Imagine there's no Heaven
You may say I'm a dreamer
Imagine no possessions
taboo of criticizing the beliefs of others is now outdated and
In a modern world, where religious beliefs fuel everything from suicide attacks to the killing of one's one children, it is now MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER to directly challenge those beliefs without hesitation or apology.
Your religions beliefs are not
"sacred" or immune to criticism.
They are beliefs in your head, based upon where you were born, how you were raised, and who influenced you.
Simply having religious beliefs does not make them true or obligate others to respect them.
Theist: "You gotta
respect everyone's beliefs!"
NO YOU DON'T!
That's exactly what gets us into trouble.
I will acknowledge your belief. But I will respect no belief or religion that divides humanity, slows human progress, uses fear tactics, makes conclusions without deep examination, promotes homophobia, plays a huge part in wars, and limits free thinking and freedom of speech.
Religion, the ultimate con game.
Priests will tell you that they are 100% certain they know the mind of God and if you do not do what they say, then you will anger God and lose his love and protection. So you give money to the church, pray three times a day, and do good works with the poor, etc.
Yet your crops fail, your child dies, you are afflicted with illness. You might think the priests have some explaining to do. They will 'explain' it is your own fault you lost God's protection. You did not give enough to the church, you had impure thoughts, God is testing you, etc.
This is the ultimate con-trick. The 'expert' tells you to do something. You do it and get the opposite result of what is promised by the expert. The expert then tells you it is your fault.
Hilarious. And tragic.
The concept of sin has been one of the most profitable fictions for the Church.
It is the ultimate scam.
Think about it - you pay the church to insure you for imaginary crimes, against an imaginary being, so you won't go to an imaginary hell, as well as insuring you to go to an imaginary heaven.
It is a billion dollar industry
established by charlatans and funded entirely by the stupidity
of our species.
Your god isn't real. He's not
moral. The Bible isn't moral. Islam isn't moral. Anything that deteriorates the
value of human beings, anything that hangs on to Bronze
Age ideals about genocide and slavery and murder and
deference to higher powers, none of those things are moral.
We've graduated beyond that, and I'm sorry that we've had to drag religions kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but some of you have to let this stuff go. You're not going to get anywhere until you realize that it's OK not to be afraid. It's OK to say, "You know, I think slavery is wrong. I think slavery was probably always wrong."
Morality is doing what is right,
Religion is doing what you are told
Morality predates religion. From the
earliest human ancestors, who relied on altruistic behavior to
survive, to other animals living in complex social groups, morality
has evolutionary origins and has been refined over time through
secular moral philosophy, rational discussion, and legal debate.
You don't need religion to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong, you lack empathy, not religion.
It is an insult to humanity to say our
morality is completely dependent on someone else giving us a list of
DOs and DON'Ts.
It is an insult to say we have no innate sense of right and wrong, that we have no independent ability to see what is good and what is just.
Do you really mean to tell me the only
reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or
to avoid his disapproval and punishment?
Atheists have no need for a "moral
Human decency is not derived from
|Religion doesn't provide a moral compass to people. What religion does is hand you a hammer to smash your own moral compass with.|
Perhaps it makes the believer feel better, in the same way meditation or deep though would, but prayer doesn't actually affect the external world.
Not only is it ineffective, it is also a very narcissistic practice. Why would a "God" change his "divine plan" to accommodate any person's wishes?
Let's imagine you have cancer and you are a believer. You pray to God for a cure, you undergo surgery and chemotherapy, and the cancer does in fact go into remission. What cured you? Was it the chemotherapy, or was it God?
In other words, is there any way to know whether God is playing a role or not when we pray?
The problem is, in this imagined case, there is ambiguity. The Christian believes God answered the prayer, but it could also be a simple coincidence.
All scientific evidence clearly indicates it is, in fact, a coincidence. Whenever we do a scientific experiment on the efficacy of prayer, the data shows no effect from prayer. Scientific evidence indicates "answered prayers" really are coincidences every single time.
So how do we figure this out? Is God answering prayers as Christians believe, or is it coincidence as science indicates?
The way to answer that question is to remove the ambiguity. We make it impossible for the "answered prayer" to be a coincidence, and then we see what happens.
The way to remove the ambiguity is to say a prayer that cannot be answered (or is highly unlikely to happen) by coincidence. For example, instead of praying that God cures one person's cancer, pray that God eliminates all cancer tomorrow. The fact that prayers like that are never answered shows us something important about God.
What we find whenever we perform an unambiguous experiment like this is that God never answers unambiguous prayers. Jesus promises in many places in the Bible that he will answer prayers -- even impossible prayers. But what you find whenever you put Jesus to the test is that Jesus is making a false promise.
What we find is that God never answers impossible prayers - even if the prayers are incredibly worthy. For example:
These unambiguous prayers are how we know, for sure, that
God/Jesus are not actually answering prayers. The scientific
evidence is correct. "Answered prayers" are nothing more
than simple coincidences every single time. The whole idea
of "God answering prayers" is a complete illusion because
God is imaginary.
|Praying for others is the ultimate self indulgence. People pray for you as if they were actually doing something for you and then feel good about. It's delusional. It's about as helpful as worrying for you. I know plenty of people who have made an art form out of worrying.||If people would spend as much time helping others as they do praying for them, it would be a much nicer world. The problem is helping others requires you to actually do something.||The only thing worse than sitting idle as someone suffers is to do absolutely nothing yet think you're actually helping; in other words, praying.|
Prayers never bring anything. Oh,
they may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the
aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the enlightened it is the same as
asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Christmas.
What is prayer?
Prayer – especially the supplication kind, requires the belief that...
you, a finite, short-lived, self-focused, fallible, mortal being with little knowledge, by uttering (or even just thinking!) some request out into the expanse of the universe somehow might be heard and comprehended by a more-knowing, less-imperfect and more-powerful Being (to whom you are directing the request), and that this may cause the Being to take some action that will cause change in the course of some part of the universe that you care about, in a direction that you think would be better than if this change didn't happen.
It's insanity. It's vanity. It's ridiculous.
People who pray for others actually
think they're helping. In the process, it gives them peace of
mind and can help them cope through difficult situations, such
as a loved one being sick.
Atheists do not have such comforts, so they must be mentally and emotionally stronger than believers because of it. It is the price they pay for intellectual honesty, and most people simply find it too high a cost for what they consider little reward. But for those who value intellectualism and intelligence, it is more than worth it.
"I'll pray for you!" This comment
sounds like an alien language to atheists. It comes out
something like this:
When this alien phrase is interpreted, it becomes clear the person who is making such a comment feels quite smug and superior in that he/she has chosen the RIGHT god, and that he/she now has a direct pipeline TO this God, whereas you do not, and he/she will put in a good word for you, you lowlife scum.
If you truly want to make a
difference, take action and physically DO something to make a
difference. Praying does absolutely nothing to change anything
in the world.
Oh sure, it may help the person praying feel better about a situation by talking themselves into some delusional sense of well being, but that's as far as prayer goes.
That's not helping influence the world. Instead, that's simply having a voiceless conversation with one's self.
Two hands working can do more than one thousand hands clasped in prayer.
|Why do religious people always need physical evidence for each and every step of evolution, but when it comes to God, all they need is faith???||Faith is belief without and against evidence and reason. Coincidentally, that is also the definition of delusion.||
Faith isn't a virtue.
It is the glorification
of voluntary ignorance.
Faith is the great copout, the great
excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith
is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of
Faith is nothing more than the license religious people give themselves to keep believing when reasons fail. In a world that has been shattered by mutually incompatible religious beliefs, in a nation that is growing increasingly beholden to Iron Age conceptions of God, the end of history and the immortality of the soul, this lazy partitioning of our discourse into matters of reason and matters of faith is now unconscionable.
Faith means not wanting to know what
Science adjusts is views based upon what is viewed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.
Love and respect all people. Hate and destroy all faith.
If you define faith as the
ability to keep working toward a goal when you aren't sure you
can reach it, I'm all for it. When the whole world seems to
be against you, it requires a certain kind of faith to say "I
can do this despite all appearances," or "I'm going to keep
pushing even if I can't ever succeed," and that kind of faith is
the key component of any great endeavor.
But if you define faith as you don't have much evidence that something is factually true, but you decide you really should believe it anyway, so you close your eyes and grit your teeth and believe as hard as you can, then I can't imagine why anyone would want to do that. I can't imagine why an all-powerful God would want us to do that. Maybe that's just a lack of imagination on my part, but that's where I'm stuck. It just doesn't make sense to me.
|An atheist will wonder why a Christian believes in God, and then joke about it. A Christian will condemn an atheist to eternal damnation in Hell for not believing in their God.||Atheists are not mad at God. They are not angry or hurt. They are not rebelling or trying to be cool. Atheists are people that can tell the difference between real and imaginary, wishful thinking and facts, evidence, and faith. An atheist refuses to live a lie just because it feels good to be comforted.||
Being an atheist means coming to grips
Being an atheist is like being the only sober person in the car... and nobody will let you drive.
Believers do good things out of fear of
death and Hell with expectation of great reward.
Atheists do the right thing because it's the human thing to do.
Football hero Tim Tebow prays on the football field while 8,640
people starve to death worldwide each day. (It is
estimated one person starves to death every ten
Christmas shoppers pray to find the latest gift fad while tsunamis and earthquakes bury whole cities in an explosion of swirling, violent debris.
Believers pray to find their car keys while Taliban hostages are beheaded on the internet.
Find a good parking space at the mall? Praise God!
A child dies of leukemia? Oh, that's just terrible, but God is love and he has a plan, right?
And, of course, anytime the law of averages or happy coincidence makes a wish come true? DING! God answers your prayer!
This is monumentally imbalanced, lazy thinking.
Prayer is the placebo. The empty calorie. The blue pill.
God is just Santa Claus for adults.
Believing in Him may give you comfort in times of trouble, and may give you something to look forward to... but that doesn't mean He is real.
|God giving man free will, and then telling him, "If you worship me you will go to Heaven, but if you don't, you will be damned in Hell," is nothing less than extortion and coercion.||How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the right one.||
I am not anti-religion. I am
anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-violence,
anti-misogyny, anti-slavery, anti-ignorance, anti-child abuse,
Religion is anti-me.
|I have always wondered why sacrificing an immortal being has any inherent value. It's rather like being impressed and amazed by the bravery of someone getting a haircut. You do understand it grows back, right?||
I will not bow to any god, nor will I
surrender logic and reason to faith.
I'm not an atheist by choice. I'm a seeker of truth. Being an atheist is just a natural result of that endeavor.
|If a beautiful sunflower or a rainbow is somehow supposed to be evidence of the Christian god, then what is a parasitic worm that eats children's eyeballs evidence of?||
If you could reason with religious
people, there would be no religious people.
It's horrendous how people can be born, live, and die all under the impression that they are only on this planet to worship a god.
My favorite part of the Bible is when
God, soon after he created faulty-humans and gave them free will,
later killed everyone with a flood for
not acting the way he wanted.
Yep, God killed tens of thousands of innocent infants, children, and animals.
Praise the Lord!
|One does not "convert to atheism." One simply realizes everything they've been told about God is bullshit.||Organized religion is like organized crime. It prays on peoples' weakness, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate.||Religion is like a virus that change's people's minds into dogmatic thinking, rule following, blind faith, qualities which do no good for the well-being of mankind.|
|Religion divides humanity, slows human progress, uses fear tactics, makes conclusions without deep examination, promotes homophobia, plays a huge part in wars, and limits free thinking and freedom of speech.||
The basis of religion isn't faith; it's
The Bible no more proves the existence
of God than my comic books prove the existence of Batman and
There is no society in recorded history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable.
When one person is delusional it's
called insanity. When many people are delusional they call it
Would you allow your child to be raped, tortured, murdered if you were fully able to stop it?
God would... and did.
The plain fact is religion must die for
mankind to live.
The hour is getting very late to be
able to indulge in having key decisions made by religious people -
by irrationalists - by those who would steer the ship of state, not
by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a
If the only way the supreme creator of
the entire universe can demonstrate his existence to me is to create
images of Mary or Jesus on food items, I'm not impressed.
The scientist accumulates vast amounts information in a lifelong quest for truth. With a single, 2000+ year-old book, the religious man feels complete.
Yes, I found religion! Thank you. I found it to be
completely worthless. Praise the Lord!
Atheists maintain a standard of evidence proportional to the extraordinary nature of certain claims. They are usually open to the idea of god, but so far unconvinced by any evidence or argument put forward to support it.
Religions often use the technique of
"Believe in God or else he will punish you for eternity!"
Such religions portray God as a thug, apparently incapable of obtaining obedience or respect through any other means.
I don't worship thugs. I hold them in contempt. They have less character than I do. They need to come to me for wisdom and enlightenment, not the other way around. They need to seek my mercy and forgiveness through repentance, not the other way around.
What will happen if I were to meet such a thug? It should fear me. Not the other way around.
Christians outlawed atheists from the universities and teaching
careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their
books and their writings, drove them into exile, humiliated
them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy.
Christians de-humanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hanged them, burnt them alive.
And this went on for more than
one thousand years.
The Bible is historically inaccurate,
factually incorrect, inconsistent and contradictory. It was
artificially constructed by a group of men in antiquity and is
poorly translated, heavily altered and selectively interpreted.
Entire sections of the text have been redacted over time.
Christianity is no more real than the ancient myth it is based upon.
Have you read the Bible cover to cover?
If not, be warned. The Bible is full of dreadful stories about genocide, murder, adultery, incest, deceit, greed, arrogance, megalomania, sexual perversion, and all sorts of despicable behavior.
The god character of the Bible is a
misogynistic tyrant that condones and even orders the practice of
slavery, rape of women and murder of children.
The moment you disagree with a single instruction of the Bible, such as the command to kill any bride who is not a virgin or any child who disrespects their parents, then you acknowledge there exists a superior standard by which to judge moral action and thus no need to rely on an ancient, primitive and barbaric fantasy.
Science has already annihilated the very
foundation of Christianity. According to the Bible, God made Adam
and Eve when he created the Earth, 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, Adam
and Eve sinned, and Jesus suffered and died for those sins.
Science has proven the Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old, humans have evolved over a period of two billion years, and modern humans descended from a group of least 10,000 primates.
Therefore, the story of Adam and Eve is false, which means there was no original sin and thus no reason for Jesus to have suffered and died.
If an omniscient, omnipotent, perfect being is the mastermind
behind the Bible, then why does the book reflect only the
culture, science, history, literature, technology, morals, and
values of the era in which it was written?
Why are there so many versions of it?
Why does it have so many inaccuracies and inconsistencies?
Why is it open to so many different interpretations?
Why does it include stoning, torture, murder, burning, slavery, homophobia, bigotry, and chauvinism?
Why would anyone have to ask so many questions about it, if it's supposed to be the go-to source for truth and the ultimate instruction book for morality?
What is referred to as The Old Testament is a combination of
hearsay, historical fact, fable, and a mixture of the various
cultures, legends and mystical information the Jewish people
collated over the many centuries of their existence in the
The hearsay comes from their own longstanding word of mouth history before anything was ever actually written down. A dubious form of reference as to actual accuracy. Moreover, it is now well understood how much "cultural appropriation" was taken from so many other civilizations the Jewish people encountered.
This is something every civilization tends to do.
However, once the Jewish people actually began to record their history, they did make a great effort to keep this continuous recording as accurate as humanly possible. Outside the spin and editing that may have occurred as the Jewish people experienced so many Diasporas in their history.
One thing archeologists have noticed is the relative accuracy of Old Testament accounts of regional Palestinian locations that have been lost to history. Especially in the millennium before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
As to the accuracy of historical events in the Old Testament, much of it is questionable. There appears to be considerable confusion as to dates, events, people and even certain places.
The only problem I have with religion is that it divides
humanity, slows human progress, uses fear tactics, makes
conclusions without deep examination, promotes homophobia, plays
a huge part in wars, and limits free thinking and freedom of
The Christian Bible is full of
dreadful stories about genocide, murder, adultery, incest,
deceit, greed, arrogance, megalomania, sexual perversion, and
all sorts of despicable behavior.
Other than that, religion is okay, I guess.
If one accepts the prevailing scientific understanding of the
development of the universe, yet also believes in one of the
major religions, then presumably a god sat idle for 13.7 billion
years - waiting as the stars, galaxies and planets formed. Then
it watched with complete and utter indifference as modern Homo
Sapiens evolved, struggled, and died for a further 150,000 -
Finally, a few thousand years ago, this god suddenly decided to reveal itself to several people in the most primitive, illiterate and remote portions of humanity in a completely unverifiable way - and then simply disappeared.
|There is no "theory" of evolution. In science, the jargon usage of the word "theory" applies to any properly demonstrated law, model, or understanding of how things work. The truth is, evolution is a fact. There is so much evidence for it that any sane, educated person has simply got to believe in it. The only "theory" is just how it happened.||
Evolution is almost universally accepted
among those who understand it, and almost universally rejected by
those who don't. (Richard Dawkins)
Note: The Catholic Church accepts evolution.
The theory of evolution, like the theory
of gravity, is a scientific fact.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Do you want to know what the average
theists knowledge of evolution consists of?
It consists of a single week of study in high school, in the 8th or 9th grade, as part of a Biology class, taught by a teacher who likely didn't understand it either.
I've already lost track of the number of times I've heard the ignorant question, "Well, if we descended from apes, why are there still apes?"
It's not the responsibility of evolution
to prove that God doesn't exist.
It's the responsibility of those who make claims to prove they are true.
Evolution is proven by a huge amount of evidence.
There is no evidence for the existence of a god.
You just gotta love the great flood fable.
Despite the fact that Christianity seems to think itself the center of the universe, there were a dozen other civilizations at the time of Noah's flood who somehow managed to not be drowned or even mildly inconvenienced by the great flood that supposedly killed every man, woman, and animal on the planet.
What happened to the infants when
the flood of Noah came?
Don't envision a worldwide flood. Instead, attempt to picture in your mind the image of a single crib with a single, terrified baby, slowly drowned by the cold, dark waters.
What could that child have possibly done?
I've always found it hilarious that
Christians claim the entire world was drowned under water, but
the Greeks, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Chinese, Koreans, Olmecs,
Celts and so on were all going about their business without
noticing they were supposed to be drowning under mountains and
mountains of rainwater.
You'd think they could hardly have missed such a thing, but apparently, they did.
|Historical records from all those other civilizations show that at no time were their civilizations suddenly wiped off the face of the map by a global flood, or a slow re-population afterward. Nowhere in the world is there any evidence of such an event. Not archeological evidence, not geological evidence, not historical evidence. Nothing indicates a flood wiped out the world and drowned all the people on it except one eight-person family.|
The Bible describes Noah's Ark
as being 300 cubits by 50 cubits by 40 cubits, which
translates to approximately 450 feet long by 75 feet wide by
45 feet tall. Were this for real, the ark was four times as
large as the largest wooden ship built by any civilization
in the history of the world, and certainly out-sizes any
other ship built by any other ancient civilization that
existed during the second millennium BCE.
The stresses navigating the open ocean place on large wooden ships were severe, and the larger the ship, the greater the stresses. There is a reason why the ships built by Bronze Age civilizations were much smaller than those built by post-Dark Age civilizations. To be blunt, the technical advances later civilizations developed to enable a large wooden ship to survive ocean travel just did not exist in the Bronze Age.
In point of fact, no ship the size and weight we are discussing was known to have been built and successfully sailed until the year 1900 CE. These ships, built as I note in 1900, were nine-masted schooners some 300-feet long (150 feet shorter than the ark). They were so long they visibly undulated with waves and required large diagonal braces made of steel -- a substance unheard of in 2400 BCE, a time when bronze was the new big thing when it came to metal -- to keep it from breaking in half. And even with these reinforcements, the stress regularly caused gaps in the ship's hull; these schooners would leak like sieves and required constant bailing with automated pumps that ran -- quite literally -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And even with all this, these over-sized schooners were never taken out of sight of land, because if taken out onto the open sea they'd be battered to pieces by oceanic waves. They were used for coastal traffic only.
The fact that these large transport ships had so many problems was one reason why the world's navies turned to steel ships during the last years of the 19th Century and the years prior to World War I. And this was only 116 years ago.
So we're supposed to believe a ship 4,000 years ahead of its time was built by Noah -- a man who was not a nautical engineer but a shepherd and farmer -- and survived the open seas during a catastrophic, raging flood. We're supposed to believe this 600-year-old farmer solved engineering problems, all by himself and without the use of modern metallurgy, construction techniques, or physics knowledge, that every navy in the world could not manage to beat 4,000 years later. And then, after the flood, the knowledge of how to build these super-ships was apparently forgotten because no other ship of this type would be built, ever.
Disprove that something was a piece of Noah's Ark? I want to know when somebody proved such a thing ever existed.
It's blindingly obvious all
world religions are the product of extremely ignorant
(not stupid) near barbarians who didn't understand much
about the world around them and made up stories to
explain things the best they could.
It's also obvious most theists believe in the god that is worshiped by the culture in which they grew up. And everybody is convinced their religion is the only "right" one. They can't all be right, but they can certainly all be wrong.
It is also obvious the universe is just too vast and full of stuff not in any way related to humans to seriously believe it was all made just for us and we are the pinnacle of all creation.
Religious beliefs of today are substantively the same as every other discarded superstitious belief of the past. If it's silly to believe in Zeus and Apollo and Thor and Osiris, it's just as silly to believe in Allah or Jehovah.
Every single bit of proposed "evidence" for the existence of God has either been totally debunked or can be explained through other means. And it is obvious any justification for believing in God is part of an ever-shrinking "god of the gaps" argument.
The Holy scriptures that supposedly provide the only source for knowledge about God are riddled with internal inconsistencies and blatantly wrong information about the world and world history.
It is also blindingly obvious every depiction of God that is actually worshiped by anybody is riddled with logical inconsistencies. How can God be all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving if he permits massive suffering throughout the entire universe (and not just suffering caused by man's free will)? Why would an all-loving God set up a system whereby the vast, vast majority of his children would never get a chance to hear the "truth" and be saved, and thus be condemned to an eternity of torture? How can God simultaneously be immaterial and timeless ("pure mind") and still interact with the material world?
"God moves in mysterious ways" and "God always answers prayers, but sometimes the answer is no" are just lame excuses to explain why God rarely (if ever) keeps his supposed promise to actually GIVE the faithful what they ask for in faith.
An imaginary God gives
some people hope. This is true... but it's a false
hope. It's no good for the future of mankind. God
and religion must die in order for man to succeed.
Imagine, for instance, a man wants to believe there is a diamond, the size of a refrigerator, buried somewhere in his yard. No doubt it would feel uncommonly good to believe this.
Just imagine what would happen if he then followed the example of religious moderates and maintained this belief along pragmatic lines: When asked why he thinks there is a diamond in his yard that is thousands of times larger than any yet discovered, he says things like, "This belief gives my life meaning" or "This belief gives me hope" or "My family and I enjoy digging for it on Sundays" or "I wouldn't want to live in a universe where there wasn't a diamond the size of a refrigerator buried in my back yard."
Clearly these responses are inadequate. But they are worse than that. They are the responses of a madman or an idiot.
Anyone who believes in God is delusional... just like the man who believes there is a diamond the size of a refrigerator buried somewhere in his yard.
Pascal's Wager is the argument
that a rational person should live as though God exists and
seek to believe in God. Why? Well, their argument is if God does
actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss
(some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to
receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in
Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).
(3) Belief in God can
actually bring harm. I'll give one example, but
there are many. There are Christians in Nigeria who
are killing their own children because they believe in God
and their God said you shall not allow witches to live, and
they believe their children are witches.
A god that does not manifest in reality
is indistinguishable from a god that does not exist.
Assume you're eating in a restaurant
and you begin choking on your food.
A theist is standing nearby.
Do you want him to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on you or do you want him to pray for you?
God is an ever-receding pocket of
scientific ignorance, that is getting smaller and smaller and
smaller as time goes on.
(Neil deGrasse Tyson)
Gods are fragile things. They may be
killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
I contend we are both atheists. I
just believe in one fewer god than you do.
When you understand why you dismiss all of the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
To most Christians, the Bible is like a
software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just
scroll to the bottom and click 'I agree.'
The best cure for Christianity is
reading the Bible.
Properly read, the Bible is the most
potent force for atheism ever conceived.
The road to atheism is littered with Bibles that have been read cover to cover.
Many Christians claim that God is the
actual author of the Bible and that humans merely transferred the
inspired words to papyri.
If that was true, it would be expected that the style of writing would be consistent throughout, similar, for example, to the similar writing style seen in each of Charles Dickens books.
This is not the case. Many of the 66 Bible books have very different styles, indicating that they were written by different people. The various writing styles indicate that God did not inspire the writers, but rather that they used their own minds to create their stories.
The Black Plague (aka The Black Death)
From 1346 to 1353, a devastating pandemic hit Europe causing the death of approximately 75 to 200 million people. Entire families were wiped out and villages were turned into ghost towns. Houses became empty because all of the inhabitants had died. Fields and animals went untended causing crops to fail and the animals to die.
Most people thought that a vengeful God caused this catastrophe and the remedies of choice were prayer, fasting, and mystical rituals. All of these were ineffective, of course, and when there seemed to be no end in sight, most people thought the world was coming to an end.
The Black Plague offers a multi-faceted demonstration of the non-reality of the Christian faith.
First, it convincingly showed the ineffectiveness of prayer, as God
ignored millions and millions of prayers of the suffering Europeans.
In short, the Black Plague is exactly what would be expected from evolution, a godless process that has no preference or partiality for humans. For an objective observer, it provides a compelling clue that Christianity is false.
Religion does three things
effectively. It divides people, it controls people, and it
(Mary Alice McKinney)
Religion is the most perverted
system ever shown on man.
Religious wars are nothing more than
people killing each other who has the better imaginary friend.
Religion is regarded by the common
people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as
Religion is bullshit. Big-time,
Religion is an incarnation of the
most childish superstitions.
Religion was invented when the first
con man met the first fool.
Rational arguments don't usually
work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious
(Gregory House, M.D.)
Religion is something left over from
the infancy of our intelligence, and it will eventually fade
away as adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
Men never do evil so completely and
cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
The one thing I think is really
dangerous in many religions is that it gives a gold-plated
excuse to stop thinking.
What worries me about religion is it
teaches people to be satisfied with not understanding.
Religion can never reform mankind because religion is
(Robert Green Ingersoll)
Convincing oneself that a belief is
true when there is no proof for it, and, in fact, there is
evidence against it, is deceiving the mind and judgment thereof.
Yet again, religion meets the criteria for delusion.
|If you "found God" at the most vulnerable part of your life it's because the vulnerable are much easier to brainwash.|
1. an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument
BRAINWASH; verb 1. make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure
There is either a god who sends child
rapists to rape children or there is a god who simply watches it and
says, "When you're done I'm going to punish you."
If I could stop a person from raping a child, I would. That's the difference between me and your God.
Note: Theists will argue a god who prevents a rapist from raping is a violation of the rapists free will. Hogwash. What about the free will of the victim? His or her free will is now being violated. If someone's free will has to be violated, why not the rapist? Furthermore, stopping the rapist prevents them from acting upon their will, it is not a violation of it.
Let's face it, since God allows rape, one must conclude He is either impotent, evil, or imaginary.
We're under some gross misconception
that we're a good species, going somewhere important, and at the
last minute we'll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It's
Since it is inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is they are all wrong.
Why do people believe in God?
Unfortunately, humans are wired to believe in God. Evolution has programmed us to avoid death at all costs, and since almost every religion has promised a paradise in an after-life, we are attracted to claims that soften or erase the fear of death.
We believe an after-life because it is an attractive option that appears on the surface to continue our existence. For many, this belief helps them cope with the fear of death.
Abolishing this belief requires one to be completely intellectually honest with oneself. It is not easy for people to admit our consciousness ends with our death, yet this adds value to our life and stresses the importance of enjoying every moment.
Christians are often hurt when atheists
attack their beliefs. It seems hateful. Being told your
God doesn't exist, being told you're not going to Heaven, being told
you're not part of anybody's divine plan... well, these things hurt.
You must try to realize atheists are against the belief, not the believer. Atheists don't hate you. They are simply against your sick, awful, abhorrent, abusive beliefs. They hate seeing your belief keeping you trapped in a state of constant delusion.
I have no need for a god who doesn't
feed a hungry child today, but promises you a heaven tomorrow.
We must question the story logic of
having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans,
and then blames them for his own mistakes.
Never argue with stupid people. They'll
drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Never be a spectator of unfairness and
stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.
I know Christianity, especially
Catholicism, like the back of my hand. And my education has
given me the freedom to know it is completely absurd for me to
But Marge, what if we picked the wrong
religion? Every time we go to church we're just making God
madder and madder!
God can either do nothing to stop
catastrophes, or he doesn't care to, or he doesn't exist.
God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary.
Take your pick, and choose wisely.
It is far better to grasp the
universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however
satisfying and reassuring.
Bone cancer in children? What's that
How dare him. How dare he create a world where there is such misery that is not our fault. It's not right. It's utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?
Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish. We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him?! What kind of god would do that?
Yes, the world is very splendid but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind. They eat outwards from the eyes. Why? Why did you do that to us? You could easily have made a creation in which that didn't exist. It is simply not acceptable.
It's perfectly apparent he is monstrous. Utterly monstrous and deserves no respect whatsoever. The moment you banish him, life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, more worth living, in my opinion.
If someone went to their doctor, would
they want him/her using a 2,000-year-old medical journal to help
diagnose their illness, or would they want him/her to use a journal
from the current year?
The current year, of course.
But some of these same people have NO
problem getting guidance from a 2,000+-year-old book of myth and
How can an atheist deny God?
It's easy. The same way a Christian denies everyone else's God.
Atheism: Having the courage to tell people you're not afraid of their imaginary friend.
I think rape, slavery, child abuse, and
genocide are always wrong.
And just like that, I am more moral than your God.
Organized religion is like organized crime. It preys on people's weaknesses, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate.
Believing in God and other supernatural
beings and phenomena does NOT make you "open-minded."
It means you lack knowledge in the subjects of science, critical thinking, and human belief.
While most religions people adamantly believe the same things over a lifetime, even in the face of conflicting evidence, most nonbelievers revise their points of view when presented with new evidence that disconfirms what they originally thought.
Atheism is not a solution for improving
Instead, we will need to replace harmful dogma and superstition with humanism and skepticism.
Atheism is just a by-product of this.
|Religion - You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.||
The only people who are mad at you for
speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie.
Keep speaking the truth. Whenever one person stands up and says, "Wait a minute. This is wrong." it helps other people do the same thing.
God DOES exist!
Look in the mirror and you'll see him!
That's why his opinions are yours.
That is why only parts of the Bible you like are true.
This is why he knows you so well. He is you... and he only exists in your head.
There is no God and that's the simple
If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. Oh, there might be some other nonsense in its place, but not the exact nonsense.
However, if all of science were wiped
out, it would still be true and eventually we'd find a way to figure
it all out again.
The question I get asked by religious
people all the time is, "Without God, what's to stop you from raping
all you want?"
And my answer is, I do rape all I want. And the amount I want to rape is zero. I also murder all I want. The amount I want to murder is also zero.
The fact that these people think that if
they didn't have this person watching over them, they would go on
killing, raping rampages is the most self-damming thing I can
Insanity is believing your
hallucinations are real.
Religion is believing other people's hallucinations are real.
If God gave man free will, how can
everything be a part of God's plan?
If everything is part of God's plan, how can man have free will?
Atheism - believing in one less god than you
Seriously, that's all there is to it.
Large groups of like-minded people
who come together often undergo a euphoric experience through
the release of oxytocin in the brain, much like a drug.
This what the theist feels in church, not God.
The idea of God was not a lie but a
device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by
psychology. A personal God was nothing more than an exalted
father-figure: desire for such a deity sprang from infantile
yearnings for a powerful, protective father, for justice and
fairness and for life to go on forever.
God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society.
Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.
It's okay to appreciate the food on
your table, but thanking God for that food implies that he
chooses who gets to eat and who doesn't.
Why would he choose to ignore all of the people in the world who die of starvation each and every day, while providing you with nourishment?
Are you somehow superior to those people?
Please think before participating in mindless traditions.
"Who is it?"
"It's me. Jesus. Let me in."
"Why, Jesus? Why do you want in?"
"I want to save you."
"Save me from what?"
"I want to save you from what I'll do to you if you don't let me in."
When I was a kid my
parents would fill my head with nonsense; Santa Claus, the
Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy...
But now that I'm older, I don't fall for that shit anymore. Thank God!
Claiming that someone else's
marriage is against your religion is like being angry at
someone for eating a donut because you're on a diet.
The human brain is amazing organ. It keeps working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, beginning from before you leave the womb right up until the time you find religion.
"An Eskimo hunter asked the
local missionary priest: "If I did not know about God and
sin, would I go to Hell?"
"No," conceded the priest. "Not if you did not know."
"Then why," asked the Eskimo earnestly, "did you tell me?"
There's no Hell mentioned in the Old
Testament. The punishment of the dead is not specified there.
It's only with gentle Jesus, meek and mild, that the idea of
eternal torture for minor transgressions is introduced.
Atheists are often accused of
blasphemy, but it is a crime they cannot commit. When the
atheist examines, denounces, or satirizes the gods, he is not
dealing with persons but ideas. He is incapable of insulting
God, for he does not admit the existence of any such being.
(G. W. Foote)
|I refuse to believe or worship a God who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to Hell if I'm "bad."||
God sacrificing his only son,
knowing he would resurrect him shortly thereafter, doesn't
sound like much of a sacrifice to me.
How long was he "dead?" Three days?
Jesus gave up his weekend for your sins.
How can 41% of Americans believe
Jesus is coming back?
There's absolutely no evidence whatsoever to show he was here in the first place.
|Religion - the practice of training your mind to ignore evidence, logic, and reason while being able to believe in fairy tales based upon faith alone... and being proud of it rather than ashamed.|
Religious moderation is the direct
result of taking scripture less and less seriously.
So why not take it less seriously still?
Why not admit the the Bible is merely a collection of imperfect books written by highly fallible human beings?
120 million of us place the Big Bang
2,500 years after the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to
It is terrible that we all die and lose
everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings
suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be
directly attributed to religion - to religious hatreds, religious
wars, religious taboos, and religious diversions of scarce resources
- is what makes the honest criticism of religious faith a moral and
Unfortunately, expressing such criticism places the nonbeliever at the margins of society. By merely being in touch with reality, he appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.
Infidel, heathen, heretic.
Religion divides insiders from outsiders. Rather than assuming good intentions, adherents often are taught to treat outsiders with suspicion. “Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers,” says the Christian Bible. “They wish that you disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them,” says the Koran (Sura 4:91).
At best, teachings like these discourage or even forbid the kinds of friendship and intermarriage that help clans and tribes become part of a larger whole. At worst, outsiders are seen as enemies of God and goodness, potential agents of Satan, lacking in morality and not to be trusted. Believers might huddle together, anticipating martyrdom. When simmering tensions erupt, societies fracture along sectarian fault lines.
Believers to the Iron Age
Concubines, magical incantations, chosen people, stonings....
The Iron Age was a time of rampant superstition, ignorance, inequality, racism, misogyny, and violence. Slavery had God's sanction. Women and children were literally possessions of men. Warlords practiced scorched earth warfare. Desperate people sacrificed animals, agricultural products, and enemy soldiers as burnt offerings intended to appease dangerous gods.
Sacred texts including the Bible, Torah and Koran all preserve and protect fragments of Iron Age culture, putting a god's name and endorsement on some of the very worst human impulses. Any believer looking to excuse his own temper, sense of superiority, warmongering, bigotry, or planetary destruction can find validation in writings that claim to be authored by God.
Today, humanity's moral consciousness is evolving, grounded in an ever deeper and broader understanding of the Golden Rule. But many conservative believers can't move forward. They are anchored to the Iron Age. This pits them against change in a never-ending battle that consumes public energy and slows creative problem solving.
Religion Makes a Virtue
out of Faith.
Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus.
So sing children in Sunday schools across America. The Lord works in mysterious ways, pastors tell believers who have been shaken by horrors like brain cancer or a tsunami. Faith is a virtue.
As science eats away at territory once held by religion, traditional religious beliefs require greater and greater mental defenses against threatening information. To stay strong, religion trains believers to practice self-deception, shut out contradictory evidence, and trust authorities rather than their own capacity to think. This approach seeps into other parts of life. Government, in particular, becomes a fight between competing ideologies rather than a quest to figure out practical, evidence-based solutions that promote wellbeing.
This attitude harms society at large as well as individuals. When today's largest religions came into existence, ordinary people had little power to change social structures either through technological innovation or advocacy. Living well and doing good were largely personal matters. When this mentality persists, religion inspires personal piety without social responsibility. Structural problems can be ignored as long as the believer is kind to friends and family and generous to the tribal community of believers.
Christians: "The church
doesn't do any harm."
What? Are you kidding me?
We have, first of all, Christians in Nigeria who are killing their own children because God said you shall not allow witches to live, and they believe their children are witches.
We have Christians in Uganda who are passing laws to make it a life sentence to partake in homosexuality.
We have Christians in Africa telling people in Aids-ridden nations not to wear condoms.
We have Christians here in the US who don't believe in women's rights.
We have Christians who are
trying to trample the rights of gays.
The church needed soprano singers to voice their scores and at some point didn't want to rely strictly on prepubescent boys who quickly outgrew their high pitch skills. Women could not be used because they were to remain silent in church. So their solution? Castrate boys before they reached puberty so that their voices would remain in the soprano range for life. They were called castrati. This butchery continued for hundreds of years, ending only in the 19th Century.
The Catholic Church's involvement in the castrato phenomenon has long been controversial, and there have recently been calls for it to issue an official apology for its role. As early as 1748, Pope Benedict XIV tried to ban castrati from churches, but such was their popularity at the time that he realized that doing so might result in a drastic decline in church attendance.
This unfortunate practice
revealed three flaws in Christian philosophy- a denigration
of women, a callous attitude to performing damaging and
irreversible surgery on minor children, and a reluctance to
issue a necessary apology.
And yet people ask what's the harm of
religion - and we cite all these different problems with religion:
the global gag-rules and things like that, the oppression of
different people, etc.
But there's a bigger harm with religion, and it's the reason why I'm outspoken about it. It's because the average feel-good Johnny-in-the-pew person who is decent and kind and loving and good to their family and generally a good person to be around has polluted their mind to the point where they are unable to take credit for their accomplishments and responsibility for their actions. They are unable to interact on an interpersonal level with the people around them, to build a community in this cooperative society where that is absolutely essential.
They have got this mentality that they are worthless without God.
I'll live for me and for other real
people. Until some god gives me five minutes of their time... they
deserve none of mine.
There is no such thing as a single,
global Christianity, but instead many different local
Christianities, which often do not recognize each other, accept
each other, or even understand each other.
If this is your god he's not very
impressive. He's got many psychological problems. He's insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for
his own mistakes. He's a pretty poor excuse for a Supreme
(Spock - The God Thing, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek script)
When a man is freed of religion, he
has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
Ignorance is a virus.
Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason.
For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.
(Neil deGrasse Tyson)
|I don't deny you your right to believe whatever you like, but I have the right to point out it's ignorant and dangerous for as long as your baseless superstitions keep killing people.||If God himself was not able to render human nature sinless, what right did he have to punish man for being being sinless?||
When God put the Tree of
Knowledge in the center of the garden, did he know what
If he did, he set us up for failure. If he didn't, he is not all-knowing.
|How could Adam and Eve know eating the fruit was "wrong" if it took eating the fruit for them to get the knowledge of what "right and wrong" means?|
Religion is a devastating virus.
It spreads to the children of theists, without the child having a say or knowing better, essentially brainwashing them.
It teaches people to ignore logic - that it is okay to accept something for which there is no evidence, as truth.
It triggers irrational emotions of anger and superiority while allowing them to be protected from people calling the virus of their beliefs ludicrously stupid.
It harms people the same way verbal abuse does, in the constant threat of Hell if you're "bad," which is ingrained into the person's thinking, using fear to control them.
Religion is poisonous.
At the end of a
televised debate, both debaters were asked one final question: "What would make you
change your mind?"
The problem with faith is that it really
is a conversation stopper. Faith is a declaration of immunity to the
powers of conversation. It is a reason why you do not have
to give reasons, for what you believe.
If religious instruction were not
allowed until children attained the age of reason, we would be
living in a quite different world.
You can't convince a believer of
anything, for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a
deep-seated need to believe.
Namely, of the gods of
the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off
from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of
Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
If a man have a
stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his
father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have
chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
But if this thing be
true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
But before they lay
down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the
house round, both old and young, all the people from every
And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Religion has no place in society
today. We are now capable of scientific exploration.
The more we rely up a magical fairy in the sky, the further behind we are going to be.
Teaching kids to ask magical beings
to solve their problems creates irresponsible adults who fail to
Don't take it personally. I reject all gods, not just yours.
Suggesting I hate people with
religion because I hate religion is like suggesting I hate
people with cancer because I hate cancer.
Your ignorance of scientific
knowledge is not evidence a god exists.
Don't settle for belief in fairy tales just because you are overwhelmed by questions for which you have no answers.
Twinkle Twinkle Little God
Science tells us you're a fraud
Existing in the minds of fools
Stay out of the public schools
Sky Daddy is fake
Big Brother is real
But give each the chance
And your money they'll steal
The God of the Old Testament is
arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving
control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a
misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal,
filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic,
capriciously malevolent bully.
It turned out I was pretty good in
science. But again, because of the small budget, in science
class we couldn't afford to do experiments in order to prove
theories. We just believed everything. Actually, I think that
class was called Religion. Religion class was always an easy
class. All you had to do was suspend the logic and reasoning you
were being taught in all the other classes.
The fact that a believer might be
happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact
that a drunken man might be happier than a sober one.
(MarxGeorge Bernard Shaw)
safe would your loved ones be if Christians
programmed a robot to enforce God's Will from the Bible?
Task: Kill all unmarried pregnant women
Authorization Code: Genesis 38:24
Task: Kill all infants of no-Christians
Authorization Code: 2 Samuel 12:14
Task: Kill all homosexuals
Task: Kill all police,
firefighters and others who work 7th day
Task: Kill all
Task: Kill all who curse
Task: Kill all who commit
Task: Kill all residents of
any city home to a non-Christian
|If science and education and logic is able to destroy your faith, it's not God you're praying to, it's ignorance.||
Christian: "What will it take
to convince you that God exists?"
Atheist: "I'm not sure... but God must certainly know what it would take to convince me... and apparently he has decided not to put forth that evidence or information."
|It's often hard to accept the answer "We don't fully know yet," but it's a much better answer than "I don't know... so it must be God."||The only difference between God and Adolf Hitler is that God is more proficient at genocide.|
If you wake up tomorrow morning
thinking that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is
going to turn them into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost
But if you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you're just a Catholic.
We could be 1,500 years ahead if it
hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its
coattails and burning our best minds at the stake.
If the God of the Bible was real, I
consider him an immoral thug and I wouldn't worship him.
If some other God exists, I
wouldn't worship that God either because I believe worship
itself, this idea of devout reverence to an individual, is
During many ages there were
witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they
should not be allowed to live.
Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. The Church worked hard at it night and day for nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean of their foul blood.
Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches and never had been.
One does not know whether to
laugh or to cry.
Let me see if I understand this
A cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever with eternal happiness if you symbolically eat his flesh, and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, while he will remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because at the dawn of time a woman who was magically created from a male rib was convinced by a talking snake to eat fruit from a magical tree.
Am I missing anything?
Let's just grant the possibility
that there is a Creator God, who's omniscient, who occasionally
authors books. And he's going to give us a book - the most
useful book. He's a loving God, he's a compassionate God, and
he's going to give us a guide to life. He's got a scribe, the
scribe's going to write it down.
What's going to be in that book? I mean, just think of how good a book would be if it were authored by an omniscient deity!
There is not a single line in the Bible or the Koran that could not have been authored by a first century person. There is not one reference to anything - there are pages and pages about how to sacrifice animals, and keep slaves, and who to kill and why. There's nothing about electricity, there's nothing about DNA, there's nothing about infectious disease, the principles of infectious disease. There's nothing particularly useful, and there's a lot of iron age barbarism and superstition in there.
This is not a candidate book.
The truth is that religion, as we
speak of it - Islam, Christianity, Judaism - is based on the
claim that God dictates certain books. He doesn't code software,
he doesn't produce films, he doesn't score symphonies, he is an
author. And this claim has achieved credibility because these
books are deemed so profound they could not have possibly been
written by human authors.
Please consider for a moment how differently we treat scientific claims and texts and discoveries. Isaac Newton went into isolation for 18 months starting in the year 1665. When he came out of his solitude he had invented the calculus; he had discovered the laws of motion and universal gravitation; he had single-handedly created the field of optics. No one thinks this was anything but a man's labor. And it took 200 hundred years of continuous ingenuity on the part of some of the smartest people who ever lived to substantially improve upon Newton's work.
How difficult would it be to improve the Bible? Anyone in this room could improve this supposedly inerrant text scientifically, historically, ethically, spiritually - in moments.
If God loves us and wanted to
guide us with a book of morality, it's very strange to have
given us a book that supports slavery, that demands that we
murder people for imaginary crimes like witchcraft. The true
basis for hope in our world is open-ended conversation; And
religion has shattered our world into competing moral
communities. What we have to convince ourselves of, is that love
and curiosity is enough for us - and intellectual honesty is the
guardian of that.
Christians are obligated to accept the
fact that God first chose to minister and support only the Jews, and
to ignore all others, and even to assist the Jews in plundering the
neighboring gentile populations.
At the time there were large civilizations in Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australia. People living in these areas did not learn anything about Jesus until centuries later, some even until around 1,500 years later.
To consider this fact is sobering. Why would a god do this, ignore humans for tens of thousands of years only to present himself solely to a desert tribe on a tiny spot of land?
A much more reasonable explanation? The Jewish people invented a god that favored them, just like every other culture that has existed.
I have examined all the known
superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular
superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all
alike founded on fables and mythology.
I refuse to believe in a god that
would send me to Hell just for not believing in him.
Believing there is no God gives me
more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty,
sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make
this life the best life I will ever have.
So far as I can remember, there is
not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
|People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs.||The argument isn't evolution vs. creation. It's logic and reason vs. superstition and ignorance.||
I know an invisible giant with
superhuman powers. He made the universe in a week and he
kills people who don't worship him. His name is Norman and he's
a talking pink squirrel.
That last sentence was the only one they locked me up for.
The most powerful nation on earth
has millions of literate, educated citizens who actually believe
a talking snake tempted a woman to eat a magic apple that caused
her to be ashamed of her genitals?
What chance do we have of talking sense to these idiots?
Several fact-challenged televangelists
have claimed Harry Potter books promote witchcraft and satanic
worship. In essence it's just a jealous outlash. The Harry
Potter series is far better fiction than their bible and Harry is
much more likable than their completely deranged, hate-mongering
Common sense should tell you gods
are the creation of man. Never mind what's written in the holy
The writing of fiction is as old as writing itself.
In fact, I'd go further and say fiction (the ability to fool others) is older than the written world, maybe older even than the spoken word.
(Anthony W. Allsop)
I have never, in all my life, not for
one moment, been tempted toward religion of any kind. The fact is
that I feel no spiritual void. I have my philosophy of life, which
does not include any aspect of the supernatural and which I find
I am, in short, a rationalist and believe only that which reason tells me is so.
Adolf Hitler dispatched Jews to the
concentration camps and gas chambers for no reason other than their
ethnic identity. This was a temporal punishment; it sometimes
lasted only a few days.
God, on the other hand, is prepared to send good, well-accomplished, and generous people to a place of everlasting punishment and torture for the ‘crime' of not believing in something for which no credible evidence exists.
The god of the Bible is, in effect, worse than Hitler.
Furthermore, the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution states that “cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted”. It should be obvious that placing a person in Hell is both cruel and unusual.
Consequently, Christianity violates the United States Constitution.
Ted Bundy, a convicted murderer of over
30 young women, confessed his sins before his execution and because
of this, according to Christian doctrine, was sent directly to
On the other hand, Andrew Carnegie, a well-known atheist and philanthropist who donated $350 million ($76 billion in current dollars) to charities, foundations, and universities, was sent to Hell.
It is hard to imagine anything more unjust or immoral, but this absurdity is precisely in accord with conventional Christianity.
When one examines the geographic
distribution of the major world religions, it can be shown that
a person's place of birth is by far the major deciding factor in
their choice of religion.
This indicates religious belief is mostly a consequence of childhood and cultural indoctrination, and not the result of objective analysis.
People will put more logical thought into choosing a car than they do in choosing a god.
There are so many reasons why one
should reject the Christian faith and all other religions.
Christianity for example, is completely illogical, nonsensical, hypocritical, superstitious, and has no place for an enlightened humanity.
Merely studying the history of the Christian church, with its grotesque torture, its vast intolerance and hypocrisy, and even today, with the rampant Catholic sexual abuse of young children, it's amazing so many still blindly accept this crap, and give their lives away to it.
Christianity, and religion in general, is a retirement home for the mind. It is a morass of nonsense, promulgated through fear. It is a spiritual prison.
A religious philosophy should be simple: live to do the most good, and the least evil. You do not need bibles, priests, prophets, saints, cardinals, and especially a non-existent crucified savior to rescue yourself by demanding conformity.
If humanity is to evolve than it is time to let religion, the source of our greatest fears and superstitions, fall into the dust where it belongs.
Many believes insist the Bible is
the inerrant word of God, but for that to be true, it must stand
up to critical analysis as a factual history. Any deviation from
this ideal would mean that any other portions of the Bible, even
the otherwise believable stories, would be suspect for their
These are just some of many examples, but they are sufficient to show that the Bible contains a lot of fiction and the extent to which it pervades the book is unknown. It calls into question every story presented in the Bible as being potentially fictional or otherwise exaggerated.
The following infamous open letter
was written to Dr. Laura Schlessinger after she had made remarks
about homosexuals based on her reading of the Old Testament.
The letter destroys the idea that the Bible can be taken
literally, or that it is a bastion of morality and ethics.
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual un-cleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.
Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Leviticus 24:10-16) Couldn't we just stone them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Leviticus. 20:14)
Your devoted disciple and adoring fan
We read the Golden Rule and judge it to
be a brilliant distillation of many of our ethical impulses.
And then we come across another of God's teachings on morality: if a man discovers on his wedding night that his bride is not a virgin, he must stone her to death on her father's doorstep. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)
The men who committed the atrocities of
September 11 were certainly not 'cowards,' as they were repeatedly
described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any
They were men of faith - perfect faith, as it turns out - and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be.
The only angels we need invoke are those
of our better nature: reason, honesty, and love. The only demons we
must fear are those that lurk inside every human mind: ignorance,
hatred, greed, and faith, which is surely the devil's
The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. - Neil deGrasse Tyson The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
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Perhaps we've never been visited by
aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no
sign of intelligent life.
The good thing about science is that
it's true whether or not you believe in it.
So let's start a movement called Stupid
Design, and we'll see where that takes us. For example, what's going
on with your appendix? It's much better at killing you than it is at
anything else. That's definitely a stupid design... or the fact that
you breathe and drink through the same hole in your body, causing
some fraction of us to choke to death every year? And here's my last
one. Ready? Down there between our legs, it's like an entertainment
complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Sin isn't a valid concept to
nonbelievers. Sin is defined as actions that transgress
against the will of God.
1. an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.
Atheists care about how their actions effect others, not if they offend some deity they don't believe in.
I made a list of things that I
might consider sin if the concept of sin were valid:
1) Credulity, gullibility. I'd say that's a sin.
2) Voluntary willful ignorance. I'd say that's a sin.
3) Letting fear prevent you from understanding reality. I'd call that a sin.
4) Limiting the rights and freedoms of others in order to make them abide by your standards. That's a sin.
5) Sacrificing the mental, emotional and physical well-being of a child in deference to your religion. That's a sin.
6) Wasting the one and only life that you know you're going to have, worrying about and working for an afterlife that somebody told you might be there. That's a sin.
If you know nothing about how a car
works, you would think it is quite magical how you can just press
the accelerator pedal and it moves. All you see is the shiny
exterior and the passenger cabin but nothing else.
This is the situation with most Christians - they only see the shiny exterior of their faith.
Here's how to be that kind of Christian:
To continue with this analogy, if you
look under the hood of the car, examine the parts, and study the
science and mechanics behind how it works, it no longer seems
Christianity exists today only because most of its followers are intellectually lazy and all too willing to accept a reassuring fable over a harsh but authentic reality.
I don't understand how any Christian
woman, or anyone who is for the rights and equality of women, can
endorse the Bible.
In the New Testament, the Bible decrees:
One Bible verse alone, "Thou shalt
not suffer a witch to live" (Exodus 22:18) is responsible for
the death of tens of thousands of women.
|The argument isn't evolution vs. creation. It's logic and reason vs. superstition and ignorance.||You don't get to advertise all of the good you think your religion does, without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does, and considering the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.||If your religion says you will spend an eternity in Hell, just because you don't believe in your god, (when there is no evidence to support that such a god ever existed), you need to find a new religion.|
Give a man a fish and you feed
him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.
No religion is greater than
No faith is greater than fact.
|If you won't convert to another religion "on faith" and "without evidence" what makes you think I would convert to your religion "on faith" and "without evidence?"||
Theist: What if you're
wrong and you go to Hell for being an atheist?
Atheist: What if Islam is right and you go to Hell for being a Christian?
Logic. It works just like that.
|Have you ever stopped to consider what the world might be like if everyone gave that 10% to medical research or charity every month, instead of to a church?||
The Bible is NOT the evidence!
|If your religion teaches you not to question, then your religion is hiding something from you.|
Hello. I am God. I can do everything and I know everything. I am testing you all the time, to see what you will do, although I already know in advance what you will do. And although I created you and I know what you will do, I will still punish you for what you will do, since it is all part of my divine plan.