5 GOOD Things Religion Has Contributed

April 15, 2012

I must admit, I had originally thought of making a list of things evil religion had done. In honor of my Christian followers that have responded to my criticism with genuine, heartfelt responses I decided to post this instead.  Thank you to all my followers, both believers and skeptics, your choice to comment without resorting to ad hominem slanders has helped me enjoy writing even more than I expected.

 

5. Religion gave us America

 

Atheist often argue that America is not a Christian nation. Most of the Founders were Deists (they thought the universe had a creator, but that he does not concern himself with the lives of humans, and does not directly communicate with humans) including Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. They would be correct, but the reason that so many people were willing to travel across a vast ocean was to escape religious persecution. Their dedication to their religion made America possible.

What is even more remarkable about their suffering is that after they had sailed nearly 4,000 miles to escape persecution is that they did not retaliate against their oppressors. They separated Church and State so that even those who caused them harm would not be harmed in return. The teaching of Jesus to “turn the other cheek” is remarkable and I would like to thank every Christian that follows these words. I have adopted that teaching as a philosophy, and I try to forgive those who I feel harm me.

4. Religion gave us incredible artwork

During the Spring of my eighth grade year I had the privilege of going on a class trip (it was referred to as a pilgrimage) and I entered dozens of basilicas that left me absolutely speechless. Christopher Hitchens even admitted that he had an appreciation for the artwork made in honor of God. Unfortunately it seems to me as if religious artwork has been gradually declining in quality and meaning. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the result of people using Christianity to make a profit which, believe me Christians, is one of the greatest push factors of religion.  Something that hurts me to see is the ad hominem “artwork” called “Piss Christ.” I am sorry that some Anti-theists think such an abomination is acceptable. So a tip of the hat goes out to Christians for producing some of the most incredible artwork produced by man.

3. Religion creates wonderful charities and organizations

I found this rather summary list of organizations on the internet:

YMCA
Salvation Army
Christian Children’s Fund
St. Jude’s Hospital
Habitat For Humanity International
Intercristo
Promise Keepers
World Relief
Remuda (Eating Disorder help)
Christian Aid Canada
Christian Aid USA
International Needs
International Prison Ministry

Some Christian organizations are corrupt, but so are many secular organizations as well. Let us not forget that in the wake of Hurricane Katrina it was churches who stepped  up, even more than the government did. Even though I am an atheist I am Pro-life, and it is the Christians who stand up for life, not the secularists (with the exception of Christopher Hitchens, who was a Pro-life Anti-theist).

2. Religion brings comfort to the terminally ill

As John Lennon asked the World to image there was no Heaven, I now ask you to imagine yourself dying of incurable cancer.

The Missionary Position

Imagine that you had never once been told of Christianity, and the only one who would care for you is Mother Teresa. If you are not familiar with Christopher Hitchens, he wrote a book titled “The Missionary Position” criticizing Mother Teresa. Although I normally agree with him, I think Christopher was wrong in saying that Mother Teresa was a terrible hypocrite.  I know that if I was in terrible pain caused by malnutrition I would be more than happy if someone could convince me that I would live an eternal life filled with comfort when I died.

1. Christianity has spread democracy

America was formed with a very puritan mindset. Let us not forget of “Manifest Destiny” which is the belief that American influence must be spread as a charitable act.

Please comment if you feel any information was either wrong or misleading. Comments are always appreciated, as are shares. I want Christians to know that atheists are not cold-hearted, and I would be extremely happy if this post has changed your opinion about atheists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Philosophy of Jesus

April 6, 2012

I have taken an anti-Christian stand in many of my past posts, but that does not mean that I see the teachings of Jesus as evil. I believe many of them are excellent guidelines for living one’s life in an ethical manner. The place I believe Christianity goes wrong is by teaching that Jesus was no mere philosopher, but that he was divine. Since none of the gospel writers ever even met Jesus (the earliest gospel was written about 40 years after Christ died),  it is very possible that Jesus never claimed to be the son of God. Perhaps he preached that we are all God’s children, which would mean that he was, indeed, the Son of God, but only on the level of every human being.

Many of the stories in the Gospels seem to be plagiarized from the Egyptian god, Horus. Let me point out some of the similarities.

Horus

Horus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Horus vs. Jesus

  • Jesus’ mother Mary is a virgin in two of the Gospels. Horus’ mother was also a virgin.
  • There is no historical evidence that suggests Herod slaughtered the infants, but it is in the Bible. Ironically, Horus’ mother fled to the Nile Delta (Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt) because she feared her brother would kill her son out of jealousy.
  • Horus was known as Har-pa-Neb-Taui (Horus Lord of the Two Lands). Jesus was the Lord of Heaven, and the creator of Earth…
  • Horus became his own father, kind of like the trinity.
  • Horus resurrected Azra from the dead, coincidentally, Azra translates to Lazarus.

 

Philosophy

Considering the circumstances in which Jesus resembles other gods before him, I think it is fair to say that Christianity would be better of if Jesus was not divine at all. When was the last time someone flew a plane into a tower for Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle? I do not argue that Christian values are perverse, but rather that they should be incorporated into one’s life without fear or promise of reward. To me it seems tragic that so many “Christians” worship God, who they believe to be, by definition, love, more than they they show love in their everyday lives.

All information on Horus was received from: http://www.crystalinks.com/horus.html


John 3:18 – What Jesus Says After 3:16

April 6, 2012

It is very difficult to drive on American streets without noticing at least one of the famous John 3:16 bumper stickers.

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One would not even be surprised to see a reference to the verse on the bottom of a restaurant cup (see picture)! So, just what does this verse contain? Many of those reading this may already know it by heart, but here it is:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

What benevolent words does Jesus speak next? Well actually he says…

 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but

whoever does not believe stands condemned already

because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)

This post is a plea to all free-thinkers. Share the message of John 3:18 as vehemently as it was spread by our Christian brothers and

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sisters. Let them know that Bill Gates, who lost the title of richest man in the World after he gave away more than $28 billion to charity, has already been condemned to hell by the words merely two lines after the most quoted bible verse in America.

Please share this article, and start the free-thinking movement of John 3:18. Add the hashtag #John3:18 on Twitter, write it on dollar bills, make people explore their own religion.

Also, I hope to offer wristbands and bumper stickers when this movement becomes embraced by free thinkers everywhere.

 


Shooter Kills 7 and Wounds 3 in yet Another University Rampage

April 3, 2012

Yesterday, Monday, April 2, 2012, Oikos University in Oakland saw a man with the last name of Goh kill 7 students. The man had been working on his nursing degree.

University shootings have gradually become mundane events in America. Could it be because students are being indoctrinated as Santorum suggests? I hope not, considering it was a Christian school. For more on this tragic story visit http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_20314461/el-cerrito-woman-among-victims-oikos-shooting-rampage.

This event prompted me to do research on just how often violent acts actually happen at schools. The numbers, although still discouraging, have been declining for years. My question is, why?

The numbers can be found here: http://youthviolence.edschool.virginia.edu/violence-in-schools/national-statistics.html.

I strongly suggest checking them out. Please leave any comments or answers to why this is happening!


Growing Up Enculted – Part 3

April 1, 2012

The Catholic grade school I attended from third to eighth grade, Trinity Academy, subjected me to what I would not hesitate to call psychological abuse. The headmaster had come to America from England and established the school with his wife from Philadelphia. The two of them they found absolutely nothing disturbing about teaching middle school children that homosexuality is one of the worst sins any human could ever commit. I do not hold such a miscarriage of moral thinking against them, for I do believe they felt obligated to teach us such vulgar fallacies on pain of eternal damnation. I remember coming home from school as a middle school student and, whilst doing my homework, taking a pocket knife and cutting a hole into my globe where England was. The reason was that my headmaster’s wife, who happened to be my literature teacher at the time, told me in front of my entire (12 person) class that I was lazy and immature. This remark was because I had not been able to memorize all four pages of the poem Paul Revere’s Ride. I do believe such measures of condescendence on children are, in fact, necessary in order to achieve their ultimate goal, to form children into the warriors of Jesus Christ.

The way to attain the Catholic “Heaven” is to put God’s sense of morality before his own. The story of Abraham’s test is perhaps the

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Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553): Adam and Eve. Beech wood, 1533. Bode-Museum, Berlin (Erworben 1830, Königliche Schlösser, Gemäldegalerie Kat. 567) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

most controversial story in the Old Testament. If you are not already familiar with it, it is the story in which God instructs Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice. Most Christians cleverly remind you that God eventually intervened and stopped to murder of the young boy; therefore, the story clearly demonstrates how good God is. This logic could not be further from the truth. I think this shows that the belief that a god, who you have never seen, but is somehow able to make all your moral decisions better than you could, is extremely dangerous. The most wretched aspect of the Christian God is the punishment inflicted upon those who have sought knowledge or questioned His morals. God introduced Adam and Eve to suffering for eating from the tree of knowledge. Those who questioned the Catholic Church’s teachings during the twelfth century were tortured by Christ’s followers and were done so by the Pope’s authority.

For those who say that this type of human rights violation is no longer present in Catholic teaching, I do not believe you realize what type of morbid childhood is necessary to produce a person capable of disregarding his innate sense of morality. If you were to think of any person throughout all of human history who you believe had no morals, and then look up the details of his or her childhood I can almost guarantee you it was not a very pleasant one. I believe that the more a child’s freedom, knowledge, and self-esteem are oppressed, the more likely the child is to disregard their own morals. The reason people are so terrified of atheism is that they do not know how to make decisions based on their own morality. Christians must become so timid during the course of their childhood that their morality is no longer measured by what they discern to be right and wrong, but by how willing they are to disregard what they believe to be right from wrong.


George Carlin on How to Balance the Budget

March 31, 2012

A true genius.


Growing Up Enculted – Part 2

March 31, 2012

 When Following God Becomes Immoral

          The first four words God said to Adam and Eve were, “Be fertile and multiply,” (Genesis 1:28) so it is not surprising to see large Christian families especially in the United States. But is it possible that having sex within marriage could be immoral? As early as eighth grade I was taught the Catechism’s requirements for a valid marriage; according to the Catholic Church any marriage that is not open to life is not valid. This teaching has caused tremendous suffering in my life, and I can assure you that I am not the only victim of this teaching. According to Catholic teaching my parents’ decision to have my five siblings and I was completely ethical; in fact, it was the only ethical choice they had.

            To put the gravity of this teaching into perspective one must realize the consequence of disobeying teaching on such grave matter. The Church teaches that it is a grave sin for a marriage not to be open to life. This sin is also known as a mortal sin. If a Catholic dies in the state of mortal sin he or she has rejected God and will be punished in Hell for eternity. My parents’ truly believed this and, as a result, refused to use birth control.

This is where I believe the Catholic Church crossed to line into threatening its members into making morally corrupt decisions. One must ask himself whether or not it is immoral to attempt to create a life if he is fiscally incapable of even keeping the child above poverty level. Perhaps an easier question to grasp is whether or not it is moral to adopt a child with full knowledge you will not be able to support it fiscally. I do not believe such an action would be justifiable.

Mark Twain is responsible for some of the greatest literary works ever produced in America, and one of his most famous works is

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the controversial Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I believe it contains the greatest moment in all of American literature. Although Huckleberry had been taught in Church that he would go to hell for eternity if he helped a slave escape from his owner, he realizes that he would rather go to hell than turn his friend, Jim, over to authorities for being an escaped slave. I do not believe that it is a coincidence that Huck is recognized as a typical American hero, after all every intelligent citizen that lives in the United States knows that slavery was the failure of mankind and, most likely, the worst injustice ever committed on American soil. In Huck’s case it is painfully obvious that he made the morally correct decision, even though it was contrary to what he had been taught was the moral decision. Let us pretend for the sake of argument that Huck had decided to turn Jim in because he was an escaped slave. Would his decision to do so be immoral? At the time he was taught his decision would damn him to eternal suffering after his death, but Christian morality has since evolved and now declares owning a human being to be worthy of eternal damnation.

I hope I have been successful in establishing a precedent in which Christian teaching was morally unjust. The Catholic Church teaches that the Pope may be infallible on matters of faith and morals. I find it appalling that any organization would claim to be free from error on matters they proclaim to be more important than life or death; Catholics believe that they will burn for and unlimited amount of time unless they follow the Church’s teachings. I do not believe that a deity could possibly give a person a moral code and punish that person if they followed that moral code.