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. Its magic!
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you
love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt
offering on a mountain I will show you.” – Genesis 22:2
What kind of sick individual would put a parent in the
position of killing their child? How
could this be considered moral? It does
not matter that Yahweh/Jehovah recanted his mandate to Abraham and allowed his
son to live. Imagine what God wanted
Abraham to do as a test. He wanted
Abraham to slit his son’s throat and then set him on fire. Please re-read the previous sentence one more
time for emphasis. This is the God that
wants your adoration. This is why the
scourge of religion needs to be eliminated, not by force but by the
understanding that is what this God would like as devotion. Pure allegiance and service to this vile
creature is what it desires. This
monster can gift wrap the rest of the Bible as a sound foundation of morals but
this requested act is a testament to what God wants from us.
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not
worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me. – Matthew 10:37
Please remember both the example of Abraham and the
aforementioned scripture when thinking about where you devotions lie…
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?
For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him. – Leviticus 20:9
The murder of children because of their cursing of parents? How can this behavior be even remotely justifiable? Since when can anything verbal justify the killing of an individual? Who cares if this is listed in the Old Testament. How was this ever moral? Why did God ever allow this type of behavior?
Some people believe that crushed rhino horn can cure a range of
illnesses and it is even viewed as an
aphrodisiac in Traditional Asian Medicine.
However, the rhino horn is
comprised of keratin, the same material as our fingernails and has no medicinal
value. If rhino horn proved to have
medicinal benefits, it would mean that we too can acquire these effects by
biting our fingernails! Unfortunately,
this ill-conceived notion is the reason why rhinos are being hunted to extinction.
Look at what belief can make people do.
If belief can make humans hunt a species to
extinction, what can a belief in a God lead to?
Alienation of other groups? Wars? Terrorism?
Shunning? Hatred towards
homosexuals? What else does a belief in
a fake God make people do?
If God is eternal and all knowing, then why should the religions inspired views change or evolve once science and basic logic postulates the true reality? If the Lord is truly omniscient then why aren’t his early teaching concretized from inception, never to change again? Why does religion need to adapt to the ever increasing knowledge bestowed by science if God knows all?
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.
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.
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
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.