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
Resolution 1580(this text wasn't written by me, but is a resolution of the Council of Europe)Resolution 1580 in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Resolution 1580 (2007)
The dangers of creationism in education
1. The aim of this resolution is not to question or to fight a belief the right to freedom of belief does not permit that. The aim is to warn against certain tendencies to pass off a belief as science. It is necessary to separate belief from science. It is not a matter of antagonism. Science and belief must be able to coexist. It is not a matter of opposing belief and science, but it is necessary to prevent belief from opposing science.
2. For some people the Creation, as a matter of religious belief, gives a meaning to life. Nevertheless, the Parliamentary Assembly is worried about the possible ill-effects of the spread of creationist ideas within our education systems and about the consequences for our democracies. If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights, which are a key concern of the Council of Europe.
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. 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
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. 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 is 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 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 Job 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
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 Scam 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
God's motivationI was watching DarkAntic's newest video, ''God's Hand Was Forced'', and I began thinking about the origin of the universe, and especially the claim that God created the universe. Before we get to the point, let's agree that the God described in Monotheism is omnipotent, omniscient and eternal (meaning that he has always existed and always will exist). Let's also take a look at the following verses, to create an even more specific image of the Christian-Judea God:God's motivation in Philosophical More Like This
Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. (Acts 17:25, New King James Version)
So God doesn't require anything (this is referred to as his asiety, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attributes_of_God_in_Christianity#Aseity)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17, New King James Version)
So God never changes, at all. Now
How the Bible should have endedNote: Some of these monologues are actual Bible verses which I slightly edited to fit in the sketch. Please read the notes in the description bar for further information about some of the sketches.How the Bible should have ended in Short Stories More Like This
God: Hey guys. This entire garden is yours, and that of your offspring. You are free to eat from any tree in the garden.
Adam: Any tree?
God: Well, of course. I mean, did you think I put a tree there with fruit that, if you ate from it, would make both you and all of your offspring, a.k.a the human race, suddenly sinful?
Adam: Of course not. Why would you ever think about doing something like that?
God: I know right! Now how about I create a wife for you?
Adam: Also out of dirt?
God: No, by putting you to sleep and tearing out one of your ribs. Of course dirt!
Genesis (alternate take):
Satan: Looks like that whole ''humanity'' thing is going to work out pretty well.
God: Of course it does. After all, I'm perfect.
Satan: Yeah, about that.. How would you like it if I went down there a
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 Christians 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.
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 Ark in Academic Essays More Like This
It's depressing to see the dep
The Damage of FaithTo many people in the world, the concept of a religion is a welcome one. Their faith provides them with warmth, hope, and an assured protection that is impossible to get from the cold, cynical reality. Theists swathe themselves in a bubble of mental protection, content in the knowledge that thousands, if not millions, of other people are also doing this. Indeed, the very idea that one could do this and not feel part of something greater is absurd. Truly, the theist believes themselves to be part of a large social group, and sees themselves as accepted. How then, you ask, can this warm, bubbly benefit be of any harm to our society? The answer is shockingly obvious, and deliciously simple.The Damage of Faith in Academic Essays More Like This
Religion is a perverse entity, surrounded in half-truths, and violent mystery. It is the greatest, and most obstructive barrier any nation, culture, or ethnicity meets when trying to progress for the better. For religion does no good to mankind, I'm afraid to say. Instead, religion breeds ignorance, an
Why Gay Marriage is (not) Wrong1) Being gay is not natural.Why Gay Marriage is (not) Wrong in Academic Essays More Like This
Firstly, this is entirely false. Homosexuality occurs throughout almost all animals, in mammals in particular. Homosexuality is perfectly natural. But of course, that doesn't matter. To a theist, homosexuality is unnatural, and, as we all know, people always reject unnatural things, like left-handedness, polyester, liposuction, and air conditioning.
2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay.
In the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behaviour.
People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all.
Women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed.
God forbid that the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marri
Why Religion Does What it DoesThroughout human history, unimaginably evil occurrences have been brought upon the world. In my rather broad study of religion and its impact on our society, outlined in "The Damage of Faith", I touched briefly upon the mountainous horrors and atrocities which religions all across the globes regularly commit. From suicide bombings, to faith healing, all manner of nauseating events are regularly committed throughout our lives. In this short post, I aim to perhaps look at why religions can be the cause for such revolting activities, and how their followers readily accept them. For the purpose of this, I will use Christianity as the main example; this is not to show bias, but simply because Christianity is the faith we are generally most comfortable discussing.Why Religion Does What it Does in Academic Essays More Like This
When a Christian is confronted about the dizzying amount of violence in this world, and how children all across the globe find themselves starving or being murdered, their pithy reply is generally "it's all God's plan". Of course,