Weekend Tube

Weekend Tube: 08/24/18

Hello Hell-Bound friends! It’s time once again to go through the videos of the week. I’d been a great week for videos and so it was tough to get the list down to just 10. I hope you enjoy the list that I came up with. So let’s get to it!

#10 Scientist Mel #TheScienceOf Beer and BBQ

Great video by Scientist mel describing the science of making beer and BBQ. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

#9 My Personal Experience with God (As an Atheist)

Another great video from GM Skeptic. In this one he describes some of his religious experiences over the years that were very real to him at the time. I completely empathize with this video and am so glad he made it!

#8 Godless Engineer: The Ultimate Evidence That God Exists

This video is hilarious and was really a great pick me up this week. It hasn’t been the easiest in awhile and videos like these always help. Do you think the theist proves god exists? No, they don’t but that’s to be expected.

#7 Nightmare Fuel: Socialist Starlet Fails On Israel

Now, on one hand I am all for new blood being brought into the two houses of Congress, however I have had issues with some of the new names being thrown around that seem to have little to no idea about positions they should be well versed in. Great job pointing out this candidates shortcomings NF!

#6 Telltale Science: What Can Essential Oils Do For You?

Telltale does an excellent job pointing out the dangers of essential oils. I really enjoy his Telltale Science channel so if you aren’t subscribed there then do so now!

#5 Digital Hammurabi: Soothing Stories with Megan: Enki and the World Order

Digital Hammurabi return with another great story from Mesopotamia. If you haven’t subbed to this channel then I don’t know what you are waiting for. Learn about ancient civilization and find out just how similar some of their day to day lives compared to our own.

#4 Suris: Cardinal Burke thinks Homosexuality is the cause of Pedophilia?!

Suris takes on a couple priests in this video that tell us the real issues plaguing the Catholic church. Believe it or not, the issue isn’t priests sexually abusing children. The issues are homosexuality, low church attendance, and apostasy… Yeah…great video exposing this slime Suris!

#3 Mr Atheist: Protect LDS Children – 29 Questions

The Catholic church isn’t the only one with their fair share of scandals, in this video Mr. Atheist exposes a scandal plaguing the Mormon church. Great video man!

#2 Cosmological: This is So Sad!

What do you do when a moron claims that no atheist is happy? You make a hilarious parody commercial! This was soooo good!

#1 Grr Mania: Being an Atheist In a Fundamentalism Family of Pentecostals

Grr Mania is probably a new name to most of you but you should definitely check him out. In this video he describes visiting his church and provides some excellent visuals on what the typical Pentecostal service is like. Check it out and subscrbe!

Video of the Week: Nonsequitur and Ideaology: Unholy: The Sins of the Church

I applaud the team at Nonsequitur for having this discussion. I thought it was excellent in terms of all those involved. Serious, passionate, and strong words by all. Bravo!

Weekend Tube

Weekend Tube: 08/10/18

Let’s get right to it this week! But before that, I now have a Patreon which can be found here, Godless Iowan Patreon. I also recently opened a merchandise store which can be found here, Godless Iowan Merch! Please consider supporting me in some way, I really appreciate it! Also it’s going to be a shorter list this week as I’m just getting back into the swing of things and I have a cold…

#6 Disappointed Optimist: Atheists Worship The Infinite Typewriter Monkey

This video is great and sad, the content is hilarious, the sadness comes from the fact that DO has his camera broken during the making of the video. Consider helping him out on Patreon and let’s get him a new camera.

#5 Digital Hammurabi: Found in Translation – A Sumerian Love Story

Ok so it takes a lot to get my emotions going, but this is so damn cute. Seriously, check it out and see if you don’t nearly die from sweetness.

#4 Tatted Atheist: Trying To Stay Famous By Bashing Atheists Cute

Honestly still don’t remember this guy, I guess he was from PBS or something…who knows. But the video is hilarious. Great job Tatted!

#3 Professor Godless Stick Engineer???: DelanoTV is Wrong About Plateaus.

Hilarious video from GE that was features on Professor Stick’s channel. There is a follow up on GE’s channel that is just as good so be sure to check that out as well!

#2 Staggerson Jagz: Emit Tells it Like It Is (100%)

A hilarious emit video from Staggerson, seriously it’s hard to describe exactly what these are about but this one is so damn funny! Check it out now!

#1 GonnaGoForIt: Matt Powell. Controversial beliefs, that can’t be backed up. 

Normally I’m not all that interested in videos of this type. Truthfully they tend to frustrate me, but this one did not. Robert and Peter shut Matt Down any time he tries to veer of topic and attempt to get him to answer the simplest of questions, “What made you become a Christian at 11.” Great job to the two of you!

Video of the Week: Genetically Modified Skeptic: I Came Out Atheist and This Happened

GM Skeptic recently fully came out as an atheist and in this video he describes the good, the bad, and the ugly reactions he received from friends and family. Great video my sparkly detective friend!

Videos

Officially Becoming a Shill

My Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheGodlessIowan

Hello Hell-Bound Friends,
Ok folks, I’m selling out. Selling my soul to the highest bidder. Jumping on the midnight train to cash town. Ok seriously though I have a patreon and if you could find it in your heart to support me in any small way it would be greatly appreciated. I will use my patreon to upgrade equipment, provide a better viewing experience, and find other small content creators to support.
So as far as rewards.
$1 patrons get access to patron only videos. These will include unlisted videos, garbage videos I’ve removed from my main channel and blooper reels.
$2 patrons get Access to patron only videos and a mention in the credits.
$5 patrons get lower tier rewards and a personal shoutout.
$10 patrons get lower tiered rewards and a signed print of the Godless Iowan Logo.
$20 Patrons get all lower tiered rewards plus the ability to submit ideas for future videos.
$50 Patrons get all lower tiered rewards and a Godless iowan T-shirt as soon as I get my merch store up and running.
$100 Patrons get all lower tiered rewards and first dibs on Godless Iowan Swag plus my personal love and devotion forever.
All Patrons will also receive a patron only role on my discord which will allow you access to patron only channels and access to patron only streams.

Oh yeah I also have a discord.
Links to my patreon and discord can be found in the description below.

Don’t panic folks and remember Ethics/Exposure.

Videos

#SubscribeSaturday: God is Not Good

Welcome Hell-bound friends, it’s time for #SubscribeSaturday. Those folks on YouTube that I feel you cannot do without. Check out their channels and subscribe!

Were starting today with “God is Not Good”

God is Not Good is new to YouTube but his content is excellent. It’s a great mix of response and original content. One thing that I think he is extraordinary at is videos exposing the way bible stories are taught to children.

His channel also features some fantastic response videos where he takes it to religious dogma with cool hard logic. His timing is perfect and I think you will really enjoy it.

Recently he started selling merchandise and I have to admit that if my funds weren’t low at the moment I’d be buying some immediately. His designs are great and very funny!

What keeps bringing me back though are his responses to the indoctrination of children. I cannot tell you enough just how much I enjoyed these videos, they are incredible!

So thank you God is Not Good for, as you put it, “to spread the good news that life is ultimately meaningless….” Which if you subscribe to this channel and watch his videos you will see that meaninglessness is actually awesome! Go and subscribe now!

Weekend Tube

Weekend Tube: 02/16/18

Goooooooood evening friends! Today marks another week gone by and another edition of weekend tube. For those of you that don’t know I have my own channel now which you can find here: The Godless Iowan. I’m definitely not at the level of any of the people highlighted tonight but I am having fun and doing my own thing. So let’s get going!

#7: Rachel Oates: 3 Awesome Animals You Might Not Know Yet

I love biology, so much so that I had to take it twice in college….I was a theist back then so that might explain why I did so poorly at the time. Anyway, Rachel Oates points out some a few cute and definitely strange animals in this video. If you love animals check it out.

#6: Anti-Ordinary: Science is Racist!

This is so funny partly because the source material is just so ridiculous but also Anti-Ordinary turns the humor up to 11. Amazing!

#5: Godless Engineer: President Trump’s Tweet Debunks Global Climate Change

I love Godless Engineers reactions to comments and in this one he reacts to comments made by President Trump. Even better. This video is absolutely hilarious!

#4.) Jackson Wheat: Evolution of the Eye

One of the arguments that theists use to try and prove the existence of god is the intricacies of certain things in nature. Obviously the intricacy of the human eye is far too great to have simply evolved….wrong. Jackson Wheat does an amazing job relating how the eye evolved and it is simply fascinating.

#3: Professor Stick: Ridiculous Flat Earth Nonsense on SpaceX

Suck Muh Balls! That is all….Actually it’s not but I’ll let Professor Stick tell you all about it. Professor Stick is one of my favorites, please check him out if you haven’t already.

#2:Paulogia: Doubting Darwin Day (feat. Jackson Wheat) – (Ken) Ham & AiG News

Paulogia is joined by Jackson Wheat in an edition of Ham & AIG News. Evolution and Darwin are the topics, namely creationists denial of anything worthwhile in the teachings of Darwin and Evolution. This video is smart, I hope you will check it out.

#1: Godless Cranium: Vincent Rhodes Thinks The Bible Proves Flat Earth

Godless Cranium kicks ass in this video. The source material is hilarious, flat earth videos are always a favorite in our house and Godless Cranium does an amazing job. If this was a list simply built around Flat-Earth videos of the week, Godless Cranium would have won hands down.

Video of the Week: Godless Engineer: KC’s Corner: The History of Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Lent

It’s a little known secret but I have a perfect record for keeping my lent promises, For the last 34 years I have given up Lent for Lent and have never had a problem with it. That must make me super spiritual. Anyway, this video taught me a lot that I didn’t know about Catholic Traditions and was just fun to watch. I had no idea they had Drive Through Ashings…that’s amazing! Good job on this video KC!


Anyway, those are my videos of the week. As always if you like the videos please subscribe to their channel and let them know that The Godless Iowan sent you!  I hope you enjoyed these videos and if your feel I missed any great videos let me know in the comments. Life’s too short to be serious but please don’t panic!

Bad Theism · Inoculation Against Indoctrination

Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 7-12: Servant Mindset Begins

Good evening Heathens and Hell-Bound friends and foes alike! It’s time for another edition of the indoctrination series. For the last article in this series, click here: Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 4-6: Jesus Loves You. If you’d like to start at the beginning of this series, click here:Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 0-3: Sights and Sounds.

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So let’s get this out of the way…Did you know that you are trash? You’re garbage and there is absolutely nothing good about you. The only possible thing about you that could be good would be your love and adoration of god. Do you love god? But do you really love him? No, seriously, do you love him more than anything else in this world? Well you better because if not he’s going to hurt you.

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Ever fallen off your bike? Well imagine feeling that pain times 1 gazillion, now you know just how bad it’s going to hurt if you don’t love god more than anything else in this world. Now…how are you going to prove to god that you love him? Well, you’re going to volunteer in the church, you’ll collect the weekly offerings, sing songs to the lord, tell your friends about Jesus and definitely invite them to church so that they can be injected with the fear of hell as well.

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Ages 7-12 are crucial years when it comes to indoctrination. You’ve spent the majority of your life up until this point being told that god loves you, he wants you to be happy and you’ve heard all the fun stories about all the people who god loved in the past. Now it’s time to take on the next step because you are starting to ask actual questions. During this time you will stop believing in Santa, the Easter Bunny, Unicorns, and other mythical creatures….and so in the back of your mind you begin to question whether or not this god character is real too.

So how do you put an end to the doubts? You add a healthy dose of fear. Most churches believe that the age of accountability, or in other words the age that you know right from wrong begins somewhere between the ages of 7 and 12. It’s time to learn about hell. Hell is the opposite of everything that you have been told about god up to this point. It’s dark, painful, filled with evil people. Are you evil? If you don’t worship god perfectly then you most definitely are.

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You are also beginning to make friends between these ages that are more than simply the play dates that you may have had prior to this age. So the church puts a big ad on your forehead, in some denominations literally, and tells you that you must tell all your friends about Jesus so they don’t go to hell. Also, it’s very important to understand that any friend who scoffs at your witnessing is evil and you should cut ties as quickly as possible or else they may drag you to hell with them.

One of the things that bothered me the most, even when I was a minister is how few people ever advance past this stage of belief. They know just enough about the biblical stories to give a brief synopsis and faith statement and they fear hell just enough to keep them from leaving the faith. While this bothered me greatly it’s actually how it’s meant to be when it comes to the church, they don’t want you asking big questions, they want you dumb, gullible, and perfectly happy dropping loads of money into the offering plate.

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Two words that I never heard a minister ever preach about…”Critical Thinking.”

Soon you will be old enough to join the youth group and really start living in service to god, at the moment though your service will primarily be within the church. Putting on plays, skits for the adults, singing in the choir, and maybe acting as an usher in some churches. You won’t be given tough tasks but you will be given a ton of praise for those tasks you are given, even if you do poorly. The idea is to get the pleasure center of your brain associated with servitude and acceptance.

Unmasking Doctrine

Unmasking Doctrine #4: Deity of Christ: Sinless Life

Good evening Heathens and Hell-Bound friends and foes alike! It’s been a great day so far and I am excited to get back into this series.  The last time we were here we discussed the virgin birth, you can find that article here, Unmasking Doctrine #3: The Deity of Christ: Virgin Birth. Tonight we will be talking about the next portion of this Fundamental “truth” the sinless life of Christ.

So the scriptures given are as follows…

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Now, this may come as a shock to you, the gospels never once say that Jesus lived a sinless life. Not one single time. So how is it that this has come to be such a crucial Christian belief. This is pretty simple…

  1. If Jesus sinned then how could he be god, god doesn’t sin.
  2. We like our godhead sin free.

That’s it…that is the reasoning for Jesus supposedly living a sin free life. The only scriptures that truly support the idea of a sinfree Jesus come from the scriptures mentioned above, that’s it.

So let’s look at those two books.

Hebrews and 1 Peter by conservative accounts were written somewhere between 60-70AD. That’s 30-40 years after the life of Christ, if he ever existed. I say if he existed because I don’t see there being much evidence that an actual Jesus figure existed. It’s more likely to me that the Jesus archetype is a conglomerate of numerous spiritual leaders around that time. Tonight is not the night to go into this subject.

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Anyway 30-40 years after Jesus supposedly died we have two accounts that claim he lived a sinless life. This to me is at best simply an overblown myth or at worst a way to try to promote Christ as the figure in the godhead that most of Christianity believes him to be. Not only do I reject the idea that Christianity teaches of a sinless god, but that the idea of any human being living a sinless life is a complete and total impossibility.

Let me first explain how this might occur in the overblown fashion:

My great-grandmother has been dead for nearly 30 years. Here is what I know about her.

  • She was married at the age of 14.
  • She went to church her entire life.
  • She gave birth to my grandmother and her three sisters.
  • She lived in my hometown the majority of her life.
  • She really liked Andes mints.
  • She was a very sweet and gentle old lady.

That’s it…I can’t tell you much more about her. Am I capable of claiming that she lived a sinless life? Well, I never experienced anything from her that I could claim to be sinful and so sure, she lived a sinless life. I could claim that but I also know that she was human and there is no such thing as a human being that doesn’t have a bad day now and then.

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I could have used my great-aunt as an example as well, she was perfect, sweet, loving, and just a plain good old lady. I remember she got very upset when I talked back to my mother once and made me apologize. Imagine a sweet elderly woman who gives you hard candy and pinches your cheeks, that was my great aunt.

Now imagine the shock when I found out that she was a prostitute for nearly 20 years of her life. My grandmother just mentioned it one day out of the blue and it completely warped my mind. My entire picture of this perfect and sweet old lady was dashed to pieces knowing that she blew guys for chicken and pork back in the day.  Oh, and that’s not some euphemism, she literally was a prostitute so that she could feed her family and was at times paid in chicken and pork.  I’m not bashing her, she did what she had to do, more power to her, but the image I had about her was completely wrong.

My idea of these two women are completely overblown, and if you were to ask me about them, I couldn’t honestly tell you about there lives in any truthful manner. I could only tell you what I had been told about these two women.

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Now, like I said before, this could also be used as a means to promote Christ as a member of the godhead. God is all-good so god can’t sin. “Well, the gospels don’t mention that Christ lived a sinless life, and other books don’t mention this, so just to clear things up let’s make sure to get a reference in a couple of books to help cement Christ as also being god.”

I say that this could be the reason because the New Testament is filled with references to things being done so that some prophecy from the old testament could be fulfilled. This would be like me writing one book and then later writing another book and saying that the characters do something simply because the first book said they were going to do it. It’s called storytelling, and often times a sequel is made many years after the original and so the author or authors fit the new story to fit within the confines of the old story. Unless your name happens to be George Lucas, and if it is you just say, “Fuck it.”

So let’s talk about the books themselves.

We have no idea who wrote Hebrews, it’s been attributed to Paul even though there is almost no correlation or similarity to any of his other writings. Even the oldest sources that we have state that they have no clue who wrote the book. Origin, an early church father states;

“Whoever wrote the epistle, God only knows for sure.”

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Actual Picture of Origin

That basically means….”who the fuck knows. Somebody wrote it but really, who knows.”

1st Peter on the other hand is very clear that Peter the Apostle, first pope of Roman Catholicism, wrote the letter. Well, actually it’s not clear who wrote it, it’s in the exact same boat as Hebrews, no one really knows who wrote this book, they just know someone wrote it or it wouldn’t exist.  Church tradition has held that it was written by Peter, but that’s all there is to it, tradition. There is no historical backing to the claim that the Apostle Peter wrote this book.

So the sources for this claim, that Christ was sinless, are questionable in authorship. I’ve given conservative dates for when they were written, it’s possible they were actually written at a much later date. Things just don’t add up here, if it was important that Christ be sinless, why wouldn’t it have been mentioned in the gospels at all?

It’s Ridiculous

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I am an incredibly easy-going person. It takes a lot to get me upset. I can sit here and read posts from trolls all day long without my blood pressure raising even the slightest. However, I have bad days. I have days where I just say fuck it and go off on everyone that I come into contact with.

Now, you are trying to tell me that Jesus was a guy that never had an off day. He was always perfect, always good, never said anything hateful or disrespectful. He was a mayo sandwich wrapped in another mayo sandwich.

It makes no sense and even less sense when you think about the myth.

So Christ is supposed to be god in the form of man, who came to earth to live as one of us, go through all of our struggles, die for our sins, and grant us a means to salvation. Well, if he was perfect then it takes a whole lot away from this narrative. How does a perfect person know what it’s like to be me? How does a perfect person have any sense of struggle? The whole narrative of god becoming man to redeem us is destroyed if we are to believe that he was perfect. I mean, when he had a nail smashed through his hand we are to believe he didn’t say, “HOLY FUCK THAT REALLY FUCKING HURT YOU BASTARD!?!?!” Cause I smashed my hand on a pallet today and I sure as hell cussed up a fucking storm.

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Bad Day Jesus is soooo much cooler.

If god became man then he should have become man, he should have had all our faults, dealt with all of our sins, and got caught wanking off by his mother. If he lived the life of a normal human being and then still chose to go through the rest of it, maybe then he might be worthy of admiration of some sort….though human sacrifice to appease god is really fucking weird and gross. It would still at least be something…as it is we have nothing more than a bad fairy tale.