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.
If 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”, then all of the Bible must be taken as accurate. The creation account and the flood account now need to be taken literally. Why? 1 Corinthians 15:45 states that “So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.” If Jesus is the last Adam, then there would have to be a first literal Adam. He wouldn’t have sacrificed his life for a parable! Also, 2 Peter 2:5 states that “if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;”. This would indicate that there was a literal Noah. Therefore, all of the Genesis accounts should be taken literally, and it is patently obvious to any thinking human being that science does not convolve with Biblical historicity. God was incorrect and therefore not inerrant. Consequently, the Bible is incorrect about these instances and therefore Judeo-Christian God does not exist, since he inspired all of this nonsense. What say you to this logic? I am speaking to the Judeo-Christian’s now.
We went back. We went back to the “truth.” Afterward, many things happened. Some of the things that occurred I choose not to explain in this book for the sake of being terse and succinct. The main point of religious contention however that allowed me to pivot out of the “Witness Organization” was the situation that occurred with the birth of my second biological son (3rd son), Preston. 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 finer 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 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 asked “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 over God.The damage was done, however. There was a point where I may have allowed my son to die for the cause of religion. This was tantamount to a mother of a radicalized Muslim being happy that her child was martyred for an Islamic cause. I will carry this burden of disgust for the rest of my life. I hope Preston will forgive me when he is older and hears this part of his story for the first time. The surgery was a success! He healed wonderfully and is now a rambunctious 6-year-old. In addition to the second chance my son was given, I was given a second chance in life as well. I felt the connection with the parasite of religion sever. Unfortunately, I continued to attend the Kingdom Hall, not out of belief in God but out of necessity. My friends and family were there, and the roots that I grew in the new neighborhood we moved to was entrenched with the religion. I was invested in the “truth.”
Why is it wrong when a suicide bomber detonates themselves? Lets pretend that there are no civilian casualties or building damage. The bomber fails and he or she is the only resulting death. What is the problem with that? We would still say that the person was a deranged individual. However, this person believes in martyrdom and has come to the conclusion that this needs to occur in order to please its God, Allah. It is the art of human sacrifice to a diety. If this is true, then Jesus sacrifice can be viewed in the same manner. Both are acts of human sacrifice to a God. Both died as martyrs. Both should be viewed as deranged. What do you think?
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.
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?
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.