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I think the best thing is to just go about whatever it is you do, without trying to "sell" your beliefs to others. If your beliefs are awesome, they'll sell themselves. A good product doesn't need a bunch of marketing, a good product flies off the shelf because its...a good product!
the author of the OP did not say anything about little kids.
I didn't realize they were lamenting on a childhood were they felt they their parents are responsible for the hell they feel they had to endure during their religious training.
So how does what they endured in their religious training as a child, translate to lashing out at people that had nothing t do with whatever they felt they were forced to endure?
then what you are doing, spending your time preaching to non believers about preaching to believers? the agnostic wags their finger at the atheist wagging their finger at the theist. or in other words, the irony continues.
welcome to the holey trinity.
I'm not an Old Testament Christian, but I can still comprehend what and why was written, and thus, be able to disagree with what is written on many points. XXIII
I think it all boils down to faith. Religious people are grounded in a faith that what they have been told to be true, is true. They have no doubt, were as the Atheist is all doubt, and has no faith in anything that they can't detect with their senses.
My problem is not with faith. I have faith. I just don't see the man written documents, translated and passed down over the centuries, as unaltered, uncorrupted, words from a non-human, all knowing, all loving God, in the heavens looking over us.
I will ignore your implication that I am 'uneducated' in this topic, and instead provide you with a handful of the MANY authorities whose work I have examined and absorbed (listed in no particular order except as they come to mind):
Since my goal is to discourage any person who may cause injury to a child by feeding them a doctrine that shames them (or a food that poisons them), I will continue to bring up the harm done, to discuss why that is happening, and to say to those persons:
And what of the countless children that are not being harmed?
I understand you wanting to intervene if you see a child that may be being harmed, but you don't have the right to interfere when a child is not being harmed?
We can't protect others from the experiences and pains we have had in our own lives,
I'm not any sort of theologian. I'm merely pointing out the devotion to the concepts of God and religion. I'm merely pointing out that just like the Christian, you are interpreting the bible and telling others about your interpretation. How that differs from any denomination of Christianity is beyond me. Citing the Bible, arguing God, and providing an interpretation—it sounds like you are still a practicing theologian, and since the conversation consistently revolves around Christianity, you are a Christian theologian.
TextYou're out of arguments. Time to attack me AND attack the resources I presented. I never claimed to be a "Biblical Scholar". I claimed to be educated in the topic of religion from an anthropological, historical, and psychological stance.
Of course if you insist that ritalin and other mind altering substances can offer a child more than an afterlife then I see exactly which table you sit at. My opinion of course with no anger intended. I see clearly why you are a regular contributor to religious forums.
Please give up the smoking bit. For the sake of children who might not understand that it is very destructive.
More so than religion.