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  1. Emotional insecurity or immaturity perhaps.
  2. I can't say I knew what motivated you to do so, but I respect the end result of your thought process in forming the reply to chockful. [Moderator's note: this post originally quoted another post that is being hidden for moderator's review. The hidden post violated no rules but responds to another hidden post that did. The remainder of THIS post is of independent value]. Also, I've read at least one book by author Sebastian Junger and respect his insight on life individually and with other humans. I watched this (non-comedic) interview this evening and thought it might appropriately fit in this thread.
  3. Well, did you say it in words that you wrote? Sorry if you don't like the word "implicit."
  4. Maybe implicit in your post is that it really wasn't God who decided the wage(s) of sin was/is death, but rather it was a whole bunch of societal elders instead. What would or does that possibility say about that bunch of elders if indeed it more fairly and correctly was the old (white?) guys who came up with it?
  5. https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html Where does it come from? The Russian propaganda model of Firehose of Falsehoods.
  6. My admonition: stay curious. I just ran across this reference to a new book dealing with an aspect of deconverting: (From the Amazon blurb) A gripping memoir about coming of age in the stay-at-home daughter movement and the quest to piece together a future on your own terms. Raised in the Christian patriarchy movement, Cait West was homeschooled and could only wear clothes her father deemed modest. She was five years old the first time she was told her swimsuit was too revealing, to go change. There would be no college in her future, no career. She was a stay-at-home daughter and would move out only when her father allowed her to become a wife. She was trained to serve men, and her life would never be her own. Until she escaped. In Rift, Cait West tells a harrowing story of chaos and control hidden beneath the facade of a happy family. Weaving together lyrical meditations on the geology of the places her family lived with her story of spiritual and emotional manipulation as a stay-at-home daughter, Cait creates a stirring portrait of one young woman’s growing awareness that she is experiencing abuse. With the ground shifting beneath her feet, Cait mustered the courage to break free from all she’d ever known and choose a future of her own making. Rift is a story of survival. It’s also a story about what happens after you survive. With compassion and clarity, Cait explores the complex legacy of patriarchal religious trauma in her life, including the ways she has also been complicit in systems of oppression. A remarkable literary debut, Rift offers an essential personal perspective on the fraught legacy of purity culture and recent reckonings with abuse in Christian communities.
  7. Only tangentially related to this thread, We are Made of Stories by Leslie Umberger Recasting American art history to embrace artists who have been excluded for too long, We Are Made of Stories vividly captures the power of art to show us the world through the eyes of another.
  8. The highlights (in bold) from your comment above seem to NOT be anything even closely resembling "I" statements. Btw, you seem to have declared (a reason why) you would not answer Charity's questions. Are you now demanding she answer yours?
  9. I thought that was supposed to be Wierwille? His decisions were private interpretation. I'm reasonably convinced of that. He may have started out with good intentions. But the love of money IS the root of all evil, right?
  10. How do we even know that's actually what God intended to "demand" or commend, or even expect? Hebrews 11:6 NIV 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. I don't see that demand in the verse above. James 1: 5-6 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Okay, I see it in the James 1 reference. I wonder, however, about that. Wisdom well... I doubt that people become wise that way.
  11. While I am all about curiosity and continuous learning, sometimes we have to accept uncertainty.
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