nazi party was developing - or, the confessing church led by deitrich bonehoefer, who's members became opposed by the lutherans, persecuted, imprisoned and killed by the nazis???
What did Deitrich Bonehoefer's resistance to Nazi's change? What did Christianity change at all for the Jews who were killed?

You're reading books that gloify a man for his anti-Nazi stance, when it did nothing to change anything. It's just another book of apologetics written by another Christian to draw you in without thinking.

He was hung by the Nazis for his views.

While it is honorable to take a stand against the Nazis or any force like them, it doesn't mean that he made a change. He didn't. So his stance did no more good than those you call 'wishy-washy, hand-wringing liberals', as you indicate NS is by your post.

She is far from wishy-washy. I've never once seen her as a hand-wringing type of person, though I have seen you and your fundie brotherhood in that light. If by liberal, you mean following the teachings of Jesus and never losing her faith while being called names by those of her own belief system, then I'd have to say that would be right on target.

Congratulations. One thing right in a post of yours is almost unimaginable, but there it is.

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I find it interesting (as well as odd) that your two posts above, reminded of this scene in Clash of the Titans:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
It has been a while since I attended a class on Greek mythology. I guess need a refresher course to understand why I personally read a link between what you wrote and this movie based on Greek mythology. <<shrugs>>
It's all Greek to me. Apocalypticism has its roots in Hellenistic thought.

Good catch.

Clash and Wrath were both good flicks.

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i'll answer your question if you answer mine:
in retrospect, who do you think were the more effective Christians in germany circa 30's - 40's; the wishy washy hand-wringing lutherans who thought their vocation was to smile and be friendly and who were afraid to speak-out when the nazi party was developing - or, the confessing church led by deitrich bonehoefer, who's members became opposed by the lutherans, persecuted, imprisoned and killed by the nazis???
By the way, you never answer questions. I've seen you tell other people before that you would answer their question if they answered yours first, but never follow up on your promise to do so. Your promises are worthless. You do this questioning thing because you have no answers and use it as a diversion hoping the person will forget the question they asked you after they answer your question.

You yourself are as worthless a piece of human flesh as has ever darkened the hallowed halls of WINLAC.

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it's really pretty easy to figure out which is the true God; just listen for the Name that's blasphemed by the fallen/hating world!
So Zeus is the true god, got it.

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all false religions/mythologies conatin some truthfull analogies based from the bible. what's so hard about this to understand???
LOL *snort*

The ignorance of Christianity is always entertaining.

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you're gonna hafta answer to God for His use of this analogy since He's the One who gave it to jeremiah to explain it to the children of israel....
I will gladly answer for anything I say if it ever comes to pass that I should have to. I'm not worried one little bit.

I noticed you didn't give a different explanation in rebuttal. I assume that's because you don't have any understanding of the teaching. You could always prove me wrong and show me that you understand the underlying teaching of the words you copied from that verse.

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of course i'm aware that God is not dependent upon me or my belief in Him. BUT what kind of relationship could we have if it wasn't based on belief/trust? you see, unbelief in the obvious is merely an obstinant denial because of an offense that's coming between 2 individuals. i.e., the angry wife says to the husband "i'm going to pretend you're not there and just ignore you".
because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, there is NOTHING in the way between you and God the Father. why are you acting in unbelief as tho there were???
So, you admit that God does not need your belief but you need it in order to have a 'relationship' with a supernatural being. Good. That's a start on the road to sanity.

If everything is finished, why do you still believe that Armageddon will end it? You don't think things through to their logical end, do you?

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