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11/19/2011

The Coercion of Christianity



One of Many Examples of Biblical Coercion

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

10/19/2011

Who's Your Daddy Christian Style

Too often we see children whose fathers failed to take responsibility for their night of passion, abandoning their offspring, leaving them to be brought up by their mothers. Oftentimes they wind up becoming wards of the state, shifting from one foster home to another.  When these children grow older, they often wonder, "Where is my father?  Why did he go away?  Why can't I find him?  Why doesn't he try to contact me?"  Until that child finds the strength to move on and leave these questions in the past, he or she may drift about lacking direction, purpose, and self worth.

I studied the Bible, prayed, and sought God for thirty years of my adult life.  I believed John 1:12: "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."  For those thirty years I sought to know my heavenly father.  After all, didn't 2 Chronicles 15:2 say, "If you seek him, he will be found by you."  And in the New Testament isn't Jesus recorded as saying in Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you?"  I was convinced that I would find  my heavenly father.

Luke 11:13 assured me, "if you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."  I didn't think it was unreasonable to believe that the Holy Spirit would come to me if I only asked my distant heavenly father.  And I was excited because the Bible tells some of the things that are supposed to happen when the promised spirit comes.  So I asked.  I believed. I anxiously and expectantly awaited the promises, which were many:

1. Guidance into all truth. (John 16:13)
2. Spiritual gifts.(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
3. Every promise God ever made was "yes" when you invited Jesus into your heart and believed
(2 Corinthians 1:20).
           A. God promised a guy that all his family would be saved, so I believed that for mine. (Acts 11:14)
           B. Everything I put my hand to do would be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28:8)
           C. No disaster would come near my dwelling. (Psalms 91:10)

Many have told me I expected too much, but I am the sort of person that takes someone's word for its obvious and primary meaning.  I do not feel like I expected too much.  But the fact was that my studies of the Bible and its lack of being what it claimed to be led me to question its veracity more and more.  In fact I noticed the following:


1. I seemed to be guided away from the Bible and its teachings.  They seemed harder and harder to believe.
2. Everything I put my hand to do was not blessed.  We seemed to struggle in my business financially and never got ahead.
3. I could not confirm that I had received any Spiritual Gifts.
4. My children were becoming very disinterested in religion.
5. My office was burglarized and my home was burglarized.  We lost a lot of important things and the inside of our home was really ransacked.

Either the Bible was false or something was wrong with me.  My wife and I decided that we were believing with all the faith we could muster.  We decided the problem wasn't with us.  And our studies were leading us to doubt the Bible more and more.

I do not believe in Christianity anymore, but if I did, I would be the little boy in the picture above.  Where was my heavenly father.  He had promised to send the Holy Spirit if I only asked.  He made a lot of promises in his letters, but he never kept them.  I had to get on with my life, so I wrote Surrender of Sovereignty for my family to explain my reasons for leaving our traditional faith.  A few have read it, many have not.  I believed for the 30 to 100 fold return on my faith for years (Matthew 13:23), but seemed to notice nothing other than the imaginations of my mind. There really is a point where the fatherless have to let go and get on with their lives.

7/24/2011

Thomas Paine's Profession of Faith-Worth Reading Again

Thomas Paine
Friend of Thomas Jefferson
and Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Paine is not respected by all.  During the time I was a Seventh-day Adventist, I read with interest the following by Ellen G. White:

"Thomas Paine, whose body has mouldered to dust, and who is to be called forth at the end of the 1000 years, at the second resurrection, to receive his reward, and suffer the second death, is purported by Satan to be in heaven, and highly exalted there.  Satan used him on earth as long as he could, and now he is carrying on the same work through pretensions of having Thomas Paine so much exalted and honored; and as he taught on earth, Satan is making it appear that he is teaching in heaven.  And some on earth who have looked with horror at his life and death, and his corrupt teachings while living, now submit to be taught by him who was one of the vilest and most corrupt of men; one who despised God and his law. . .

. . .  Satan dictated much of his writings, and it is an easy thing for him to dictate sentiments through his angels now, and make it appear that it comes through Thomas Paine, who was his devoted servant while he lived.  But this is the masterpiece of Satan.  All this teaching purporting to be from apostles, and saints, and wicked men who have died, comes directly from his Satanic majesty." Chapter 30, The Great Controversy


And yet, when studying the American Revolution and the French Revolution, what he helped start was the foundation for our "Bill of Rights" and the French "The Rights of Man."  He was at the heart of fostering the ideas that men and women are all equal before the law, regardless of gender or race or religion.  I think we have a lot to owe people like Thomas Paine.  But I know why he gets the bad rap from religion.  It's because of his religious beliefs.  I think they are worth reading, so here they are.

Thomas Paine's Profession of Faith

It has been my intention for several years past to publish my thoughts upon Religion. I am well aware of the difficulties that attend the subject; and from that consideration had reserved it to a more advanced period of life.  I intended it to be the last offering I should make to my fellow citizens of all nations, and that at a time when the purity of the motive that induced me to it could not admit of a question, even by those who might disapprove the work.

The circumstance that has now taken place in France, of the total abolition of the whole national order of priesthood and of everything appertaining to compulsive systems of religion and compulsive articles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, but rendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary; lest, in the general wreck of superstition, of false systems of government, and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity, and of the theology that is true.

As several of my colleagues, and others of my fellow-citizens of France, have given me the example of making their voluntary and individual profession of faith, I also will make mine; and I do this with all that sincerity and frankness with which the mind of man communicates with itself.

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.

I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.

But lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work, declare the things I do not believe and my reasons for not believing them.

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

All national institutions of churches--whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish--appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind and monopolize power and profit.

I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise. They have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. He takes up the trade of a priest for the sake of gain, and, in order to qualify himself for that trade, he begins with a perjury. Can we conceive anything more destructive to morality than this?

Soon after I had published the pamphlet, Common Sense, in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion. The adulterous connection of church and state, wherever it had taken place, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, had so effectually prohibited, by pains and penalties, every discussion upon established creeds and upon first principles of religion, that until the system of government should be changed those subjects could not be brought fairly and openly before the world; but that whenever this should be done, a revolution in the system of religion would follow. Human inventions and priestcraft would be detected, and man would return to the pure, unmixed, and unadulterated belief of one God, and no more.

7/17/2011

Bulletproof Failsafe Prayer Results: The Con Of Prayer


The Prayer Illusion


If I had to offer evidence as to why the Bible is a farce, Exhibit A could be the Biblical concept of prayer.  And once a person prays, anything or nothing can happen, and the Bible neatly categorizes the prayer results in a way that cannot be challenged.  It will either be seen as answered prayer, purposefully-witheld-by-God prayer, or a prayer failure on the part of the one praying.  It is an unverifiable process.  Religious folks pray and pray and pray; and no matter what happens, they see God at work.  Seriously, I would expect something better from a benificent, all-powerful, and all-knowing God.  The illusion of answered prayer is substantiated by it's supporters as follows: 


1.  First of all, the Bible promotes prayer.  Jesus prayed.  In Luke 11 he teaches the disciples how to pray.  And later, in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul promoted the idea of "prayer without ceasing."


Prayer is promoted as the way of taking hold of God's deliverance, sustenance, and forgiveness.  It is the believers way to tap into the supernatural: his way to move mountains and receive miracles.  Indeed, Mark 11:24 records Jesus as saying, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."  The Bible says that faith is the key to prayer. You have to believe before you can receive.  2 Corinthians 4:18 and  5:7 admonish believers to fix their eyes not upon what is seen but what is unseen and to live by faith, not by sight.


The Bible claims that Jesus said that those who have faith could speak to mountains, and they would move (Matthew 17:20-21).  They could speak to a fig tree, and it would die (Matthew 21:19-22).  He said that nothing would be impossible for them.  


Adherents are taught to pray "in faith" and expect God to answer the prayer.  


2. If the supplicant remains faithful but sees no tangible results to his prayer, it is okay. Because, as some Christians believe, we are to pray according to God's will.  For these folks, lack of prayer results may well be God saying, "Not now" or "I know what's best for you, and your request isn't it."  But for another segment of Christianity, God's will is expressed in his Word (the Bible); and one must meditate upon it, speak it out of his mouth, and believe that he will receive the promise.  There are texts to back up either path of belief.  This is very convenient, because if no answer to prayer is visible or forthcoming, it can be rationalized, actually, as a prayer answer or a prayer failure.


3. Ah! Prayer failures and guilt.  The Bible handles these possibilities quite well.  If no answer is seen to the supplicant's prayer, and he chooses not to believe that God is saying, "No or not now," the Bible offers a Cornucopia of reasons why the supplicant may be at fault.


Maybe the one praying did not have enough faith.  The story of the woman with an issue of blood promotes the idea that faith itself can bring deliverance and healing.  In Mark 5:25-34 the story unfolds.  Jesus is passing through a crowd, and this woman with faith simply reaches out and touches the hem of his garment.  It says that Jesus felt "virtue" flow out of him.  And the woman is said to have been healed.  The inverse impression is left to condemn those whose prayers seem unanswered:  their lack of faith causes them not to receive.  And in Matthew 14:22-31, Jesus' disciples are out in a boat; and a storm arises.  The disciples are afraid they are going to die, and they see Jesus out walking on the water.  Jesus calls Peter to walk out and meet him; and when he tries, he begins to sink into the water, afraid he was going to drown.  Jesus puts out his hand and saves him.  And while he was about it, Jesus chastised Peter for having such little faith.


There are many verses in the Bible to cover other possible reasons for prayer failure.  Luke 11:25 teaches that if you are not forgiving others,  then you are not forgiven by God.  And the implication here is with regard to what could impede one's receiving what he prayed for. 


1 Timothy 2:1-15 implies that all kinds of things can block prayer: anger; disputing; immodest or too expensive clothing, hairdos, or jewelry; women who want to have authority over men; or women who will not be  silent.  Lucky for women though, it goes on to say that they can be saved by bearing children.  :-)


Jesus and the Bible give many instructions about what we should do and shouldn't do.  And for those who harden their hearts and do not trust Jesus, the stamp of "disobedient" is placed upon their sinful flanks (Hebrews 4:6); and they await death and judgement (Hebrews 6:1-8).


It's Christianity's bulletproof failsafe doctrine of prayer.  The Bible covers every conceivable result, short-circuiting any attempt to challenge it, and the believer is left to continue striving to "pray continually."  In my book, I call this phenomenon the surrender of our sovereignty.  I personally decided to take back my sovereignty with a simple decision not to believe the historical fiction known as the Bible, written 1000 years B.C. in the court of David or Solomon, revised, edited, changed, embellished, canonized, revered, and exalted among Christians to be the Word of God.  





7/15/2011

Bible Thumper Finds His Way Out Of The Christian Maze

I would like to tip my hat to Tom Crawford in Northern Ireland.  Tom is a former health service worker who followed Christianity most of his life and now has followed his mind and heart out to Atheism.

Although I am currently comfortable with being an Agnostic, I feel the big jump is the jump out of monotheistic religion.  In my mind whether to be an Atheist or and Agnostic is another matter for the mind and heart.  So Cheers Tom.  Good luck with the book.  And if my readers want to check out his site click HERE.

6/10/2011

Testing Muslims' Loyalty Is A Good But Not-Well-Thought-Out Idea

Presidential Candidate Herman Cain
Click Here To Read About Herman Cain's Comments

The Koran gives Muslims permission to lie and even deny Allah if in the end it furthers the cause of Islam.

You see the Koran states in Surah 3:28 the following: "Let not believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers:  if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution (prevention), that ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.)  But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah."

From this verse originates the concept of Takeyya.  Short of killing another human being, a muslim may  legitimately act contrary to their faith if under threat of force.  The following actions are acceptable:

1. Drink wine, abandon prayers, and skip fasting during Ramadan.
2. Renounce belief in Allah.
3. Kneel in homage to a deity other than Allah.
4. Utter insincere oaths.

Hmmm.  They could even be president of the United States and tell everyone they were Christian.  But I digress.

Mr. Cain, how could you determine the loyalty of Muslims who practice the concept of Takeyya?

6/04/2011

Biblical Exorcism: The Lackluster Power Of The Name And Blood Of Jesus

The Bible records Jesus saying, in Mark 16:17, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils."  Consistent with the Bible's habit of being inconsistent, Mark 9:29 showcases a kind of devil whom Jesus said could only come out by "prayer and fasting."

Exorcism isn't faring too well these days, and I'd like to point out some of the major problems I see with it.  By the way, when I was an Associate Pastor a few years back, I was asked by our Pastor to assist him with an exorcism of a man who had requested it.  It was a fiasco, by my account, and left me wondering about the credibility of the practice.


Problem #1:  The Power Of The Name And The Blood of Jesus seems powerless.

The Bible records Jesus as making a false statement in John 14:12: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things that these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." Supporters of Christianity are quick to point out that this does not apply to a believer if he asks for something foolish like a BMW or a Cadillac.  I won't get into that except to say that I do not see why they should make that distinction since, apparently, Jesus didn't.  But for the sake of argument, let's say this verse applies only when believers do good or spiritual things.  Wouldn't casting out a devil or two qualify as prime opportunity to invoke the name of Jesus?  In my experience, invoking the name and the blood of Jesus was not effective in the exorcism with which I was involved.  The man would slow down a little, but eventually he just kept going.  We would say, "In the name of Jesus and by the power of his blood, we bind you from cursing and taking the name of God in vain any further."  The guy would quit, but a minute later he would be back at it again.  Retrospectively, I see it as a sham on both sides.   With regard to the man whom we were exorcising, I think he was just playing us.  I think he couldn't afford cable, so he probably had a hobby of going around and getting gullible fundamentalist clergy to spend the evening letting him cuss at them and act out the character in his mind.  You have to admit, it would be a little entertaining.  He'd slow down a little to let us think we were getting somewhere, and then he would go to something else or start it up again a few moments later.  It was pathetic to say the least.  It seems to me, that if the name or blood of Jesus had any power, it would have had closed the deal with this guy.

Problem #2: If Jesus' Name Is The Power Behind Exorcism, What Possibly Could Human Prayer And Fasting Add To The Remedial Mixture?


The general explanation for the additional need for believers to fast and pray is that the vessel which Jesus uses must be clean.  Prayer and fasting apparently help one to see his or her own faults, ask for forgiveness, and become more clearly focused.   This makes no sense at all.  If the name of Jesus can't do the job unless we clean up our act a little or join forces with more of our fellow believers to combine our faith, then it's not powerful at all.  Then the verse should say something like this instead: "Whatever group of believers comes together and works out their problems and comes into unity and uses my name will be able to cast out devils so that I may give glory to God through my people."   This is nonsense.

Problem #3: The Person Who Is Exorcised Isn't Supposed To Die, Are They?


Latisha Lawson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was recently convicted of killing her son Jezaih while trying to exorcise her four children of devils.  She was forcing them to drink olive oil and vinegar.  No doubt this idea was received from her fanatical friends or her own personal prayer and fasting.  Olive oil is commonly used in Christianity as "anointing oil" and vinegar was put on Jesus' lips at the time of his death.  According to John 19:23-30, when Jesus was given the vinegar, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  So no doubt in the mind of this believer, what could it hurt to give them annointing oil and vinegar.  My posts over the last year have repeatedly made the  point that the Bible cannot be the words of a real god, for why would god put such words into the hands of so many mindless human beings so that their twisted minds could, in faith, commit such atrocities? Click Here For The News Article

In another case, Sangeeta Persaud was allowed to die in Canal Number Two, Guyana, in April of 2010 when she experienced convulsions.  Her superstitious grandmother took her  to a small concrete church where several elders spent five hours praying for her, pressing on her head, pressing on her stomach, and making her drink "anointing oil."  They said she would bark and make strange noises.  Well here's an enlightened piece of information: people who go into convulsions and are made to drink liquids do frequently make all kinds of noises.  You can read about the sad and fanatical story here: Click Here For Story 

It is amazing to me that in these modern times over half of the world believes in either the Bible, the Torah, or the Koran.  These books are filled with passages that keep crazy people doing crazy things.  And I do not believe a wise and loving god would encompass his will for mankind within such contradictory, confusing, fanatical and out-of-date texts.  To put such books in the hands of everyday people, not to mention the cloistered clergy, is tantamount to putting a loaded gun in the hands of a child: in this case the hands of people who wanted better for their children, but killed them instead with their faith.

5/28/2011

The Hypnotic Trance Of Religion

Christian Mediation And Prayer Using The Bible

It seems sacrilegious to infer that following a religious faith is a hypnotic trance.  As you gasp, consider a line from my book Surrender of Sovereignty: "And I was willing to question anything, particularly those things generally held too sacred to question, because it is a truth that error can cloak itself with no greater disguise than to be too holy for examination." I am disgusted that so many people are so lazy that they would rather sail along in the faith of their fathers and mothers than think for themselves and allow their faith to be tested by an open process of questioning.  There seems to be a prevalent attitude among Christians, some Jews, and Muslims that it is unnecessary and unwise to question the ancient pillars of their faith.  


Oh they tell me they are willing to question, but the fact is that most of those I come in contact with are only willing to perform "internal audits."  I don't have many friends who are Muslims; most of my experience is within Christianity.  I know people who will not read my book because they feel the Bible is the only book they need to read.  I have asked many if they've ever read books about dinosaurs or the Ice Ages, and have heard answers like, "I'm afraid if I start reading that garbage that I will begin to lose my faith and start doubting."


Muslim in prayer
I don't believe Christianity, Islam or Judaism will hold up under "external audits."  They have to stick to their books, their authorities, and their traditions. I believe it is a form of hypnosis which holds them within their narrow cloistered environments.  I know this will not be met with open arms by these "cloisterees," but most religious people are reluctant to acknowledge or look into the the concept of hypnosis and its relationship to the human mind.


Hypnosis is the relaxing of the mind and body in the presence of a trusted source of suggestion, allowing changes in the thinking and behavior of the subject. Hypnosis can range from subtle self-hypnosis, to conscious conversational hypnosis, to deeper therapeutic post-hypnotic suggestion.  I am not an expert on the subject of hypnosis, yet I have read up on it probably a lot more than most within the ranks of the monotheistic religions.  Hypnosis can be as subtle as a dentist saying in a calm voice, "Now this isn't going to hurt" to post-hypnotic suggestion where the cooperating subject clucks like a chicken when they hear a "trigger" word spoken at a later time.


But whatever the level of hypnosis, there are basic elements which are present; and as these elements are variables, the type and depth of hypnosis also can vary.  Here are the basic elements:


1. Relaxation
2. Trust/Trance
3. Suggestion
4. Response To Suggestion


Ellen G. White in a 'trance-like" state
I believe this is why if you ask a Christian for reasons certain doctrines of their faith are contradictory to current knowledge  in archaeology and science, some will respond, "We'll just have to wait until we get to Heaven and let Jesus explain it to us."  I will expound in the next post, but I believe Christians, Muslims and followers of Judaism are in a self-induced trance, and unless they are willing to take an unbiased look at the trust they misguidedly place in their straw Gods, Bibles, Torahs, and Korans, the trance cannot be broken.

5/24/2011

Look What The Lord Hath Allowed!

Joplin, Missouri: The Deadly Aftermath

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: 
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:1

I am amazed that people believe the Bible.  Oh yes, I know, god has a purpose.  He's showing us he doesn't approve of something we're doing.  He's testing our faith.  

Maybe the Bible isn't his Word and is just a compilation of human writings. Maybe he, she or it has nothing to do with this.

5/21/2011

Trying to Rightly Divide The Words Of The Uninspired Bible

The May 21st Rapture didn't happen 
as expected for Harold Camping and his followers. 

Religious folks love to draw charts and figure out when everything is supposed to happen.  Maybe you'd like to try your hand at it.   
Here are a few of their charts to study 
while you come up with your prediction. 
Bwaahahaha!
















5/16/2011

My Prediction for May 21st, 2011

The Church Fathers
When Jesus fails to return to rapture his saints on May 21st, 2011, as predicted by Harold Camping and the Family Radio Network, I predict that many complicit fingers will be pointing at them calling them radical, extreme, a cult, and out of the mainstream of Christianity.

But Harold Camping is only doing what all Christians, Muslims and followers of Judaism do:  reading the scriptures, trying to understand them and trying to apply them to their lives today.  That is why I am going to POINT MY FINGER at the following list.  This list is just a small portion of whose names should be included.  I have included a short list of those who are responsible for taking the words of men and women and elevating them to holy writ.  By elevating these human writings to canon and circulating them all over the world to men and women of every conceivable intellect, station in life, language and temperament, those on this list are guilty, in my opinion, of placing a loaded gun in the hands of a child.  As I have  mentioned many times before (see my last post), there are so many weird and conflicitng passages in the scriptures of monotheistic religions, that when a zealous believer goes ballistic, one can rightfully blame those who led him to this situation.  So I blame all those who elevated the Bible to the status of  holy scriptures.  And quite comically, most all of those who are pointing their bony fingers at Harold Camping indeed have his blood on their hands. 


Complicit in Harold Camping's Mistake

King David, King Solomon, 
O.T. writer "J", O.T. writer "P", O.T. reviser "E", O.T. revisor "R", 
 Constantius, 
St. Clement of Rome, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Polycarp of Smyrna,
Didache, Shepherd of Hermas, St. Irenaeus of Lyons,
St. Clement of Alexandria, Origen of Alexandria., St. Athanasius of Alexandria,
St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John of Chrysostom, St. Maximus the Confessor,
St. John of Damascus, The Cappadocian Fathers,
Tertullian, 
St. Cyprian of Carthage, St. Abrose of Milan,
St. Jerome of Stridonium, 
St. Augustine of Hippo,, St. Gregory the Great, St. Hilary of Poitiers, 
St. Isadore of Seville, St. Anthony the Great, St. Pachomius,
Eusebius of Caesarea, 
Athanasius, Arius,, Eusebius of Nocomedica, Alexander of Alexandria, 
Eusebius of Emesa, Martin Luther, King James,
Rabbis, Clerics, Theologians, Pastors,
All Christians,
All Muslims,
Followers of Judaism, and
The Multitude of Translators and Revisers who have published their version of the Bible in so many languages
and the millions more who have been complicit in elevating the writings of men and women to the status of Holy Scripture and Word of God, 
and making it available to all mankind to read, mediate upon, and emulate.

Yes, that's right!  I point my finger at every person who has had a hand in elevating the human writings contained in the Bible to the status of holy writ.  That includes most of the religious folks on the other end of the bony fingers pointing at Harold Camping. You've kept the myth going.  You've overlooked its glaring inconsistencies.  You've used it as a tool to separate your group from those groups who interpret the Bible differently.  And Christians, Muslims and Jews have used their falsely elevated scriptures to wreak division, death and havoc in our world.  When the clock strikes midnight in my time zone, I will be pointing my finger at all of those over the centuries who have made this moment of idiocy possible.

5/15/2011

May 21, 2011 -Proof That The Bible Is Not God's Word

I have consistently advocated, through articles in this blog, that neither the Bible nor the Koran could possibly be God's Word.  The reasoning behind my claim is that such documents, when placed in the hands of men and women possessing a multitude of levels of sanity and living conditions, is like placing a loaded gun in the hands of a child.

Both scriptures evoke one of two responses.  The first, which is more commonly seen, is to settle into being either a "Jack-Christian" or a "Jack-Muslim," following the passages which are palatable and ignoring those that are not.  The second response, which is not as common yet far too frequent, is to fervently read, meditate upon, and act out all that is found within the Bible or Koran's pages.

Case in point for this week is the return of Jesus Christ to rapture his saints to heaven.  So far nobody has lost their life over this one, but a lot of folks are giving up their life savings and financial security to spread the the "good news" of the Earth's destruction.  Consider this article of a man in New York who has spent his life savings to warn his city.

Man Spends $140K  (click on the link to view)

Although this present outbreak of faith seems fairly harmless, I caution everyone to remember the loss of life which occurs frequently from believing and acting upon the Bible or the Koran.  In my past blogs I have recounted the stories of mother's killing their children, husbands cooking and eating their wive's, people being stoned to death because of sexual practices not acceptable to religious leadership or groups.  Just this week it has been reported that Usama bin Laden's compound had a significant stash of pornography within its walls.  And the CIA reports that many fundamentalist religious fanatics are found to have lots of pornography on their computers.  Yet if a woman commits adultery, she is planted in the ground like a fencepost and beat to death by stones.  

A supreme being would not oversee the compilation of a book to be his words to humanity that could be so misconstrued and acted upon.  I have stated repeatedly that such an act by god would be tantamount to placing a loaded gun in hands of a child.

On May 21st (next week) I'd rather put my money on one of the teams at the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow than waste my savings acting out a fragmented fanatical fantasy that Jesus was returning to rapture his saints.

4/19/2011

God-fearing Murder - Another One Bites The Dust!

Poor Murray Seidman and Bible-thumping John Thomas

Yes, God must be pleased with those who exercise  faith in his Word.  For example, 28-year old John Thomas spent much time visiting his 70 year old friend Murray Seidman. Eventually John began to feel that 70 year old Murray was making sexual advances toward him.  He prayed to God about it.  Eventually, after finding God's admonition to stone homosexuals in the Old Testament of the Bible, John said God told him while he was praying to stone Murray.  So he put some rocks and batteries in a sock and bludgeoned Murray to death, praise God.  Seidman was developmentally challenged, now he's dead. 

The Bible, with its highly questionable origin, changed, highly edited, and embellished, is like a loaded gun given to a little child when placed in the hands of idiots like Thomas.  And the problem is, Thomas is just one of many millions of religious folks who claim God tells them things during prayer and Bible study.

4/17/2011

Ridiculous Religion Holds On To Their Adherents By Requiring Isolationism

It's not easy to keep a herd of sheep together. It takes fear to make it happen: fear of a sheepdog or fear of a predator like a wolf or coyote.

Followers of monotheistic religions think the same way.  Believer's of Christianity and Islam are admonished not to form alliances or relationships with non-believers.

Christianity:  "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial?  Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord." 2 Corinthians 6: 14-17

Islam: "O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk."  Surah V, 51. 


Please take a look at this modern example of such protectionism found on a Facebook page posted recently by a young Christian woman named Cindy.  Here is a link where you can read her nonsense.
CLICK HERE

When I used to be a Christian, I went to a meeting that my son had invited me to.  It turned out that the speaker for the evening was a leading Wiccan who had one hour to explain her beliefs.  My first thought, being a good Christian at the time, was to get out of there.  But my second thought, which I'm glad I followed, was that if God was in me, why should I be afraid to listen to her.  Since that time I have come to view such fear as sadly cultic.  Now, it is clear to me that any religious person's hesitance to get to know someone holding different views, while outwardly appearing obedient to his faith,  is really reacting to a built in safety mechanism of that particular faith to keep its adherents from widening their perspectives.  Dogma must be maintained in a realm of narrow focus.  Extremism cannot prosper when adherents feel free to expose their beliefs by entering into friendly association with those outside their tight little religious group.  In the realm of religion, whenever someone is forbidden to speak to, enter into relationships with, or marry good human beings of another point of view, I see it as a huge flaw and weakness telling of underlying falsehood.

3/26/2011

Prayer! It's Almost Like Doing Something.


As I mention in my book, I challenged my wife to a Pray-Off for a month.  She prayed to Jahweh, the Father, in Jesus name, and I prayed to the lamp in my living room.  We kept track of what we were praying for and how well our prayers were answered.  It was a draw.  I would be willing to run the same challenge again for any length of time.  The only effect of prayer is the hypnotically suggestive power it has on our brains.

3/22/2011

3/15/2011

Send Money, Not Prayer


This is a time to help.  If you've read my book, you'll understand why I don't think prayer is going to do a damn thing for the Japanese. 

Here are two ways we can really help: donate money to organizations who can make a difference: the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.  Please consider donating something to help the Japanese at the following sites.

To donate to the Red  Cross, go to this link: http://www.redcross.org/

To donate to the Salvation Army, use the following methods:
     1. Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
     2. Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
     3. Go on-line at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.






3/10/2011

Authority Figure + Suggestible Members = A Holy Ghost Hoedown

I wish I could say I've never had anything to do with this kind of thing, but I have.  The Pastors push so hard on you that if you're submissive to what's going on, you don't resist and fall down.  Once down, you don't want to admit you're faking it, so you keep your eyes closed.  Some folks thrash around to add a little realism.  In some cases folks see what's happening and want to believe it will happen to them, and when the Pastor shouts at them, or whacks them with his hands, or snaps them with a town like this guy did, folks go along with it and fall down.  I was an Elder in one of these congregations, and I believe this stuff is pure BS plus a little light hypnosis to boot.  Hypnosis, as many do not realize, is frequently accomplished within the realm of consciousness.  The subjects will swear they were not hypnotized,  but then  follow the suggestions that were made to them by the authority figure while they allowed themselves to be in an receptive and easily suggestible state.

2/23/2011

God Turns Out The Lights For 75 People But Graciously Turns the Lights On For 1


An emergency team reunited Ann Bodkin with her husband after a painstaking rescue from the twisted metal and concrete remains of the Pyne Gould Guinness building. Coincidentally, giant sunbeams burst through the city's grey, drizzly weather as she emerged.

"They got Ann out of the building and God turned on the lights," Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said.

Tragedy frequently seems to render the faithful eloquent. If God is willing to part the clouds to give a few rays of sunlight, then it follows that he or she would be in control of the earth as well. Why would any supreme being allow the earth to shake and kill hundreds of innocent people, and then pull the clouds apart to give them a few brief rays of sunlight? The absurdity of Christian thought almost leaves me speechless, but obviously not totally speechless.

I send my heartfelt condolences to all those who have suffered loss.  To Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, "Way to promote hope and keep the illusion alive!" 


2/21/2011

Project Reason Offers A Great Resource: Annotated Versions of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Quran

Compare For Yourself.

I have included a link below to the Scripture Project of a group named Project Reason.  What they offer is an annotated version of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Quran.  Complete texts are offered with symbols on the side which correspond to a legend in their margin..  Beneath any annotation, is a link that also takes you to a page of brief commentary or comparison.  It is a great resource and a worthwhile project.

http://www.project-reason.org/scripture_project/

2/13/2011

The Bible: The Greatest Single Cause Of Strife In The World

A poster depicting Christianity's warning about signs and wonders

The Bible quotes Jesus in Matthew 12 as saying, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!  But none will be given it except the sign of the Prophet Jonah." Matthew is believed by most Bible scholars to have been written between 18 to 38 years after Jesus died.  Whether it was written to feed the concept popular among his remaining followers that Jesus had resurrected and gone to heaven is a matter of speculation; however, no solid evidence exists that supports Jesus' resurrection.  Nevertheless, the sign of the Prophet Jonah referred to was an analogy that, similar to Jonah,  Jesus would be dead for three days and nights and then resurrected.  This could easily have been written decades after Jesus lived to  give believers something to hold on to.  But the point of this post is that Jesus is quoted as saying that folks were asking for a sign and none would be given, except this one analogy about Jonah.

However, the Bible quotes Jesus in the book of John, chapter 14, as saying, "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." This is believed by Bible scholars to have been written about 58-60 years after Jesus lived.

SO WHAT IS IT?  SIGNS AND MIRACLES OR NOT?

If the Bible weren't already extremely confusing, the book of Matthew, chapter 24, throws this little quote of Jesus in to confound the issue even more: "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible."   Oh believe me, it is possible, especially after all the confusing things Jesus supposedly says about it in the divisive, conflicting pages of the Bible.

Benny Hinn delivers another miracle
The book of Mark, written 33 to 43 years after Jesus lived, makes a bold charge in Chapter 16 to all believers.  Starting in verse 15, Jesus is quoted, "Go ye into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." And by the way, if you read my book, I relate several instances when I launched out in faith in Jesus only to land on my face in utter failure.

WHAT BALDERDASH AND CONFUSION!

Over half the world's population (Christians, Jews, and Muslims) believe stories that have originated from a few scraps of Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers written by an unknown man or woman in the Court of King Solomon who was charged with the task of creating for the fledgling kingdom a national narrative.  This original work has been used by these religions as the platform upon which they have built their faiths and fables. And these fables conflict with each other and cause a majority of the conflict in the world today.  Their adherents fight each other, exclude each other, minimize and deride each other, and even kill each other.  And all the while they claim to hold the secrets of how we should live our lives and treat each other.

I seriously wonder whether this planet will survive all this religious nonsense as long as people are willing to believe in such a questionable, conflicting, and divisive books as the Hebrew Scriptures, the Christian Bible, or the glorious Koran.

1/30/2011

Divorce In Monotheism's Cafeteria Of Doctrines

 If you believe what the Bible says Jesus said, then you can only divorce if one of you is UNFAITHFUL.  The implication is strong that it is speaking of sexual unfaithfulness.

If you believe Judaism, a man may divorce his wife for any reason, even if he finds another woman more attractive. However he must have her consent.  All a man would have to do is make his wife's life miserable until she gives the consent.  The divorce is accomplished by a specific process of writing and delivering a "get" to his wife freeing her to marry another man if she desires.  Sounds a little like what one might say to a bothersome dog: "Get!."

If you believe what the Bible records Paul saying, then you can also divorce if one of you is an unbeliever.  Paul also indicates that you might do well not to marry at all so that you can focus on your relationship with God.  No mention here of permission to abuse the Altar Boy though!

If you believe what the Quran says, a man may divorce his wife by simply saying "talaq" once to his wife.  Apparently he may take her back twice, but if he divorces her by saying "talaq" a second and a third time, then they are permanently divorced.  That is, until she remarries, has sex with her new husband, and then gets divorced from him.  Then the first husband may take her back even again.  Sunni Muslims, unlike those who practice Sharia law, believe that if a husband says "talaq, talaq, talaq" (the triple talaq) all at one time, the divorce is permanent.  Other Muslims believe this is a hangover from pre-Mohammed days and is a perversion of the Quran.

So none of these systems are friendly to the wife whose husband is beating her.  In fact Muslims consider it a gift from God that a husband beats his wife.  None of these systems are friendly to the wife whose husband is abusing one or more of their children.  None are friendly to a wife whose husband berates her and makes her feel worthless.  In fact Christianity, Judaism and Islam support the idea that in a marriage the man is glorious and she is to be reserved, quiet, respectful and submissive.

But what would you expect from religions who all believe the story of Adam and Eve in the garden.  Man was created first.  Then woman was created from his rib mainly because he needed companionship.  Then Eve was the weak one who conversed with the talking serpent and ate a piece of the forbidden fruit.  Then Adam succumbed to her invitation to also eat of the fruit, and thus fell like Eve into sin.  Both got kicked out of the garden; but God cursed the ground, not Adam, and made his work harder.  The woman, however, got a personal curse that made childbirth harder and more painful.

Why is it that monotheistic religions are so hard on women?  I believe that in most early civilizations men ruled predominantly because of their body size and strength and subsequent mental subjection of the women's minds to believe they must be submissive or get the stuffing beat out of them.  When David and Solomon commissioned the writing of the first scraps of Genesis, Exodus and Numbers around the tenth century BC, male chauvinism was already prevalent in cruel societies in the world; and the writer "J" included the idea in the story of the Garden of Eden.

I recently read an article in the National Geographic magazine, published in March of 2010, depicting how in Southern Ethiopia, children whose upper teeth erupt before the lower teeth are killed.  It is considered mingi: bad luck.  Some of them are abandoned in the desert with dirt stuffed in their mouths.  When I read of such insane practices, I wonder how, in this modern age, such ignorance can exist.

But when I read how monotheistic religions subjugate women and ruin lives with their insane beliefs regarding the relationship of men and women, that were derived from myth and legend, I wonder how modern human beings can be so ignorant as to believe such nonsense in this day and age.  Are women the weaker sex?  I would suggest that they are the stronger sex for putting up with all the ridiculous male dominance still alive in the world today.  By the way women, I'm not much for pushy, bossy women either.  But you do deserve some grace considering  how we have historically treated you.

1/25/2011

25 Things I Like

I spend most of my blog posts challenging the status quo of religion.  I think one could rightfully ask if there is anything I do like. I do enjoy life, and there are many things that I enjoy.

I write this blog to generate interest in my recently published book, Surrender of Sovereignty.  But I think today I will write down those things which I find particularly nice about life:  some things philosophical and some things material.

25 Things I Like

1. I enjoy being useful and of value, and enjoy not being dead weight.
2.  I enjoy clearly defining my purpose in life. Satisfaction comes more frequently for me when I look at the root motivation for the things I do and think.
4. I enjoy loving and being loved, but also enjoy the freedom to choose who and what I want to love.  I relish the freedom of not feeling like I have to love everyone, especially my enemies.
5. I enjoy striving to have an open mind and experiencing new things. 
6. I love non-conformity.
7.  Independence and freedom to make my own choices are wonderful, not to mention a basic necessity.
8. I enjoy showing respect to those who deserve it.  I enjoy getting respect when I deserve it.
9. I enjoy technology when it makes life better.
10.  I love the solitude of remote places.
11. I enjoy the reduction of background noise afforded by a couple of drinks.
12. I like experiencing new things with my senses: new food, new music, and different feelings.
13. I love being responsible for my own actions,   and I hold others responsible for their actions.  I enjoy owing nobody anything other that what I have promised them, and I expect nothing from anyone except that which they have promised me.
14.  I respect fairness.  I love justice.
15. I like honest easy-to-understand conversation.  You may not like me if I have to read between the lines.
16. I like dignity, but I hate pride.
17. I enjoy the commonality of all people.  I do not like class distinction or anyone thinking they are better than another.
18. I enjoy humor. 
19. I believe we all should laugh more at our mistakes and stop suing each other over them.  Sure some mistakes are costly and terrible, but not as costly as what we've given up by holding everyone to such a tight standard. I know some mistakes have to be taken seriously, but we need to move the bar much lower.
20. Political correctness is a disease.  It is the accommodation of the irritatingly thin skin of others.  I love racial humor, religious humor and off-color humor.
21. I love ethnic diversity.  I relish exposing myself to different beliefs, cultures, and cuisines; and I expect you to buck up if I tease you about it.  I consider every human being, regardless of sex or race, of equal intrinsic value.  If one adds to their intrinsic value a lot of ridiculous baggage, I feel free to not like you, associate with you, or speak well about you.
22. I like meat and potatoes, custard,coffee, glazed doughnuts, dry Italian salami, beer, good pizza, Mexican food, sushi, Hagen Daz coffee ice cream, and Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream.
23. I believe women are just as intelligent as men.  I believe skin color has no effect upon one's intelligence.
24. I think that hope is one of our greatest assets.  Disillusionment and lost hope are our worst detriments.
25.  I love liquid water: oceans, rain, rivers, lakes, swimming pools, and bathtubs.

1/21/2011

The Ten Commandments - Several Convenient Formats To Suit Everyone's Needs

The Bible claims that the Ten Commandments were written by God's finger on tablets of stone.  The inference is that since he didn't write it on something like wood or cloth, he must have not wanted it changed.  But mankind has changed it, voted out parts of it, divided it, and now it is being proudly posted in the hallways of a public school in Giles County, Virginia.  


The Ten Commandments, like the Bible and the drawings  of Jesus, have been manipulated to whatever purpose suits any religious group of the day.  Someday soon, I'll do a photo album of Jesus pictures.  He's a busy multi-talented guy in our pictures.  But for today, lets look at the Ten Commandments: allegedly written in stone by God's finger.  Ecclesiastes ends with the conclusion to "Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."  And whoever wrote the book of Luke attributes Jesus as saying, "It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law." So, as far as the Bible is concerned, don't change the Ten Commandments. 


The pictures above show (from left to right) the Old Testament version of the Ten Commandments, the Ten Commandments as taught by the Catholic Catechism, and the Ten Commandments as abbreviated by Protestants, posted on sticks in front yards, and framed and put in public places like schools and court buildings.

Few people other than Seventh-day Adventists and Jews realize the changes that have beset the holy ten.  Jews, Seventh-day Adventists and a few other small denominations keep the fourth commandment regarding the Sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown as the commandment requires in the Old Testament.  

The Catholic church likes the second version above.  It forgets about  the second commandment and its prohibition against graven images.  Catholic churches are full of images and they like them. They always have, so they just removed the second commandment.  But how uncool would it be to have Nine Commandments when everyone else has ten.  So they split the commandments  about coveting into two commandments.  Now they have ten again. Oh, and the fourth commandment about the Sabbath: they watered it down to "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy."  Now they could have church on any day.  Sunday was their favorite, since the Bible makes its unsubstantiated claim that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, Sunday; and the Pagans would be more comfortable with honoring the day of the Sun. 

Evangelical Christians like the third version: abbreviated, but no graven images like the Catholics, and that way they can have ten commandments without splitting the coveting commandment.  The really hilarious thing about the Evangelical Christians abbreviated Ten Commandments is that their roots come from the Protestant Reformation where they stubbornly denied the power of the Pope of Rome.  Yet their watered down Ten Commandments include the abbreviated version of the fourth commandment, touted by papists as displaying their authority to change the law of God.  Click Here to see the article from the Catholic Mirror which taunts Protestants for their awkward unknowing acknowledgment of their Catholic Church's authority.

For me, this fiddling around with the Ten Commandments is just more of the same irrationality exhibited by religious kooks. Religion exalts its unverifiable relics, scriptures, and dogmas.  They are not holy at all.  They have been changed, added to, abbreviated, embellished, canonized, and exalted.  Christians have a lot of nerve pushing the Bible as the Word of God, and then editing God's words to their own liking.