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Dennis Diehl is a former pastor of 26 years, who outgrew the Literalism of Fundamentalism. He writes about Pastoral and Church abuse and is available to speak on such topics or be helpful to any church suffering under abusive religion or pastors.
(26 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2007 Questions Your Pastor Will Hate
When I was a kid, I loved to ask Bible questions of my minister, who I thought was supposed to have the one true answer to everything. I got an assortment of answers, most of which did not answer the question but made me a bit unsure I should even asked them. First in a series of real Biblical squirmers!
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Bible Roulette--Are Ya Feeling Lucky Punk?
Bible Roulette is one of the world's funnest games. Any fundamentalist, Bible haunted, prophecy nut can play it. The problem is that many politicians swear by it or use it to their advantage. Another problem is that all the cylinders are full.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2007 Questions Your Pastor Will Hate- Part2
Everyone loves the Christmas story but Pastors don't like the questions the contradictory accounts can bring to his desk. Mark notes nothing about Jesus birth, Matthew and Luke disagree and John wrestles with Jesus not being from Bethlehem and born of fornication. Paul just says he was born of a woman..nothing special there. What gives?
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2007 You Shall Not Kill Has No Meaning in the Real World of Religion
One of the shortest andmost simple of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not kill." Pretty simple actually..."You shall not kill." Any questions? Well of course there are and the right after Moses gives mankind this great law, he orders the murder of 3000 people who were afraid he'd skipped town and left them to die in the dessert.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 17, 2007 Monotheism-Source of Unending War and Pain
The idea that my God can woop your God and all your associated believers is getting old. Humans and Rebublicans (little joke there)need a new paradigm if we are to reap more than the whirlwind of exclusivism in human thinking.
(37 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2007 Questions Your Pastor Will Hate - Part 3
Pastor, I have a few questions about the events surrounding the Crucifixion. I know reading the Gospels is like four people seeing the same accident, as you keep telling me, but help me out here...
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 29, 2007 Those Prospering Pastors--When To Say No
Not everyone who is collectiong your hard earned money for God, works for God. Ask yourself these questions before you give to fund the end time work of some prophet, priest or king.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 15, 2008 Weather is weather - not the wrath of God
Weather is just weather. While we humans are adept at getting in the way of earth processes, it is not the Deity "trying" to tell us something. He can just hold a seminar if he really wishes to that!
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2007 "I'm So Disillusioned."--Excellent, Now We Are Getting Somewhere!
"Oh I am so disillusioned." Oft repeated words these days when it comes to religion and politics. But who wants to be "illusioned?" Who wants to live with illusions? While painful, becoming disillusioned is the first step to recovering our political and religious sanity.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, June 8, 2007 Neander-Thoughts-Ideas in Religion We Can Do Without
There are no Neanderthals on earth today, but there are Neander-THOUGHTS. A Neander-thought is an idea, way of thinking or being that no longer works. The world of Religion has many worn out and archaic Neander-Thoughts.
SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2007 Exclusivism--The Mind Virus From Hell
Exclusivism and just how to perpetuate that specialness that comes with many mindsets within religion, or politics, is a mind virus that is going to take the world down in flames. The Neo-Con counselors to the Republican Party have set the stage for the biggest sanitation problem in the history of the planet.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, September 10, 2007 Hello Earth! God the Father, Allah, Jesus and Buddah here..Listen Up!
We've rolled around heaven just a little bit too long and now we just have to speak up. Most of you folks there on your nice blue planet are good folks. We need to have a chat with those who seem to be important amongst you. You seem to have lost your minds.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 16, 2007 Neander-Thoughts and Thinkers-Ideas in Religion That Never Really Worked
Neander-Thoughts are ideas that pretty much have proven themselves not to work well in real time. They existed for a long time but now have come and gone like the Neanderthals of old. Neander-thoughts produce Neander-Thnkers which has gotten us all into this world mess to begin with.
SHARE Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Speaking From the Heart Mr. President?
The Bible notes that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Is that what we are experiencing with Mr. Bush's gaffes and observations of how it all is in this world he has created for us?
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 16, 2007 Fundamentalism Leads Mostly to a Sanitation Problem
NeoCon Fundamentalists seem to love a good "Let's make Jesus come back" war. By cobbling together the schizophrenic prophets of old with narcissistic Apostles and a dash of Revelation, they just know Jesus will have to come save them, and only them. Problem is, all one will really end up with is a large human sanitation problem.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 6, 2007 Fundamentalist Pastor forbids teen and member blogging
"Ask yourself, 'Do I have a tendency to want to have a voice?'"
"If you blog, are you sure you do not partially enjoy it because your carnal nature is inclined toward vanity?"
"In the grand scheme of things, why would the world at large care?"
B. I tend towards freedom of speech and thought.
C. Because we may be heard and survive those who would squash freedom and the human spirit.
(15 comments) SHARE Friday, June 29, 2007 Questions Your Pastor Will Hate Part 5
Pastor, aside from Matthew copying 91% of Mark and Luke copying 53% of Mark for their inspiration from God, here's the last of my questions for you. Pastor, could you stop staring at me and say something once in awhile?
SHARE Saturday, January 5, 2008 So Many Ideas-So Many Beliefs--Think for Yourself This Time Around
We tend to join and support what serves our personal needs and beliefs and then act as if all others are wrong for not filtering the world through these needs of ours. It's not way to run a planet. It is no way to elect a President. And we certainly don't need a President who filters his world, and by extention, ours, through his religious beliefs.
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2007 Weather is Not God's Judgement... It's Weather
Whenever a major weather event hits, Fundamentalists scramble to assign it the meaning of it being a warning from the Deity to change our evil ways. They are long past understanding or being able to accept that weather is just weather and has absolutely nothing to do with God or Bible "Prophecy."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Message from Jesus: Please- No More Christian Soldiers Marching as to War
Hi...this is Jesus. You Church folks have been singing Onward Christians Soldiers long enough now. I don't like the song. I never liked the song. And I'm going to ask you to remove all references to me from the lyrics. And feel free to drop the "we are not divided, all one body we" stuff too. Satan said he'd be happy to lead your army. I quit.
SHARE Thursday, November 27, 2008 All Consuming...
It is my religious obligation to consume stuff. Stuff is truth. Storing stuff becomes a problem however at times.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 11, 2007 Giving Away Our Power..A Very Bad Habit
We have all done it. We are all guilty of it. We have all turned against ourselves allowing it. In America, we who can't not see what we do see, still do it.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Uh oh...A Bigger Secret Than THE SECRET..again.
Ooops...seems there is a bigger secret than THE SECRET. Another Guru appears to be imploding trying to prove more stuff and bigger toys is the key to human happiness. Buyer beware...
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, December 3, 2007 From Pastor to Bastard...What a Trip!
Thanks to the abuse and misuse of the Good Book by the piously convicted but marginally informed, ministers and layman alike are waking up to the cold facts of Christian origins. People want to reside in the comfort of the "Old Old Story," as long as it is the same old story. And there are many abusers of the sincere out there more than willing to take you down the path to our harm.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2007 Questions Your Pastor Will Dislike Part Four
One can question anything but the apparent contradictions and editing in the Bible. Some say "so what, why nitpick." Others scoff at how anyone who was of God would really know how to answer these questions. And of course, there are the hundreds of years old apologetic used to make these problems seem to be not problems at all. Only the reprobates notice textual problems. True believers see none. You decide.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 1, 2008 Why Do We Allow This to Go On?
We notice it. We hear all about it. We see it. We shake our heads over it. We aren't stupid. So why do we allow it?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Dear Mr. President--You Are Not Special--Something You Forgot
We don't really want a War President. It's not really just your job to make all the decisions and our to just go about our business. Here's a simple fact of life, Mr. President, that you and your base have forgotten, or never knew.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, June 25, 2007 God Told Me To...
"God told me to" are problably some of the most chilling words one could ever hear. Our President has been quoted as say it as have many religious types who were plainly wrong.