In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
Hypatia of Alexandria
I am a computer technician and in my day to day work, I have to communicate with people on a regular basis via phone or chat.
I was just speaking with a woman who near the end of our call asked me if I was a Christian. I told her that due to work place policies, I was not able to discuss that and would need to end the conversation. She cut me off and started telling me that Jesus loves me and that he died for my sins and what not. It upset me. Not because she told me that Jesus loves me, which as any Atheist can attest, is something we’ve all heard countless times, but because I stepped back and thought about this scenario.
I realized that Christians are the only people who push their beliefs on people in the manner. I’ve never once heard someone who practices Judaism say, “Hey, are you Jewish? No? Well just so you know, Jesus wasn’t the son of God and as such should not be worshiped or adored. If you continue to do so, you will never experience salvation since you are worshiping a false God.”. Better yet, you NEVER hear an Atheist say “Are you religious? Oh you are? Well just so you know, there is no God. Nothing happens when you die. Everything you believe is a lie and nobody in the sky loves and watches over you.”.
It just really blew my mind because I’ve never thought of this scenario in that way. And that is what upset me. That Christians can spew their beliefs on to anyone and everyone they come across and make them fell uncomfortable, but nobody else does or would. I feel like Christianity is the USA of religions. They can say whatever they want because they feel like they are right and everyone else is wrong. And since I have dated a Christian, whose favorite movie was Jurassic Park but only for the action because dinosaurs never existed(yes, she said this to me), they believe that they are right and everyone else is wrong and will be proven wrong when they die. This is also the same group of people who, in a very un-christ-like manner, condemn and chastise people who do not believe that Jesus Christ died for our since and rose from the dead and all that stuff and who do not follow the writing of a 5000 year old book written in a dead language.
The whole thing boggled my mind and I had to vent a bit and share my thoughts. Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this and thanks for any feedback or comments.submitted bygorg235
A Facebook friend of mine posted this story this morning:
"I have learned the God often uses things that annoy me to teach me to give thanks. Today I got cut off by a woman coming out of a gas station driving a Honda Civic. While I was stewing about rude drivers, she went through the next green light and was slammed into (tboned) by a teenager in a huge pick-up truck running a red light. I stopped to make sure she was ok and she had a badly broken arm and was bleeding but otherwise would be ok. I am sad she was hurt, but I couldn’t help but be thankful to God that she cut me off or that would have been me."
Really? God punished her for cutting you off? Or god protects you and is pretty much okay with fucking over other people? WTF??
What was even more appalling was the comments she got — mostly of the “praise god” and “amen” sort. One said, “I guess she ran over her own guardian angel when she cut you off, lol!”
What kind of people think this way? I’m not even referring to their theism — that’s obvious — but that they think the deity that they call “loving and all-forgiving” on the one hand is simultaneously petty, vicious, vengeful, and full of malice.submitted bygrendels-dad
Also, this god instantly punishes rude drivers, but lets rapists, child molesters, etc. etc. go on their merry way until human justice catches up with them (if it ever does). smh
“In the Old Canaanite religion, Baal had married the soil and the people had celebrated this with ritual orgies, but Hosea insisted that since the covenant, Yahweh had taken the place of Baal and had wedded the people of Israel.
They had to understand that it was Yahweh, not Baal, who would bring fertility to the soil.
He was still wooing Israel like a lover, determined to lure her back from the Baals who had seduced her:”
…“I will take the names of the Baals off her lips”…
-Excerpt From: Armstrong, Karen. “History of God.” Ballantine Books, 2011-06-08. iBooks.
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Well, they have their Islam and you have yours. As for the “true” Islam, that doesn’t exist. Every religious believer thinks they have the right view or they would have a different one. And maybe these actions are not justified in your Islam (and your fellow humans thank you for that), but their Quran contains verses such as these below which, meh- could go either way I suppose.
If only there was a way for god to deliver a message of love and tolerance that wasn’t steeped in violent hyperbole. But since Yahweh got his start in the role of war god in a polytheistic pantheon, it’s not all that surprising that he would slip into homicidal metaphors now and then…
Quran (2:191-193) - And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing
Quran (4:104) - And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…
Quran (8:12) - I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them
Quran (8:15) - O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.
Quran (9:5) - So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.