reply to post by OldThinker
Hey OT, things are good, and yes, it is much warmer here than in most parts of the country...
I never mentioned Jesus in the OP, nor in the post with the photos. I am speaking of the Institution known as Christianity... the 'organized' part
of it... and those who use it to further their own dark agendas. Taking the possible 'Divinity' out of the equation, he was a kind man and a
brilliant spiritual leader, and I have no doubt that he would be appalled at what has become of his legacy. The Institution of Christianity in no way
resembles that which he advocated. It has been grossly perverted to suit the needs of those who use it to get and keep power over the masses.
Originally posted by kevlar79
reply to post by JaxonRoberts
What do you believe, or what motivates you? You seem to be intelligent and I am curious....
I believe that the Universe Itself is alive, and It is what most would call 'God' (I refrain from using that term due to all of the baggage that it
carries), and that we are all a part of this Divine Being.
I am motivated by my less that pleasant experiences, both before, and especially after severing myself from Christianity and any other organized
religion. I can see clearly through it all and can see what a manmade sham it all is, there to control those who cannot or will not think for
reply to post by mamabeth
Well, at least you had the courage to admit that you didn't read the OP before asking such an ignorant question. Culling the herd is a tactic used
by your side, not mine...
reply to post by oliveoil
You're assuming too much, olive! I never stated that there was no Higher Power, just that the 'kiddie' version that the Abrahamic Religions want
you to believe is ridiculous. I am not an atheist, nor am I agnostic. I would also state that if those who claim to be Christians acted in a more
Christlike manner, and actually adhered to his teachings, I would have never had a reason to create this thread, nor have had the negative experiences
that I have had due to it. Hell, I might even still be one, since it was the utter hypocracy that got me to take a good hard look in the first
Originally posted by OldThinker
1) If you saw a "fundi" in an alley, would you be afraid?
of course not
No, but if there was a bunch of them, and they knew I was gay, and could see the pentacle around my neck... might be a different story.
2) Have you ever met a sincere one, you wouldn't trust a child with?
Actually, yes, but it has nothing to do with their religious beliefs... but I digress...
Your latest has nothing to do with TLJC, nor sincere followers of the same...
I'm with you with "organized religion" but so was HE...ever seen www.youtube.com...
Your thoughts...after viewing the 9 min vid?
Wow, what an articulate and intelligent man... I'm impressed. You see, the problem is that it seems just this side of impossible to have a
discussion of a spiritual nature with most 'Christians' (in quotes because they claim to be, but show none of the characteristics thereof) without
having dogma rammed down your throat. They just don't get the fact that they stand a better chance of sprouting wings that getting me back into the
fold. IT'S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!!!
But then there are those out there like yourself who give me hope. You have shown time and again that an exchange of ideas can occur without getting
all 'preachy' and pulling out the dogma bat.
Originally posted by Alethea
And why do you capitalize the words "logic" and "reason"? (Does this reveal your affiliation?)
To emphasize their importance of those words. In a time where we can and have learned so much about our origins and the Universe we live in, so many
toss Logic and Reason out the window in order to cling to their ancient words, instead of just seeking new answers to new questions.
And yes, the rabbit hole goes deeper... much deeper...
reply to post by autowrench
Merry Meet, Blessed Be, and Harm None...
reply to post by Tyler 720
Not a mental disease, but rather a sham, a con, a carnival trick... A way to bilk folks out of money, scare the Jebus out of them, get them to do as
they're told, and relinquish their power...
reply to post by ucalien
WOW, if it's on the internet
, it must
be true... Thanks, but I'll stick to proven historical facts instead of conjecture... There
isn't a shred of proof to that which you stated, so nice try, but FAIL...
Originally posted by Watcher-In-The-Shadows
You're not going to like my response my friend.
Ack so many generalizations and negative outbursts. You mention logic and reason and yet use neither in your approach or asessment JR. Religion has,
can and does have good effects. Yet, you focus on the negative to support your claim of evil.
So did the Nazi Party in Germany, but....