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Old 06-13-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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It appears the OP is no longer a member. Shocking.
Gee what a surprise, another dishonest Christian. Not saying all are but many, yes.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Exeter, NH
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I have great respect for the teachings of Buddha, and there is a lot to be learned from his life and writings.

As for the Jesus described in the Bible, I find his teachings simplistic and self-evident in any civilized society, and I don't see much to be learned from them. From my experience growing up in the Roman Catholic faith, they certainly don't lead to happiness, contentment or solace in times of grief.

And while the Bible has been translated and revised and rewritten so many times that it cannot be considered a reliable source of information, Jesus hung around with all men and showed no sexual interest in women. We know what that means. Not that I consider homosexuality wrong, but it is not the norm in society, and should not be associated with a "perfect" human being. The problems caused by a celibate and Patriarchal Priesthood are far more fundamental than a very high child molestation rate.

One story I find very telling about the Jesus character is when a female sinner anointed him with expensive oil, and the disciples objected because the oil could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor. Jesus rebuked the disciples and told them the act was appropriate because she was symbolically anointing him for burial, saying “You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.” That is human narcissism, pure and simple. I prefer to learn from those I admire, and I cannot admire a Narcissist.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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One story I find very telling about the Jesus character is when a female sinner anointed him with expensive oil, and the disciples objected because the oil could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor. Jesus rebuked the disciples and told them the act was appropriate because she was symbolically anointing him for burial, saying “You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.” That is human narcissism, pure and simple. I prefer to learn from those I admire, and I cannot admire a Narcissist.
Yeah, that story troubled me and a lot of others in the faith. The mental gymnastics around that was that Jesus was in fact god and he was in "prophecy mode" if you will, but I always thought the disciples were right. She could have used cheap perfume or water or just kissed his feet without detracting from the sincerity and sentiment of what she was doing. And Jesus could have rebuked them on the basis that it's her oil to do with as she wished and it's no one's business to second guess her. I don't know, the whole story is just "off".
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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I'm thinking you aren't an atheist.


Same here.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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If you love Jesus you apparently haven't read Luke 12:47.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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I hate religion, but love Jesus.

I hate religion but love Santa Claus.

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Old 09-19-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: In a little house on the prairie - literally
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I hate religion but love Santa Claus.
And the Easter Bunny? What about the Easter Bunny?
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: NJ
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And the Easter Bunny? What about the Easter Bunny?
Easter Bunny is creepy.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Middle of nowhere
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Easter Bunny is creepy.
Any bunny that brings chocolate is a-ok in my book.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Just because I have always been an atheist doesn't mean I don't need Jesus in my live.

Without him, all my expletives would be sexual.
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