Thanks for acknowledging my main post and your thoughtful comments.
Battling it out on this forum can be productive as well as entertaining. The reason I stopped posting in my real name and became a gladiator, was to look the part for the battles I sought with forum members and remain annonymous. I guess it was a way of dealing with anger and loss and at the same time having fun, sometimes at other peoples expense. Baiting Christians was the most fun.
So you see I am not innocent, or judgemental of people who still have their reasons to engage in the way they do. The Christians mentioned above were unexpectedly patient and helpful. Also people like LittleToe, BurnTheShips, FlyingHighNow and others helped me to shed what they called ‘my Jehovah's Witness mentality.’ They also left a lasting impression with many others.
The reason I refer to myself as 'a gladiator who has won his freedom' is because once a gladiator is free he will usually hang up his sword and leave the games. In many ways that is what I have done. I just hang around for the entertainment. Concerns about the impression what we post gives to outsiders does concern me more than it used to, but that is a personal thing.
Why we post what we do is an interesting question. Often we are the last to be aware of what motivates us. Perhaps we are seeking something, have something to share, emotions to work through, or believe we are on a mission. So I ask myself why I post the comments I do? The jury is still out on that one, but when I find out I will let you know. Sorry if this post seems to be about me, that was not the intention, but the sub-conscious is cunning little bugger.
A gladiator who defied religion and won his freedom