The Flying Spaghetti Monster is real!

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Going by how easy it is for a Christian to justify their faith and ‘prove’ that God exists, I have 100% undeniable proof that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is indeed real!

Just take a look at this article!

It is obvious that the almighty creator of the universe has created a strange ocean creature that looks extremely similar to him to prove to us that he exists! So throw away your bibles and bow down to the almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Going by religious logic there is so much evidence that you have to be crazy to miss it! the planets look like meat balls, the very thing that holds the universe together, the Higgs boson (or ‘god particle’) looks kind of like him, and now this ocean creature shows his existence! In fact, the very universe is ‘proof’ that he exists, so throw away your bibles and worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

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The New Bible – Genesis 23

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Right after God nearly made Abraham kill his son, his wife dies. A lot of this chapter is just ‘bla bla bla strange name bla bla bla another strange name bla bla bla’, so things have been shortened a bit.

  1. Sarah lived to be 127, yet again breaking God’s 120 lifespan rule.

2. She died at Kiriath in the land of Caanan, and Abraham went to go and buy supplies from the Hittites.

3. “I want to bury my dead in your land, so give me the space and supplies I will need or God will kill you” Abraham said.

4. And the Hittites said unto him,

5. “Alrighty then, go do it in that cave over there.”

6. And Abraham said, “I am feeling nice, so I will buy the field with the cave in it from your people.”

7. And the leader of the Hittites said, “no, I gave you the field, why pay for it if I GAVE it to you?”

8. But Abraham said, “I just told you that I want to buy it, and buy it I shall.”

9. So Abraham paid for something that he could have gotten for free, and went to bury his wife there.

10. Abraham paid 400 shekels of silver to the leader of the Hittites, and they wondered where he had gotten so much money from.

11. So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre, both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field, were given to Abraham to bury his wife.

The New Bible homepage can be found here.

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‘Pro-life’

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There are a few things that get on my nerves about the ‘pro-life’ movement, and I will list them here.

1. Their religious justification is flawed.

God is not pro-life, he doesn’t even disapprove of ending a life because you regret how things turned out.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Genesis 6:6-7

And throughout the Bible we have God either killing unborn children, or allowing unborn children to be killed. We find this in verses such as 2 Kings 15:16, Numbers 31:17, Hosea 13:16 and Hosea 9:11-16.

 “Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.”

“Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.”

Other verses include 1 Samuel 15:3, where God commands the death of infants, Psalms 135:8 & 136:10, where God is praised for slaughtering little babies, and Psalms 137:9 Where God says that people shall be blessed for dashing babies against rocks.

2. They only care about the unborn child.

Pro-life proponents want all children to be born and no abortions to happen, but we don’t see them doing anything about children once they’re born! They only care about them when they are unborn. You never see pro-life proponents looking after these children or doing anything to help them survive, they only care that they get born in the first place.

Firstly, is it better to abort a child or let them live in a world of hardship and suffering? Like the children in Africa, is it better to abort one or have it suffer and die? Secondly, do aborted children go to Heaven? If so, you’re doing them a favor, if not, your God is a sick monster.

3. They are telling people how to live their lives.

Christians are great at that: telling people that they are not allowed to be gay, and that they are supposed to change their genetic makeup, and telling people that they have to spend 18 years of their life, which is 18 – 22.5% (if you die at an age of 80 – 100) caring for a child that YOU DIDN’T EVEN WANT. How can a child be in a happy, loving family if the family didn’t want them in the first place?

4. There are enough humans around already.

There are 7 billion of us and overpopulation will be a problem in the future. Our species needs to cut back on the amount of new humans being born, otherwise we will be in trouble.

And think about it for a second, you are fighting for a whole ton of new humans to be born, who will grow up to compete with you for food, money, jobs, everything. You are helping someone who will pretty much grow up to be your enemy! They won’t care that you forced them to be born, you will just be another person to compete with to survive to them.

5. Abortion is justified in some cases.

Abortion is always bad, is it? Well, what about children that have been badly deformed or mutated that will suffer for a short period of time and then die once they have been born, possibly killing the mother in the process? Do you still think an abortion would be bad? It would be more humane not to bring a terminally ill or genetically deformed child into the world than it would be to let it suffer.

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Why fight religion?

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I assume that every atheist already has a nicely planned out reason to fight religious dogma and enforce the separation of Church and state, but I will feature a common reason here:

Christian: “Why do you try to fight the belief in God? You don’t try and fight the belief in Santa, or Zeus?”

Well, let me tell you something. Santa is not used as the main reason for many people’s decisions in life.
Santa is not used as a justification or excuse for war, hatred, bigotry and discrimination.
People do not waste millions of dollars building useless buildings dedicated to Santa.
Gays are not denied rights because of Santa.
The words ‘in Santa we trust’ are not on US money, and likewise, Santa is not in the pledge.
And people do not try to fight science using Santa.

Things like Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Zeus, etc. are not used to do these things, but God is. Christianity is a religion that tries to enforce complete control over people’s lives, it is used as a justification for war and hatred, and it is even invading the US government. And that is why I fight religious dogma.

The New Bible – Genesis 22

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The omniscient God must ‘test’ people, and he does this by asking for a human sacrifice.

1. The all-knowing God decided to test Abraham,”Abraham!” he said, “Where in God’s name are you?”

2. And Abraham replied, “I am here.”

3. “Take your son up into the mountains in the land of Moriah, and sacrifice him to me” God said.

4. Like most people in the Bible, Abraham did this without question. He saddled his donkey and took the wood he needed, and he rode out to the mountains.

5. On the third day he saw the mountain, and told the servants he had taken with him to stay put.

6. Abraham carried the knife and a torch, whilst letting Isaac to all the heavy lifting. What a great father.

7. As they climbed Isaac said to Abraham, “we have the fire and the wood, but where is the offering?”

8. “You are the offering, dummy” Abraham replied.

9. Abraham built the altar and then tried to murder his son.

10. But before he could kill him and angel of the Lord ‘came down’.

11. “Do not kill you son, this was only a test. And congratulations, you passed. You are a mindless follower of a tyrannical God” he said.

12. And Abraham saw a ram up on the mountain, and killed it. He made the ram an offering.

13. Abraham named the place ‘Jehovahjireh’, because it was the mountain of the Lord. Of course, this is ignoring the fact that Abraham had no idea what God’s name was.

14. And the angel of the Lord said, “because you did not withhold your son and mindlessly obeyed God, your descendants will be powerful, and there will be many of them. I’m sure God told you this about three times before, but he told me to tell you again, just in case you’re an idiot.”

15. so Abraham returned and had a ton of kids. It looks like God is actually fulfilling his promise for once.

16. So Abraham returned and dwelt at Beersheba.

17. First Abraham and watched as his number of descendants grew. Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;

18. Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,

19. And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.

20. And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.

21. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.

The New Bible homepage can be found here.

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Movie review – “God’s Not Dead”

It’s been all over the place, and there are a few things I have to say about this Christian propaganda film. In case you didn’t know, The movie ‘God’s Not Dead’ is a 2014 film that is described as a ‘Christian Drama’. I saw the movie, and I am not impressed in the slightest.

The main thing that annoys me is how the movie is completely biased and one-sided. The movie itself spreads the false idea that Christians are all super nice and happy and everyone else is either miserable, evil and/or unhappy. Secondly, the main plot is a bit ridiculous. You expect me to believe that there is a whole class of atheists with one Christian in a philosophy class that is set up like ‘atheism’ class. What sort of professor would come in and demand that people admit that God doesn’t exist or he would fail them?

It doesn’t help that the professor shouldn’t even be in there in the first place. A real philosophy teacher should be able to defeat the stupid arguments in the debate scenes. The first scene is a load of rubbish with the professor saying that ‘God doesn’t exist because this smart guy (Stephen Hawking) said so, and the Christian later replies ‘oh yea, well, this other guy said that your smart guy is wrong, and here’s a book, cause that’s all the proof a Christian needs.’ Obviously those aren’t the real words, but they might as well have been.

Other highlights from the debate scene include the Christian trying to say that God created the big bang because of a verse  in genesis, ‘let there be light’ (ignoring the fact that the expansion might not have even caused light) and then answering the problem of evil with ‘God is getting around to it, we just have to put up with evil for now.’ And as I pointed out in one of my last posts, ‘defining omnibenevolence and the problem of evil‘, this doesn’t work.

Morality comes up in the debate too, and the Christian argues that without God, cheating at his test wouldn’t be ‘wrong’ because it would be helping him succeed. Well, I have to say a few things about this: 1. if you need God to be good, then shame on you! If you can’t behave decently without God then you are not a good person. 2. Yes, cheating wouldn’t be a bad thing on a universal scale, but have you ever heard of Secular Moral Philosophy? Lots of people don’t cheat because it is defined by humans as ‘bad’, not because it is defined as ‘bad’ by an ancient book that says nothing bad about slavery, but allows sexism, homophobia and discrimination.

The thing that ends the debate is the Christian doing what street preachers do best: plugging their ears and screaming their religion at people. The Christian asks (well, shouts multiple times) the question ‘why do you hate God?’ The atheist actually responds and has a reason, proving that the movie has built a ‘fake’ atheist that does not represent the real atheist community. Atheists don’t hate God, just like they don’t hate the tooth fairy or any other made-up being. And if we do hate God it’s because he is a selfish, malevolent, evil, unjust and immoral monster, especially in the Old Testament.

More evidence that the movie is biased is the fact that the only Muslim has an abusive father and then later… guess what… converts to Christianity! This movie is not about all religions, it is all about Christianity and how it’s supposed to be so great. Furthermore, the main atheist in the film gets hit by a car and converts! This movie spreads the message that you are either Christian or you are unhappy/doomed.

And right at the end they tell you to ‘join the movement’ and text the words ‘God’s Not Dead’ to everyone you know. If this isn’t a gigantic advertising campaign then I don’t know what is!

If it isn’t clear by now, I dislike the plot, the stereotypes, the intolerance, the false messages, the pitiful debate scenes, the way they use unrealistic ‘fake atheists’ and the advertising. So I don’t think I need to actively rate it.

Religious Intolerance

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This post is not about complaining that somehow Christians are being ‘persecuted’ in a country that is 70% Christian, where Christians can freely worship, share their faith, put up advertisements, refuse service to people based on their faith, and even have their God on money! No, this post is about the opposite, how Christians (and other religious people) can be the most intolerant people you can find.

Of course I don’t want to use too large a generalization, there are many people, in fact, most people, who are religious and do not force their religion on people or discriminate non-Christians. However it is the odd outspoken religious apologetic that is the problem.

I have seen comments, videos, slideshows, images and websites all over the place complaining about how atheists are so ‘militant’ and ‘aggressive’, (more about that in a  post in the future) but Christians were the ones who burnt, killed, hated on and discriminated against anyone who challenged their faith. Some people still teach that atheists are immoral monsters, however this is clearly false, and is a perfect show of intolerance.

Not to say that atheists are free of this either. Unfortunately there are many people of any and no religion who are extremely intolerant and impolite, but an atheist has never burnt a Christian at stake in the name of ‘no God’. Furthermore, Christianity itself uses the aggressive approach of ‘convert or suffer’, and it doesn’t help that there is an air of ‘Christians are superior to everyone else because they know the ‘truth” within the religious community.

Not to mention the whole attitude about it. Some still think that the US is a ‘Christian nation’ when it isn’t, and you get the sexist, homophobic preachers who try to prevent gay rights and enforce the Biblical idea that men are the superior gender. This is especially ironic considering religions like Islam and Christianity are said to spread peace and love! Gandhi once said this:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

And this is a quote from Helen Keller: “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.”

I am not trying to rant about anything, I am just saying that Christians, as a whole, are no more tolerant than atheists, and that things would be a lot better if everyone lost this intolerance.

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The New Bible – Genesis 21

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Abraham has a son at age 100 and ‘throws out’ his old one. He also makes a pointless covenant with the guy who stole his wife in the last chapter.

1. God finally got around to fulfilling his promise to Sarah,

2. and she had a son.

3. Abraham called his son Isaac, and Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

4. When Isaac was older Abraham saw the son of Hagar, mocking.

5. So Sarah told them both to get lost.

6. And God came down to see what the fuss was about.

7. “Don’t forget, because that kid is your heir, he shall still have a great nation. So I’m gonna go and follow him around for a while” the Lord said.

8. So Hagar and her son left with a few supplies, wandering in the wilderness of Beersheba.

9. But when the water ran out she ditched the child, ‘because she didn’t want to see him die’.

10.  God heard them whining and sent an angel down to meet them.

11. “You again?” the angel of the Lord said, “anyway, God said that your child will be the leader of a great nation, and he sent me here to make sure it happens.”

12. So God ‘opened Hagar’s eyes’ and she saw a random water fountain, because we all know that’s what you find in the middle of the wilderness.

13. God was ‘with’ the child, meaning that he was following the child around and watching his every move, as he grew up and became an archer.

14. When he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran, Hagar ‘took’ an Egyptian to be his wife.

15. Meanwhile Abraham was having a good chat with Abilmelech, the guy that stole his wife for a few days.

16. “God has picked you as his favorite, and that could end badly for me,” Abilmelech said, “So I want to make a covenant with you.”

17. And Abraham replied, “What sort of covenant?”

18. “Well, you promise that God won’t kill me or my children, and I in return do nothing for you!” Abilmelech said.

19. “Deal” Abraham replied.

20. The two of them made a covenant by digging a well in the wilderness and planting a grove there. Luckily, as I said before, Abraham just carries around these supplies with him and is a trained builder.

21. And they renamed the land Beersheba, ignoring the fact that ‘Beersheba’ was the land’s name in the first place.

22. and Abraham wandered in the land of the Philistines for man days.

The New Bible homepage can be found here.

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God Vs Jesus

ID-100146575Who will win? The son of God who can perform many miracles and cheat death, or the creator of the universe? Of course for this ‘competition’ we must assume that Christianity is true and God ’caused the Big Bang’ or something like that. We must also count God and Jesus as two separate beings, not as part of the trinity, this is to avoid complications.

God: Created the universe. God supposedly created the universe in all its size and complexity. Billions of galaxies across vast distances, God made it all. Seems kind of stupid that he spent most of his time dealing with a tiny rock in the middle of nowhere.

Jesus: Walked on water. Kind of boring when you consider that animals can do it (such as the water walking spider or the basilisk lizard). Not to mention any magician can pull off this trick by filling the body of water with corn flour.

God: Power to end all life, killed 2.4 million in the Bible. God has the power to kill everything in an instant, and he demonstrates that quite well in the Bible. But of course he shouldn’t, because he’s omnibenevolent.

Jesus: Healed some people. Jesus healed the sick, cured the blind, and apparently cast out demons. Ignoring the fact that ancient people thought things such as epilepsy were demonic possessions, claiming to cure someone with epilepsy in those days were as simple as shouting a few random words and waiting until the epileptic fit had passed.

God: Omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and omnibenevolent. Infinite power and knowledge – if you ignore the logical issues and problems that arise, nothing can really beat this.

Jesus: Converted a handful of people and helped Christianity spread. He only convinced about twelve people of his divinity, but at least he got the religion going. He said one time in the Bible that he could call ‘twelve legions of angels’ to his aid, but he never did. Which is kind of stupid considering how much more he could have accomplished with that much man-power (or flying man-power, as angels of the Lord are often depicted)

I think God will is definitely the winner here. This is like the CEO of a worldwide, billion dollar company having a son who grows up to become the manager of a local fast food outlet.

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What’s worse?

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Christians, what do you think is worse in the eyes of God, ‘deconverting’ from being Christian, or never converting in the first place?

Most people will agree that ancient people, or even today in countries with little outside influence, people that never learn about Christianity will not go to Hell. Obviously it would be stupid to punish people for something outside of their control, it would be like punishing a car manufacturer because someone got a speeding ticket.

Although come to think of it, if all people who don’t know about Christianity go to Heaven, why teach them about it in the first place? There’s no point in ‘saving souls’ that are technically already saved. Just leave the remote tribes alone and don’t bother complicating their lives and their fates by telling them about God.

On that same line of thought, humans don’t tend to punish ignorance. A young child who accidentally kills someone would likely not receive the death penalty or a life in prison simply for the fact that they do not know any better. So why would God punish ignorance? Most (if not all) atheists don’t believe in God because there is not enough evidence for his existence, especially now that we have explained many of the things that used to be attributed to gods, such as lightning, volcanoes, earthquakes and stars. So if atheists are wrong and God exists, then why would he punish us for not knowing any better?

If you are a Christian and are ‘saved’, if you lose your faith, do you go back to being ‘unsaved’? 2 Peter 2:20-22 says this:

“For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

So by the looks of it the Bible thinks that deconverting is just the same as never converting in the first place. However people who deconvert do it because of lack of evidence, so therefor they have the same ‘excuse’ as any atheist, in that there is not enough evidence for God’s existence. If Jesus is too busy to show himself and appear before you, and if God’s too busy to perform miracles to strengthen your faith, then they have no reason to send people who don’t believe to Hell. And it really doesn’t matter anyway, people must first prove that God exists before trying to decide who will make it to Heaven and who won’t.

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