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moonPsalms 121:4-6 KJV
(4) Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
(5) The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
(6) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

Apparently the Sun and Moon smiting people used to be a problem.  They had to ask God to stop it and he did.

I mean I know that the Sun can give you cancer, but that’s not exactly smiting material.  But the Moon?  It’s pretty damn harmless by any standard.

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birdsRevelation 19:17-20 KJV
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Apparently Alfred Hitchcock was on to something.  The birds are supposed to eat us at some point.  Well, at least they are supposed to eat our leaders.

Then everyone with 666 tattooed on their forehead is supposed to be cast into a lake of fire.  Scary crap here.  We better get our shit together before this happens.

Nah….Hitchcock did it a lot better.  You can’t really be afraid of something this stupid.  The movie was actually pretty unnerving.

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I live in Phoenix.  It’s been a national story, but really big locally.  Pastor Steven Anderson has been out there saying that Christians ought to be in favor of capital punishment for gay people.  I mean Richard Simmons sure, I think we can all agree the world would be a better place.  But everyone can see this is extreme and asinine.

Here’s the thing, he’s right in that the Bible does say this.  It’s not like there’s a lot of ambiguity in it.

Leviticus 20:13 KJV
13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Now I know, most of you think we ought to fight this bigotry by shutting him down.  There were protesters at his church this weekend that would like to do just that.  You are taking the wrong line if that is what you think.  Want to end it?  Just let him talk.

Really, there aren’t many people who aren’t going to think he’s a first rate jackass.  So hey, let him say every stupid thing that comes to mind.  Help it go viral.  Have as many people hear him as possible.  It’s the best way to fight it.

Christians are losing membership at a pretty good pace.  Most of it is the access we have to information now.  It’s a lot harder to keep a lie going when Google is there and you can find out pretty much anything in a few seconds.  The whole “there’s no evidence for evolution” thing falls apart in seconds if you type it into a modern search engine.  It also has a bit to do with access to each other.  When I realized I was an atheist I didn’t even know the word for it much less have other atheists to talk to.  Now someone who is leaning that way would have no problem finding others and that allows them to explore the idea and be comfortable with it.

But jerk offs like Steve here do more that all us bloggers ever could hope to.  I’ll say it again, he’s RIGHT when he points out the Bible says it.  If you believe that goofy book then you really should be in favor of it because it’s directly stated that’s what the creator of the Universe has in mind here.

Now everyone knows this is evil and no one would do it.  Christians go though all kinds of mental hoops to say it doesn’t apply even though Jesus himself directly says the laws DO APPLY at least until Earth passes

Matthew 5:17-18 KJV
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

I just wish that Christians would sit down and read the thing and see what it’s really like.  This guy….this guy gets a few (not many) to do just that.  So let him talk.  Let everyone hear him talk.  You don’t even have to tell anyone how asinine it is because they already know.

Yeah…we might encourage a few nuts to actually do some of this.  And yes, it says they ought to kill blasphemers too, and I know that includes me.  But the overall effect will be making fewer religious nuts so it will end up safer in the long run.

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Revelation 16:18-21 KJVhail1
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

I usually stay away from Revelation because it’s so idiotic across the board.  It’s hard to pick out what to even go after.  This little passage perfectly illustrates it perfectly.

First off they have all the islands fleeing away.  The earthquake, OK not exactly out on a limb that there are earthquakes.  But it says that Babylon is there.  Babylon has been in ruins for thousands of years.

There’s that whole bit about the mountains not being found.  That’s a pretty neat trick.  I mean David Copperfield did this thing where he supposedly made the Grand Canyon disappear.  It was cleaver, but not at all impressive.  Apparently God is going to try the same crap.

Then it says there is hail the weight of a “talent.”  I looked that up.  It is a bit over 75 pounds.  That’s not hail anymore and it’s not even close to reasonable.  I looked up the record too.  The wost hail storm killed 92 people.  But the stones were about 2 pounds.  The thing is, hail forms by getting blown back into the clouds over and over.  There’s an upper limit to how big they can get and 75 pounds is absurd.  Hail that big would crush any house or car.  It would leave small craters.  To think an entire storm would send nothing but that is crazy.

 

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Internal_and_external_hemorrhoids1 Samuel 5:6-9 KJV
(6) But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.
(7) And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.
(8) They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.
(9) And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

Emerods…..what the hell are those?  I had to look it up myself: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Emerods

Yep….God was hammering these poor saps with hemorrhoids so bad it was killing them.  Talk about a prick thing to do.  Just regular smiting wasn’t enough.  These guys had God’s ark.  So whip out a few killer hemorrhoids.

I’m wondering about another thing here.  Let’s suppose this is true.  Why the hell wouldn’t they convert?  A God that just wished killer hemorrhoids on them and it worked would be enough to convince me he was real.  I can’t imagine how this didn’t get a bunch of idiots from the Bronze Age to worship the hell out of him.

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Isaiah 27:1-4 KJVsea_dragon-t2
1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

How many dragons are in the sea exactly?  I mean there is some pretty weird shit in the oceans.  If it said he was going to slay the giant squid that would be cool.  If it said he was going to kill off a whale, that would work.  But it doesn’t.  It says “dragon”

The original word according to Strong’s Concordance is as follows

H8577 תּנּים תּנּין – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon Number

OK, so it’s either a jackal or a sea-serpent.  It lives in the sea.  I guess we have to assume that it really did mean the latter.  I mean I’d like to say it was a jackal (jackals being real and all) but the context just won’t let you go there.
No real comment here.  I mean what can I say that hasn’t been said before? 
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You can’t prove there isn’t a god…..penguin-chick

It’s far and away the stupidest thing Christians say.  I can’t prove there aren’t mermaids or ogres either.  It doesn’t mean anything at all.  If not being able to disprove something means anything you’ll have a lot of crazy stuff you’ll have to allow for.  Pete the God Eating Penguin is just one of them.

Let’s face it, no one can prove Pete doesn’t exist.  So he must.  That’s the logic here.

Well, that leads to a problem.  If Pete exists, he would have eaten God by now.  That’s what Pete does.  So even if God did exist, he can’t exist anymore.

I wish I would have thought of this on my own.  I’d like to thank Willie, who’s an old friend in Austin for the idea.

“It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.”
–Bertrand Russell

And that my friends is why the burden of proof is on the person making the claim.  Until they have some evidence to back that claim, there’s no reason to think it might be true.

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234926-circumcisionGalatians 5:1-3 ASV
(1) For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.
(2) Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing.
(3) Yea, I testify again to every man that receiveth circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

I’ve mentioned that I don’t get the thing with Paul at all.  Paul’s message is very different from Jesus.  I really think the only reason he managed to make it into the Christian theology is they wanted a loophole to get away from the old laws that anyone with a brain can see are unreasonable and downright evil at times.

This is a great example.  What Paul says here is that if you are circumscribed you are still beholding to that old law.  I haven’t got a clue why he thinks this.  Jesus never spoke against the practice.  Heck, Jesus was circumcised

Luke 1:59 ASV
(59) And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father.

Got me what’s up here.  Paul is saying that things that Jesus did are wrong.   The real funny thing is most Christians who are willing to write off the old laws because of what Paul says about the New Covenant thing, but they are still circumcised which Paul says that he is now a “debtor to do the whole law” meaning that he’s stuck with the laws anyhow.

There’s no way to listen to Paul you don’t end up in these situations.  Jesus never said the laws wouldn’t apply.  In fact he says that the laws stand until Heaven and Earth pass very directly.  Last I checked Earth is still here, and Paul is just making crap up out of thin air.

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I realize the title is obvious, but I just ran across this lovely quote from Banana Boy.
about_rayEven Helen Keller, who was born blind and deaf, could see God. No doubt, in her silent darkness, every fragrant flower, every ray of the warm sun, every taste that touched her tongue told her that there was a God who created all things. Jodie Foster shouldn’t therefore be surprised that people are surprised that she’s an atheist.
-Ray Comfort

Now in case you are wondering why I picked that one up, Helen Keller was a very outspoken non-believer.  She may or may not have been an outright atheist.  This is a pretty well known fact to anyone who knows anything at all about her.  She was very against much o the teaching in the Bible and said so with enough regularity I’ve heard Christians railing against what she said many times.

How could you even consider using her as an example of knowing God?

What is it with Ray and his need to say profoundly stupid things on such a regular basis?  I’ve often wondered if it was just an act.  Is this guy just in it for the money?  Is he just seeing how idiotic he can be and get away with it?  I’d love to know.  Hey Ray, if you ever read this go to the contact page and email me.  I’d love to know and promise not to tell anyone.

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I actually found this a bit surprising.  But probably not for the reasons most atheists would.  In an interview the Archbishop of Canterbury admitted to some fairly big doubts about God existing.  This is a man at the top of millions of Christians.  So naturally this has caused a bit of a stir.

Here’s the article I found it in:  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/18/archbishop-canterbury-doubt-god-existence-welby

And video of the full interview

My friends were shocked at his honesty.  I really wasn’t.  Many members of the clergy really do believe what they are selling.  I know, it’s absurd and it’s hard to believe an educated person could believe it.  Painting them all as con men is pretty easy because it makes more sense than having a grown, educated adult believe the silly things in the Bible.  The ones who are honest will in private often admit their doubts.  He was in an interview and directly asked.  I’ve heard the guy in the debates with Richard Dawkins and he comes across as an honest guy to me.  I really would expect that he would tell the truth on this one.

I see in on Yahoo Answers all the time.  The number of questions that come up from doubting Christians doesn’t shock me a bit.  What is shocking is the Christians always answer that this is totally normal.  Not just a few either, it’s the most common answer by a wide margin.  They pretty much all admit they doubt their position at least occasionally.

Now what really gets me about this…..

This is a guy who is famous for his faith.  He’s got millions of followers and he wound up at the top of the heap.  What shocks ME is that he has doubts.  I’m shocked because as an atheist I never do.

The story in the Bible is crazy.  I give it absolutely zero chance of being true.  I don’t ever sit around and think “what if” because that isn’t even in the range of what has even a slight shot.  It would seem to me that SOMEONE on the other side ought to be as sure as I am.  This ought to be the guy if anyone is there.  I mean is it really true that no Christian gets though life without sitting back and thinking “wow, this really is kinda stupid” to himself?

I mean it’s not just him either.  We have people like Mother Teressa on the record as having doubts.  Seriously….no one?

 

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