Tuesday, July 23, 2013

When Christians Persecute Others

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It is Always a Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black

I think it is a bit ridiculous for those individuals who point to all those who do not believe in the Bible or the God of the Bible, to claim that the non-believers are in essence and fact the root of the world's problems. Of course, when has organized religion ever taken the time to stop and really consider, admit to their part in the many atrocities throughout history? Perhaps their reasoning is that since they have God and salvation through Jesus Christ they don't have to worry about their aberrant behavior ever being the root of the world's problems.

What happened to the popular saying people have been repeating for eons, that money is the root of all evil? Apparently, that long-standing measure of the financially obsessed has lost its appeal. After all, maybe it just seems more exciting and fun for the fanatically religious to blame non-believers for problems, right? I mean, sometimes those who are blamed don't turn and walk away but rather turn and defend themselves...and with any luck they will fight the religious crusaders of the universe, which in turn can be manipulated to appear as though Christians are being attacked for believing in God.

So many Christians are eager to claim they are being persecuted but at the same time are loathe to admit their own guilty acts of persecution against others who choose a different god(s) to worship, or even no deity at all. Also, what is quite often left out of Christian claims of persecution are the true reasons why a person or group of people have decided to speak out against Christianity and the Bible, why they are angry with Christianity and the Bible and God. Many Christians would rather have as many people as possible believe that they are under attack just for following the Bible and believing in God and Jesus, rather than being under attack because someone got sick and tired of being told that they are evil for being gay or are going to hell because they don't measure up to a God they don't even believe in in the first place.

Overall, Christianity has done a pretty good job of making itself and its members look like the helpless persecuted of the world, goodly searching, spiritually hungry and suffering, yet amazingly hopeful spiritual refugees just waiting for their victorious savior to return and take them home. However, the growing technology within communication coupled with a greater effort for the thorough study of history is little-by-little peeling away the gilded mask of institutionalized religion. And what lies beneath the beautiful mask? Ugliness, fear, maniac desire for control, forced submission, endless lies, psychopathic stories repainted and retold as miracles, severe abuse, theft, genocide, infanticide, deep prejudice, and threats that are all anything BUT love and compassion, and certainly devoid of anything having to do with freewill.

Before Christianity or any other major religion starts claiming that its adherents are being persecuted, these faiths really need to buckle down and take a look at the crazy shit, the persecution they have aimed at each other and at those who do not wish to believe. You will run into many fine, kind people who are Christian, sure. However, Christianity itself is cruel and mean and it draws its power and its control through the persistent persecution of others.

According to this unfortunate, almost comatose fear monger the 'net' is closing in around Christians as the world becomes more and more dangerous. 'THEY' are coming for the Christians and 'THEY' are coming for the children of the Christians. Oh, and 'THEY' are full of shit.

This man talks about the price that is paid in some form or other for being a Christian. He seems to conveniently forget the price that is paid by those who are not Christian. What is their price? A wide variety of prejudices and stereotypes and put downs and bombardments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23NEz3Vc4L0

According to this man a couple in California who held Bible Studies in their home were told by authorities that if they did not stop the gatherings they would be fined. The way this man explains the story you would think that some unusual and religiously horrible thing happened that threatens the souls of everyone. This guy really needs to stop saying, "Can you believe this? This is America we are talking about." He is misinterpreting facts in order to give his delusional spiritual quest a little oomph. Oh, and the couple is still holding Bible Studies in their home and religious rights are being protected. 

Then there is the flip side of the coin, right? Do you think that Christians would give a good goddamn and a mother f*ck if it was not their own Christianity? Would they be even remotely interested in fighting for, showing support for a couple holding home studies about metaphysics, philosophy, Wicca, Shamanism, and a whole laundry list of others? I am not saying that this couple should not be supported because Christianity fails to support others who believe differently, no. I am just saying that it is interesting how Christianity as a whole cannot view anything from any other perspective other than its own.

Oh please!! Faith purification? What is the difference between that and what some Christian groups ask their congregation members to do or to think or to believe? This video is great in vilifying the Muslim faith, while at the same time NOT mentioning anything of what members of Christianity have done to members of different faiths all over the world. When Europeans began sinking their nails into the New World they were intent on bringing salvation to the indigenous peoples, and were exceedingly violent and murderous toward the Native Americans of North, Central, and South America.

The fucked up descriptions in this video about Christians being persecuted are not all that different from the violence Christians throughout history have resorted to in an effort to force native peoples from all over the world to convert to the God of the Holy Bible. Have Christians ever been persecuted? Oh yes. That is a fact. However, Christians should not try to use their history of persecution as a brownie button or medal of valor considering Christianity's own verifiable history of persecuting others.

This is good. Puts a new spin on the question, "What would Jesus do?"

The title of this video is 'Christian Persecution Coming to America from Islam.' Hummm. Sounds similar to what happened with the religion dragged across the Atlantic when the Europeans began wreaking havoc in the New World. The Europeans had already had loads of practice beating down the pagans and heathens and peasants with Holy Bible based faiths before doing the same thing to the people of the Americas. Considering that, Christians really should stop acting so goddamn surprised that people want to persecute them. I am not saying it is a good thing to persecute Christians or any person of any other faith or no faith. I am just saying that considering Christianity's own trac record with persecuting people they have no grounds to pretend they do not know why Christianity draws the ire of many people.

Christianity lies about far more than some people realize. Scary.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spoiled Brat of the Divine II

How long did it take for God to lose control of His divine wrath, or to be sadistic and plain mean?

The Book of Exodus

The Book of Exodus is truly horrible. God regularly kills, maims, destroys, or instructs others to do so. He lies, tricks, and purposely MAKES people to do things that are not in their best interest...like when God purposely hardens Pharaoh's heart. God has zero control over His anger or over His apparent desire to do some pretty fucked up shit.

In this post I really did not pick videos that were specific to each verse. I was simply so disgusted with Exodus that I picked videos that discuss God's many shortcomings and ridiculously absurd behavior and instructions. Enjoy these verses from the Book of Exodus that portray God's complete and total unworthiness to be worshiped by anyone.

Exodus 3:20 "So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go."

Exodus 3:21 "And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed."

Exodus 3:22 "Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians."

Exodus 4:14 "Then the LORD's anger burned against Moses and he said, What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you."

Exodus 4:21 "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go."
Exodus 4:23 "...and I told you, Let my son go, so he may worship me. But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son."

Exodus 4:24 "At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him."

Exodus 5:22 "Moses returned to the LORD and said, Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?"
Exodus 9:6, 9 "And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died."
     "It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on people and animals throughout the land."

Exodus 9:19 "Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.'"

Exodus 11:10 "Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country."

Exodus 22:24 "My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless."

Exodus 31:14 "'Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people."

Exodus 32:10 "Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation."


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Spoiled Brat of the Divine

How long did it take for God to lose control of His divine wrath, or to just be sadistic and plain mean?

The Book of Genesis

God is perfect. God is just. God is loving. God is merciful. God is...well, according to the Bible God is a lot of things. Be that as it may the Bible presents verse after verse that serves as evidence that God is anything BUT perfect, just, loving, merciful, or any other good character trait. 

Nope. No no no. God is most certainly nothing like what His flock of sheep think He is.

I started this post with the goal in mind that I would list all of the verses I could find in the Bible that made reference to God's ridiculous, temper tantrum, foot-stomping, two-ear-old, pouting little boy behavior. There were too many verses to put into one posting and so I decided to go book by book and list them.

Please note that not all of the verses I list will have a corresponding video.

Genesis 3:24 "After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."
     So, here in this verse we have God displaying the ferocious nature of His sadistic tendencies. I mean, God kicks Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden regardless of the fact that God purposely set Adam and Eve up for failure, God put the bad tree right where His human creations could have easy access and God neglected to tell Adam and Eve about the freaking serpent. What kind of sicko does that? Frankly, I think that the story of Adam and Eve is a great indicator early on as to the absolute sadistic nature of God.

Genesis 4:5 "...but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast."

     Yet another early example of God's twisted behavior, right? Surely Mr. Omnipotent knew that by giving Abel a happy signal for his sacrifice to God and by giving Cain a not-so-happy signal that something not-so-good was bound to occur. Let us assume for a moment that God isn't bloodthirsty and demanding of ritual sacrifice, but would Cain have killed Abel if God had accepted both of their sacrifices instead of just Abel's?

Genesis 6:3 "Then the LORD said, My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years."

     So...just like any good soap opera would spice up the story line in order to get better ratings, here God decides to give all people on planet earth about 120 years to get their affairs in order before He yanks the carpet out from under them. God shows no desire to show people how to live and behave and He sure as shit didn't show any mercy. Nope. What God does is more or less say, "Fuck 'em all."

Genesis 6:6-7 "The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the LORD said, I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground--for I regret that I have made them."

     God is so upset that His intelligent creation is not pliant and obedient that He decides the best course of action is to kill everything. What a fuck-up.

Genesis 6:13,17 "So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth." 

     "I am going to bring flood waters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish."

Genesis 7:21 "Every living thing that moved on land perished--birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind."

Genesis 7:23 "Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark."

Genesis 9:5-6 "And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being."

     "Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind."
     What kind of divine sicko insists on making the animals pay for blood spilled? How in the fuckey-doo are animals supposed to account for themselves? Explain that stupid shit. Is God so eager to see something suffer?

Genesis 11:6-9 "The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them."

     "Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
     "So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city."
     "That is why it was called Babel --because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth."
     And so many Christians pray every day, every damn day that God would allow people to actually get along with each other. Huh. Seems to me that it was God and His sadistic desire to stir the pot that broke people up to begin with. Seriously. Look up the story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible and you will see it was GOD who interfered negatively when He saw that people were working together. Man was NOT fighting. Man was working together. 
     Apparently, God was so put out that man was actually getting along just fine without God that God decided to fuck everything up. Read the story. What does it say? It says that God makes the comment that with men working together NOTHING will be IMPOSSIBLE. So what does God do to rectify the situation? Why He makes all that was possible when men worked together IMPOSSIBLE by rendering the people incapable of working together. Fuck you, God. Fuck you.

Genesis 12:17 "But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai."

     Sooo...never mind that it was not Pharaoh's fault that he did not know Sarai was Abraham's wife (good 'ole Abe told Pharaoh she was his sister), but God decides to punish Pharaoh for Abraham's lie. So goddamn ridiculous. God is a total affront to what justice is by nature.

Genesis 19:13, 26 "...because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it."

     "But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."
     Alrighty then. Never mind that Lot offered his daughters to a crowd outside his door; since God did not intervene He implied His consent of Lot's fucked up offer. Here God decides He is so pissed off He is going to snuff out a couple of cities with fire from heaven. He tells Lot and Lot's wife and daughters to NOT look back as the cities are being destroyed. Lot's wife's curiosity gets the better of her and she takes a peek, instantly turning into a pillar of salt. Lovely. Maybe it is not so much that Lot's wife disobeyed an order to NOT look so much as it is God did not want any witnesses to His dastardly deed.

Genesis 20:18 "...for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek's household from conceiving because of Abraham's wife Sarah."

     So, once again we have a fine example of God placing punishment on someone when they had nothing to do with what they are being punished for in the first fuckin' place.

Genesis 22:2, 9, 12 "Then God said, Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."

     "When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood."
     ""Do not lay a hand on the boy, he said. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
     Here is one of the most popular stories in Christianity that always bothered me, right? I mean, Mr. Omnipotent should have known the quality of Abraham's faith without instructing Abe to pull an Andrea Yates.

Genesis 29:31 "When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless."
     Well, what have we here but God pitting one woman against another...for no fucking reason at all. I think God simply loves to see people suffer physically, mentally and spiritually. And the issue here is not just Rachel being barren by divine decision, but read the verse again and you will see that Leah was not loved. Of course, with God being love and all you would think He would do the righteous and compassionate thing and allow Leah one of the most important and basic requirements for a happy and satisfying life. But nnnoooooo...because why? Because God was apparently having too much of a good time watching Leah pop out kid after kid, each time hoping that she would have finally done enough to earn the love she so desperately craved. 

Genesis 30:2 "Jacob became angry with her and said, Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?"
     Ahhh. The widely practiced and highly acclaimed, Oliver North-style, divine edition game of Pass the Buck. Why the fuck is Jacob angry with Rachel when he himself stated it was God pinching off Rachel's Fallopian tubes? Is Jacob so afraid of God and of confronting God about the bullshit treatment towards Rachel that he turns on Rachel? The sociopath implications here as to The Almighty's behavior is actually quite frightening and completely and totally devoid of any caring and nurturing. 

Genesis 32:25 "When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man."
     Here we have straightforward evidence that God fights dirty...just like many spoiled brat bullies in the world we know. 

Genesis 38:7, 10 "But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death."
     "What he did was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death also."

Monday, July 8, 2013

From Bad to Worse

Worst Verses and Ideas in the Bible

This is simply outstanding. It is short and sweet and get right to the point of why many people do not believe in the bullshit of the Bible. This man says you do not need science to disbelieve the Bible since the Bible makes itself unbelievable. I agree.

Totally awesome!

You know, maybe if someone invented another outlandish religious text similar to the Bible and then tried to convince Christians that it was in fact total truth, God inspired and absolutely provable in the same manner that Christians try to prove the Bible as actual truth, maybe then at least some Christians would get a teeny bit of an understanding as to what they are doing and how they sound as they try their damnedest to prove the pathetic lie of the Bible as truth.

Hahahahaa!! I love this video! 

The Bible is absolutely repulsive in many ways. If you do not agree consider the rape of women, selling of children, slaughter of animals (not for eating but for sacrifices), genocide (like when God instructs the Israelites to kill everyone EVERYONE in a city), a massive flood that kills everything but a handful of people and animals on a freaking boat, killing of babies, God killing His own Son (oh, but it was for a good cause)...and there is so much more that it would be better that you look it up to be familiarize yourself with true evil in religion.

That is right. When bad things happen to good people it is God's plan. When babies die horribly it is God's plan. When people cheat in relationships it is God's plan. When nations go to war it is God's plan. When your pet gets run over by a car it is God's plan. When you realize you would be happier with a woman rather than a man and you are a woman...that is God's plan for you. When you beaten up because you are a minority that is God's plan. You know what? God can't plan for shit, can He?

Ahh. The illusions of God and the even bigger illusion that this God can help you if you pray hard enough to Him. What happens when God does not answer your prayer? Is He ignoring you?

This lady puts into plain and perfectly understandable English exactly what millions of people think when it comes to the stupidity of claimed miracles by God. God does not perform miracles, never has performed miracles, and never will perform miracles. Of course, this is mainly because He does not exist.

Again, here we have someone who very succinctly speaks on the stupidity of hell and the equal stupidity of telling people who do not believe in God that they will go to hell.