eight bits on Jul 6 2008, 05:13 AM, said:
No. Although the Ghosts, etc. subforum has a lower proportion of posts from unbelievers than other subforums (in my casual observation), the site is named and devoted to Unexplained Mysteries. An interest in the phenomena and in sharing the work to remove them from "unexplained" status is enough to be a member here. Curiosity suffices.
There is a peculiar social dynamic on this subforum, since devils and demons are religious figures, and possession is a religious occasion. To depict someone else's religion as superstition or to report that you performed a sacrilege by another's lights will be read as rude.
You might consider whether the Sprituality vs Skepticism board would be a more congenial place for future posts of this theme. That said, you did nothing wrong in posting here, IMO.
You will die some day, and before then, something terrible will happen to you. In the meantime, you seem well on your way to living on your feet rather than on your knees.
In closing, however, you might want to reflect on your motives, not so much in flipping off the devil, but in rubbing other people's noses in your having done so. When you do that, you give those people power over you, even as you fantasize that you have the upper hand because you have caused them to scurry and cluck in distress.
You are free of their devil when you can flip him off and not tell those with faith in him all about it.
Incredible! I'll copy this bad boy with your permission and save it for future review. Nicely written. Thanks for this brilliant post. ~Jackal
You know, this is not only a well written response, but it also touches on, and addresses the underlaying current of the OP. My sentiments are reflected exactly, and I couldn't have written this better myself if I took hours to compose it. Really...nicely said eight bits.
Edited by JackalnChainz, 06 July 2008 - 11:15 AM.