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  1. One time I was up over 48 hours. I went to sleep then not long after I was aware of being in a very dark place with this point of light in the distance. Out of wonderment at what this light was I asked it "Is that you God" even though I did not believe in Gods, but it made sense at the time. The light twinkled to my query at which point I woke up. While awake I felt this overwhelming sense of joy, and I wanted to go outside. While outside everything had a shimmering sheen like aura to it. Most of all everything good, or bad in the world made sense as if I was privy to knowledge. Then I began to realise I was only drugged in some way in that it was just a mechanism in my mind. I realised the light was just a sunbeam coming through the window hitting my eyelids which my dreamstate misinterpreted. I since studied neurology, and what I went through was a surge of Dopamine from my altered state of sleep deprivation. I then found out through studying ancient history that neurochemistry is responsible for many reports of NDE, and even the Holy Ghost.
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  2. Btw: The Ex-Atheist said he was a "True Atheist", and that's how you know his experience has extra credence. Edit: Silly me had to add "Ex-".
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  3. What is Buddhist teaching about death?
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  4. Interesting, not sure I would want to try it. I wish he was working with someone to guide him. Not sure this is an NDE experience. The studies have pretty much showed that no one explanation can explain the NDE. It seems to be universal, and be around forever. Peace Mark
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  5. You need not apologize. I forgot about this car crash.The mods actually edited it so you would not sht your pants.
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  6. “Towards the end of the Second World War, when I was sixteen years old, I was taken out of school and forced into the army. After a brief period of training at a base in Wüzburg, I arrived at the front, which by that time had already crossed the Rhine into Germany. There were well over a hundred in my company, all of whom were very young. One evening the company commander sent me with a message to battalion headquarters. I wandered all night long through destroyed, burning villages and farms, and when in the morning I returned to my company I found only the dead, nothing but dead, overrun by a combined bomber and tank assault. I could see only dead and empty faces, where the day before I had shared childhood fears and youthful laughter. I remember nothing but a wordless cry. Thus I see myself to this very day, and behind this memory all my childhood dreams crumble away.” ― Johann Baptist Metz, A Passion for God: The Mystical-Political Dimension of Christianity
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  7. Not sure you will have too many takers with that sign LOL. lHe needs to floss, take a bath, and get some colored contacts.
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  9. I personally am getting really tired of being forced to spend my money on other people just because the Corporations tell us we have to. Mandatory Holidays! You MUST buy a Turkey and eat it with your family. You MUST by presents and give them to each other. You MUST put lights on your house and pay $150 for a dead tree. Then you must buy champagne and stay up till midnight a week later. And then you absolutely MUST buy roses and chocolates and a card for your wife or girlfriend...and then you MUST buy chocolate bunnies and crap for your kids. And then it's Memorial day, and then it's the 4th of July and then it's Labor day and then it's Halloween and then it all starts all over again...there is never an end to the freaking holidays. What we need is a Holiday where all we do for 6 months is not celebrate Holidays. A holiday from holidays. It's just too much!
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  10. It’s a rabbit pope wiping with a clown bear.
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  11. I have a relative by marriage in my grandmother's family whose aunt was the daughter of a half navajo half payute girl who a morman man married when she was 13. The mormon man was her maternal grandfather. They made that story into a play for the outdoor ampitheater in Farmington, NM and I took my daughters to see it, not knowing what it was about. Also at the time I didn't know my mother's cousins were related to the main character in the play. It was so lopsided a story that it annoyed me so on the way home I talked to my kids about that story and what I thought of it. Then a woman who bought the hotel my grandmother used to own told me she did not like that play because it was too much mormonism. The part she objected to was the baptist family who abused the native girl before her navajo grandmother came to get her. As if that was not accurate or something.
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  12. As one who grew up being taught this nonsense I applaud the satire of the white jewish natives and their struggles against the tyrannical brown jewish natives. I imagine Laman and Lemual, the original gangsta natives who got cursed by god with their browness would spill their mana juice from the cup to the ground for their fallen comrades.
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  13. Bendy, interesting blog. Add to: Mindfulness is (not to be mislead with the idea that mindfulness is easy)) the acceptance of what is and navigating from there. Using your example of cleaning a mirror (an offer of two cents) this is the practice of being present in the moment with whatever arises it would be labeled mindful meditation. One isn’t trying to control anything, but to allow things to arise, then pass for example, if one is disgusted emotionally and mentally with the task at hand one would allow the feelings and thoughts to arise and then let them pass, there are many anchors to accomplish this, one isn’t seeking to change anything, but to accept and let go. The point is to cultivate compassion the more one does this with themselves it will begin to reflect in their own lives and behaviors.
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  14. At least the talking mongoose left them alone.
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  15. https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/wp-content/uploads/sites/360/2017/01/STE22NDEs-in-India.pdf I am not discounting this mans experience but here’s an above link to people having NDE in India and seeing Hindi gods. So as an atheist if I’m expected to believe in bible Jesus as real than bible Jesus believers is it to much to ask you to believe in Hindi gods?
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  16. Atheist shocked by NDE. They always are. In fact, solid believers report serious shock and amazement. It's an experience beyond words, destined to be paradigm shifting for a creature with such limited perceptual modeling apparatus of waking consciousness.
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  17. There was the case of a woman named Pam Reynolds who was having brain surgery to prevent an aneurism. She claimed to identify an instrument the doctor had while under anesthesia that looked like an electric toothbrush. Her doctor showed the instrument and he called it a Miter drill that's used for drilling in the skull. It did look similar to an electric toothbrush. She claimed to be out of her body when she saw it. Pam Reynolds case - Wikipedia
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  19. I met a few prisoners who were first timers and honestly regretted their actions. Most times faith wasn't involved in their regrets but most convicts who find faith lose it upon release and faith based rehabilitation has shown high recidivism rates. As a Quaker, I'm with John Calvin on human nature and genetics has shown his opinion was close to true. Your wired from birth to be a good or bad person and I gave up counseling cons. I do respect you for your efforts though.
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  20. Why is this not a story about a man in adultery? That is the old roman twist on religion isn't it? Men can do what they want, but women are judged for all manner of things that are often not even in their control.
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  21. From anecdotal evidence, I believe that pets survive for a time after physical death, depending on how much love (energy) they are given beforehand. It's very different for humans. "God" is the place we leave when we are born, and where we return to when we die. Some of us are reincarnated, but others don't need to be.
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  24. We can't enter into the inner sanctuary of others. Nor do we know the direction that they are going in. The world is full of examples of the conversion of those that from the outside were not of the 'elect'. The Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees, knew who the elect were, and it would seem that they were mistaken. We are told not to judge on that level. of the soul. Your points are well taken as usual, yet we need to pray for all of mankind. There is a prayer we say between decades, it goes like this. Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy. That is enough for me, I leave it up God, and try to reach others the best way I can. peace mark
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  25. To sin means to miss the mark. Is there any surprise that we are in the shape we are in? In any case, I believe that one needs to judge any group, religion, etc, on the best, not the worst. What mars a masterpiece, stands out over the beauty in the background. Yes we are in dire straits. The book of revelation, as hard as it is to understand, seems to point that out pretty clearly. Yet, we live in hope, and continue on our way. Peace Mark
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  26. Nessie was invented in the 1800s. Champ was originally the Horned Serpent but people start lumping monster descriptions because all hoaxers are too lazy to do their homework.
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  27. If a clown farts in a forest and nobody hears is it a girl clown? Wait, was it supposed to be a bear, not a clown? Or was it supposed to be a pope? Or does the pope wipe his ass with a rabbit? It's hard to tell jokes when you're drink, fekkit.
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  28. Although I attend specific committee meetings when I need to know or say something, I haven't been to a Quaker meeting for worship in 15 years.
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  29. Kiimochnii, Lenape shape-shifting witches, both male and female who sometimes turn into owls or cats and use evil spirits in the form of wrinkled grey mewing children with empty eye sockets or oversize owls.
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  30. @Piney's_Little_Ninja paternal grandfather was from the Mormon Jones family ( yes, the same family as the dummy who was purposely buried alive) Every single Goddamn one of them has blond hair and blue eyes. They must be sin free.
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  31. Pardon me while I die laughing at the cringe value of this racism.
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  32. Let my tormentors be wrapped in a cloak of wasps Ahhh I feel so much better
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  34. Hi, welcome to UM News articles are always best posted on the forums, not in blogs. We already have this news, it's here:
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  35. Interesting my friend, that was a good read.
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  36. Actually, when the heart stops, all brain functions ceases within 15 seconds. Yet, full blown NDE's happen when it should be impossible. Yet, if there is an afterlife or not, not sure NDE's will ever prove it, but give people reason to believe. Those who have the NDE "Know" that there is an afterlife. The rest, have faith, or simply hope. Peace Mark
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  37. Atheist who have an NDE tend to stop being atheist. The experience impossible to them according to their belief system, happened, hence their change of mind. Peaced Mark
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  38. I doubt the Catholic Church will authenticate the Shroud as genuine with this experimental "WAXS" technique without other independent tests. Then again even if it was proven to be 2,000 years old it could have been just linen from the time that has nothing to do with a Jesus. The technique presupposes a parameter of enviromental conditions for 2,000 years. "The experimental results are compatible with the hypothesis that the TS is a 2000-year-old relic, as supposed by Christian tradition, under the condition that it was kept at suitable levels of average secular temperature—20.0–22.5 °C—and correlated relative humidity—75–55%—for 13 centuries of unknown history, in addition to the seven centuries of known history in Europe. To make the present result compatible with that of the 1988 radiocarbon test, the TS should have been conserved during its hypothetical seven centuries of life at a secular room temperature very close to the maximum values registered on the earth." https://www.mdpi.com/2571-9408/5/2/47 This is from the same guy to claim that partial scrotum is visible from the figure's conviently modest pose (then again it's what Jesus would do). It's just a medieval forgery to those that do not see faith as a pathway to truth.
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  39. FYI, you are not alone in this line of thought or reasoning. I have been thinking (or hoping) the very same things ever since hearing Putin's threats of going nuclear. Thanks for taking the time to express the possibility. Sojo
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  40. Thank you for sharing so deeply. Yes, you need to do what you have to do in order to simply get on with your life. Your brother seems more than just an addict, I will pray for you and your brother. It is always painful. In all things "trust God". peace Mark
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  41. Thanks for sharing, as I have a younger brother with much the same problems as yours did, except my brother has not the good qualities as yours. Mine does not face the truth, nor is willing to accept the faults and bad situations he's gotten into, as being of his own doing. He does not learn by his mistakes, which he makes over and over, and he does not want to be reminded either, as he goes belligerent if I, or my friend, try to remind him. He makes promises when he wants something really bad, but breaks them when he has gotten them, over and over too. He's too lazy to work, and wants to be supported, but always bites the hand that feeds him. He never respected our parents, who were always very generous to him, and helped him financially a great deal too, besides giving him love. Unfortunately the Good Lord has not called him home, as the longer he stays in this world, he only accumulates bad points, which will landed his soul in hell for a longer period, and in a deeper circle. I had it with him, and won't be helping him any longer, since he repaid me by physically assaulting me, just because I refused a request he made, which was for his own good. I lost a tooth implant, got 2 front teeth chipped, a black eye, a busted nose, the side of my head full of bumps, as he hit me while I was driving, safety belt on, and at the time had a bad useless left shoulder, and wearing glasses. If the glasses were not flexible, thin titanium framed, he could have blinded me too. I could not believe the look he had, as I could see that he really wanted to cause serious injury, if not kill me right out. He has never dared to touch me, since he knows I could always take him easily, but he chose the timing of his ambush well. This attack was the last straw that broke the camel's back. I'm leaving him to fend for himself, after years and years of caring for him, and to let him live in the bed he has made. God knows what is best for my brother, and I have faith in God. It's one of those cases that is more than 7 times 77. My condolences for your dear loss. But we both know that it's only temporary.
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  42. very close my friend. Thanks for looking for me, it is beautiful. peace mark
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