Christianity Admin on 17 Dec 2006 10:20 pm
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.