Archive for January, 2011

melodysheep has released another Symphony of Science video: ‘The Big Beginning’ (ft. Hawking, Sagan, Dawkins, Shears, Tyson)

Experience the most awesome by watching the whole lot here:

Man I love those videos.

A history of God

I’ll spend some time next week writing a decent post about this video, it deserves so much more than I can do justice now.

It’s another video from Evid3nc3 in his series about de-converting from Christianity and becoming an atheist. While this video is Epic on its own, it’s definitely worth watching the whole series before this, it just makes it even more epic (because you get a background in how linguists have determined the actual authors of the Bible and which parts were written by them).

In his series, Evid3nc3 eloquently and poetically says what I wish I could say how I wish I could say it. It might sound a little over the top but this series of video’s resonate with me on a level that very few things do.

Sir, I salute you.

(Watch ALL his video’s here)

Please read the following extracts from the Holy Bible, unchanging, perfect words of the Almighty Creator of the Universe, Yahweh, God, He who is I Am.

If you happen to be a Christian, I have some question that follow.

Matthew 19:21

19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Matthew 19:23-24

19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:29

19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Mark 10:24-25

10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Mark 10:29-30

10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Luke 18:24-25.

18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luke 18:29-30

18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake
18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

My questions are:

1. If Jesus Christ, son of the almighty creator of the universe, your God, has said, explicitly, that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven:
a) Why are there so many rich Christians?
b) How can prosperity theology (also known as prosperity doctrine, the health and wealth gospel, or the prosperity gospel) even exist?
c) How can Christians pray for material things, ever?
d) How do Christians tolerate people like Benny Hinn and Rodney Howard-Browne who, quite frankly, are filthy, stinking rich?

2. If Jesus Christ, son of the almighty creator of the universe, your God, has said, to be perfect, you should sell everything you own and give the proceeds to the poor:
a) Why is every Christian in the world not doing this?
b) Eternity is a long time, presumably more important that a hundred years; if you truly, honestly believe 100% in Jesus Christ, why are you not following your God’s suggestions and selling everything you own right now?

The one thing about Christians (and other religionuts in general) that disturbs me the most is how they piously mumble about their personal relationship with their God, how God is important, how they worship God but they a) don’t follow his explicit instructions and b) don’t devote everything they have, 100% to this deity.

Surely if this God you claim to worship is real and you’re here on earth earning your eternal place in paradise and you actually firmly believe all of this, obeying and devoting everything you have to your God must surely be the single most important thing in the world. Nothing could be more important, not your wife, not your family and not your children.

Why then, Christians, do a billion of you act like it isn’t?

If you actually, genuinely believed the Bible and what Jesus Christ said in it, you would bloody well do as your God suggests and sell everything you have and give to the poor. You wouldn’t, for example, have an iPhone or a Macbook Pro. You wouldn’t go on overseas holidays and you sure as hell wouldn’t be trying to get rich.

Christians say they believe but conveniently forget the inconvenient and unpleasant bits of what they believe.

I believe Gandhi said it best:

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

Most people know by now that the Pope (the ex-Nazi and paedophile protector that is currently in charge of the Catholic church) has recently had a revelation in the fields of physics and cosmology. Through considerable contemplation and quite possibly a truck load of prayer, the almighty himself must have spoken to the Pope and provided him with this revelation since, God knows, he hasn’t done any scientific research on the subject.

Pope Benedict XVI, the personal representative of the almighty creator of the universe has come to the startling conclusion that his God (Yahweh to be precise) was behind the Big Bang (and every other scientific theory as it were). The Big Bang being the event that is pretty much universally accepted by rational people as the beginning of the universe, around 14 billion years ago. The Pope is convinced that:

God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday.

He said scientific theories on the origin and development of the universe and humans, while not in conflict with faith, left many questions unanswered.

The Pope doesn’t provide any evidence for this revelation, he pulls it out of his ass. Pretty much like everything else in his religion (yes, I know, not all of it came out of Benedict’s ass but it sure came from somebody’s ass). And he expects Christians (at the very least) to believe it. It’s what Christians do. They believe shit sprouted by people without evidence.

Now, for those who don’t know, Christians don’t agree with each other, at all. There are around 30,000 (thirty, freaking, thousand) denominations of Christianity. Strange, you’d think the almighty creator of the universe can put a manual together that everybody understands the same way. People manage this with school textbooks all the time; unambiguous textbooks are obviously not the Almighty’s strong point.

Mr. Ken Ham, Australian, president of Answers In Genesis and young earth creationist heard about what the pope said and proceeded to write a rather scathing article. Scathing to the Pope, music to my atheist ears, as it were.

You see, Mr. Ken Ham, believes the Bible is literally true, every, last, contradictory word of it and he takes issue with people who believe otherwise. When the Pope (prime Christian #1) says the Big Bang happened, what he is saying is that the Bible isn’t literally true (look, you need to be pretty messed up to believe all of the Bible is literally true, so it’s not that surprising the Pope has a different view).

This is what Mr. Ham has to say:

Now, if the book of Genesis is an allegory, then sin is an allegory, the Fall is an allegory, the need for a Savior is an allegory, and Adam is an allegory—but if we are all descendants of an allegory, where does that leave us? It destroys the foundation of all Christian doctrine—it destroys the foundation of the gospel.

YES Ken! YES! EXACTLY! Thank Hamish and The FSM, Ken Ham has seen the light!

What does Ken mean? This: if Adam and Eve didn’t actually, physically exist and live in the Garden of Eden; if evolution is true and we have evolved by natural selection (for which there is so ridiculously much evidence it hurts) and if The Fall (of Man) didn’t literally happen, Christianity is a load of hogwash because there would be no reason for Jesus to die. To be blunt, Jesus dying doesn’t actually make sense either way, but without The Fall there is really no reason for it. And Ken Ham agrees.

If Genesis is an allegory then the first marriage is just an allegory, so marriage can be anything one wants to define it as! Jesus in Matthew 19 quotes from Genesis as real history to build the basis of marriage being one man and one woman.

YES Ken! YES! EXACTLY! Ken, you bring tears to my baby blue eyes. Tears of joy. Finally, you have seen the light! It is not evil for two people who love each other to ‘marry’ because us humans invented it!

Bottom line: if the Pope believes in the Big Bang and the Pope believes Genesis is an allegory—he is teaching something that contradicts and undermines the Word of God.

I KNOW Ken! Isn’t it the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen?

So basically, Ken Ham agrees that if the overwhelming evidence for the Big Bang, an Old Universe and Evolution Through Natural Selection means that those theories are indeed true, then Christianity is a load of hogwash.

I agree with you Ken Ham, Christianity (and every other religion) is indeed a load of hogwash. Long live the Pope.

The obligatory first new years post

So, its twenty eleventeen and all is awesome.

Good good.

As you can tell, I don’t really have anything productive to say. So, in the absence of anything resembling wisdom, insight or edutainmusement, please study the picture below. It will henceforth be used when talking to religionuts (Jesusianismists in particular, my circle of acquaintances is light on Muhammadanismists and other similar delusionists):

Debate Flow Chart

Debate Flow Chart

Why? Because for some reason (unsurprisingly, really) it’s hard to have a real discussion with a delusionist, mostly because they have a problem with adhering to reality and reason. They also lie a lot. To themselves even.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about that.

May the rest of your year be filled with much awesome.

(And yes, I got the picture from PZ’s blog and the original comes from here, Atheism Resource, which has much win)

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