Monthly ArchiveJune 2010
Christianity Thomas on 30 Jun 2010
Is it moral to believe that your sins can be forgiven by the punishment of another person?
Here is a man who claims to have a way to liberate others from the superstition of religion:
Christianity Thomas on 27 Jun 2010
Christopher Hitchens takes a look at the Ten Commandments:
Is America divided on religious lines?
The barrier separating us is defined by the unbridgeable gulf between god and rationalism. This is not a culture war, but a cosmic battle between theism and humanism.
The conflict between these two world views is made apparent in the voting booth. The closest election in American history offers plenty of evidence for the religiosity divide. Of those voters who attend church more than once per week, 68% voted for Bush and 32% for Gore. Of those who never attend church, 35% went for Bush, 65% for Gore. Religiosity alone is the most important, obvious and conclusive factor in determining voter behavior. Simply put, church goers tend to vote Republican. Those who instead go the hardware store on Sunday vote Democrat by wide margins. The divide in our society is not between rich and poor, or Catholic and Protestant, or Christian and Muslim, but between those have faith and those who have reason.
Christianity Thomas on 23 Jun 2010
You have to watch this video to believe it – the bigotry and homophobia of the Christians in Texas has reached the point of insanity:
Yes, Texas will try to ban oral sex.
Islam Thomas on 23 Jun 2010
We hear all the time that Islam is a religion of love, for example here:
ISLAM is essentially a religion of love – God’s love for man and man’s love for God and man’s love for man and the entire creation.
If Islam is a religion of love, then what is going wrong when we see stuff like this:
Secret television recordings by the Jewish broadcasting company, Joodse Omroep, broadcast at the weekend, have shocked Amsterdam, a city which prides itself on liberalism and which is home to the Anne Frank museum.
The footage showed young men, often of Muslim immigrant origin, shouting and making Nazi salutes at a rabbi when he visited different areas of the Dutch capital.
Therefore, the most problematic of Naik’s statements are the ones that appear to condone violence: “If a Muslim becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his/her new religion then, it is as good as treason. There is a ‘death penalty’ in Islam for such a person.”
The Ahmadi sect is one of the country’s most beleaguered minority groups. Numbering about 4 million, they consider themselves Muslims but believe their late-19th century founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a prophet of God. That is heresy for most Muslims, who believe Muhammad was the last prophet. Ahmadis suffer severe discrimination in Pakistan and are legally barred from calling themselves Muslims.
Killing and taunting people is not love. It is hatred – often murderous hatred.
Here is a humanitarian crisis, and anyone can help:
About seven million people – half of the country’s population – face food shortages after crop failures last year.
Aid organisations Oxfam and Save The Children say the situation is growing more critical by the day.
Their concern is shared by the UN, which says the crisis is of a magnitude not seen before.
Save the Children says 400,000 children under five are at risk of starvation.
One online discussion about why God allows children to starve:
Christianity Thomas on 21 Jun 2010
Strangely the Bible, written by an all-knowing being, never mentions NASCAR, or cars, or even crude oil
Strangely the Bible, written by an all-knowing being, never mentions NASCAR, or cars, or even crude oil. How could that be? How could anyone believe in a book (or a being) that fails to mention the most popular object of our times, or the most popular sport, or the most popular natural resource?
And then we find things like this – people really do believe:
Who are the people who could believe such things? How could they overlook such an obvious problem in their belief?
Christianity Thomas on 17 Jun 2010
The 9/11 widows claim they are being visited by their dead husbands and they want the world to know about it:
Even more astonishing are reports of actual sightings. Monica Iken recalled waking up, to see her husband Michael standing at the foot of the bed.
“He was all glowing, and I just sat up, I said, ‘Thank you for coming.’ As quick as I said that, he left. But he was smiling. He was telling me he was there with me. It was not a dream. He was literally standing there,” Monica Iken said.
“These kinds of things tend to happen with people when people lose someone very, very close to them,” said Shear, who added that while there are rational explanations, she doesn’t totally discount the possibility that the incidents might be something more. “Obviously, there’s so many things that we just do not understand.”
We understand completely – it is called a hallucination. Or perhaps a fabrication. We also understand that when people die, they cease to exist:
Christianity Thomas on 15 Jun 2010
Perhaps God was offended? Touchdown Jesus, which was made of fiberglass over foam on a metal frame, is no more. A lightning strike set the whole thing ablaze:
If Jesus is God, how does stuff like this get past the second commandment?
You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
Christianity Thomas on 14 Jun 2010
An interesting article:
But here is the sentence where Prather proves himself blind:
“They pretend that all Christians are bigots prone to violence.”
All Christians ARE bigots prone to violence. All Christians believe that anyone who does not proclaim Jesus to be the one and only son of God will be tortured in hell for eternity. Eternal torture is violence. The belief that all outsiders will be treated in this violent manner is bigotry. The dictionary defines a bigot in this way:
a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
What could be more hateful and intolerant than eternal torture? And Christians will swear up and down that this eternal torture is deserved for not believing in their fictional Jesus.
Plain and simple: all Christians are bigots prone to violence. Paul Prather, open your eyes.
Let us hope Stephen Hawking is right:
Hawking, who has already recommended that we should steer clear of aliens, suggested to Sawyer that this was somewhat less likely than North Korea winning the World Cup: “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, (and) science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”
Christianity Thomas on 08 Jun 2010
Let us hope this is true:
We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.
Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the “Protestant” 20th century, Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century.
This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good.
Christianity Thomas on 04 Jun 2010
An amusing look at the stupidity of the Bible:
Why would any intelligent person believe such nonsense?