Who Told You That You Are A Sinner?
Your church? But wait, don't fret! There's a magic cure, and your church
just happens to have it! (Of course some might suggest that your church
has merely cut you in order to sell you a band-aid...)
Did Adam And Eve Sin?
They disobeyed God by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (right and wrong). So, yes...Right?
Just one problem. How could Adam and Eve have been expected to
comprehend the implications of their actions if, prior to their
indiscretion, they had no concept of wrong, evil, punishment, suffering,
pain and death? even if God had been successful in adequately
explaining all of these concepts and the distinction between right and
wrong to them beforehand, this means that he would have had to have
given them knowledge of good and evil anyway, which turns this entire
story into one big ridiculous farce.
A just, loving and secure god would realize that simply not believing in him is NOT a crime worthy of hellfire.
A Sin Can Not Be Inherited
I find it abhorrent that a newborn baby is considered to be dirty with
sin. This makes a complete mockery of true morality, which requires both
an understand of right and wrong, and that individual's willful
intention to do wrong, in order to determine immorality.
Even our modest human justice system has the basic common sense not to
prosecute minors for their "immoral" actions, let alone for those of
A Blood Sacrifice Can Not "Pay" For A Person's Sin
It is an archaic, deeply flawed view of morality that says that, as long
as there is blood spilled to appease god (and innocent blood at that),
then the crime is forgiven.
How can someone else pay for your sins? In what sense is morality and
justice served if someone, say, offers to take the place of a condemned
criminal in the electric chair? Does this change the fact that the
criminal has not been held responsible for his actions? And how is the
innocent death anything more than a sad, pointless waste that doesn't
add a grain to the overall moral equation?
This is corrupt morality, removing responsibility from the sinner and
causing a dangerous volatile mindset where anything goes as long as you
repent before the buzzer (also known as the "miraculous death row
Blinded by the numbing repetition and familiarity of this salvation
plan, Christians fail to see the stark depravity and poison that drips
from it. Indeed, if this is not superstitious witchcraft, then I don't
know what is. (Well, that's not entirely true. These definitely are:
Christian "spells" cast through persuasive prayer, the macabre
cannibalistic "ritual" of communion, the truly frightening "possession"
that causes a person to speak in tongues...)
By labeling virtually every natural urge and function as a sin (from
sexuality, to having negative feelings towards our enemies), the church
ensures the lifelong dependency and commitment of its guilt-ridden,
Have You Ever Asked Yourself This Question?
I Mean Seriously Asked Yourself?
Pierre Charron once noted that we are baptized or circumcised a
Christian or a Jew, long before we are even aware we are a human.
Is it any wonder then that, through early indoctrination while the
critical mind is still developing, we almost without exception go on to
inherit the precise religion of our parents or surrounding culture?
No, of course not - it's only natural. But that doesn't say much for the actual truth of that particular religion , does it?
"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Most people think that you need a god to explain the existence of the
world. They point to the complexity and order of the universe as sure
proof that it was designed by a conscious entity, but stop one step
short of reaching the glaring conclusion to their logic.
Such an intelligent designer, one might well presume, would have to be
fairly complex and ordered itself, wouldn't it? Perhaps even more so
than the universe? So then what created god?
It is a giant leap from "we can't yet explain every aspect of the
natural world" to "God did it". To rid us of a natural difficulty, the
theist has invented a supernatural one.
There is no such thing as second-hand revelation. The bible is simply hearsay.
We once believed that thunder and lightning was god getting angry. Of
course, now we have a scientific explanation for this phenomenon, it
would be hard to find anyone who still believes this.
Religion is a crutch left over from man's pre-scientific youth and, like
a child with a security blanket, our continued reliance on it for
emotional support is unhealthy and detrimental to our growth.
As the ground illuminated by science advances, this god-of-the-gaps of
human knowledge will continue to retreat with the shadows. You only have
to look to the mistaken assumptions of your religious ancestors for a
glimpse of the future of your god.
In the meantime, the atheist is not so intellectually promiscuous as to
jump at a supernatural explanation just so that we can have an answer,
any answer, right now.
"is god willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not
omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he
both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? is he neither able nor
willing? Then why call him god?" - Epicurus (341-271 BC)
Contrary to what your church may have told you, atheists do not
automatically turn to hedonism and anarchy. In fact, those who suggest
that a man must be ethically restrained by a religion reveal, quite
frankly, just how deep-seated their own morals are.
It is an easy target for the church to blame society's ills on man's
inevitable shelving of the god myth. But the fact remains that there is a
fraction of the immorality now then there was when the church had
complete, unchallenged influence over every aspect of society.
This was a time of Crusades, Inquisitions, and witch- and
heretic-burnings. It was a period know as the Dark Ages, and that they
truly were - both morally and intellectually.
150 years ago: the abolition of slavery. 100 years ago: the emancipation
of women. 50 years ago: inter-racial marriage. Today: same-sex
Why is it that the church always has to be dragged kicking and screaming
(by secular outrage) towards the tolerance and compassion that,
ironically, it claims to hold a monopoly on?
The Ten Commandments are woefully inadequate as a moral guide. The first
four are blatant religious propaganda - basically a plug for the Hebrew
god. The remaining six are dangerously held up as exhaustive and
inspired by those who apparently haven't read them. For example: one
wonders how "lying" and "envy" make the big list of don'ts, but not
rape, torture, child abuse, racism, slavery....and surely nobody still
seriously believes that black and white moral guidelines are much use in
a gray-scale world. "thou shalt not kill" - but what about in genuine
self-defense? "Thou shalt not bear false witness" - but what about lying
to the Nazi officer who asked if you are hiding Jews? True morality
requires judging each case on its own merits, not just overlaying the
same clumsy morality stencil on everything.
To the critical mind, it seems that the proportion of prayers that are
specifically answered do not deviate too far from what the simple law of
averages would suggest.
Having stopped praying since my younger years, I can certainly attest to having a better than fair share of good fortune.
Regardless, what never fails to surprise me is the egotism and arrogance
of the theist who, by praying for divine favor or intervention,
actually calls into doubt the very wisdom of their god!
This Life Is Not A "Vale Of Tears"
It makes me nauseous to think that children are being taught that the
most important part of their life is auditioning for the next one. This
is a truly poisonous concept that inevitably leads to the degradation of
our current world as a transit life - a "vale of tears" that we must
"put up with" momentarily until our ticket is clipped and we are rescued
from this miserable existence of trial and temptation.
In stark contrast, atheists in general beleive this to be our one and
only life, a view which, I can assure you, makes life precious beyond
What if the greatest deception the devil every played on man was to
convince him to devote his time to mindless rituals, self-depreciation,
and violent prejudices? Of course, I realize this is a ridiculous
premise; "the devil" is a construct of religion, not vice versa...
So what does the bible tell us?
Who should we kill?
* Homosexuals (Lev. 20:13, Rom. 1:26-32)
* Adulterers (Lev. 20:10, Deut. 22:22)
* Disobedient children (Deut. 21:20-21, Lev. 20:9, Exod. 21:15)
* Women who are not virgins on their wedding night (Deut. 22:13-21)
* All non-Christians (parable told by Christ - Luke 19:27)
* Those accused of wickedness by at least two people (Deut. 17:2-7)
* Anyone who works on the Sabbath (Exod. 35:2-3, Num. 15:32-6)
* It is "shameful" for a women to speak in church (1 Cor. 14:34-5)
* A man mus OK his wife's words if they are to have force (Num. 30:8)
* A women must not teach or hold authority over a man (1 Tim. 2:12)
* Lot saves the messengers from the men of Sodom by offering up his virgin daughters to "do to them as you please" *Gen. 19:8)
* "Kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourself
every girl who has never slept with a man" (Moses - Num. 31:17-8)
* God supports slavery (Lev. 25:44-6, Exod. 21:2-8, Eph. 6:5, Col. 3:22)
* Instructions on how to sell your daughter as a slave (Exod. 21:7-8)
* When to give y our slaves "severe" or "light" beatings (Luke 12:42-8)
* Ok to beat slaves only if they don't die within 2 days (Exod. 21:20-1)
* How to mark your slave: drive an awl through it's ear (Deut. 15:17)
* It's best if all people remain unmarried. Marriage is a
lesser-of-two-evils compromise for Christians too weak to resist their
sexual urges, "for it is better to marry than to burn". (Paul - 1Cor.
7:1-2, 8-9, 25-6, 38)
* The rapist of an unwed woman must buy her and make her his wife
(apparently a far more "holy" union than a genuine, loving same-sex
relationship - Deut. 22:28-9)
* If a man suspects his wife of cheating he can serve her a cursed
drink; if she becomes deformed, then that proves her guilt (Num.
* 42 children killed by bears for calling a prophet "baldy" (2 Kings 2:23-4)
* OK to beat your children with a rod - it wont kill them (Prov. 23:13-4)
* God commits, orders, or endorses every form of atrocity known to man (Pretty much pick a page of the Old Testament at random)
Do the Old Testament laws still apply?
* Every "jot" and "tittle" (Christ - Matt 5:17-9)
Christ, what a role model...
* Christ tells us we must "hate" our entire family, and een our own life, if we want to be one of his disciples (Luke 14:26)
* those who abandon their families will be rewarded (Matt. 19:29)
* "for I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the
daughter against her mother...And a man's foes shall be they of his own
household." (Christ - Matt. 10:35-6)
* "I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Christ - matt. 10:34)
* If you don't have a sword, sell your clothes to buy one (Luke 22:36)
* Curses fig tree for not bearing fruit in off-season (Mark 11:12-4, 20-1)
* Didn't want to help girl because she was a "dog" gentile (Matt. 15:22-8)
Of course there are several good passages in the bible, the ones that
are carefully selected by your minister for sunday readings. But (and
pardon the analogy) if you find some chocolate in a pile of dung you
don't eat it, right? N. The good is tanted by the bad that surrounds it.
Don't be afraid to question. The truth is never embarrassed by honest
enquiry. Don't take your minister's word for it, Don't even take my word
for it. Look it up for yourself!
Take Matthew 1:22-3, Ask yourself; Was he telling the truth when he said
that Christ's virgin birth had fulfilled a prophesy? (Isaiah 7:14)
Look it up. Read the context around it. Judge for yourself. wasn't
Isaiah actually claiming that the baby would be a sign that a planned
siege on Jerusalem during a civil war would fail? In fact, doesn't the
prophet then go on and try to fulfill his own prophesy at Isaiah 8?!
Let Me Tell You About Mithra...
Mithra was a Persian/Indian god of the 6th century BC> Apparently, he
was born of a virgin on December 25th. (as were the gods Osiris, Horus,
Marduk, Sol, Saturn, and Apollo). A birth witnessed by shepherds, and
by gift-bearing Magi who had followed a falling star. He became known as
the light/good shepherd/son of god, and was said to be able to raise
the dead, cast out devils, and cure the blind, lame and sick. Like the
god Attis, Mithra was sacrificed at the spring equinox (easter, or
"Eostre", being the ancient goddess of spring), rose up after three days
and ascended to paradise (a Persian word). Prior to this, Mithra
celebrated a last supper with his 12 disciples (representing the 12
signs of the zodiac). IN memory of this, his followers would "eat" their
god in the form of wafers and bread (like the followers of Osiris,
Adonis, and Dionysus) - bread marked with the cross, a symbol borrowed
from another god, Tammuz. Mithra's worshipers also believed there would
be a "day of judgment" when sinners and the "unbaptized" would be
dragged down to darkness...
Sound familiar? Christianity is simply a mish-mash, hand-me-down,
patchwork guilt of all the most memorable elements of a thousand
different "pagan" religions that came before it.
Christians dismiss 9,999 religions as false, atheists dismiss just one more than that...
Born Of A Virgin
As we have seen, the virgin birth story is neither unique nor original
to Christianity. Traditionally, a claim of virgin birth was a way of
conveying the authenticity and importance of a god (and sometimes even
morals, such as Julius Caesar) to a largely uneducated audience.
This date marks the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere - the
turning point of winter as the days start to get longer again. Long
before Christianity, sun god worshipers set aside this day to celebrate
the beauty of nature with the return or "birth" of the sun.
With the obvious symbolism for the Pagans, it is easy to see why many
virgin-born savior gods were said to have been born on December 25th in
the hope of winning credulous and superstitious converts. It was in 350
AD that Pope Julius I "set" Christ's birthday to keep up this long
"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to
claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin" - Cardinal Bellarmine at
Gallileo's trial, 1615