Common abrahamic excuses that hold little water
"God gaves us free will, ergo it's pur own fault": Except that the Bible nor the Qu'ran put emphasis on free will. Hell, this excuse is so very recent, that, until a few centuries ago, the idea that God had absolute control over our lives was very popular.
"Its our fault; Adam and Eve's sin created evil, not God!": If you have read Genesis, you'll know this is bullshit (Hell, even Yahweh admits he created evil!). Likewise, at no point is the first sin ever considered a "Pandora's Box" situation.
"God is goodness incarnate! Evil is against his nature!":...have you even read the Bible? Yahweh is also considered to not be goodness incarnate until the NT and Qu'ran; in the OT, he is treated as a Lawful Neutral agent.
"Your're putting everything out of context!": Considering I actually bother to read the Bible/Qu'ran, while you only cherry pick passages your pastor dictates...
"He died for your sins! You should be grateful!":
1- His sacrifice was pointless, He only rescued saints from Sheol
Infected LiesInfected Lies10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
while we sit idly by
and watch millions die
due to infected lies
that we, every one
watch hunger and epidemic
run rampant throughout the world
with the pull of a trigger, taking lives
while we stand idly by
due to infected lies as
Noah's ArkOut of all the violent, genocidal, incestuous stories in the Old Testament, there is one violent, genocidal, and incestuous story that finds itself as one of my favourites. The scale of its disaster and human murdering is far higher than any hyperbolised Hollywood film, and its conclusion is filled with more carnal details than a porn magazine mixed with 'A Game of Thrones'; this story is Noah's Ark. The real reason for my adoration of this story, however, comes from the startling psychological ramifications it possesses. Despite the obvious logical, mathematical, and even moral failings, this story is still held dearly in the hearts of otherwise perfectly sane men and women. Instead of viewing this story as a myth, or as an over exaggerated image of some obscure Biblical metaphor, this story is instead seen as fact; it's taken at face value. The entire concept is laughable, yet people use it as a literal example of a historical, factual world-wide flood.Noah's Ark2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
It's depressing to see the dep
God is Not an American ValueLadies and Gentlemen of Congress, thank you for allowing me to speak today.God is Not an American Value3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I do not stand before you with a hate filled heart.
I do not stand before you today wishing to destroy anyone's beliefs or ways of life.
I do not stand before you today hoping to achieve a victory for one group while hurting another.
Instead, I stand before you today in the hope that you listen open-mindedly.
That is all I ask.
In 1956, "In God We Trust" was adopted as the United States official motto. This motto has been on our coins since 1864 and on our paper currency since 1957. In 1954, the words "Under God" where added to the Pledge of Allegiance. The question of whether or not these phrases are constitutional has been argued on all levels, from the dinner tables of average Americans, all the way up to the Supreme Court. I personally believe that these phrases are unconstitutional, but the arguments for it have been so overused that I feel repeating them would be beating a dead horse.
No, instead I will b
More detailed explanationMore detailed explanation3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Sociopathy is described as at least three of the following:
- Callous unconcern for the feelings of others.
- Gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules, and obligations.
- Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them.
- Very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence.
- Incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularly punishment.
- Markedly prone to blame others or to offer plausible rationalizations for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society.
Most modern christians and muslims display the following:
- Absolutely no understanding (irony is great, imr?), concern or compassion for people who do not behave like they think they should, specially LGBT people. Constant praise of teen suicides, praise of organisations who restrict LGBT, atheist and pagan rights, callous disregard for the suf
The Ironic BlasphemyThe idea that Chirst is God comes from the phrase "Ego eimi", usually translated as "I am". This is what the name of the abrahamic deity, Yahweh, means (originally comes from the name Yahu, but since has been translated to "I am".The Ironic Blasphemy3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
However, what Jesus actually said was "Ego eimi ho on", "I am that I am". This is an archaic expression saying "I'm telling the truth".
Because Christians only believe Jesus was God because of this phrase, it means that, in fact, the very basis of christian theology is nothing but an hilarious accident.
Christ, therefore, is not God. You've been blaspheming all along.
Yahweh (God) is IllogicalWhile believing in "a" god or gods can possibly be argued with a small degree of logic, it's extremely illogical to believe in the specific god Yahweh - the obviously humanly flawed selfish, jealous, greedy, hateful deity of the bible whose actions and orders fit the description of any religion's main villain, much too tiny and petty to explain the beauty and vastness of this universe.Yahweh (God) is Illogical3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Any "all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful" god who has ordered even one human to kill another human, EVER, is a FALSE god (not to mention the hundreds of thousands of children and women yahweh has ordered exterminated, or taken as slaves... the Good god, everybody!)
EVEN just once!
Or any infinitely loving god who can allow the existence of a place like hell (without becoming so extremely disgusted with himself at even contemplating the idea that he just snaps it out of existence in the very next thought), just proves itself to be a creation based on the umrealistic needs and desires of humanity during
Moderates, chose your side.There are two types of Christians. The first type believes that the stories in the Bible are historically true, and have actually happened. These Christians are very common (especially in the USA, where they are the majority). These are the Christians that I (and most other Atheists) are especially trying to reach, because they often harm others with their believes.Moderates, chose your side.3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The second type of Christians believe that the stories in the Bible (like Genesis) are not meant to be taken literally, and are simply parables or metaphors. These Christians are quite common, but to a much less degree than the other type of Christians. While these Christians are often not fundamentalists, they are quite annoying in their own way.
The reason these kind of Christians are so annoying is because they usually target Atheists instead of other Christians, even though they often agree more with Atheists than with other Christians. They accuse us of taking the Bible literally, and try to make us look just as ignora
You're Selling Broken Souls?You sell already broken soulsYou're Selling Broken Souls?3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blaming your customers for soul corruption
You're trying to sell us Free Will
Which we already own in abundance
Next, you tell us you know the cure
for the sad souls you barter
"Give us back that free will
or we'll just make your lives harder!"
You sell pre-corrupted souls
to hook us on the dream
You slander me, "Fool!"
for calling out your scheme
To vote against gays and women?
Then I will truly be free?
Turn around and call ME intolerant
When it's YOUR OWN bigotry being screamed
You sell me a damaged soul
that I neither want, nor need
You expect ME to fix YOUR product
Before YOUR god can feed!
Repeating meaningless praises
just to ignore his greed
Who cares about evidence?
Or Life itself?
When your place in heaven is "guaranteed"
You sell me a soul jam-packed with your filth
- a soul you have yet to show me
You claim the crime of an ancestor is my guilt
Hah! Well, you can go ahead and blow me!
If you can sway me without ins
Atheist 3The presidential deity,Atheist 33 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He promised us armistice,
But wrote fear and comfort,
In his totalitarian rulebook.
Beauty is meaninglessDay without night: allBeauty is meaningless3 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Will burn alive under
Intense, harsh light.
Without bats, the stings
Of a thousand insects will
Pierce your fell skin.
Without insects, you
Will wither as plants crumble;
Fitting a fate.
Cling on to what is
Beautiful, and rightfully
Does Hell wait for you.
You do not need "God" to be Moral."If you don't believe in God, then why believe in morality?"You do not need "God" to be Moral.3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
This question was once asked by a stampmaker who has since deactivated their account here on deviantART. To this person, it seemed that morality was something that required faith. Faith, in the sense of the word that the religious use in reference to their relationship with their particular god, and not in the other sense that is used when someone speaks of trust or confidence in someone or something, based off of previous experiences.
I have always been of the opinion that we do not need god to be a good person. Some have asked me, where does the concept of good come from, but from God? It's an interesting and thought-provoking question. Where does the concept of good come from? Is it something that is learned? And if not learned, is it something that we are born with?
I feel that the solution to these questions can be found by viewing our behavior in the same wa
Won't Be SilencedYou may not accept when truths are spoken,Won't Be Silenced3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And you probably won't even bother to listen.
You can hide your head deep in the sand
and get those who speak to you banned.
You can whine like a bitch and call people names,
you only show you're not as accepting as your claims.
You can spout your bullshit to your mindless sheep,
we all know that spineless words are cheap.
Being unable to back up those things you speak
and refusing to discuss your ideas just proves you're weak.
You can try to pretend that you're something you're not.
You can live in a lie despite what you're being taught.
But you can't force your idiocy onto those who see
and you won't fucking silence me!
Response to arrogant stupidity part 1Response to arrogant stupidity part 13 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"-One of the teachings of Wicca is reincarnation. But there is no evidence in support of reincarnation. There is no way to prove it exists."
There is no way to prove Heaven either, dumbass. Also, at least reincarnation makes sense for two reasons:
- It is a common belief in even christian derived traditions, so it's prevalence is indicative that it is more likely to be real than Heaven.
- On a scientific point of view, the body is scattered after death, so why not the soul? Only some abrahamic cults believe in a soul that is immortal; all other religions believe the soul can be fragmented, can be wounded. Seeing as how the soul is consistently depicted as not being a distinct entity from the body, it makes more sense.
"-How do you know the gods and goddesses of Wicca exist? Can you prove it?
-The Christian God has evidence to prove Him (see artist description). "
First, Wicca believes in two essencial deities; everything else is an aspect of them. The Bible its
Not THAT mysterious.Many times, when Atheists ask Theists questions regarding God's actions (or lack thereof), the Theists claim that God works in mysterious ways. According to them, we can't know God's reasons, because they are too complex for us to comprehend. Theists frequently use this argument, yet they make several mistakes.Not THAT mysterious.3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Their first mistake is that, even though they claim that we can't understand God's reasons, they always have other ways to justify God's behavior. They may claim that God allowed some disaster to happen because the people affected by it were sinful, or they claim that God allows bad things to happen because he doesn't want to interfere with free will. In all these cases, the apologist is trying to give a reason for God's behavior, and therefor claims to know his reasons. If they actually believed that God's reasons can't be known, they wouldn't be using these arguments, and would instead stick with the ''mysterious ways'' argument. However, they don't, showing that wh
Atheism, what it REALLY isWhenever I'm having arguments with theists, or when I'm looking up what people think the word ''Atheist'' actually means, I notice how misinformed people actually are about us. I'm not only talking about the religious fanatics, but also about the casual theists, and even many people who don't want to admit that they are technically Atheists. This article is meant to combat the stereotypes related to Atheism.Atheism, what it REALLY is3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Let's start with the definition of Atheism. An Atheist is (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism#Definitions_and_distinctions):
1. Negative Atheism: Someone who doesn't have believe in any kind of god (either he/she has never heard of God, doesn't take a stand regarding the existence of god, or simply believes that God's existence is unlikely, without believing that the statement ''There's at least one god'' must be false). In this case, Atheism is simply LACK of theism. This means that most agnostics are also Atheists, even though they don't like to admit it.
Note to Fundamentalist ChristiansI do respect the individual right you have to believe in whatever you want and the individual right to exercise that belief.Note to Fundamentalist Christians3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
But it doesn't mean:
- I'm obligated to share your beliefs and to live accordingly to the outdated medieval dogmas of your religion;
- I'm obligated to respect your religion unconditionally (which I don't)
We have to respect people (only when they deserve our respect; in my opinion respect is a both way street and it's not supposed to be given unconditionally on a silver platter); ideas on the other hand exist to be questioned, criticized, refuted, etc. If you feel personally offended because we dare to question and criticize your religion well...tough.
How I Became an AtheistHow I became and AtheistHow I Became an Atheist3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
In my life I've been asked many questions on how I became an Atheist. They were more or less the same. They asked "are you angry at God", "did something happen","have you read the Bible","how is it possible not to believe" and other similar to these. If you're an Atheist you know what I'm talking about. These are pretty common. Also, these questions remind me the same questions asked to the gay people when the gay rights movement first started. The people behind these questions? More or less the same. These questions will be asked by your average theist person that has no idea what an Atheist is and most possibly is scared to ask questions and doubt his own faith.
I was brought up in a Christian Greek Orthodox household but my parents didn't have strict control over my beliefs. That was step one. We were a family that liked to travel abroad a lot, specialy in Europe and because one of my aunts is married to a Turkish person (surprise!), I
An Essay on Republican Capitalist PhilosophyAn Essay on Republican Capitalist Philosophy3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I wrote this essay because Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is the most ill-conceived and potentially counterproductive economical plan I have heard in recent history. Not only that, it seems to embody everything that is wrong with the republican way of thinking. I'm going to explain my objections to this plan, and also touch on the broader issues of republican capitalist ideals.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Cain's 9-9-9 plan is to limit income tax 9%, but introducing a 9% business transactions tax and a 9% federal sales tax. There's one crucial problem I immediately noticed, and to make it easier to see, I'll illustrate it with extreme examples from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Consider a poor person who barely makes enough to get by. He has to spend nearly 100% of his income because of his living expenses alone. Now consider a very wealthy person making $10,000,000 per year. He could be very frivolous and still
Essay: Why God CAN'T create meaningEssay: Why God CAN'T create meaning3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Many religious apologetics claim that without God, nihilism necessarily follows. The counterpoint has been made many times that even if the universe is meaningless or unpalatable without God, that doesn't make God any more likely to exist. If you decide that a world in which you're no seven feet tall is unacceptable to you, that won't make you any taller. However, nobody seems to have questioned the assumption that God's existence would impart meaning.
After listening to lectures from religious believers and talking to them online, I've noticed that they tend to view their God the same way a toddler views a father figure. Daddy is infinitely strong. Daddy knows everything, and he is always right. If Daddy says it's good, it's good. Pointing out flaws and inefficiencies in God's alleged work, and the moral and logical errors in God's alleged plan, seldom phases a believer, just like a toddler can never b
The Book of JobLet's take a look at the Book of Job, one of the most revolting stories ever told. For those who have never heard of Job, he is the title character of the Book of Job. He was a wealthy man with many possessions, servants, a wife, 7 sons and 3 daughters. He was a good man who cared about his family, his friends, and the people around him. He also praised God and shunned evil.The Book of Job3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
One day, however, Satan (actually not the same being as Satan from the New Testament), has something to say about this:
So Satan answered the Lord and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person."
So Satan went out from the pres
Die Farce der VergebungVergib mir meinen Egoismus,Die Farce der Vergebung3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Oh, lieber Gott!
Vergib mir meine fehlende Nächstenliebe,
vergib mir, dass ich gegen die zehn Gebote verstoßen habe,
vergib mir, dass ich mehrmals gegen die zehn Gebote verstoßen habe,
vergib mir meine Schwäche
und auch meine Stärke.
Vergib mir meine Fehler,
vergib mir meine Laster,
vergib mir meine Sünden,
vergib mir meine Wut,
vergib mir meinen Hass,
vergib mir meine Angst,
vergib mir meine Eifersucht,
vergib mir meinen Neid,
vergib mir meinen Stolz,
Vergib mir meine Taten.
Vergib mir meine Hoffnung,
vergib mir meine Stärke,
vergib mir meine Emotionen.
Vergib mir meine Persönlichkeit.
Und vergib mir meine Dummheit,
vergib mir die Dummheit,
dich um Vergebung zu bitten.
If I was godI would first reveal my existence, I would prove I was by descending from the heavens and by completely restoring earth, all the natural resources, the effects of climate change all fixed.If I was god3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I would create an infinite, reliable energy source and food source that was accessible to everyone, not just the rich and eliminate poverty in the process.
To fix the over population problem, I would create another world similar to earth and with that a teleportation system that would allow people to move there, easily to start a new life.
If there was a war I would intervene, I would try negotiate for peace, I'd save innocents caught in the cross fire, I'd do something!
I would help people in life as much as I would help in death.
I wouldn't sit back on my arse, doing nothing, demanding that everyone worship me.
I wouldn't allow the injustice and cruelty that happens every second of every day to occur.
I am a deeply flawed human being, I am far from perfect but yet, I would do a better job than the
The Christian ScamMany of you may have heard of Original Sin, which is one of the most important aspects of Christianity. According to most Christians, we are all born with original sin because of what Adam and Eve did. According to them, Jesus died on the cross to forgive us for our sins, and if we accept his forgiveness, we are saved.The Christian Scam3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
As I explained in several of my other articles, the whole Original Sin story doesn't make any sense. My article ''With Great Power...'' explains why the Fall doesn't make sense, while ''God and (in)justice'' partly explains why Jesus's sacrifice wasn't necessary. Besides, there's no evidence that the story of genesis is actually true, and while Jesus may have existed, it doesn't conclude that he actually died for people's sins. For more reasons why the sacrifice doesn't make any sense, check ShakeySurgeon's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYf1Vyln8zo
However, what I want to talk about now is not how little sense Original Sin makes, but what the actual point of it i