I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. – M. Cole
Currently here in the US, we have the usual conservative Christians trying to force their lies on everyone again, this time trying to stop legal abortion.
We also have them being ever so concerned about children in the US being “starved” by immigrant families being given infant formula, which is in short supply here in the US for various reasons. they of course blame President Biden, which is always hilarious since a president doesn’t have that kind of power, no matter how they tried to invest their orange moron with it.
These people have consistently tried to eliminate any help for mothers and children, be it SNAP (food assistance), WIC (a program to help women and children get care and good nutrition), and basic welfare like good public schools and affordable housing. But ah, now that they can try to be claim how concerned they are about these people, just so they can excuse their need to deny help for their fellow humans.
This happened the last time when the conservative Christians insisted how much they cared about the “homeless veterans” when they wanted to also keep immigrants out, claiming housing shortages and job that “should” go to “Americans”. They of course dropped their concern as soon as they realized that it wasn’t working as an excuse.
Those veterans are still homeless and the working poor’s kids will still be hungry when they kick them to the curb too. Nothing like a conservative Christian to show just how worthless their cult is. They aren’t “pro-life” they are pro-theocracy and their selfish, petty, greedy religion.
Unsurprisingly, conservative Christians are doing all they can to turn the US into a theocracy. They want to control everyone, not just women, not just LGBT… folks, not just people of different religions, etc. Everyone. All based on their belief that some god wants this. They of course can’t show this god even exists or theirs is the right version. They find they must invent a god that agrees with them.
They are trying to claim that the US constitution determines the laws of this land and if it doesn’t mention something, those laws can’t be on the federal level. McConnell is of course now wanting a federal level law to make abortion illegal, which shows just how much conservative Christians lie when they have claimed how much they want states to have the ability to rule on abortion the way the people want:
“If the leaked opinion became the final opinion, legislative bodies — not only at the state level but at the federal level — certainly could legislate in that area, And if this were the final decision, that was the point that it should be resolved one way or another in the legislative process. So yeah, it’s possible.”
They don’t care about that at all. They want their way no matter what, democracy be damned. And evidently their god be damned since it says not to lie and they have chosen to do so.
It’s notable that some of the justices are also now shown to have lied under oath with their claims of respecting precedent.
Of course, these cowards are sitting behind a fence to protect them, something that they refused to allow when it came to women getting their legal healthcare.
It is time for everyone to stand up against this, and for anyone who wants to claim they are a Christian, just not THAT type, to be loud to show us there is a difference. If not, they are going to be responsible for the destruction of the freedoms of the US because of their tacit acceptance of this nonsense. If there is a theocracy, there can only be one “church”.
Which is more important? Your freedoms or your need to circle the wagons to protect your religion?
Unsurprisingly, the comments got a little hairy looking on the prior post.
Alex seems to have determined he doesn’t want to debate things anymore. This often happens when the theist finds they have nothing when it comes to supporting their claims. In this case, Alex was unable to give examples of his accusations against various people, me, Joe Biden, etc, and give examples of evidence that supports his version of Christianity.
Alex, as the typical theist is wont to do, tried some classic logical fallacies, and some of the supposed “logical” arguments for god, but forgot that those arguments aren’t for his god but for some vague force and the theist can’t get from them to their particular god since there is no evidence for those gods. Despite the myths claiming that this god has repeatedly caused events on the earth that should produce evidence, there is none to be found.
Theists, like Alex, and bibledog who showed up later into the conversation, should consider their religion from an outsider’s point of view, like John Loftus recommends. They could simply place another god’s name in place of their own and consider how valid their arguments sound coming from a religion they did not have a personal stake in.
Here is what I’m guessing is his final post. Often theists do return to continue the conversation, unable to stick with their dramatic exits. We’ll see. I’ve put in paragraph breaks where I think appropriate since all I was left with is a block of text.
“You know what? I think our discussion has come to a close. No matter how hard I try, or how much evidence I provide, I know that in your current state you will never change your mind.”
This is a common attack by a Christian who has no evidence for his claims. He has provided no evidence. He has tried to use the various arguments, cosmological, teleological, etc for his god and they do not show that any version of the Christian god exists. At best, these arguments *may* offer a possibility of some vague “force” to accomplish what they claim. He has also used claims of this god personally doing things for him, which I suspect he would not accept from any other type of theist. Since no theist has evidence of divine intervention, there is no reason to accept this as evidence.
“You insist on standing by your science which is wonderful but seems unable to cure things like cancer. Tell me, if we didn’t need God, then shouldn’t science be able to solve all of our problems? Shouldn’t science be able to make sure that parents never get divorced? Shouldn’t science make sure that wars never happen (instead of helping people develop nuclear weapons?) Shouldn’t science be constant, never changing, always true, instead of always being refuted?”
Alex uses the science he attacks so vigorously. Science can indeed cure some kinds of cancers, which is yet another instance of Alex’s willful ignorance coming into play. Therapy, part of the psychological science, can help parents not get divorced. Science does help prevent war by increasing available resources which are often fought over. Science doesn’t constantly change, as Alex falsely claims. It is refined and since we don’t yet have complete knowledge of everything, we are limited in discovery of facts, e.g. what is true.
Now, compare this to the Christian claims of a perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, and supposedly omni-benevolent being. This being cannot be shown to exist nor can it do anything that Alex claims science can’t do at all. It has not cured one kind of cancer, kept parents together despite the admonitions in its supposed “holy book”, and Christians themselves cannot agree what this god wants, making it always changing.
“See, the bottom line you guys, is that you can call my claims baseless or unfounded, and maybe they are (that’s why we have faith after all), but your claims are just as baseless. You cannot prove to me that some divine hand did not create the universe simply because there is evidence it had to do with physics”
Yes, I, and we, can show that all of Alex’s claims are baseless and unfounded and we have the evidence to support that conclusion. I’ve asked Alex for evidence for his various accusations and he either can’t or won’t. I can indeed show that there is no reason to assume that Alex’s god exists since we have no evidence for any of the events it supposedly caused. I suspect that Alex would deny that any creator god I might name created the world since there is no evidence for them either. Physics doesn’t need a god, so why assume one?
“I can throw a rock and you can tell me all the reasons why it flies in the path it flies based off of weight and velocity, the fact remains however, that I threw that rock, not physics.”
Yep, we can indeed describe the physics that allow a human body to work and how a thrown object behaves. Physics allows Alex to throw that rock. Without physics, no Alex.
“And you are all upset about me “lying” about you guys. Okay, how’d I lie? By pointing out that in world with no afterlife, it doesn’t matter how far science advances to make us comfortable we can never prevent death, therefore there is no point in us existing anyway and we might as well just clean up the population problem by removing people who are making it hard to live our pointless lives? If that’s what your mad about then I’m afraid you’ll have to deal.”
Alex requests evidence of his lies. Okay. He has repeated false claims about people, including atheists, Joe Biden, other types of Christians, etc. He has been offered the chance to provide evidence to support his claims. He has refused. “For instance, the Bible says no to worship anything besides God, that means that Catholics practices of praying to saints and such is wrong.” “Well, Biden does not seem to have it altogether mentally, and because of him gas prices are really high. “ ” I mean, by an atheists logic, they are going to die, there’s no way to stop them and nothing to tell them before they do so we might as well get rid of them, especially the ones who are using up all the resources in India and Africa and China.”
All false claims made with the intent to spread false information for the benefit of the Christian and to try to take away the ability of informed decisions from others.
He unfortunately doubles down on his false claims. “By pointing out that in world with no afterlife, it doesn’t matter how far science advances to make us comfortable we can never prevent death, therefore there is no point in us existing anyway and we might as well just clean up the population problem by removing people who are making it hard to live our pointless lives? If that’s what your mad about then I’m afraid you’ll have to deal.”
none of this is true. It is a rather pathetic attempt to claim that atheists must be nihilists. I will indeed “deal” with this by pointing out how these baseless claims have failed.
“After all, you called my God both a liar and murder, not to mention that you didn’t mention a single good thing about Christians. Do not judge others lest they judge you by your own standard, (there’s one you ought to like). Call me a chicken, call me a fool, or even a child. I happen to like chicken. God hath chosen the foolish things to triumph over the wise, so the more foolish I sound to you the better. And as for a child, well I like to think that I’m still a kid at heart.”
Alex has missed the difference between being child-like and childish. Why should I mention anything good about Christianity when it isn’t good? That some Christians do good, and do so by ignoring their bible, is nothing special or new, nor does it make his nonsense true. Humans can and often are quite good, no god needed. We aren’t the “dirty rags” that Christianity claims.
Alex has also tried very hard to steal the accomplishments of humans and falsely claim his god is the one responsible for the hard work of humans. Alas, for Alex, even if this bible of his claims this god chooses the foolish over the wise, it’s not happened that the foolish has triumphed over anything at all.
“I have done my best to be kind and courteous and all I got for it in return was a couple f-words from a lot stiff necked people. It’s funny though; I’m very mad and frustrated with y’all but my God would still forgive you and show compassion to you, so I will too. You are all welcome at my blog anytime so long as you keep it civil (to my standards). I appreciate all the time you took to set this up and the traffic, however short lived, you sent my way. I hope you all will find within you that thing Elizabeth was talking about. She might not have presented it the right way but it’s in there, and I hope that those of you have fallen out of faith will come back and those who have never had one will choose to accept Jesus into their hearts. Best wishes to all of you-AP”
Making and repeating false claims is not kind or courteous. Alex is the one who has described being friendly as *only* not using curse words, nothing else, which is telling. He is indeed mad and frustrated and his god is still a baseless claim. No one needs forgiveness from this imaginary god nor from Alex for showing him to be wrong.
I am quite happy that I engaged Alex and linked to his blog. His actions did more than I could ever do to show how poisonous religion can be.
“Now we’re getting down to the Elizabeth thing and then I’ll move onto the next of the comments you made. I think Elizabeth was right but went about the wrong way trying to prove it. She tried to prove that everyone agreed with her and not with God. But wouldn’t it make sense, that if God really did create the universe that everyone would know Him somewhere inside? You are actually correct that this statement contradicts my earlier one to Nan, about the Bible not being perfectly downloaded into our conscience. I suppose then it’s our human nature that causes us to suppress the knowledge. Let me know your thoughts.
As for me not being able to drive out demons and protect myself from sickness, that’s again where you have to look at it in an artistic manner. Christians do drive out real demons, but we also drive out the demons of sadness, insecurity, fear, etc. negative things. Protecting ourselves from sickness. Well, we still get sick, but when we have God we are able to worry less about all sorts of stuff, essentially protecting ourselves from the sickness of fear.
Now, a debate is a debate. But as my brother likes to point out to me, debates have an outcomes, and arguments don’t. I can feel that this is becoming more and more of an argument. I’ve have done my best to stay friendly, but if you can not do the same then I’m afraid our discussion might be coming to a close.”
No evidence that Alex’s god did anything, so no reason to assume his baseless claim to be true any more than Elizabeth’s. No knowledge, so no knowledge to supposedly “suppress”.
Alex’s inability to do what his supposed messiah promised is nothing new. He must try to claim that this messiah only meant “metaphors”, and now this god is again depowered to excuse its, and alex’s failure.
Debates do have outcomes and Alex has lost this one.
Addendeum – 5/4/22 4:41 EDT.
As predicted, Alex is back.
“Oh, is that what all those quotes were for; the ellipses and all the numbers made it kind of confusing. Well if that’s what you think, that’s what you think, I really hope you reconsider though. One last thought. Why exactly is it that atheists choose not to believe? If what you have told me is true, and they live to help people, and they expect that they’re going to die, then why not put their faith in God and if it turns out Christianity is real they go to heaven and if it isn’t then they don’t. Your problem seems to be that you think God is a murder and somehow wrong for orchestrating His creation, but if you look at the Bible in it’s entirety, you’ll see he really does care, and does do what is just, and does want the best for us. Are there parts of the Bible that we don’t understand? Yes. If you think about it, why would the affairs of an allpowerful God make sense to a human being anyway? If you accept that God is visible in the surrounding world, and not simply only the supernatural, then it becomes very hard for me to understand why there are atheists at all. I mean when it comes down to it, the difference between a Christian and an Atheist is that a Christian believes that, if a person asks Jesus for forgiveness and repents of their sins, then they get to go to a wonderful place. When you think about it that way, it almost doesn’t make sense that there are atheists at all.”
Why would I reconsider? Your god is a horrible character. I wouldn’t worship such a thing even if it were real.
I don’t choose not to believe in Alex’s version of the Chrsitian god, since that’s all you have. There is no evidence. I can’t believe in things with no evidence. Atheists do what they want, and they do and don’t help others.
All you have offered is Pascal’s wager. This makes your god particularly stupid if it accepts anyone who believes “just in case”. I have better moral standards than your god so I don’t care about its heaven or hell.
Your god is a murderer and a liar, and imaginary. I’ve read the entire bible and there is nothing in it that shows it cares about anything but being stroked off. So your claim fails already.
There is no part of the bible I don’t understand. It is the ignorant and vicious belief of humans in a vicious and ignorant god. There is nothing mysterious about your god, it is as pathetic as any god invented by humans. And dear, I don’t even remotely accept that your god exists,much less is “visible in the surrounding world”.
Again, Christians make up what their god disapproves of e.g. “sin”. Why should I care about what you’ve made up? There is no evidence of a “wonderful place”. And your “wonderful place” is a horror, with a moronic god that kills people for no reason, who commits genocide, who approves of slavery. This “city of heaven on earth” is quite the demented wealth fantasy, where everything is this tacky mess of gold, jewels etc. I can’t be bribed with such garbage. Christiansn can’t even agree on what this “wonderful place” is. The complete ignorance of Christians on what their bible actually says about the supposed afterlife is hilarious.
I’m guessing most of my readers have seen that a draft opinion from the Supreme Court of the United States, was revealed to the public. This opinion is to end the legality of abortion in the US at the federal level, and that original case was built on the fact that no government has any right to breach the privacy of an individual.
Now we can see that conservative Christians want government to control your life, as long as it is *their* government.
““Roe, however, was remarkably loose in its treatment of the constitutional text. It held that the abortion right, which is not mentioned in the Constitution, is part of a right to privacy, which is also not mentioned.”” – Justice Alito “Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health et al petitioners vs Jackson Womens Health Organization et al”
The argument is that since the right to an abortion isn’t in the constitution, regulating should be given to the states. Now, with that argument, we see that personal privacy is also up for grabs per Alito’s argument. We’ve heard repeatedly from conservative that they are supposedly horrified of government involvement with the privacy of citizens when it comes to guns, to religion (the deal with the devil between Catholics and evangelicals who hate each other and ae sure each other are going to hell), schooling, books, etc. They are of course hypocrites and liars.
Is this what balkanizes the US? When will the civil war start between Christians over who gets to rule? We’ll see.
A Christian has asked to debate me, Alexander Phaethon, of the blog Peace of Mind. He comes to us from commenting on my last blog post, about a christian who insists that everyone agrees with her. You can see what kind of a Christian he is on his comment here. He also commented that he is “I’m technically 50 percent white 50 percent Latino.” He does think that Elizabeth, the one who insists that everyone agrees with her is correct. We’ll get to that in a bit.
You can follow along in the comments below. If it gets too unwieldly, I’ll open another post to continue.
To start off, Alex has asked this “Well, lets just start with our base beliefs and then will get to Elizabeth’s claim. What are your reasons for believing that there is no God, and also what then do you believe is the point of life?”
Alex, the reason I don’t believe in any gods, including the many variations of the Christian god, is that there is no evidence at all for their existences. Not one event claimed to have been caused by your god, or any other, can be shown to have happened. There is also no evidence that any of these gods come through for their worshippers as they promise in the various holy books that theists have.
Now to focus the Christianity we both are familiar with, there are dozens, if not far more, of versions, all of which contradict each other. That Christians cannot agree on the most basic things in their religion, (e.g. how one is saved, what heaven and hell are, what this god considers a sin, what morals this god wants, which parts of the bible to consider literal, exaggerated or metaphor, etc), nor convince each other that their version is the “right” one, shows that there is little reason to think that there is any “right” version. This is especially true since not one self-described Christian can do what your supposed messiah promised you would be able to do. Those abilities are described in Mark 16, John 14 and James 5, among other places.
I do say self-described since that is the only way to know who a Christian is since you all point at those Christians who don’t agree with you and claim they aren’t Christians, but you cannot show this to be the case.
Could there be a “right” version? Perhaps, but I see no evidence of what it is or that it exists.
The second part of your request is “what then do you believe is the point of life?” I don’t see that there has to be a “point” aka “meaning” for life that is external to the person living a life. There is life since physics allows for it. I’m alive, a meerkat is alive, my cats are alive, the collard greens plants in my backyard garden are alive.
I give meaning to my own life, and that is to help others when I can so they can enjoy their life too, to enjoy my life which means loving my spouse, my kitties, my friends, having tasty meals, a comfy bed, a nice glass of wine or beer or bourbon, creating art, gardening, etc. I am largely Epicurean (a brief description: “Epicurus believed that the greatest good was to seek modest, sustainable pleasure in the form of a state of ataraxia (tranquility and freedom from fear) and aponia (the absence of bodily pain) through knowledge of the workings of the world and limiting desires.”) in worldview, with a splash of Stoicism.
When I was a Christian, I was taught that the meaning of life was to obey the god of Christianity, and if I was approved of, I’d get to exist forever in heaven. I’m quite happy to have left that behind, since I finally did realize that the god of Christianity wasn’t anything I would want to obey, even if it were real. I read the bible and found out what it says, not the expurgated version that pastors and priests give. I found I had far better morals than this god from reading comic books and watching Star Trek than what the bible teaches. No promise of eternal life would be worth following such a horrible being as the god depicted in the bible.
Now, you probably are asking about what I found “horrible”. The following:
1. A god that condemns everyone for the supposed actions of two. This eliminates free will. This also is the story of Eden, where this god intentionally keeps Adam and Eve ignorant of what good and evil are, and blames them for not obeying him when they would have had no idea that not obeying this god was “evil”. 2. A god that kills every living thing on earth except for 8 people horribly by drowning. This includes children and animals who did nothing wrong. See the noah flood. 3. A god that mind controls humans so it has an excuse for abusing and killing them, including children. See Exodus 4, Joshua 11. 4. A god that repeatedly commits and commands genocide and rape of girls, see Numbers 31. 5. The idea of a blood sacrifice by torture required for “salvation” from this god’s actions that it screwed up in Eden. See the whole Jesus story. 6. The idea that if you don’t believe in the right god you deserve eternal torture. per both Jesus and paul. 7. The lunacy and viciousness of Revelation where this god works with its supposed archenemy to corrupt its followers after it kills everyone else.
If you’d like me to clarify, do ask. Alex, my questions to you are how do you know your version is right? What is the best evidence you think there is that your god exists? And what do *you* think the meaning of life is?
Elizabeth Prata, of “The End Time – Exalting the name of Jesus through Christian essays” blog, has written an essay claiming everyone really does agree with her about her god existing. I found out about her nonsense on Bruce Gerencser’s blog.
This is nothing new for a christian to claim, or, indeed, for many theists of all stripes to claim. Their need for external validation of their beliefs causes them to try to convince themselves that everyone agrees with them.
I replied to her answer to my first post, and gee, she didn’t allow it since it shows her claims to be false and that she is ignorant about her own supposed holy book. I do love the wonderful excuse she’s invented for herself “I deleted your reply. When the comment is longer than the actual post I usually delete. You gave your point I made my answer, I shared the Gospel. Now we can go our separate ways. Have a pleasant day and please consider what I’ve shared. Your eternity depends on it”. I do enjoy Christians who make up “rules” as they find convenient. What even funnier is that her original post is 676 words. My response was 1425, and with the bible verses and her own words removed, it comes out to 924. Oh the horror.
Let’s see what Elizabeth said as her reply to what I said here: “Elizabeth, it’s always great to see a Christian make false claims. You try to claim that “everyone knows” that your god exists, but that’s not true at all. It’s just you trying to convince yourself that you are right, and you must invent external validation that doesn’t exist to prop up your religion.
Not even all Christians agree on the same god, since you all invent the morals you insist it wants, and gee you all contradict each other. Add that fact to the fact that not one Christian can do what Jesus Christ promised and it seems that you are all frauds.”
Elizabeth “Hello Club,
Thanks for the comment. I am not making false claims. Every person on earth knows God exists because they: –have a moral compass knowing right from wrong.in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, Romans 2:15
–have a conscience- John 8:9, And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. –see that the earth they are walking on exists. Romans 1, the word of God, specifically addresses this as mentioned in the essay above
We Christians know we are sinners and we often fail, usually daily, hour by hour. However nothing the Lord promised will fail. That He uses us sinful humans to accomplish His ends is amazing! When He says He will sustain us to do His will until the end, He does. Paul is a good example of a Christian that does what Jesus promised and who was not a fraud. He went from being a zeal breathing murderer of Christians to the greatest evangelist, missionary, teacher, and church planter the New Testament ever wrote about.
One way you can tell we are committed to the cause of Christ is that so many of us are willing to die to bring the Gospel to people who are not saved from God’s wrath. Since we are all sinners, we are separated from God because he is holy, and we will go to hell to be punished for our sins when we die.
What did Jesus promise that not one Christian can do? I’m not sure I understand that part of your comment
Romans 1:18,19- For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Jesus came to earth, lived the perfect life God demands, and died on the cross, taking on the punishment for sin that we justly deserve. Pleased with His Son, God resurrected Jesus and ascended Him to heaven. Now, all you need to do is acknowledge your sin, repent (turn from it) and ask Jesus to forgive you. He transfers His righteousness that is so pleasing to God, to you, and you can go to heaven to be with Him when you die instead of hell. Will you repent of your sins that anger our holy God so much?? Please.”
Elizabeth, you can call me Vel. So, Elizabeth, let’s take a look at your claims.
Yep, your bible says that everyone knows about this god, Romans 1, Romans 2. Funny how most, if not all religions, make the exact same claim, that the universe is “evidence” for their god, and everyone “really” agrees with their god, and can’t show it to be true at all. Now, unsurprisingly, that bit from Romans 2 isn’t quite complete. It says, in context, “12 All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. 15 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.” Romans 2 (NRSV)
Unsurprisingly, gentiles don’t follow the “law” instinctively at all, nor can Christians agree on what the ”law” consists of, so much for your claim that everyone agrees with you when even other Christians don’t. You all ignore the parts you find inconvenient, making some lovely excuses on why you don’t have to go about killing people who work on the sabbath, etc, despite your supposed messiah saying that *all* of the laws in the OT are to be followed, no exceptions.
Humans have a consciousness, and we must be taught what is acceptable and not acceptable, our supposed “conscience”. The sad facts of feral children show that we have no innate knowledge of what society considers “right” and “wrong”. Your bible is wrong about basic facts, as usual. The story in John 8 is just that, a story. It is largely agreed upon in academic Christian circles that this was added much later to the Gospel of John, some hundreds of years later since it is not found in the earliest versions. You might want to look at the Wikipedia article “Jesus and the woman taken in adultery” and take a look at its bibliography.
Oh Chrsitians do claim that they are “sinners” but funny how they can’t agree on what this god considers as sin, so we have lots of different fingers pointing around at each other about who is the “real” sinners.
Everything that the lord has promised has failed, Elizabeth and I can point to the entire industry of Christian apologetics to show that since you all must make up excuses on why your god does nothing for its believers and it hasn’t returned yet, despite 2000+ years of Christians promising it will return “soon”. This god has used no one at all, and Christians can’t even agree on what its “ends” are.
You try to claim that this god sustains every Christian to do his will til the end, and we can see that is simply not true since Christians die just like everyone else, are harmed just like everyone else and they commit suicide just like everyone else. Of course, you will try victim blaming as an excuse for your god, saying that those who fail weren’t “real” Christians.
The story of Paul is quite the example of how the bible is full of nonsense. Poor Paul can’t even keep his own origin story straight, so there is no reason to think he is telling some “truth”. This Paul also repeatedly contradicts your supposed messiah so you do have a problem claiming that Paul was some “greatest evangelist”. Tell me, Elizabeth, who are we to call father per your bible?
You then try to claim that since Christians are willing to die for their nonsense, this means it is true. By that claim, then every martyr for every religion show that religion to be just as real as yours. Muslims who blow themselves up, the people who drank poison at Jonestown, Buddhist who burnt themselves alive, all show that those religions are as valid as yours. How interesting. It’s also interesting that your god just doesn’t make bibles magically fall from the sky to those who supposedly need it. Why does it need humans to do this, Elizabeth? And if our “hearts” know this nonsense, why do we need bibles at all? You have contradicted yourself.
“What did Jesus promise that not one Christian can do? I’m not sure I understand that part of your comment.”
For all you claim to know about your bible, it’s always most curious that so many Christians claim ignorance of what JC promised them to be able to do.
““Go into all the world and proclaim the good news[d] to the whole creation. 16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes in their hands,[e] and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16
“11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” John 14
“13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.” James 5 Christians give many excuses why they can’t do the above promised actions. Which ones will you try?
There is no evidence for your Jesus Christ existing at all, so repeating the myth doesn’t help your case, Elizabeth. As I pointed out before, Christians can’t even agree on what this god considers sin so how can anyone “acknowledge” it? Which of the many, many versions of Christianity do I have to believe in to get the “right” one? You have no more idea of what “angers” your god than the next Christian. And it’s quite a puny god that gets angry over what it knew its humans would do since it supposedly made them that way.
Threats of hell are always amusing in their impotence and claims by Christians that I’ll go to heaven with this god shows their ignorance of what their own bible says. Per your bible, only a very few virgin Jews get to go to heaven to be with this god, Elizabeth (and unsurprisingly, Christians can’t even agree on what the nonsense in Revelation “really” means). The rest get the rather amazingly tacky “city of heaven on earth” with its streets of gold, gems everywhere, etc. One has to wonder about a god that is so concerned with worldly wealth, from when it demands tons of gold, fine leathers, fancy curtains, etc for its temple to this “city”.
As for your pleading for me to agree with you, I don’t and your claim that is the basis of this blog post is wrong.
Some of the big holidays/months for the abrahamic religions happen this month. Easter is this weekend. Passover starts on Friday. Ramadan is the whole lunar month.
Passover – we have a celebration that the Israelites got their freedom, the “exodus”, but it’s not quite that simple and requires the death of children and people who had no choice in the matter where this god was mind controlling a man in order to show off. There’s no evidence for this nonsense at all.
Easter – we have a celebration because a god needed a blood sacrifice by torture of part of itself to make itself happy because of its failure at the very beginning of the creation myths. No evidence for the victim, torture or supposed resurrection.
Ramadan – we have a celebration because a man claimed an angel showed him magic writings in a cave that would become the holy book for a religion. At least there is no direct death involved here. There’s also no evidence for this story either.
For my new followers, here are some oldies but goodies on Easter and Passover. I don’t have much on Islam on my blog. I’ll have to correct that at sone point. Here’s a post about how similarly silly it is to the other religions of the “book”.
I live in Pennsylvania here in the US. We’re a battleground state since one of our senators, a QOP Republican, isn’t running again. So we have a bunch of carpetbaggers trying to claim they are from Pennsylvania and are trying to be Trumpier than Trump.
One of those is the medical shill Mehmet Oz, a tv doctor who has no problem in lying to people about actual medical issues like taking a useless drug for covid. He has put up this completely idiotic video on twitter, trying to blame President Biden for the price of “crudités “, aka a veggie tray as 99% of people in PA would call it. This is a fantastic example of just how stupid these conservatives are, that they would accept an idiot like this. Oh, and he’s supposedly a Muslim too, which just must make their heads explode.
Oz of course isn’t the only QOPidiot here. They are all doing a fantastic job of destroying each other and giving the Democrat senate candidates plenty to work with. I’m personally for John Fetterman, a big dude who does the right thing.
I, and many other atheists, have pointed out to theists that they are atheists too. They simply don’t believe in other gods, often for reasons just like I do: there is no evidence. They often get upset by this revelation, since it neuters their common attacks on atheists e.g. atheists are those scary communists, etc.
Nothing much new here. I’m just writing responses to various theist since I am desperately bored at work. A month’s shutdown is wearying. There are some fun memes at the end if you want to just scroll down.
Dave Williams, the Christian making the claims starts with this baseless bit of nonsense “Now, belief in the one true God can only come through revelation as he speaks to you, reveals his true character and causes you to see your need for him.” Well poof goes free will then. But, as I know very well, Christians don’t agree whether free will or predestination is a thing and neither side can show their nonsense to the right answer.
This assumption has nothing to support it. It assumes that there is only one god, and that Dave’s version is it, as well as that this god talks to anyone. We can see that claim as being rather doubtful since this god supposedly talks to every Christian per their own claims, and funny how this god gives entirely contradictory information to its “chosen”. For all of Dave’s claims of “serious logical missteps” he’s already made a few.
Dave’s claim is that there simply has to be a right version of Christianity. There does not. I would make the educated guess that Dave would not agree that there must be a right version of Islam, though his argument “that there are many different options does not take away from the potential truth of one” would make Islam with just as much chance of being true as his version of Christianity. Dave also gets rather confused trying to claim that atheists would not want our conclusion that there are not gods set along side the many claims of theists for their gods. Since he also claims that there are no gods, in each individual case, other than his god, he has his own no god option. How is that to be put alongside his god option?
As usual, the theist has little idea about how logic works. He does indeed need to show that other gods don’t exist and his does, and proceeds to offer illogical and indeed baseless claims as truth.
He promptly defines his god as the only possible definition of a god. He claims a binary choice when there is none. This is a false dichotomy fallacy e.g. “there being a god or there not being a god.” There could be many gods, there could be two. They could work in gestalt, they could each have a function in a process, and on and on. There is nothing to show that his god is the only god. That is his baseless premise and thus makes any conclusion from it worthless.
Dave claims “Now, even at this stage we are not putting all the god options in competition with each other.” He then promptly says “The discussion is now between people who do believe in God’s existence. The priority now is to make sure that we are talking about the true and living god. The aim is to make sure we know him correctly and worship him properly.”
hmm, where did that other possibility go, that there are no god or gods or that there are multiple gods? Oh yes, Dave assumes there is a god required. He also tries to claim that polytheism isn’t really putting up their pantheon against a single god. Really? Then why the difference in terms? These gods are indeed rivals to Dave’s god in their ontological status. He tries to pretend they aren’t, by insisting that his god alone deserves worship, but he gives no reason why this should be he case. There may indeed be considered a vague power over these pantheons, but again, why does only Dave’s god deserve worship?
Dave claims then that this somehow “boils down into one question ““Do you believe in an eternal, personal, loving God who created the World, continues to sustain it?”” and then claims that the only possible answer is that one must. Funny how that works.
All of this doesn’t end up leading to Dave’s god, no matter how hard he hopes it does so he can be validated. We still have other gods possible, and there is no problem with worshiping something, no matter if it is “distant and unknowable”. Dave’s claim “Then, we have in fact denied the eternal and personal God and in practice chosen the atheist option.” Aka “If you don’t believe in my god, then you are an atheist” Is entirely false.
The point that Christians are also atheists and disbelieve in other gods, therefore being atheist towards them, still stands. I could wish that the term “pan-atheist” would be accepted for those of us who disbelieve in all gods, but that hasn’t happened yet. So we are stuck with atheism potentially meaning two things, the lack of belief in a god or gods, and the lack of belief in all of them.