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Christianity Admin on 17 Dec 2006 10:20 pm

How do we know that religion is an imaginary fairy tale?

How do we know that religion is an imaginary fairy tale? Because of videos like this one:

The video is trying to portray “the Rapture” — the Christian belief that millions of believer’s bodies will be instantly transported to heaven one day.

“The Rapture”, of course, is pure mythology. Believing in “the Rapture” is the same as believing in Jack’s magical beanstalk or Cinderella’s fairy godmother.

How do we know that the Rapture is a fairy tale? In the same way that we know that “Jack and the Beanstalk” is a fairy tale. There is no evidence that Jack’s beanstalk existed, no example of any such beanstalk existing, and no biological process that would allow such a beanstalk to exist. An uninformed person is able to say, “But it COULD happen – a beanstalk COULD grow a mile into the sky in a day, and there COULD be a giant living in a castle in the clouds.” The informed response to that is, “No, I am affraid that you are incorrect. These things are not possible. Biological properties do not allow any plant to grow a mile high. Basic chemistry prevents anything from growing more than about a foot in a day. A cloud cannot support weight.” Etc. That is the end of the story. No amount of imagining or hoping will ever allow a cloud to support a castle.

As another example, look at Cinderella’s fairy godmother. She materialized out of nowhere, she was able to change pumpkins into carriages, and she could change mice into horses. How do we know that she didn’t exist and that these things did not happen? Because they are impossible. You might “believe” with all your heart that fairy godmothers exist, but you would be incorrect.

In the same way, there is no process that would allow the atoms of a human’s body to be spontaneously dematerialized from our universe and sent to an imaginary place called “heaven,” where the body’s biological processes suddenly become “everlasting.” There is no empirical evidence of any sort indicating that any “god” exists. Not only that, but there is no reason, even in the mythology, for it to happen. Why send a decrepit 95-year-old body, or the ashes of a cremated body, to heaven? A Christian’s only response is, “well, God can do anything he wants.” That statement proves that religion is a fairy tale. The only beings that can do “anything they want” are the imaginary ones.

It is time for us to dicard all of this mythology because it hurts us as a species. The fact is that more than half of American adults believe that Jesus will return and destroy the planet. This sort of mythology radically skews our understanding of what will happen in the future. Other aspects of religious mythology are hampering scientific progress and causing many different kinds of discrimination and conflict. It is time for humanity to realize that there are no mythological beings, and to deal with the reality of our world in a positive, rational way. Please start reading at Chapter 26 for details.

14 Responses to “How do we know that religion is an imaginary fairy tale?”

  1. on 18 Dec 2006 at 7:11 am 1.Jimson said …

    Won’t you be surprised when the Raputure DOES happen. Your non-belief does not prevent it from happening. You will be left on earth to be consumed by fire.

  2. on 18 Dec 2006 at 10:18 am 2.Jonathan Moulin said …

    Well as we can see by the comment above the christians are looking forward to the FINAL SOLUTION. These fundementalist christians are dangerous. Every effort must be made to make them realise what kind of fascist ideology they are promoting . If they think a god who would kill off and torture over half his creation is the essence of goodness imagine what they are capable of doing if they get control of our government.

  3. on 18 Dec 2006 at 10:59 am 3.Brian said …

    This is embarrassing and sad. Such a typical scare tactic so common in Christianity. And alas, so effective. All the more reason why the word of reason and rationality must get out and let people know they don’t have to be afraid of ridiculous things like the rapture are going to occur.

    Jesus thought and preached that the Kingdom of God was going to happen during his lifetime; and clearly that wasn’t the case. So when the Kingdom of God didn’t appear, then of course the message had to change to something silly like the rapture. And perhaps after another 1000 years (if we make it that long) when the rapture doesn’t occur, then they’ll change their message again to something equally as terrifying and imminent, yet just as imaginary.

  4. on 18 Dec 2006 at 1:19 pm 4.Trish said …

    It funny that someone like you tries to tell others about who or what God is or isn’t. What right do you have to say anything about someone you don’t know. Until you’ve experience God for yourself and you know he lives inside of you, no one could ever comprehend who he really is. I find discovering people like you make this a really sad world. Maybe you should try praying, you might be surprised what at what would happen. If you don’t see God in the world than you are just not looking around.

    I do believe in a rapture, I belive God will come and take those who choose to follow him. Gods doesn’t send you to hell, nor torture humans. What happens to you is what you choose for yourself…God is Love and he sent his son to prove his love. Its up to you to decide.

  5. on 18 Dec 2006 at 1:35 pm 5.Thomas Fahy said …

    Dear Trish,

    I’m curious. What DOES happen when you pray? How have you been able to successfully quantify the results of your prayer over time? More importantly, by what method does this process of ‘prayer’ effect the kind of results that you desire? I assume prayer is comforting to you in some respect, but you, ultimately, via a certain measurable amount of magical thinking, effect this prayer-derived euphoria; YOU, with the awesome, albeit poorly understood, powers of the mind, powers that will over time be fully described by neuroscience.

    You do realize that there are no fewer than 4 billion non-believers on the planet, many of whom were reared in secular households and still others that made a conscientious choice to follow the path of intellectual honesty, which requires a thoughtful consideration of the world and man; a consideration that does not boil the worlds population down into two camps: believers and non believers. Rather, the secular employ the powers of reason to consider all men in the light of reason, and this is the light that, given an opportunity, will afford mankind peace. Your position divides absolutely, divisively and without remorse. If you are relying upon faith for revelations into the nature of life and matter, you aren’t thinking. You need to do a little more reading before coming to these fantastical conclusions.

    Sincerely,

    Thomas Fahy

  6. on 21 Dec 2006 at 4:39 pm 6.Loi P said …

    Oh science (South Park reference), the stupid rapture again. Everyone thinks it’s going to happen soon but it never happens. It’s sorta like WWIII (World War III) or tommorrow. Everyone keeps talking about it but it never actually happens.

  7. on 23 Dec 2006 at 12:05 am 7.P-Dunn said …

    I’m a preterist. I believe that most of the prophecies of the end times were fulfilled in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. However, since this entry was so hysterical, I thought I’d post some thoughts in my former futurist state of mind.

    In the same way, there is no process that would allow the atoms of a human’s body to be spontaneously dematerialized from our universe and sent to an imaginary place called “heaven,” where the body’s biological processes suddenly become “everlasting.”

    This sort of assertion assumes that our bodies would be physically transported, and we’d keep the same body. This is not a scriptural doctrine, and in fact it goes AGAINST what the Bible says: we’ll be getting new bodies.

    There is no empirical evidence of any sort indicating that any “god” exists.

    Try again. You should have said, “There is no good empirical evidence.” If you flat out say there’s no evidence, you’re telling me that there’s nothing that would cause someone to believe God exists…No arguments, no experiences, nothing. However, I’d consider objective morality, the fine-tuning of the universe, and the beginning of the universe to be evidence of God.

    Not only that, but there is no reason, even in the mythology, for it to happen. Why send a decrepit 95-year-old body, or the ashes of a cremated body, to heaven? A Christian’s only response is, “well, God can do anything he wants.” That statement proves that religion is a fairy tale. The only beings that can do “anything they want” are the imaginary ones.

    A Christian’s “only” response, huh? You seem to ignore the option above. I’d argue that our bodies will be replaced.

    I also wouldn’t say that “God can do anything he wants,” and any Christian who would say that is uninformed about the God he preaches for. Scripture is clear that God cannot lie. God cannot do anything logically impossible, like create a rock so big he can’t lift it.

    It is time for us to dicard all of this mythology because it hurts us as a species.

    Really? How much does this actually hurt you? Do you really sit at home and wallow in your own self-pity because you’re being “hurt” by a belief that you disagree with? Childish, yes?

    So basically, you have nothing to say except, “Man, that sounds ridiculous. Therefore it’s impossible. Therefore God doesn’t exist.” That sounds familiar…

  8. on 28 Dec 2006 at 8:37 pm 8.Matthew Starrs said …

    You blew it when you tried to assert rationale against fairy tales as though they somehow impacted on the argument. There is no connection. In fact when you talk about how there never has been a bean stalk that went up to the clouds, and therefore make the false assertion that there has never been a rapture you are displaying gross ignorance. If you want to be a critic of the bible at least learn what it says about the things you want to pretend you are authoritative in. There are actually 7 such events in the bible. They span thousands of years. Some have happened, some are yet to happen.

    Read it for yourself. I have done enough of your homework for you.

  9. on 29 Dec 2006 at 5:10 pm 9.Monique said …

    God is spirit. The body that we carry with us for a certain amount of years while on this physical earth is earthly. Therefore to make the transition to God who is spirit one must be concerned of the spirit within themselves more than their physical form.

    God ask to live a certain way to find hapiness. It is up to us to follow this way not necessary through doctrines of many self profiting churches but trough the ones who preaches holiness to God. Then we will see things happenning in this world.

    It is hard to believe there is a God when so many are using him for selfish reasons. Those do not bring man to a state of holiness and peace through Him.
    Fear has also been a great motivator for members of churches to follow God. Therefore many haven’t understood the message of the bible fully. They have prefered hiding in a non believing state. Yet He is and is to come in our life to bring us delivrance.

    When one is concerned with the true meaning and interpretation of the bible He make a way for them to understand further and only peace, harmony, love, confidence can develop from there.

  10. on 29 Dec 2006 at 7:47 pm 10.aqiles said …

    Trish: You’re right. Unless you have fully experienced God, you have no right to describe Him. So… how tall is he/she/it? What does he think about the Trump and Rosie?
    No one has -and no one will- experience God, simply because [it] is an creation of our own minds… perhaps out of fear, boredom, thirst for power.. who knows. I think it is funnier that you try to describe him.

    Jimson: armagedon has been coming for 2000 years now… please bring it on and let’s get it over with!!! I must admit, I am a bit curious about it. I want to see it. -I know, I’m sick.

    P-Dunn: the rapture specifies that Jesus himself will take you (not me, because I have fornicated and I once stole a pen from the DMV) in your physical body. But I could be wrong. In this case, I wonder… you’ll need a new body, right? Will he give you a different one? or will he give you the same one? Wouldn’t that be cloning?

    Peace.

  11. on 30 Dec 2006 at 10:01 am 11.Jenny said …

    After reading your articles, it is obvious you are a very ignorant person when it comes to understanding the scriptures. In fact, you are so ignorant with your questions; they don’t even deserve a respnse. However, that is your choice but the scary thing is that you are trying to influence others with such ignorance.

    Just remember me telling you this; when you take your last breath you will know and understand the whole truth. If I choose to believe the bible and it turns out to be a lie what have I lost? Nothing. If you choose not to believe the bible and it turns out to be true what have you lost> Everything.

    Choose this day whom you will serve. There is onething you can expect for sure believing the way you do and that is you will go out in firey blaze.

  12. on 30 Dec 2006 at 10:08 am 12.Jenny said …

    I love the video. Guess what you are going to be one of those people who are left. Good luck. You think we have problems in this world now – think again. The bible talks about fools like you.

  13. on 30 Dec 2006 at 3:25 pm 13.emodude said …

    Jenny, you base your belief on fear and Pascal’s Wager. That’s sad, and no way to live.

  14. on 01 Jan 2007 at 1:04 am 14.Loi P said …

    Quote from Jenny (with corrected typos):
    Just remember this; when you take your last breath you will know and understand the whole truth. If I choose to believe the bible and it turns out to be a lie what have I lost? Nothing. If you choose not to believe the bible and it turns out to be true what have you lost- Everything.

    Your argument is called “Pascal’s Wager” and has already been answered sufficiently by many Atheists.
    The problem with Pascal’s Wager is that it pretends that it ignores other religions like Buddhism, Judaism, Mormonism etc., etc.
    What if the real god is the Flying Spaghetti Monster and because of you rejecting his noodly goodness and accepting your false god you will be denied his great heaven of beer and strippers.
    I just also wanted to point out that by rejecting Christianity I am a much happier person. Many minutes that would’ve been spent worrying about such fantasies as the rapture and eternal hell fire may be spent enjoying the one and only life I have.
    I would also like to note that I hope the Bible isn’t true since I’d have to sit in a shed for 5 days and kill homosexuals.

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