Hey you religious people!

These are mostly for Christians, since I’m writing for my audience and it happens to be the religion I know most about, but some others will apply to other faiths as well.

Question time.

First, let me explain my intentions – people always seem suspicious of this, which surprised me at first, but it’s easier now just to explain right away. I’m interested in your answers, and from your answers I might ask more questions. I’m not trying to make you lose faith. I’m trying to understand the many different ways people think about and interact with religion, if I disagree with something you say, I won’t do it by calling you a derogatory name. I except the same type of courtesy back, because otherwise I can’t learn anything from you and neither can you from me. I’ve simplified these a lot and changed them from my wordpress account. Anyways, here we go.

  1. If you believe that the purpose of the universe is to foster human life, how do you explain the time surrounding human existence? 99.999999% of all time in which anything existed did not include human life, so this means the universe did some serious procrastinating in turning us up on earth if it is supposedly created for us.
  2. Assuming that God created the whole of existence, where does God come from? If you claim god is eternal – how/why? Why is is conceivable for god to be eternal in order to have created all of the matter that makes up existence, but not for matter to have possibly existed in a way that would make the big bang plausible?
  3. How do you explain inconsistencies in the bible or other holy books? If man wrote them, are they not fallible? Why should they be trusted? There was no peer review process, we have only speculation to go on about their authors and at what time they were written. They are famously unreliable documents with bits of history sprinkled in.
  4. Do you believe evolution? Why/why not? If you do, how do you explain the conflicting teachings of religion with evolutionary theory? Do you know what deism is?
  5. How do you explain that stories such as virgin birth of a savior who was also resurrected three days after their death showing up in earlier religions? These religions often worshiped multiple gods that were nothing like the Christian gods, and had different prophets – yet these stories remain.
  6. Do you think it makes sense to use one lifetime to judge what happens to your eternal soul?
  7. Why do you think there is no clear evidence for God? Feelings are not clear evidence – I used to be a Christian, every time I felt some amazement at something and credited god – I still have those feelings, I just don’t find any reason to credit god anymore since I find no reason to believe god exists.
  8. Why is it that, when someone dies Christians are so sad? If the person was good, they’d go to heaven wouldn’t they? Isn’t this a sort of cognitive dissonance that suggest that deep-down, there is unbelief? I understand this is a basic question, it was just something I often wondered as a kid
  9. Why is it, do you think, that descriptions of heaven are so vague and the ones of hell are so vivid? Is it possible that this is a sort of marketing ploy to keep people afraid and to keep the idea of heaven vague so people could make what they wanted of it? Did you know the ideas of heaven and hell have basically evolved from the Judaic Sheol?
  10. Do you know what the Council of Nicea is? If so, what are your personal views on the work they did? In so many words, I’d view it as the biggest marketing ploy of all time by the church, instead of being concerned with truth.

It’s not hate speech just because you don’t like what I have to say.

Things can only be defined as hate speech if they are hateful.

If someone expresses disagreement or points out a major flaw in your belief system, this is not hate. If however they say something along the lines of, “Catholics should die because I disagree with them.” That is hate speech.

I will not silence my opinions for anyone else’s comfort. I’d be happy to shut the fuck up if I was saying something like what I mentioned above, but since such a sentence would NEVER leave my lips, I won’t be shutting up.

I am allowed to care about my atheism and the way it relates to the world. I am allowed to care about the shortcomings and untruths of any and all religions. Especially when these things actively prevent the advancement of human knowledge, especially when there is still blatant discrimination of atheists in the world today just for having these views, and especially when I see people’s lives and well-being still being ruined by so-called loving religions.

I usually don’t get anywhere near angry, but I am now. Atheists may not still be tortured, condemned, killed, imprisoned, etc. at the hands of powerful religious officials on a global scale as a socially acceptable thing to do – but there is NO EXCUSE (and there never was, but people get smarter over time as a whole) why I should have to live in a world where people are still kicked out of their homes for not believing, where in other countries atheism is still illegal and has many harsh and unwarranted punishments, where people are treated as lesser human beings for wanting equal happiness with the people they love who happen to be the same sex as them due to a religious doctrine in a country where not all people follow that doctrine, where people are threatened by secularism because they are afraid the way that systems have favored their beliefs so blatantly will cease, where little girls are shot in another country for wanting to go to school, where churches don’t have to pay taxes and in turn the people end up paying more for a belief system they don’t support (do you have any idea how much taxing churches could reduce the deficit?), where the AIDS crisis in this world is getting worse because people want to convince others that safe sex is a sin just because sex makes them uncomfortable, where people are still hanged in other countries for not following religious rules, where women are raped and beaten  in parts of the world for not going along with archaic views, etc. In fact – I’ll just give you this link here. religiousatrocities.wordpress.com

If this makes you uncomfortable as a religious person – or you feel I’m being unfair by not recognizing the good religion can do, I have more to say.

No acts of kindness ever done have been specific to religion.People might act through a place such as a church, but the acts of kindness belong to the people. Countless people, however, have had their lives ruined and taken away from them because of religion-specific problems – and all because all of the horrifying parts of scripture have been used as an awful excuse for people to act in a wrong way.

The parts of scripture that address the horrid way slaves were treated, the many things you can be put to death for, the treatment of rape victims, or the way that torture was condoned toward enemies, or countless other horrible things you could find in most holy books may make you uncomfortable, a person may believe they are not the message of  religion, but they are in that book as a piece of that religion. They are just as wholly a piece of any religion as the parts where you’re told to ‘love they neighbor’. But the human mind goes to incredible lengths to hold onto cognitive dissonance in order to explain what it wants to be true.

Religion isn’t making anyone kinder or more morally correct. This should be made more than apparent by the Spanish Inquisition alone. Those traits – kindness, forgiveness, selflessness, are innate and will manifest themselves in many ways regardless of whether or not a person has a belief in any god or gods.

 

**I pulled this from my Tumblr account.

Hi!

I’ve neglected this site terribly.

I got used to not having internet for a little while and just stopped getting on my laptop during winter break, but now classes have started and I’m back at another semester of pulling my hair out. Anyways, I’ll try to make a real comeback here – hopefully some of you guys still remember me. Hopefully my favorite people haven’t neglected their accounts as well.