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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:29 pm

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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:34 pm

I read the Old Testament of the Bible when I was going to a Pentacostal Bible school to study scripture. I wanted to be a youth minister ever since I was a teenage Christian. Reading through the Old Testament through to the beginnings of the New Testament made me reevaluate my life. I ended up leaving the faith, went through some turmoil for a period of time, and I am now happy to say that I went to Bible College even if it costs me eternal damnation or whatever.



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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:39 pm

Reading the Book of Revelation (last book in the Bible) in high school turned me into an agnostic. I realized this trippy, highly political screed reads like a bad drug trip. It was written be a guy going mad on an island from loneliness or perhaps some found mushrooms, but it's given the same weight as the rest of scripture (even more weight by some).

Yeah, my church (Lutheran) had always believed in the symbolic interpretation of scripture, but even that was too much after Revelation.



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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:41 pm

"Godless" by Dan Barker. I had been trying to figure out where I stood spiritually for a year. Something about christianity just was settling wrong with me after being so devoted my whole life. After I read this book, I felt a huge wave of relief. He proved, in my opinion, that the god christians believe in, can't be real.


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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:44 pm

Bonus: A book that didn't make me rethink my life but might have actually, literally changed my life - The Great Gatsby. I was a substitute teacher my last semester of graduate school. One day I was subbing for AP English IV and the sub notes said "They are graduating in 3 days. Leave them alone." So, I picked up a copy of The Great Gatsby off the desk and read all but the last 50 pages. It was so beautifully written that I wanted to cry. I stopped at a book store on the way home and bought a copy so that I could finish it that night. When I finished it, I messaged this girl I was talking to that I had just finished what might be the best book I'd ever read and told her what it was. She says, " Oh, I love that book! You know what my favorite quote is?" We both typed almost simultaneously:

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.

That was May 2007. This June, we'll celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Was it because of that quote? Surely not, but she's told me that it definitely made her want to go out at the time.


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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:47 pm

he God Delusion.

Not that I was ever really religious, but I always had a "but we can't really know, you know? Anything's possible!" I was really quite wishy washy.

After reading it I realised, you know what? I don't live my life assuming really, really, REALLY unlikely things could happen. I could place a mug on the table, and it could fly up into the air.... and that's about how likely it is that God exists and the Bible is real.

And if we talk about generic supernatural forces ... I mean, once explained, they're no longer SUPER natural, are they? Supernatural is just a word for "it's not explained."

So I changed my view: If it's not explained, we should strive to explain it, and until that time it's a firm "we don't know." Applying this to every aspect of life has been, well, life-changing.


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Postby stcordova » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:50 pm

4 hour work week helped me launch 2 businesses, pay off my debt, and allowed me to travel the world for 15 months on my honeymoon.


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