Thursday, September 22, 2011
As humans, we are a very unique species in that we live in such a wide variety of environments. As a result of living in so many different environments, we as humans are much more diverse than many species. There is a very wide range of physical and mental characteristics within the human species. As a result of these differences, there is inevitably conflict.
The reason it's taboo to discuss race is that many people many people don't have ability to view themselves or the world objectively. They are dumb and feel the need to follow the rules of "political correctness" that they've been brainwashed to follow. This mentality also leads people to join religions and isolate themselves from everyone else in the world. This then leads to each group wanting to either destroy or assimilate the others. The inability to view oneself as part of a worldwide, interdependent group leads to many if not all conflicts in the world.
Then there are those of us who can think objectively, who are forced to watch from the sidelines, shaking our heads, frustrated that we can't do anything about this whirlwind of tards we've been swept up in. It's a nice thought to consider that maybe the dumb people will eventually evolve to become objective thinkers as well, and everyone will get along for at least a few years before we become extinct...that's all we can hope for. It's going to be an interesting future...I wish I could live long enough to see how it plays out...or maybe I'm better off not knowing.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
I was shocked and appalled at how many of these people attributed even the slightest good fortune to some type of higher power looking out for them. Something as simple as getting a new job or meeting a spouse was attributed to "god helping them" or "angels watching over them." This kind of thinking angers me so much. People are so narcissistic - they think their lives are so significant that god has assigned a team of angels to follow them around and make sure good things happen to them. But what about all of the bad things that have happened to them? When explaining their belief in miracles and guardian angels, they only mention the good things...they completely forget all of the tragedy and negative things that have happened to them and others.
What about all of the bad things that happen in this world? Where were your angels when those things happened? Some peope survive cancer and people will say "it's a miracle." But what about the millions of people who have died from cancer? Why didn't your little team of angels help those people? It's because there is no magical higher power that helps anyone. Accept it, you religious morons.
Here Seth McFarlane discusses Atheism with Adam Carolla on Adam's podcast (audio only).
At this point in history, how can people still believe in something as retarded as The Bible? That book is a friggin' fairy tale and it sickens me that so many people still take religion so seriously.
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Well, first they start off by start off by saying:
"Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed, arrested, and crucified and that he would come back to life three days later. That’s a strange plan! What was behind it? Jesus was no entertainer willing to perform for others on demand; instead, he promised that his death and resurrection would prove to people (if their minds and hearts were open) that he was indeed the Messiah."
Well...we can never know if Jesus made this prediction at all. Jesus's prediction and anything else he did easily could've been fabricated by those who wrote the Bible. Why do religious people just assume that everything in the Bible is true? Jesus may have actually done a tiny fraction of the things the Bible claims he did. Just because the Bible says he predicted his death and resurrection, that doesn't mean it actually happened. They act as if the Bible is just as reliable as an audio recoring or video that was recorded last week. A story that was written by someone around A.D. 80 is not the most reliable source for anything. I wouldn't trust anything that is so old and unverifiable.
They claim this is how Jesus died on the cross:
"Jesus hung there for approximately six hours. Then, at 3:00 in the afternoon—that is, at exactly the same time the Passover lamb was being sacrificed as a sin offering (a little symbolism there, you think?)—Jesus cried out, “It is finished” (in Aramaic), and died. Suddenly the sky went dark and an earthquake shook the land."
Seriously? An earthquake shook the land? If that doens't sound like a made-up fairy tale, I don't know what does. So the Bible claims to know the exact time Jesus died? How can a book so old that could've been fabricated by anyone be taken as fact.
Let's see where it goes from here.
They go on to say:
"Some have proposed that Jesus lived through the crucifixion and was revived by the cool, damp air in the tomb–“Whoa, how long was I out for?” But that theory doesn’t seem to square with the medical evidence. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association explains why this so-called “swoon theory” is untenable: “Clearly, the weight of historical and medical evidence indicated that Jesus was dead."
HISTORICAL AND MEDICAL EVIDENCE?!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! What evidence? Because the Bible says so? A bunch of old writings from over 2000 years ago qualify as evidence?
It then says:
"If Jesus’ body was anywhere to be found, his enemies would have quickly exposed the resurrection as a fraud. Tom Anderson, former president of the California Trial Lawyers Association, summarizes the strength of this argument:
"With an event so well publicized, don’t you think that it’s reasonable that one historian, one eye witness, one antagonist would record for all time that he had seen Christ’s body? … The silence of history is deafening when it comes to the testimony against the resurrection."19
So, with no body of evidence, and with a known tomb clearly empty, Morison accepted the evidence as solid that Jesus’ body had somehow disappeared from the tomb."
What?!! How can anyone possibly claim to analyze "evidence" and accounts that happend around 2000 years ago?!!!! So just because some old writings claimed something happened, we are supposed to believe them as fact?!!! Any number of fabrications could've been produced around that time to make it seem as though any of these things happened, even if they did not.
"Each eyewitness account reports that Jesus suddenly appeared bodily to his followers..."
EYEWINESS ACCOUNTS?!!!! Seriously? 2000-year-old "eyewitness accounts" are supposed to be reliable? NO WAY! AGAIN - eyewitness accounts could've easily been fabricated as well...why are we supposed to believe any of these "eyewitness accounts" are even real?
Another ridiculous quote:
"Later, according to the eyewitness accounts, all the disciples saw Jesus on more than ten separate occasions. They wrote that he showed them his hands and feet and told them to touch him. And he reportedly ate with them and later appeared alive to more than 500 followers on one occasion."
Again - "eyewiness" accounts which could've been easily fabricated, and are unverifiable.
They go on:
"Legal scholar John Warwick Montgomery stated, “In 56 A.D. [the Apostle Paul wrote that over 500 people had seen the risen Jesus and that most of them were still alive (1 Corinthians 15:6ff.). It passes the bounds of credibility that the early Christians could have manufactured such a tale and then preached it among those who might easily have refuted it simply by producing the body of Jesus.”
So just becasue Paul wrote something around 2000 years ago, we are supposed to believe it's true? Again, "Paul" or whoever wrote these things, could've easily made it all up. They keep referring to the body of Jesus and how its absence proves the story to be true...how is that?
I could write a story on a piece of paper that says a man named Dave died and rose from the dead in 2008. I could then include in that story that many people verified it and there were witnesses. I can then bury that story in the ground for someone to find 2000 years from now - when someone finds it in 2000 years, are they supposed to believe it just because it's written on a piece of paper?
"Bible scholars Geisler and Turek agree. “If the Resurrection had not occurred, why would the Apostle Paul give such a list of supposed eyewitnesses? He would immediately lose all credibility with his Corinthian readers by lying so blatantly.”
AGAIN WITH THE SUPPOSED "EYEWITNESSES." No one stops to think that maybe, JUST MAYBE, Paul made up a list of names?!!!! How can anyone verify that these named eyewitnesses are real? In my Dave story, I could easily make up a fake list of 3000 witnesses and bury it along with the story...why would the people who find this list in 2000 years have any reason to believe it's true? HAHAHA!!! This is some funny stuff! I have to take a break from this for a while...this is just too funny.
OK...I'm back for some more laughs.
They go on to say:
"As if the eyewitness reports were not enough to challenge Morison’s skepticism, he was also baffled by the disciples’ behavior. A fact of history that has stumped historians, psychologists, and skeptics alike is that these 11 former cowards were suddenly willing to suffer humiliation, torture, and death. All but one of Jesus’ disciples were slain as martyrs. Would they have done so much for a lie, knowing they had taken the body?"
OK...any number of things could explain the disciples "baffling" behavior...here are a couple of possibilities:
Maybe the disciples were just plain crazy - I don't know why people never consider the possibility that the people in the Bible who do strange things might've just been insane. Many religious people over the years have done strange things in the name of their religions. The people of the Heaven's Gate cult all killed themselves because of their beliefs...did everyone in the world believe they were right just because their actions were so drastic? HELL NO! WE ALL JUST CONCLUDE THAT THEY WERE CRAZY NUT-JOBS!!! No one considers the fact that the disciples were just an older version of the Heaven's Gate people - nut-jobs!
Another explaination for the disciples strange actions - maybe the story never even happened and is completely made up....ANYONE EVER CONSIDER THAT? EVER CONSIDER THAT MAYBE THE BIBLE IS ENTIRELY FAKE? WHY WOULDN'T YOU CONSIDER IT?
The Bible was written over a period of 1400 to 1800 years and had more than 40 different authors....does that sound like a book that has any credibility? The Bible HAD OVER 40 AUTHORS!!!! IT WAS WRITTEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO!!! IT COULD VERY WELL BE A COMPLETE FAIRY TALE!!!! WHY CAN'T PEOPLE CONSIDER THIS OBVIOUS POSSIBILITY?!!!
They go on further, but I can't take this anymore...I can't find one bit of information in this thing that is solid and reliable...nice try, religious fanatics.
Unfortunately, your logic in this post is quite flawed.
Firstly, you say that we know that Christ was never resurrected because we know that resurrection is impossible.
You are rejecting the resurrection because you have decided that the resurrection is impossible. But how could anyone prove the resurrection of Christ if the evidence that is required to prove it rejected a priori?
It would be similar to someone saying that the earth is not a sphere because it is impossible for the earth to be a sphere. It is just circular reasoning.
Secondly, you say that no one can prove that anything in the Bible is true.
Well that is just patently false. For example, in Acts 18:12-17, a title is ascribed to an individual as Gallio, Proconsul of Achaia. For a long time, it was asserted that this designation was impossible. However, an inscription at Delphi was discovered that describes the title and dates for this person exactly as in Acts.
So this one fact, alone, is reason enough to reject your absolute claim that nothing in the Bible can be proved.
You request a 'SPECIFIC prophecy' that can be proved the Bible predicted.
Well... see Daniel 2:37-42 which names actual, real empires in succession before they existed. See Isaiah 44:22-45:1 where Cyrus is predicted by name before the events described.
Ezekiel 26:3-14 predicted the destruction of Tyre long before it happened -- and provides specific detail about how that would happen.
These are just a few and they are:
1. more than a vague guess
2. more than just reading a trend
3. they are highly unusual and not normally expected
So you are quite incorrect to say that it is not possible to demonstrate a Bible prediction."
Below is my response to Steve Parker:
We know resurrection is impossible because it goes against the laws of nature and physics (resurrection has never been proven to be possible, or even suggested to be possible).
No one has ever been recorded being resurrected. It has not been documented or observed in any way that can be proven...so it's safe to say resurrection is impossible.
Honestly - if you think resurrection is possible, you are either crazy or a moron. You really believe a person can be dead for a long period and then come back to life magically? Just by admitting to that, you are admitting to being quite insane.
Secondly...I'm not saying NOTHING in the Bible can be proven, but none of the "supernatural occurrences" can be proven.
Here's the thing about all of the Bible's prophecies - do you really know when the predictions were made and when those predictions actually came to "fruition?"
How do we know the Bible wasn't altered in some way after those occurances to contain the prophecies? The Bible and everything in it happened so long ago, there is no way to prove the order in which it was written, or if it has been altered along the way in order to make its prophecies seem to be true.
So...unless the Bible predicted a MODERN OCCURRANCE that happened in recent times (long after the completion of the Bible's writing), none of it's prophecies are valid. Give me a Bible phrophecy that came true recently (in the last 100 years).
You can't, can you? Well, how convenient...now that we have all the resources to record and prove such an occurrence, the Bible can't predict one. Doesn't that tell you something?
Why do religious people always assume that everything in the Bible actually happened (or happened in the order it says). The Bible could have been altered and changed plenty of times by now, and we would never know it because it was written so long ago. Of course, all of the predictions the Bible makes are things that actually happened later on in the Bible...how convenient - these things could've been made up, or the Bible could've been altered later on to add these prophecies after they happened.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Someone please prove to me that any of the supernatural occurances in the Bible actually happened...you can't. Give me a specific prophecy that we can prove the Bible predicted (and I mean a SPECIFIC prophecy...not a vague one).
So, based on that logic, we should not be worshiping god...we should be worshiping the creator of god....or the creator of that creator...or the creator of the creator of the creator...
If everything in the universe must be created by something, then god must've been created by something as well...no?
Religious people say the universe had to be created by a being, yet that being just happens to exist randomly? How come god is allowed to have no origin or explanation?
Where did god come from? Answer me this, religious people.
This does not prove that there is no god...it just proves that we know nothing about god. God may exist, but a little logic will tell you that he is nothing like the god that most religions claim he is.
So, we should all just accept that we don't know anything about god and we should agree that none of the religions are "right."
If NONE OF THE RELIGIONS ARE RIGHT...why would you follow a religion that is just a half-baked theory? It's time to give up on specific organized religions.
We should all just agree that we must be good to others and forget about the rest.
No one knows if he watches us or even cares about us. This idea that god cares about us is completely made up and has no basis. This is why all religions are wrong. They all claim to have the "right answers" in regards to god....but they are all just theories that different groups invented. Muslims have their version of god, Christians have their version, Jews have their version, etc...they are all just made up ideas of what god is like and what he cares about.
Therefore...it's foolish to choose a specific religion and claim that it is "the right one." There is no "right" religion, because none of them have the answers they claim to have. They are all just different theories coming from different groups.
Choosing a specific religion only divides people. Once you choose a religion, you are claiming that your religion is "the right religion" and all others are wrong. This only leads to conflict (and in many cases war and death).
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
There are entire galaxies full of millions of dead planets with no life at all. Why would god create so many worthless planets? Seems like a waste of energy to me. He must've just been really bored and lazy when he created planets like Jupiter and Uranus.
It is simply a matter of logic. The existence of so many dead planets suggests that the Earth was not created deliberately, but happened randomly.
A god may have laid down the principles by which the universe functions, but the universe developed and evolved on its own after it began - logic tells us that.
Many religious people say that the chance that particles and physics would align perfectly to create our earth is "1 in a trillion"...so god must have made it happen. They say its such "a long shot" that earth just happened to develop life. It's not a long shot. If the chances of life developing are one in a trillion, and there are trillions of planets in the universe, then the chances of one planet randomly having life are pretty good.
Anything is possible, and no one knows how the universe began...so I will grant you that it is possible that god created the universe, but we do not know anything else about him...such as whether or not he watches us like so many religions claim. we do not know any of god's QUALIITIES, TENDENCIES, or his DISPOSITION - these are things that every religion claims to know, but these religions have no basis for their specific prediction of how god behaves - these ideas about god were randomly created on a whim by the inventors of religions.
Blindly believing in something when you have no proof or logic behind it is something to be ashamed of. Your large brain gives you the ability to reason, yet you ignore that ability. That is something to be ashamed of - you are purposefully making yourself dumber than you are.
All religions at some point in time were created by man for one reason or another. They are all equally false and invalid, as they are all simply a set of rules and beliefs that someone made up. In the times of cavemen, there was no religion. All religions were invented by people sometime after that. The only reason Christianity and Catholicism are so popular is because they happened to be in the right place a the right time. They gained popularity long ago, because back then people were ignorant and would believe anything they were told.
It is pure luck that these religions are so predominant today. It could've easily been any nubmer of religions that caught on. So - all religions are simply a bunch of phony ideas. To devote yourself to one specific religion and proclaim "this is the correct religion" is just insane.
It's time for people to stop being so "polictically correct" when it comes to faith. It's time for non-religious people to speak out against it. Faith should be criticized and mocked openly.
Let's say a person was answering a math problem and they said "2 + 2 = 6. I have faith that it does and that's my answer." That person would be mocked and thought to be crazy. Yet when people proudly say "I have faith that my religion is correct," it is socially acceptable and often applauded. Having faith in your religion is choosing to be dumb. It's about time people started speaking out against faith in larger numbers.
Percentage of NON-religious people by country:
In America: 12% (up from 8% in 1987)
In Sweden: 85%
In Britain (the closest country to American in culture) nearly HALF of the population are non-believers. Why are American's so dumb? I believe that because America is so large and spread out, many parts of the country have been isolated for a long time. People have not been exposed to different ideas because they have only been in contact with other people in their town (people who share the same beliefs). But in recent years, television and the internet are exposing them to other ideas. Americans aren't as isolated as they once were. The percentage of non-believers has risen from 8% to 12% in the last 20 years. People are turning away from religion. They are finally realizing how dumb it is.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In our current society (with access to the internet and television), everyone should know by now that homosexuality is a biological thing - people are born gay...therefore they deserve the same rights as EVERYONE else (including the right to marry).
Considering all that we know about homosexuality these days, people who still oppose gay marriage are just plain WRONG...PERIOD. It's just as bad as being a racist. Do you think blacks should not be allowed to marry?
The gay rights movement is the same as the civil rights movement - back then people thought it was ok to deny certain rights to blacks - now people know better...and by now people should know better in regards to homosexuals. If you are still against gay marriage at this point in history, you are a bigot and an ignorant moron. It's time for America to grow up and accept that people are born homosexual.
People should not defend Carrie Prejean's opinion...what she said was just as bad as saying "black people shouldn't be allowed to marry."
People keep defending her by saying it was brave of her to stand up for what she believes in. Adolf Hitler stood up for what he believed in as well. If you stand up for something that is wrong, you should not be commended. It is not commendable to simply stand up for something...you have to stand up for something that is right.
It's time for people to stop using the Bible as the ultimate authority on right and wrong. The Bible is an obsolete rag that needs to be retired. The Bible is fake and everything in it is a made-up fairy tale. The rules of the Bible were written a long time ago - those rules are obsolete and no longer apply to the world. The Bible was written back when people knew nothing. Do you really want to devote your life to such an obsolete book?
We understand the world much better now - people are born gay. It's the same as being born black, or asian. Would you deny blacks or asians the right to marry? NO! So gays should not be denied the right to marry, you ignorant hillbilly morons!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.
Evolution is real. You want proof? Well, we know for a fact that all humans originated from Africa and they migrated to other parts of the world. As they migrated into other climates and environments, their physical traits EVOLVED and changed to suit the conditions of their environment (lighter skin, lighter hair, facial features, etc). All of the various races we have today (white, black, asian, hispanic, etc.) evolved from a single race - black Africans. If all of those races evolved over just a few thousand years, then it is very easy to see how humans evolved from another species over the course of millions of years.
Humans did not always exist on this planet. That is a fact. Many species evolved and became extinct long before humans existed on this planet (the dinosaurs, for example). God does not simply place things on the planet whenever he feels a new species belongs here. The many species that have lived on this planet came to be because they evolved and developed from simpler organisms over millions of years.
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Bill Maher is one of my heroes. He tackles truths that so many others will not or cannot.
When something unlikely happens, religious people claim that it is a miracle. What they have actually experienced it just a coincidence...a random occurance that they have twisted into a miracle because they want to believe in miracles. They are comforted by the idea that god is looking out for them, so they twist every coincidence into a sign that god is taking care of them. This makes them feel better about the world. It makes them feel like the world isn't so random and senseless. They forget about all the suffering of others and only focus on their own good fortunes as a sign that god watches out for them.
If you compare the amount of suffering in the world to the amount of prosperity, I think you will find that the majority of people on this planet are suffering. What do religious people make of this? If god watches out for us and creates miracles to help us prosper, then why did he ignore all those other millions of people? The answer is that god doesn't affect anything. If there is a god, he is very "hands off." He is not helping anyone. The fact that one person is born into a prosperous nation and another is born into a third world country...that is simply a random occurance. It is very narcissistic to believe that god watches out for you, but he ignores most of the world...god isn't helping you. If you grew up with a good family and didn't struggle much...well,you simply got lucky - you won the parents lotto - you just happened to be born into a good family in a rich country - that is called pure luck - you were not blessed by god in any way...get over yourself.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I appreciate the commentor joining the discussion and challenging me, as this is why I created the blog.
Keller says that many societies have become MORE religious as they have advanced (using China as an example). He says religion is now more popular than ever, despite the advances in education and science.
Actually it is not the advancement of science that causes people to move away from religion - it is a culture of OPEN-MINDEDNESS and a FREEDOM to discuss alternative ideas that leads people away from religion. Many societies have become more advanced, but those societies are also very restrictive and close-minded in their views, and their cultures are not open to people with alternative ideas.
Many OPEN and free-thinking societies (especially European nations) have become less religious over time because their cultures are very liberal and accepting of differing ideas...their citizens are free to question religion without persecution or ostracism. For example, about 50 percent of Europeans DON'T believe in god, as opposed to about 4 percent in America. If you criticize religion in America, you are viewed negatively...this makes it much harder for alternative ideas to have a fair chance.
Keller also states that it takes more faith to not believe in god, because if there is a god and you don't worship him you risk going to hell or angering god in some way - well, this is a weak argument because this assumes that god cares whether or not you believe in him...most religions preach that one must be faithful to god and worship him or risk going to hell - BUT, where did people get this idea that god is so concerned with punishing people? even if god did create the universe, the concepts of heaven and hell were simply invented by man, and there is no indication that these things are real. i will grant you that it is possible that god created the universe, but we do not know anything else about him...such as whether or not he watches us like so many religions claim. we do not know any of god's QUALIITIES, TENDENCIES, or his DISPOSITION - these are things that every religion claims to know, but these religions have no basis for their specific prediction of how god behaves - these ideas about god were randomly created on a whim by the inventors of religions. The only way it takes more faith to not believe in god is if the Bible is accepted as fact, which it is not.
my philosophy is that if you live good life and treat others with respect, you don't have anything to worry about...god doesn't care if you believe in him or not - if god is so smart, he knows that some people will question him, as it is human nature to question things that we cannot prove. how do we even know that there is an afterlife? It is possible that there is a god but no afterlife - who says the two have to go together?
Keller also states that human rights are an indication that god exists...this is just a weak argument. He says that nature is cruel and animals don't have sympathy for eachother, yet humans value eachother's lives. This has nothing to do with god. It is simply the result of having larger brains. Because we are intelligent enough to be aware of our own mortality and because we have a knowledge of biology and death, we are able to understand the importance of life and how fragile it is. THIS is why we value eachother's rights. We feel pain and understand the enormity of it...thus we can sympathize with our fellow humans and understand that it is bad to cause harm to others. This awareness is not the result of god, but simply the result of having large brains.
Another thing that is mentioned that bothers me is that Christians believe that humans were CREATED by god in his image. this is simply false because we know that the earth began LONG before humans showed up - remember the dinosaurs? how do Christians explain dinosaurs? There were many species that came and went before humans even existed on earth. We know FOR A FACT that humans originated in Africa and migrated outward to other areas of the planet. The fact that there are many different races who all originated from one race proves that evolution exists. The first humans all looked the same, and now there are many varying races of people (black, asian, european, etc.). If people evolved over time to develop different races, then it is obviously likely that humans evolved from another species. God may have started the universe, but he didn't create people. After the universe began, everything else after that happened on its own.
His argument that the "fine-tuning" of the universe suggests there is a god is simply flawed and lacking in logic. He says that the chances that particles and physics would align perfectly to create our earth are "1 in a trillion"...He says its "a long shot" that earth just happened to develop life. It's not a long shot. If the chances of life developing are one in a trillion, and there are 100 trillion galaxies in the universe, then the chances of one planet randomly having life are pretty good. Another thing that people overlook about the universe is how big it is - if god created our planet, why did he create an entire universe full of dead, worthless planets? Why would he do that? Why would he create a bunch of worthless spheres that just float around in space for no reason? Why would he create a GIGANTIC universe and only make one planet with intelligent life? This lack of logic suggests that the universe was not created by an intelligent being, because an intelligent being wouldn't have wasted its time creating a bunch of dead planets.
His argument against the blind men/elephant story is just incorrect and lacks any logic. He says that someone who claims it's impossible to know the truth about god is arrogant because they are claiming to "know" themselves that others can't know. This is simply a philosophical trick used to weasel his way out of logic. He is saying that by abmitting you don't know, you are in fact knowing - it's completey contradictory and lacking in logic. When someone says they don't know, they are just saying they don't know - there is no hidden philosophical meaning in there - there is nothing else to it. He is just talking in circles to confuse people into thinking he's smart.
No one knows the truth about god - that is a fact. It's not arrogant to say that, it is simply the truth. You can't use philosophical trickery to twist it around. Besides, he says later in his speech that you can't prove anything. Well saying you can't prove anything is essentially the same as saying you can't know the truth about god. He's a hypocrite here.
I pretty much shot down all of Keller's arguments. Wow, I'm smarter than a doctor and all I have is a Bachelor's degree. Keller shows you that anyone can become a doctor and anyone can write a book.
The man who asks the first question at the 42:11 mark pretty much sums up my argument. Basically the man addressing Keller says that even if god is real, we cannot understand him or predict how he views us or whether he even cares how people behave. Keller then uses a weak argument that the Bible and the ten commandments describe god's will...the Bible doesn't prove anything. The Bible didn't come from god - the Bible was written by people. The ten commandments didn't come from god - the ten commandments were written by people. Keller is making his argument based on the assumption that the Bible came from god and everything in the Bible is true...in fact it is likely that most of the Bible is untrue and totally fake.
The guy that asks the last question at 57:12 shares my argument as well.
I'm not saying there isn't a god. I admit that it's a possibility. But the idea of a Christian god or a SPECIFIC description of god is ridiculous. No one knows HOW god is...no one knows the extent of his power, his beliefs, his opinions. No one knows how he views humanity or even if he watches us at all. The idea that god watches us and governs us is completely fabricated...as is the concept of an afterlife. It is possible that god created our universe and then left it alone to run itself.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If a man today were to proclaim that he was the son of god, he would be locked up in a mental institution...but Jesus made his claim long ago, when people would believe anything. Today we are informed enough to know that people can't speak to god and people don't have divine powers...yet many still choose to believe that Jesus was divine. Do you really want to worship a crazy guy who had extreme delusions of grandeur?
Jesus was probably a real person, but he couldn't do any of the magical things that the Bible claims he did. Those who wrote the Bible simply made these things up so that people would think Jesus was divine.
Why do people just believe everything in the Bible without questioning it? The Bible claims that all kinds of magical and supernatural things happened long ago - it is obvious that these things never happened. Doesn't it seem strange that back then people had all kinds of magical powers, yet today people no longer have magical powers? Doesn't it seem a bit conveniant that now that we have ways to disprove such things (forensics, video cameras, etc.), those things no longer occur. The obvious logical response is that these magical things never happened at all - people made them up long ago so that others would follow their religions.
Today there are people who claim to have magical powers (psychics, prophets, ghost whisperers, etc.), but those people have all been exposed as frauds...that's exactly what Jesus, Moses, and Muhammad were - they were frauds who used lies to convince people that they had divine powers...back then people were so gullible that they believed these ridiculous claims.
Everything we know about science proves that those magical things are impossible, yet people today still choose to believe they happened. Jesus never came back from the dead, Moses never parted the Red Sea...these things just never happened...it's crazy and stupid to believe they did.
All religions claim that their founders had some sort of magical connection to god...because they know that no one will follow a normal, average guy. Having an average human as your mascot is just not an attractive marketing plan.
A religion is just a cult with a lot of followers. Jesus started a cult, and due to some great marketing (and good timing) he gained enough followers to make it a full-blown religion.
Christians believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and the Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Hebrew Bible (the part of scripture common to Christianity and Judaism). To Christians, Jesus Christ is the revealer of God, as well as an incarnation of God, and most importantly the savior of humanity who suffered, died, and was resurrected to bring about salvation from sin. Christians maintain that Jesus ascended into heaven, and most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead, granting everlasting life to his followers...CRAZY!
Here is what Scientologists believe:
Scientology advocates that people are immortal spiritual beings (or thetans) which have lived many lifetimes. Scientologists believe that the primary purpose of existence is survival. One controversial aspect of Scientology beliefs is the idea that thetans lived among extraterrestrial cultures before becoming trapped in bodies on Earth. It is believed that thetans were brainwashed by these extraterrestrial cultures as a means of population control...CRAZY!
Here is what Jewish people believe:
Throughout the ages, Judaism has adhered to a number of religious principles, the most important of which is the belief in a single, omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent, transcendent God, who created the universe and continues to govern it. According to Jewish tradition, the God who created the world established a covenant with the Israelites and their descendants, and revealed his laws and commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah...CRAZY!
Here is what Muslims believe:
Muslims believe that God revealed the Qur'an to Muhammad, God's final prophet, through the angel Gabriel, and regard the Qur'an and the Sunnah (words and deeds of Muhammad) as the fundamental sources of Islam. They do not regard Muhammad as the founder of a new religion, but as the restorer of the original monotheistic faith of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. Islamic tradition holds that Jews and Christians distorted the revelations God gave to these prophets by either altering the text, introducing a false interpretation, or both...CRAZY!
Here is what Mormons believe:
The foundation of Mormonism is that Joseph Smith, Jr. was visited by angels, the Judeo-Christian God, and Jesus. These divine beings instructed him that all faiths were corrupt and that with the help of a book (The Book of Mormon) engraved on golden plates written by ancient Native Americans and buried in a nearby hill, he could restore the true religion as founded by Jesus Christ himself, with all rites, rituals, and doctrines as they were in primitive Christianity. A document laying out the core beliefs of Mormonism, the Articles of Faith were composed by Smith as part of an 1842 letter sent to John Wentworth, editor of the Chicago Democrat. Most Latter Day Saint denominations view the articles as an authoritative statement of basic theology...CRAZY!
All of the above ideas are completely ridiculous...how can anyone believe this crap?
L. Ron Hubbard, the inventor of Scientology - he was crazy.
Joseph Smith, the inventor of Mormonism - he was crazy too.
Muhammad was the inventor of Islam - he was crazy too, but he started his religion a long time ago, so people think he's more legitimate.
Jesus was just another nut-job who invented a religion...but because he has so many followers and his religion has existed for a long time, we're not allowed to question his legitimacy. I wonder, how long must a religion exist before it can no longer be questioned? Is there a definite cut-off point - like 300 years?
The inventors of all of these religions were nut-jobs. The big religions just happened to originate long ago when people were ignorant enough to believe them - these major religions were passed on for thousands of years, which is why those religions have so many followers today. For thousands of years people did not understand science. People did not know what was possible and what wasn't, so they continued to believe in these religions because they were ignorant. Today we do know better, yet many people ignore science and just believe what their parents told them. HOWEVER, with schools, television, and the internet educating people about science, some people are finally beginning to realize that religion has been a scam all along.
This dumb tradition of never questioning our ancestors is why Christianity is still so popular today. It's ok to disagree with your ancestors - it's ok to admit that your parents are dumb for believing what they believe. Use your own brain and come up with your own beliefs based on logic - don't rely on your ancestors to tell you what to think.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Big Bang, the Flying Spaghetti Monster...no one knows how things began. Most people can't accept that there is no clear answer, so they choose to follow a bunch of goofy religions that offer FAKE answers about the universe.
My religion is a question mark. It involves not worshiping anything and spending zero time in church...if there's a heaven, I guarantee I'll go there because I'm a good person. If there is a god, he doesn't care how you choose to spend your Sunday mornings...his only concern is that you are a good person and that you treat others with respect.
If I decided to make up a religion today that claims that the universe was created by a big purple dinosaur who floats in outer space, people would call me crazy and say that it is ridiculous - yet my purple dinosaur theory is just as valid as Christianity or any other religion. All religions are simply crazy ideas that were thought up by people. The beliefs of Christianity, Islam, Mormonism - they are all equally ridiculous - the only thing that separates them from my purple dinosaur theory is that they are older and have more followers.
Christianity and The Purple Dinosaur Theory - the only difference between the two is that one was invented a long time ago, and the other one I invented just now.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a religion invented by someone to make fun of how ridiculous relgions are. The notion that the universe was created by a spaghetti monster is just as ridiculous as any of the far-fetched beliefs held by Christians.
Anyone can invent a religion at any time. A long time ago, certain religions caught on and gained popularity. These big religions have millions of followers because they originated back when people were stupid enough to believe anything. Those dumb, primitive people believed all the crap they were being told and they passed these beliefs onto their children. These religions still exist today because most people just believe what their parents and grandparents taught them. It's hard for people to admit that their parents and grandparents are idiots for believing in a stupid religion, so they teach the same crap to their kids and continue the tradition for thousands of years....and here we are today, still not using our brains!
The major religions of today started when people were much more gullible (back then people actually believed that a burning bush could speak to a man). If a friend came to you today and said a burning bush spoke to him, you would contact the local mental hospital and tell them to make room for a new patient. Yet no one questions the story of Moses - people just accept that a bush spoke to him and they don't see anything wrong with that. These days people are informed enough to know better, yet many still choose to blindly follow like a flock of sheep.
Isn't it funny that all these amazing things (speaking bushes, parting of seas, resurrections, walking on water, etc.)...none of these things happen anymore. How convenient. Now that we have video cameras, the internet, forensics, and the news...now that we have ways to disprove these things, they don't happen anymore. How convenient for the church.
Because people long ago were so gullible, these old religions managed to accumulate MILLIONS of followers. After millions of people believe in an idea, that idea suddenly seems more valid just because it is popular - it is the mob mentality: "a lot of people believe in this, so it must be valid." For some reason religion gets a free pass from logic - if something is old enough and popular enough, people will not question its validity, no matter how stupid it is. Those who disagree keep their mouths shut because they fear being seen as an "outsider" who isn't "normal." No alternative ideas are even given a fair chance because they are stifled by the dumb majority. Well, I'm an outsider and I'm proud of it.
The overall trend is that the more open and free a nation is, the more it will move away from religion. Things like television and the internet expose people to all sorts of ideas that they would never have even considered. Knowledge and exposure to various viewpoints will ultimately lead to the slow death of religion in prosperous nations. That is why in many European countries the majority of people are no longer religious. European nations tend to be more liberal and open to discussing alternative ideas. When people are free to discuss alternative ideas, they will ultimately come to the logical conclusion that religion is completely worthless.
Prosperity (or a lack of it) is another important factor - when people's lives are full of suffering and chaos, they will turn to religion to help them deal with this enormous stress in their lives. But when people are healthy and live in a prosperous nation, they are able to see things more logically because they no longer need religion to help them deal with their pain.
America is not very open to discussion when it comes to religion. America is very conservative compared to Europe. In America, you are ostracized if you criticize religion...thus it is taking America much longer to break free from these obsolete beliefs. You may have a nagging suspicion that all this religion stuff is bullshit, but if you are the only one who thinks this way, you will likely just forget about it and continue following the other sheep. BUT...if someone else speaks up and expresses a suspicion that is similar to yours, you will be more likely to speak out about your own suspicions. If people can be honest about their views without consequence, then alternative ideas will be able to grow.
"I support freedom of speech and all, but if you question my faith I'll drop a WMD on yer heathen ass!"
In order to feel comfortable expressing their views, people need to feel as though there are others who will support their ideas. With television and the internet exposing people to ideas and creating discussion, America is slowly becoming more open to change.
Places that are struggling and isolated from alternative ideas will always remain religious. Without exposure to other ideas, people will always believe what they were told as children....and people who are suffering will always use religion to rationalize and make sense of their suffering.
I tend to lean toward atheism, since I have never witnessed anything that suggests god is real. If you look into the origins of religion and why people believe in god, you will find that the concept of god was created out of fear and convenience (fear of death and the convenience of knowing that god is protecting you). I question the validity of anything that is created out of fear and convenience.
Most people choose to believe in god because it makes them feel better to know that someone is looking out for them and that they will live in paradise after they die.
People want to believe in god because they want the world to make sense. They can't accept that life is random and that things happen for no reason at all. The cold truth is that sometimes good people suffer and bad people succeed. Some people are born with diseases and some die young for no reason - it is simply the luck of the draw. Many people simply don't have the mental strength to accept this (they can't handle the overwhelming mental stress caused by a cruel, random world), so they choose to believe in god because it makes them feel better - they believe in god because it alleviates mental stress. It is an impulse exhibited by all living things - they favor the thing that makes them feel good and avoid the thing that makes them feel bad. Those who can rise above this impulse and are able to look at things logically tend to be agnostics or atheists.
Religion is for babies."Waaaaaaaaaaah! The world is scary and I don't wanna die! I want my god to make it all better!"
If an innocent baby dies from a terrible disease, people want to make sense of it - they want to believe that the baby will go to heaven and the baby will be happy forever in god's arms. It's much harder to accept that the baby died for no reason and that it won't go to heaven. It makes them happy to think that the baby's death had a purpose and that the baby will go to heaven. Weak people believe what makes them happy, rather than what is logical. They take the easy route.
Yet in all other aspects of our lives, we are expected to accept difficult truths and face them. Let's say you work for a company and that company is failing because it has a bad business plan. The people running that company aren't allowed to avoid the problem simply because it's easier to do nothing and avoid the stress. They are expected to accept the flaw and deal with it, even though it may be difficult and stressful.
So, in all other aspects of our lives we are expected to suck it up and face things that are difficult, yet when it comes to death and religion we are allowed to take the easy route...we are allowed to be illogical and incompetent....strange. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be competent in all aspects of my life, including my views on religion.
People say that god watches out for them and keeps them healthy and prosperous - so why do people die from cancer? Why do people suffer? The only answer is that god doesn't watch out for you. If he does exist, he sure as hell doesn't care about you, so you might as well quit wasting your time praying and going to church. Use that time to do something enjoyable, like playing a video game, reading a book, visiting friends, or getting some extra sleep.
We can't prove the existence of god, but we can prove that he doesn't care - one look at the world and it becomes quite obvious (with all this suffering and senseless death).
You can believe that god created the universe, but it's dumb to believe he gives a shit about you. So, if he doesn't care about you, why should you care about him? Praying and attending church - they are a waste of time. Live your life...do what makes you happy, and do what is right - those are the only things you need to know to live a fulfilling life.