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?
It is faith that was the impulse engine for the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Nazi’s Holocaust, and other atrocities. Faith is the motor that allows people to be complacent in their lives. Faith allows people to truly believe in miracles. Faith can make a father like the biblical Abraham place a knife onto the throat of his son. Faith can make a Jehovah’s Witness withhold a blood transfusion for themselves or significant others when that is the only cure. Faith allowed 19 men to fly into the twin towers, the pentagon and an open field in Pennsylvania. Conversely, it was only facts that allowed the U.S. to kill Osama Bin Laden.
What do you think? Is faith so strong that it can lead people to kill? Is faith a bad thing?
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!
Who here has played the game Hitman? It is a third person game where you control a genetically enhanced assassin who is contracted to eliminate targets. A hitman is a person who eradicates people who have been marked by others for death. When thinking about this profession, who here thinks about abortion? Not many I am sure but apparently, the Pope thinks about this. According to the CNN website, “He asked if it was right “to do away with a human life to solve a problem,” adding: “Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? One cannot do this, it is not right to do away with a human being, albeit small, to solve a problem.”
Does the elimination of a 4-week old embryo constitute murder? The question should be phrased as “is a 4-week old embryo human and should, therefore, have the same protections as human beings? Should law dictate what women can do with their bodies? Should we not let the scientist formulate when a fetus becomes a human since they are the most qualified? When do you think an embryo turns into a true human? Please comment below!
Countdown to death. Soon the end will be upon us.
“Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” – Matthew 24:29
Today, September the 30th, a rare Black Moon* will be in full majesty in our skies (unless you live in New Jersey, where all you will see is clouds) but this comes after another celestial phenomenon*.
On the first of September a rare solar eclipse dubbed the “ring of fire”, an eclipse that occurs above Africa which leaves only the thick edge of the sun exposed, occurred as depicted below.
This double phenomenon has significant implication to religious zealots and run of the mill nutbags. These are the celestial observances that the aforementioned scripture depicts. More about this in my upcoming book. This shows that all religions, at least monotheistic ones, look forward to the end of the world. They want the apocalypse to come and the wanton destruction that it implies.
Just further validation that religion needs to be abolished. We need to emancipate these wicked ideas from the global populace in order to ensure the safety of humanity. This false prediction will not cause harm to our world, but the underpinning of reason within religious texts will.
Intelligence has a limit, much like a cup of tea. It can be filled to the brim but pass that and it will spill its delicious contents on the table. It can only hold so much. You cannot make the cup larger, so you are stuck with that capacity. You are born with this “cup”.
The brain is composed of approximately 100 billion neurons but weighs only 3 pounds. A lot is crammed into this small organ. Your entire ability to emerge from consciousness stems from the matter that is compressed within the confines of your skull. Everything that is you, minus your interactions with reality is comprised of that very organ.
Earlier I stated, “You’re born with this cup”. That is not entirely accurate. You were created with that cup, your cranium. The extremities of your skull are the limits of your mind. The intelligence you have does, in a way correspond with your skulls volumetric capacity. Therefore, your cranium is in effect limiting your IQ potential. Your body mass to brain matter ratio has been maximized. Nevertheless, is it really the skull that is limiting you?
How are we born? Our mothers push us out through the birth canal and there, we find our true limit. It is the cervix! If we were able to evolve larger brains, we would in effect cause great damage to the vagina. Already, episiotomies are done to enlarge the birth “opening”. If we evolve any larger heads, this could lead to a painful outcome for the female gender, a possibly fatal result. In essence, we can blame the vagina for our ignorance, insofar as to why we are not even smarter, why our minds have reached our solar maxima.
However, is it really the fault of women? According to monotheists around the world, God CREATED humanity! Did God construct humans with inherent faults? Did he intentionally shackle our minds within our inherent bony structure? Can this be called intelligent design? What say you?
New Science magazine came out with an interesting article in 2002. It had to do with a person’s uncontrollable urge to look at child pornography*. The condensed version of the events are as follows. A married man, who worked as a schoolteacher had suddenly been gallivanting around the internet, visiting child pornography websites. His wife found out about his perusal of child pornography and the fact that he had made sexual advances towards children. He was evicted from the home and was later found guilty of child molestation. The night of his sentencing, he took himself to the ER, complained of a headache and stated that ‘he was afraid he would rape his landlady.’ Eventually an MRI scan revealed a brain tumor located at his frontal lobe. The tumor was removed and his urges subsided. Later, he turned to child pornography again; another MRI scan was done and doctors found that the tumor had grown again. The subsequent tumor was removed and his urges again subsided.
What’s really interesting about this scenario is that this person did not have control over his own body, due to a change in his brain. What is the difference between the tumor and a “misfiring brain”? Maybe nothing. Maybe some people are predisposed to child pornography or compelled to do things they do not want to do. I am not condoning any of this behavior. I am merely thinking out loud and wondering if some people do things that are out of their control, even though they regard these urges as unhealthy and even volatile.
Take Anthony Weiner for example. I do not need to regurgitate every detail about his lurid misdeeds. Everyone is aware of the acts this person committed during the last 5 to 8 years. In 2011, after a sexually explicit picture of himself surfaced on Twitter, he finally admitted that he carried inappropriate relationships (while married) with approximately six women over the course of 3 years, exchanging explicit photos and texts. His career in tatters; he took a 2-year sabbatical. In 2013, he returned to politics and entered the mayoral race in New York City. He was only a few months into the race when news outlets discovered that he was again sending explicit images, this time to a then 22-year-old woman named Sydney Leathers, under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger”. His run for mayor burst into flames. One would think that life’s lessons at this point were crystallized in Weiner’s mind but then again, we are not Anthony Weiner. On August 28, 2016 it was reported that he sexted a 15 year old girl, even submitting the now infamous crotch shot while his toddler son was asleep next to him. It was later discovered that he shared rape fantasies with this underage girl. His wife separated days later and he is under criminal investigation.
When a person of Weiner’s stature (no pun intended) continuously commits family and political suicide in front of the entire televised world, one wonders. Is he in control? Can a man, fully aware that he has so much to lose willingly decide to self-destruct in public, knowing the consequences? Can he help himself? Again, I am not condoning any of his exploits. I am just trying to understand the minds manacles over an individual. Is he wired differently?
What about religiosity? Let us ignore the parasite of religion for now (my upcoming book will discuss this in detail) and lets focus on the mind of the individual itself. Are religious people wired differently? It is quite possible! In an article on HowStuffWorks.com** Andrew Newberg, a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania is asking this very question. The results are striking and they showed no religious boundaries. A link to the full article is listed below. As per the article, “Though the nuns were praying to God, rather than meditating like the monks, they showed increased activity in the frontal lobe as they began focusing their minds. There was also a decrease of activity in the parietal lobe, seemingly indicating that the nuns lost their sense of self in relation to the real world and were able to achieve communion with God.” This experiment does not show that we are in fact wired to believe in the supernatural but the fact that supernatural nonsense is so prevalent in society today cannot be ignored. The bible is filled with many tales of people who hear the voice of God in their heads, see visions and think that epilepsy is due to demonic possession. If someone made these claims in our time, they would be committed to a mental institution. If these claims are written in dusty old texts, they are called prophets.
This brings up an interesting set of questions, which I will leave open for comments. Since we are all evolved pattern-seeking individuals, are some of us just genetically predisposed to religion? If we are in fact hardwired for religion, is God merely a figment of our imaginations, a construct borne from our minds? If religiosity is imprinted onto our minds, is there any hope for a world without religion? Are we just born this way?
Why did the biblical Nephilim become giants among men? The consensus is that they are the progeny of a angelic paternal father and a earthly maternal mother. “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4. Now, before I proceed with with the dissemination of this mythological garbage, I need to state that I believe in full disclosure so I need to declare that the question above was asked by my wife Elke Lopez. I was highly intrigued, not by the question, because the question is in itself is philosophical and I abhor philosophy but rather by her sound reasoning behind an argument against this purported gigantism. The usual line of thinking is that since the fallen angels were evil, this mixture of spirit and flesh would create malevolent giants only capable of hate and wanton destruction. Gods only course of action; to kill off the entire human race so that the hate that overtook humanity could never happen again. He only spared Noah and his family, via an ark that Noah built. “Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.” – Genesis 7:23. However, my wife, not satisfied with this understanding stated “Why didn’t Jesus become a giant?” This thinking is very interesting. The bible shows what happens when spirit matter meets a human ovum. No one mentioned that Jesus was an unusually large human being, except for the apocryphal Gospel of Peter. Can hate from a spirit creature affect the growth cycle of a human? This line of reasoning becomes absurd when understanding the biology of an animal. The only way growth would be affected is due to the conflation of the two chromosomal providers, which neither happened to both the progeny of God or the fallen angels.
Lets allow the theist their peace in life by allowing this abomination of celestial and terrestrial creation to occur. Lets forget that gigantism is a characteristic that was observed in the beginning, due to the convolution of flesh and spirit. Again, it must be stated that God wiped out humanity because it became intrinsically evil with these monstrous leviathans terrorizing the planet. But, if this is the case, why did God allow his angels to again infect humanity with their ethereal sperm, after the flood? “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” – Numbers 13:33. I use the word sperm as a substitution to immaculate conception. The bible never states that they assumed human bodies, contrary to popular belief. Did God allow for this mythological calamity to befall humans once again, for the second time, after the flood? What was the purpose of the flood? Did the angels disobey God once again without fear? Did they not know what happened to their fallen brothers? If God cannot keep his house in order, how can we have “faith” in the belief that he can rectify the supposed hell on earth? This predicament is a reaffirmation of what we all secretly know God to be. Not God at all. Immaculate conception was not a concept original to Yahweh. The demons did it first.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this line of thinking. Please make your voice heard in the comment section below.