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?
If God is eternal and all knowing, then why should the religions
Excerpt from the book The True Nature Of Human Nature
Over the years, religion has justified its existence via passages from a holy book and have stated that since the quotes listed in these writings are inspired by their God, they should be adhered to as fact. Previous arguments in the past would involve a quote from scripture as their basis of faith and that these truths were undeniable. These truths included that the world was flat, that the Earth was the center of the solar system or universe, that every creature on the planet was created by God and so on. However, when science provided facts that were contrary to these truths, these principals were either stated to have never been true in the first place or were assimilated into their beliefs. This retroactive evidentialism has continued throughout the history of religion in the face of science. If a sentient creator compelled man to write these books via inspiration and revelation, then why is such fine-tuning of their beliefs essential? I have heard the argument from progressive Christians in the past that the Bible, for example, was written so far back in time that you must understand the Bible in its context and that you cannot bring a modern idea into the classic religious infrastructure without violating or harming scripture. This point of contention falls flat on its face as it places the supreme deity in a position of disenfranchisement, a creator without all of the answers.
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.
Nearly two people die each second, according to http://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates/. Take a minute to contemplate that fact. Let that idea marinate in your minds. By the time you finish reading this sentence, approximately 16 people would have died either because of murder, suicide, an accident, disease, natural causes, or other reasons. If this is too surreal to comprehend, please go to http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ and watch the “Deaths Today” ticker. It is quite sobering to see the number of deaths that occur every second. After viewing the ticker for some time, contemplate on why this is happening, if you subscribe to the biblical creation account. This constant torrent of death is occurring simply because a couple of people disobeyed God and ate from the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. According to the Bible, the simple disobedience by earths primary couple is responsible for the approximately 100 billion who have died since the beginning of time. Is this a justifiable punishment for people who are not responsible for the first couple’s non-compliance? Is it moral to in essence kill billions because of our primal progenitors’ godly insubordination? Is it not more moral and understanding to think that these deaths happen because this is what occurs in evolution? Please comment below!
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Letter to Myself,
I have heard that you have decided to disassociate yourself from the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I can sympathize with your feelings and understand the hurt you are currently coping with since I myself am a disfellowshipped brother from the same congregation. I was indoctrinated into the religion since birth so I am cognizant of the internal pathos the splitting of families may actualize. I say that this action separates loved ones because that is the intended purpose of shunning. If not, this weapon would have no teeth. The sharpness of its actions would have no barbed effect. Smooth intentions lead to gentle outcomes, and that is not the outcome that is intended. The harshness of this compulsory engagement is required to turn people back towards the “truth.” However, what if this religion is not the truth? Are you willing to stake your future life in a faith that you cannot without certainty declare as true?
How can you avoid the pain of shunning from others? Tertullian once said that “The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore, they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain.”
Shun them first, and you will have severed the connection you have with the congregation, a group of people who only have their self-interests in mind or maybe care for you but are in the same situation that you are. They may doubt as well, but their bonds with their families are stronger than their will to be set free. Losing your loved ones can be difficult but owning the one life you have is eternally more valuable, satisfying and a much more successful way of living.
Do not listen to the members of the congregation. They are masters of portents and smooth speech. They are sly speakers that only are able to deploy false rhetoric to keep you captive in the Jehovah’s Witness cult. You never know who the wolves are until they show you their teeth and by that time, it is too late.
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!
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
― Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss
What say you people? Does Jesus get credit for dying for our sins or do the stars?