Please take a closer look. That image in your mirror. It's not me. It's you.
Just what the hell is your problem? Trying to single-handedly prove what jerks fundamentalist Christians are? How hypocritical their pronouncements of Christian love are? Trying to blow away all your pretense all by yourself?
While looking at yourself in the mirror, please note how far apart your ears are. Now, just why is that? Now do something that strikes mortal terror in the heart of every fundamentalist: open a science book. Specifically, open a book on human anatomy. Look up "brain" and you will see that it's your brain that's keeping your ears apart. But despite everything you've been taught and have believed for all these years, your brain is there for much more than just keeping your ears apart: your brain is for thinking!
Right now, you are not thinking. You are lashing out in blind rage. Over what? I have no idea. Do you think that you're trying to teach me a lesson? So what is that lesson? The only lesson I see you presenting here is that fundamentalist Christians are hypocritical loonie nut-jobs. Is that the lesson you really want to present? I rather doubt it. I think that you need to step back and do some thinking. And to return to this discussion with a level head, because until you start thinking you cannot engage in any kind of discussion.
Just out of curiosity, what are you drinking? May I recommend tequila? Cazadores reposado is a good choice; many find the blanco to have too much alcohol taste. Don't even start to worry about limes and salt, because they're not needed (I never could understand all that rigeramarole). Not only does it cure all diseases, it also serves as a good muscle relaxant and you still feel the effects well into the next day.
Just don't be drinking it nor any other alcoholic beverage when you post next time.
And for your information, Jar is much more of the good kind of Christian than you are; ie, the positive image that you bad Christians try in vain to use as a front.
Oh, yeah: in vino, veritas. IOW, when you drink, you blow your cover. You may consider your cover totally blown.
Ah! So if you're not drinking then you are suffering from a mental and/or emotional affliction. Or your fundamentalist brainwashing has bleached out your neo-cortex.
You see, that's the problem that your theology creates. Drawing directly from his own fundamentalist upbringing, Dan Barker describes it as "when your theology becomes your theology." You see, we are Normals, whereas you are one of the aberants. Your brain is broken. You undoubtedly came in still believing that your way was right and that we "atheists" (most of us are not atheists, just not blind fundies) would just collapse when you dazzled us with your superior divine knowledge and arguments.
And then reality bit you in the butt across both cheeks. You were completely unprepared to engage in any kind of discussion. You cannot deal with reality. So then you lash out in anger. You just cannot figure out to deal with the fact that all you have is crap. And with your fundamentalist psychology, that endangers your faith.
Sorry, but this is something that you need to work out yourself. Obviously, when one finds that what one believes is false, then one must deal with that, knowing that the problem at worst lies with the theology and not with any deities that theology deals with. After all, all theology is man-made. But then that is what a Normal would think, whereas you are a fundamentalist Aberant still entrapped by your theology-turned-psychology. You need to work that out for yourself, though you might find some inspiration at http://www.ex-christian.net/ from those who had gone through the same thing themselves.
The objective deep thinker does not apply blind faith but requires evidence. The prophets are the most empirical example of this, both in the OT and New. They all correlate and corroborate wonderfully.
Revelation is what motivated me, some 65 years ago, as a 10 year old boy. This was in about 1945, three years before the Biblically prophesied nation of Israel became restored for the first time since the dispersion of the Jews in the 1st century AD.
I hadn't been inside of a church until we moved from the country to a small town in Wyoming at about age 8. An evangelist, Clay Cooper from Washington came to town and preached on the prophecies, including the ones in the OT and NT that in the latter days the globally dispersed Jews would return to their native land of Israel and it would again become a nation.
After that powerful message I was one of two or three children that walked the isle to the front, knelt and ask Jesus to come into our heart (inner soul) and save our souls as lord and savior. I felt no tingles or anything unusual during or after this experience. It was like a business transaction with God.
This message intrituged my young deep thinking mind to begin looking in the Bible about these prophecies and to check them out.
You had best get used to the fact that I am a Christian, a devout Christian, a cradle Creedal Christian for likely longer than you have been alive.
I've help found new missions, build churches, teach adult and child Sunday School, and currently build and maintain websites for several Christian Churches.
You also need to get used to the fact that most of the recognized Christian Sects understand that Evolution is a fact and that the Theory of Evolution is the only model that explains the diversity of life we see about us today and in the past.
In the words of the Clergy Letter Project, currently signed by over 12,000 US Christian clergy:
quote:We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ********* and transmit such ********* to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge.
Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!