Grow Up – Christian Article

By Lilith Lite ~ Ex-Christians, you’re so sensitive! Guests come on site, push the right buttons, and you grab the bait! (Are they also ex-Christians? I wonder.) How many of you are there, really? Ten? Fifteen at the most? You’re more involved with Christianity than any Christians I know. They don’t give a shit for thinking. You piss them off when you confuse them with “facts, truth, reasoning and evidence.” They wanna live forever and they’re terrified of hell. Those…

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The Cross endorsed a barbaric practice – Christian Article

By Michael Runyan ~ Christians luxuriate in the romantic idea that Jesus died on the cross as a way to vicariously accept the penalty for their sins, thus providing them access to heaven. What is commonly overlooked is that by accepting this theology one is by default acquiescing to the legitimacy of the ancient practice of killing innocent animals as a means to gain propitiation from the gods. The Cross blatantly continued a theme that no longer makes sense nor…

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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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My Lucky Rabbit's Foot – Christian Article

By Richard Packham ~ I have a wonderful lucky rabbit’s foot. I don’t know what I would do without it.  I try always to keep it with me. My rabbit’s foot is magical: I can ask it for anything I want, I can ask it to do anything I want, or to make anything happen, and it will make it happen. I can’t explain how it does this, but I know, because it works. I have seen it work many,…

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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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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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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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