Hello, everyone. I was an atheist until at the age of 27 I began to study the Bible in order to debunk it. I learned quickly that the Bible was grossly misrepresented by apostate Christendom's adoption of pagan teachings such as the immortal soul from Socrates, the trinity from Plato, the cross from Constantine, hell from Dante and Milton, Easter from Astarte, Christmas from the winter solstice celebrations, and most recently the Rapture from Darby.
Though I have never and will never be a part of organized religion, my beliefs are not entirely dissimilar to that of The Jehovah's Witnesses, due to the removal of the aforementioned pagan influence. I have studied briefly the history of the major world religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shintoism and Taoism and have published sacred and non-sacred texts from each of these online: The Dhammapada, Four Noble Truths, Paradise Lost, Divine Comedy, Analects Of Confucius, Bhagavad Gita, Qur'an, Pirqe Aboth, Nihongi, Kojiki, Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu.
Having been an atheist most of my life and given that nearly everyone I know is atheist, I think I understand and respect where most of you are coming from. I don't believe in "converting" anyone to anything, but I do think the atheist tends to be mislead when it comes to the Bible. Not that that matters much, except for that I do enjoy, given the opportunity, to correct them in thoughtful and polite discussion and debate.
I hope we can have some interesting conversations.
I'm reading this thread and thinking to myself - I've been gone, for what? 5 or 6 days? I have to laugh at the impressive atheist hero and martyr who has had to endure the abuse of the visiting theist.
I wonder, with a chuckle, do these people ever listen to themselves?
And I wonder if this reply is going to be one of the ones this dumb ass forum eats.
I will go with Rage, quit, sulk return.
Ever ask yourselves why you always get the same reactions?
pretty much what GM has written below and also the theist insistence that he has some new information he thinks we are unaware of
How many websites did you say you had been banned from?
I'm with Onyango :) Rage, quit, sulk, return.
It will be Rage, quit, sulk, return, rinse and repeat, until he does get the banhammer for the personal attacks, and calling out the moderators. So technically, everyone's a winner!
Atheist martyr? Did you just say atheist martyr?
Robert that made me laugh out loud, literally
You forgot to mention your critique of Dick and Jane.
Our Mr. Henbson may call himself "irreligious," but he is, nevertheless, studying for the Episcopalian priesthood. If anyone has any interest in his writings - let's only hope he's better at holding his temper in those - they can be found at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidhenson/writings/
I was half expecting a Nixon exit, 'you don't have me to kick around anymore.'