No, I do not always forgive and I don’t have too.

No I do not always forgive and I don’t have too… You don’t always have to forgive this is a common misnomer in fact forgiveness is not always even appropriate, not helpful, downright offensive or harmful and forgiving may be the worst thing you can do. I was extremely abused as a child and I see more importance for people who have been so deeply abused like me or worse, to do grieving more than forgiveness. the loss of our innocence, loss of our trust, loss of our peace of mind and often a loss of our hope that extreme abuse can bring. The stages of grieving are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. The 5 stages of grieving are: Denial and Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Coping with loss is ultimately a deeply personal and singular experience that almost nobody can help you go through it more easily or understand all the emotions that you’re going through. But others can be there for you and help comfort you through this process. The best thing you can do is to allow yourself to feel the grief as it comes over you. Resisting it only will prolong the natural process of healing. Redefining and recreating a purposeful, meaningful life poses enormous physical, social, and psychological challenges to our moving through and past our grieving to accept the reality of the loss; to work through to the pain of grief; to adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing; and to emotionally relocate the deceased and move on with life. When loss pertains...

Morality: all subjective or all objective?

Is the choice of morality truly all subjective or all objective? As an axiological thinker I don’t see morality as an all or nothing endeavor, i.e. all subjective or all objective but do think we can come to objective truths to some extent, even in a seeming subjective situation. I think in a way morality is both an emergent reasoning expressed in cognitive capacities of highly developed minds. However, morality is also a behavioral and social interaction not always requiring highly developed minds. Why would I say that, is because there is not one moral choice we can make but many different moral behaviors, some simple and some very complex. But morality is not just limited to what I have already stated either as to me, it’s also better understood in a biopsychosocial thinking view that variable interactions of biological factors, psychological factors (mood, personality, behavior, etc), and social factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc) affect morally and or ability to engage in or process moral reasoning. To me such absolute propositions as all subjective or all objective are odd as if one universal idea can label all and every moral thought, behavior and moral agent or moral property is all or nothing terms is confusing or applying a too simplistic box to a very complicated often positional shifting riddle, not an unsolvable one but varying in complexity. I believe in realism, thus that there are real facts about the world as well as that humans can learn or know them or assess and quantify them with a value realism and that human interactions are behavioral actions in the...

Christian 36 years, read the bible twice, and took two religious classes before the conclusion of atheism.

I was a Christian 36 years read the bible twice and took two college classes on religion and the bible before realizing I was an atheist.   One was a class on the top world religions using the book (Living Religions: A Brief Introduction) http://books.google.com/books/about/Living_Religions.html?id=ITnlAAAAMAAJ   The other class on the bible using the book (Understanding The Bible) http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Bible-Stephen-Harris-ebook/dp/B005HXN098/ref=sr_1_16?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1428899981&sr=1-16   In the middle of the class on the bible the things I learned assisted me in turning atheist.   -I was asked by a Christian, “for those 36 Christian years what Christian denomination did you belong to?”   I was raised in the local church the teachings of Witness Lee / Living Stream movement: http://assemblylife.com until around 13. Then I was in Eagle’s Nest Ministries Gary Greenwald http://eaglesnestministries.org/ then other Christian churches. Mostly non denominational.   -I was then asked, “would you say that your faith was shaky from the start? Or, were you well grounded in your faith through the scriptures and later on engaged in research that led to you leave Christianity altogether?”   I was a devout believer not always a great follower but I totally believed until learning facts in college especially on the devil.   The Devil?   The Bibles clear teaching is that the wages of sin is death.   “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning…” 1 John 3:8   It is impossible therefore to have an immortal being who can sin. If we attempted to suggest that the Devil was a mortal monster then how is it that he has supposedly lived for...

It’s Not the Deity You See as Possible But How Many You Reject

If you are a believer or agnostic, it is not the one deity you see as possible but to notice how many gods or goddesses you reject. There are literally thousands of religions being practiced today and many others once were once thought true in history just to be reworked or rejected. Here are 20 of the most popular, along with an estimate of the number of followers: Christianity: 2.1 billion, Islam: 1.3 billion, Hinduism: 900 million, Chinese traditional religion: 394 million, Buddhism: 376 million, African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million, Sikhism: 23 million, Juche (a.k.a. Chuch’e and Kimilsungism): 19 million, Spiritism: 15 million, Judaism: 14 million, Baha’i: 7 million, Jainism: 4.2 million, Shinto: 4 million, Cao Dai: 4 million, Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million, Tenrikyo: 2 million, Neo-Paganism: 1 million, Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand, Rastafarianism: 600 thousand, Scientology: 500 thousand, [Source: Encyclopedia Britannica] If you can believe only in a possible God of Christianity, you have chosen to reject Allah, Vishnu, Lord Buddha, Waheguru, Ngame, Isis, Kali, Brigid, Kuan Yin, Europa, Aphrodite, Amaterasu, Aurora, Chicomecoatl, Ishtar, Antares, and all of the thousands of other gods or goddess that other people worship today or once held faith in. It is quite likely that you rejected these other gods or goddesses without ever looking into their history, religions, reading or even learning about them. You may not even know some of the names listed or have heard much about them or the thousands of other deities and mythical beings people now or through time have put faith in. Most people believer or agnostic are singly indoctrinated all their life and simply have absorbed...

Attacking Biblical Statements for a “fixed” and “immovable” Earth

Attacking Biblical Statements for a “fixed” and “immovable” Earth I Chronicles 16:30: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable.” Psalm 93:1: “Thou hast fixed the earth immovable and firm…” Psalm 96:10: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable…” Psalm 104:5: “Thou has fixed the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken.” Isaiah 45:18: “…who made the earth and fashioned it, and himself fixed it fast…” Of course these verses are wrong to claim be “fixed” and “immovable” the Earth’s spins as well as orbits around the sun, but it does not stop there. The Earth’s orbital geometry is not fixed over time. Indeed, long-term variations of the Earth’s orbit may help explain the waxing and waning of global climate in the last several million years. And there is more that is not “fixed” and “immovable” about the earth. Christians can’t say it’s just some error in the bible writers as jesus never stated any parts of the jewish bible (old testament) had any errors. Jesus never said that the Scriptures contain the Word of God. He said that they were the Word of God. Jesus acknowledged this when He said that the Word of God, the Scripture, cannot be broken. This means that it cannot fail. Why? because the written form of the Word of God, which is Scripture, is inspired. And because it is inspired, it cannot fail. It must be fulfilled. Remember, Jesus called the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms (all of the Old Testament) Scripture, and He says that the Scriptures cannot be broken–cannot fail. He was obviously referring to the written form of...