Atheist memes #1

Here I have compiled six atheist memes that I edited and put together myself.

Waiting For The Word (flickr)

“Jesus loves you” – oh really?

Der Vollstrecker (flickr)

Or how about an electric chair?

usamedeniz

Jesus should actually have been stoned, but oh well.

 Argya Diptya (flickr)

Christian logic just doesn’t work

courtesy of Bill Longshaw

Faith means nothing

courtesy of stockimages

Try praying to superman, it yields the same results

Images courtesy of their authors, all images edited by mclasper. Image credits (from top to bottom)

Waiting For The Word at Flickr.com

Der Vollstrecker at Flickr.com

usamedeniz at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Argya Diptya at Flickr.com

Bill Longshaw at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bible verse of the day #43

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This verse is Mark 6:3

“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”

Chances are, Jesus had brothers and sisters. Maybe he was born of a virgin, but unlike some denominations claim, Mary didn’t stay that way. Matthew 12:46-47 gives further evidence of this claim by saying:

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

Jesus also seems to forget that his family exist, and calls one of his disciples his mother!

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48-50)

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Bible verse of the day series will now be ‘temporarily discontinued’ for a few months due to a lack of new content and changes in the posting schedule. But when it starts up again there will be plenty of new verses to talk about.

Marriage equality in all 50 states

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It’s been all over the news, but I thought that I might as well make a comment on the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states. The supreme court ruled that preventing gay marriage is ‘unconstitutional’ and is not legal, so this is a massive win for proponents of marriage equality.

We shouldn’t celebrate too soon though, this is merely a battle in the long war. There are still plenty of laws that need to be enforced to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community. But legalizing gay marriage across the US is never the less a major win.

I can’t see how so many people fight to suppress gays and prevent these laws from being passed though – all for the sake of a book written by primitive goat herders. Christians don’t disapprove of divorce, even though the Bible tells them they should many, many times.

I am sure that many Christians approve of gay marriage, and are not bigots like those who don’t, but there have been enough bigots around to fight gay rights for a long time. Overall my comment on this whole thing is that it is good to see that the supreme court and many US citizens are fighting the people who think that gays should be denied rights simply for the fact that their 2000 year old Holy book frowns upon it. If your book says gay marriage is wrong, don’t have a gay marriage. Don’t force other people to follow your rules.

There has never been decent support for bigotry; Christians – and people in general – who fight against gay rights are just unnecessarily being hateful bigots with no justification other than some book; the same book, I might add, that hates divorce and tells you to kill people. (check Leviticus for examples)

Further reading:

Celebrity responses to the legalization of gay marriage

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Bible verse of the day #42

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God hates people who don’t worship him, but he praises murderers. Or at least he let Moses go unpunished. Exodus 2:11-12

“And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”

Moses just felt like murdering someone that day. And God just let him go unpunished. In fact many of the ‘heroes’ in the Bible are villains, and the villains are most commonly victims.

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The New Bible – Genesis 13

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This chapter is about what happened after Abraham was kicked out of Egypt by the Pharaoh.

1. After Abraham was kicked out of Egypt he traveled south with his wife, Lot, and all of his stuff.

2. And he was very rich in gold, silver and cattle – how he transported it, nobody knows.

3. And he went to Bethel, and somehow found himself back at the altar. “I went south to Egypt, and then I went south again and ended up back here…how the Hell does that work?!” Abraham said to himself.

4. He went to the altar and called upon the Lord, but he was busy, so there was no reply.

5. And Lot also, went with Abraham and dwelled in the land.

6. And the land was not able to bear them, so they could not dwell together.

7. There was a strife between Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen, and also the Canaanite and Perizzite: the people who owned the land that Abraham and Lot had decided to take for themselves.

8. And Abraham said to Lot, “how to we stop this strife? I will resort to my only method of solving problems; praying.

9. “I know what we’ll do, we shall divide our land between us.” And Lot said, “no, that’s a terrible idea. I know, we will divide our land between us! What would we do without me?”

10. And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw the plains of Jordan.

11. then Lot journeyed east and set up camp there.

12. Abraham dwelled in the land of the Canaanites, while Lot lived in the cities around Sodom.

13. The people that lived in Sodom were somehow all sinners before the Lord. “I’ll have to smite those guys later, but first I have work to do” The lord said.

14. And the Lord said to Abraham, “Look around,

15. I give you all of this land, just kill anyone who already lives here and you’ll be fine.

16. And I will make your descendants as many as the dust on the ground. Overpopulation will really be a problem in the future!

17.  Arise, walk the length of your land, for I give it to you. Sorry, I like repeating myself.” God said.

18. And Abraham built yet another altar to the Lord.

The New Bible homepage can be found here.

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Bible verse of the day #41

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The Bible is good at being very odd. Deuteronomy 25:19

“Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.”

So people are supposed to remember that they had forgotten about Amalek. Epic logic fail.

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How to go to Hell

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I don’t think anybody really needs a tutorial on how to go to Hell, but these are many of the things that can send you to burn for eternity. Some are much weirder than others – God gets angry very easily! There’s the usual stuff like disobeying the Ten Commandments, but then there’s others:

* eat fruit from a tree less than five years old. [Lev. 19:23]

“‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten.”

* cross-breed animals. [Lev. 19:19]

“Do not mate different kinds of animals.”

* grow two different plants in your garden. [Lev. 19:19]

“Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.”

* wear a cotton-polyester blend T-Shirt. [Lev. 19:19]

“Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”

* read your horoscope. [Lev. 19:26]

“Do not practice divination or seek omens.”

* consult a psychic. [Lev. 19:31]

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

* cut your hair. [Lev. 19:27]

“Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head…”

* trim your beard. [Lev. 19:27]

“…or clip off the edges of your beard.”

* be tattooed. [Lev. 19:28]

“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” – funny how God feels that he has to say ‘I am the Lord’, just to boast his pride. Or maybe God’s just very insecure.

* plant crops for more than seven years. [Lev. 25:4, Ex. 23:10-13]

“But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.”

* bear a grudge. [Lev. 19:17]

“Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor franklyso you will not share in their guilt.”

* collect interest on a loan. [Ex. 22:25]

If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.

* insult a leader. [Ex. 22:27]

“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.”

* mistreat a foreigner. [Ex. 22:21]

“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” – but according to God, you can keep them as slaves just fine.

* spread false rumors. [Ex. 23:1]

“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.”

* be a sorcerer [Revelation 21:8]

“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

* be idle [Revelation 21:8]

“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

* call someone a fool [Matthew 5:22]

“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

*hang out with strange women [Proverbs 7:5]

“Keep thee from the strange woman … Her house is the way to hell.”

* hang on a tree [Galatians 3:13]

“Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”

* say long prayers [Mark 12:40]

“Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.”

* worship another god [Ex. 20:3]

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

* be an atheist

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

* exist

You will apparently go to Hell by default because 6000 years ago two people took dietary advice from a talking snake.

And there are many, many more things that can send you to Hell. Not very fair, is it? These aren’t really good reasons, hanging on a tree, saying long prayers and cutting your hair should not be punishable by burning for eternity!

Further reading:

Hell – not a threat to an atheist

The afterlife – finite vs infinite life

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Bible verse of the day #40

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It should be well known that there was a war in Heaven. Revelation 12:7-12

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”

How can there be a real war in a place of happiness where there is no sin or death? Or are angels mortal all of a sudden? If Heaven is a place free from suffering then why is it depicted similar to the Norse tales of Asgard in this chapter? And God was completely responsible for Satan’s existence, he made him with full foreknowledge of what was going to happen, but I guess everybody makes mistakes!

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Do you have Islamophobia?

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Sometimes when people are criticizing the Islamic faith, you get someone come along and claim that people are Islamophobic. But do you actually have Islamophobia? Take this short test to find out.

1. Do you get a feeling of uncontrollable panic whenever you are exposed to a Muslim or a Qu’ran?

2. Do you feel like you have to do anything to get away from Muslims and Qu’rans?

3. When exposed to a Muslim or a Qu’ran, do you suffer the inability to function normally?

4. When exposed to a Muslim or Qu’ran, do you suffer any of the following:

Sweating
Rapid heartbeat
Intense anxiety
Trouble breathing
A feeling of panic
Blackouts
Nausea
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Hot or cold flashes
Trembling or shaking
A dry mouth
The inability to speak
Chest pain or tightness
A sense of impending doom
A choking feeling
Numbness or tingling

If not, you probably don’t have Islamophobia.

A phobia is a lasting and irrational fear of something; a real phobia of the Islamic faith would mean that you suffer from some of these symptoms when exposed to Muslims or the Qu’ran. If you are free from these symptoms than the claim that you are Islamophobic is false.

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Bible verse of the day #39

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The people of the Bible don’t like shouting in the mornings.

“If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.”

So apparently if you are going to shout something like ‘good morning world’ in the morning, you might as well be shouting ‘screw you, stupid planet!’ or something even worse.

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