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If you haven't taken the time to listen to the audio (or read the transcript) on my previous post, Islamic Extremism and Paris: Faith Isn't A Fucking Virtue, please take a few minutes to do that now. It's very important and informs the rest of this post.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a Doomsday cult. They don't all wear the same shoes or drink poisoned Kool-Aid, but their theology is tightly focused on Doomsday imagery found in the Book of Revelation. Their predictions about Armageddon have constantly failed and therefore needed to be changed over time, but before we dive into the dates, let's take a moment to understand the conceptual story they believe will occur.

The End is near! We just learned that Jehovah's Witnesses have been claiming the End was near since at least 1966 and even claimed it would end in 1975. News Flash: It didn't... and 1966 wasn't the beginning of the false prophecies.

Trustworthy. Reliable. Dependable. 

If someone told you, "I'll have the money tomorrow" or "I'll meet you in the morning" but it didn't happen, you would be upset. You might pass it off as an accident or an anomaly. What if it happened twice? Three times? What if it happened EVERY time?

What if that person was a Church?

The Christian world is celebrating Easter, so I've been talking with folks about the holiday and its origins. Anyone who really thinks about it should be confused because what the hell do the name of holiday and eggs and rabbits have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? 

Well, nothing. Easter was likely a pagan fertility goddess. Rabbits and eggs are symbolic of fertility and the celebration happens in the Spring. 

About a year ago, a friend of mine who is a pastor at a church, posted on Facebook that their church had been flooded after a major rainstorm. He said "Christ's body" was "truly present" in the clean-up of the damage. It was his way of expressing his thanks to everyone who came and helped.

Stuff like this bothers me a lot.

Now, Satan doesn't actually exist, but for the sake of argument, let's just take the story as it is.

In Genesis chapter 3, we learn about The Fall of Man. Genesis 3:1 says:

I don't remember what brought it up the other day, but we had a good laugh when we realized that in a house with 2 Christians and an Atheist that it was the Atheist who was the only one who was baptized. (It turned out, however, that two of us are baptized, so not as ironic as originally thought)

I thought it would still be amusing though to post about my baptism though because I have photos! 

My interview with A Matter of Doubt podcast is now available! You can hear my deconversion story starting from Jehovah's Witness and ending at Atheist with a lot of fun bits in between and some general discussion near the end about religion in general. 

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