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Originally posted by mercury19
Mara-Serapion ca. 73 AD "
Cornelius Tacitus Roman historian wrote of him ca. 112 AD
Pliny the Younger-governor of Blithynia Asia Minor ca.112 AD
Seutonia court official under Hadrian ca. 102 AD
You can see an example of this today in several church types.
Originally posted by Nygdan
[I think 112ad and the like is way too long after the event to count. Also, josephus supposedly mentioned someone like him.
Originally posted by baloria
Plenty available?You probably mean falsifications?
Originally posted by DigitalGrl
I have a few questions:
When you came to what was in your opinion a "revelation" about Jesus Christ did your life change? I don't mean did you suddenly become a millionaire, I mean after you went through the stage of crying over your loss what happened?
And my other question is...when you were a Christian did you feel any inclinations that what you were believing in was a scam or did it only come after you started reading books and coming on here?
After I recovered from the betrayal of this and countless other conspiracies, I went through years of introspection. In the end I came to know myself and more importantly, love myself as never before. I was reborn into a new spirituality and a connected with God as I never had before.
As a young adult I was always skeptical about the realities of Christianity. Eventually I was able to throw out what I didn't accept and embrace what I did. Ironically accepting Jesus as savior didn't really come to me completely, until just a few years before I lost. Thus the loss was extremely traumatic for me. Don't get me wrong. I still love Jesus and what he represents. Only now I equate him to Buddha, Mohammed and other prophets.
ATS had absolutely nothing to do with my lose. I came to this site initially to investigate UFOs and government cover ups. If I remember rightly, ATS didn't even have religious conspiracies back then.
To be honest, It was my one of older brothers who initially made me question Christianity. After becoming a minister, he became arrogant, self righteous, judgmental and what I considered unforgivably gullible.
Having been quite the scientist as teenager, he built his own laser at only fourteen. But later, as an 'enlightened man of God", He had forsaken all science came to look upon scientists as the "Devil's Advocates." He preached that only those who believed exactly as he, would make it to Heaven and was openly contemptuous of other faiths. Thus my introduction to the hypocrisy of religion came decades ago.
It wasn't the what I read on Internet that led me to my current beliefs. Any truth seeker knows you have to contemplate many perspectives before you can find "your" truth. What I read on-line only suggested that there were other possibilities to consider and after reading many books, I did.
I'd like to state for the record, I do not hate religion. I am not a Catholic basher. If any belief system makes you a better person, then it is a wonderful tool.
I do not judge anyone for their beliefs even though many are quick to judge me. I do not claim to have all the answers and I cannot prove what I believe to be truth. Then again, neither can you or anybody else. So if I chose to accept a theory presented in a book you believe to be non fiction, that too is my prerogative.
[edit on 7/30/2005 by dollmonster]
Originally posted by whaaa
As a Christian myself
In fact it does the exact opposite of what you intended.
Shoulden't we as Christians constantly ask ourselves; "What would Jesus do"