Why I’m no longer a Christian

“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#440275 Jan 29, 2013
dagon wrote:
<quoted text>flammable doesn't have a prefix. the root word is flammable.
I think most people would see the root word as...flame.

According to...

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/flammable

flamma·ble n.
Usage Note: Historically, FLAMMABLE and INFLAMMABLE mean the same thing. However, the presence of the prefix in- has misled many people into assuming that inflammable means "not flammable" or "noncombustible." The prefix -in in inflammable is not, however, the Latin negative prefix -in, which is related to the English -un and appears in such words as indecent and inglorious. Rather, this -in is an intensive prefix derived from the Latin preposition in. This prefix also appears in the word enflame. But many people are not aware of this derivation, and for clarity's sake it is advisable to use only flammable to give warnings.

Here is the history...

http://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/...

Word History: Today's word comes from Medieval Latin inflammabilis, an adjective derived from inflammare "to set on fire". The prefix is not the negative in- "un-" of incomplete and incorrect but the preposition in. This verb is made up of in "in" + flammare "flame, blaze", the root of which is flamma "a blaze, flame". Flamma is obviously the origin of English flame, borrowed from French after that language smoothed it off a bit. The initial fl- in this word actually comes from an earlier root, bh(e)l-, which emerged in such Germanic words in English as blaze, bleach, and blank. Its original meaning was apparently "white", the meaning it has in Russian belyi.

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Since: Oct 10

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#440276 Jan 29, 2013
water_nymph wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you, Skom. I have a hard time just wrapping my mind around behavior like that. Why would anyone say a friend had died if they hadn't? I don't get the idea behind that. I don't get the idea behind being nasty to people who lost a friend or acquaintance that they truly liked. I don't get a lot of stuff, I suppose.
Ya don't haft'a sis.
It's like look'n int'a the universe. Ya see all them things what's close ta ya, an them things what's farther out is shin'n fer ya too. The big dark void is there ta show ya how special them little shin'n stars is, an how ya jist pay notice ta the stuff what's really important.

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

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#440277 Jan 29, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
<quoted text>
They are pretty to other rhinos. <smile>
'uni' means 'one'. What did they call the rhinos with two?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ostafrikani...

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#440278 Jan 29, 2013
Black Thunder 42 wrote:
<quoted text> Nope. He's right... An don't eat them little ones ya find on the ground neither. They tastes JIST like rabbit poop!
Thanks…I will never look at black olives the same again, sigh ….btw….;O) My uncle loves parrots. He was on a cross country trip with “Turkey” his beloved parrot, when he caught a stomach virus. He was in the bathroom hurling when Turkey walked in, jumped on his shoulder and started mimicking him….my aunt then had to grab a trash can hearing the two of them….Uncle said he was ready to saw his beak off just to shut him up, so that they could stop throwing up.
He still has his beak intact, and has now started a dispute between uncle and his neighbor. Seems he calls the neighbors cat, and the cat has now shredded all the neighbors screens trying to get in when called.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440279 Jan 29, 2013
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>I agree beliefs for the most part are subjective and personal. However there is a right or wrong imo as far as is the information someone basing it on accurate? There are a lot of people who have simply taken someone else's word that the Bible says what it says. And there are times the information taught simply is not in the Bible. Now I understand even that can be somewhat subjective at times but for something as important as beliefs should be to the believer, my point is how do they not at least come to them on their own? I would never leave the fate of my soul to someone else and hope they did their homework.And the percentage that someones human teacher is right on everything is prob zero. Thats reason enough for someone to check for themselves.(T) PEACE
You think that only the Bible has the 'right' information, and then only if it is interpreted as you understand to be 'right'. That's what every other Christian thinks. The Muslims think that only their holy book is the 'right' one, and then only if interpreted as each of them understands it.

With 39,000 and growing sects of Christianity, I would say that it is so subjective that it is open to anyone to interpret it in the manner they think is 'right'. That's the problem with every and all religions. They are subjective enough to be individual time and again.

Christians can't even agree on basic teachings, yet they expect everyone else to worship in the way they personally think is the 'right' way.

They will make terrible remarks about how another Christian believes. They will disparage (to put it kindly) others of their own religion without a thought. How do you think that looks to those outside your faith? There are actually churches who print pamphlets degrading other sects of the Christian religion, calling them cults, idolaters, demons and such. Had they looked up the word 'cult', they would have known that they too are a cult as they worship a supernatural being. But that doesn't stop anyone from doing it.

I have no problem with someone coming to their own understanding of any scriptures by study, prayer/meditation, etc. unless it harms other human beings. Religion has harmed mankind on a very large scale for thousands of years. Not just Christianity, but Christianity and Islam have by far been the worst since their invention.

I believe what Jesus said when he said that heaven is within you (or in your midst as some people interpret it). That means heaven is in the here and now. All you have to do is recognize that the kingdom is within and all around you. So is hell. It is of our own making, not that of God. There are no literal streets paved with gold. There are no literal priceless jewels. No God would need those, unless he were only trying to attract those to whom these things are important..a bauble dangled in front of the nose of elitists. That would not comply with the teachings of Jesus, anyway.

The jewels are the things we recognize on a daily basis, and the lessons we learn. The gold is what is inside of us.

To hope, as some here do, that someone will be tortured forever just for disagreeing with them is an abomination and a God who would do that is not worth worshiping. That's not justice, it's tyranny as practiced by a sociopath.

So, interpretation is everything. It is also nothing. It is everything to those who think they have all the answers, and nothing to those who know that no one has all the answers.

We believe as we do because of our own experiences, our own study, our own ability to understand or the lack thereof. There is not a single religion that applies to everyone, proven by humanity itself. An estimated 2.1 billion Christians who can't agree is proof that no one of them has all the answers. We are left to our own seeking or following.

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#440280 Jan 29, 2013
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>The Bible. Jesus definitely taught if we repent and ask for forgiveness we will receive it. What do you put the percentage at of the criminal justice system forgiving me if I confess and tell them I am sorry?
I personally think most human beings, even those in prison, are about as likely to forgive you if you say you're sorry as does any God. They just won't make you a promise of eternal life. And that's really what Christianity is about...not forgiveness. If it were only forgiveness, with no promise of something special that you think others won't get, then there wouldn't be a single person who is Christian who could not be persuaded by a God with more to offer.

“ Ah see's lanlubbers Cap'n BT!”

Since: Oct 10

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#440281 Jan 29, 2013
NoStress4me wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks…I will never look at black olives the same again, sigh ….btw….;O) My uncle loves parrots. He was on a cross country trip with “Turkey” his beloved parrot, when he caught a stomach virus. He was in the bathroom hurling when Turkey walked in, jumped on his shoulder and started mimicking him….my aunt then had to grab a trash can hearing the two of them….Uncle said he was ready to saw his beak off just to shut him up, so that they could stop throwing up.
He still has his beak intact, and has now started a dispute between uncle and his neighbor. Seems he calls the neighbors cat, and the cat has now shredded all the neighbors screens trying to get in when called.
OH Hahahahahahah!
I know it! NEVER a dull moment with them!!! The other day, my daughter was ask'n if the dud's she had on looked alright ta go shopp'n in...an Jibber started ta laugh'n! She turned red an told 'em ta "jist SHUT UP"!...an then he says Thank you! hahahah! It was hilarious!

“Live Love Laugh”

Since: Aug 07

Rings of Saturn Emporium

#440282 Jan 29, 2013
shesha wrote:
pythagoras never wrote anything down of his teachings, or thoughts
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pythagoras/
But no one is trying to convince you that Pythagoras is God, either.
duststorm

League City, TX

#440284 Jan 29, 2013
Read the man's own words:
"And my atheism is based, more than any other single thing, upon my internal reflections of what seems likely to me. That's why I don't claim it as universally significant or anything of the sort."
by Dearth of Couth April 2011
If he never changed his mind, and WaterNymph states emphatically that she knows for a fact that he never changed his mind, then he has died and is not with Jesus. Thus it follows that he is in hell as we speak.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440285 Jan 29, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
<quoted text>
WTF ?????
Is that by Ex Post Facto or Proxy ?
It's an attempted guilt trip. Doesn't work on adults. Or, is she saying she secretly went to the UK and slipped him poison that caused his heart attack because I wouldn't believe her and therefore she imagines I am somehow guilty? I think she posts from an insane asylum, or a prison for the criminally insane.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440286 Jan 29, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
<quoted text>
Seeing as the majority of US citizens refer to themselves as Christians, of course they will be the majority of perpetrators.
Just like the majority of muders in Italy are commited by Catholics, in Iran by Muslims, in India by Hindi, In Indonesia by Guddhists, etc.
That's correct. But you have to admit that the promises of eternal life and forgiveness of any sin makes criminals more apt to be Christian.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440287 Jan 29, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
<quoted text>
Why? Are you going to go shit on his grave ?
No, she wants to torment his family. It's what she does. It's partially ego and partially insanity.
duststorm

League City, TX

#440288 Jan 29, 2013
water_nymph wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you, Skom. I have a hard time just wrapping my mind around behavior like that. Why would anyone say a friend had died if they hadn't? I don't get the idea behind that. I don't get the idea behind being nasty to people who lost a friend or acquaintance that they truly liked. I don't get a lot of stuff, I suppose.
I wish to call the teleflorist. Now cough up that funeral home, WN.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440290 Jan 29, 2013
Jorge W Arbusto wrote:
<quoted text>“I can explain myself: If you want to be safe, walk in the middle of the street. I’m not joking. You’ve been told to look both ways before crossing the street, and the sidewalk is your friend, right? Wrong. I’ve spent years walking sidewalks at night. I’ve looked around me when it was dark, when there were men following me, creeping out of alleyways, attempting to goad me into speaking to them and shouting obscenities at me when I wouldn’t, and I suddenly realised that the only place left to go was the middle of street. But why would I risk it? Because the odds are in my favour. In the States, someone is killed in a car accident on average every 12.5 minutes, while someone is raped on average every 2.5 minutes. Even when factoring in that, one, I am generously including ALL car-related accidents and not just those involving accidents, and two, that the vast majorities of rapes still go unreported […] And, thus, this is now the way I live my life: out in the open, in the middle of everything, because the middle of the street is actually the safest place to walk.”
&#8213; Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
Jorge! Good to read ya!

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Since: Mar 07

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#440291 Jan 29, 2013
duststorm wrote:
Read the man's own words:
"And my atheism is based, more than any other single thing, upon my internal reflections of what seems likely to me. That's why I don't claim it as universally significant or anything of the sort."
by Dearth of Couth April 2011
If he never changed his mind, and WaterNymph states emphatically that she knows for a fact that he never changed his mind, then he has died and is not with Jesus. Thus it follows that he is in hell as we speak.
Jesus is dead too, silly.

Hell does not exist.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440292 Jan 29, 2013
macumazahn wrote:
<quoted text>I don't think I have.
In my defense, I can't recall the last time I've been that p!ssed off.
I've never known you to be that p*ssed off. But it was due and fair.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440293 Jan 29, 2013
Jorge W Arbusto wrote:
<quoted text>By whom, Ken Ham?
Yep.

Since: Mar 10

Trussville, Alabama

#440294 Jan 29, 2013
Xcntrik InVidor wrote:
Waiting on the UPS truck is the adult version of waiting on Santa.
I've been good, I promise.
Empirical proof it takes four years for Christian prayers to be answered when a WIP block is in effect.

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Since: Aug 07

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#440295 Jan 29, 2013
Jorge W Arbusto wrote:
<quoted text>Never said you were. I'll see your fail and raise you a double dog donut shop.
This person changes their name with each post. I think he's trying to hide from himself and hasn't succeeded as of yet.

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#440296 Jan 29, 2013
wyvern wrote:
<quoted text>by most schools of higher learning duh.
Please give us a list of the higher learning institutes that consider ancient philosopy science. I'll be waiting.

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