Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2008
Christianity Johnson on 04 Sep 2008
If everyone around you is a Christian, you are probably a Christian yourself. Why? You might be a Christian simply to fit in and conform to the group. You may do that without realizing it is happening, and without consciously thinking about it, as demonstrated in this video:
Here is another example of the same phenomenon:
The power of the group can be very strong. People often change their behaviors to conform to the group. In the second video, you can see that this group behavior can cause a person to give the wrong answer, even if he/she KNOWS the answer to be wrong.
What if Christianity is the wrong answer?
There are so many things that might lead you toward the possibility that Christianity is wrong. There is the obvious thing: the total lack of evidence. There is the fact that the Bible is repulsive, as seen on this page and described in this video. There is the fact that the belief in Prayer is a superstition. What if you are ignoring all of this evidence because of group pressure?
Have you ever taken the time to think about your belief in Christianity? Does your belief make sense, or are you a Christian simply because of the group? What if your acquiescence to Christianianity is leading to harmful behaviors, backwards thinking, irrational beliefs and unethical actions?
What if you exposed your Christian beliefs to rational examination? You might be very surprised by what you find if you spend a little time on introspection. This web site can help you get started:
Christianity Johnson on 03 Sep 2008
The most interesting part of this article is the last line:
A baby falls from the third-story window of an apartment building. His diaper gets snagged on a security spike embedded in the wall. Then the diaper rips and the baby falls to the ground. The baby is “treated for minor fractures” but survives.
Apparently there was a couch that the parents had placed under the window. The baby climbed up on the couch and then right out the open window – “something he had never done before,” according to the father.
Here is the final line of the article:
“It wasn’t the diaper that saved him,” Massaneiro told the newspaper. “It was God.”
Now think through the logic of this statement. In this Christian’s mind, the all-knowing creator of the universe looked down from heaven to see the falling child. Then God took it upon himself to supernaturally influence gravity or the wind or whatever so that the baby’s diaper snagged on the spike, breaking his fall.
That logic is so shockingly arrogant that it defies imagination. The reason it is so arrogant is because, on that same day, tens of thousands of children died horrible deaths that “God” took no time to prevent. Children starved to death. They died of dehydration. Their tiny bodies succumbed to cancer. They were strangled in birth canals. They drowned in bathtubs and puddles. They were crushed in machinery. They rolled the wrong way in bed and suffocated. They were beaten by their parents. They were left in hot cars. They were trapped in house fires. Etc. Tens of thousand of children perish every day, in most cases for completely preventable reasons. Yet the Christian proclaims, “God saved *MY* baby!”
This massive arrogance is true of all Christians, as evidenced by their prayers. Christians believe that their “God” will selectively favor them by answering their prayers. The logic: “I’ve got the all-powerful creator of the universe working for me!”
The only possible way to believe that God answers prayers is: 1) to completely ignore the reality of the tens of thousands of children dying every day, 2) to completely ignore all the scientific and common sense evidence showing you that prayer is a superstition, and 3) to have the stunning arrogance to believe that “God” would favor you while cursing others, because “God” is your prayer buddy and he uses supernatural powers to respond to your whims.
If you are a Christian who is starting to understand just how irrationally arrogant Christianity is, this web site can help you to see life from a much better perspective:
Christianity Johnson on 02 Sep 2008
People often ask, “What harm does religion do?” Here is perfect example of the harm:
It is an article about Benny Hinn and the headline says it all: “Belief in cure attracts crowds.” Religion breeds a strong belief in the superstition of prayer and “divine healing miracles.” Those superstitions then allow Benny Hinn (and thousands of people like him) to become rich through deception.
Here’s how the scheme works in four easy steps:
Step 1) Teach people to believe in the superstition of prayers and miracles
Step 2) Use those superstitious beliefs to create a false reputation as a “healer”
Step 3) Come to town and gather thousands of people to you with your false reputation
Step 4) Milk the crowd for money by preying on their superstitions
The article says that thousands of people came to see Benny Hinn because he is:
an international preacher and native of Israel who claims that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, sick people are supernaturally healed in his presence.
This, of course, is a lie. If it were true that Benny Hinn could heal people, then he could heal amputees. There are a thousand other ways to prove that Benny Hinn is a fraud, but the fact that he cannot heal amputees is by far the easiest and most obvious proof.
Then, once the people are there to be “healed”, Mr. Hinn changes the story. According to the article:
Hinn preaches a version of the prosperity gospel, which holds that God wants his followers to have financial wealth. To become prosperous, one must give money to God, who returns it multiplied.
“The only way to get out of debt is to give to God’s work,” Hinn said during the Friday morning service. He then challenged his audience. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of faith for $50.”
Instead, he asked for $1,000. Those who wrote checks or filled out their credit card information for $1,000 donations (the form was on the outside of the envelopes distributed by the ushers) were asked to come to the stage. About 70 did, holding their envelopes in the air.
Hinn shouted his elation.
“Thank you, Jesus!”
That’s $70,000 in ill-gotten gains from just one show, and that does not count all the smaller donations.
It could be argued that these people believe in these superstitions voluntarily, and they give their money voluntarily.
But the problem is that religion is allowed to openly and publicly lie about the superstitions without penalty. Imagine that a drug company sold a cancer drug, claiming that it cured cancer, when in fact it did not. First, the company would not be allowed to release the drug. But if the drug were released through deceptive research data, the drug would eventually be pulled from the market and the company penalized and sued. Eventually a company making false claims would be driven out of business.
That never happens with religion, because the deception of religion gets a free pass. Benny Hinn is allowed to lie and lie and lie again without ever being brought to justice. His reputation grows.
Also note that sick people are often desperate, for understandable reasons. The article gives a specific example, talking about a 61 year old construction worker named Jimmie Stewart who attended Hinn’s show. Stewart has Lou Gehrig’s disease and came looking for a cure:
According to believers’ testimony at previous events, back pain has disappeared, cancerous tumors have shrunk, and arthritis symptoms have vanished.
When asked if he thought something similar might be coming his way Friday, Stewart answered.
“That’s my expectation.”
The “believers’ testimony” is a lie and provably so, but the lies propagate without any constraint. Benny Hinn is able to reap huge amounts of money with those lies. Every church in America makes its money though more subtle versions of the same scam.
How do we solve the problem? Instead of giving religion a free pass, we must treat religion just like we would treat a deceptive drug company. When members of a religion lie to steal money, they should be prosecuted for fraud.
If you are a Christian and you would like to prove to yourself that prayer is a superstition, these two videos can help:
This web site can also help you break out of the superstition of religion:
Christianity Johnson on 02 Sep 2008
This is a popular video on GodTube.com. It seriously asks the question, “Are you ready to die for your faith?”:
It has been viewed almost 100,000 times. It has a 5-star rating. There are hundreds of comments on the video that you can read by clicking here.
To anyone who lives outside the Christian bubble, this video looks ridiculous (and some of the comments are beyond belief). Imagine the same situation with a rational person in the driver’s seat. Faced with the question, “If you do X you live, and if you do Y you die,” and no one else’s life is involved, what would the rational person do?
You would do X! It is so simple! This requires no soul searching, no tears, no anguish, not even any time to think. You would say whatever you need to say to save your life.
And then when the guy shows you the empty gun, you would kick him in the nuts, tie him up and call the cops. This is how normal, rational people live their lives.
If you are a Christian and are starting to understand how bizarre your religion is, this web site can help you come to your senses:
Science Johnson on 01 Sep 2008
Christianity Johnson on 01 Sep 2008
When members of religions aren’t out praying to bring harm to others, they can often be found proselytizing, trying to get others to join their religion. What do you do if one of these proselytizers is your mother? Carolyn Hax of the Washington Post offers the following advice:
If you are a Christian who is starting to see just how annoying proselytizing actually is, and would like to break free from a religion that actively promotes such behavior, this web site can help:
Christianity Johnson on 01 Sep 2008
This post from two weeks again shows a Christian purposefully praying to God to bring massive rain upon other human beings:
Take a moment to re-watch the video in that post. In the video he is not praying to bring help to other humans who need it. He is not praying to harm others.
With hurricane Gustav we can see what “massive rain” really means. Sure, it’s just water falling from the sky, but in sufficient quantities it can bring great destruction.
Imagine what it must be like to be part of a religion that is so depraved that its members would behave like this. They pray to an imaginary God to bring harm and destruction to others. And this sort of thing happens all the time. Members of this religion pray for others to die in wars. They pray for other people to lose in contests. The self-centeredness of prayer is well known.
Why would people join religions like this? Why would they want to be a participant in such depravity?
If you are a Christian who is tired of the depravity and looking for a better way to live, then this web site can help: