Why I’m no longer a Christian

Since: Aug 11

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#446689 Feb 22, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
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Yes. We know you think Paul is God.
You are a Paulinist.
Paul's letters are the basis of "born again" ideology. OTOH many have epiphanies such as that Paul writes about in his letters.
Well

Knoxville, TN

#446690 Feb 22, 2013
DearthOfCouth wrote:
Why I’m no longer a Christian, Part Four
Finally, struggling with my private predicament in that pew during prayer service, I knew what it was that I had to do. I came to the realization that there was only one possible course of action that seemed to offer me any degree of self-respect, and there was no other course to take, so at long last I took it. I stood and walked out.
I did not look anyone in the eye as I passed and I have no idea whether anyone registered surprise, hostility, concern, or anything at all. For all I know they all faced forward and ignored me as I turned left at the end of the aisle and made my final exit from the building. The moment I reached the open air outside I was astonished to find that I was finally, after all this time, experiencing something that was vivid and genuine and undeniable. In fact it was nearly overpowering. It crested over me like a breaker:
Relief.
From now on, I resolved that day, I will not stop and examine my innermost thoughts and evaluate, whether they are appropriately reverent and sanctimonious. I will admit my doubts and reservations and when people ask me for my thoughts I will express them respectfully but openly, as I am doing now.
If everyone around me seems confident and secure where I am irresolute and sceptical then I decline to acknowledge this as a problem, for me or for anyone else. That’s just the way it is.
Leaving the prayer meeting that day was a liberating, exhilarating, and truly life-changing experience for me. It was my “baptism” and I will never forget it.
I’m free.
If I have to account someday for the decisions I’ve made and the actions I’ve taken, then I will. But I won’t again lie to anyone that I’m feeling something or sensing something when I’m not. I won’t try to deceive anyone around me but most importantly I won’t lie to myself. Life is too short to waste it that way.
I read every word of your testimony. I also think I can understand every point you made. I think even though you say you are no longer a believer, your experience is very similar to that of many if not most believers.
You will make a great witness if you ever do turn back to searching for God. Now that you will be able to experience a true conversion and know it if/when it happens.
Don't give up on believing in something just because your experience as a child did not fulfill your expectations. It is obvious you never experienced a true conversion/acceptance of Christ.
There will be times in your life you will feel an emptiness that only Faith in God can fill. Don't ignore it. It will never hurt to open your heart again and invite Him into your life. At the right time for the right reason (if you won't shut him out) just pray and ask for truth to be revealed to you. If you do it with sincerity understanding what it is you are seeking, you will not be disappointed.
I hope you are not offended when I tell you I have said a prayer for you. You sound like a wonderful person.

“"None shall pass"”

Since: Jul 11

There

#446691 Feb 22, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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... OTOH many have epiphanies such as that Paul writes about in his letters.
Like Muhammad ? <smile>

“"None shall pass"”

Since: Jul 11

There

#446692 Feb 22, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
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Ahh... does this prove that patience is a virtue?
LOL

“"None shall pass"”

Since: Jul 11

There

#446697 Feb 22, 2013
Gut Stomper wrote:
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Not PROVEN>>>
Correct. Nothing in the Bible is proven.

Since: Dec 12

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#446698 Feb 22, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
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ROFLMAO
So now Emperor Constantine is your God.
You are one hilarious pagan.
Hey G :-)

Have you seen this? It could be true, you never know <3

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Since: Dec 12

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#446699 Feb 22, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
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Correct. Nothing in the Bible is proven.
Not nothing, surely ;)

Since: Dec 12

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#446700 Feb 22, 2013
T-Town Clown wrote:
<quoted text>new age is a lie everyday
I LOVE you Clownie but I disagree... It's the only truth I've ever known...

<3
Dain Bramage

London, UK

#446701 Feb 22, 2013
Gut Stomper wrote:
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We've been informed that DearthOfCootie is dead.
Taking a dirt nap.
Croaksville.
Six feet under.
Pushing up daises.
Passed.
Deceased.
Ex-alive.
Stone dead.
Demised.
Ceased to be.
No more.
Expired.
Gone to meet their maker.
Stiff.
Bereft of life.
Resting in peace.
Off the twig.
Kicked the bucket.
Shuffled off the mortal coil.
STOMPED BY PROXY!
Etc.
Just like your second to last brain cell. It's lonely in your belfry.

“let's do this thang!”

Since: Aug 10

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#446702 Feb 22, 2013
G_O_D wrote:
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As msoon as you prove you are not a gay pedophile.
would you please make up your mind here!; are you a homophobe or not?

Since: Dec 12

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#446703 Feb 22, 2013
Janitor Of The LORD wrote:
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Of course He did. Otherwise, Christ wouldn't have converted him on the road to Damascus.
http://www.gotquestions.org/Damascus-Road.htm...
So you choose to just ignore the whole wide road vs narrow road huh???

Don't you ever question any of it? I'm not trying to argue either, I love you sis, pretty sure you know that, from one J to another...

I questioned it constantly, there are too many gaps and the Bible is wonderful but it's kind of obvious that there's stuff missing out of it and some things just don't add up... Plus all that joy it talks about, I never had that and now I completely do have it and everything makes perfect sense.

<3

Since: Dec 12

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#446704 Feb 22, 2013
WasteWater wrote:
<quoted text>Ahh... does this prove that patience is a virtue?
LOL
:)

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#446705 Feb 22, 2013
Gut Stomper wrote:
<quoted text>We've been informed that DearthOfCootie is dead.
Taking a dirt nap.
Croaksville.
Six feet under.
Pushing up daises.
Passed.
Deceased.
Ex-alive.
Stone dead.
Demised.
Ceased to be.
No more.
Expired.
Gone to meet their maker.
Stiff.
Bereft of life.
Resting in peace.
Off the twig.
Kicked the bucket.
Shuffled off the mortal coil.

STOMPED BY PROXY!
Etc.
Toad.
high beam

Upper Darby, PA

#446707 Feb 22, 2013
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
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The bible has flaws? You are saying the bible has flaws?? What you yourself call the LITERAL, INFALIBLE **WORD OF GOD HAS FLAWS??**
I'm shocked beyond description to read your confession of that!! You have admitted that your "Word of God" isn't perfect!
Your pastor will condemn you to hell for that.
<quoted text>
Every time he posts. Welcome to the madhouse, by the way.
Thank You.
However, my visit on here will be brief. I have a madhouse of my own that I'm trying to contend with...lol

“"None shall pass"”

Since: Jul 11

There

#446708 Feb 22, 2013
Illuminatrix wrote:
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Not nothing, surely ;)
Yeah, I went overboard.

Let me rephrase:

Very little of the Bible is proven to be true.

“"None shall pass"”

Since: Jul 11

There

#446709 Feb 22, 2013
Janitor Of The LORD wrote:
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...I find no gaps....The things that are missing .....
I bet you can't even admit you contradicted yourself.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#446710 Feb 22, 2013
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
Compared to all other religions, christianity is "new age."

New Age Spiritual Leader wrote:
Hmmmm....I'd have to disagree.
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
Kaitlin the Wolf Witch wrote:
Let me rephrase that: it's the *newest* of the age. It's only been around a couple of millennia.
:o)

Okay - I can deal with that.....*smiles*....

Cheers!

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Jan 08

Albuquerque, NM

#446711 Feb 22, 2013
New Age Spiritual Leader wrote:
Hi, thanks for following the discussion.
Do you have a citation that infers this?
Point being, I do agree that the digs are facts, and also agree that the interpretations can be misconstrued.
But I've never heard of any sites that are applicable to the "New Age" feel-good tale.
Thanks!
G_O_D wrote:
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The archaelogy of Jericho show that it was not destroyed in the time of Joshua, it didn't exist until later.
http://freethought.mbdojo.com/archeology.html
Okay - and how does this apply to "New Age"?

'...But I've never heard of any sites that are applicable to the "New Age" feel-good tale.'

Since: Aug 11

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#446712 Feb 22, 2013
Well wrote:
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I read every word of your testimony. I also think I can understand every point you made. I think even though you say you are no longer a believer, your experience is very similar to that of many if not most believers.
You will make a great witness if you ever do turn back to searching for God. Now that you will be able to experience a true conversion and know it if/when it happens.
Don't give up on believing in something just because your experience as a child did not fulfill your expectations. It is obvious you never experienced a true conversion/acceptance of Christ.
There will be times in your life you will feel an emptiness that only Faith in God can fill. Don't ignore it. It will never hurt to open your heart again and invite Him into your life. At the right time for the right reason (if you won't shut him out) just pray and ask for truth to be revealed to you. If you do it with sincerity understanding what it is you are seeking, you will not be disappointed.
I hope you are not offended when I tell you I have said a prayer for you. You sound like a wonderful person.
Sorry to inform you but Dearth has passed away.
high beam

Upper Darby, PA

#446713 Feb 22, 2013
waaasssuuup wrote:
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why are you getting all excited and angry with the name calling?
is there possibly a truth to the idea that there's a satanic influenced kingdom of darkness working behind our physical realm of which you're being affected by?
i'm just throwing out some ideas about our origin and the origin of the cosmos and you can't seem to handle that civilly. if not for 'diabolic' reasons, what else?;)
Let's rewind.
Your first post to me was "PUT UP or SHUT UP", remember?

No. I'm not frightened by your mid 1st millenium BC scare tactics of a satanic intervention.

You're throwing out some ideas about the origin of the cosmos?
Where?
LOL

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