Why I’m no longer a Christian
duststorm

League City, TX

#439428 Jan 27, 2013
Skombolis wrote:
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Why not try to convert people by letting them know about the love of Christ and the eternal joy that can be had spending eternity with him? A joy that comes from turning away from a life of sin and becoming a new creation IN CHRIST in which we should embrace a new way of living where we love everyone, including our neighbor, enemy, and brother?
JMO
Go for it. Have at it. Give it a go. Let 'er fly. Preach it, brother.
It's the truth.
Dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#439429 Jan 27, 2013
macumazahn wrote:
<quoted text>Sensible of you.
I never like to be you

your lunatical lonely life sucks and addition is atheism reaping you from any sense of life,
just piece of missing link embrio fish injected inside female gorilla womb and born is YOU,POOR MISEARABLE JOKE OF 21 CENTURY ATHEISTIC RUSSIAN COMUNISTIC SCIENCE
Dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#439430 Jan 27, 2013
p-o-p quiz wrote:
<quoted text>Uhhhh sure, that would certainly be the "normal" thing to do.
Hi Skom

Wipe your frankenstein head and go sleep you abominable ugly creature in the whole western hemisphere

guatemalan monkies a... are more pretty from you

brrrrrrr at night I am sure nobody is close to you at least 1 mile
Dr Shrink

Baltimore, MD

#439431 Jan 27, 2013
Xcntrik InVidor wrote:
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More projection.
You must be a Christian.
projection
more lies?
You must be a Christian.

“H-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld on thar!”

Since: Sep 08

The Borderland of Sol

#439432 Jan 27, 2013
Dr Shrink wrote:
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I never like to be you
your lunatical lonely life sucks and addition is atheism reaping you from any sense of life,
just piece of missing link embrio fish injected inside female gorilla womb and born is YOU,POOR MISEARABLE JOKE OF 21 CENTURY ATHEISTIC RUSSIAN COMUNISTIC SCIENCE
Youze funny!

Silly person.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#439433 Jan 27, 2013
duststorm wrote:
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Go for it. Have at it. Give it a go. Let 'er fly. Preach it, brother.
It's the truth.
:)

You are an intelligent and passionate woman Dusty. I would love to see you use the energy you put into your witness to fire people up in a positive way. I am not suggesting sugar-coating things and obviously we must always answer questions honestly as to what we believe but anyone I know that has converted has done so because they saw in someone they knew a peace and joy they wanted for themselves.

Don't get me wrong, my personal example is a far cry from my witness as I have a long way to go before my first reaction is turn the other cheek versus an eye-for-an-eye. But not always living up to a standard doesn't mean I don't know what the standard it. And the more people see the positives in us, the strides we make, the love we share, the forgiveness we offer, and how to turn even the worst things over to God and lean on him for strength and comfort then the more someone may want to know God themselves

Our witness has to be more than just sharing the truth but exemplifying and focusing on the best parts of faith if we want people to listen to us. Nobody will ever be scared of a place they don't think exists. But everybody wants to be happy and and at peace and they see it in others of the faith then they may want it too. My witness needs a lot of improving too. I think we both have the ability though to reach people with our passion

(T) Peace

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#439434 Jan 27, 2013
Chess Jurist wrote:
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Here's Tabor's take on the development of the afterlife:
http://religiousstudies.uncc.edu/people/jtabo...
It is a good read, even if you disagree.
Good stuff

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#439435 Jan 27, 2013
Skombolis wrote:
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You are still mad about those "A Day in the Life of X" posts I made?
You are free to project any emotion you like on to me.

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#439436 Jan 27, 2013
Gut Stomper wrote:
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Uh, knowing you've spent 5/6 years on Topix saying: "Projection", "Thanks for sharing your mythology", "You must be a Christian"...
Thanks for proving that it works.

Learning by repetition.

“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#439437 Jan 27, 2013
Oh Heartless One wrote:
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Honestly, I define the Christian God as evil & immoral, and no, I don't use the Bible as a guide anymore.
I have read a number of "self-help" books by a variety of authors...some of faith...some secular. There was not a single one that I agreed with in its entirety though each had something that was worth thinking about or adding to my own beliefs.

IMO...the Bible is no different. Should one throw out the good simply because they found the bad? Should one discard it simply because they do not believe it in its entirety? Even the parables have lessons that a non-Christian can apply to their lives.

I agree that there are some rather horrifying accounts withing the bindings of that book. However there are also some beautifully written words.

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#439438 Jan 27, 2013
duststorm wrote:
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You are not supposed to be comfortable with the idea of unbelievers burning forever.
The truth that unbelievers will burn forever should spur any normal person to run into the street warning the next person who comes by that there is a literal hell, Jesus spoke of it, and how to avoid going there.
LOL *snort*

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#439439 Jan 27, 2013
Xcntrik InVidor wrote:
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You are free to project any emotion you like on to me.
Why would I be mad about them? I thought they were hilarious:)

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#439440 Jan 27, 2013
Dr Shrink wrote:
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projection
more lies?
You must be a Christian.
Regardless of what I believe, eh?

Christians is funny sometimes.

“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#439441 Jan 27, 2013
Gut Stomper wrote:
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Uh, knowing you've spent 5/6 years on Topix saying: "Projection", "Thanks for sharing your mythology", "You must be a Christian", would frighten the hell out of anyone.
You're torturing yourself and killing us all with your repetitious babbling.
Yet you come back day after day to see what he has to say.

Kaitlin the Wolf Witch

“An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will”

Since: May 10

I Am A Religion-Free Zone

#439442 Jan 27, 2013
Oh Heartless One wrote:
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Honestly, I define the Christian God as evil & immoral, and no, I don't use the Bible as a guide anymore.
I think it was Thomas Paine who once described "God" as "the first cause." He also described the bible as a book of "vicious lies."

He's my kinda guy.

Kaitlin the Wolf Witch

“An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will”

Since: May 10

I Am A Religion-Free Zone

#439443 Jan 27, 2013
Dr Shrink wrote:
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projection
more lies?
You must be a Christian.
Shrinkie-dinkie! Stay outta the pool!

“The future begins”

Since: Jul 07

every moment

#439444 Jan 27, 2013
Chess Jurist wrote:
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Kait, you may believe what you wish, but the energy we operate on comes from the food we consume. When we die, we merely stop consuming that fuel.
Our source of fuel still remains -- until it decomposes.
Mystically, anything is possible. Biologically, we simply stop nibbling on our source of energy.
Has anyone seen anything debunking, or further informing, the claim that a person who died showed a minute but measurable loss of mass at the moment of death? snopes attributes it as "True", insofar as the actual experiment and results, but I've heard nothing further on the matter.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#439445 Jan 27, 2013
AnnieJ wrote:
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I have read a number of "self-help" books by a variety of authors...some of faith...some secular. There was not a single one that I agreed with in its entirety though each had something that was worth thinking about or adding to my own beliefs.
IMO...the Bible is no different. Should one throw out the good simply because they found the bad? Should one discard it simply because they do not believe it in its entirety? Even the parables have lessons that a non-Christian can apply to their lives.
I agree that there are some rather horrifying accounts withing the bindings of that book. However there are also some beautifully written words.
Good points

It works the same with people too.

I have come across very few people that I couldn't take at least something from

I am sorry I characterized your use of scripture as I did. It is a good thing IMO that even though you don't subscribe to the Bible as a whole that you can find beauty and wisdom within portions of it. And there is nothing wrong with someone outside the faith reminding those within that they should be trying to strive to be more like Jesus taught us to be

I am not going to repeat what I first took issue with because I think it was partly a miscommunication, partly posts made from both of us out of frustration, and nothing that needs to carry over as far as anything negative. I am only alluding to it now to clarify that not only I have no issue with someone outside the faith using scripture positively but it makes me happy to see even those who have left the faith can still take good things from it

That has been the part that I have never understood from so many on Topix who have left. I know the faith was a big part of their lives for a long time and I know large portions of that time it was a positive thing for them. So even if they don't believe the Bible literally any longer they still should be able to appreciate the potential faith has to help people find peace and grow as a person. With most things in life we should find the positives in them and take those otherwise we do ourselves a disservice.

I hope you continue to see the beauty and wisdom in the teachings of Christ and any other parts of the Bible that have touched you. That is a good thing. I have always said that even if some day I found myself not believing the Bible that I would have negative feelings towards my old faith. I can't see that happening although I am sure others thought that too but if even hypothetically why would I have any animosity towards something that has helped me grow as a person and has seen me through some very difficult times?

I understand some issues people have with the politicizing of Christianity for personal gain or the people who represent it poorly but that has nothing to do with the teachings of Christ. Be humble, forgive, do unto others s you would have them do unto you, don't hate, don't judge hypocritically, love your neighbor, brother, and enemy and don't worry about who is being punished but instead turn justice and even our own burdens over to God and trust in something bigger than ourselves. These are all good lessons and good ways to live. Anyone should be able to at least take that with them IMO

(T) Peace

Since: Jul 08

Columbus, OH

#439446 Jan 27, 2013
HipGnosis wrote:
<quoted text>Has anyone seen anything debunking, or further informing, the claim that a person who died showed a minute but measurable loss of mass at the moment of death? snopes attributes it as "True", insofar as the actual experiment and results, but I've heard nothing further on the matter.
I looked into it once long ago.

I don't remember the details, but, if I recall correctly, the methodology was questionable.

Since: Jul 08

Columbus, OH

#439447 Jan 27, 2013
Xcntrik InVidor wrote:
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Good stuff
It is.

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