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Me

Hi. I’m Neil Robinson, an ex-university lecturer and teacher from the UK. Saved from Christianity a few years ago, I began to investigate just what it was I’d believed. ‘Following Jesus’ took thirty years of my life and it was all a fraud. If you’ve been conned in the same way, read on…

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  1. Neil,
    At what point did you decide to dedicate your life to “rejecting Jesus” by questioning those that do? I read a few of your articles and noticed that you’re asking Christians defend the parts of the Bible that you don’t understand. For example, in your use of Matthew 5:38-48, you only summarized verses 39-48 so you could use alliteration further your real agenda. In verse 38, where Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” I’m only going to write it out for you here for those that don’t understand your manipulation of it: Jesus was telling his disciples that, the law of the land did not align with following Christ. In 39-42, he’s telling them that retaliation is not okay. His instructions continue. You skipped 43, addressing another old law. 44-48 Jesus instructs them to “love your enemies.” And finally, 49 refers to 45-48, “that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” 49 Jesus tells them to be perfect, because the deciples knew he was perfect, and they needed to act as he did by following the instructions he just gave them.

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    • Cindy, to answer your points as far as I can make them out:

      You ask: ‘At what point did you decide to dedicate your life to “rejecting Jesus” by questioning those that do?’ This doesn’t quite make sense; those that do what? The answer to the first part of the question, however, is covered in the ‘about the author’ section – essentially when Christians wouldn’t leave me alone but seemed to think they were entitled to bombard me with inanities.

      You again: ‘you’re asking Christians (to) defend the parts of the Bible that you don’t understand.’ Thank you for your condescension here, but I do understand the bits of the Bible I cite – rather better than you if I may say so. I challenge Christians to show the extent they live according to Jesus’ demands when almost all of the evidence points to the fact they are unable to do so.

      ‘For example, in your use of Matthew 5:38-48, you only summarized verses 39-48 so you could use alliteration further your real agenda.’ 1) References must of necessity be limited; I’d say summarising nine verses is more than adequate. (Is this the old and feeble ‘you quoted out of context’ objection in a different guise?) b) your point about alliteration makes no sense and 3) I have a ‘real’ agenda? Please tell me what it is. I thought I made my agenda clear (you’ve already referred to it) but evidently you know better – well done.

      ‘Jesus tells (his followers) to be perfect, because the deciples (sic) knew he was perfect, and they needed to act as he did by following the instructions he just gave them.’ I’d guess this was my point (it usually is) though you don’t reference which post you’re addressing so I can’t be entirely sure. So, Cindy – are you perfect as he says you must be? If not, why not? It may come as a surprise to you that quoting Bible verses in garbled comments on blogs doesn’t really qualify.

      Whatever would Jesus think?

      Better luck next time.

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  2. Hi Neil,

    Interesting blog.

    I am curious, what denomination were you part of?

    Is there a post where you share your story?

    I find a lot of blogs are from ex christians in America but I feel the situation is different here in the UK so find it helpful to read the perspective of fellow Brits!
    Cheers

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  3. Apologies, JR, for not responding sooner (for some reason WordPress didn’t inform me of a whole block of comments that arrived late last year).

    I belonged to a number of evangelical CofE churches, depending on where I found myself living. Even when there wasn’t one in the area I’d find an evangelical church of another denomination; a free church when I lived briefly in America (nice people but really way out) and a Methodist church prior to jettisoning my beliefs. How about you?

    Faith isn’t as in your face in the UK as it is in America, thankfully, but it still has a significant influence. Of course the internet allows one to reach all corners of the world and I’m pleased to have some (very!) small input into the States.

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    • Can you really debate with pains in the butt? They’re yet another bunch of Christians who want to argue the finer points of their belief-system without any evidence they live according to its commands. I’ve no time for such people; Jesus’ mission, failure though it was, was not to set up debating societies for smart-arses. Nonetheless, I’ve bookmarked the site.

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