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 Lies11 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
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 Blasphemy4 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.
Atheist 3The presidential deity,Atheist 34 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He promised us armistice,
But wrote fear and comfort,
In his totalitarian rulebook.
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.4 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
More detailed explanationMore detailed explanation4 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
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 Illogical4 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
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.4 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
Die Farce der VergebungVergib mir meinen Egoismus,Die Farce der Vergebung4 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.
Response to arrogant stupidity part 1Response to arrogant stupidity part 14 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
You're Selling Broken Souls?You sell already broken soulsYou're Selling Broken Souls?4 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
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 Job4 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
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 is4 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.
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 Scam4 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
An atheist on theism + atheismAn atheist on theism + atheism5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I was a bit bored so figured I would check my e-mails; in my message was an email from an xtian asking my views on not only religion but atheism as well.
Okay here goes, should be somewhat simple as I am use to speaking about my views on these issues. This may or may not be updated, and fixed at a later date because my mind is all jumbled so I will write it and then if needed edit at a later date . It more than likely will be long but we shall see.
I will start with religions.
Since this particularly person did not clarify what type of religion or belief they were referring to, I will discuss them in parts.
First I will speak of my views on the Abrahamic Faiths, which include Islam, Christianity and Judaism. I personally have no favorable view of these particular faiths; with all of the false moralities of a corrupted people. Each of their books speak of killing all who do not believe as they do, each of their books speaking of killing for a myriad of reasons that people do daily.
How I Became an AtheistHow I became and AtheistHow I Became an Atheist4 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
What it means to be an atheistWhat it means to be an atheist5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I told a friend on here that I would post this and see what happens. Understand that when I say "What it means to be an atheist" I am speaking clearly from my perspective. Some atheists may agree with my stance or world outlook, others may not. That is the great thing about this world, not everyone will agree with you.
First I will say that, as atheists we understand the blind faith of theists. I mean we understand the whole believing in god, and all of that even though we personally have no use for it. You have that amazing luxury of living in such a surrealist style of reality that may border on the lines of insanity.
For me being an atheist means we do not have that luxury, for me it is an easy escape to say, god will do this, god will do that if I pray for it. But for an atheist we do not have that luxury of waiting for a god or some other being to step in and help with the woes of the world. As an atheist I believe it is our job to try and help others whenever poss
Christianity and HomosexualitySo a lot of times, the reason people are against homosexuality (or bisexuality, etc), it has to do with religious beliefs, namely the Abrahamic trio (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), and, most vocally in the West, Christianity.Christianity and Homosexuality4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I would like to do some exploration of that.
First, let’s talk about what is said in the Old Testament.
A student essay I’ve read revealed that a verse in Levitcus, one most often cited, was mistransliterated to mean to be against homosexuality, when it was originally against sleeping with your partner for reasons other than sex;
The National Gay Pentecostal Alliance (NGPA) has analyzed the Leviticus verse in great detail to produce a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew. In English, with minimal punctuation added, they rendered it as: “And with a male thou shalt not lie down in beds of a woman; it is an abomi
Won't Be SilencedYou may not accept when truths are spoken,Won't Be Silenced4 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!
Don't Stop DeceivingDon't Stop Deceiving3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
[To the tune of Don't Stop Believing by Journey]
[In response to the Catholic Church's constant cover-up of sexual abuse]
Just a small town priest, living life by his beliefs,
He took the one-way street going to the church
Just a little boy, faith in God has been destroyed
He took the one-way street going to the church
A sermon in a smokey room
A smell of myrrh and cheap bless you’s
Don’t you tell, God’s watching you,
It goes on and on and on and on
Priests are, waiting, up and down the path to “God”
Their shadows stalking after rites
Cover up, pedos. Just to save your filthy asses
Somehow, priests earned special rights
Working hard to earn your trust,
Just for God a little touch,
Sayin’ anything to cover lies
Just one more time.
Some will win, some will lose
EchoesBy some amazing cosmic chain of events, humans are priveleged with thoughtEchoes4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
but we make sure to kill as much of that as we can early on,
so all that's left is an aimless concentration of emotion and confusion,
and we're completely ignorant of what caused it.
our inability to face up to our own meaninglessness-
it's beautiful, actually, if people would just give it credit-
and our subsequent coping devices
and tradition (fuck you)
anything that will pat a person on the head
and say "don't worry, we have the answers"
These things, they mutilate everything beautiful and sacred about the mind and soul.
We condone all of this; resign ourselves to it; forget about it;
not realizing that we're
any chance we had for true thought and feeling, we're
our time, we're
and we just smile and say "six o'clock again ALREADY?"
It makes me
to think that in a couple of minutes, I,
just like everyone else,
am going to, fumi
Statement of an unbelieverReligion: The poison in your ear?Statement of an unbeliever4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
On May 1st 2007, the late Christopher Hitchens released the book "God is not great: How religion poisons everything". Judging by his writings, the title was not just a sensationalist attempt at increasing sales, but the genuine sentiment of its author. Having immersed myself in the subject of religion contra reality, the influence it has, I lean towards Hitchens' side- religion appears harmful to me, doing more ill than good to society at large.
Religion is, in the world at large, probably the greatest yoke any country, civilization or ethnicity faces when trying to progress, to move forwards. It creates division, isolation between groups, inspires hate where there would be none before. Religion narrows the mind. It creates division, clouds judgment and endorses intolerance. To quote Richard Dawkins: "I oppose religion... because it teaches people to be satisfied with an incomplete explanation of how the world works."
In March 2009, Pope Benedic
Essay: Why God CAN'T create meaningEssay: Why God CAN'T create meaning4 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
Beauty is meaninglessDay without night: allBeauty is meaningless4 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.