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Obsessive Devotion – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ There have been cases of destructive obsession in the media, probably the most well-known, John Lennon’s murder by an obsessed fan. Obsessions also include ideas and ideals: The Civil War in the States was fought over slavery versus the abolition of slavery. Obsession with a personality having an idealized goal is very powerful when it feels so right it just has to be the most important feeling ever. History is replete with examples: The symbolic Christ…

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Slamming the Door on Jesus – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Matthew 10: 34-36. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be the members of his own family.” I found a connection between lessons of personal experience and the lessons of history. I was watching, “The Real War of Thrones: The Wars of Religion,” online at…

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"Nobody Likes to be Lied To" is Itself a Lie – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ On April 15, 2019, I stood alone at home watching TV as flames engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and wondered: How many children were molested over the centuries within that edifice? After the fire was quenched, donations were requested to rebuild the church. But I don’t ever remember any politician or bishop asking for funding to help the victims of clergy to rebuild their lives. “Verily, I say unto you, the Word of God is…

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Despite Obvious Evidence – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ After a hard and bitterly cold winter, at last the shoots of daffodils have started appearing. Days of snow had passed, the rains arrived, and the roads were dry again. Just one week ago from this date last year, it was Easter. Ah Easter, the celebration of spring, of nature’s restoration of life! People died over the winter, never to be known again except in memories, but the perennials, unlike humans, have their resurrection. But this…

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Christianity's Practical Obsessiveness with Victimhood – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap. While you’re debating and analyzing scriptures, debating and refuting dogmas, and continually expounding on how and why you have been deceived and exploited by Christianity, you need to wake up to this fact: these are all distractions. They are the whirlpool the religion wants you to be sucked into, where you will be fighting the current. You may consider yourself free, but you serve that master if…

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The Close Call – A Space Odyssey – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ “They” said it couldn’t be, and then that it couldn’t be done. There have always been “they,” saying one shouldn’t play god, if man were meant to fly… the human body is holy ergo autopsies are forbidden, curiosity has dire consequences, dogmas should never be questioned. Who hasn’t been exposed to what “they” say? We have all benefited from the few who have ignored their voices, gone on, challenging “they.” They said the Hubble telescope couldn’t…

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It's Good to be Human – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ One day I was walking through a barn under construction with 2 or 3 other men. All of a sudden, I woke up in the arms of a man who was carrying me. At this point, we were 80 or more feet out of the building. He told me, “It’s a good thing you were out in the open when that falling scaffold hit you; if there was a beam behind your head, you’d be dead…

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Bible Belt Doc – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Bill grew up in Alabama. Since he and his daddy were never close, it wasn’t a surprise when he left the state after getting his “basketball diploma,” vowing never to return. But the death of his father left him with an obligation to go back, despite his feelings. Also, because he’s a journalist, he saw this as an opportunity to chronicle how things had changed since he left. It wasn’t much different except for the developments…

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Isolated and Alone – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ No one can see it, but I’m suffering from a disability. Everything about me looks “normal.” I have an inflammatory disease which I see as permanent, though I’m about to have some relief in a week or so. It affects all the muscles and racks the nerves in my body. In spite of your concern, you aren’t experiencing these symptoms. Now, spouse and friends may say they “feel your pain,” they don’t, while with their prayers…

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Do Animals Have Souls? – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) thought he had the answer for this question. He said animals have souls, just not “immortal” souls, which he “knew” only humans have. Nowadays, the evidence proves humans share about 98% of their DNA with apes. (If his Catholic Church follows their Doctor Aquinas’ dogma, shouldn’t it declare apes eligible for “immortal soul” status?) Aquinas based his arguments on faith and faith is based on ignorance. So what if he passionately, sincerely,…

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Parable of the Hoarder and Her Savior – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Those who have ears to hear, let them hear: There is a hoarder I know. After her husband died many years ago, she began to acquire and amass interior mountains of “stuff,” so that her grown children became agitated about her state of mind and health. Moreover, the city’s health department threatened to condemn her property and evict her unless it was brought up to standards within 90 days. Of course she was emotionally upset, but…

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Ethical Dilemmas – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like unto him. Choose one.” ― Saul Bellow, Herzog The physician’s ethical dilemma: Should the doctor tell a terminal patient the prognosis indicates she has not long to live? Or should the doctor lead her to believe she will eventually recover, in order to allay her fears and/or, tell her…

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Did You Get the Message? – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ “Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.” – Albert Camus. The fundamentalists of the three Abrahamic faiths gain political power in order to impose their laws on everyone, so they can punish those who disagree with them. If you don’t think so, then read their scriptural guide books, focusing on the attitudes of the scriptural writers who created their very nasty role model god. What’s the message of these scriptures in 21st…

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The Lavish Absurdity of “Holy" – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ I got tired of news reporters announcing “shocking” news. I told my wife, “Who are they kidding? Nothing is shocking anymore.” Well, it turns out, people are shocked when they discover a family member or friend discarded the dogmas, those beliefs they don’t care to think about. Why don’t they care? Just when I pondered this contradiction, I found a quote from Bill Watterson. This is an excerpt from that quote, where he’s talking about how…

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What is Faith? – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Faith is agreeing to believe what others around you also agree to believe. Faith means not asking the questions others around you don’t want you to ask. Faith means not thinking because others around you tacitly don’t approve of thinking. Faith means you and others have found support for your prejudices. Faith means not making fun of the ridiculous nonsense in holy books because those around you take them seriously. Faith is a method by which…

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The Biggest Joke Book on Earth – Christian Article

By Carl S ~ Back in the 1960’s there was a popular TV series called Get Smart. The show was a spoof of James Bond-type counter-espionage. Agent 86, a.k.a. “Smart,” was played by Don Adams. I didn’t see many episodes, but I do remember a gag he often repeated. When Smart reported to the head of his agency, he would sometimes say things like, “Would you believe there were 200 of them?” There would be a long pause, and then,…

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WWJND? – Christian Article

By Carl S  ~  If you’re familiar with WWJD, you know what the letters stand for. They were once popular in Christian circles, representing “What Would Jesus Do?” The whole reason for this slogan was to make them ask themselves what Jesus would do when having to deal with life’s moral decisions. Is this the “Jesus” who cared about the poor and disenfranchised, and said, “everything you do for the least of my brethren, you do for me?” Would he…

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Heavens and Hells are Here on Earth – Christian Article

By Carl S ~  Hell and Heaven, in reality, describe extremes, extremes of agonies and elations. They describe physical feelings. Other, very real heavens and hells exist in our bodies in varying degrees at different times, depending upon whether our bodies are suffering or healthy. Our emotions are heaven and hell, love and hate, positive and negative, and all the gray areas and variations intertwined with them. It’s called, “being human.” Not facing these facts, or suppressing them entirely, creates…

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Childhood’s End ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

11/18/2018 | Share this article: By Carl S ~ One thing about human beings is the fact too many of them refuse to grow up. This causes troubles for the majority of us. Those who want to keep their childhood religious fantasies still have the child’s worldview “everything important relates to me.” They don’t want to give up their conviction some benevolent, replacement father-spirit is watching over them, so everything will work out a-ok, no matter what befalls everyone and…

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On the Attraction to the Not Really Contrary ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

You are here: Home » Carl S , Feature » On the Attraction to the Not Really Contrary 1/14/2019 | Share this article: By Carl S ~ Many years ago, a British book was published about studies to determine if “opposites attract.” The conclusion: a person is attracted romantically to another who is like oneself. It makes sense, since ‘ like oneself ‘ feels familiar, and who wouldn’t want to spend time and effort on someone who enhances and offers…

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Honestly ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

1/14/2019 | Share this article: By Carl S ~ Perhaps most of you on ExChristian were attracted to the “opposite” writers, and found yourself, as when in love, enhancing your life. “They” weren’t opposite after all; they spoke to the real you. You were tempted to go into forbidden territory. Personally, I like temptation, no lie. It’s the people who are in denial who rant the loudest against it. Temptation tells you what your real inclinations are, and in itself…

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No Pictures Available ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

12/21/2018 | Share this article: By Carl S ~ One of my better reference book acquisitions is “The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book,” by Bill Watterson. For this application, I’m citing his chapter on “licensing.” The cartoonist shows himself to be a man of high integrity by not selling out his characters, strip, and ongoing story lines for profit, thus avoiding “the corruption of a strip’s integrity.” Watterson has never allowed images of Calvin and Hobbes outside of their…

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Suppose There’s No God? Live. Love. Laugh ~ ExChristian.Net – Christian Article

You are here: Home » Carl S , Opinion » Suppose There’s No God? Live. Love. Laugh 12/21/2018 | Share this article: By Carl S. ~ Since there’s no evidence for a God, gods or goddesses, the supposing will go on ad infinitum. Why go any further, why bother to? All theologies are “systems of opinions;” real explanations are needed for why things are the way they are. These we have in abundance. Should we care about explanations for how…

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