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Originally posted by Republican08
reply to post by letthereaderunderstand
In all honesty, I loved the stories, and could hold a pretty good arguement for the side of religion.
My mother always wanted me to become a pastor, which I was eh on, but found the idea of discussing a book for fairly good money, to be a great idea!
Then superstitions, and me having to seclude myself from a myriad of things, to strengthen my faith became almost unbearable.
Everything in the bible, I had to twist around and interpret, and bend slightly so it didn't break. I kept making personal excuses for everything.
Then the rest of my story, is the exact same/parellel with dawkins story.
When I was a kid, 12, i had a friend, jon, devout catholic, would go on and on about how we should pray to mary and not jesus. Lot of bs, I tried to convert him to mine.
Then I had an idea, his parents were devouter catholics, and I asked him to be honest with me, I said if your parents were muslims, would you still be a devout catholic, he thought for a few minutes and replied, no, i'd be a devout muslim, but my parents are catholic, which god purposely put them there for me, so I could see the truth.
Then the seed started to form in my mind.
Main Entry: om·nip·o·tence
Date: 15th century
1 : the quality or state of being omnipotent
2 : an agency or force of unlimited power
Main Entry: om·ni·science
Etymology: Medieval Latin omniscientia, from Latin omni- + scientia knowledge — more at science
Date: circa 1610
: the quality or state of being omniscient
Main Entry: om·ni·scient
Etymology: New Latin omniscient-, omnisciens, back-formation from Medieval Latin omniscientia
Date: circa 1604
1 : having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight
2 : possessed of universal or complete knowledge
— om·ni·scient·ly adverb
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: the quality or state of being omnipresent : ubiquity
Main Entry: om·ni·pres·ent
: present in all places at all times
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Pronunciation: \ˈgäd also ˈgȯd\
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god
Date: before 12th century
1capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as a: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe bChristian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
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3: a person or thing of supreme value
4: a powerful ruler