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There are elves in Iceland and killer fans in South Korea

ElvesDid you know many people in Iceland believe in elves? It is true. Polls consistently show the people of Iceland believe in these humanlike creatures that live in rocks. This innocuous urban legend is simply an assumed part of their Celtic culture in which some Icelanders believe and some do not.

Electric FanIn South Korea there are many people who believe if an electric fan is left running in a closed room it will suck away all of the oxygen in the air and suffocate those in the room or that the fan slows the person’s metabolism so much that she or he dies from hypothermia. This urban legend is so strong that every electric fan in South Korea is sold with timer switch to shut it off after the person has fallen asleep.

Urban legends are funny things because this phenomenon shows how the human mind is often willing to believe something completely outrageous even in the face of fact and logic.

When the people of South Korea were told that no one outside of their country believed in death by fan, there were excuses given as to why this trend affects only the South Korean physiology. Sometimes people will believe what they want to believe regardless the validity of the facts staring them in the face…

Continue Reading September 12, 2007 at 6:55 pm 9 comments

My 9/11 Prayer

It is the evening of September 11th, 2007 – the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil by Islamic Jihadists. I am driving home from work, listening to the ceremonies and tributes paid on NPR. I am nearly home. Just as I round the corner to an adjacent street, I see this new message on the church marquee:

Skyline Baptist Marquee

You are reading that marquee right. The good folks at Skyline Baptist Church have seen fit to place this threat of eternal fire to the heathen and the promise of eternal paradise to the saint to commemorate this anniversary…

Continue Reading September 11, 2007 at 11:59 pm 16 comments

There was no baby in the bathwater!

Rubber DuckI hate clichés, especially – “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”. When I began to publically explore my de-conversion journey, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I heard that one. With each step, I would stop to determine if maybe I had gone too far and thrown out the baby. However, I would quickly realize that the next step would be a piece of cake, so I took it. There were times I took steps backwards only to determine that I’d been there, done that, and quickly turn around.

Early in my journey, it was extremely frustrating because I kept shooting for the moon when I tried to develop a set of consistent beliefs in order to save my faith. Since I began to clearly see the contradictions and inconsistencies of the Bible (I know guys I’m beating a dead horse here), I focused on what I determined were Christian actions which would speak louder than words. I kept my fingers crossed and, with hope against hope, believed I could discover the ever illusive light at the end of the tunnel. However, at the end of the day, I failed miserably…

Continue Reading September 9, 2007 at 9:50 am 24 comments

Coming to Grips with Christian De-Conversion

A RoadI have recently been reading a couple books on addiction, grief and loss. I am doing this because of what I see as the lack of books, support groups, or programs which deal specifically with De-Conversion or Apostasy from Christianity. I have found several books which help one recognize when you are in a dysfunctional or manipulative religious cult of some kind or another, and they have been somewhat helpful. But how does one deal specifically with the loss that accompanies Christian apostasy?

And there is loss. I have been a Christian for my entire life, as far as I can tell. And while I truly am at peace without the threat of eternal damnation looming over humanity, I cannot go that that many years as a devout Christian and not feel a some kind of vacuum left over in my soul.

I don’t think that vacuum is the absence of God. Rather it is the loss of my weekly Bible study, the camaraderie, always knowing when your Christian brothers and sisters will be there…

Continue Reading August 29, 2007 at 8:19 pm 54 comments

On what basis do Christians reject other gods?

ThorIn response to my previous post “Rejecting the Obvious Truth of the Gospel,” pj11 said:

Words such as “believe,” “submit,” and “bow” indicate to me that an action is required on your part to be saved. While you may not “feel” like you’ve willfully rejected Christ by doubting the truth of Scripture, it appears that your refusal to take the appropriate active response to the Gospel is a rejection of Him.

pj11, thanks for your response. You replied exactly as I would have a couple of years ago before I left Christianity. The reason I wrote the referenced article is because of the conception Christians have regarding their ‘truth’ of the Gospel. The issue for me is that the ‘Truth’ of the Bible is not at all apparent. I am not asking for a systematic proof that the Christian Gospel is true. I regard faith, wonder and mystery to be central to the creative being, and a natural part of who we are. There is room for faith, and I have never had a problem with that. I do not need proof! However, when much of the Christian Gospel, the Christian Scriptures, and the Christian Worldview is just *wrong*, and can be shown to be wrong, there is room for much doubt and ambiguity.

If God is who he says he is, and if he truly loves each and every one of us, I believe he should make himself sufficiently well known to us that we truly have no excuse if we were to reject him…

Continue Reading August 29, 2007 at 1:07 am 49 comments

God may have created you to be an apostate!

On one of my previous blog entries, Dan made the plea to the apostates in our midst:

Remember, you can still make the decision to follow Christ, either for the first time or again if you have turned away. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance.

Dan, actually you are wrong. According to the Bible, God does want some to perish. In fact, in Romans 9 states he creates people for a variety of reasons including:

  • Destiny Posterto serve his chosen
  • for him to hate
  • so he can withhold compassion and mercy from them
  • to use simply for the display of his power
  • to harden them against him
  • for common use
  • for objects of his wrath
  • for destruction…

Continue Reading August 27, 2007 at 11:59 am 43 comments

Just how high did YHWH fear the men of Babel would build their Tower?

The Tower of Babel by Pieter BreugelAs a Christian, I was taught that the building of the Tower of Babel (in all likelihood, a ziggurat) was not an attempt to physically reach heaven, rather a spiritual attempt at humanistic arrogance.

The fact that the text says, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top {will reach} into heaven” merely reflects the naiveté of the builders’ view of the cosmos. The builders only imagined in their ignorance that YHWH lived above the sky, and could be reached if the tower were just tall enough.

I now strongly disagree with this view. The Biblical text, in both Old and New Testaments, makes it perfectly clear, in numerous examples, that God lives above the above the firmament of the sky in Heaven…

Continue Reading August 24, 2007 at 4:53 am 69 comments

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Just in case you were wondering who we are and why we de-converted.

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Whether or not you believe in God, you should live your life with love, kindness, compassion, mercy and tolerance while trying to make the world a better place. If there is no God, you have lost nothing and will have made a positive impact on those around you. If there is a benevolent God reviewing your life, you will be judged on your actions and not just on your ability to blindly believe in creeds- when there is a significant lack of evidence on how to define God or if he/she even exists.

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