My entire family, including fairly extended out, knows I am not religious, and most know I am atheist or at least Humanist, so I don’t really get asked often. My mom used to occasionally ask me in her attempt to get me to be more religious but she was also prepared for me to say no.
If I was asked at someone’s house, perhaps a friends parents, I would probably politely decline. Although after writing that sentence I realized that it would be better to have a Humanist grace on hand. Maybe something like this: Continue reading →
How many times have you heard a religious person tell a story that goes something like the story below (I actually heard this from someone):
”I was driving too fast down a winding road when suddenly I started skidding, heading towards a steep embankment. Then, out of no where, I felt a sharp bump on my car and it stopped a few feet from the edge of the cliff.”
I don’t know about you, but I have heard some rendition of this story at least 20 twenty times from different people. There isn’t always a cliff, sometimes it’s another car, a light pole, a train, etc. All have the commonality of something happening they interpreted as being divine intervention. Continue reading →
Below is a small preview of chapter 3 from my upcoming e-book. I think I will likely sell the first book for just 1 dollar in hopes more people buy it and hopefully enjoy it enough to buy the subsequent books.
As always, polite constructive criticism is appreciated as equally as compliments.
A common argument I hear made by Christians is that the Old Testament (OT) no longer applies, that Jesus Christ (JC) “fulfilled” them. This is usually based off:
Matthew 5:17—Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Since “fulfill” seems to be the word Christians focus on, let’s clarify the definition of the word:
Clearly, Christians use the 1st definition “bring to completion”, but I’m going to use a trick Christians often use & say they are not using the correct context to figure out the intended definition of “fulfill”.
Context is the idea of using surrounding words & phrases to ascertain the intended meaning of a word that has multiple definitions. If you have the right meaning of the word, the definition should almost be able to replace the word & still make sense.
Some of my readers will know that I was recently diagnosed as having High-Functioning Autism, likely what used to be called Asperger’s Syndrome. It is also highly likely I have ADD as one of the most prevalent symptoms I display is “Hyperfocus”, which is very common in ADD/ADHD cases. Here I am going to try and give anyone that has never experienced Hyperfocus some idea of what it is and how it affects my life.
I don’t know if that’s the proper clinical term for it, but it seems to be the most apropos. Even though it is somewhat self-explanatory, I know from experience that many people have no clue what it actually means. It’s not just “getting lost in something” or “getting into the zone”. It is total & complete absorption in something to the point the rest of the world ceases to exist to your mind and all sense of time is lost. I have honestly thought I spent maybe 5-10 minutes on something only to be told it had been several hours. People can talk to me and I might even respond, but I often have no recollection of having done so or of what either of us said.
The plus side of Hyperfocus is that when I’m interested in something I can learn it very quickly if given the time to focus on it. This was been a benefit to me in my professional life as I gained a reputation for being able to take on new roles and thrive quickly.