Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Some of us have had bad religion soaked childhoods, but most of us had long ones. None of us can help the things life has done to us, and once they are done they make us do other things until at last everything comes between us and what we would like to be and we have lost our original self. A paraphrase from Eugene O'Neill. You are not lost forever, you can free yourself from these things. Have patience, care for yourself, giving yourself a break.
When I was child I spoke as a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put away childish ways. I no longer believe in shame from the book of or believers in myths. I had been shamed to believe I would be this immoral child of hell if I gave up Christianity and became an atheist. My big surprise was my morals did not change and in fact I was now more honest, which if there is a good god he would honor that the most. Put my experience in their prophecy fail category.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
We all have met those kind of people. Religion, fundamental Christianity in particular, attracts those who are insecure and need a stick to punish others ("you are going to hell") and need a skirt to hide behind ("It is not me saying it, it is God").
As Dylan wrote
You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning
You got a lotta nerve
To say you got a helping hand to lend
You just want to be on
The side that’s winning
I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you
Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you
Song: Positively 4th Street
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts - Bertran Russell.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Can't we just agree the Bible gets a failing grade in science? This really would be a story of self correcting errors if God had just let it go. Why didn't God stop men from landing on the moon or sending the Voyager satellites past our Solar System? How is it different today than thousands of years ago? Oh yeah, science.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Humans came from an common ancestor, we are apes. However, Christian "scientists" cannot agree on the fossil record on is it human or is it ape. How interesting.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
A lot of times I talk about the immorality of Christianity. Most of the time, Christians and even a few atheists jump to defend Christianity by talking about various good deeds particular Christians have done and continue to do. But I wasn’t talking about Christians being immoral; I was talking about Christianity being immoral. What can be more immoral then the vicarious redemption of sin?
The whole idea that I can go and murder someone or work on Saturday and have my sins forgiven vicariously by someone else is a license for crime. Christians often use the analogy of some small offense like a drunk driving charge (which for the record isn’t really a small offense) and they talk about how Judge God lets the offender off the hook because Jesus paid his or her fine. But that isn’t how the world works.
If someone went and murdered someone else and was found guilty, no one would be able to pay the fine of prison time except that person who was found guilty. There is an old expression, “If you do the crime, you will do the time.”
But that isn’t the worst part of the Christian redemption system. The way Jesus allegedly pays for your sins is through blood sacrifice. It is funny that when most Americans hear about some cult sacrificing an animal to the Gods they laugh and think such a ritual is absurd and yet 80% or more believe the same thing.
The whole Christian belief system centers around the idea of blood sacrifice. Back before Jesus allegedly came, the Abrahamic God wanted people to sacrifice goats to him so that he could forgive them for their sins. This is where the term scapegoat comes from. Everyone in the village puts all their sins on to the goat and kills the goat as a sacrifice to God. But God wanted more than just a goat.
Lambs were more desirable to God apparently, because he wanted the people to sacrifice an innocent lamb to show how much they care instead. Let me repeat that last part. God wanted people to sacrifice an Innocent Lamb.
Now of course there is no need to sacrifice an Innocent Lamb or any other lamb for that matter because Jesus is the “Lamb of God.” In other words, he is the innocent blood sacrifice that God needs for the redemption of sin.
Some people will say that not all Christians believe this and that I am generalizing. But the fact is that this whole blood sacrifice thing is a pretty central point the Christian belief system. I really don’t think one could seriously be considered a Christian if they don’t buy into the idea that the death of Jesus was a necessary sacrifice to God for their sins. That is pretty much the whole grounding of the religion. God forgives those who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for payment of their sins.
In reality, there is no vicarious redemption for sin. God can’t forgive you for your wrongs. Only those who you have wronged can forgive you. Next time you lie to a friend or family member about something, instead of asking Jesus for forgiveness, try slaughtering an innocent lamb instead. Let me know if that works out for ya.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
It sums up how best to live and enjoy your life
Either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well there is nothing to worry about.
Either you will get well or you will die. If you get well there is nothing to worry about.
Either you go to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about.
But if you go to hell you will be so darn busy shaking hands with your friends you won't have time to worry.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Along with these text apparently
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. Matthew 5:42
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:12-14
And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” Luke 3:11
There are hundreds of text in the Bible about helping the poor and none say to determine if they are worthy. Well, isn't that the point of the Bible to tell you how unworthy you are and yet God sends the rain on the good and evil.
Christians should learn from the Old Testament. Them getting involved in Government is a big fail.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Why has no one come back from a near death experience (NDE) and told us about hell?
The odds must be incredibly high per Christianity (only a remnant will be saved) yet you never hear it.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Creationist are Creative - Two Definitions Of Science
When you start with a fantasy story that must not be questioned then you must bend everything to it. So distorting already defined words is a ready game for those so inclined. In the recent HBO documentary Question Darwin a pastor is shown saying, if the Bible said 2+2=5, he would believe it and then work it out to understand it. The creative part! How can I make bend reality to make it fit. This is why it took centuries to get out from under religion (aka Dark Ages) and see the world as it is. This is still why Darwin is vilified. This is still why Ken Ham will make up anything to fit an ancient book that he and a billion others believe in. Oddly they cannot agree with each other.
Religion causes divergence. Science causes convergence.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
There are 200 billion stars in the Milky Way (our galaxy) and an estimated 125 billion galaxies in our universe. If you were to randomly pick a star from everything you know, you'd have a 0.0000000000000004% chance of picking our sun, which is not even at the center of our galaxy but essentially a rebel outpost. There are 20 current religions with more than a million followers each. There are 41k Christian denominations.
And you think that your specific belief is the correct one?
The picture above is pointing to our solar system, which is a spec in the galaxy.