Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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sandbladeThanks!

I really appreciate your response. Honestly I think a lot of the reason I still go to church is cultural inertia. If I were born in India or Indonesia, I’d probably be a devout Hindu, Muslim, whatever. The thing I find interesting about how people relate to the Bible is that it’s a mirror to who you are, not who God is. People who are hateful, spiteful, and elitist will pick out those parts of the Bible that match their personality and agenda. People who are loving, giving, and generous will pick out the parts of the Bible that match that agenda. Currently I’m very convinced that the Bible is a human-made document of historic value that shows who we thought God was. Whether or not God actually exists – I have no idea. The nice thing about the truth is that it exists whether or not you believe in it. 3 years ago


sandbladeGood luck

This is my personal opinion. The Bible is a terrible place to go looking for answers. It will give you a lot to think about, struggle, and contemplate with, but you will not find many answers. I think you struggle with what philosophers call the theodicy. Basically the problem is God is omnisicient (all seeing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnibenevelont (all good), and evil still exists. How does that work? There are probably tens of thousands of pages written to try to explain this away. The Bible itself has many different explanations from different authors, at the end of the day you will have to come up with a belief that you can live with. Read Jeremiah 12, one of the rare few times that God speaks back directly to the question of the theodicy. If you’re like me you’ll be less than satisfied with the answer. Also read Job.

If you are suffering depression, I highly recommend you get professional medical help. A lot of people will say you can pray away your depression or just think happy thoughts, and they’re just plain wrong. Mental illness is just that – an illness. If you get cancer or break a leg you see a doctor. Having a mental illness is no different. There is no shame in suffering from depression. Take it seriously and seek treatment. 3 years ago


sandbladeI'm interested in your story

Usually I hear stories of people becoming convinced Christians by reading the Bible. From my own reading of the Bible, I could see how a lot of people would leave Christianity after reading the Bible. I’d be interested in your story. Were you on the theism/atheism fence before you started reading the Bible? Also I can understand rejecting Christianity, but what made you reject theism all together? I’m curious, because reading the Bible made me realize how ludicrous Bible-worshiping is, but for some reason I decided to stick with Christianity. 3 years ago


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sandbladeRevelation Road

I can’t believe I finally finished the Bible. It took me 4.5 years of reading it on and off. What’s funny is that I found most of it to be tedious, dull, and remarkably unenlightening. However as a complete experience it was fantastic and definitely life changing. It really changed my faith, and I find myself referring to the Bible all the time in my everyday life. 3 years ago


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sandbladeDidn't realize I did this

Got a Sage recurve takedown bow. It’s good enough for me, and it’s been frustrating but enjoyable to learn how to shoot. It’s cheap entertainment. My arrows, bow, and accessories came out to $250. 3 years ago


sandbladeFine Corinthian Leather

Corinthians I+II is a massive treatise on how the church and church members should behave. Basically it starts by saying we (Christians) have no right to judge people outside the church until we have our own house in order. Paul then proceeds to give a huge laundry list of do’s and don’ts. Some of it I find very good and some of it makes me cringe. The whole body is a temple concept comes from here. Also the big love chapter 1 Cor:13 which gets used at every wedding is here. Obama’s quote from his inauguration speech is in that chapter as well. Paul also goes on about how women should be submissive and not talk in church. 2 Cor:8 is interesting because it sort of advocates communism. Paul is pretty firm with his do’s and don’ts list but at the end of Corinthians he goes on to apologize about what a pain he can be, and he seems aware of his own bossiness and high horse. Reading these epistles are hard because we only have Paul’s half. I wonder what the letters and news he was getting from the churches was like to make him respond in this way. 3 years ago


sandbladeRomance Language

Romans is a challenging read. It’s intellectually dense, and Paul’s love of vague pronoun usage when referring to God, Jesus, and us can be difficult reading at times. Romans really made me realize that Peter may be the foundation of the modern Christian church, but Paul is really the prime theologian. A lot of stuff I didn’t realize that came from Paul in Romans like the concept of original sin, penal substitution, resurrection, repentance, baptism, love, etc. Essentially Paul is arguing in Romans like a lawyer making a case for the new Christian ideology. Highlights that I liked were Rom13:10 12:17-21. On the downside Romans has the infamous 3 years ago


sandbladeActing Out

Finished Acts. It was a very different read than anything else in the Bible to date. It is written in a modern style with a back and forth narrative between Paul’s story and Peter’s story. Acts was largely uneventful reading for me. There are a few famous stories in it, like Saul’s conversion and the baptism of the Ethiopian. Peter’s vision of unclean foods is one of my favorite stories. Largely it’s a disjointed travelogue of Paul’s trips and imprisonments. What I find interesting is that the Jewish establishment is largely against the new movement because it threatens their power and authority. The Romans don’t have a problem with it. What’s also interesting is the evolution of the new theology. The early believers are trying to interpret the practical day to day philosophy of what it means to believe in Jesus. I’ve always wondered how much of modern Christianity is Jesus and how much of it is Paul. 3 years ago


 

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