Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why I am an Atheist

To begin, I was born going to church, my involvement in the religious aspect lasting from 1982 to about early 2013. The journey I started on in becoming an atheist began when I was involved with the Jehovah’s Witnesses and was watching Youtube videos based on people having initially been involved with JW’s and weren’t anymore. Watching these videos made me wonder how the common reference to the JW’s as being a cult was true. At the time, I could not really see it. With fear as a common tactic described as the consensus of being part of a cult, ALL of Christianity along with Islam would be a cult. Pretty sure that most religions would fit into this category as well.

Having associated with the JW’s for approximately seven years, I started becoming disillusioned with the whole thing, especially after I started listening to atheist podcasts such as Dogma Debate, The Thinking Atheist, and The Atheist Experience. After having changed my religious affiliation on Facebook from Christian to Atheist, I started studying with some Mormons, just to see what it was that they had to offer. This was due to a curiosity that I have had since at least high school. Eye opening was the information that they provided along with info that I had found on the internet, particularly the sites that held information pointing to the contradictions of Mormonism.

After a couple times of studying with the Mormon missionaries, I was baptized. Funny thing was, I believed none of what they believed. The whole thing was just a bit silly to me, especially when they were saying the things that I knew was absolute rubbish. Their learning material was, to me, something that seemed to be made for a child-like mindset.

As for the JW’s, it soon came to my attention, apart from their continuous attempts at false prophecy as much of Christianity does, was that the date 1914 was false. 1914 is based off of the destruction of Jerusalem that happened in 597. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, the date is 607 B.C.E. as according to most of Christianity. Evidence proves 597 was the true date as proven by science.

Concerning general Christianity, the conflict of “inspiration” concerning verses of the bible has been a constant eye opening experience. Since the bible says that “god” is not the author of confusion, this conflict shouldn’t even exist. This has been a single brick in the whole foundation that brought me to being an atheist.

Then there’s the whole concept of The Great Flood. First, the flood waters. Too much salt water would kill fresh water fish. Too much fresh water would kill salt water life. Second, the vegetation. As long as the flood had lasted, the vegetation would have been killed. As a Christian friend mentioned, six months is the least amount of time for vegetation to grow back. Who can wait six months to eat again? How about the herbivores? Third, animal life on the boat itself.

At 8.7 million animals having been cataloged, 6.5 million are land animals. Following what is given towards the end of Genesis chapter 6 and use the two by two, then there’d be 13 million animals on the boat. Who has the time to gather 13 million animals from all over the world along with the food required for them to eat in 7 days according to Genesis 7?

When I had seen the video by The Thinking Atheist on the Flood story, these were some of the points brought up and truly made me think. Along with this that the carnivores would also have needed something eat so the possibility of no more herbivores would also have been good.

Lastly, with the constant expansion of the universe, there is continually less and less where “god” can hide. If biblical creation had been true, the universe would be largely smaller then what it is now. Rocks would also be younger than they are now.

As an atheist having grown up in the church and Christianity in general, I have come to my freedom through the benefit of the internet. The internet has benefited me with great freedom from providing the information necessary to break free from religion. For this I am grateful and will use it as a continual source for my growth as an individual and to help those around me.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

9 January 2013 ~ 1 Kings 8: 43

Thursday, January 9

You must do according to all that for which the foreigner calls to you.—1 Ki. 8:43.

A foreigner is basically someone who is in a land that is not his own or is a person who comes into a community or group from outside of it. This well describes Jehovah’s Witnesses. They owe their primary allegiance to a heavenly government, God’s Kingdom under Christ. Thus, they maintain strict neutrality in political matters, even if some people view them as strangely out of place in today’s society. Foreigners are often recognized by characteristics common to their minority group. It may be the language they speak, their customs, their physical characteristics, even their style or manner of dress. Still, the things they have in common with all other humans, regardless of nationality, are more significant than any of those characteristics. In fact, Jehovah originally purposed that all humans be united as one family under onerulership—his rulership. w12 12/15 4:11-13

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How old is Grandma?


  Wow have things changed!,i:171How old is Grandma?

cid:20130212081124.27CB5FAF@m0005309.ppops.netStay with this -- the answer is at the end... It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother
About current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought
About the shootings at schools, the computer age, and
Just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute,
I was born before:
' television
' penicillin
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill

There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens

Man had not yet invented:
' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' man hadn't yet walked on the moon
Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir."

And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man
With a title, "Sir."

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and
Wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was
A bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with
Your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the
Evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the
Evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.
cid:20130212081124.27CB5FAD@m0005309.ppops.netWe never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &10-cent (5 and dime) stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could
Afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' "chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and.
' "software" wasn't even a word.
We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. We volunteered to protect our precious country. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready????? This woman would be only 61 years old.
She would have been born in late 1952.


Caution Keep your car doors locked

          'Sliders' snatching valuables from cars!

Here's a precautionary video...  Pass it along...a new way to steal.

'Sliders' snatching valuables from cars!

Something to think about....we have probably all set ourselves up for this

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Monday, January 6, 2014

6 January 2013 ~ Matthew 25: 16

Monday, January 6
[He] went his way and did business with them and gained five more. ~ Matt. 25:16.

Although the anointed had for decades looked to 1914 as a marked year, they did not clearly understand what would happen. One brother later recalled, “A few of us seriously thought we were going to heaven during the first week of that October [1914].” Just think how discouraging it could have been to expect the end and for it not to occur! Moreover, the brothers faced opposition related to World War I. A period of relative inactivity, like sleep, set in. But in 1919, there was a call to wake up! Jesus had come to God’s spiritual temple, and a time for inspection arrived. Some, however, failed that inspection and consequently lost their privilege to continue in the King’s “business.” The majority of anointed ones, though, showed unshakable loyalty and a strong desire to serve their Master even during the difficult war years. w12 9/15 4:11, 12

A Faithful Sister in Fla. : Her experience in service (the angels direct our work)

Just to give a little background knowledge of what happened today, let me begin by saying...

when I first started pioneering in my teens, I started a study with 4 young girls whose mother worked long hours and was never home. They studied with me for years, and even attended meetings sometimes. A strong bond between me and them was formed, though they never got baptized. Recently, this elder came up to me at a funeral and told me a young woman called lili was looking for me. He found her in the territory and could not remember the exact address, but kind of gave me an idea of the area he thought she lived in. I made it my aim to find her...working 2 to 4 houses every week in that block, asking all the neighbors if they knew where she lived. A couple of weeks ago, I finished working the whole block and did not find her. I kept trying to find her in google, I found her on facebook and sent her many messages (which she didn't receive because she has strangers blocked)I found out somehow she was working as a teacher in a Miramar school. So I decided, next I would start going to all the schools in Miramar and attempt finding her that way.

Today, I was working house to house with a couple of sisters and we were not having much success finding anyone. We decided to take a coffee break and go to starbucks. As we were walking towards the coffee shop, one of the sisters...walked into a street sign and cut her eyebrow above the eye, there was blood everywhere...we rushed her to an emergency walk in clinic near by. The other sister dropped us off and went back to the hall to get her purse from her car with all her identification. After filling out all the paper work and handing it to the attending nurse, I offered her a tract briefly and which she was happy to accept. As I sat in the waiting room with the injured sister, I noticed a young woman sitting beside her and offered her a tract to read while she was waiting...she thanked me and started reading it. After a while, her and I both got up at the same time and went by the coffee machine where I started a conversation with her and asked her how she enjoyed reading the tract, she said she enjoyed it...and I offered to give her some magazines to pick from when we got back to our seats...she said she would like them. Back in our seats, she picked 3 magazines from the ones I had and I switched my seat and sat next to her...since the hurt sister was sitting between us. I started a conversation with her and found out a lot. Her name is Sabrina. She was separated and going through divorce, after an 11 year marriage and had 3 kids. She just moved into town with her grandmother. At one time in the past, she had been studying with us and even attended meetings but then stopped. An arrangement was made to start a bible study with her again and is also coming to the meeting with us on Sunday.

Meanwhile, A girl on the other side of the room...( a very large room) seemed to be watching me...caught my eye and smiled at me. I was still busy with I didn't do anything yet. As soon as the girl beside me got called in for treatment, I got up and decided to go talk to the girl who smiled at me. Wondered if she herself was a witness or studied at one time. As I walked towards the other side of the room I passed an elderly couple and offered them a tract, and they very sweetly thanked me for it. Then , I approached the friendly girl ...she looked at me and said, : "you don't recognize me you?" Long and behold...IT WAS LILI!!! The one I had been searching for all over. She was there because she had a bad cold. She hugged and kissed me and came over to sit by me and the sisters and much excitement occurred. Five minutes had not passed...and a man comes in with his injured son. She looks at him from far away and says to me .."I know him too...and you do too...he was a neighbor boy whom used to sometimes join our studies when you used to study with us yrs ago..." (this is...over 30 yrs ago) he looked at us and came over and hugged and kissed us...recognized me first he said, the truth must have made an impact on him. He sat with us and information was exchanged, arrangements were made to start a study with him and his wife. Lili then told me what day I could come to her home to start the study, even before I asked her. By this time Sabrina came back out from her treatment and came over and sat with us and met Lili etc... then Lili was called in for treatment and asked me not to leave until she came back out, so I kept conversing with the man, Jose,...and with his son also. I read him several scriptures and was in deep conversation with him. He also gave me information of how to reach his sister and her husband whom I also used to study with and he knew she would want to see me. Then he was called in and we made arrangements to see each other soon again for the study with his wife. As soon as he left, I looked across from me and there was a woman sitting directly in front of me, whom I didn't realize was even there. She looked at me and gave me a great smile and said to me.."you do wonderful work". I said.."thank you, its a work that stems from love" She agreed and I got up and went to sit beside her. She told me she had been listening to our conversation. Her name is Maria. The other sister and I talked to her for quite a while, read her many scriptures and arrangements were made to start a study. Lili finally came out, and came over and gave me the information on how to contact her other sisters...that I studied with in the past so that I could re start their studies. She walked us out to the car and I told her finding her had made my day, she yelled from far away to me as I walked towards our car..."I love you too!"

Conclusion: While we were there, 9 people were witnessed to. Arrangements were made to start 7 bible studies. Fulfilling day in service??? Informal witnessing is the greatest.

S. L.



When it says you only have 8 seconds to answer the question, they aren't kidding!

Re-taking the test mixes up the questions so you can't gain anything there.

This is VERY FAST, so be prepared. 

You only have 8 seconds for each question.

Click on the Smartorstoopid below and have fun:

Sunday, January 5, 2014


As I have been looking around for a place to live around San Diego, I have to the realization that I would have to roommate with someone when I first get there seeing as how my current pay would be insufficient for the rent that is even just a minimum around the area that I am looking at moving to. Still looking at moving down there in the time frame decided. Would have to apply for unemployment once I get there if I am unable to find a job within 3 months upon arrival.

On a separate note, during my look into my family history, I have found that I have a Cherokee ancestor. When I am able to get down to who, I would then be able to find my tribal number. That’s what I have been told. The process will reveal how far I will be able to take it. It has been starting to look like it is about four or five generations back. If able to retrieve and qualify for a tribal number, than I will be able to focus more sufficiently I suppose.

Granted, during the time I have remaining here in Vincennes, IN I will be able to continue to search. Just hoping that I will be able to find out more info before I go to where the river takes me.

Have been thinking about going about getting me camping gear in that I may be able to make more of a journey down. Dunham’s Sports is the closest to an REI here but I have not been inside as of yet. Want to in order to see what it is that I am able to purchase from there. Though I am really not sure what kind of outdoor supply chain may exist down in the San Diego area.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Quote of The Day by Dianne Feinstein

Male or Female: This has got to grab hold of 'your dignity' one way or another and realize it is being shaken by a Devil.

Quote of the day by Dianne Feinstein..........

Dianne Feinstein: "All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms."

Yep, - she really said it on Thursday in a meeting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee...

and the quote below from the LA Times is priceless. Sometimes even the L.A. Times gets it right.
Kurt Nimmo: "Senator Feinstein insults all U.S. Veterans as she flays about in a vain attempt to save her anti-firearms bill."
Quote of the Day from the Los Angeles Times:

"Frankly, I don't know what it is about California , but we seem to have a strange urge to elect

really obnoxious women to high office.
I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine , even comes close.

When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington , we're Number One.

There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein,

Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi,

they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'.
The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab.

You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words."
Columnist Burt Prelutsky,
Los  Angeles Times

Be sure to forward this to all of the “mentally ill” vets you know.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

1 January 2014 ~ Galatians 5: 19

Wednesday, January 1
The works of the flesh are manifest. — Gal. 5:19

Note how “the works of the flesh” breed disunity. (Gal. 5:19-21) Fornicationseparates the one practicing it from Jehovah and the congregation, and adultery can cruelly separate children from parents and innocent partners from marriage mates. Uncleanness affects a person’s unity with God and with those who love him. One who has attempted to glue two things together knows that both surfaces must be clean before a proper bond can be forged. Engaging inbrazen conduct demonstrates total disregard for God’s righteous laws. Each of the other works of the flesh separates people from one another and from God. Such conduct is completely out of harmony with the personality of Jehovah. Thus, each of us needs to ask himself: ‘Just how earnest am I in trying “to observe the oneness of the spirit in the uniting bond of peace”? (Eph. 4:3) Do I air my grievances before a wide audience, hoping to get support from several friends?’ w12 7/15 4:8, 9

Monday, December 30, 2013

San Diego

Having come to the conclusion that San Diego will be my goal for living in the future, I realize that I have given myself time to prepare for such a trip, or journey, depending on the outlook. Moving forward, planning what needs to take place will be easy but somewhat challenging, though starting will be the hardest. A foundation must be laid of course in order to have something to build upon. What will be my cornerstone?

Though California has a lot to offer as a state, San Diego as a city and a county has it’s own stuff to offer within itself. Being a city alone with various cultures, ideas, and many “types” among many other things, that’s what it gives as a city among an ocean of gems.

I am thinking of starting at mission beach, though downtown San Diego would have a better option of resource. A beach doesn’t really seem like a good spot to really start a life, but with the intention of starting things off right, a sight of a beginning where I was first introduced to San Diego years before I went to boot camp for the Marine Corps.

Which brings to the second destination, the airport. The one thing that I could see from the window of the barracks that my platoon shared with many others. Many times, looking out the window, I would think how easy it would be to just go down the stairs, jump the fence, and just sneak on somehow on an aircraft heading anywhere. Getting onto the aircraft wasn’t important, being it through the wheel well or somehow something similar. But, in one way, I was looking at my future because the MOS I had chosen was Aviation Electronics. The style of aircraft wasn’t on any fixed wing but on a helicopter by Sikorsky called an CH-53D, a helicopter that has been decommissioned for a while now.

Planning with a good foundation would be good but without a cornerstone, it would be pointless. So in starting with this, I am sure it will be a good year till I make it to my destination.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Three Places

The three places that have been on my mind lately have been Miami, Phoenix, and San Diego. Though in my mind I enjoy winter and what comes with it, the physical attraction to a warm place has started to become something unavoidable. At some point in the future, I would like to move to one of the formerly mentioned places.

What the attraction is, that I have been to two ( San Diego and Phoenix) but have always wanted to go to one (Miami) to experience what it had to offer like the other two. In San Diego, the attraction that draws me is Mission Beach, though that may be because it is the few things that stays constant of what I remember about San Diego. As for Phoenix, just the thought of exploring more of what it is apart from the airport and hotels, getting to know what it is on a deeper level. Miami holds the most to what explorative nature there is to see. As never having been there but hearing about it has made it a bit bigger than what it may actually be.

Though I know that all things, places, and people hold a good and bad side, the calling to see what it is to develop my own opinion gets greater and greater. It may be at least a year before I am even able to consider such a move, the challenge has been set in my mind. Calling from the shadows, whispers to me in my dreams. Futures aren’t set in stone and shift like the sand.

The trip to any three would be great to take video of, with the bus rides and the waiting in bus terminals. Greyhound has become my best option at this point. Only question to be asked, what should I do once I get down there? A job at any three would be the first choice. After that, what ever offers itself to be explored.

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