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Let me start this off with some personal background to set the stage. Many years ago I considered myself an agnostic, basically you needed to convince me God was real for me to believe. Well in 2001 someone did, namely Kent Hovind, otherwise known as Dr. Dino. From there forward I was a staunch believer and defender of Christianity but I had numerous issues come up that made me question my faith. I was in 1 particular FundaMENTAL Baptist Church (heavy on the mental) for over 12 years in which time I read my Bible 2 dozen times completely through (we’ll talk more about that later), became a deacon, treasurer (that taught me way too much about that place), Sunday school teacher, preached in jail ministries, knocked on many doors witnessing, memorized half the book of Revelation and many other large chunks of the Bible, oh, and preached behind the pulpit of the church while the pastor was away, etc etc etc… I say all this so you will realize just how involved in Christianity I was.

So what changed? Well, I’ve always been a free thinker, it’s just that I allowed myself to be partially brainwashed for a large period of my life. I knew about all the things I’m about to talk about but I made excuses for them. Well, no more, but first, what exactly is a deist?

For those of you who wanna skip the reading and just listen or watch me read this blog post I’ve made the following video:

Put simply a deist is a person who believes in God but not a book or religion. It’s more complicated than that but this is neither the time or place to write that, this is my story. I’ll let you do your own research but will give you some more information at the end of this article to aid in that research.

I could talk about the blatant hypocrisy that is pandemic in Christianity but I would also have to talk about how Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc etc etc is also infected. This is an old, tired argument and holds no water. Let’s get to the real reasons that ALL “revealed” religions are total bull. I’m going to focus on Christianity because that’s where my experience is.

The Bible claims it’s the perfect Word of God kept and preserved by God Himself.

Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [7] Thou shalt keep them, O Lord , thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

So, if these verses are true there can be none, zero, zippo problems with the book. Copyist errors wouldn’t be possible because God’s Word is perfect and pure. Contradictions would be completely out of the question, they wouldn’t exist. There would be no updates to fix spelling errors or for that matter hundreds of English versions all saying, essentially different things.

(This is where my thousands of hours of Bible reading, study and memorization come into play).

1. Let’s get started with the contradictions, and I don’t mean the supposed ones, I mean the honest to goodness, clear cut, blatantly obvious ones. I’ll only give you 3 that I’ve personally found in my own personal study and reading. These are MORE than enough.

a. How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?

Eighteen  (2 Kings 24:8)
Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)

b. What was the exact wording on the cross?

This is Jesus the King of the Jews (Matthew 27:37)
The King of the Jews (Mark 15:26)
This is the King of the Jews (Luke 23:38)
Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews (John 19:19)

c. Does God repent?

Yes (1 Samuel 15:10-11)
No (1 Samuel 15:29) SAME CHAPTER!!!

For further research here are some links.

101 Contradictions in the Bible

9 Undeniable Contradictions on the Bible

2. There are many stories from many religions that mirror and predate the story of Christ and/or the Bible almost EXACTLY with the only big discrepancies being the names and dates.

Look up the stories of Buddha, Krishna, Odysseus, Romulus, Dionysus, Heracles, Glycon, Zoroaster, Attis & Horus. You’ll find striking similarities to the story of Christ like most of them being born of a virgin… To many coincidences to write off. It almost brings me to the conclusion that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a hodge podge copy of many prior pagan gods, a refining of the control grid if you will.

Here’s a few more links for ya to research.

10 Christ-like figures who pre-date Jesus

5 Near-identical Jesus Christ Myths That Predate Jesus

3. Logic. I’ve always been logic driven. This dive into Christianity put a huge temporary blind spot on my logic. It’s not that it went away but like it went into a semi-dormant state. Even in this semi-dormant state questions came up in my mind that nobody could or would answer to my satisfaction. Questions like, How can 1 God be 3 and if we, as believers have the Holy Spirit and there are millions of believers then are there not millions of partial gods? Or, How could a God that is Love order people to kill all the men, women, children and animals and burn their cities to the ground simply because they believed something different? Or, How come the Bible says one thing here and something totally contradictory here? Or, How come we are the only ones that are right out of the thousands of religions out there?

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Or, How come my prayers never get answered? Not the basic ones that could simply be written off as coincidence but the big ones that ONLY GOD could answer if He’s even listening? Or, Why would God damn someone to an eternity in hell for now believing in Him? Sounds very juvenile! Or, How can God create someone but now know them? Of course these questions are anathema to any preacher. You may as well just leave that church before you even ask because they won’t answer them and will take you as a threat to their income after that. You will be labeled a heretic and/or a trouble maker or as my old pastor put it “you have the devil in you”…. and will probably be shunned by all your “christian” friends at that church.

What do I suggest? What do I always suggest? DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND COME TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS, just make sure you don’t take the lazy mans approach and just take what someone or something says as gospel truth! See what I did there? lol.

So as an addendum to this post I promised to post some basic info on what deism is, so here we go…

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That is the basis of deism right there. We believe there is a God. We believe he created the universe but then walked away. He doesn’t intervene. He doesn’t answer prayers. He doesn’t care if you worship Him or hate Him. He just is and always will be. When it comes to eternity, views vary. I personally believe that if He could create everything He can take care of me when I die. I have no worries. Deism pictures God as the great “clock-maker” who created the clock, wound it up, and let it go. Deists deny the Trinity, the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, miracles, and any supernatural act of redemption or salvation. Deism pictures God as uncaring and uninvolved. Deism is knowledge of God based on the application of our reason on the designs/laws found throughout Nature. The designs presuppose a Designer. Deism is therefore a natural religion and is not a “revealed” religion. The natural religion/philosophy of Deism frees those who embrace it from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negativity of fear that are so strongly represented in all of the “revealed” religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Here is a decent video describing the core beliefs.

And let’s end it there and give you some more references:

www.deism.com

The Age of Reason – Thomas PAINE (Free Audio Reading) A word on this audio edition. It’s completely missing the 3rd Volume. Get the real book and read it all. The third volume is wonderful in explaining deism.

Enjoy, and as always THINK FOR YOURSELF, like, share, comment and subscribe.

Chris

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This review will cover all 5 of the Patriots Series books. They will not be extensive, in depth reviews  with spoilers, but just my opinions and insights. For the most part I enjoyed some of the series. I’ve given them individual, mixed ratings. Some I liked more than others. Some were trudging. Below I’ll explain.

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Book 1: Patriots

5 Stars 😀

Book 1 deals with SURVIVING the coming collapse. This book was awesome. It starts slow and awkwardly but soon adheres to a nice flow. There is a wealth of useful information intermingled with the fiction novel. Personally, this book reads more like future prophecy than it does fiction. The scenario is very believable and extremely likely to take place in the next decade, probably sooner.

One of the major problems I do have with this book, which are few, is that all the preppers, seem to have unlimited income, which is a great departure from your typical prepper. Most preppers, like myself, are on an extremely limited budget, don’t have really high paying jobs and don’t have thousands of dollars to spare. With that said Rawles makes up for that with the wealth of information provided on the tips they buy to prep.

This book is by leaps and bounds the best book in the series and will be the only one I’ll be re-reading.

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