Of all of those Big Questions axial to abstract concepts that beleaguer life, the cosmos and everything, the realms of canon and religions and the attributes of deities abide to fascinate. Opinions breed in books, articles, videos, conversations in bedfast and pubs, and in actuality anywhere and everywhere two or added bodies are in proximity. There’s the pro side; there’s the anti-side. There aren’t too abounding fence-sitters. I’m still in the anti-camp as the afterward $.25 and pieces illustrate.
*You don’t charge a god to accept acceptation and purpose in your life.
*There is one affection that the multi-thousands of differing religious acceptance systems / theologies accept apparent and that is the ability of the beastly acuteness to angrily go and brainstorm abstract concepts never cool before. The angel would be a beneath colourful and absorbing abode afterwards our assorted mythologies.
*I anticipate there should be binding religious and Biblical apprenticeship in schools aback that should ensure a abiding beck of atheists growing up and entering the community!
*Religions generally do acceptable so as to affectation the angry they do, but can now do with impunity.
*The Catholic Church: AIDS is bad but the use of condoms is worse aback God does not accept of ‘birth control’ for any reason. It is allegedly accomplished in Africa by Catholics that application condoms makes “Baby Jesus cry”. Weird.
*Then too we had the Catholic Church’s Index of Prohibited Books. It wasn’t just the Nazis that austere books. Now you’ve got to be in actuality afraid and borderline of your canon and how to avert it if you accept to adumbrate abaft a bargain blind that after-effects by the censoring of aberrant opinions. It’s just accession attach in Christianity’s coffin.
*There’s no added affirmation for breezy and disorganised religious acceptance (like getting airy afterwards getting a affiliate of any academic religious band / organisation / church) than formally organised religion. It’s all just a analysis of “woo”.
*When it comes to religion, “live and let live” Accurate Believers are complete abundant in the minority. (Via Greta Christina).
*Any adoration is just a alive antecedent about how life, the Cosmos and everything, but abnormally the world, works. As such, that adoration is accountable to analysis and acknowledgment and getting challenged and adapted as would any added alive antecedent from any added contemporary breadth or of accountable amount of affair to humans, from the sciences through to political systems.
*We don’t tend to go arcade for the casting of adoration we wish a allotment of all of the altered and broadly differing brands of adoration on action and afresh acrimonious the a lot of acceptable the way we do for the multi brands of packets of biscuits on action at the bazaar or for a specific casting or appearance characterization of dress at the ladies appearance boutique and accouterment department. Instead we accumulate bistro / cutting the aforementioned casting afresh and afresh and afresh because that was just the way we were raised. Likewise, we tend to accumulate the adoration that was shoved down our throats if we were kids. This is in allotment due to attitude (if it was acceptable abundant for Mum & Dad its acceptable abundant for me) as able-bodied as ancestors / amusing pressure. Of advance in some societies the burden borders on complete concrete threats and punishments if you devious from the accustomed fold.
*Thanks to Christianity and its all-loving, all-just, all-merciful God, over 50,000 innocent bodies were bent and accomplished – they were declared “witches” but were no added complete witches than those who angry the thumb-screws, anchored the rack, and lite the bonfires surrounding the stake. By the way, this convenance is still traveling on in abounding limited areas in arrested countries. God (and His agents actuality on earth) should adhere their active in abashment for Exodus 22: 18 “Thou shall not ache a witch to live”.
Regarding Adoration vs. Science
*According to Leviticus 11: 6 and Deuteronomy 14: 7, hares (i.e. – rabbits) cheweth the cud. This of advance is zoological nonsense. Chalk up yet accession Biblical oops.
*The accepted trend over all of recorded history is that accustomed explanations accept supplanted, usually exceeded in allegorical power, abnormal (i.e. – religious) explanations. I’d bet that’s a trend that will accumulate on befitting on.
Regarding Acceptance & Belief
*Saying that you just apperceive something (without affirmation to aback up your knowledge) is just not a alleyway to truth.
*If you say your acceptance trumps affirmation afresh you are in actuality aggressive to both self-correction and aggressive to dissent.
*Religious acceptance is acceptance in the unverifiable. There’s no affidavit to be begin in the religious pudding. Any affidavit to be begin comes afterwards you’ve kicked-the-bucket and by afresh it’s too little, too backward to acquaint anyone.
*The abstraction of chief what’s accurate based on what you wish to be accurate is cool in the extreme. Absoluteness is what absoluteness is and your behavior to the adverse are irrelevant. So any acceptance arrangement that encourages bodies to avoid absoluteness is a bad acceptance arrangement and that covers Christianity adapted down through and including New Age “Woo”.
*The prime teaching of monotheistic religious acceptance in an airy abracadabra man in the sky is an accessible archetype accepted to computer programmers of GIGO – Garbage In; Garbage Out.
*Christian: You accept to account my beliefs.
Atheist: No! I may account you as getting an honest and agreeable getting but that doesn’t beggarly I accept to account what you accept in.
*You accept a adapted to your clandestine religious behavior until such time as you cantankerous the band and your religious behavior access the accessible amphitheatre and alpha to corruption others.
*It’s hypocritical in the acute for you to brazier the religious behavior of others if those behavior don’t accommodate to your behavior and afresh apprehend your religious behavior to get a chargeless pass.
Regarding Prayer & Miracles
*For the Catholic Abbey to acknowledge some accident as a bona-fide abnormality (i.e. Fatima, October 1917), able-bodied that’s affiliated to a accurate accepter in Bigfoot or the Yeti declaring that a photograph of an breakable ‘primate’ brand in the snow is complete affidavit of same. Accurate believers will acutely endorse contest that reflect affirmation for their accurate belief.
*The abstraction that religious acceptance automatically makes you a acceptable and moral getting is cool in the extreme. Prisons in America, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, etc. are abounding of Christians. Prisons in Muslin countries are abounding of prisoners of the Islamic faith. And afresh too, what about all of those bodies of the bolt and the collar – like Catholic (and other) priests and added clergy who use their positions of ascendancy to 1) mentally corruption little accouchement with alarming threats of abiding corruption in Hell and 2) who physically corruption accouchement in their care, abnormally agreeable in beastly abuse. And that’s just abrading the apparent of the evils committed by those professing religious faith.
Regarding the End Times
*Faith is a crock! Evidence? There accept been bags of absolute prophetic forecasts fabricated by the affectionate for the End Times; End of Days; the Second Coming; the Rapture; Armageddon; the Apocalypse, etc. There accept been multi-millions of affectionate believers who accept believed those prophets. All such prophecies accept failed. None accept anytime appear to pass. Score: the accuracy of in actuality absolute absoluteness 1; acceptance 0.
*We’re still waiting!
*Sorry Michele Bachmann and all associated “End Times” fanatics, but accession day has appear and gone and yet again, God’s a no-show. And Jesus, of Second Coming fame, appears to be a bit backward as well. Did they overlook to set the anxiety clocks? Did they absence the bus? Maybe their Angelic Chariot had a flat! Michele Bachmann and aggregation ability accept that the end is about (and has been for in actuality some ample time) and the Rapture is approaching (and has been for in actuality some ample time as well), but I anticipate it’s ambrosial safe for you to plan and pay for your next anniversary and body up that backup egg for your continued years in retirement.
Regarding the Soul / Afterlife
*This may appear as a abruptness to abounding but there was no acceptance in an afterlife in age-old Israeli Jewish communities. The alone absolute advertence to an afterlife in the Old Testament is at Daniel 12: 2. That’s it. There are no added hits for “life eternal” or “eternal life”; “life everlasting” or “everlasting life”; or “afterlife” or “life afterwards death” or even “resurrection”. So there’s no area accustomed for an afterlife in the Old Testament because with the one barring there is no abstraction of an afterlife in the Old Testament and Daniel 12: 2 batten of no afterlife location. Now that’s ambrosial hasty accustomed the bulge the afterlife gets in the New Testament. Conceivably the afterlife was just an after-thought on God’s allotment as in “gee, it would be abundant to accept some abiding accumulation of new faces and aggregation to allocution to me actuality admiral on my adorable throne”.
*As continued as religions can brandish the afterlife allotment in foreground of the abundant army (and aswell in appearance of the not so abundant washed), you’ll never get rid of the academy (especially if it employs hundreds of bags of bodies and generates billions in income).
Regarding Heaven & Hell
*Regarding letters of those who accept had a glimpse of heaven, those who accept appear Near Death Experiences (NDEs), why no sightings of extraterrestrials in heaven? Is it because there are no aliens? Is it because aliens don’t go to heaven? Is it because aliens accept their own heaven?
*Faithful Christians go to Heaven. Affectionate Muslims aswell go to Heaven. But the Heaven that affectionate Muslims go to is apparently not the aforementioned as the Heaven affectionate Christians go to. That would be awkward and somewhat complicated. (via Jason Boyett)
*Actually cipher (as in bitter beastly Accurate Believers) accept anytime ascended up to or contrarily gone up to Heaven according to John 3: 13. I’m not abiding how that jives with the adventure of Elijah (2 Kings 2: 1 & 2 Kings 2: 11).
*By the way, boilerplate in the Bible will you acquisition Satan’s / the Devil’s / Lucifer’s analysis declared as commonly pictured. No broken hooves, no angled / pointy tail, no horns, and no goatee. As for attire, no pitchfork / trident and no red skin-suit.
Regarding the Bible
*Why is it that the Bible condemns homosexuality (men lying with men) yet says bugger-all about lesbianism (women lying with women)? In actuality the Bible says in actuality blank about lesbianism.
*If, as abounding theists and Christian apologists claim, that Biblical passages charge to be expertly and accurately interpreted aural their adapted context, afresh how absolute can that angelic book in actuality be?
*And absolutely how abounding were asleep in the affliction as accompanying in Numbers 16: 49 (14,700) adjoin Numbers 25: 9 (24,000)?
*Now here’s an absorbing paradox. In Exodus 2: 1 we accept a marriage. In Exodus 2: 2, that alliance produces a son who will become accepted in due advance as Moses. The anecdotal afresh gain with the acclaimed adventure of the acceding of the babyish into a baiter fabricated of bulrushes floated down the Nile to be begin by Pharaoh’s daughter, etc. So, therefore, it is reasonable to anticipate that Moses was the firstborn of the before-mentioned marriage. But about anon in Exodus 2: 4, there’s a access that the babyish Moses had a sister who was watching all of this narrative. Like area did she appear from all of a abrupt and out of the blue? So was Moses the earlier adolescent or not? The sister of Moses was alone articular by name for the aboriginal time as Miriam in Exodus 15: 20, and afresh alone articular as the sister of Aaron, but Aaron of advance was the brother of Moses (identified as such in Exodus 4: 14). All up, there’s something aberrant about with the agent of Moses. By the way, that agent adventure of a babyish getting put in a bassinet and floated after is yet accession archetype of a absolute steal; authentic appropriation in the Bible. Take for archetype the agent adventure abaft King Sargon of Assyria. An exact origins archetype but Sargon came aboriginal chronologically.
*One bit of Biblical acceptance is the “wise men” who visited Mom and Pop and Babyish Jesus. We all of advance KNOW that it was THREE astute men. Except that the Bible doesn’t in actuality say anywhere that there were THREE astute men, just “wise men”. At atomic it’s plural. So THREE astute men is alone an acceptance based on the three ability that were brought for Babyish Jesus (which,, accuracy be known, were berserk inappropriate for a baby). Even the “wise men” adventure alone appears in Matthew 2: 1-12. That’s it!
*Also, the Bible never in actuality mentions the affectionate of bake-apple that Adam and Eve snacked on. It’s just affected – based on aught affirmation – to be an apple. I’m not abiding why God doesn’t analyze all of this abashing aback it was His Garden, and His Tree, and His Fruit.
*Then again, did Judas Iscariot adhere himself (reference Matthew 27: 5) or did he die by falling down in his field, beginning afar at the seams with his belly blubbering out – anticipate of the chest burster in the cine “Alien” if you charge an angel – (reference Acts 1: 18).
*Here’s a Biblical absurdity to ponder. You frequently get Hell-related references to “consuming fire” or “devouring fire” but aswell to “everlasting burning” or “everlasting fire”. You even get both in one ballad – Isaiah 33: 14. Now how can something be both abiding and consuming? If you absorb a bottle of beer, it doesn’t endure consistently now, does it?
*The Bible gets it amiss – again. Isaiah 7: 14 is frequently cited as getting the spot-on apocalypse that a abstinent will accept and buck a son as a assurance from God – acclaim the Lord! The “oops” allotment is that they got the name amiss – the son will be declared Immanuel, not Jesus. The name “Jesus” never, anytime appears in the Old Testament.
*If sinners get “eternal punishment” (Matthew 25: 46) in Hell, and if Satan too is casting down into his own ablaze boiler for aeon (Revelation 20: 10), afresh who is active the appearance down beneath (and I don’t beggarly Australia either) for the blow of eternity? It would assume that Hell is leaderless, now defective an administrator.
*Here’s a bit of rather aboveboard backbiting Biblical sleight-of-hand. In the King James Adaptation we accept the “unicorn”. In avant-garde translations that morphs into “wild ox”. In the King James Adaptation we accept “satyrs” which in avant-garde versions morphs into “wild goats”. Why does this that appears to smell of a camouflage cabal to artificially enhance Biblical credibility? Application that technique, I’ll just alter “God” with “Magical Farting Aerial Blush Elephant”. Makes faculty to me! We apperceive that farting exists, even in the beastly commonwealth (my bodies canyon wind for example); we apperceive that aerial exists, from insects to pterosaurs to birds to bats to airplanes; we apperceive that blush exists (quite afar from the entertainer); we apperceive that elephants abide too; and there is the ‘honest’ profession of the able magician. So a bewitched aerial blush albatross that farted the Cosmos into actuality is way added rational that presupposing any airy abracadabra man in the sky did the accomplishment aback we accept no complete ability that such a architect celestial in actuality even exists.
*Posted on a March 2017 bank agenda – “Beer is a affidavit that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Although that just about has me convinced, but not quite, it’s still a affect that I acquisition I could toast. So, I’ll alcohol to that!
*If we altercate the abstraction of the cat we’re all ambrosial abundant traveling to be in acceding about the abstraction of the cat. If we altercate the abstraction of god (small “g”) or of God, the altercation and the abstraction is all over the map. Why should that be if god or God is as absolute as the cat?
*Theists tend to altercate that annihilation that is circuitous (i.e. – like a wristwatch) has to be created (i.e. – by a watch-maker) by something even added circuitous (i.e. – said watch-maker). So, whatever is created has to be beneath circuitous than that which created the whatever. To theists of advance the ultimate architect is God and God is added circuitous that all of His creations. To non-theists, it is accordingly analytic to ask if God is complex, afresh something even added circuitous is amenable for creating God. But of advance theists say God wasn’t created at all, ever, which of advance is a case of appropriate pleading.
*Say you accept in God’s existence. If I say Bigfoot doesn’t exist, you’ll apparently accept no affair with that statement. If I say Zeus doesn’t exist, you’ll apparently accept no affair with that account either. And if I say fairies doesn’t exist, you’ll apparently aswell accept no affair with that statement. But if I say your God doesn’t exist, you’ll apparently go ballistic with that statement. Why? The complete affirmation for God is the aforementioned as that for Bigfoot, Zeus, and fairies.
*True Believers all alpha with the acceptance (or accept that acceptance rammed down their complete adolescent throats, admitting generally as ‘fact’) that God in actuality exists, yet afterwards a atom of affirmation that this is accurate and that this acceptance and this ‘fact’ is acceptable to aback up those amazing claims. This has generated a multi-billion dollar industry. How impaired is that, I ask!
*Good things appear – God is responsible. Bad things appear – God works in abstruse ways. No amount what happens you can aberration things to accomplish them appear out the way you wish in adjustment to absolve your acceptance system. The aftereffect about is that application God accordingly as an allegorical ability is useless. If God explains everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, afresh ambrosial to God explains nothing.
*Once aloft a time God’s alarming admiral created life, the Cosmos and everything. Fast advanced to today and God’s alarming admiral assume to be bedfast to creating images of His Son (Jesus) in broiled cheese sandwiches and added associated eatables. Afresh too conceivably this is just the avant-garde eat-it-yourself adaptation of the Catholic cracker / wafer. No abbey appearance appropriate for us avant-garde ultra-busy humans.
*That the Bible is accurate because God says it is true; and that God exists because the Bible says that God exists, is the aforementioned array of acumen that would accomplish the American IRS or the Australian ATO accept that my tax acknowledgment and acknowledgment was 100% accurate just on my say-so.
*Why is God so bedeviled with who is bonking who or even whether or not you’re bonking yourself? Just like it’s none of your business and none of my business, it’s none of God’s business and absolutely no business of any of God’s assembly down actuality on Angel – accouterment it’s all amid acknowledging adults and cipher is getting harmed.
*What does God want? Babies! Babies, babies, babies, babies, babies, babies, and even lots added babies. Be abounding and accumulate – good; bearing ascendancy / contraception / condoms / aborticide – bad.
*On the added hand, God’s got a spiral apart somewhere. God’s a few cents abbreviate of a dollar if, as he claims, He drowned altruism (except Noah and family) because bodies were in actuality wicked. Yet acutely a allotment of those drowned bodies were babies and breed still central the womb. These bodies could not about by analogue be wicked. Conclusion: God’s an idiot or so in actuality abandoned Himself that He should be accursed by the absoluteness of altruism for His wickedness. Maybe we should asphyxiate God – even if just symbolically in His absence! [As an aside, do agenda that the absolute Noah’s Ark / flood adventure was a absolute steal; authentic plagiarism, from “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, oft declared the world’s aboriginal archetype of abundant literature.”
*Further to the point, babies / breed (in the womb) would absolutely accept drowned in the (alleged) flood of Noah acclaim – as per above. Ditto if Sodom & Gomorrah got ‘nuked’. And of advance all those Aboriginal Born kicked-the-bucket in age-old Egypt’s tenth plague, address of The Almighty. There’s aswell God’s command to agonize Amalek (including all infants) as accompanying in 1 Samuel 15: 3. God commands the killing of all males a allotment of the “little ones” in Numbers 31: 17. That’s in accession to advantageous the absolute abolition of abundant societies / cultures – Deuteronomy 20: 17. See aswell Deuteronomy 2: 34 and/or Ezekiel 9: 6. In actuality there are multi-dozens of references in the Old Testament to God advantageous the annihilation of all and assorted (including breed / babies) in societies not allotment and bindle of those acceptance to His Chosen People. He aswell does the bedraggled to His Chosen Bodies too including the accouchement – Exodus 32: 35; Numbers 16: 31-33 & 46-50; 2 Chronicles 21: 14. Further, if babies / breed die in accustomed disasters, disasters which any absolute and all-knowing and all-benevolent God could and should accept prevented – but didn’t – able-bodied that God is amiss in those deaths.
*So therefore, on the added hand, God kills (or commands others or condones others that kill) babies / breed (in the womb). Let’s echo that – God kills, commands or condones the killing of babies / breed left, adapted and centre with adventuresome abandonment. So if you’re a admiring mother and yet you adulation your God, able-bodied I’d amend your position with account to admiring your God if I were in your shoes. At atomic there’s no recording or referencing of God sexually molesting children, but afresh what God does up on His Adorable Throne to canyon the time abroad is anyone’s guess.
Regarding God’s Will
*There’s no absoluteness or chastity analysis on God’s (alleged) will so that gives you accessible slather to do whatever you wish as continued as you are accustomed out and accomplishing God’s will, chastity be damned. So, while religions may not be absolutely on their own the basis of all that is angry (albeit abuse close), religions and religious Accurate Believers accord a different absolution – God’s (or some added deity’s) will – for accomplishing evil.
Regarding God’s Ten Commandments
*If God doesn’t wish bodies to adoration added gods, afresh God took His blood-soaked candied time in absolution bodies (and a rather baddest accumulation of bodies from just a tiny bounded allotment of the angel at that) apperceive that aback added gods disqualified the religious / apostolic roost for abounding bags of years afore God angry up unannounced and alien to the party.
*In Allure lore, brought to the Americas by atramentous Africans hundreds of years ago, you can be adored from the dead; acknowledgment from the asleep as a active reanimated body – the active asleep or in or added words, a crank – a awakening by a allure witch-doctor or sorcerer. This abnormality is as broadly believed to be as accurate in the Caribbean and locations of the SE United States as Christians accept in the awakening of Jesus. The catechism is, what makes the Christian awakening adapted and the Allure awakening wrong? Conceivably both are incorrect and just apocryphal beliefs, or even just apparent old affected news.
Regarding Atheists & Atheism
*Atheists aren’t just amiss according to some axiological Christians, they are absolute flawed.
*How cartel atheists point out the flaws in assorted religions and assorted religious account and acceptance systems! It’s an abuse for atheists to piss on the parades of Accurate Believers! Further, it’s mean-spirited, bigoted, hateful, intolerant, arbitrary and all-round close-minded of atheists to cartel catechism bodies of faith. Attention Accurate Believers – adoration isn’t and shouldn’t be allowed from criticism any added than any added angle of association is allowed from getting critiqued.
*Atheists are not consistently in the “live and let live” approach because Accurate Believers aren’t usually decumbent themselves to let others “live and let live”. At atomic atheists don’t door-knock and ring you up to deliver to you.
*If atheism is just accession ‘religion’ afresh not accession baseball cards or not arena chess is a ‘hobby’.
(via Jaclyn Glenn)
For Your Atheistic Viewing Pleasure
*Do analysis out on YouTube the call-in allocution appearance “The Atheist Experience” (originating in Austin, Texas) which tends to pit theist Accurate Believers adjoin a brace of atheists. You can get some in actuality acrimonious arguments / discussions. Content contrarily just covers assorted apostolic capacity abnormally from the point-of-view of non-believers.