Before I start it’s important to point out two facts that are relevant to this article. Fact number one, I’m not an Atheist, just because a person disagrees with the biblical story and the Christian version of God, is not an indication that one denies or disputes the possibility of a Divine Intelligence governing our universe. Number two: prayer and spiritual meditation is not reserved for the religious follower only.
With all due respect to Christianity, Islam, and its adherents, blindly following medieval, nonsensical beliefs, comes down to religious conditioning and flat out ignorance. Regardless of who you are, or what you do for a living, you are a sheep being led by wolves. It doesn’t matter if you have a degree from Harvard; if you believe, Numbers 22:28, where a donkey talks, or any of the plethora of other scriptures that are illogical, and defies reason, what else contributes to your sacred myopia?
Most of your scriptural beliefs totally fly in the face of logic, reason, sound judgement, and science. If these archaic beliefs were not drummed into your head, from the time you were born, but told to you 10 years later, as the truth, even at that early age, you would have totally disregarded what your parents were telling you.
Stories such as, “The Passover,” about the Ten Plagues brought on the people of Egypt. The tenth affliction (Exodus 11:1-12) states, “About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.” “Every firstborn in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.”
A 10-year-old would question why a loving entity would kill all firstborn children, including the firstborn of the “slave girl,” when this person or family would be guilty of NOTHING. A 10-year-old would also make the observation that, if I’m a parent one day, I’m pretty sure I would not want my firstborn child murdered simply because I was NOT a Christian.
Ignorance is on grand display when you consider the age of the Earth according to biblical scriptures. Allow me to break it down for you.
- 500 years ago: Martin Luther and Columbus, sailed the ocean in 1492.
- 1000 years ago: Christian explorer Leif Ericson preached Christ to pagans (1983, World Book, volume 6, page 270)
- 2000 years ago: Purported birth of Jesus Christ, our calendar starts at this “miracle birth.” The same miracle birth story, by the way, that had been told hundreds of times in the past, as far back as 3000 BC with the “miracle birth” of Horus, or Krishna, born of the virgin Devaki.
- 3000 years ago: David and Solomon ruled Israel about 1000 BC.
- 4000 years ago: Time of Abraham, ancestor of Arabs and Jews, 2000 BC.
- 5000 years ago: Enoch walked with God for 300 years and God took him into heaven.
- 6000 years ago: Time of Creation, God created the Earth in 7 days; Adam and Eve would have existed around 4004 BC. According to the bible, Adam is recorded as the first man (Luke 3:38).
Modern day scientist know so much more about the world around them, than archaic writers (whose articles were later compiled to makeup the Bible in 325 AD at the First Council of Nicaea, and have advanced telescopic equipment, such as the Hubble Telescope), indicate the universe to be at least 14 billion years old.
Paleontologists have evidence that dinosaurs lived on all of the continents during the Triassic Period (Age of Reptiles), or Paleozoic Era. A geologic time that began 542 million years ago with the Cambrian explosion, an extraordinary diversification of marine animals, and ended 251 million years ago with the “End-Permian Extinction,” the greatest extinction event in Earth history. This took place approximately 230 million years ago, when the continents we now know were arranged together as a single supercontinent called Pangea.
Christianity ignores the aforementioned earthly event, or makes the imbecilic statement that there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark (one of many plagiarized stories in the Bible .. see the Flood of Gilgamesh).
Ignorance and indifference take the stage once again, when the Christian reads and either ignores, or somehow tries to rationalize the scriptures below:
- Leviticus 20:13, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
- Ezekiel 4:13, “In this way the people of Israel will eat defiled food among the nations where I will drive them.”
- Deuteronomy 20:10-18, “If they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.
- Genesis 22:10-12, “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him upon the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything to him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”
Translate the aforementioned four scriptures and you have: (1) condoning the killing of homosexuals, (2) Eating desecrated or unclean food, (3) Kill all men in town after you have conquered the town through War, and keep all women, children, and livestock as your plunder (booty, loot, prize), “enjoy the spoils of your enemies”; and (4) God tells Abraham to put a knife to the throat of his own son, when he “obeys” this command, God tells him not to because he was only “testing his faith.”
Please tell me, what loving father, in his right mind, would put a knife to his son’s throat because “God instructed him to do so?”
To highlight one last point on the absurdity of many Christian convictions, let’s look at two great astronomers of antiquity: Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei.
Copernicus is one of the most pivotal astronomers in history and is considered the founder of modern astronomy. He was the first to prove that the Earth was not the center of our galaxy.
Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, who supported the Copernican theory and was placed under house arrest by the Catholic Church.
In Copernicus’ day, scientists generally held a “geocentric” view of the universe, meaning the earth was the center of our solar system and remained stationary as the sun, stars, and planets revolved around it.
Copernicus’ hypothesis challenged this belief, asserting that the sun was the stationary center of our solar system and that the earth revolved around it. Copernicus was the first to scientifically propose the idea of a “heliocentric” cosmology. This sparked the Copernican Revolution, which helped launch the Scientific Revolution of the 16th Century.
Copernicus “Heliocentric Theory” was published in his book entitled, “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres,” in 1543, the year he died.
Sixty years later, the Catholic Church took action, alleging that a heliocentric point of view contradicted Holy Scripture. The Catholic Church suspended further publication of Copernicus’ book until offending portions could be edited out (this is exactly what has been done to many books of the bible). A decree was issued prohibiting any further work defending Copernicus’ heliocentric theory.
Pope Paul V sent notice of the decree to the astronomer Galileo, warning him not to uphold or defend Copernican doctrine. But in 1633, Galileo was convicted of suspicion of heresy for promoting Copernican ideas and was sentenced to house arrest for the remainder of his life.
Religious apologist, for the past several centuries have defended their views about the biblical, Christian God, by utilizing the “God of the Gaps” argument.
God of the Gaps is a “type of theological perspective in which gaps in scientific knowledge are taken to be evidence or proof of God’s existence.” It refers to a specific form of the argument based on “ignorance fallacy,” which asserts that a proposition is true because it has not yet been proven false. In other words, if you can’t explain it scientifically, then God is behind it, so the Christian story must be real. The “God of the Gaps” argument, uses religion, or the Christian God, to fill in any and all gaps without providing any proof whatsoever.
Can anyone not see the ignorance associated with this religion, or is it just me? Believe me, what’s written here, is just the tip of the scriptural, duplicitous, iceberg.
All the obvious fabrications and contradictions, rampant throughout the Bible, any objectively sane individual, can use scriptures to refute the veracity of the so-called “Holy Book.” In other words, the literature in the book, disputes and disproves itself, and ironically turns out to be its own intellectual enemy.