@blaireactive 11 hours, 44 minutes ago
Former Christian ~ Strong advocate for religious literacy ~ Traditions Often Blind Us From The Truth ~ Prayer is a Powerful Placebo ~ The Bible should be taught as ancient literature ~ Faith is belief without evidence ~ Smile and be kind to one another. No Gods Required 💛
steven Van Ca replied to the topic critiacal christian upbringing, scientific educated and now struggling in the forum Religion and Secularism 4 weeks ago
thanks for the many answers. @blaire and widdershi; i don’t believe that the bible or the image of god is anything more than a written antromorphic image and codes given by a thinking nomadic group of people. I do believe that historic people like Jezus and many others tried to show the way to a humane and good society. The PR machine ( eg P…[Read more]
SethWT replied to the topic Please Help Me Continue to Examine Why I Believe Jesus Rose Bodily from the Dead in the forum Religion and Secularism 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind words and love. Best definition of love I have heard yet: Willing the good of the other, as other. Thanks for willing my good.
I greatly enjoyed the Dr. Lack video. As well as the one you shared on Pagels. I find myself in agreement with what Dr. Lack said. In particular, not trying to find what I wa…[Read more]
SethWT replied to the topic Please Help Me Continue to Examine Why I Believe Jesus Rose Bodily from the Dead in the forum Religion and Secularism 5 months ago
@lausten, @blaire, @elphidium,
Thank you again for your patience, civility, and candor. Similar to the circumstance of Prof. Pagels, my wife and I are experiencing a life-threatening illness of our son. That, combined with the snail’s pace with which I think, research and write, means that I have very little time available to post and reply. P…[Read more]
dovesong05 replied to the topic Jesus Suffered On the Cross 4 Us So That We’d Be Saved!! in the forum Religion and Secularism 5 months, 1 week ago
I don’t now them 2 make that comment. but I know this they didn’t write the bible God did, I follow what Jesus said not man!!
Mriana replied to the topic Please Help Me Continue to Examine Why I Believe Jesus Rose Bodily from the Dead in the forum Religion and Secularism 8 months ago
@Blaire Why does your god have to demand worship? Should people be free to worship or not? If he demands it, how is that freewill? If he’s so perfect why are there children born with deafness, blindness or genetic disorders? If he’s so perfect, why do babies and children die? If he’s all powerful, why doesn’t he stop all of this, as well as…[Read more]
@Blaire Thanks for the welcome. Yeah, you have to watch out for those scholars as generally they tend to be heavily influenced by the traditions of men. I think that we are marionettes of our culture, but those strings can be cut. After all, I was raised an unbeliever in the Bible belt but became a believer without the tradition of apostate…[Read more]
😊 Thanks @Blaire! Your story sounds so very familiar.
Since you referred to “over 40 years,” you may be interested in my piece:
Now, why would a God who chooses to remain hidden punish anyone for not believing he exists? Do you think he expects you to believe in him based on faith? There are thousands of religions and just as many Gods. And millions upon millions of people believe their God is the one true God and they all believe it based on faith. Wo…
Dr. ElainePagels is the Professor of Religion at Princeton Divinity. Her most recent book is titled Why Religion. Her bestselling book is titled The Origin of Satan. Evil is real, the devil is Not. 666 stands for Caesar Nero, Not Lucifer.
Right, but what’s this reference regarding? The rest of your post isn’t from one of her books, I don’t think…
Reason and logic along with a healthy dose of skepticism Dictate that God is either non existent or prefers to remain hidden. NoW, why would a God who chooses to remain hidden punish anyone for not believing he exists? Do you think he expects you to believe in him based on faith? There are thousands of religions and just as many Gods…
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With You, original song by Alex O’Connor
OH MY GOD I’M DEAD
He was 16 here, and he wrote this.
😵 I just now discovered his other channel. I had NO idea he does music too, and this song is BEAUTIFUL.
How can ONE KID have this much going for him? Kinda scary.
I’m a 55-year-old woman,…[Read more]
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Response to JW anti-gay video
He is SIXTEEN here. This is one of his top videos, and he apologizes for swearing. (He doesn’t swear in his later vids.)
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Alex O’Connor is a Superb Young Man!!
Had you seen Alex before this?
I recently discovered him, and I’m making my way through all his stuff. (His voice is so soothing.)
He’d be extremely intelligent, insightful, knowledgable, thoughtful and articulate if he were 35. But he’s 20. Practically an ar…[Read more]
Loosing my religion was a lengthy and difficult process. Most people do Not change their minds to be mean spirited. They change their minds because they thought it through and thought they were wrong. It is emotionally very difficult. I was a devout Christian for over 40yrs
I came back to have something to occupy my brain as I’ve been sitting here literally by my mom’s bedside.
I left before because of one person and I appreciate that they haven’t been a problem, but now there is another. On Quora, this sort of thing just isn’t allowed, period, so maybe…[Read more]
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