I don’t know if the meme is still applicable but as of 2014, it was still illegal for atheists to run for public office in 7 states. It is so disgraceful that in this day and age you still need to believe in a magic being above to hold public office.
For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. – Genesis 7:4.
If God initiated the flood because man was wicked, why did he have to kill off all the animals, creatures that did not sin? What did the animals do to deserve this punishment, the extinguishing of their lives? Why God?
And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. – Luke 22:44. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he was crucified, it is stated in Biblical lore that his sweat became like drops of blood. Hematidrosis is a real medical condition in which the blood vessels surrounding the sweat glands rupture and mix with the sweat, producing drops of sweat. This is rare but is caused by extreme emotional distress. In this story, he knew that he was going to die. Likewise, when he was wandering the Judaean Desert for 40 days and 40 nights, when he intersected with Satan, he was truly tempted. He was starving, he knew that he was powerful and that he was there for a reason. Therefore, when the Devil offered that Jesus makes food for himself, etc., etc., it took every fiber of his being to resist.
Fast forward to today and analyze those who participate in Lent. It is not uncommon for parishioners to abstain from chocolate, coffee or cheese. What are these hollowed displays of piety supposed to mean? If God actually existed, what would he say to these empty offerings? Would God accept these pittances of sacrifice when the reality is that you are probably doing things that are in contrast with the Bible? Is it okay to sacrifice a food product for Lent when you are sleeping with someone with being married? Are you following exactly what the Bible prescribes as a godly way of life? If not, then you are wasting your time abstaining from a food group because God will not be listening to you. Then again, he is not listening to you because he does not exist.
I almost let my son die. If not for my loving wife, I may have let my son die. This is what the “harmless” door knocking Jehovah’s Witnesses can do and truly expect from you. They demand blood.
Excerpt from the book The True Nature Of Human Nature
Preston was going to be born with a rare heart condition known as “Transposition of the Great Arteries,” also known as TGA. Without going into the details, the layman explanation of the condition is that the heart was fine, but the arteries, the plumbing of the heart, was inversely installed. The oxygenated blood that was meant for the body was re-pumped back to the lungs, and the deoxygenated blood destined to be replenished with oxygen in the lungs was redistributed into the body again. In essence, he was going to choke to death almost as soon as he left the safety of the womb. He would die in minutes, hours or days. If there were sufficient mixing in the heart (something that occurs in almost all newborns), he would live a month or two tops. The diagnosis of TGA was a death sentence. A baby born with TGA, if no remedial is done, will die. It is certain death.
Herein lies the issue. The Jehovah’s Witness organization does not allow the use of blood transfusions. They use the bible as evidence that God would not allow such a thing. If a Witness were to proceed with a transfusion, they would be disfellowshipped, the most severe form of excommunication that exists.
Here is the defining moment for me personally. My wife followed her own path to emancipation, and I am happy to say we all met at the same destination of peace. We found the best doctor in the world to do the procedure, Dr. Jan Quaegebeur and the procedure in his hands had a 99% success rate. We discussed with the other doctors that we needed this to be a bloodless surgery, and they agreed to do their best. They gave our son blood expanders and would recycle his blood as required.
However, the day of the surgery came and Dr. Q, as he is called at the hospital came up to us and said that he would do the best to avoid a blood transfusion but that he could not guarantee a bloodless surgery. There is a certain amount of blood required in the blood pump before it can operate and being that Preston was two weeks old, he did not have a lot of blood available. I kept saying out loud “this is supposed to be a bloodless surgery!” but my loving wife intervened and said, “Please do whatever it takes to save our son” and she signed the requisite waivers. I felt relieved that my wife made the tough decision but also ashamed. Did this false religion mean more to me than my son? See chapter 4 for a more in-depth view of this situation under the discussion of “Social Compliance.” I feel that in the end, I would have caved in and accepted the procedure with blood, but I will never truly know. I only know that I have Dr. Q and my loving, intelligent wife to thank for in saving the life of my son. A blood transfusion was, in fact, necessary or the chance for death was certain. I never wanted to broach the subject again, but my wife did and one day said “Are you ok with my decision for a blood transfusion? I pick the life of my son over God”. I agreed with her decision, with the weight of my shame in full view of my facial features. I thanked her for doing what I was not ready to do, save our son.
Imagine you live in a world where disease, abuse, and death do not exist, a utopia that harkens to the Elysian fields of Greek mythology. The dead are alive, the diseased are cured, and the lame are healed. Now return to reality and truly try to understand the quasi-dystopic world we currently live in, depending on your region.
Here are some of the facts, all taken from various online sources. Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. About four out of five abusers are the victims’ parents.
With regards to diseases; About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year; that’s 1 in every four deaths. There were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2017. A disease that has no cure and is considered a death sentence.
With regards to terrorism, between 2006 and now, terrorist attacks occur at an average of 11,281 instances a year!
This is only a skimming, a mere handful of the issues that afflict this world we live in. With all of this misery that is bestowed upon humanity, what has God done to alleviate the matter? Does he just sit there in heaven with indifference and watch us as we experience calamity after calamity? Does he see all that we experience? Is he aware of the deplorable circumstances we face daily?
Isaiah 46:4 says – I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you.
If this is the case, where is this care from God? Where is his rescue? Are all of the atrocities above only committed by non-believers or immoral people? What is God waiting for?
Revelation 21:4 says – ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
So it looks like he will only care for you in the future but will ignore the death and suffering for now. Also please keep in mind that while he waits for his assigned time to do away with this worlds horrors, he is watching us.
So he sees everything that is occurring, every rape, all child molestation, everyone who is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and every terrorist incident but does nothing? Is this torture moral?
I would now like to try a thought experiment with you. I want you to picture your child, boy or girl, vividly in your mind. If you do not have any children, I want you to create one, girl or boy. This generated child should be approximately between 5 – 13 years of age. You should feel true connectedness with this real or fictitious child. If this person where to be affected negatively in any way and you could watch this instance actually occur, you would surely empathize with this individual. I now want you to close your eyes and watch as this child is molested. You can’t even bring yourself to trying to create this simulation! Now, understand that for every 8 minutes, a victim of sexual assault is a child. If God can see everything but does nothing, in this instance is God truly the measuring stick of morality that we all should ascribe to? Proverbs 15:3 says – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
The God that is described is The Powerless God. He is a God that watches every negative action and fails to intervene, even though he is purported to have the power to do so. Or maybe, maybe, this God does NOT exist, and that is why he fails to act. This makes much more sense. How could a moral being stand idly by and watch his creation live through such chaos? In my estimation, God does not exist, since he refuses to intervene in the most critical of moments.
I describe how I have come to the understanding that God does not exist in great detail in my new book, The True Nature Of Human Nature, which comes out in February 2019. Available in Amazon. Check it out!
If we are one of the countless family members that have dual incomes and also have children, then we are also one of the many that need the service of daycare centers. When we drop off our children, we trust that the daycare providers administer the best care for our kids. We expect that those at the top of the totem pole exercise excellent judgment caring for our loved ones. Why should we expect any less from a person of high capacity in the Catholic Church? The New York Times states that “The Justice Department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sex abuse for decades, a significant escalation in scrutiny of the church…News of the subpoenas threatened to deepen the crisis faced by the Catholic Church as it struggles through a new chapter of the sex abuse scandal, which emerged out of Boston more than 15 years ago. The Pennsylvania report followed the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, who is accused of sexually abusing seminarians and minors.” How can we feel like God has all of our needs taken cared of when the people he has anointed to be his keepers on earth are sexually molesting children! Does this not preclude the Catholic Church as the chosen religion of God? If a God actually existed, how would it allow this type of suffering to occur! Please comment below!
Faith can make a person do dangerous things to themselves and others. Like a thirsty castaway succumbing to drinking seawater and dying of dehydration, faith can make adherents succumb to doctrine. The stronger the faith, the weaker the chains that bind belief and reason in people. Now, it depends on the doctrine that a person capitulates to when appraising their danger. The article of faith that is most alarming in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion is the ban on blood transfusions. As former Witnesses, my love for my family was recently tested when my newborn son needed a blood transfusion after open heart surgery. Thankfully we were able to override the parasite known as religion and allowed blood to save our sons life. Unfortunately, the ability to break the formidable shackles of doctrine is not typical in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. Countless hundreds of thousands of people have perished, either committing suicide by refusing blood when needed to survive or withholding this option from loved ones under their tutelage. What do you think about this detestable belief? Do you think doctrine like this should be allowed to exist if it leads to the deaths of innocent human beings? Comment below!