I received this letter.
I wonder if this might interest you:
About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist  on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].
Truly there is a God, although the fool has said in his heart, there is no God [Psalm 14]. And it assuredly exists so truly that it cannot be conceived not to exist. For it is possible to conceive of a being which cannot be conceived not to exist; & this is greater than one which can be conceived not to exist. Hence, if that, than which nothing greater can be conceived, can be conceived not to exist, it is not that, than which nothing greater can be conceived, but this is an irreconcilable contradiction. There is, then, so truly a being than which nothing greater can be conceived to exist, that it cannot even be conceived not to exist; & this being you are. O Lord our God. [St Anslem]
Peace Be With You
Why do religious people feel the urge to write me saying that they are better now? Do they think I'm not well? I mean, I agree with them that I'm rather abrupt in my writing, particularily about religion and its stupidity (I'm guessing that the last piece about the damn Poop piqued his interest), but if I see a fundie ranting and raving on the sidewalk (or on his/her blog), I just think, "man that's annoying - I wish they'd realize the level of bullshit that they're peddling."
Maybe he thinks this about me. I wish he'd just walked on by, but he didn't so here we go.
Michael says this, which I think is quite telling: "I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities."
Did you not even read
my last post? Why are you, a grown, adult person, still afraid of a place that equates to Narnia? It's make-believe, man. "Do what we say is right or you'll burn forever." You said you went through, "four months of absolute terror"
- don't you think that's more than three days or however long it took your supposed Jesus to die on the cross? Not to mention that LOTS of other fellas died on crosses...so why was Jesus' death so special? Or meaningful? What about Appolonius of Tyana - miracles, disciples, died, rose...hmmm... There are precious few people who have done heinous enough things that I'd say, "yeah, that prick deserves to burn and suffer for all time". I seriously doubt you'd qualify, SonnyJim.
Oh, wait, here's the verses he says inspire him so much:
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Well of course you can tell which way the wind blows from. That's easy. This is pseudo-spiritual mumbo-craptro that only has meaning for people who are so mentally lost they could find meaning in...oh, I don't know...poisoned Kool-Aid. Paging Rev. Jones...Rev. Jones, we have a new member of The People's Temple
waiting in the lobby...Rev. Jones...?"
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me
Well isn't that nice. A "comforter" will come and testify. Marvelous. Oh, wait, he forgot to find inspiration in a verse about 20 lines up: "John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."
Nice, eh? Much like the many other times the bible says that God will burn people to death
forever and ever until the end of all time, loving father that he is. I wonder why the "comforter" was so angry with people, like me, who think he's not real? I find it odd that people like Michael just skip over these parts of the bible.
Then we get to the gem of the letter: "Truly there is a God...And it assuredly exists so truly that it cannot be conceived not to exist."
Oh no, I can conceive of "it" not existing. What I can't conceive of is how the FUGGIDY FUCK
to make sense of that entire "paragraph" under the dotted line. Is that the sort "reasoning" you are swayed by? Well fuck, now I get what I've been doing wrong. Ok, try this:
For surely god does not exist, for not existing is akin to existing without seeing; surely seeing but not existing is existing but aside from hearing, and hearing plus existing minus the cube root of existing must surely equal less than the greater sum of gods parts left of his scrotum, after allowing for the hearing, seeing and not existing to exist apart from non-existance and sight.
See, so god can't exist. QED.
This guy apparently wanted to share his story with me because of this verse:
Luke 8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. (8:17) For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
I'm guessing that this means that once you have a "light" in your life, you show it to everyone so they too can have light. The thing is, his "light" is the fact that he got himself better from whatever fucked up place he was in back in '94 or whenever the hell he was messed up. I'm genuinely glad for the guy that he's better, but take some fucking credit, man! Give some credit to the hospital staff and therapists who helped you a bit.
If you need to believe in some man in the sky/holy spirit to get through the day, so be it. You need to know, however, that (and I assume here that you live in North America) life isn't that fucking difficult here. Problems arise, certainly, but belief in shit that doesn't exist will, in the end, only magnify your shitstorm.
Forget your god, forget your holy spirit, come in out of the shitstorm and start living your life, dude. And to answer your initial query, no, this didn't interest me.