From: Don Funderburg
To: All 20-Aug-93 08:28pm
Subject: I apologize
It was mid June 1976, in a VW Bug parked in front of a house in central
California, I was in deep conversation with my best friend about all the
problems that some 16 year olds go through. After listening for several
hours, he introduced, and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal saviour.
The burdens seem to lift, and my life troubles were gone. He was
excited because his church had just been preaching that he and most of
the youth should be talking to their friends about Jesus. He was a
member of the Assemblies of God. The next day I told my pregnant
girlfriend (soon to be my wife (( and still is of 17 years)) about my
acceptance of the "Lord". She was grateful because she was also from a
Since I am the type to take everything at its word, I studied and
learned everything I could about this Jesus and the religions of
christianity I could. I read the Bible everyday, and prayed sometimes
for hours for my friends and family. A few years later I was youth
minister of the local AG, and "winning souls" every week. The pastor of
the church even let me preach a sermon or two. I even baptized some of
"my" converts to make things even more exciting.
Later we moved to another town, and transferred our membership to that
church. While going to an electronic trade school, I took a
correspondence course with the "Berean School of the Bible". You AG
people here will recognize that name. My attempt was to gain my
ordination and become a minister of a church. I was "on fire for Jesus"
and winning souls all the time. Everyone I spoke to could see "the love
of God" in my soul. But time moves on.
My pastor asked if I would study and give a lesson on evolution verses
creation. I accepted and that was the beginning of new part in _OUR_
lives. My wife and I studied hard, and I discovered many thing that made
me test the validity of creation. Now I do _not_ wish to get into the
debate of evolution here on HOLYSMOKE, you would not win anyway.
Most of the quotes that Creation believers had in their books, of
prominent scientist, I could not find, or were taken out of context.
Then I discover discrepancies in the bible. Lies everywhere, and also an
esoteric attitude about it among the elite of the church leaders. My
belief in God and the church, was falling apart. So after much (and I
mean MUCH) study, I (we) made the decision to quit the church. And not
too long after that, with even more studying, we made the discovery,
that THERE IS NO GOD!
You can't imagine the blow that was to us. Well actually when I stepped
back (metaphorically speaking) and took a look at the whole picture it
was quite obvious. The whole religion thing is a hoax machine of great
magnitude. Fueled by the emotions of those who cannot accept
responsibility of their own action. Whether you are Christian, Muslim,
JW, Mormon, New Age, Mecca, etc. you have given in to the greatest hoax
of all time. The power of your own imagination fooling yourself.
Now to the many people that have accepted God directly, or even
indirectly, related to my fervor of the hoax, I apologize and ask you to
forgive me for bringing you into this mess. I know there is a good
possibility that no one here was effected by my proselytizing, but if
you were, and NO-ONE KNOWS :) get out now.
As for me, my wife, and my children (who are teens now), we accept
whatever happens to us as *our* responsibility. Whether it be good or bad,
we are at fault or deserve the credit.
God is dead,
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