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Nov Noveltman commented on echooos echooos' answer
The word "deserve" adds a whole new level of complication to this process. Who "determines" that an individual "deserves" a second chance? I mean, if your answer to that is "YHWH" then at least I can see the source of the confusion. But you claim you'd rather believe in that, which means you don't believe … Read more
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Nov Noveltman voted up Anonymous' answer

Religion is about control, and the folks who wrote those "holy" texts weren't stupid- they knew that the best way to keep people believing (and thus giving them power and/or wealth) was to scare them into staying in the fold.  And that in large part meant demonizing any other belief system (and often other ethnicities) … Read more

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Nov Noveltman thanked Anonymous' answer

Religion is about control, and the folks who wrote those "holy" texts weren't stupid- they knew that the best way to keep people believing (and thus giving them power and/or wealth) was to scare them into staying in the fold.  And that in large part meant demonizing any other belief system (and often other ethnicities) … Read more

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Nov Noveltman answered Anonymous' question

No. But. If you're a person living in the developed world, and you focus on a certain thing you want, with positive ways of focusing, -- most likely you will find yourself closer to getting what you want than if you weren't focusing on it at all.

As with almost all supernatural fluff, that little grain … Read more

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Nov Noveltman answered shou izumi's question

I believe I'll have the roast beef on rye.

See? It doesn't mean I'm absolutely guaranteed to eat a roast beef on rye. Much could go wrong. The place could suddenly catch on fire and be evacuated before I can even make it through the queue to the cashier. They could be out of roast beef. … Read more

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Nov Noveltman voted up Ancient Hippy's answer

Every religion and civilization has it's own god or gods. Anyone that believes theirs is the "only true god" is living in a dream world. It's called faith for a reason, faith in the god that one believes in. If your faith and belief in the crocodile god leads you to a life of kindness, … Read more

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Nov Noveltman answered Rozanne Baptiste's question

It would be an interesting experiment. Raise a child to 25 or so without any religious paraphernalia at all. No indoctrination.

I totally doubt she'd have faith of any supernatural kind.

Kind of impossible though. Believers in the supernatural salivate at the sight of young children. Not in any Subway sense, just at the thought that with … Read more

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Nov Noveltman voted up Anonymous' answer

When I was about 19, a girlfriend and I decided to get dressed up and take ourselves out to dinner at what we thought was a fancy restaurant.  We both wore VERY adult dresses (short and very tight) and spiked heels, did our hair (big hair as it was the 80s)....the whole works.

Well, we … Read more

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Nov Noveltman thanked Anonymous' answer

When I was about 19, a girlfriend and I decided to get dressed up and take ourselves out to dinner at what we thought was a fancy restaurant.  We both wore VERY adult dresses (short and very tight) and spiked heels, did our hair (big hair as it was the 80s)....the whole works.

Well, we … Read more