"I'm not anything close to a bone expert, but that rock doesn't look like any bone I've seen.
I remember the time people saw an image that they claimed must be a transportation tunnel coming to the surface and back down again.…"
"I'm working up to your clarity of response Joan. Every time they come, I listen to them less, and state my view more pointedly. The last time, I did not listen to more than two sentences from them.
I agree that politeness…"
"Because I've always loved science (except those parts that disagreed with mormonism), it would have made me think if someone had explained some of the ways they knew what happened millions and billions of years ago to life and the earth, and…"
"I still haven't made my own ginger-snap-cookies, but a few days ago I planted a ginger root in a very large container, so if it multiplies, that will be an incentive to make some, as well as trying it in other foods like you guys do."
"Think I need to update my avatar Randy? I appreciate faces in avatars also. I also don't like avatars changing too often.
I've been thinking of putting my 73 year-old face in place of my 4 year-old one. Haven't done…"
"I used to not answer the door, but now I feel like I want to give them something to think about, without wasting too much of my time. After all, I was once in their position, and would have appreciated someone saying something that made me see…"
"Sorry to hear about your massage therapist. My nice doctor kept trying to convert me, but I quit him and finally found one that's probably agnostic or atheist. Yea!
Glad to hear you're doing the same."
"Nick, I understand now wanting to irritate neighbors. I go out of my way to do the same.
However, I wouldn't be afraid to argue with religious solicitors even if I suspected they were sent by neighbors. I would not call them names,…"
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.
I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.
As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.
I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).
That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.
That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.
That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.
My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.
I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.
I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.
Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.
I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.
Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!
I have the lowest package available (DISH) with no ESPN, etc. Suits me fine. In fact, I'm considering dumping all TV programming. I only have it on to keep me company. That and Big Bang Theory--my fave!