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08-01-2017, 12:22 PM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
(08-01-2017 10:55 AM)Aliza Wrote:  This thread has really been derailed. The topic is atheists worshipping Jesus, so let's focus and get back on track guys. Tongue

Got it. Atheists worshipping Jesus.





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08-01-2017, 12:40 PM
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(08-01-2017 12:08 PM)adey67 Wrote:  
(08-01-2017 11:51 AM)unfogged Wrote:  Consider




Whaaat ? You don't want a spanking? Oh come on mate, hashtag so full of shit right nowBig Grin

You misunderstand... the consideration was how often I should fuck up the quotes if that's the punishment.

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08-01-2017, 12:44 PM
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(08-01-2017 12:40 PM)unfogged Wrote:  
(08-01-2017 12:08 PM)adey67 Wrote:  Whaaat ? You don't want a spanking? Oh come on mate, hashtag so full of shit right now:d

You misunderstand... the consideration was how often I should fuck up the quotes if that's the punishment.

If I agree, will you promise to spank my ass :d :p
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08-01-2017, 12:45 PM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
(08-01-2017 12:44 PM)adey67 Wrote:  I
(08-01-2017 12:40 PM)unfogged Wrote:  You misunderstand... the consideration was how often I should fuck up the quotes if that's the punishment.

If I agree, will you promise to spank my ass Big Grin Tongue

Sorry, you're not exactly my type. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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08-01-2017, 03:06 PM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
(29-12-2016 01:25 PM)PeacefulHeart Wrote:  Hello, everyone. My name is Kathryn and I was an atheist for, at least, 15 years. Very recently, I became a Christian. I’ll get into that in a bit. First, I want to provide some background.

So, as young as age 10, I remember really despising the teachings of the Bible. I was very rebellious and vocal in Sunday school, openly criticizing God and stories like Lot’s wife and Abraham’s son. I said numerous times that, if God were real, I would never worship Him. The stories just seemed so inhumane and backwards that I came to conclude that God and the Bible were entirely fictitious and invented by people who thought morality and decent behavior wasn’t possible without religion, so they had to send fear into everyone with stories of Heaven and Hell. I never had any positive experiences with God. He really seemed to not be there at all. I thought the Christians around me were complete morons, incapable of critical thought for believing the Bible, and merely worshiping out of fear. When I was 14, I called myself an atheist. When I was around 15 or so, I read Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion. I was very happy someone had put every argument I ever had against Christianity and religion into a book and I walked away for good, pretty much hating religion, but especially Christianity.

Aside from that, I grew up being a loner and a total nerd. Books, computers, science fiction television shows, and card collecting were my life. I did very well in school. I’ve always had a passion for education, learning, and bettering oneself intellectually. I loved math and science (still do). I loved math so much I would ask for extra math homework. I would even beg my teachers to let me skip recess so I could do more schoolwork. Even in elementary school, I enjoyed reading biology textbooks so much more than reading fiction. My dream was to pursue a college degree in every field imaginable and basically spend my life in academia.

So, I went off to college with dreams of studying biochemistry and genetics. I wanted to get a PhD and do epigenetics research. I was really fascinated with understanding how humans differed from one another at the smallest level. I loved this idea that humans are basically biological programs and our code is our DNA. I really wanted to spend my life in a laboratory, in solitude, conducting research that could somehow change everything. That didn’t work out for me though. Although I made great grades and got along well with my professors, early on I started to become incredibly overwhelmed. I felt like I was just mentally breaking down every semester and becoming increasingly unhealthy. I discovered I had Asperger’s Syndrome, now Autism Spectrum Disorder, and, even with accommodations, I was forced to drop out.

This was, to me, the worst thing that could’ve happened. It was my lifelong dream to get a PhD, and, for a while, it was like my world had shattered. I’d never gotten to the point where I just didn’t want to read another scientific article or pick up another chemistry textbook. It was like all of my passion got beaten out of me. A lot of people I knew who were becoming doctors, pursuing their PhD dream, attending top-tier schools, were utterly miserable in college, like myself, and I could see that was the road I was on.

Eventually, I moved on, and became happy I dropped out. I realized it really was for the best and pursued another STEM career. I was also living in this really neat city where almost no one was Christian, surrounded by other really smart people. I had money because my boyfriend had a really good job. There were lots of free activities, neat places to see, fun things to do, lots of shopping, and we traveled. It really seemed like we had everything. But after two years, it began to feel like it was just empty. I wasn’t depressed or anything. I just felt underwhelmed and began to ask myself, “Is this it?”

Then, on my birthday of this year, something completely unexpected happened to me. I had a vision, and I saw the Light of God. I don’t say that figuratively, although I understand if you wouldn’t believe me. I saw God’s Light. It was so pure, clean, and white. It was just glorious and I felt so much truth coming from the Light. Words fail to describe the beauty of what I saw and it was the most beautiful, profound experience of my life. I felt this amazing, amazing peace in my heart as well as forgiveness, love, purity, beauty, kindness. I knew God was this infinite Love and that He was the source of all love in ourselves and in the world. I could see how He stretched on for all eternity and was so much greater than the universe and that He created the universe. Immediately, part of the Bible verse Revelation 1:8 came to mind: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Anyway, after it happened, I fell to the floor and cried so much. It was the first time I ever felt I was lost without God. I knew how wrong I had been about the God of the Bible. I knew there is nothing bad about God and that He is pure and does everything for an ultimate good.

After that, I found a bunch of other people online who had such incredibly similar experiences that I was certain I wasn’t losing it. There are tons of videos on YouTube of people who’ve seen God, people who've seen Jesus, people with near death experiences who’ve died and went to Heaven, and people who were miraculously healed by God. I watched these and knew I wasn’t alone. I began to pray to God to prove to me if it was really Him, if He was really there, and to show me the way. I hadn’t prayed since I was, maybe, 14, and it felt very strange and awkward. But, God heard me. So many things have happened since, like feeling total joy, feeling complete lack of fear, feeling like I could die and go straight to Heaven because I felt Heaven in my heart. He’s answered all of my prayers and my life and my heart have changed so much.

Some things still remain. I still love learning, science, and education. I’m still pretty liberal. I still think I’m a critical thinker. Now, though, I don’t believe Christians are brainwashed idiots for believing anymore like I used to think. I cry now when someone says they’ll pray for me instead of becoming absolutely furious at what I perceived to be an unhelpful absurdity. I believe there is an afterlife. I feel I’ve come away with some useful understanding because of this experience and I wanted to share it with you. I would love the opportunity to post on the forum. I don’t hate atheists at all. All of my friends, except one, are atheists. My intention is to be respectful and not cross any boundaries. Given that, I think we could have some interesting debates together. Of course, I’m open to any questions you have. If you’ve managed to make it this far, thanks for reading!

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08-01-2017, 05:24 PM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
(08-01-2017 12:40 PM)unfogged Wrote:  
(08-01-2017 12:08 PM)adey67 Wrote:  Whaaat ? You don't want a spanking? Oh come on mate, hashtag so full of shit right nowBig Grin

You misunderstand... the consideration was how often I should fuck up the quotes if that's the punishment.

You mean like this?

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But as if to knock me down, reality came around
And without so much as a mere touch, cut me into little pieces

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08-01-2017, 05:53 PM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
(08-01-2017 11:49 AM)SYZ Wrote:  
(08-01-2017 11:46 AM)Peebothuhul Wrote:  This calls for a spanking!

Tongue

Me too! Me too! Me too.....

Wait, I haven't read this thread in a while. I come back to see what's going on and you guys are discussing spanking.

So are we talking this?

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08-01-2017, 06:30 PM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
Hmm, this is a nice example of one thing I hate on TTA. I know I'm guilty of times of not sticking around in threads when getting tough questions, but I don't flee the site. Really dislike these drive by things, "here's X, you should believe it" and pretty much zero follow up. If one truly believes that they're doing God's work, then they should see it through to the end, not just a quick shot and done sort of evangelism encouraged by Christian pop culture's obsession with a sort of disposable-evangelism, where you drop something (a tract like a Chick tract usually, or in this case a testimony), tell yourself you did it for Jesus, and then walk away.

Seriously, on page 28 for her 4th reply ever it's basically, 'you all are mean for not converting as soon as I hit post, and for asking actual questions, and I'm never posting again'. Meanwhile, KC has caught some crankiness, but he's stuck it out, and is no more cranky than anyone else, because he has respect for people and they have respect for him.

(08-01-2017 12:22 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(08-01-2017 10:55 AM)Aliza Wrote:  This thread has really been derailed. The topic is atheists worshipping Jesus, so let's focus and get back on track guys. Tongue

Got it. Atheists worshipping Jesus.





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08-01-2017, 08:44 PM
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Theist: I am a unique snowflake who was an atheist like you once, come here to share my story about jeebus and how he showed himself to me, not so that I can be part of this community, but try and convert everyone.

Atheists: Aw geez not this shit again.

Theist: But guys, I'm a critical thinker and so eloquently spoken.

Atheists: LOL, critical thinker eh?

Theist: Here's me responding to people a lot and quoting your posts so I can respond to them. See how much of a critical thinker I am?

Atheists: I think you don't understand the shit your brain made up and you're not a critical thinker, congrats on believing in the god of your particular social setting that's pushed by others in your society.

Theist: YOU ARE POOPY DOODOOFACES AND I AM LEAVING. YOU BIG MEANY HEADS. YOU MADE MY COGNITIVE DISSONANCE SPARK UP AND I WILL THEREFORE ESCAPE IT BY HIDING FROM THE INTERWEBS.

Atheists: K.

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09-01-2017, 07:33 AM
RE: An Atheist who Found God
(06-01-2017 04:04 PM)PeacefulHeart Wrote:  I've decided I'm leaving. I don't feel welcomed here. I've feel I’ve been mocked, belittled, and derided. I shouldn’t have responded to these comments or to the invasions of my privacy and personal health as I did. I don't feel this is an atmosphere of civil, friendly debate or discussion. I'm a human being and I don't deserve to be treated this way. Thank you to the few of you who showed me some kindness. Blessings to you all.

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You don't deserve to be treated in what way? With skepticism?

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