Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1. Does anyone see a problem with this scripture? It basically says that faith is the self-comforting belief without evidence. Why would a god want you to believe in him with no evidence?
When Jesus (God), the originator of the cosmos and creator of all life, specifically human beings, was confronted with an epileptic individual in Mark 9, did he cure his neurological illness by touching his head and somehow halting the incessant random impulses in the brain with his magical powers? No. He exorcized the demon that was controlling this individual’s body. Epilepsy is the misfiring of neurons that unconsciously promotes sudden and awkward movements entirely out of the control of the afflicted individual. Demonic exorcism is not a valid form of treatment. If this is the God who created us in whole, why was he ill prepared to administer the proper care? Doctors today can explain in great detail what exactly happens during a seizure. Why is it that human beings (created by God) are better equipped to care for this malady? If Jesus was the creator of all humanity, why did he provide false information to be inscribed in his inspired word?
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. – Mark 8:22-25
What was the deal with Jesus spitting on people? We know that if Jesus was real, he could heal with just his own words. Why did Jesus need to spit on people to heal certain maladies, like blindness?
Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give us your advice. What should we do?” Ahithophel answered, “Sleep with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.” So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice. – 2 Samuel 16:20-23
So all in all, because David killed Uzziah in order to sleep with Bathsheba, Uzziah’s wife, God cursed David and had David’s son forcibly have sex with his concubines “in the sight of all Israel!” What does this say about Yahweh, the God of Judaism and Christianity?
But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house. So you shall put away the evil from among you. – Deuteronomy 22:20-21
Therefore, if a woman has sex before marriage, she should be stoned to death. What does that say to how early Christian women in that time period were treated? This does not happen to men. Why the dissymmetrical management between sexes? This is because women were treated as chattel in the eyes of men and that belief was transposed into the Bible because the Bible is the act of men and not of God. What say you?
Why is it wrong when a suicide bomber
Religion loves to deploy magic whenever science deconstructs religion. When science picks religious beliefs apart, religion turns to magical incantations in order to convolve faith and reality. Evolution? God did that. The creation of the universe out of nothing? God did that. Who created God? God is eternal.
How long should we allow such sleight of hand to be the response to such questions? How dare theists use such childish rebuttals as responses to these important questions! What do you think?
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. – Romans 1:24-32
The Bible declares that homosexuals deserve death, but there are those who still think that they can be gay and a Christian at the same time. How is it that some people can conflate these two ideologies? How can a person consider themselves Christian in this day and age when the Bible says that homosexuals deserve death for their “sins”?
How is it that God sees everything but failed to intervene during black slavery, the crusades, women’s forced indebted servitude, rape, child molestation, the outcasting and murder of homosexuals and all of the mass genocides of the 19th and 20 centuries?
Proverbs 5:21 – The Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, he is watching.
Hebrews 4:13 – Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Proverbs 15:3 – The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Excerpt from The True Nature Of Human Nature
As a final nail in the coffin of the creation account, let us examine a definitive hole in the creation mythos on day five. On this day, birds are created, alongside the animals in the seas. On day six, land animals are created. However, again in using the fossil record, we find a glaring hole in this account. Birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs. Fossil evidence establishes that dinosaurs and birds had congruent features such as hollow, pneumatized bones, were nest-builders and had similar digestive behaviors. Archaeopteryx is a classic example of a fossil that fills a missing link gap.
This brings us to our inevitable dilemma. Land animals are clearly created on the sixth day, after birds! This runs in direct opposition to what Paleontology has shown us! We can even ignore the overwhelming evidence for evolution because the bible does not subscribe to this fact. Let us examine the fossil record. Fossils in lower layers died longer ago than specimens found in higher layers. It can be viewed as the earth tree rings. When do you ever find a bird fossil at a portion of the earth’s strata lower than the first land animals? Never! It never happens! Therefore, you can exclude all of the overwhelming evidence that science has culled together, such as similar bodily characteristics, habits, conclusive DNA evidence (it is scientifically proven that a T-Rex and bird are a closer match DNA-wise than an alligator, a reptile) and the fact that feathers developed in the fossil record with dinosaurs and no other such animal. The layers of the stratum show that the land animals came first and that birds came after. There is no way to provide confluence to the text. It is irreconcilable.