Benefits And Challenges/Volunteering For A Christian

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  1. Kermit

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    While in my time down with my parents for a month, I volunteered for a non-profit thrift store that funds the local food pantry that provides food for low income families in the local area. I had done it previously to take care of some pesky community service but now I did it cause i wanted to and believed in the cause. Might be religiously backed but does secular and tangible good.

    For a while it was alright, since it was good i worked for a VERY conservative Christian it was my job to screen the books and movies and games that came through before they were put on the shelf. I had no idea how strict she was...til she rejected a book "angel of darkness" based on title alone. I informed her that upon further study (beyond the aforementioned title) it was a mystery thriller not in anyway referring to a theological angel of any sort, she refused to listen. I took that book home for my mom! hehehe. This desire to preserve image lead me to bring home quite a few books including a spell book for Urban Witches.

    It got strange though...my own fucking fault for not screening what i say and perhaps underestimating her reaction. I made some reference to donating books to a facility as i was putting out some books for display and made some mention of how although I donated a Bible (as well as a Koran) I'm an agnostic but does see value in faith (in a sense to put it simply, I believe in Faith more than God). That was a big mistake.....

    Apparently Sourthern Christians assume everyone is Christian and are shocked when they find someone who isn't (a concept new to me as everyone is different and i make no assumptions). She basically said "are you stupid or something!?!?" and said to look around, the mere existence is proof of God is found in the natural world and "anyone half a brain knows [the Christian] God exists!" It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't refer to me as "antagonistic" instead of Agnostic (she had no idea what the term meant and i told her twice, but she obviously doesn't listen well) and i got a lecture how education means nothing without Jesus that you're still ignorant even with PHD without Jesus. She basicially acted like something was horrifically wrong with me cause I'm not a Church Person and I wasn't raised right.

    Okay end of rant :D for the record i got a Headset for my computer and some books....the oddest was one I just took cause i knew it would be rejected but too embarassed to asked to keep it. Some sex manual, figured i might learn a thing or two with...interesting artsy pix. Haven't really gone threw it, just thought it'd be a funny story. So...the headset alone was worth the lecture! yay!
     
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    Hmmmm, sounds like a nightmare, to me, lol... "Belief" is a powerful thing. It can cause the most intelligent people to say the stupidest things, and lift the most simple people out of despair. "Religion," on the other hand...

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    Sorry for the negative experience. Not all Christians are that way.
     
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    Just stay away from the extremists. Most christians are just normal people, most believe in science, most believe in free will, most believe that people are people regardless of religion, colour, sexual orientation, gender. The extremists are the ones who are out to brainwash children, and are downright dangerous.
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    It reminded me of a time in Panera, where i think my wife brought it up and said to this hardcore, 26 year old Christian virgin chick at work that I didn't believe in God. I corrected her and said "an agnostic and an atheist are not the same thing" and once again i had to explain my Label. Though i have learned that to some you either believe or don't, no middle ground, no room for study and debate, follow it blindly or reject it. I refuse to blindly follow something or blindly reject anything. Course I kinda pretty strong doubts about the flying spaghetti monster. Her reaction was pricess and astounded me "How could you not believe in God!?!" as if it was incomprehensible someone could have room to doubt or question the existance of God as if she's never met someone outside her little circle. And her "proof" was: "How do you explain a sunrise?" i was seriously hoping her education was not from 15th century text books and wouldn't have to explain to her the mechanics of Sunrises. I guess i should have but refused to believe she was that ignorant and decided she was asking why they are so pretty to look at. Should have just given the little bitch a science lecture.
     
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    Eyup, I know that feeling, living in the south n all. I basically just keep my mouth shut, not that many people talk to me XD But yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if I came across that exact situation everyday if I bothered to try.

    I suppose you're bit like me? (well, you're older, so maybe the other way around) in that you don't really believe any of the named gods exist, but you're not writing them off without proof of the contrary?
     
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    My advice: Wear the headset at work.
     
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    Speaking of such things, my stepdad made sure the church never called us again! We'd been eating dinner and we get the call and as soon as he finds out it's the church, he says something along the lines of: "Hey, stop interrupting us damnit! We're having an orgy with a bunch of teens after we finished that pentagram we've been working on!"

    It was a little bit longer, but that's the short version.
     
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    Well I just realize all people are people despite their beliefs and how ironically evil they can be because of certain religious sects. There was a crazy christian family that lived in my hometown, and being around them was just plain creepy all the time. They would act so cheerful to the point you could tell something was up, and they were very involved in the church, and believed everything they were told. Well because all the families around believed in the Pastor's word about god over their own kids, he got away with abusing those kids for a long time, and even now that the word is out, word only got out when he finally died and no one is doing anything about it, so who knows how long that happened for. And they were always insulting me and my beliefs, even once tried to do an exorcism on me. And a few months ago after the pastor died, that families son began raping his sister, and then the mother went insane and burned their barn down because the father didn't see anything wrong with family incest or that the pastor had done anything wrong, they are now getting divorced and last I heard she's in a mental institution. All I can say is I am glad I stopped going to that church a long time ago.
     
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    Haha I love doing things like that when the Jehova Witnesses and other religious people come knocking at my door. A few weeks ago I blasted my speakers as loud as I could and turned on asian porn. I went to the door with no pants on and just said, "I am kind of busy and i will be masturbating all other times you come to my door too" and they took off.

    This other time I got into a real interesting debate with a Jehova Witness that was intent on selling me a spot in heaven at the bus stop. He had all his flyers and everything, and began telling me about how some apocalypse was going to happen which just pissed me off, why would you preach fear into people about the end of the world? So I turned the tables on the guy, and i know it was really cold, I said, "Ohhhh that is so good you are getting prepared for the apocalypse. Because I am sure you know the world is going to end in 2012."

    Well apparently he never heard that ridiculous 2012 doomsday theory before and he was very curious to know what I was talking about, he couldn't hide is fear and interest.
    Already the guy was regretting his decision to preach about the end of the world and finally have someone agree with him. I mean it's all fine for them to know it "might" happen, but as soon as you say the end of the world is going to happen soon for sure, they totally freak out.

    So I told him alllllll about it and did not let him leave the bus stop for hours, I just kept doing what he was originally doing to me, every time he got up to leave I began selling him more things about the end of the world and I scared the shit out of him! He was like oh shit... no... i don't believe this anymore! I said, "why? What's the problem? I thought you already believed an apocalypse was going to happen?"
    At first he tried debating with me, "but we don't have any known date for our apocalypse." And I said, "oh yeah but didn't you hear, scientists calculated the date for the end of the world already. I totally respect what you are doing, but maybe you should think of getting a spot for yourself in heaven real soon. I won't see you there because I am so looking forward to witness earth disasters!" And then I began talking about how fun it would be to ride a tsunami and see a whole bunch of dead people everywhere... poor guy.
    But it was completely worth it, and it wasted enough time while waiting for the bus.
     
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    I used to think christians weren't that ignorant of science too, until I saw this:
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    This is a college educated man who doesn't understand that the moon causes tides. I thought it was just someone poking fun at his stupidity sometimes, but then I saw the actual video of his defense of the exist of god with that quote: Bill O'Reilly vs David Silverman - Tide Goes In, Tide Goes Out - YouTube

    This is why I consider christian extremists to be so dangerous. They push for schools to either not teach science, or teach it as if religion and science are two equally valid theories.
     
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    haha...the tide goes in....the stain comes out.......now that's funny...
     
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    I can't believe he said Thor. It's obviously Neptune. Sloshing in his bath.
     
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    Yeah Texas_Red, I knew that "are you kidding me" meme came from that interview. It was his response facial expression to O'Reilly claiming the tides happened because of god.

    I found it equally disturbing that David Silverman also didn't know how the tides work. He's educated enough to know it's explainable with physics, but not educated enough to know how? Don't they teach you that the moon controls the tide in like 3rd grade?

    Also, kermit, don't be so sure that a fundamentalist knows how sunsets work too. There are christian groups teaching that the earth is flat still. Though I'm not entirely sure if it's actually a fundamentalist group, or trolls making fun of them: http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/
     
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    The Moon looks bigger when it's close to the horizon than when it's straight up above us. Can't explain that. Must be because God wants to hear us say "Ooooh, look at the Moon! It's so big!" He loves it when we talk about size.


    The pyramids. Can't explain that. Must be aliens. Oh wait...


    Orgasm. Can't explain that. Must be because God loves us. Very much.
     
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    shall we all join together to build a tower up to the heavens so that we may ask God to answer these questions for us?
     
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    Excuse me--I just answered them. I'm even more all-knowing than Mr. O'Reilly. But yes, we should build it so we can ask where the other sock goes.