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Bad Theism · Inoculation Against Indoctrination

Bad Theism: Melodramatic BS

DISCLAIMER

Suicidal thoughts are a serious issue and should be dealt with by the help of a psychiatrist and most likely medication. Let me just say that anyone who is actually considering this should seek help, and I do not want anyone to think I am making light of a bad situation. People who have followed this blog will know that my struggles with faith began with the suicide of my cousin. Please, if you are suicidal, seek help. Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Good Evening Heathens and Hell-Bound friends and foes alike. First off I would like to thank Genetically Modified Skeptic for providing me with the idea for tonight’s article. If you haven’t checked him out, please do so and definitely subscribe to his channel. Also, if you’d like to read the last article in this series, click here: Bad Theism: Angels

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So tonight I want to talk a little bit about melodramatic bullshit. We’ve all seen this argument from time to time,

“If god didn’t exist there would be no reason to go on.”

It’s another one of those platitudes that theists love to use as an excuse for their continued belief, even in the face of mounting evidence against their claims. Well, tonight I’d like to tell you it’s absolute bullshit and if it’s true then these people already need psychological help.

Another great example comes in the form of a comment, posted on this brilliant video created by Genetically Modified Skeptic.

The video is obviously meant to be satire and just to have some fun with some of the arguments that apologists use in support of their claims. However, take a look at this comment.

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picard gifI’m not even going to touch on points 1-3….ok maybe a little…I’m a glutton for punishment.

Point 1: Can you name one prophecy or miracle that is supported by actual verifiable evidence? Has any of your evidence been verified by the scientific method?

Point 2: According to your scriptures, is Satan able to create anything? If Satan cannot create anything then how could he create the concept of evil? Who created Satan?

Point 3: An Appeal to Authority doesn’t necessarily negate the argument given but only if the authority that you are appealing to has proven the point in a satisfactory nature, meaning provided verifiable evidence to back up the claim that you are attempting to defend. Since god has not even proven himself to exist with verifiable evidence, any appeal to his/or her authority can be automatically dismissed in an argument.

Now that we have that out-of-the-way, what I really want to talk about is the comments 4th point.

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He’d kill himself?

All I did was quit the ministry and start blogging, perhaps I was doing it wrong???

Truth is, I really don’t think he would kill himself, and if you really want to know, I think he’s already on his way to becoming an atheist. I’ll let you in on why I believe that later.

When I was in high school I was in an incredibly abusive relationship. I didn’t have a lot of confidence at the time and so I put up with it. The main reasoning for this was that it was better than not being in a relationship, at least by high school standards.  However, I could only put up with it for so long, and when I finally broke off the relationship, my ex said that she was going to kill herself. She did not and is still living today.

When I told my ex-wife that I was leaving, she told me that she would kill herself. Going so far as to shave her head and get herself committed. Once again, she is still alive and thankfully far away from me.

Here is what happens when the very religious begin to doubt the existence of god.

  1. You try to up your faith, praying more, fasting more, reading the bible more.
  2. These efforts fail.
  3. You get depressed.
  4. You get mad
  5. You either leave the faith or find some way to delude yourself even further.

That’s it…

Now I’m not saying there has never been someone who committed suicide after losing their faith. Depression can cause even the best of us to question the value of life, I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life. However I’m still here.

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Theists like to promote the idea that without god there would be no purpose to this life, but life is filled with a plethora of things to bring us purpose. I have numerous friends who are atheist and they all find ways to give purpose to their lives. Some are YouTubers, others are photographers, some are foodies, artists, musicians, sculptors, writers, podcasters. Many atheists are highly charitable and find ways to help others, giving back to their community and making the world a better place. They all live life with purpose and I would say that the majority of them are pretty content with their lives.

My cousin committed suicide just a week after he got saved in my church. God did not grant him purpose, he wasn’t filled with a blissful spirit that led him to embrace life. He took a shotgun, put it in his mouth, and pulled the trigger.  Purpose is not found in god it is found within ourselves, in what we choose to spend our time and energy on.

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Theists also like to claim that without god, we would all live in a chaotic world where murder, rape, and Justin Bieber dance parties would be the norm. I think Hitchens puts it best in the following video.

The idea that we can only have morality with god is preposterous.  I would lay claim that I am much more moral, now, since I left the faith than I was when I was a still a minister and a believer. You want to know why I say this? It’s actually quite simple.

When I was a believer and I did something wrong, I would pray for gods forgiveness and then feel better. I no longer have that security blanket to make me feel better about the mistakes that I make. Instead, I simply try to not do anything that I should feel bad about later.  If I do something that hurts another person, I don’t ask god to forgive me, I seek out the person and tell them how sorry I am for having hurt them.

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Lastly, do you remember when I said that I believe the author of the comment is already on the way towards atheism?

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Well here is the case that I’d like to submit.

When I began to have my doubts I started acting even more religious. I fasted more, I prayed more, I read the Bible more, and I made idiotic comments online arguing for my faith. I was the worst of the worst when it comes to bad internet apologist trolls. I used every bad argument that you can think of in an effort to feel as if I was doing something good for god and that he would reward me by strengthening my faith.

I don’t think that I was unique in this aspect.

I honestly believe that a lot of people are like I was not so many years ago. Their faith has been waning for some time and so they are desperately doing anything they can in an effort to restore their faith. They sink deeper into their delusions and try their best to rationalize their faith in the most absurd of ways. They say that atheists have no purpose, no morality, and that without god they would kill themselves.

I know this, because I said this. When I was a theist I remember clearly saying that if I found out that there was no god, I would kill myself. I’d have no reason to live, no purpose, and I would choose to end it all. Life is a struggle and why would I put myself through this struggle if I didn’t know that I was on my way to heaven?

I’m still here.

My purpose is still to help others. I was a minister not because god called me but because I earnestly wanted to help people. I love causing people to laugh, making people think, and being able to be there when I am needed. Learning is my passion, I read voraciously and absolutely love a good documentary on just about any subject. I love my family and want to see my children grow up and have kids of their own. I want to grow old with my wife and enjoy her company for as long as possible.

My purpose is what I say it is, and that’s why I’m still here.

Unmasking Doctrine

Unmasking Doctrine #3: The Deity of Christ: Virgin Birth

Good evening Heathens and Hell-bound friends and foes alike! For the last article in this series, click here:Unmasking Doctrine #2: One True God. So this article was going to originally be a lot longer but I felt like I might split it up a bit. There is a ton to cover with this one. The Assemblies of God state that they have 16 fundamental truths but the third truth is actually 6 truths in one…

Anyway the 3rd Fundamental Truth states…

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.”

It then goes on to state that scripture declares several things about Jesus, tonight we will be talking about the first one, the virgin birth.

The Scriptures given to support this are:

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First off I want to give the AoG church some props…

Why?

Because they make no mention of Isaiah 7:14. Isaiah 7:14 is the verse most often quoted as proving that the virgin birth was necessary in order for Jesus to actually be the Messiah that people say he is. However we now know that the book of Isaiah was mistranslated and did not actually mean a virgin but simply a woman of marriageable age. Not only that but the prophecy that Isaiah is speaking of is actually fulfilled by the prophet Isaiah in the very next chapter. He makes love to a prophetess, and she conceives.  I have no idea how Christians have believed this verse to point to the birth of Jesus other than the New Testament says it points to Jesus.  Why would the birth of a child hundreds of years later be proof to a current ruler that god is truly in control?

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Prophet: Hey Trump!

Trump: Yeah?

Prophet: I’m going to prove to you that god is real!

Trump: How are you going to do that?

Prophet: Hundreds of years after you’re dead a child will be born to a young woman!

Trump: Obviously you are bigly a man of god!

Do you see how this might not exactly make sense? So good job to the Assemblies for seeing this and not even mentioning the scripture in their statement of faith. Bravo!

However, the scriptures given are just as nonsensical…

For one, Matthew 1:23 and Luke 1:31 are contradictory. In Matthew it says they called him Emmanuel and in Luke 1:31 it states they called him Jesus. Now I suppose this could simply be an example as Joe, also known as, Emmanuel, but I really don’t think that’s the case here. I actually think it’s simply a matter of one writer knowing the Old Testament better than the other. So in one, the author specifically gives the name quoted in Isaiah, in the other it skips that and just say, he was named Jesus, the Roman version of Yeshua, or Joshua. The reason I say this is that it supposedly is talking about the same situation. I really don’t think an angel would say, you’re going to call him Immanuel, but also call him Jesus the roman version of Yeshua….

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Luke 1:35 states…

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. (NIV)

So the holy spirit will come(oooooohhhhh!!!!) on you, and your going to have a kid. He’s going to be called the son of god. However there is a footnote included with this scripture that states (Or : So the child to be born will be called holy.) This opens up a couple of issues.

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Alan Cumming…..get it….cumming….oh hohoho I am hilarious!

I’ve already had my little joke about the Holy Spirit cumming, but did you know that several Christian sects are much more in line with that idea? Some believe that god actually had sex with Mary and she conceived in that fashion.

For starters the term “sons of god” is used in the bible to just speak in general about mankind or it could also be angels. Generally it is used in reference to someone who is holy but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are divine. David was a son of god, Moses was a son of god,  neither of which were divine according to Christianity.

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Secondly, it’s that foot note, it could simply reference the idea that Jesus was going to be a holy man. Lot’s of people in the bible were considered holy men and they did not need to be born of a virgin. Samuel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Elisha and Elijah were all holy men who had no requirement of being born of a virgin to be considered holy and work the “will of god” on earth.

What really gets me is that two gospels completely skip the virgin birth altogether. Why are Mark and John absent in this respect? If it was something crucial to the faith then wouldn’t the writers of these two gospels want to get it into their books as well? I’ve heard it said that possibly these writers didn’t know about the virgin birth, which is pretty surprising if they are writing to tell us all about this great guy Jesus. I mean most biographers spend a pretty decent amount of time on the childhood of their subject, only a piss poor biographer would write a book without understanding as much as possible about their subjects life.

Also not knowing means that there had to be many Christians who had no understanding of this doctrinal belief, which means it must not have be seen as important originally, or maybe even added later?

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Others will say that John and Mark had other reasons for writing their books and since god’s divine hand was on the making of the bible, he knew that they need not mention the virgin birth again, I mean it would just get really boring if the gospels didn’t contradict one or two hundred times…

Yet these were the works that many churches based their entire beliefs upon for hundreds of years until the canon of the bible was put together. This means that you had not one, but many versions of Christianity from the very beginning and how on earth are you going to be able to come into the picture hundreds of years later and dictate which version is the correct one…and yet that is exactly what they did.

Truth is there is very little to support the belief in the virgin birth, far less than the life, death and resurrection of Christ. If it were important you would think it would be mentioned much more, yet I believe the reason is that it actually wasn’t important to the early church and was simply used as a means of proselytizing later on. We know that Christianity adopted holidays and practices of foreign religions in order to spread more easily, so why not adopt characteristics of foreign gods in the idea of their own god. It makes conversion far easier if folks don’t have to learn a completely new set of characteristics.

To conclude I will leave you with a list of other gods that are said to be born of virgin birth, they vary to some degree in the method but the message is clear, sex is icky and it makes you icky!

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Weekend Tube

Weekend Tube 02/03/2018

Good Morning Heathens and Hell-Bound friends and foes alike! It’s time once again for my favorite videos of the week. Last week we did a top 10 but I think I prefer the top 5 from the week prior as well as what I consider the video of the week. So without further ado, here are my favorites from this week.

Honorable Mention: Anti-Ordinary: RE: FreedomWars

Any video that takes Alex Jones to task deserves a mention here on this blog. Jones does nothing but make an ass of himself on a daily basis and I think his idiocy needs spread as far and wide as it possibly can be. The way to defeat a stupid idea is to let the stupid run free.

#5 Godless Engineer: Red Pill Religion Claims Popular Atheists Suffer Cognitive Dissonance

Are popular atheists drowning in a world of cognitive dissonance? Red Pill believes this to be the case because he presented shitty non-evidence for the existence of a soul and now all atheists are dying inside…. Ok, truthfully his evidence was just like any other evidence provided by these types, shoddy at best, and at worst it has nothing to do with what they claim it does. Enjoy!

#4 Seth Andrews: Secular State of the Union

Seth Andrews presents an excellent take on the state of the union according to secular standards. Andrews lays it all out there and if you watched the actual state of the union you will probably think this video is way more bigly cool and yugely inspirational.

#3 Holy Koolaid: The Atheist State of the Union 2018

Holy Koolaid really inspires me in this video. Even though it is much harder for someone to enter in to activism today, with sources of income being removed, the amount of amazing YouTubers, Podcasters, and Bloggers, who promote positive atheism, is amazing. Thank you for making this video!

#2 Godless Engineer: KC’s Corner: Jehovah’s Witness Elders Tell Us How to Stay Clean For Jehovah

Since watching this video I still don’t understand how some religious people can believe certain things are masturbation. I mean if your underwear rubs you the wrong way you’re now going to hell…..and that has to be some underwear…. Anyway this is a great video for KC who is just starting make videos herself, I think you will really enjoy it.

#1 Telltale Atheist: How To Get Rid Of Jehovahs Witnesses

Living with a town that contains not just a huge Mormon church but also a Jehovah’s Witness temple, we are constantly being visited by someone trying to spread the good news of their dogma. I can’t believe someone would sick a dog on people, that is awful. A lot of good information here, don’t be rude, just let them know you aren’t interested in their beliefs.

Video of the Week: Godless Cranium: Atheists Have No Meaning or Purpose?

For the second week in a row, Godless Cranium tops the list. This video is in response to the theist argument that atheists have no purpose in life. Guess what, we do! My purpose is to learn, love, and make people laugh. If I can do those three things I feel like my life is meaningful, blissful, and amazing. Thanks, GC for making this video, you are awesome!

Bad Theism

Bad Theism: Angels

Good evening heathens and hell-bound friends and foes alike. As always, if you’d like to read the last Bad Theism article, click here: Bad Theism: The God of the Book Deal. Tonight we are going to talk about the helpers of god, the Angels.

First, I want to give credit where credit is due, I owe the idea for tonight’s article to Saint Brian the Godless who tweeted today.

BrianSo thank you Saint Brian!

Anyway, let’s get right down to it.

Angels, if we are to believe the bible are a race of beings that god created to serve him. Angels are kinda like the beta version of man. In the bible angels can come in many shapes and forms, however they seem to have a handful of purposes.

  1. Worship God
  2. Kill Kids
  3. Control the wind
  4. Act as messengers

Anyway, what separates Angels from man is that they lack free-will and since they are immaterial they have no need for a soul. Now, like many other things that Christians believe, there is actually not all that much in the bible to back up these claims, however these are fairly well accepted since they make things easier to understand. Without the idea that angels lack free-will they could have another fall at any point and create absolute chaos.

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Now, remember, Lucifer supposedly rebelled against god and was cursed to one day spend an eternity in hell. As the saint above questioned, how could something without free-will rebel? They couldn’t, it’s not a possibility and makes absolutely no sense. If Lucifer was created, along with the other angels, with the sole purpose of serving god then there is no way that a being like that could choose to rebel.

But lets look at this from a couple of other directions.

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How bad of a creator is god? He created two races of sentient beings and both turn against him? This would be like if every version of the Windows operating system tried to kill Bill Gates.  Imagine if an inventor built two separate inventions, a hair straightener and a curling iron. Now imagine if the straightener decided to curl hair and the curling iron decided to murder puppies. That inventor would find himself on the street, to forever be the laughing stock of other inventors whose inventions actually do what they were built to do. Yet, for some strange reason, god gets a pass even though he absolutely sucks at creating sentient beings that do what they are meant to do.

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The second point that I’d like to make is what is the purpose of angels existing at all? Is god omnipotent? Is god omniscient? Is god omnipresent? The vast majority of Christians would answer yes to all three of these questions and yet if the answer is yes then the existence of angels is unnecessary and would actually point to a malevolent god if one were to exist.

Why do I say this?

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Omnipotent

If god is omnipotent, or all-powerful, then he would be fully capable of doing all that needs done in the universe without the need for helpers. He could control the winds, keep the planet spinning, keep the sun shining, do absolutely everything that needs done and still not be winded in the slightest degree. Omnipotent means that god cannot get tired,  he would literally be a being of perpetual motion.

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Omniscient

If god is omniscient, or all-knowing, then he would have no need to have angels watching over mankind. As he would know exactly what was going to happen before it happened and if needed he could swoop in and fix any issue that might occur. This is especially true if god is omnipotent and omnipresent as well. Angels are unneeded in this scenario because god already knows all.

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Omnipresent

If God is omnipresent, or everywhere, then he would have no need for angels because he already exists everywhere. If someone needed told anything, god’s already there so he can do the talking himself. If a sports team needs a boost he would already be there to get them into the endzone. If a child was dying of cancer, he would already be there to watch as the child’s life slips away from it because god simply loves dying kids.

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Malevolence

Why do I say that if angels exist then god is malevolent? Well, this is simply due to the fact that he created an unnecessary slave class for the sole purpose of being an unnecessary slave class. An all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present being that still chooses to create not one but two classes of people for the purpose of worshipping and serving him is malevolent.


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It doesn’t take much thinking to realize that angels are completely illogical. What’s more is angels in Abrahamic and other monotheistic religions in the area, simply play the part that lesser gods play in polytheistic faiths.  Instead of Apollo, Aphrodite, and Hades, as in the greek polytheism, Christianity instead has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan. Now, my own opinion is that humans, for the most part, are fairly skeptical to begin with. So perhaps, when the monotheistic faiths were springing up there were certain people who were saying…”Nope, not going to buy it, no way there is a single being that can do everything, know everything, and be everywhere.” So in order to get these people to accept their faith, angels were thrown into the mix. Now, the monotheists could still say that their god was all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present, but he chose to use angels in order to do his dirty work.

Angels also play an easy scapegoat in regards to evil existing in the world. Evil isn’t gods fault, it’s due to the bad angels. This world would be perfect if it wasn’t for that evil angel that told Eve to eat the fruit, and bring the curse upon the world. See…easy peasy lemon squeezy. Everything now makes perfect sense and god is off the hook for evil existing even before man chose to sin.

Except it doesn’t…

So let me explain why….

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Who started the ball rolling?

Let’s imagine you were standing on top of a mountain beside a giant boulder. You shove the boulder and as it rolls down the mountain it destroys property, damages roads, and kills several people. Now who would be at fault in this scenario? What court in the world would allow you to defend yourself by saying that even though you pushed the boulder, you weren’t at fault for what the boulder did after you pushed it.

Now as humans we may have a slight excuse, being able to say you didn’t know exactly what would happen when you pushed the boulder. It would be a shitty excuse but still an excuse. God doesn’t get to use that excuse though. If god is omniscient it means that he has never done anything without knowing exactly the eventual result of his reaction.

This means that god created angels knowing that they would rebel and then create man knowing the exact same thing would occur.

So either angels do not exist which would negate much of the bible and meaning that god is the origin of both all the good as well as all the evil in the world.

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God does exist and is malevolent, negligent, irresponsible, and just plain stupid.

 

Bad Theism · Inoculation Against Indoctrination

Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Atheists?

For the last post in this series, click here: Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 0-3: Sights and Sounds.

So I started this series with a basic idea to describe how religious faiths indoctrinate people into their beliefs. However, the very first comment that I received on this through my twitter account was: “Are atheists indoctrinated as well as theists?” So, obviously we need to touch on this idea a bit before moving on to any other age groups.

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First let’s look at the definition of indoctrination.

Indoctrination – Noun

-the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.

So with that said can Atheists indoctrinate their children? The answer is of course yes, they could indoctrinate their children and probably some do, but I don’t see it as being as large of an issue as it is with religious faiths. In this article I will try to explain why?

First off, why would an atheist feel the need to indoctrinate their child? For example, when my daughter comes to me with a question, I don’t simply make things up, or go with what I have been told about something. If it’s something I am unsure of, the answer is as easy as, “I don’t know but let’s find out.” For the most part I try to raise my daughter to think critically, and to come to these answers on her own.

If she asks me what I believe about something I will be more than willing to tell her my own personal views on a topic and show her evidence to support those views, but I am not in the business of telling her this is how things are because I say this is how things are. Perhaps she will be religious when she grows older, so far she doesn’t show much interest in faith but there have been times that she has asked why we don’t go to church?

Her life is her life to live, it’s not my life. She is free to be an atheist, be religious, spiritual, gay, trans, straight, asexual, bisexual, her life choices are really none of my business as long as she isn’t hurting anyone or being hurt herself. My job is to keep her alive, make sure she gets an education, feed and cloth her, and then send her into the world with the tools that she will need in order to survive.

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I’ve already touched on it, but the second reason that I don’t think atheists indoctrinate their children to the degree that theists do, that being critical thinking. I teach her to question what she is told, if she thinks what I said doesn’t quite make sense I always encourage her to look it up for herself. We had a discussion about evolution the other day and she wasn’t quite getting the connection between apes and humans, as best as I tried to answer her questions it just wasn’t quite enough. A few minutes doing her own research and she was able to claim for herself that she now knows why humans are considered apes.

Religions for the most part are fairly lacking in the area of critical thinking. My entire blog is devoted to exposing these illogical and irrational mindsets. God said it and so I believe it is the epitome of non-critical thought. If god said it why did he say it, and how do we know which god said it or if this god that supposedly said something even exists. Critical thinking leads you to asking these questions and many more.

As I stated before, my daughter is her own person. I’m not trying to shape her into anything or make her conform to any mindset. Sometimes I will agree with the choices that she makes and other times I will disagree. I made a lot of mistakes growing up and I’m sure she will make plenty of mistakes as well. It’s a part of life and one that it will be her responsibility to sort out.

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Lastly, lets talk about the fact that I was indoctrinated into religion. I was taught chapter and verse every single day of my life for nearly 20 years and then I followed the faith for another 10 years after that. No one indoctrinated me into atheism, I came to atheism when I began to think critically about my own beliefs and try to make sense of them in a world where they do not make sense.

  • Why did god have to die so that god could forgive us from god?
  • Why do creationists fight science so much?
  • Why is there absolutely no evidence of a global flood?
  • Why is there no evidence of an exodus?
  • How could Adam and Eve understand the concept of sin if they hadn’t ate the fruit yet?
  • Why is the evidence for Jesus so scarce outside the gospels?
  • Why did the gospel writers wait decades before writing anything down?

Once I started looking at these ideas in a truly critical way, they completely fell apart and I was left with the choice of continuing to pretend being a believer or simply accept the fact that I no longer had a belief in god.

My story is actually pretty common, the number of people born to atheist families is fairly low compared to those who become atheists at a later date.  This makes sense due to the fact that atheists make up a fairly small portion of the general populace. We aren’t indoctrinated, we freed ourselves from the chains of indoctrination.

So when you say that atheism is simply another form of indoctrination, you are really no better than stating that the act of being free from slavery is equitable to still being a slave. My mind is free, I have no belief in god. I might have people I enjoy listening to, reading their books, or watching their videos, but I do not worship these people, I don’t base my life on the religion of Dawkins, the philosophy of Hitchens, or the creeds of Harris. I am my own person who looks at the evidence and come to my own conclusions.

Bad Theism

Bad Theism: The God of the Book Deal

Good evening heathens and hell-bound friends and foes alike! For the last Bad theism article, click here: Bad Theism: Finely Tuned Bull****. Now, if you’ve spent any time on my blog you will know that I take it to the bible quite a bit. It’s a book filled with genocide, slavery, tape, misogyny, homophobia, and all sorts of other awful stuff. Well, tonight I am not going to beat up on the scriptures at all…that’s because tonight I’m going to beat up on the idea of the bible itself.

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Let’s say you are the god of the universe and you want to get your ideas across to the people who you created in the best way possible, so where do you start? Well, obviously it would be easiest to simply speak your rules and values to the minds of all your creation… but that’s not your style is it? No…you’re way too cool for that…so you’re going to write a book. Now being all-powerful it would be completely within your power to write the book yourself and give it out to all the people of the world, I mean you don’t want people going astray and by the time writing was invented, the population of the globe was pretty damn widespread. No…that would be too easy for you and there would be no subservience in that method, so you’re going to get someone else to write the book for you… Lastly, what language are you going to choose? Egyptian? Chinese? Babylonian? Fuck that, you are hipster god, you’re writing that shit in Hebrew, a language known only to a small group of people, in a small region of the world.

Does any of that make sense to you?

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Let’s look at it from the outside…why do you even need a book to begin with? It seems rather strange that the god of everything would need men to write down his wants in order to fulfill them. That means that up until the invention of writing, man was way better off. Think of that, god had to wait for writing to be invented so that he could have men write his book for him…it’s ridiculous.

Now let’s look at how many translations have been necessary over the years. Doesn’t that strike you as odd? If it truly was a holy book, then wouldn’t people automatically be able to read it? I mean if the information contained is the only thing that is going to keep certain people from going to hell why would you create it in a form that has to constantly be updated?

The fact that god’s book can even be updated seems a bit strange to me as well. As a former fundamentalist I have heard many people speak ill against the NIV, the ESV, and the NKJV. Usually it goes along the lines that god’s word is perfect and so it needs not be updated. Yet, do these same people ever consider that just the steps from the original languages required a huge amount of changes and in some areas a lot of guessing. This isn’t me just making things up, read any bible with footnotes, including the KJV, and you will see tons of scriptures that state what a scripture could also be translated as. Sometimes this is a change in measurement, but other times it changes the entire meaning of the scripture, and in some cases might point out that people are not even sure if a certain section of a book is even in the original texts. 

What most Christians don’t realize is that we lack the originals to biblical manuscripts for the gospels. What this means is that we are often working with copies, of copies, of copies… copies by hand almost always lead to errors and yet we are supposed to believe that the copies used are perfect and that any translations later made are not as perfect. It makes absolutely no god damned sense…

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I’m not Mark….

Another thing that most Christians don’t realize is that the names of the Biblical books do not always point to who actually wrote the damn book. Matthew was not written by the apostle Matthew, nor were Mark, Luke, or John…these are simply names given to these books that have been agreed upon for centuries, simply due to the fact that it has been agreed upon for centuries.

Yet another example, The book of Isaiah, is actually a book written by multiple authors, that was later mashed together in order to make a single book. We know this because the writing styles of the two authors are completely different, something that does not tend to happen in a work written by a single person. If you’ve read this blog you get to know my voice and if my voice were to completely change you’d know quickly that someone else was writing for me.

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I won’t even touch on the idea that Moses wrote the first four books….okay maybe I will just a bit…Moses…did not exist…the exodus did not happen…the Egyptians never had millions of Israelite slaves, and they were never stuck in the desert for 40 years. There is zero, and I do mean zero evidence of anything like this ever happening….It’s all bullshit.

Lastly, I want to touch on the idea of timing. So let’s say you just saw the savior ascend into the clouds, he told you that it was your job to preach the good news of his return to all of mankind, and he obviously told you a lot of important information that you will need to remember, I’m pretty sure you’d get to writing…or hell, why didn’t the disciples include a stenographer? Yet once again, the books of the New Testament are written decades, sometimes 50+ years, after the events were said to occur.

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Let me give you an example…for most people their graduation from high school was a fairly important event in their lives. You spend years in school and now you are finally ready to enter the world. Graduations generally involve a guest speaker who gives a speech which is meant to encourage you and your peers as you enter the world…

Now I want you to give me the exact speech that your guest speaker gave, verbatim. You can’t do it…you might remember the general theme, some of the basic ideas, but you aren’t going to remember enough to write every word that the speaker said.

Yet you expect us to believe that the writers of the new testament did exactly that, even though Jesus spends a good deal of time talking down to his disciples for being piss poor at paying attention…isn’t that odd?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the bible just does not stand up to scrutiny. Not only is it an awful book due to the scriptures held within its pages, but it also simply doesn’t make sense for a god to communicate with its creation through a book…and this goes for any religion whose god has a book deal, they are all filled with the same sort of bullshit and the same strange fact that god required men to write his or her holy words down….it makes no sense.

Unmasking Doctrine

Unmasking Doctrine #2: One True God

Good morning heathens and hell-bound friends and foes. It’s time for another edition of Unmasking Doctrine, where I take to task the “16 Fundamental Truths” of the Assemblies of God. If you’d like to read the first article in this series, click here: Unmasking Doctrine #1: The Inspired Scriptures. Today we will be dealing with the second “truth” which according to ag.org is as follows…

“The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

2.) Only One God Dude

So after this we are given a handful of scriptures.

  1. Deuteronomy 6:4
  2. Isaiah 43:10,11
  3. Matthew 28:19
  4. Luke 3:22

We are then treated to a bunch of mumbo jumbo and scriptures that try to explain the Trinity and the godhead. I’m going to skip these since they do as good of a job at explaining the trinity as my following example.

So let’s say you are craving an ice cream cone, you go to a shop and order a waffle cone, with two scoops of vanilla and chocolate sprinkles. Well, God is the cone, Jesus is the vanilla, and the holy spirit is the chocolate sprinkles. Now that we have that out-of-the-way let’s move on to why this really makes no sense.

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So the claims of the Christian church is that there is one true god, the Christian one. Yet many Christians also believe that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are other forms of god which would seem to nullify the claim that Christianity is monotheistic. In order to justify their claims the Christian church came up with the doctrine of the trinity, something that when you try to think about it, just confuses things more.

Now I do want to point out that there are numerous denominations that reject the trinity altogether. So the belief in the triune god is not even agreed upon by all Christians. However we are dealing specifically with the AoG’s and they are decidedly trinitarian. I preached on the trinity many times during my time as a minister and even so the idea never did and never will make sense to me.

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So anyway, let’s look at a passage of the Bible that seems to speak out against the belief in a three in one god.

“3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
-Exodus 20:3-5

God is jealous….I mean he’s the only one and it would seem that jealously would run counter to perfection but we see here that it states god’s a jealous guy.  He’s driving past your place at night just to make sure there are no calves in your driveway and no incense smoke coming out your chimney.

Contrary to what trinitarians want you to believe, the old testament has absolutely no scriptures that specifically point towards a triune god. The AoG even mention this in their statement about the one true god…

“The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures,…”

it then makes the claim…

…”are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.””

So basically we invented this concept so that we can distinguish our three-in-one god from those dirty polytheists that believe in many gods or many lords. You don’t want to be confused with Hindus or Islamics… So in order to easily convey the Bibles strange contradictions about having only one god and yet having three, we will talk about something that confuses the matter even more.

One of the things that I have found most hilarious about these beliefs is how adamant congregants and ministers in the assemblies will defend these beliefs against other faiths. I’ve heard people make fun of Islam, claiming that Islam has both God and Mohammad, while stating that there is only one true god. No this isn’t actually true with Islam but we’re not going into Islam but just think of how hypocritical those beliefs are. Two is ridiculous but three is completely rational. Makes total sense…

So let’s talk a little bit the members of the Trinity…

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1.) God the Father

This is that wrathful, genocidal, manical god from the old testament. He’s the guy that can’t create anything without it eventually turning on him. I mean think about it, he created both the angels and man only to have them both revolt against his wishes…
This is the god that spends the entirety of the old testament killing anyone who even thinks about looking in the direction of another god.  This god not only wants to send you to the fiery pits of hell, he will put a cigarette out on his skin and orgasm while he does it.

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2.) God the Son

So god takes a sabbatical, tries yoga, and starts smoking pot. He then realizes that a lot of the things that he once advocated for are kinda batshit crazy. This god never kills anyone and especially doesn’t light people on fire for touching a box. Sure…he invents hell but with all the stuff he negates from the old testament, supposedly, it’s almost impossible to end up there. He has only one real rule….stop paying attention to all the worship laws from the old testament and instead believe in him. It’s going to get better because in order to save us from his dad, who is also him, he has to be killed as a sacrifice to appease himself in order that we can be forgiven for the stuff that he came up with to condemn us for. I think maybe he might have smoked a bit too much weed.

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3.) God the Holy Spirit

Now this is the cool god that makes people speak gibberish, raises people from the dead, heals the sick, and cleans your windows. In some faiths he even allows you to hold poisonous snakes…This god takes front and center in the AoG and we will be speaking a lot more about him in later articles. In the assemblies without the help of this god you will not be able to do anything in the ministry at all. As it is taught, this god is the one that does all the work on earth now that wrathful god has taken a break and weed smoking god is taking his sweet ass time in returning.

So why three….why not 4? Couldn’t god’s wrath be a separate figure in the godhead? How about the god that does the dirty work, such as swallowing whole families and sending plagues? Why not make the devil a 5th figure in the godhead? I mean he did come from god and is allowed to do what he does with god’s authority…if you disagree with that check out a little book called Job.

Truth is, the reason for the Trinity in these beliefs is that it is a bad attempt at explaining an awful belief.

The last thing I want to mention here is that the Assemblies specifically refers to the godhead as “THE ADORABLE GODHEAD.” Isn’t he cute…I mean sure he killed millions, allowed rape and slavery, but gosh darn it he is just so darn adorable while doing it.

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To continue on to part 3: click here:Unmasking Doctrine: The Deity of Christ: Virgin Birth

Bad Theism · Inoculation Against Indoctrination

Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 0-3: Sights and Sounds

Tonight starts another brand new series that I hope you will all enjoy. In Inoculation Against Indoctrination I will be speaking of what a religious upbringing does to the brain, and how it changes as a person grow older or when they enter the faith. I was raised in a fairly strict Pentecostal home, though I can say that I knew others who come from an even more strict family. Yet, I from what I’ve read of others stories and how religious faith works in general I think a person from any faith will see parallels to their own upbringing.

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So you’ve just spent 9 months in the womb, you squeeze yourself into the world of the non umbilical connected entities and where do you find yourself. Well, outside of what I hope is a hospital, it’s a good chance that you were born to religious parents. You don’t even have control of your own head before they parade you to church, synagogue, or a mosque. Some of your very earliest memories will probably be within the walls of your own faiths version of a temple.

Before you are even able to talk you hear songs and see people acting in strange ways. Everyone wants to touch you while closing their eyes and mumbling a bunch of random sounds. If you are born with a penis, one of your first painful experiences was probably of someone lopping off a piece of it. Unfortunately in some parts of the world, if you are a female you may have to go through an even worse form of circumcision at some point in your life.

So you’re laying there in your mother or your fathers arms and you hear people sing the hymns, you hear the voice of the religious leader as they speak, you hear prayers and testimonies. All of these things are flowing into your infant mind and shaping how you view things that are normal, even though you might not be making many memories, what your mind does collect will have a great deal of influence over how you view faith as you grow older.

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Once you’ve gained control of your head and your limbs, mastered standing and maybe walking around a bit, and begun talking a bit you find that people are trying to get you to say new words all the time. If you’re born into a fundamentalist Christian family, one of the words that people around you try to get you to say is “Jesus.” Aroud this time you are probably christened or “dedicated to god”, which is a ceremony that basically says you are owned by god and your parents are simply your guardians here on earth.

Around this time you begin mimicking your parents and those that you see in your religious environment.  The more you mimic the adults the more praise you receive by those around you. Praise is good and it feels good and so you mimic more and more. Maybe your family sees your wonderful mimic skills as actual faith and so they post videos of you on YouTube like the one below.

You’re beginning to speak more and more. At around three years old you are taken from your parents when at church and placed in Sunday school with other children your age. Not much in the way of learning is done but their are games, toys, and songs. You really like the songs and they are easy to remember so you sing them throughout the day. Little do you know that you’ve spent your entire life, readying yourself for the next stage, when indoctrination truly begins in the minds of most children raised within the church. The only thing that you know is…

“Jesus loves me this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little Ones to him belong,
They are weak but he is strong.”

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For the next article in this series, click here:Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 4-6: Jesus Loves You

Bad Theism

Bad Theism: Finely Tuned Bull****

For the last Bad Theism article, click here: Bad Theism: Apocalyptic Mindset.

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

– Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

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I want you to think about the game of 5 card stud poker. The odds of getting dealt a royal flush are fairly low, only 649,739 : 1 or .000154% and yet we all know that royal flushes are dealt from time to time. Now think of Powerball, the odds of winning at Powerball are 292,000,000: 1 and yet each year a handful of people win the big one. You actually have a better chance of getting struck by lightning while getting eaten by a shark than winning the Powerball and yet people still win.

The reason I bring these things up is that simply due to the fact that some result might be rare, it does not necessarily remove the possibility of that the result will occur. The universe is both really big and really old, these are facts that I won’t be arguing during this article. What I will be discussing tonight is the so-called fine-tuning argument.

Theists would have you believe that simply because the odds of life existing are astronomically low then there must have been a god in order for life to get started. The fine-tuning argument attempts to do just that. To put it simply:

The conditions of life are rare and the physical constants are fine-tuned in such a way that allows for life to exist and thrive. If things were only slightly different the universe as we know it would not exist and life itself would be impossible. Due to the finely tuned nature of the universe, a tuner must exist that set things into motion. (Theists will then add to this the anthropic principle and state that the tuner must be god)

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From what we currently understand, life in the universe is rare, so rare that we have literally only found it in one place so far…here, Earth. Yet the more we understand the conditions that make life possible, and find planets that seem to have those same conditions, the likelihood that life exists in some form elsewhere in the universe becomes much more likely. Yet is this evidence that the universe has been finely tuned for us to exist and that god is in control?

I would say no…I would state that the universe is not finely tuned for us but that we are finely tuned for the universe. What I mean by that is due to natural causes, our evolution has led us to be a creature that is perfectly capable of thriving in our current environment, namely, this small blue dot in the vacuum of space. Remove us from this tiny environment and you will find that the universe is not finely tuned for our life at all.

Second, I want you to think about the supposed nature of god. God is supposedly omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, or in other words, all-powerful, all-encompassing, and all-knowing. God is said to exist both without and within the physical universe. Now…if a being like this were to exist, then what reason would there be for all the physical constants and any of the finely-tuned aspects of the universe?

If god were to exist, then what would be the point of the speed of light, the constants of gravity, or electro-magnetism. Why would our bodies require a precise amount of oxygen in order to live, why would our bodies need food and water in order to survive. A god could, and if he was all-knowing and all-good, could create a world where absolutely none of this mattered.

If by chance our globe existed in the orbit of mercury and yet we still thrived upon it, I would then make a guess that something was keeping us all from catching fire. If our bodies existed as they currently do and yet we lived on a planet with a sulphuric atmosphere, I might then consider the possibility that an outside force, such as god was keeping us from dying in that deadly environment. However, neither of these things are true. We are adapted to the environment in which we live, as every other species of animal that has ever existed on this planet has been. If it wasn’t adapted to life here then it wouldn’t survive long enough to propagate and spread its genes.

Basically what I am saying is that the physical constants of the universe actually point in the opposite direction, towards a universe from natural causes rather than from a god.

Let me give you my opinion on what a world, with a god, would look like…

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For starters the whole globe idea is just unnecessary, so let’s flatten out the earth into plane with hills and shit but clearly defines borders. We’ll make it a circle because circles are cute and split it into four sections. In each section I’d place an angel that would control the wind or some shit…

Now this flat plane isn’t just going to float in the vacuum of space and so I’m going to give it some pillars to act as legs which connect to something but who knows what…I mean….I’m god…maybe they connect to me…. After I get those legs in place I’m going to float my creation in water, jest a big damn ball of water and in order to keep my flat plane dry, I’m putting a giant dome over the plane…I’ll call it the firmashit or something catchy…

Now, obviously I’m going to make plants need water and animals need water, so there has to be some way that the water on the outside can get to the land within. Springs will do pretty nicely but I’m going to have to put in some windows just in case I want to kill everything as quickly as possible. So that giant dome is going to be covered in windows that I can open or shut whenever I want.

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The people on this plane are going to have a hard time building me temples if I don’t give them some lights, so on the dome I’m going to put a shit load of led lights, I’ll call them stars. They aren’t going to give much light so I’m going to need a couple of big bulbs, one for day and one for night, that will circle around the plane. These lights will be nice just in case I need to fix them in place so that one group of the people I created can win a battle against another group that I also created…totes cool!

Anyway, then I’m going to sit back and wait for that sweet smell of burning flesh to float up to me…I absolutely love the smell of burning flesh because I’m a sociopath…

You know what….I just realized that my world would be the exact type of world that the bible describes. See the people who wrote the bible had absolutely no understanding of any of the sciences and so they just accepted what they had been told. Other groups had believed the same thing for thousands of years before old testament, why mess with perfection. This is the world they believed that they existed in, and so it was perfectly natural to believe that god created it all. As our understanding of universe and the world around us expanded, this story became less and less realistic to the point that even the craziest of apologists doesn’t really try to support much of it anymore.

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We learned that there were other planets, the lights in the sky were stars, our own sun was a star and the moon wasn’t even a fucking light. We learned that there was no firmament, no windows, no pillars, no water outside either. We learned of gravity and the fact that our Earth is a spinning globe in a universe filled with other spinning globes. We may not know all the answers to abiogenesis but we do have a fairly good understanding of how evolution shaped life on this globe.

God continually got smaller so that he could fit within the gaps of what we don’t yet know, and now he can only exist in the small gaps created by an awful argument like the one we’ve spoken of tonight. The universe isn’t finely tuned for us, we’re tuned to the universe or else we wouldn’t exist. Simple as that. If we weren’t tuned to the universe and yet somehow we still existed, then maybe you’d have a leg to stand on in your idea that….god dun it…

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