All Blog Posts Tagged 'bible' (181)

De-converted by the Bible

My departure from Christianity was the result of a long process of study and prayer. After engaging with atheists at alt.atheism.moderated back in the late nineties, I set out to prove (to myself and, if I could, anyone else that would listen) that the Bible could withstand even the most brutal and earnest assaults on its character.

 

Needless to say, I failed.

 

That experience, along with many follow-up experiences dealing with Christians after I de-converted,…

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Added by Jeff Samuelson on June 6, 2011 at 8:07pm — 4 Comments

Why do we have fish?

...and other questions about Noah's flood for the layman. (posted @ atheistdave.wordpress.com) 



What did the animals eat? Sure, Noah took two of every species on his ark. As if that's not believable enough, how did all the animals survive? Some animals have a very particular diet:…

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Added by A. Dave on May 31, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

From the mailbox - Jesus loves me!

This "From the Mailbox" is a little different than what I usually receive, as you'll soon see. I won't use any names, except my own, and the spelling and grammar comes directly from the messages received. There were three in total, staring with this rather innocent and short one:

"Hi Martin Did anyone ever tell you that Jesus loves YOU!"

At first I thought this was a joke from one of my atheist readers, as sometimes we all get a little… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2011 at 8:43pm — No Comments

What does it take to be a Chaplain?

One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.



According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Stop the NSCP - time to weigh in

As you know, I believe education is the key to beginning to solve all of the woes we have in society today. Yes all of them. From world hunger to population, from wars to disease, from terrorism to the production of clean and renewable energy. Each of these can be solved if we educate the people who are directly effected by them, and those who go into areas to help. In fact I can't think of one situation that cannot be made better without education, at least in the long term. Education should… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

I believed weird things

Humans can believe some pretty strange things. I have met people who claim to be able to see my "aura", and that depending on the "colour and shape" of this aura, they can make a determination of my physical or mental health. I've met others (actually sometimes the same people) who claim that by laying their hands on me, they can cure me of whatever ails me, from sore muscles to an upset stomach. Even stranger, I have met people who claim to be able to see into my future by "interpreting the… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

A simple problem with biblical innerancy

Oxford philosopher Peter Millican, in this free series on philosophy (you should download it and listen to it – it’s free!), raises a very simple challenge to biblical innerancy. I’ve adapted it slightly below:

 

1. Commanding genocide is not morally praiseworthy.

2. Every act of God is morally praiseworthy.

3. God commands genocide in the Bible.

4. Therefore, not everything in…

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Added by Michael Gage on May 17, 2011 at 1:55pm — 4 Comments

Brilliant? Hardly!!

I guess theists find these two questions "brilliant":

 

-Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?

-Why is it our children can't read the Bible in school, but they can in prison?

(note: the capitalization is not mine. I copy/pasted.)

 

I think these are supposed to provoke thought or something. I came up with this:

 

First of all, no one has to swear on a bible in court. You take…

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Added by Mallory on May 15, 2011 at 5:10pm — 2 Comments

May 21 is the Rapture

May 21 is Judgement Day. It's been conclusively proven by Harold Camping using mathematics. That's right, mathematics. In fact, anyone who disputes his word is obviously blinded to the truth of the bible.



But I have a few questions.



Firstly, when God descends to destroy the world, what will happen to the rest of the universe? I mean, we know that the universe is enormous,… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:34pm — 3 Comments

Science is wrong!

Every religion says it is the right one, and there is no way that they can all be correct. In fact, I'd go so far to say that they are all wrong. But... science is wrong too. (!?)



In science and other practices that view and measure the natural world people readily admit that they have only some of the answers to the mysteries of the universe. When new information presents itself, that information is added to the knowledge already gathered, an if it means altering the information we… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:32pm — 9 Comments

"You knit me together in my mothers womb" - Outreach Media

Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:

"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"…

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Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

“Census 2011, why mark No Religion?”

From Martin S Pribble

Australia is in a very privileged position this year. We have an opportunity to tell our government who we really are, what we treasure about our lives in Australia and what we would like to see in our future in this country. In a country that seems to be increasingly pandering to the Australian…

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Added by Martin Pribble on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Have you read your Bible?

My best friend is pretty awesome but she doesn't think. She was raised Catholic but doesn't follow anything they believe. She goes to a non-denominational church with her fiancée and his family. We sometimes speak about religion but she & her fiancée usually just agree with me. [I wonder why sometimes they aren't at least agnostics or deists...]

 

So, yesterday, my other friend Keith who is also an atheist came over to my house. [Lauren was all ready over.] She was talking…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on April 4, 2011 at 11:00am — 15 Comments

Let's begin this conversation

from Martin Pribble

 

While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the…

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Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

A strange optimism

from Martin Pribble (March 19 2011)



A strange optimism has overcome me today. With all the disasters and unrest around the world right now, you might call me crazy, but hear me out and you may agree with me.



We tend to be a very self-centred and self-interested lot, us humans, and we will always try to look after our own immediate family and community, forsaking the rest of the world in favour of our own…

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Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:07pm — No Comments

A fool hath said in his heart…

from Martin Pribble

1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

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They are all gone aside,…

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Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 7:25pm — No Comments

A weak argument for Atheism

from Martin S Pribble

"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike." Delos Banning McKown

This quote has been appearing on Twitter from numerous accounts with the hashtags "#atheism #air" appended to the ending. This does one thing, and it's not in favour of the intended or original meaning or context of the quote. What it illustrates is that atheists… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 6:03pm — 6 Comments

What's the point of "reading through the bible in a year"?

An activity that's very popular with evangelicals is called "reading through the bible in a year". It is exactly as described: using a furnished checklist of roughly a few chapters a day, the evangelical reads their allotted scripture passages each day, until they have read through the bible in a year's time. There are also web sites and computer programs that will help you keep track of your progress as well. The motive behind this is to get christians to read their bibles completely…

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Added by Tommy H. Yeargin, Jr. on March 5, 2011 at 4:15pm — 11 Comments

So much for the “inerrant” word of god.

And here you have it, yet another version of the inerrant word of god is on the works, because we (well, not we, they - but you know what I mean) need to make the bible make sense. Yes, that's exactly what I meant to say.



So, we are in for a new set of semantics and mythological animals brought to life by the editors that will probably change "unicorns" for "rhinos" - who knows! Maybe even Noah's Ark story will make sense this time, no?  Okay, sarcasm is not very easy to… Continue

Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on March 4, 2011 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Living according to the Bible

So a guy gets Leviticus 18:22 (“You shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination.”) tattooed on his arm cause he’s obviously against homosexuality and lives by the Bible.

But in the next chapter Leviticus 19:28 (“You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.”) forbids tattoos. Maybe he should have kept reading?

 

Dumbass!

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Added by Mr. Anderson on February 18, 2011 at 6:53am — 5 Comments

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