Why I’m no longer a Christian

“let's do this thang!”

Since: Aug 10

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#469289 Aug 8, 2014
Khatru wrote:
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I'm beginning to think that your day isn't complete until you've threatened your kids with eternal pain and damnation.
when fagnostic & gaytheists insinuate that i'm an orphan of God & threaten me with eternal extinction, i think it only fair to tell them the truth about themselves!:-)

“let's do this thang!”

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#469290 Aug 8, 2014
Khatru wrote:
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I'm beginning to think that your day isn't complete until you've threatened your kids with eternal pain and damnation.
by the way dumb dumb, being saved is not contigent upon being a disciple so i didn't threaten anyone about anything, but nice try;-)

“It's Time. . .”

Since: Jun 13

New Holland

#469291 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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when fagnostic & gaytheists insinuate that i'm an orphan of God & threaten me with eternal extinction, i think it only fair to tell them the truth about themselves!:-)
What religion were u again? Pooficostal.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469292 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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the Bible clearly DOES NOT HAVE FEMALE DISCIPLES. it's definitely full of wonderful female believers and prophetesses who ministered to the Lord, apostles and disciples, but NEVER are they listed as 'Disciples':-)
btw - that roman apocrapha nonsense that you provided a link to - IS NOT THE BIBLE!
Could you do me a favor? Could you look up the definition of disciple for me? I think that you are using a different word than you are intending to. If not, then I really don't know what to say to you.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469293 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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i can see from liam's posts that his beliefs are antichrist and antagonistic to the Gospel and to me.
can you please stand with me as a fellow believer? i would think that even though i'm not perfect, you'd still be more on my side than the devils:-)
I don't understand what you are asking of me. I am not on sides, just trying to share my own thoughts. Communicating with you is at times difficult.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469294 Aug 8, 2014
In the Gospel of Matthew (5:22), Jesus talks about calling someone raca. Now, raca is an ancient Aramaic word meaning "fool." And, as I mentioned, given that the Aramaic has been preserved is most likely that we are hearing the precise word that Jesus used with his disciples.

This almost throwaway line usually gets short shrift in many Christian circles. And it's true that this same chapter in Matthew's Gospel raises issues that are seemingly more important. Jesus talks about himself as the fulfillment of the Law, for example. That's pretty important. He talks about adultery. He talks about divorce. He talks about lying. All these things are significant statements. But almost in the same breath, he talks about speaking kindly to one another, not slandering one another, not calling one another's names, and does so quite in the strongest terms.

Why do we overlook this? Probably because we do it so often.

"Whoever says to his brother raca will be answerable to the Sanhedrin [the Jewish court]," Jesus says, "and whoever says 'you fool' will be liable to fiery Gehenna."

That's strong stuff. If you engage in name-calling, you'll go to hell. Pretty surprising, given what Christians usually focus on. When's the last time you heard a Christian in public life speak in such strong terms about name-calling?

Lately, I've been thinking that 50 percent of the Christian message can be boiled down to two words: "Be kind." Jesus is reminding us to watch our tongues, to refrain from calling people names, to refrain from putting others down, to refrain from gossiping. To be charitable in our speech. Of course being Christian is a lot more than simply being kind; but without kindness we're not Christian.

It's especially important to hear Jesus's words in our digital age, when snarky blogs, terrible texting, snotty Facebook posts and mean-spirited Tweets zip around the Web and cause serious harm. And it's essential to hear in our 24/7-radio-shockjock-TV-talksh ow-endless-gabfest age, when the easiest way to get people to tune into your show is to call someone else a jerk, or worse. "Fool," raca, is probably the mildest of imprecations that you've heard lately.

That goes for Christians speaking about other Christians, believers speaking about other believers, and anyone else with whom we disagree on religious matters. Take a look at any opinionated religious blog, on the right and the left, and you'll see all manner of terrible name-calling -- again, much worse than raca.

We ignore the invitation to practice personal charity, to treat one another with respect, to give people the benefit of the doubt, to avoid name-calling, to curb our tongues and to simply be kind, at our peril. And this is not simply feel-good religion. It's not simply wishy-washy niceness. It's not an excuse to avoid tough conversations. It is at the heart of the Christian life.

Speaking charitably about others is a simple thing, but hard to do. Trust me, I've engaged in this kind of trash talk myself from time to time. I gossip. I may even call people names, like "fool," behind their backs. It's a terrible thing to do.

How do we know this? Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms. So don't overlook this overlooked passage, which contains a word that we can be almost certain comes to us directly from the lips of Jesus.

Listen to his words and allow them to change yours.

Taken from a website but my tablet is giving me issues so I have to give a link next post.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469295 Aug 8, 2014
Chess

Columbus, OH

#469296 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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hey goofy - the fact that i've gotten under your skin is proof enough for me that i'm communicating something right;-)
You're not under my skin, goofy.

You're a perfect foil -- not too bright, a contradiction of behavior and belief, and someone who possesses little knowledge of his own religion.

Sorry to disabuse you.

Band-Aid for your wound?

Since: Apr 08

Cambridge, UK

#469297 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
i'm sure glad He included a wretch like me!:-)
That's the trouble with Christianity

According to your beliefs, humanity is flawed, wretched and unworthy, and lucky as hell to be tolerated by your god.

Why is it that your god always hates his own creation so much?

Since: Apr 08

Cambridge, UK

#469298 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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when fagnostic & gaytheists insinuate that i'm an orphan of God & threaten me with eternal extinction, i think it only fair to tell them the truth about themselves!:-)
Yes, we all know that your truths involve a talking snake and donkey.

Since: Apr 08

Cambridge, UK

#469299 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
one more repentent soul......
Repentant?

You mean repentant like your god has been?

Since: Apr 08

Cambridge, UK

#469300 Aug 8, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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by the way dumb dumb, being saved is not contigent upon being a disciple so i didn't threaten anyone about anything, but nice try;-)
Saved?

Saved from what?

Saved from poverty?

Saved from tyranny?

Or saved from the wrath of one of many gods that you have picked to grovel before?
NASAnews

Marietta, GA

#469301 Aug 9, 2014
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*DIRE FOREWARNINGS :---2nd, 3rd BLOOD MOONS

http://youtu.be/JdrHL7WdYqQ

.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469302 Aug 9, 2014
Chess Jurist wrote:
A new edition of Jesus the Magician has just been released.
http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Magician-renowned...
It is a work intended for general audiences by the late Morton Smith.
Smith, who took a ThD from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was a professor of history at Columbia.
He also discovered of the Mar Saba Clementine Fragment, which is still sometimes disputed but which nevertheless has gained wide acceptance in the academy.
I could not open this link on my tablet yesterday, had to borrow a laptop. Reading the description.... This book is sure to ruffle a few feathers (to put it mildly).

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469303 Aug 9, 2014
Khatru wrote:
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That's the trouble with Christianity
According to your beliefs, humanity is flawed, wretched and unworthy, and lucky as hell to be tolerated by your god.
Why is it that your god always hates his own creation so much?
Sure I will get some interesting comments on this response...here I go anyway. I believe that we are here to better ourselves. I don't believe (at all) that God hates mankind, I do believe that we are each flawed (not necessarily a bad thing). To me it is the process of understanding that one individual can help many, even if they only have the clothes on their back. It is learning to trust that one has a purpose. I believe that once we tune out the naysayers and look within, we are heading in the right direction. Unfortunately we live in a world where many like to step on others to gain in life - as well as put others down to feel better about themselves. Simply my opinion.
Chess

Columbus, OH

#469304 Aug 9, 2014
NoStress4me wrote:
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I could not open this link on my tablet yesterday, had to borrow a laptop. Reading the description.... This book is sure to ruffle a few feathers (to put it mildly).
It is a reprint from the 70's.

As Ehrman notes in the forward to this edition, it has had a significant impact on scholarship in the area.

Good read.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469305 Aug 9, 2014
Khatru wrote:
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Saved?
Saved from what?
Saved from poverty?
Saved from tyranny?
Or saved from the wrath of one of many gods that you have picked to grovel before?
Imo, all of the above except the last. I have come to the personal understanding that all religions (even non religious) have their fundimentalist's. A monkey wrench (to put it *very*mildly) in the works, if you will. The foundation of most (as I understand that there is some truly dark stuff out there) beliefs is love. Unfortunately some folks seem to think that the way they see life, is the way everyone else should see it.

“Are you a Problem or Solution?”

Since: Mar 09

Ann Arbor, MI

#469306 Aug 9, 2014
Chess wrote:
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It is a reprint from the 70's.
As Ehrman notes in the forward to this edition, it has had a significant impact on scholarship in the area.
Good read.
Really? I had never heard of it. I don't know, to be honest it may push it for me...magic and my beliefs don't get along very well ;)
Chess

Columbus, OH

#469307 Aug 10, 2014
NoStress4me wrote:
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Really? I had never heard of it. I don't know, to be honest it may push it for me...magic and my beliefs don't get along very well ;)
Well, give it a read and let me know what you think.
mike

AOL

#469308 Aug 10, 2014
waaasssuuup wrote:
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by the way dumb dumb, being saved is not contigent upon being a disciple so i didn't threaten anyone about anything, but nice try;-)
Hello,

So you're a professing, no i'm saved, have a relationship with a GOD,christian?

Should'nt you be in your closet praising GOD?

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