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Faith Healing Stamp.
You wanna hear some curious facts:

Herbert and Catherine Schaible killed their 2-year-old son Kent in 2009 when he had bacterial pneumonia and they choose to pray instead of going to the doctor. Then after their three years probation. In april of 2014 their 7-month-old son Brandon dies of pneumonia and they choose to pray also instead of going to the doctor.
www.rawstory.com/2014/02/faith…

A Pentecostal group known as the Followers of Christ are responsible of the deaths of least 12 children from “faith healing” since 2011 alone. According to state law, parents can substitute prayer as a form of treatment. The religious exemption covers manslaughter, capital murder and negligent homicide charges, but cannot be cited if a parent uses any other form of treatment on top of praying for the child.
www.rawstory.com/2014/11/idaho…
And then Dan Sevy he first Followers of Christ member to address the sect’s faith healing beliefs in a public forum said: "We believe that pharmaceuticals and medicine is a product from Satan,” Sevy said. “Proof can be found in one of the lost books of Enoch."
www.rawstory.com/2016/08/idaho…


A couple in Calgary, Canada are facing charges after their 14-month old son died from a treatable infection in November, 2013. Parents Jeromie Clark, 31, and Jennifer Clark, 34, are Seventh Day Adventists who practiced a strict vegan diet and shunned traditional medical interventions in favor of prayer.
www.rawstory.com/2014/12/toddl…

A texas couple fled to Mexico after a failed attempt to raise a starved toddler from the dead, police said. Police went to a Balch Springs home, which also operated as a church, where they were told a “rising ceremony” had been performed four days earlier in an attempt to resurrect him, the network reported.
www.rawstory.com/2015/04/texas…

In September of 2012 16-year-old Austin Sprout lost his life when his parents, Brandi and Russel Bellew, opted for prayer instead of medical treatment. The kid's parents face charges of manslaughter in the second degree.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04…

Mariah is 20 but she’s frail and permanently disabled. She has pulmonary hypertension and when she’s not bedridden, she has to carry an oxygen tank that allows her to breathe. But Mariah’s parents were fundamentalist Mormons who went off the grid in northern Idaho in the 1990s and refused to take their children to doctors, believing that illnesses could be healed through faith and the power of prayer.
www.theguardian.com/us-news/20…



And of course there are those who take advantage of that:

Gordon Klingenschmitt is excited about a recent Fox News poll that claims that 58 percent of Americans want to repeal Obamacare, declaring on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently that people ought to be relying on God for their healthcare.
www.rightwingwatch.org/content…

Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told an elderly viewer who has been tithing since childhood that she wouldn’t have health issues, and therefore medical expenses, if she was tithing (giving money to the church) properly.
www.rightwingwatch.org/content…

An Ohio televangelist said God cured a woman’s baby of brain tumors after she gave him an envelope full of cash.
www.rawstory.com/2015/08/telev…


As America's Christian newsroom, Fox News seems to be on a mission from God (and Roger Ailes) to spread a Christian message that includes divine intercession in the lives of those who pray to angels and "the lord."
www.newshounds.us/20130626_fox…

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What do you mean you don't believe in my God? Don't be ridiculous, that's not possible. You have to believe. You just have to. I mean sure there are a bunch of Gods I don't believe in, but that's different. Because those Gods are fake while mine is the real deal. Just ask everyone I tell you to ask. You know what I bet that you are just angry with my God. Or maybe you just want to sin. Yeah that must be it. Deep deep down, you know my God is real and you are just angry with him. I mean it's so obvious. Because no one can think for a second that my God isn't real. They just can't. It's not possible.
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Dogmatism

Dogmatism is not limited to religious ideas. The Merriam-Webster dictionary define dogmatism as: 

 
Dogmatism 
noun  dog·ma·tism  \ˈdȯg-mə-ˌti-zəm, ˈdäg-\ 
Definition of dogmatism 

1:  positiveness in assertion of opinion especially when unwarranted or arrogant 
2:  a viewpoint or system of ideas based on insufficiently examined premises 


An absolutist notion can easily be regarded as dogmatism if the premise of the idea is irrational. 

Let me show you some examples of this kind of silly dogmatisms: 

*)Christians can't be evil. If any person claims he is killing in the name of God that automatically makes him an atheist. Because Christians can't be evil. 

*)For something to be created there has to be a creator. Refusing to believe in my God is the same as saying that all came from nothing. Because it's either embracing my God or rejecting all that exists. 

*)Atheists are immortals. Because if you don't have religious belief therefore you don't have moral values. If you don't believe in heaven or hell then murder isn't wrong. So the fact that you feel empathy towards other human life means that you believe in heaven and hell. Because it's either being religious and respecting human life or being a murderer. 

*)If you don't want to bomb every middle east country therefore you're facilitating terrorism. We are in a war against terrorism and since many of the world's terrorist come from those places that makes every person living there our enemy. 

*)You either let me discriminate and make all the hates speeches that I want against Jewish people otherwise you're against the freedom of expression. 

*)Humans come from the union of a man and a woman. If you advocate for gay marriage that means that you are against life and traditional marriage. Since Gay can't breed that makes the the opposite of life. Because being gay means you worship death. 

*)It has been proven that black people have lower IQ that white people. Which make them the retarded ones. It's very simple, if theres someone who is smarter than you that means you are a retarded person. Therefor black people are dumber and retarded. 

*)Gay adoption is child abuse. Since Gays feel attracted to people of their same sex therefor they're not qualified to be parents. Because every Gay person secretly is dying to sleep or rape their sons. Because Homosexuals can't control themselves otherwise they would be satisfied being let alone to pork one another in locker rooms. And therefor they wouldn't leave the closet. 

*)If you're not against every Muslims man, woman and children that means that you advocate Sharia law. Since the Quran promotes hate and intolerance and every Muslim follows the Quran Therefor you're supporting Sharia law. Muslims are ordered to kill and rape all infidels by their fucking wannabe prophet! There are no good Muslims! Everybody who read this book of lies and still calls himself a Muslim isn't a human being but instead a potential killer and hater of all people who don't believe in this shit! 

*)If you support the Latinos, that means that you support the fact that those illegal aliens come and take our jobs. That's why is so important that you reject the Latino community. Otherwise your opening your door to let them steal from you. 

*)If you believe in evolution therefor you're not a Christians. Because you either embrace and belief everything that's in the holy book or you don't. You're either a religious person or a science worshiper. 

*)If you don't let me practice my religious beliefs and impose them to other then you're against the freedom of religion. Because my religious beliefs won't allow me to live side by side with someone who doesn't share them. And by telling me that I have to live together with someone like that goes against my freedom of religion, therefor you are oppressing me. 

*)If you feel comfortable and okay when gay person/or persons are around you that means you're gay. Because no one can't feel comfortable around a gay person unless you secretly wish to be raped. 

*)You can't study religion without embracing it. If you study religion yet at the end of the day you don't believe in God that means you didn't studied it well. Because in order to understand my religion you have to be a believer. And if you're not, that means you don't understand my religion at all. 

 
These are among many of the black and white mindset that I've heard during my life (Yeah you heard me, this are all real life comments and statements made by people, depressing isn't it?) 

I'm not saying that every person who develops a black and white mindset is mentally impaired. Or that by having a absolute idea towards something automatically means you have a black and white mindset. There are many people, many many people who play for all or nothing at some point(specially during a competition or a business). And that's okay. Just because you apply an absolute thinking on a certain action that you do during the course of your life is one thing. Because let's be realistic who hasn't done that at some point in our lives. But I'm talking about the people who classify many of this worlds forces to promote absolute thinking yet because they prefer generalizing than judging each situation individually, or judging a situation at all. 

Let's be honest, who doesn't have a set of principles or code that consider it wrong no matter what? Racism for example. Many of us would believe that racism is wrong no matter the circumstances. But that doesn't mean we fall in the category of black and white mindset. And it's very easy know the difference. For example if you see a person committing racism then you understand that these particular individual has some past or experience which made him like that. And that it's not their fault, and given the opportunity that person may be willing to ignore his prejudice towards certain topics or at least with an specific individual. But how many dogmatists are willing to respect homosexuals despite thinking they're flawed? Because in order to embrace an dogma you need to stereotype or generalize people and concepts to unchangeable terms. 

Now let's be realistic, most dogmatism are the product of an absolute thinking. And dealing in absolutes (who else is having a "Revenge of the Sith" flashback ha? :D (Big Grin) ) is most often contradictory and childish. And this isn't just my opinion let me give you a professional opinion. 

 
Ugo Uche is a Licensed Professional Counselor says the following: "The problem with absolute thinking is that it causes pain and suffering in the life of the person who adheres to an all-or-nothing attitude in any facet of his thought process. This is because the person is routinely exposed to contradictions to his beliefs, which creates a sense of threat to his world view." 

 

That's why most dogmatisms are considered intolerant. 

That's why it's very important to judge each situation individually and apply critical thinking.

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Zidneya
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AntiCultForce Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
Since your profile says you are from Mexico, let me ask you. 

What are your thoughts on Santa Muerte? 
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Zidneya Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
That it's a cultural festivity. Personally I've never meet anyone who has either celebrated or believes in it. The only festivity that I've actually seen people celebrate is the day of the dead.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_t…

The santa muerte is supposed to celebrate during those days but I've never even heard of anyone naming it, much less celebrating it.
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MixedSunlight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." - 1 John 4:10

HE paid the ultimate price of friendship so that you could have salvation. He created you, and has called you by name.
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Zidneya Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014

Okay first things first, I’m an atheist and I think that you know that because you don’t even introduce yourself you simply start talking about religion, which I can only assume  is because you found one of my comments I have left somewhere which I found silly doing this but hey if you want to have this conversation fine.

 

First: You’ve met John? Is John your friend, your acquaintance but more important if John ask you to throw yourself from a bridge would you do it? And let’s not forget that the Bible is a collection of books written by different authors in different times, in different places and not even all the authors agreed on everything so by referring to John you must have full knowledge of John, his life, his customs, along with the rest of the other people if you are gonna quote him claiming that he is right.

And I haven’t met John neither nor I want to. If you’re gonna reply me use your own words please.

 

Second let’s say that someone sacrifices for you, would you like that? Because if you do, you have issues , me I don’t want anyone to pay for my mistakes, my actions good or bad are mine and mine alone and I won’t let anyone else take the credit from them because my mistakes are part of my personal growth and my achievements are the fruit of my efforts and I respond for them. So if you expect me to say, Oh hey JC thanks for taking the bullet from me, “You are out of your mind.” Why on earth I would want that. If you’re okay with letting someone else pay for your mistakes you are a bad person independently if you are religious or not.

 

Third: to have salvation? To think that, you actually have to believe that without Jesus everyone is a sinner(every child, every elder, every person) you’re problem isn’t only with me is with all the other 66,68% of the people of this planet (or what you think that everyone believes in Jesus?), why don’t you go and tell them that and let’s see what they tell you.

 

Fourth: God created me? I was created by my parents and I can prove it (that dam DNA no matter how many times I shower I never rips off) can you prove that god created me(An actual physical prove). When it comes to matters where we don’t have any empirical evidence it is absurd to claim argue  that you know something 100% because you end up making a fool of yourself.

 

Fifth: Don’t you think I don’t know what you’re doing? I’m an atheist do you really think that I’m gonna change my way of think and see life just for a two lines comment? Seriously? What were you expected that I would read this and realize that you’re right and I’m wrong? Do you’re ideas are really that fragile?

 

Sixth: Do you know what you’re doing? If you’re faith is so strong why it feel threaten by what I think. And of course you’re gonna deny this but let’s not forget you came to my page for this very fact (otherwise you would be having this conversation with me).  Melissa I’m gonna be honest with you I don’t care about what you or John believe (I don’t care about you’re prayers or thought nor anything) either if you believe in god or aliens or whatever it ain’t gotta do anything with me. What? you expect me that ten or  twenty years from now I’m gonna tell my friend how I changed this girl’s ideology (a girl that I’ve never even met). I’m gonna tell you how this is gonna end, at some point you’re gonna quit this conversation with a certain sense of disappointment because I’m not gonna change my mind and you can’t neither. But unlike you I don’t need you to think like me, nor find any pleasure or superiority satisfaction in you thinking like me.

 

I’m a different person from you and my advise is: “deal with it.”

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MixedSunlight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You want an introduction? Ok. Here we go. My name is Melissa. I was born in Florida. I am a human being who enjoys writing, photography, and listening to music... it is a pleasure to meet you. No, really. It is.

And, secondly, this is not about "my friend John". John did not write the Bible - nor did Isaiah, Luke, Micah or Habbakuk - but the Lord God Himself did, through such people as John and Micah and Isaiah, etc. I owe no allegiance to John, for he was a man, but to God.

As for appreciating people's sacrifices, I may reply with the following: Nobody asked Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. The bottom line is that HE DID. So we could have eternal life if we so chose to accept it. Should we depreciate His sacrifice by rejecting it? Perhaps that is your view, but I also have mine.

Next, we are ALL sinners. Christians are sinners. I am a sinner. That's the sad truth, but it is the truth. I am no better than you or anyone else... the only one who is sinless in this picture is God. And I am not targeting you. Merely speaking to you along with other people. The Lord gives me the words with which to reply to whatever "they" may have to say to me. (I know that sounds crazy, but then again... it's how I feel.)

You have a point. You were created by your parents. I have studied biology enough to know that... but who created your parents? Their parents? Yes, of course. But... how far does that go back? Even with the theory of evolution, there would have had to be some sort of beginning to things. It's like asking the question "What came first: the chicken or the egg?". Unless you believe in a Creator, no logic will stand for how you nor anyone else came to be created. Yes, He did create you, and He loves you as His own child.

Now, I would like to clarify what I was thinking when I commented those "two lines" on your profile. I do not expect to open my mouth, and for people to believe me. I do not expect to change the thoughts in people's heads. Even Jesus was met with adversity and disbelief when He walked this earth as a mortal being... a sinless mortal being. My only hope is that I will be able to share my ideas, as others share theirs; that I would be able to spread the Word to both willing and unwilling hearts, for even the sea may soften a stone.

I don't feel threatened by what you think, and neither should you feel threatened by what I think. This is the way I see it: we are both people, we are both sinners, and we have things in common. We both like anime, and art. We should not feel threatened by each other. I do not feel threatened by the absence of God in your life... you should not feel threatened by His presence in my own. You may not care about me, nor do I ask you to. I do not hate you, nor anyone else who's ideas are different from my own - I have had friends of different cultures, religions, backgrounds, even sexual identities. I am not out to get you, nor do I think myself superior to you.

I care enough about you to stand whatever you may say... not because of any personal attachments - we are strangers - but because of a feeling of fellowship and a passion for the Lord.

But... that's enough about me.

He cares about you more than you know, and He is in the real picture. He is in every pixel of the letters that form the words, the thoughts and the opinions that we are sharing. He was the one who created your mind, which enables you to think, survive, speak, and many other things.
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Zidneya Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014

A simple Hi would be more than enough.


Now I'm gonna be direct, if you believe that God himself wrote the bible trough John and the gang (which I find silly since if that where truth how can he create an entire universe but has to use others to write a book) these all those homophobia(I Corinthians 6:9-10), sexist(Matt 5:32,1 Cor 34 ), slavery(Ephesians 6:5)religious discrimination(John 2:22) intolerance(Numbers 15:32-36 The Sabbath-Breaker Put to Death, that one I don't remember the numbers very well) that are there are also written by God? And NO YOU CAN'T SAY IT DOESN'T IF YOUR'E GONNA CLAIM THAT THE BIBLE COMES FROM GOD, THEN CLAIM THAT, NOT JUST THE GOOD PARTS THAT YOU LIKE I'M TALKING ABOUT THE HOLE BIBLE.



And your speech about sacrifice doesn't refute my initial statement (you know the one where I say "If you’re okay with letting someone else pay for your mistakes you are a bad person independently if you are religious or not.") So yeah no one asked Jesus to do what he did but if someone takes the blame for a crime that you commit and neither you or nobody asked him to take the blame still changes the fact that someone else is paying for your? Be a grown up and  take responsibilities for your own actions I think that your bipolar God(you know since he's kind at a moment and in the next a homophobic, anti-Semite, cruel god) wouldn't hurt you. 



And why would I wish eternal life?

Time for a story

All questions were raised that day at the public meeting were referred to the life beyond death. Master only smiled without giving a single answer. When later. The disciples asked why he had been so elusive, he answered: have you not noticed that those who do not know what to do with this life are precisely those who most want another life that lasts forever? But is there life after death? Insisted a disciple. There is life before death. Master replied.(And this story was written by a Jesuit priest  by the way)


Know we are all sinners? Atheism may not have all the answers but there is one that it sure does have? Adam and Eve existed? Nop(if you want to think differently that's up to you but there are like 213 different types of fossils that prove otherwise).And you know there's also the fact that the catholic church has admitted that Adan and Eve didn't existed. It's typical by the way of the theological mind and even by the sophisticated theological mind that even when it have been prove that actual beliefs such as Adan didn't occur it stills carries on with the symbolism as nothing have happened, it doesn't matter that the fact have been disapproved you rescue them by turning the into symbol, metaphors or parables.


Now the answers that we didn't have where does everything comes from, It's a common misconception that people has that atheist claims everything to science when let's face it our science it's barely out of it's puberty, science ain't tell what it's happening in that supernova thousand of light years away, science can't tell me what is happening in the palm of my hand in a subatomic level, so NO we can't assure you where it comes from but neither do you(that's funny because  theist present any kind of thing assuring it proves them right but demand specific definitive evidence to prove them wrong, One thing is that you don't know where the universe came from and another is saying that you don't know where the universe came from so it has to be from what I believe, because if you don't know how can you claim?) So we atheist say the universe comes from the big bang because the evidence point to that way and for the answer of what came before that , we don't know the evidence isn't there but nobody knows the answer to that the best we can do is to say: well there is everything we know and this are the knowledge we have, but that's honest and that's why I appreciate that answer because that answer has more truth in in that saying: because my god did it. And theist on the other hand not only claim that the are right but try to stand in the way of those who make experiments to actually find out the truth so in my opinion people that take for granted the truth about the origin shouldn't criticize those who actually dedicate time of their lives to find out the answer. Ohh  and just because I don't know where the universe came from doesn't change the fact that I know where I came from "my parents".



Now you say that you claim you didn't (and I quote you)"I do not expect to change the thoughts in people's heads" and then you say "share my ideas, as others share theirs; that I would be able to spread the Word to both willing and unwilling hearts for even the sea may soften a stone." You may want to use all the metaphors you want to hide the fact that you are  contradicting yourself.  You did wanted to cause an effect on me therefore change my ideas, and the fact that you didn't even admit it tells me much about you. Me on the other hand I know I won't change you and I can't understand that you believe whatever you believe, and that you wish t a non physical essence to be present in your life to make you feel protected in in this scary world, but the part that I don't understand and I would like you to explain to me is ¿where did you got the idea that you can contact people from different ideologies and expect them to be quiet while you talk about god?


You say I don't feel threatened by what you think but then why you keep having this conversation with me?, and using the phrases to support  your religion (and don't project yourself into me saying "if I'm answering because I fell threatened then so must you" because I'm just responding what you say in the order of what you say it, after all you came to my page not otherwise). 

Because if you "I do not feel threatened by the absence of God in your life" then why this constantly mention of god in everything you say to me(yes I saw the god comment on the fireflies my artwork).


"I do not hate you, nor anyone else who's ideas are different from my own", the why you constantly disrespect my beliefs mentioning god over and over I'm an atheist accept it. But you won't if you reply to me your'e gonna mention god agin and again claiming you are doing his will(is his will to constantly make me realize I'm wrong does God has that big emotional needs or it's you?)

because how can you claim God is everywhere if we haven't seen any evidence of gods, spirits, souls, or any plane of existence aside from the physical one.


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