Monthly ArchiveDecember 2008
Christianity Johnson on 10 Dec 2008
When you watch religious videos on YouTube, which styles do you prefer?
“Confrontational” style (NSFW):
What do you like and dislike about these different videos?
Christianity Johnson on 09 Dec 2008
Christians have developed an ad designed to counteract the AHA ads running in the DC Metro system:
Two Christian-based groups have purchased advertisements with Washington D.C. Metro buses to counter the atheist “Why Believe in a God?” bus campaign with their own pro-God Christmas ads.
The Center for Family Development, a Catholic-based non-profit in Bethesda, Md., plans to raise $14,000 to run a campaign called “I Believe Too,” which consists for 10 buses with side posters, 10 buses with tail posters and 200 interior bus posters.
The pro-God ads will read: “Why Believe? Because I created you and I love you, for goodness’ sake – GOD.”
The pro-God ads are interesting in three different ways:
1) There is no evidence that “God” created anything. There are mountains of scientific evidence that humans evolved like all other lifeforms on the planet.
2) There is tremendous, easily seen evidence that “God” does not love people, unless you redefine what the word “love” means. For example, there are tens of thousands of children who will die of starvation today. A “loving God” would feed them. There are thousands of people who will die of various forms of cancer today. A “loving God” would heal them. And so on.
3) If “God” really existed, he would not need an ad campaign to speak for him. He would speak for himself.
Christians will see the pro-God ads and agree with them. The pro-God ads will comfort Christians. The question is: Why? Why do Christians ignore the evidence showing that the pro-God ads are obviously wrong?
Christianity Johnson on 08 Dec 2008
Imagine that you are a Christian. You are living inside the religion, but your brain begins to awaken and you notice problems. For example, if you are an intelligent person, you realize that the Bible’s story of creation is obviously incorrect. And Christianity’s violent reaction to those with alternative lifestyles is totally out of whack with Jesus’ position on love…
As your brain begins noticing these problems, you may find yourself writing an article like this:
Christianity has always been a diverse faith. The various theologies, political ideas, and other views held by Christian groups throughout last twenty centuries have varied widely. This has made Christianity strong, adaptive, and dynamic in furthering the truths it posits. However, parellel to its historical strengths have always been weaknesses: movements that, though often well-intentioned, have done more to hurt the cause of Christ than help it.
In American Christianity today, there are many such movements. In true Twice Infinity style, this article will examine three of those movements: one theological, another political, the third scientific…
It would be interesting to know what “truths Christianity posits”, given that three of Christianity’s “truths” are wrong according to the author.
Having gotten this far, the author now has three choices:
1) The author can retrench into fundamentalism, although this is unlikely. If the author is intelligent enough to get this far, that intelligence is likely to reject fundamentalism.
2) The author can try to go with lighter and lighter versions of religion. The following article shows just how far a person can go in the light direction:
Basically, this second article suggests that you can make up anything you like and call it “God”:
So I started searching. I attended Sunday services of just about every religion one can imagine. I found what felt like bits of truth in most of them. I also heard parts of religious dogma that I didn’t believe, especially when they portrayed God as being vengeful and judgmental and told me that I was a sinner by nature. I never found one religion that met all of my needs.
I think each person has to discover his or her own unique path to God. There is no one path and no wrong path.
Not to diminish the importance of this decision, I use the analogy of going to a salad bar. At a salad bar, there are many choices. Some are appealing, and some I would never touch. I end up putting together my own combination. Every person who comes to the salad bar will make different choices, based on his own needs or desires.
I think the same is true with choosing a religion or spiritual path. I believe strongly that each person should have the right to choose his or her beliefs and not be told by someone else or some institution what to believe. As a minister in a Christian church, I have for years practiced a Buddhist tradition of meditation and attended a Jewish Shabbat. And some of my favorite poets are from the Sufi tradition.
Yes, God is a salad bar and you pick and choose whatever you like from the buffet of “religion”. This also is an outwardly ridiculous position for any intelligent person, but many are able to live in this world of “casual Christianity” by refusing to think about it.
3) Or, the author can actually follow his intelligence to its logical conclusion and realize that the entire religious space is make believe. God, obviously, is imaginary – if you take the time to honestly think it through. The author, as well as other intelligent Christians, are encouraged to awaken their brains to the beauty and truth of reality by reading this:
Christianity Johnson on 05 Dec 2008
In this video, Rick Warren, “follower of Jesus”, advocates war with Iran while talking with Sean Hannity. According to Warren, the Bible demands that we go to war with Iran:
HANNITY: Am I advocating something dark, evil or something righteous [by saying we should kill Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad]?
WARREN: Well, actually, the Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped. And I believeâ€¦
HANNITY: By force?
WARREN: Well, if necessary. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.
This article has a great point to make about Warren:
if this were a conversation between an Iranian TV host and an ayatollah in which they discussed scriptural justifications for â€œtaking outâ€ high ranking members of the U.S. government, youâ€™d probably see Sean Hannity running the clip on his show â€” while slowly shaking his head in pious disapproval â€” as evidence of what crazy extremists those Iranians are. As it is, theyâ€™ll probably be running this on Iranian TV as evidence of what crazy extremists those Americans are.
Jesus never says to go to war with evil-doers. Jesus says to love your enemy. He says it over and over again:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:43-44
Did Rick Warren miss the memo?
If you are a Christian who is starting to be embarrassed by this kind of hypocrisy, this book can show you the way out:
Christianity Johnson on 04 Dec 2008
This week we have witnessed the attempted creation of ANOTHER new branch of Christianity. The Episcopalians are splitting into a light and a heavy variety:
Conservatives from the Episcopal Church voted yesterday to form their own branch of Anglicanism in the United States and said they would seek new recognition in the worldwide church because of their growing disenchantment over the ordination of an openly gay bishop and other liberal developments.
The conservatives remain upset about the 2003 ordination of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the role of female clergy, the church’s definition of salvation and changes to the main book of prayer.
Why does this prove that God is imaginary? Because if God were real, we could simply ask him and he would tell us what is right and what is wrong. Should people with alternative sexual lifestyles be allowed in the church, or should they be expelled like lepers because they are going to burn in hell for eternity anyway? If God were real, we would all know. Should women be allowed to act as clergy or not? If God were real, we would ask him and he would tell us. What is the definition of salvation… WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SALVATION???? You don’t even know what the definition of salvation is? That is proof positive that God is imaginary.
To have a “god” that does not answer simple questions like these is an affront to a central tenet of Christianity. In Christianity, God is supposed to act as an absolute moral authority. As this article points out: “God is not arbitrary; He is the source of all life and therefore the source of all truth.” Truth is not arbitrary, or ambiguous, according to Christianity. Yet what we see in the Episcopal church is complete ambiguity on everything. It is impossible to answer even the simplest questions. That ambiguity is occurring because God is imaginary.
The fact is that God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell and all the rest of it are imaginary. The reason why there are a thousand religions and denominations is because God is imaginary. Anyone should be able to see this. If God were real, there would be obvious answers to every question because God would tell us the answers. Thus there would be one denomination and everyone would follow it.
If you would like to learn more about the salvation question – The description of this video says, “Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori clarifies her views on salvation. A partial quote in The New York Times on the subject has upset conservatives.”
Yes, God is imaginary, because the Bishop can make up anything she likes about God, and so can everyone else.
Would you like to learn more? Try this free online book:
Christianity Johnson on 03 Dec 2008
Billy Graham jumps the shark and shows the utter delusion of Christianity as he tries to answer this question:
According to Graham, this is the source of Satan:
Satan hasn’t always existed; only God is eternal. At one time, the Bible indicates, Satan was one of God’s most powerful angels, created by God to do His will. But pride took hold of him, and he decided to revolt against God and put himself in charge of the whole universe
So we are to believe that an all-powerful, all-knowing God set out to create for himself an angel “to do His will.” But God was incompetent and Satan instead revolted against God. Why would anyone want to worship an incompetent god?
Here is what happened next according to Graham:
Satan’s revolt failed and he was cast out of heaven — but he still is at work, and we must never underestimate his power or his ability to deceive us. The Bible says he is the one “who leads the whole world astray” (Revelation 12:9).
Instead of destroying Satan and ending the problem, the incompetent God “casts Satan out of heaven.” This is incompetence on top of incompetence. And note that Satan is now more powerful than God. Satan “leads the whole world astray”. Why doesn’t God overpower Satan and lead the whole world toward good?
What is God’s response to Satan?
Yes, the devil is our foe — but listen: He is a defeated foe! By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ conquered death and Hell and Satan — and someday that victory will be complete when Christ comes again.
Jesus defeated Satan, but he didn’t finish the job, because Satan is still with us! We have to wait for Jesus to come again to finally get the job done. This is incompetence on top of incompetence on top of incompetence.
Why would anyone with a brain believe nonsense like this? The story is a complete fairy tale. Even if you choose to ignore that fact, you must admit that you are worshiping a being who stacks incompetence on top of incompetence on top of incompetence. Who would accept such a foolish “god”?
If you are a Christian who would like to break free from this sort of delusion, this video may be able to help you. As you watch it, keep in mind that Billy Graham has described the God he believes in as incompetence on top of incompetence on top of incompetence:
What is an Agnostic? Bertrand Russell answers the question:
Science Johnson on 03 Dec 2008
This article describes the source of superstition in a simple way:
Christianity Johnson on 02 Dec 2008
There is a new proof available at GodIsImaginary.com:
The goal is to add 10 new proofs over the next couple of weeks.
Do you have ideas for proofs you would like to see added (or existing proofs that you would like to see augmented or modified)? Please add them in the comments.
Islam Johnson on 01 Dec 2008
Allah wants Muslim men to beat their wives. According to this Islamic expert:
“The husband should remind his wife of the will of Allah. He should say, “Wife, if you pray your five daily prayers, maintain your chastity and obey your husband, you will enter paradise…” If this doesn’t work, he should move to the phase of “abandonment,” which refers to sleeping in separate beds. Abandonment means that he should sleep in a separate room, wouldn’t talk to her, and so on. If abandonment doesn’t work, we move to beating.
Yes, beating. What sort of beating does Allah prescribe?
But as the religious scholars have said, beating in this case is not the kind that draws blood or breaks teeth.
That’s good to know. See the whole thing here, word for word:
Here is another description. In this case, neither animals nor wives should be beaten in the face. The beatings “must not make her face ugly.”
Also note that in Islam, a wife needs to “comply with her husband’s desires in bed”:
Think of the levels of absurdity here. First, someone had to invent the idea of Allah (an imaginary man in the sky), and get people to believe it. Then he had to suggest that men should beat their wives and get people – including women! – to accept it. Then, people had to keep accepting it for centuries. And even today, Muslim men and women STILL accept the absurdity that an imaginary Allah wants men to beat their wives. How is this possible? Who are the people who would accept such absurdity?
Christianity Johnson on 01 Dec 2008
This article contains interesting statistics about religious beliefs in the United States and Canada:
One of the most forbidden religious topics in recent years, including during the run-ups to the Canadian and American elections, has been the End Times.
Also known as the Apocalypse. Armageddon. The Second Coming of Christ. The Rapture. The Last Judgment.
Some Christians, in Canada and the U.S., say it’s unfair, an act of persecution, to publicly raise such explosive doctrine. They act as if their view of how God will end the world is just a private matter….
But Christian views about a biblically predicted Apocalypse will remain influential in North American and global politics despite Tuesday’s defeat of John McCain and his Pentecostal running mate, Sarah Palin.
Beliefs about the Last Judgment have been shaping political attitudes to the environment, war and the Middle East. They’re not going to go away because of this Republican setback.
A Newsweek poll found 55 per cent of Americans believe “that before the world ends the religiously faithful will be saved.”
In the same vein, a binational Ipsos Reid poll by Andrew Grenville found 46 per cent of Americans agreeing: “The world will end in the Battle of Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist.”
In Canada, 20 per cent believe in this same prediction, that the planet will end in a divinely ordained cataclysm — typically involving war, environmental disaster and economic collapse.
In Evangelicals and the Continental Divide, Atlantic Baptist University scholar Sam Reimer found 77 per cent of Canadian evangelicals (compared to 71 per cent of American evangelicals) agree with the statement: “There will be a literal Rapture followed by a 1,000-year reign of Christ.”
Many American pre-millennialists welcome wars against Muslims in the Middle East as signs of the End Times. Prominent pre-millennialists believe the Bible predicts Israel must occupy the Middle East before Jesus returns. (They also believe Jews who don’t convert to Christianity will suffer eternal torment.)
Even though the media rarely stress the importance of End Times doctrine, Newsweek at least has linked pre-millennialist “apocalyptic scenarios and Bush’s apocalyptic rhetoric and confrontational Mideast policies.”
Many pre-millennialists also believe ecological catastrophe is a (positive) sign of a coming Apocalypse.
At the end of the article the author offers his viewpoint: “In the end, so to speak, I side with educated evangelicals and others who judge pre-millennial thinking a Biblical misinterpretation and unhealthy delusion.”
Tens of millions of Americans are participating in that unhealthy delusion.