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.

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I felt no injury, but did find out where to find god and how to recognize him!

The 'god/pile of shit' insight was very helpful. This does go back to a previous posting concerning pantheism. I am beginning to see the links between some religions that I thought to be at odds. I also will not forget where to get a free meal...LOL

Wow! Getting a little testy there, aren't we, David? I really can't blame you, I can only imagine how it must feel, being in denial about the fact that you've just wasted twenty years of your life.

BTW - "Jehova" is a misnomer - I thought everyone knew that --

by Micha F. Lindemans

The name by which God revealed himself to the ancient Hebrews (Ex. 6:2, 3). This name was spelled "hwhy" (the Hebrew equivalent of "YHWH") and is known as the Tetragrammaton (meaning "four letters"). Since it was considered too sacred to pronounce, the Jews would substitute the Sacred Name (Ha-Shem) with the word "Adonai."

To indicate this substitution in the Masoretic Text, the Masoretes added the vowel points from the word "Adonai" to the Sacred Name. Early Christian translators mistakenly combined the vowels of Adonai with the consonants of YHWH, producing the word "YaHoWaH." When the Scriptures were translated into German during the Reformation (16th century), the word was transliterated into the German way of pronouncing it: the "Y" as the English "J", and the "W" as the English "V" -- or "Jahovah." In the early 17th century, the Scriptures were translated into English and the word was again transliterated, as "Jehovah."

This error has carried over into many modern (English) translations, but is now recognized as a translation error that was never used by the Jews.

Wow! Getting a little testy there, aren't we, David? I really can't blame you, I can only imagine how it must feel, being in denial about the fact that you've just wasted twenty years of your life.

Goddammit! Yeah, boy howdy, Dino, I'm just blown away with all y'all's book learnin. Thank the God of technology fer the search engine, I reckon. Well, I better mosey on and hope the next crop of fucking atheist idiots I come across are not so unmerciful in their self appointed wisdom.

But, regarding Micha F. Lindemans' bastardization so useful to running circles around me logically - the name Jesus. In Hebrew? In Greek? In Latin? 

Now wait a minute! What about Joshua?! Jeremiah? Huh?

Nice try. Lame.

If that tripe were what he considered as his "most important posts," what must his throwaways have looked like?

I'm a bit concerned that his penchant for instant rage might be an indication that his elevator doesn't go quite all the way to the top floor.

It might  be that some folks get a little irate when they can't change the value of the 'h' constant, or convince atheists that the truth is not what they can prove rather well.

I do have to thank him the the deep insight as to where I might find 'God', what 'God' looks like in a grassland environment, and where I can find a free meal. All very important details for nature study..LOL   

I am voting a 'rage quit'.

How is the vote going so far?

I'm with you, James.  A rage quit.

am voting a rage quit

With all those tantrums, I'm more inclined to think his mother told him it was bedtime --

I'll go with number 3...he will realize he's 47 years old and never been laid, will go upstairs out of the basement and tell his mama the people on the Internet are being mean to him. :)

IWikipedia: I (named i plural ies) is the ninth letter and a vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

Oh David you're cracken me up...you called him "Dino". LOL


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