Category: skeptic

Not The Good Book…!

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In the back-to-front, upside-down, white-is-black, I-do -the-opposite-of-what-I-say, bible…bible god is said to be good, but is then continually depicted as a petty, vindictive, egotistical, narcissistic, dishonest, immature, adolescent, pouting, perverted, gambling with people’s lives for fun*, punishing the innocent**, trumpian/flawed entity…much like the rulers of the day…

In the beginning of the story, god declares “If you eat even one of my magical fruit…you will surely die!” (But the truthful serpent says no they wont) So Adam and Eve eat a piece of the magical fruit, and don’t die! They just come to suddenly realize that god has been keeping them imprisoned and stripped naked in his back yard…for his perverse pleasure…and feel violated…!

Then, near the end of the story, god declares he will return to earth to wipe out his enemies (those who either have never heard of him, or simply don’t believe his OPM/money obsessed greedy agents…) within his listeners lifetime. He then either never returned…or he did and tragically got run over by a runaway bullock cart, in a freak accident…before being able to destroy anyone…!

Previously, after wiping almost everyone in the world out in a (fantasy) flood…god repents of his gross immorality (no one other than those in a two mile radius of Noah’s house, even heard of god’s warnings of impending destruction…!  (Imaging someone living two blocks away from your house…You have no idea of what they believe god told them in a disturbed dream…maybe after eating too much cheese, too late at night…!) Remorseful god then  promises to never destroy everyone in a (fantasy) worldwide flood again…a pointless and disingenuous promise…as bible god knows he is planning to destroy everyone on earth
(at a specific time, that ignores all those who died previously)

with global fire next time…!

After narcissistically demanding non-stop praise and worship…from people he is withholding the knowledge of painkillers and antibiotics (and often food and well being) from…he commands that everyone not kill others (other than religious leaders, who he commands to kill anyone that infringes the most nonsensical rules, like a parent gathering fuel to cook a meal for dependents on the Sabbath)…or steal their stuff…yet, a few pages later…commands his people to kill everyone in a particular area…and steal their stuff…(because they happen to live and successfully farm in an area (for generations) that bible god now wants to give to others, without even telling the inhabitants first…! 

Bible believers ignore and distort almost the entire bible…to find a scrap they claim is good…but in reality is flawed/evil…

  • Do unto other? No, leave others the hell alone…! No one wants a deviant/pervert/masochistic abuser…to decide to do what they personally enjoy…to others…without their permission…!
  • A father condemning/demanding that his son be a human sacrifice to appease himself…is not an act of love to anyone…it is abuse of the highest order…! Why didn’t the father sacrifice himself, and leave the son to get on with his own life…especially since the religious say that both were the same entity…!?!
  • What a pointless and ridiculous exercise…was sacrificing countless animals…for religious reasons…just to later prefer a human sacrifice…!
  • Building an OT…and later a NT…religious infrastructure…and property network…does not make anyone more moral…Refer thousand of abusing agents of bible god…or those bejeweled…and sitting on golden thrones…!
  • The bible has been used for generations…to justify slavery…genocide…rape pillage and plunder of the other…total hypocrisy…the subjugation of women…abuse of children…and denying the rights of minorities…

It is little wonder that believers rarely read the bible right through…!

*
Job’s wife and family, David and
Bathsheba’s baby, Egypt’s first born, Lazarus…etc

** everyone, for Adam and Eve;’s forbidden snack, Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9 bible god demonstrates that he is an irrational god, “punishing the children for the sin of the fathers…to the third and fourth generation…” (obvious nonsense and more idle religious superstitious threats…in reality…!)

Sectarian religious fundamentalists are a mino…

Sectarian religious fundamentalists are a minority in the population…yet turn out to vote for those that will force their minority sectarian religious (and distorted/reckless financial and environmental) views…on all of society…

To maintain freedoms…including the freedom of choice for everyone…vote sectarian religious fundamentalists out of office…!

Jesus is God.

Jesus is God.

You’ll have to be more specific*…

(One reason** so many prayers never get answered, is because believers pray to “Jesus”…and that was never/is not…his name…!)

“Many people shared the name…Romanized as Yeshua, (it) was quite common in first-century Galilee. (”Jesus” comes from the transliteration of Yeshua into Greek and then English.)

Archaeologists have unearthed the tombs of 71 Yeshuas from the period of Jesus’ death.

The name also appears 30 times in the Old Testament in reference to
four separate characters
—including a descendant of Aaron who helped to
distribute offerings of grain (2 Chronicles 31:15) and a man who
accompanied former captives of Nebuchadnezzar back to Jerusalem (Ezra
2:2).

The long version of the name, Yehoshua, appears another few hundred times, referring most notably to the legendary conqueror of Jericho

So why do we call the Hebrew hero of Jericho Joshua and the (carpenter) Jesus?  Because the New Testament was originally written in Greek, not Hebrew or Aramaic. Greeks did not use the sound sh, so the evangelists substituted an S sound. Then, to make it a masculine name, they added another S sound at the end.

The earliest written version of the name Jesus is Romanized today as Iesous. The initial J didn’t come until much later. That sound was foreign to Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Not even English distinguished J from I until the mid-17th century. Thus, the 1611 King James Bible refers to Jesus as “Iesus” and his father as “Ioseph.”

The current spelling likely came from Switzerland, where J sounds more like the English Y.

When English Protestants fled to Switzerland during the reign of the
Catholic Queen Mary I, they drafted the Geneva Bible and used the Swiss
spelling.

Translators in England adopted the Geneva spelling by 1769.

In contrast, the Old Testament was translated directly from the
original Hebrew into English, rather than via Greek. So anyone named Yehoshua or Yeshua in the Old Testament became Joshua in English.

Meanwhile, the holy book of the Syrian Orthodox church, known as the Syriac Bible, is written in Aramaic. While its Gospels were translated from the original Greek, the early scribes recognized that Iesous was a corruption of the original Aramaic. Thus, the Syriac text refers to Yeshua.

Bonus Explainer: What was Jesus’ last name? It
wasn’t Christ. Contemporaries would have called him Yeshua Bar Yehosef
or Yeshua Nasraya. (That’s “Jesus, son of Joseph” or “Jesus of
Nazareth.”) Galileans distinguished themselves from others with the same
first name by adding either “son of” and their father’s name, or their
birthplace. People who knew Jesus would not have called him Christ,
which is the translation of a Greek word meaning “anointed one.”
..”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/12/happy_birthday_dear_yeshua_happy_birthday_to_you.html

* Meanwhile, as for the term “god”…there have been/are literally hundreds of thousands of those…created by the superstitious…yet unproven/unprovable…

** the other being…that no god has ever been proven to exist…!

So after thousands of years…god relente…

So after thousands of years…god relented…feeling terrible for his harsh and absolute commandment…but he could not change it…due to reasons…without there first being enacted…the never here-to before known escape clause…of the human sacrifice of a perfect human being provision…so…

For god so loved the world…that he sent his only son…so that whosoever believes in him…should not be famished…but have everlasting bacon…!

BC (before crackling)…go to hell for eating pork*…

AD (acceptable delicacy)…eat pork without disastrous eternal consequences…!

* stupid religious apologists claim that god/bible writers were simply protecting his people from the disastrous health consequences of eating pork…but then realized that the rest of the world did not suffer any disastrous health consequences from eating pork…so just quietly swept the unnecessary prohibition under the proverbial carpet…

Meanwhile…rape and sex-slaves were an important incentive…to get young men to enlist for battle…because the pillage and plunder of surrounding nations was all part of god’s perfect plan…for enriching his chosen people…apparently…

When (dishonest) people (unprovably) claim to …

When (dishonest) people (unprovably) claim to represent their (unprovable) god…and then
(unprovably)

claim their (unprovable) god wants everyone to give them money…(they say the money is for their unprovable god, but it is they that collect, keep and spend the money)…their (unprovable) god is simply an (dishonest) excuse…to scam (gullible) believers…of their (hard-earned) money…

Religion…What is it good for…!?!  Absolutely nothing more…than scamming believers…(and getting believers elected into public office…to pass laws to protect their freedom…to
scam (gullible) believers…of their
(hard-earned)

money…!

N.J. hotline set up to report priest sex abuse…

N.J. hotline set up to report priest sex abuse…overwhelmed by number of callers…:

“A week after the state Attorney General’s office launched a special task force
to investigate allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic dioceses
of New Jersey, a dedicated call-in center to allow victims to speak
with investigators has been all but overwhelmed.

“The hotline has been receiving a high volume of calls – such that
additional staff was assigned to receive calls – and some of the calls
are reporting multiple victims of abuse,” acknowledged Peter Aseltine, a
spokesman for the Division of Criminal Justice…”

https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/09/a_lot_of_people_have_something_to_say_about_sex_ab.html

Watch Jim Jefferies (language warning for the …

Watch Jim Jefferies (language warning for the overly sensitive/priority misguided…who watch indigenous people pillaged…and Palestinian kids being killed on the nightly news without batting an eyelid…but god forbid someone uses adult expressions in their frustration…!)   Humanity is like a train…and the superstitious/religious are a dead weight…holding us all back… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAQuspvIMIM

Eradicate all vestiges of primitive superstition/religion from your mind…your home…and your life…because it is mentally counter-productive… misguiding and misleading…constipated thinking…

Religious leaders deflecting bible god’s wrath…

Religious leaders deflecting bible god’s wrath…

Before religious fundamentalist/evangelical leaders start blaming minorities…claiming the hurricane is god’s wrath at society tolerating those groups…they have to first recognize that bible god/son of god/Jesus…directed all his wrath…at the likes of them…!

  • religious institutions and their leaders making money off of god belief (whipping the money changers in the temple)…
  • calling religious teachers hypocrites and white-washed tombs…
  • calling religious leaders sinners – and told them to stop casting stones at simple believers…
  • Scoffing at their pitiful offerings…saying the widow’s penny offering…was proportionally massive…compared to their disingenuous big-noting…

When a manipulative writer or interpreter…wa…

The writer thinks…I don’t want to use “the absolutely top hypothetical, unprovable, undefinable fantasy thingy…”…but I want a word that means the same thing…Greatest Fairy?…Maybe…Pre-Eminent Genie?…Possibly…Grand Wizard?…Just dunno…

So he tried a few examples to see how it felt:

  • In the beginning the Greatest Fairy created the heavens and the earth…
  • In the beginning the
    Pre-Eminent Genie

    created the heavens and the earth…

  • In the beginning the

    Grand Wizard

    created the heavens and the earth…

They all just didn’t convey the gravitas desired…And just wouldn’t trigger the required reaction…

So the writer chose elohiym…But even that word would not work on European readers…so interpreters variously interpreted
elohiym

(Strong’s 0430)…God 2103,
gods 205, God’s 67, prophet 51, god 44, he 18, him 9, divine 7, Lord 6,
his 4, judges 4, He 4, prophet’s 4, Prophet 3, God-fearing 2, God-given
2, ephod 2, goddess 2, godlike 2, mighty 2, you 2, I 1, idols 1,
prophetic 1, supernatural being 1, supernatural 1, shrine 1, Lord’s 1,
heavenly beings 1, enormous 1, has 1, heavenly assembly 1, desperate 1,
changed 1, deity 1, ark 1 Count:2606…With the definition:1) (plural
1a) rulers, judges
  1b) divine ones  1c) angels 
1d) gods
2) (plural intensive – singular meaning) 
2a) god, goddess  2b) godlike one  2c) works or special possessions of God 
2d) the (true) God
   2e) God plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically
used (in the plural
thus, especially with the article) of the
supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to
magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:-angels, X
exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X
mighty…

“Philosopher
AC Grayling has made it his mission to show why people have as little
reason to believe in a deity as they do in the Tooth Fairy. Justin
Brierley meets the atheist professor who believes he has seen the future
– and God’s not part of it.

According to AC Grayling,
talking about God is the equivalent of talking about fairies or goblins.
It’s the reason he doesn’t like to use the word ‘atheist’ to describe
himself. ‘Call me an “a-fairyist” or an “a-goblinist”,’ he says,
‘because to me it’s the same argument.’

Grayling makes no apology for disparaging
‘fundamentalist’ forms of religion, which he describes as ‘mass
immaturity’.

Grayling stops short of calling for an
outright ban on evangelism, but he contends that religion
often brainwashes the young before they have the opportunity to develop
their own critical thinking.

So, would he like to see an end to
religion? ‘In the ideal – yes,’ he responds candidly, ‘but one
is pragmatic enough to realize that it will, at the very least, take a
long time.’

If Grayling has faith of any sort it is probably most clearly
illustrated in this optimism (which some might call naïve) that the
world will, after ditching religion, be inclined to work together in a
brotherhood-of-man style humanist enterprise.

…the
philosopher himself believes that all arguments for God can be reduced
to the logical absurdity of arguing for the existence of the Tooth Fairy
or Santa Claus.

…where theologians invoke God, Grayling simply invokes ‘Fred’. It’s an
intentionally absurd response. ‘You do nothing at all by postulating a
necessary being,’ he insists. ‘I use the name Fred to show the
explanatory nullity of it. We don’t know how the universe began. To go
to the idea of a supreme artificer doesn’t explain anything.’

Similarly,
when asked why there is anything at all, Grayling dismisses the
question as meaningless. Our ingrained religious instincts are leading
us down the wrong path, he explains. ‘It is a question that comes
from our psychological yearning for narrative structure. Why can’t
the universe be its own creator, its own explanation?’

Grayling offers an analogy for why things may look designed
when in fact they are the result of a series of unplanned events.
‘It’s rather like the fact that my grandparents caught that train, went
into that particular café and encountered each other. But I don’t
assume that my grandparents were doing that to ensure that some years
later I would be born.’

Grayling
casts himself as the patient voice of wisdom, waiting for the
immaturity of religious belief to inevitably surrender to the march
of secular reason…”  https://www.premierchristianity.com/Past-Issues/2014/June-2014/The-Sceptic-Why-God-is-a-fairy-tale

Also…

“The story of Cinderella is a very popular fairy tale.
While a girl called Cinderella may have existed, the fairy in the story
did not. The fairy is a fictional character, which was later added to
the story in order to make it more appealing. That worked, and the story
caught on.

For an atheist, religious stories (as recorded in the Bible or
other scripture) are just the same. These stories were maybe based on
some true events. They were then later embellished
with miracles, spirits, and gods. The gods in these stories are just
like the good fairy in the Cinderella tale: they are fictional additions
to the story. They are magical characters invented by people, and added
to historical tales. These stories have been passed on through the
generations, and were recorded in books and oral traditions. However,
that does not make these stories true. In particular, this does not pop
the gods into existence — just like fairies, magic animals, unicorns and
other products of human imagination do not exist in reality either.
     

Let us make this more concrete: When we read the story of
Cinderella, we are pulled into the story. We are eager to learn what
happens, we feel with the main character, and we are excited when the
good fairy steps in to give her the dress. However, when we close the
book, the good fairy is gone. When we look around, there is no fairy.
Only children believe that the fairy is really there.
     

Atheists hold that it is the same with supernatural characters.
Gods are heroes and sometimes villains in the books. The stories are
inspiring, exciting, and sometimes enlightening. Yet, when we close the
book, the characters are gone. They do not exist in reality. They are
legendary beings. God is imaginary…” https://suchanek.name/texts/atheism/ChapterGods.html

Anti-Science and Pro-Religious Privilege…Jud…

Anti-Science and Pro-Religious Privilege…Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Worse than We Thought…!:

“It’s just one more reason to tell your senators to stop his confirmation now.

Explaining his dissent in Priests for Life v. HHS, in which
Kavanaugh found it an undue burden for a religious organization to
complete a two-page form expressing their objection to providing
employees with contraceptive coverage, Kavanaugh called
contraceptives “abortion-inducing drugs,” a term that was immediately
condemned by science organizations, medical associations, and
reproductive rights advocacy groups.

To call contraceptives “abortion-inducing drugs” is to tell a lie. According to the Guttmacher Institute,
religious extremists deliberately misuse this term to conflate
contraception with abortion, which then helps them undermine the right
of women to access either form of health care.
Extremist religious Right
groups such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Heritage
Foundation, Susan B. Anthony List, and Americans United for Life repeat
exactly the same lie that Kavanaugh did.

The evidence shows that contraceptives, including emergency
contraceptives such as Plan B, cannot end a pregnancy once it has begun.
The scientific definition of pregnancy (which was presented to the
Supreme Court in an October 2013 amicus brief
led by Physicians for Reproductive Health and the American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG]), stipulates that pregnancy
begins after a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus wall, which can happen up to two weeks after intercourse.

FDA-approved contraceptives work by preventing fertilization or
implantation of an egg in the lining of the uterus. This is equally true
of emergency contraceptives that, although they are taken after sexual
intercourse, have their effect before pregnancy is established and cannot remove the implantation of a fertilized egg. As ACOG points out:

Abortifacient has a precise meaning in the medical and
scientific community and it refers to the termination of a pregnancy.
Contraceptives that prevent fertilization from occurring, or even
prevent implantation, are simply not abortifacients regardless of an
individual’s personal or religious beliefs or mores.

The notion that pregnancy begins in a prior instance—say, at
fertilization—is nonsense because research shows that no more than 40
percent of fertilized eggs ever become implanted.

Implantation is also the legal standard for pregnancy used by federal
agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, as
well as all major U.S. medical organizations.

Either Kavanaugh understood all this, in which case he was telling an egregious lie about the circumstances of the Priests for Life
decision, or he did not understand it, in which case he made a decision
that affected the health, safety, and freedom of hundreds of millions
of Americans without first learning the facts. Either way, Kavanaugh’s
testimony showed that he is utterly callous about the right of women to
safe and effective health care and to privacy in their health care
decisions, and that he will privilege religious antiscience over these
concerns.

Kavanaugh’s affinity for religious privilege shone through in other
moments too. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) highlighted his inconsistency
on what constitutes an “undue burden.” In contrast to his dissent in Priests for Life, his dissent in Garza v. Hargan claimed
that forcing a detained, undocumented 17-year old girl to continue an
unwanted pregnancy did not burden her right to choose an abortion. As
the Congressional Freethought Caucus said in their September 6 letter
to the Judiciary Committee, “For Kavanaugh, filling out a form burdens
religion, but forcing a child to give birth is not a burden.”

At another point, Kavanaugh told Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that the Supreme Court’s decision in Santa Fe v. Doe was incorrectly decided because it was “hostile toward religion.” Santa Fe
is the case in which the Court decided that the Santa Fe Independent
School District unconstitutionally privileged religion by allowing
students to deliver prayers “on school property, at school-sponsored
events, over the school’s public address system, by a speaker
representing the student body, under the supervision of school faculty,
and pursuant to a school policy that explicitly and implicitly
encourages public prayer.”

And, of course, documents released last week by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) confirm two other things: First, that Kavanaugh does not view Roe v. Wade as
settled law
, contrary to a claim from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) that
he told her so in a private meeting. Second, they confirm that he would
force the government to directly fund religious organizations and their
programs
, utterly disregarding the central point of the Constitution’s
Establishment Clause.

We already knew that Judge Kavanaugh was pro-religious privilege. Now
we see that he added antiscience to the list of reasons he is wrong for
the Supreme Court.

Please tell your Senators to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation by completing our action alert. “

https://centerforinquiry.org/blog/anti-science-and-pro-religious-privilege-judge-brett-kavanaugh-is-worse-than-we-thought/