Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Nature has always perplexed me. It didn't make a lot of sense with my religious understanding of a God who loved us more than we could possibly know. I had to believe He loved me in spite of what I could see in nature. When I watched nature documentaries about predator and prey I found it terribly disturbing. I would challenge myself to watch them because it IS what happens countless times daily. The terrible suffering of a prey just seems more than I could bear and yet there was a God in heaven who watched all this with apparent disinterest. Surely He had the power to stop it. If a human parent did this to his child we would call it neglectful abuse.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- Does God exists? If so what does he look like?
- Did God create the heavens and the earth in six literal days?
- What did God do before the earth was created?
- Who created God?
- If God is omnipotent couldn't he have simply made a perfect (sinless) man and also have given him free will? God can do anything right?
- If God is omnipotent, could he make a round square?
- Can God make a stone so heavy He could not pick it up?
- If God is loving, why does he allow so much suffering and pain?
- Why will God put bad people in the lake of fire to burn for all eternity?
- Why did God create Satan?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Before the Fall what did Adam and Eve eat? Couldn't they have accidently stepped on an ant?
- Will my pet go to heaven?
- Once I am saved am I always saved?
- Is there one God or are there three (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)?
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- Mormons - 1830
- Seventh-day Adventist - 1844
- Spiritualism (mediums) - 1848
- Christian Science - 1875
- Jehovah Witness - 1881
- Pentecostalism - versions from 1830 to 1901
Monday, March 22, 2010
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Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the "Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again." Hamish is shocked and declares that "No Scotsman would do such a thing." The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again and this time finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says, "No true Scotsman would do such a thing."
Humans are humans are humans. It is good to be horrified by human behavior. It is the group mentality that is most dangerous and we have a strong tendency to self-justification. Christian fall prey to this all the time. When the behaviors of other Christians is found lacking their reply is "Well, they were not TRUE Christians". Sometimes you just got to own up to reality. I don't have to belong to a group except being a human being. Christian history is not better than any other history. When they stop pretending otherwise the world will be a better place because they will stop trying to make the world safe for their twisted reality.
I do not speak for God is the most important lesson a human can learn because we have such a rich history to teach us the results of that.
Have you heard Peter Gabriel’s great song “Your Not One Of Us”? Its a great tune in addition to the pertinent lyrics here:
It’s only water
In a stranger’s tear
Looks are deceptive
But distinctions are clear
A foreign body
And a foreign mind
In the land of the blind
You may look like we do
Talk like we do
But you know how it is
You’re not one of us
Not one of us
No you’re not one of us
There’s safety in numbers
When you learn to divide
How can we be in
If there is no outside
All shades of opinion
Feed an open mind
But your values are twisted
Let us help you unwind
You may look like we do
Talk like we do
-But you know how it is
You’re not one of us
Not one of us
No you’re not one of us
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Bible teaches the value of Pi is this
Which shall you believe?
I Kings 7:23-26
He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it. Below the rim, gourds encircled it – ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea. The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. It was a handbreadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths. (NIV)
The Bible is the word of God, yes? Anyone who claims otherwise is a heretic bastard.
Well look at this grave, grave offense to your beliefs.
The value for pi used in calculators is 3.141592654. But if we look at the word of God, it states that the ratio of the circumference to the diameter is 30:10 cubits. In other words:
Also known as 3.00 or 3.0. But here we have these self important mathematicians who believe they can improve on the word of God! What an effrontery. Biblical literalists, you are faced, as when with evolution, with an important dilemma if you wish to continue your peace of mind.
You can either accept that the word of God is fallible and men have improved upon it, therefore casting into doubt your claims of Creation.
Or you could hold steadfast to your God-given beliefs. Stand by in the face of scientific persecution and shout loud to the heavens that PI, goddammit, is equal to 3.0 because God said so.
Chances are if you’re not a hypocritical believer that you’ll take the second road. I’ve anticipated this, and I’ve made a partial list of all the things which you are going to have to forbid teaching in schools and universities if you want to preserve moral rectitude:
- Complex numbers
- Circular motion
- Electrostatic force
- Isotropic transmission
Interesting dilemma for biblical literalists: Either recant and accept the Bible is just a cute collection of bloodthirsty stories (Genesis included) or stand strong in face of the whole world of science and maintain that Pi = 3. Teach it in schools.
You can stop me here, now. You can say that “Ah, but if you look at the volume measurements and cook some of the values here and there you end up with Pi = 3.14, which is the modern version! QED, bitch!”. That the Bible doesn’t state that the value of Pi has no end is a testament to the fact that it was written by Middle East settlers in the BRONZE AGE. Clearly nobody expects the people who wrote the Bible to put down all of the digits of Pi – the book would be a greater pain in the ass than it is now if only out of sheer size. But a simple disclaimer, a simple Pi 3:23 “Oh yeah, but it has no end” or Numbers 1:1 “And God told Moses: ‘Pi, it hath no end’” or even I Kings 3:27 “And God rudely interjected: ‘Sorry guys, I forgot to mention, Pi is irrational’” would have done.
God said Pi = 3; Stand by your beliefs Dammit
To be fair here is a fundies retort Holy Bible Knew about Pi
Monday, March 15, 2010
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Krishna - July 18, 3328 BC
Jesus - December 25, 4 BC
Comparison of the Jesus and Krishna Myths
- Krishna is the son of the Virgin Devaki.
- Jesus is the son of the Virgin Mary.
- Krishna's birth occurs while his foster father, Nanda, is in his native city to pay taxes to the king, King Kansa.
- Jesus' birth occurs while his foster father, Joseph, is in his native city to pay taxes to the Governor.
- King Kansa tried to kill Krishna by ordeing the slaughter of all males born on the same day as Krishna.
- King Herod ordered the slaughter of all infants born on the same day as Jesus. (Matt 2:16)
- The Virgin Devaki is told by an angel, "In thy delivery, O favored among women, all nations shall have cause to rejoice."
- The Virgin Mary is told by an angel, "Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (Luke 1:28-33)
- The nativity of Krishna is heralded by a star.
- The nativity of Jesus is heralded by a star.
- Krishna is born in a cave. The cave story is an indication of lower-class birthplace.
- Jesus is born in a cave. (Source: The Apocryphal Gospel entitled Protevangelion) The manger story (wherein Jesus was born in a stable) is an indication of a low-class birthplace.
- Krishna is visited in the cave by three wise men bearing gifts.
- Jesus is visited in the stable/cave by three wise men bearing gifts.
- The cave was mysteriously illuminated.
- The cave was illuminated so brightly Joseph and Mary's midwife could not tolerate the light. (Source: The Apocryphal Gospel Protevangelion)
- Nanda is warned by an angel to flee from King Kansa by crossing the Jumna River with the infant Krishna.
- Joseph is warned in a dream to flee from King Herod into Egypt with the infant Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
- The baby Krishna began speaking to his mother shortly after birth.
- The baby Jesus began speaking to the Virgin Mary shortly after his birth, saying, "Mary, I am Jesus, the Son of God, that WORD which thou didst bring forth according to the declaration of the Angel Gabriel to thee, and my Father hath sent me for the salvation of the world." (Source: The Apocryphal Gospel, The First Gospel of the Infancy)
- Krishna performs miracles in Mathura.
- Jesus performs miracles in the town of Materea in Egypt.
- Krishna is the second person of the Hindu Trinity: (1) Brahma, (2) Vishnu, (3) Siva. Krishna is the incarnation of Vishnu.
- Jesus is the second person of the Christian Trinity: (1) God, the Father, (2) Jesus the Son, (3) the Holy Ghost.
- Krishna was crucified.
- Jesus was crucified.
- During the crucifixion, Krishna was wounded by an arrow.
- During the crucifixion, Jesus was wounded by a spear.
- At noon on the day of Krishna's crucifixion, the sun darkened.
- From the sixth hour to the ninth hour on the day of Jesus' crucifixion, the sun darkened.
- Krishna descended into Hell. He raised the dead. He brought back two boys from Hell.
- Jesus descended into Hell. He raised the dead. He brought back from Hell two boys, the sons of the high priest. (Source: The Apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus.)