I've been on Hubpages for a few years now and in that time I've come out of Church, spent a lot of time here in the cut and thrust of debate, and spent much time reassessing what I believed. Theological discussion has some value for intellectual debate, and the old back and forth arguments about the evidence or not for God and the concepts of free will don't change but only serve to inflate egos. At the end of the day religion may serve as a comfort to some but I am of the view that it only has value if it can produce practical solutions to real issues.
I've now reached a point where by examining the events and situations in my life and those of family and friends, I simply see no evidence for a presence, intervention, interest, active role, or otherwise, of a God. Thus I no longer see any value in being a member of this site. I shall be around until next weekend, whereupon I shall unpublish my hubs and sign off.
This is not a victory for atheism and to the believers here I say carry on and be happy. But for me I think it's time to live my own life, make my own decisions without reference to a bible or God, and find other things to do.
I wish you all well, it has been fun.
You will be missed, Kevin. I've enjoyed our interactions.
NOOOOOOOOO, YOU'RE a valued and esteemed member of the Hub community. Don't leave, your hubs are wonderful, intelligent, and succinct! NOOOOOO.........don't leave!
Please DON'T leave, you will be GREATLY MISSED! YOU are one of the nice person at HubPages!
Good luck with your new reality.
Well we have travelled from Hub friends to antagonists and all points in between, but I am also sorry you will go, I have not been here much the last year either, also concentrating on finding my way, I wish you well and let's hope we meet again sometime.
I enjoyed our conversations throughout your process. I glad you found something that works for you.
Good bye and good luck,
Leaving hubpages and spending time for oneself and ones loved ones, I think, is a good decision.
Farewell, Kevin. I wish you peace and great blessings on your path and for your journey ahead.
What a shame. I just read some of your Hubs and they were great, especially the one "Is Sin Hereditary." I was preparing a response, for I was "enlightened" by your understanding of devine revelation. The god of this world has wanted you for some time, don't accept his invitation. Come back to life. A friend.
Then the LORD said to Kevin: Why are you so angry? Why is your face downcast? [ due to your problems].
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not what is right, sin lies at the door [of your mind]. It desires to have you – but you MUST rule over it. Be strong and repent. You have not received the word among the thorns. Don’t let the world and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of pride, and of this life, choke the word and you become unfruitful. Your Hubs have helped a lot of people here at Hub pages. How far is God from us? As far as our knees are to the floor!
He is waiting there to extend a helping hand. He will accept you.
I will be so sorry to see you go. I enjoy your posts so often, though we don't interact a lot. I wish you all the best as you continue your journey elsewhere. May you find peace and joy along the road and be enriched by many rich and interesting people.
Bon voyage, Kevin. Maybe you'll feel compelled to pop in now and then.
DH, you will be missed. Your discussions and input have been valuable.
May your journey be long and fruitful.
Farewell, my friend.
All the best,
Rod Martin, Jr.
Sadly I came to the same conclusion a few weeks ago after 40 years of believing there was a god but then I just realized that citing a book written so many thousands of years ago by men does not serve as evidence. On top of that I cannot believe anymore in a god that let so many billions of people during all of history suffer the way they have suffered. Wars, genocide, slavery, abuse, hunger...there is no way I can keep believing. I wish you luck in your new journey!
It appears Kevin is back, I see activity in his profile as of 10 hours ago.
I can't say that I've seen anyone say goodbye who actually stayed gone. This site is more addictive than they realize.
I am not addicted. I can quit anytime I want to. I left for a couple months, so that proves it. I could quit anytime....
(First you must admit you have a problem).
When we find a forum we really like, it creates a sort of background noise in our head. It's the voices of the ppl who post here. Many, now-a-days have, for what ever reason, a bent for isolation. We don't want to be hassled by the outside world, but we don't want to be lonely. We grow accustomed to these "voices in our heads." Some are friendly, some are much less so, but they create a simulation of community. If we do not replace that community, upon leaving a daily visited forum, we find ourselves in a suddenly silent world which can be a jolt for some. For me, it wasn't so much a jolt as much as a leaking tub effect... You're trying to figure out whether or not to just add some more water or just get out. It could go either way and you'd be fine, but a full tub seems preferable. Sometimes you gotta add water, sometimes you gotta pull the plug.
Did I put too much thought into that? <She asked the voices in her head.>
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