Friday, September 21, 2007
As I did in my last 60 Second article, I posted a disclaimer warning you that the paragraphs following this one will be stuffed with things pertaining to God and Christianity. I’m advising you, that if you don’t wish to read any of that, you may click the CLOSE button now and continue with whatever it is you are doing. Please do that Now……M’kay, can’t say I didn’t warn you ^_^!
If you’re reading this part, I’d like to thank you for taking some time to listen. So anyways, due to the success of my last 60 second article (although I did advertise it) I decided to write another one and hopefully get people thinking and asking questions. I’m not writing this article to convert anyone or to tell you that you’re going to Hell. I don’t see Hell as a really important topic (frankly because I’m not going). But let’s face it, if you’re an Atheist or Agnostic, you don’t believe in Hell. So that point is rendered moot. I am however going to explain God to you, or at least my view of God. And I’m gonna start that off by telling you a little story, and I’m sure you’re all familiar with this story, but I’m gonna tell it anyway. So here we go:
In the beginning there was nothing. Nothing existed except this Being. This Being decided to create and create He did. He saw what He created and it was good. He then decided to create more, and He created more, and more and everything He created He saw, and it was good. And all of it was made in His own image. After He had created these things, He rested. Time went by and the things He had created began to fight each other. The Being saw this and saw that it was not good. So This Being decided to kill them all, except for a few and start over. And He did.
I’m pretty sure you’re all familiar with that story right ? What story is that ? That’s Genesis right ?! WRONG !! That is not Genesis ! That’s not even from The Bible. So what story is that ? It’s actually a story of mine that I written. Let’s take a look at what I’m talking about.
In the beginning there was nothing…I’m talking about the blankness of a sheet of paper. Nothing existed outside of that paper, but Me. I picked up a pencil and created something. I saw what I created and I liked what I had created. From that point on I created more things and I liked it all. Everything I created was created from my own mind and had a small piece of me within them. Hence they were made in My image. After I finished drawing these characters I took a LONG BREAK. As the story developed I had the character engage in a war, and the vast majority of them were slaughtered, except for a few who lived till the next story.
I told this story to show you my understanding of God. And ultimately I see God as an Author. Now, if you’ve read any of my previous articles I refer to that point continuously, mostly because I fail to see the difference between God and Authors. But in case you’re confused by this, I’ll bust it down to even simpler words so you can understand it. Not because I think of you as stupid or slow or anything. Only because I want you all to understand my train of thought and why I choose to believe in God, and maybe from my understanding you can come to a conclusion yourself.
But examine if you will the nature between Creator and Created. For those of you who have written stories you’ll be able to understand this easier. I am going to speak from my own personal experience, mostly because I can not speak for anyone else but me. So please don’t interrupt this as selfishness.
I have created TONS of characters. Good and Bad. And personally I love them all. If I didn’t love them I wouldn’t have made them. Case in point, I don’t like Vampires, hence none of my creations are Vampires. But getting back to the point. Everything I create, I feel as if it’s just a very small piece of me. It becomes a personal thing. I create these characters and I know EVERYTHING there is to know about them. I know EVERYTHING that will happen to them, I know EVERYTHING that can make them cry, make them happy, make them love, make them hate. I know it ALL. If it is possible for me to create an entity, who has it’s own thoughts and feelings and emotions and who I know everything about , why is it irrational to believe that there is some force who has the same knowledge of us ? Is that an extremely far-fetched idea ?
I mean if it is so easy for us to create beings, why is it impossible that we are the result of creation ? And I’m not saying this to disprove evolution. Granted, I don’t think we came from some primordial goo, or that we’re the result of The Big Bang. But I do have a belief that Human beings share traits with various things. I recall hearing that Humans and potatoes actually have a lot in common, as well as Humans and apes, and Humans and water. But like any good artist He leaves behind a trademark to stamp his work. Case in point, look at Akira Toriyama (creator of “Dragon Ball Z”) anyone who’s seen “Dragon Ball Z” can easily see the similarities between the characters of “Dragon Ball Z” and the characters of “Dragon Quest”. Two different universes, same art work, same creator. But then again I’m getting a tad bit ahead of myself.
Speaking strictly for myself, I’ve written hundreds of stories, and in each one of those stories I have killed people, had families murdered, spread disease, tortured hundreds, caused wars and wiped many things off the face of the Earth. Does this make me a bad person ? Earlier on I did admit that I do indeed love all my creations. But I also admitted to killing them and what not. Does this mean I hate my creations ? Does this mean I am an evil creator ? I do indeed admit to causing these acts.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s your story, you can do what you want. Which is true. The very fact that I created these things gives me free reign to do as I please. And I do. This does not mean that I will go buck wild and just have evil run rampant, and have everyone killing everyone. No. By my hand I allow these events to occur in order to usher the story to it’s conclusion. Regardless of the nature of the event, be it a horrible event, or a really good one. All of these events work accordingly towards a plan I have in mind. There is no event within my story that I haven’t taken under consideration, that I haven’t planned to it’s last detail, that I haven’t worked and re-worked from every angle. All these events that I have planned for my story I execute FULLY. Without opposition. Simply because I created them.
But I’m getting ahead of myself and I’m sorry for doing that. But this should start to make sense to you now. That it is possible for an all loving God to cause such havoc. I claimed to love all of my creations and yet I cause havoc upon them. Not because I hate them. So why do I do it ? Well that poses another question. Why does Man create ? And here’s the honest truth. The 100% truth why Man creates. Man creates to be one with God. That’s THE TRUTH. In all seriousness. Nothing is closer to God then the art of creation. Creation is God’s main claim to fame. If Man learns to create, He can become God. Sorry, didn’t mean to get philosophical. But it’s the truth. Think about it.
An Atheist might say, “If there is God, wouldn’t He leave behind some form of evidence that He is interacting with our world ? Something like a finger print ?” My answer. Not at all. Case in point, Does Frodo Baggins know that J.R.R Tolkien is actually the cause of everything ? Is there evidence that points to J.R.R. Tolkien being involved in The Lord Of The Rings Universe. Or for that matter,In any story you created, are ANY of the characters you created AWARE of YOU ?! Think about it. You’re face to face with one of your creations. What would they call you ? Not mother/father ? They have a mother and a father. What else could they call you except for Creator. What else could they call you except God ? Do you not know more about them than anyone else ? After all you did create them, did you not ?
But I am, again, getting ahead of myself and I apologize. This is my last article and I’m trying to go out with a bang. So forgive me if my thoughts aren’t exactly concrete. Now for starters I wanna say that I understand the stupidity behind the entire situation. I fully understand just how stupid I sound. I believe that there is some Dude in the sky who’s gonna bless me and who loves everyone. And I talk to some invisible force. I mean if you really think about it I sound like a raving lunatic who’s talking to an invisible friend. But in all honesty it’s not as if that invisible friend has told me to do anything bad, it hasn’t gotten me in trouble, and it’s trying to get me to stop doing a lot of bad things. So I guess crazy is acceptable when it’s instructing you to be good. (That’s a little humor ^_^!). To an Atheist however I am nothing more than a guy who’s talking to an invisible force, and I’m perfectly okay with that. Mostly because I’m a WaitandSee kinda guy. If God is real and he really is gonna come and pass judgment then everyone who doesn’t believe in Him will see, and if He’s not real, I can at least say that I lived a good life and will be remembered as a good person. And nothing is wrong with that.
I like studying Atheism and Agnosticism. Mostly because in the words of William Blake “Opposition is true friendship.”. I take that to mean that the more I question what I believe, the more I can understand why I believe it. And I believe this is the best course of action for anyone. I encourage people to study different schools of thought, and for them to make a choice souly based on what they truly believe.
According to Brian Sapient, who is the leader of The Rational Response Squad, I am a brain washed drone. If I were indeed Brain washed by Christianity I wouldn’t be inclined to instruct you to study other schools of thought. I wouldn’t be inclined to study other schools of thought myself. And as I have stated in my 60 second article, I have looked into various religions and philosophies. Many of them sounded great but it didn’t offer me what I felt I needed. What is it that I need ? Well I need purpose. I need meaning. I need answers. The reason why I think Atheism sounds great is because it gives you the sense of total control. But for me it doesn’t explain anything.
For me, as a Christian I can witness a horrible event and KNOW that something good will come out of this. Take The Virginia Tech Shooting for instance. That was a horrible tragedy and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, and I extend my deepest sympathies to all those effected by it. But, in the aftermath of that incident, are the students not more sympathetic, are they not more understanding ? Will they not be there for each other more than they were before ? Will they not try and make more time for their friends ? Will they not extend a hand to other students who they once deemed weird or strange ? I ask you, is that not a good thing that after suffering such a great loss you learn to care more, to understand more and to block less ? And I’m not accusing the student of Virginia Tech for being judgmental, I’m just saying that in the aftermath of this tragedy they are able to move towards a more compassionate community.
Again this is just an example I’m using. But looking at God as an Author explains so much of the hows and whys. Personally I see life as one big story, and everyone is the main character of their own story. But regardless we are all made with a purpose, we are all made with love. To prove that, some people would say that The Bible is sexist and that God is sexist. If God hated women, why would he take time to create them ? Why create something you’re gonna hate ? Again, I hate vampires, hence I don’t make vampires. That simple. Second, God made ALL THINGS in his image. That includes women. If he were to hate them, He’d have to hate himself for creating them and hate his own image.
This same logic applies to all things. God created “special” children in His own image as well. All things are the work of God and ALL THINGS have a reason for being. We may not know what that reason is, but there is one. This is the cool part of Christianity, the knowledge that everything WILL work out. When you’re a Christian, worrying shouldn’t be in your vocabulary anymore. And that’s a hard one to swallow, because I worry sometimes, but another part of me is saying “Relax dude, just relax. It’s all gonna work out.”. And when I say “work out”, I don’t mean some giant rain cloud is gonna come and wash away all my problems and I’m gonna problem free forever. When I say “Work Out” I mean that there is an underlining plan going on behind the scenes. A ripple effect that I can’t see that will shape the coming events of either my life or someone else’s life.
I will never say Christians have no problems. If anything you get MORE problems when you become a Christian. But in the midst of that, again you have something telling you not to worry. That’s why I’m not tripping over atheists calling me crazy or people saying that Christians are judgmental, evil and amoral, pious, jerks. I don’t worry about it. Not at all. Sure it makes me a little sad, but I refuse to let it get to me. And I get on Christians about this to. We shouldn’t be judgmental. If anything we should be the most humble people on the planet. At least that’s what my Bible says. “Judge not lest ye be judged.”. Plain and simple. Don’t point a finger because 3 are pointed right back at you.”. And some Christians fail to understand this. I don’t care. Those people aren’t making a real good case for us. And when people like David Mills do what they do, they’re not making a real good case for atheism either. So each side has their fair share of morons.
But I digress. I said I wasn’t gonna do a piece on David Mills, and I’m not. I’m here to talk about what it is that makes me believe and that’s what I’m gonna do. Ya gotta forgive me. Going out with a bang is a lot harder than I thought ^_^! Little humor.
Anyway. Looking at God from the perspective of Him being an Author clears up so much confusion for me. Because as a child, I would go to church, but I was a child and I didn’t really understand what was going on. All I knew was this is a place we got to every Sunday, as I got older and began reading and studying The Bible, I began to slowly understand what it was that I was doing everytime I went to this building. But it wasn’t until I was 18 when I discovered who God really was. I mean I knew who God was I just didn’t know who he was. God was an artist. God was an artist just like me. The only difference is He gave His creation the ability to be aware of Him. It’s amazing really, when you think about it. It’d be like a character you created was suddenly able to talk to you and was aware that he was the result of you, a sheet of paper and pencil.
I am aware of God. I am aware of The Author. I see pass the world and I see what’s really going on. Kinda like in “The Matrix”. Everything has some kind of sense, some kind of reason for being. This is what I feel. This is what I believe. That everything has a purpose and a reason and a meaning. What is crazy about that ? What is so horrible and so dangerous about that ? People like Sam Harris and Brian Flemming, will attest to Christian being by far the most worst human beings on the face of the planet. But that’s just it. We are all human beings and according to The Bible “We all fall short !”. None of us are perfect. NO ONE. Not one. As a Christian I ask you, do I pose a threat to you ? Am I a danger to you at all. Have I ever appeared to be dangerous. Have I ever given you a reason to believe that I could possibly be a danger to you ? If I have, I can assure you that it was not my intent. And yet, we have people who would refuse to believe me, simply because I am a Christian.
Many will say, Hitler was a Christian. Well, Hitler was also a Vegetarian. Do I fear that all Vegetarians are gonna band together and kill a bunch of people ? Of course not. That would be irrational of me. The K.K.K was an organization founded by Christians. I can truly accept the fact that The K.K.K were not real Christians. Simply because if they took the time to read The Bible, they’d understand that racism and murder is wrong. Would I reasonably side with a religion that advocated the murdering of thousands of people ? No. And yes, I have read The Bible. I know that God did indeed have his followers go to war and murder. But in those cases, God NEVER ordered death without reason. That is something I can say with 100% certainty. Just as no Author kills a character off for no reason, my God does not kill for no reason.
My thoughts are a little jumbled right now, I’m writing this article day by day, little by little so bare with me, Please. This brain washing thing that some atheists believe we Christians have suffered. I feel somewhat bad for them. And I know as atheists or agnostics yourselves you’ve probably heard this before, but in all honesty I do feel sad for you. Why ? God is kinda like a really powerful alarm system. It makes me feel safe knowing it’s always there and it’s always on. But for those of you without it, you may not think you need it because nothing bad has happened, but when something finally does, what can you say then ? Bad analogy, I know, and forgive me. It’s late. What I’m trying to say is that I believe that The Creator Of The Universe is watching my back, I believe that The Creator Of The Universe loves me. HOW IN ANY TRAIN OF THOUGHT is that DANGEROUS ! How is that a bad thing ! What is so evil, so vile, so sick about that ?!
Yet still, I am a very dangerous man. I’m a Brain Washed Zombie who has nothing better to do with his time than to tell you that The Creator Of The Universe loves you, wants to help you anyway He can. Yes, I’m a very awful person. I am a horrible, horrible person. I should be in a mental hospital because I’m saying that an invisible force is telling me to be good to people, is telling me not to kill anyone, is telling me not to judge anyone, is telling me that I can be a good person, is telling me not to steal, is telling me not to lie, is telling me not to cheat on my wife (if I ever get one). Yes, I am a sick, sick, vile, evil dangerous person. Yes I am. I’m a sick, evil person because I believe in a placed called Heaven which is a paradise, and I wanna see AS MANY people as I can see go there. I am a sick person because I believe in a place called Hell which is a place of God’s wrath and eternal punishment, and I wanna see NO ONE go there. Yes, I am sick. Cure me. Cure me. I’m a horrible person because I believe that there is a God who has a plan for everything and nothing is done without meaning, and that EVERYONE’S life is meaningful. Yes all these things I believe is just horrible. I’m an awful person.
You see this. This is the outline of what I believe. I mean, The Creator of The Universe wants to help you ! I mean if there is a God and you deny His help, that’s a huge slap in the face. That’s like saying “FUCK YOU!” to your mother for no reason. You mother would still love you even after that, but she would be VERY HURT. And God feels the same way when you deny Him. Now I know what you’re thinking “We can see our mother, but we can’t see God.”. You’re 100% right. You can’t see God. But you can feel God. I feel God. I don’t mean physically, I mean spiritually. Something inside me acknowledges that there is something better and greater than me. This is God. Something inside me that tells me not to worry. This is God.
There are people who are depressed, who feel that they are unloved, and that no one loves them. And this is a lie. The Creator Of The Universe loves them. If you’ve ever felt that way, if you’ve ever felt that you were alone and you were depressed that no one loved you, wouldn’t it be great if someone told you that there was a being who created this entire Universe and in the midst of that created YOU, to be the only you in existence, and He did this because He loved you. Wouldn’t that make you happy ? Think about it. This guy/girl doesn’t love you, but The Creator Of The Universe loves you !
A murderer who refutes his past actions and tells God that he is truly sorry for what he has done, will be forgiven. Why is this a good thing ? Because it clears the false message that God is angry with you. Case in point: Paul was a mass murderer. This is a guy who hunted Christians for fun and killed them at a whim. And he enjoyed this ! And God showed Himself to Paul, and since then, Paul suddenly became Jesus’s right hand man. THIS WAS A MASS MURDERER ! No one is above being forgiven. But you just gotta want it.
Isn’t that awesome ? You steal a candy bar, God will forgive you, if you are truly sorry. You commit murder, sure it’s an awful thing, but if you know in your heart that you were wrong for doing this, and confess to God that you are sorry, you will be forgiven, in the eyes of God. And that’s a contract between you and Him. Because only He knows what you truly think and feel, men do not.
OH, something very interesting I just watched on myspace. There’s a bulletin going around about a little girl named Kelsey Briggs. I’m not gonna bog you down on details, I suggest you go watch the video, you can find it on youtube or on myspace. But this helps illustrate my point that even THE MOST VILEST of actions can have a positive effect. In the wake of the horrible tragedy Kelsey suffered, a Law was passed in her name to insure what happen to her would never happen again. And that’s a great thing. The only shame is that she had to be the example.
To finally finish this article and take a much needed break from all this, I’d like you to think about 3 things.
Number 1: Think of God as an author, and if you are an author yourself and you can not justify your reason for putting you creations through trials and tribulations,
then you have no right to ask God the same question. So think of God as an author.
Number 2: The Creator Of The Universe loves you and wants to help you, ask yourself is this a horrible message to tell people ? Even without proof, ask yourself. Is it ?
Number 3: I want you to understand that what I say is not coming from years of “brain washing”, but coming from a stance of a person who has examined the alternatives and has found no better route than to accept the fact that I believe there is a God. I’m not ordering you to believe in God, I’m not saying there is a God, I’m saying I believe there is one. If you genuinely believe there is no God, I can’t touch you. And I won’t bother. But if you are open to the idea of a God than ponder this:
We all believe in energy, and as thermodynamics state, Energy is indeed eternal. So the thought of there being a form of conscious energy, energy that is aware of it’s self isn’t a far-fetched idea for me to understand. After all, we all have energy in us. This energy could be God. That could be His signature. But I’ve already said too much. Think about this for yourself.
In conclusion. I’d like to thank everyone who’s read my blogs and posted comments. I wanna thank Liz personally for keeping me focused and cheering me on, I love you for that, you know this already. I wanna thank everyone who’s read and commented on the the first “60 Second Thought”, blog. And finally I wanna Thank (and you already saw this coming) God for giving me the time and energy to write this and make it somewhat coherent and logical. So that’s that. I hope I didn’t sound like a jerk or was offensive in anyway, and if I was, I’m sorry, that was not my intent. So this was my final blog before I take my much needed hiatus from all this stuff. I’ll probably come up with some new articles in a few months or so…maybe in the late winter or when something really inspires me, other than that, I’m taking a break. However I’m usually online 24/7 and if you have any question feel free to message me and ask, if I can I’ll give you answer, if not I’ll refer you to someone who can. My last words are the obvious ones I always use. Thank you for reading, and whether you believe in Him or not may God bless you, and depending on the time you read this, have a great day…or a good night.
And here’s a list of stuff to check out….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AeC4C1dCDw (a little humor ^_^)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFve5PaKoco (The “Great” David Mills !!!) And I have intentions of buying his book.
I wouldn't exactly use George Bush as an example of a Christian leader...Just because he says it doesn't exactly mean he understands it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzP3_B0t67Y (More from The “Great” David Mills !!)
What I’m asking you to do is simple. I’m asking you to ask yourself “Why you don’t believe in God.”
WAIT ! Before you roll your eyes and sigh or click the close button on this entry I want you to listen. I myself have looked into various religions and philosophies and I have examined the reasons why I shouldn’t believe in God but ultimately I always find justification for my belief. And it’s not because I’m a Christian. I have looked into Hinduism and frankly the idea of reincarnation is scary to me. I have looked into Atheism but the concept of there not being any governing force does not make sense to me. I have looked into Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, Paganism, Nihilism so and so forth and each time none of it fulfilled what I felt needed to be fulfilled. I opened my mind and I’m asking you to do the same. Please grant me this one favor. If you’re not then now would be a good time to click on the close button.
If you’re reading this then I’m gonna go ahead and guess you didn’t click the close button. Thank you. As I said before I have studied various religions and philosophies and have looked at each one objectively, even Scientology and trust me that wasn’t easy (a little humor just to break the mood, lol) Getting back on point. Now I’m asking you to look at this objectively. I’m asking you to take an honest look at what you believe or better yet don’t believe and look at it objectively.
If you believe there is No God, then I raise this question to you, if there is No God then why is it that the concept of God exists ? That may sound like a loaded question but it’s not. What I’m saying is how can Man create God if there was no such concept to begin with. And this doesn’t apply to just my God, this applies to all gods. Where did the concept of God come from. Who’s idea was it to bow down and worship something that wasn’t there ? How is this at all a good idea ? If there is no God then the argument of there being a God would never be a concept. Hopefully you understand that.
Furthermore if there is No God, then why argue the point ? You don’t see thousands upon thousands of websites devoted to the existence of Santa Clause because there is no argument as to whether Santa Clause exists or not. We all know he does not. Ergo, we do not need to argue it. You may tell yourself, well belief in Santa Clause and belief in God is the same thing. Well I NEVER believed in Santa Clause but sure enough EVERY Christmas there was a present under that tree with my name on it. And I didn’t believe in Santa Clause. Now based on the songs I should’ve gotten a lump of coal. But I got a gift. So there goes the existence of Santa.
So by that standard if you feel the need to argue the existence of God then that might be the fear of one actually existing. I mean let’s face NONE OF US likes the idea of someone knowing EVERYTHING YOU THINK, FEEL, DO, DONE, DID, IN THE PROCESS OF DOING ! That’s one scary thought. Especially if you’ve done a lot of bad things. That’s one scary thought. Hell, it freaks me out sometime. And let’s face it we are Human and we fear what we don’t understand, and we do not understand God, by any stretch of the imagination. We know as much about God as He wants us to. So this raises many questions you might have.
1. Where did God come from ?
2. If God is all powerful can he create something so heavy not even He himself could lift it
And so on so forth, all very difficult questions that not even the savviest of Christians can answer so ultimately you’re like “This whole God thing is just one big fairytale.”. and you choose not to believe. And frankly I don’t blame you. BUT, you gotta understand the dynamic of God and us. We are a compilation of Carbon, Flesh, Blood, Bones and so on so forth. What is God ? He’s God. Have to sleep and get rest and eat to live and cover ourselves from the cold and fan ourselves from the heat and so on so forth. Basically we are Human beings. God is exactly what He says He is God. He doesn’t have to do any of these things, and yet we do and yet we insist that God does not exist and God is impossible and so on so forth. But if you actually thought about it, you’d understand that by using the word “God” you’re already identifying something outside of your understanding. Ergo you’re commenting on something in which you have no knowledge of.
Case in point. I’m not going to say that Brain surgery consists of using screw drivers, because I have never done Brain Surgery ergo I can not comment on it. And yet we have Atheist who will call me stupid and a zealot for saying I believe God exists. We have Atheists who feel the need to constantly try and prove that there is no God. And I say try because NONE of them will ever find 100% proof that he does not and no Christian will ever have proof that he does. You see it works on both sides. So we have people who constantly argue that there is no God and anyone who believes in him is hurting society and should just basically give up their belief in God.
If you feel I am hurting society then you are sadly mistaken. I have many atheist friends and I have no alienated them anyway or braided them for their choice, I treat them as I would all my friends with kindness and respect. Sure it does hurt a little bit that we do not share the same ideals but they are humans as I am as well and they are my friends. How is my belief a hurt to society ? My belief does not stop anyone from being anyone. Well unless you’re a serial killer, rapist and so on so forth. What damage am I doing ? What harm am I causing ? None. Some might say that Christianity is a superstition and is equal to luck and so on so forth. Well, I don’t believe in society’s view of luck. Luck to me is when the stupidity of others works in your favor. And as far as superstition goes, I have broken mirrors, split pools, opened umbrellas in the house, walked under ladders, had over a dozen Black Cats cross my path and so far things have been pretty great for me.
Also some people would have you believe that God is just a concept to be created. Much like the ever great Fredrich Nietzsche. The man who quoted “God is Dead !”. The grand advocate of Nihlism. Let’s view what Fredrich Nietzsche is. He’s a collection of carbon, flesh, bones, blood. He needed to eat, sleep to rest and he peed standing up, he covered himself from the cold, he fanned himself from the heat, I’m basically saying that he was a man. Not unlike you or me. Granted he was very smart. But it’s not like no one else was as smart as he was. So what gave him the power to say “God is Dead !”.? How can a man of carbon, flesh, blood and bone, a man like you and me, a man not unlike any other man declare the death of something outside our realm of thought ? Now you gotta understand Nietzsche wasn’t saying that God had physically died. I mean c’mon he wasn’t stupid. He was saying the concept of God had died and that man no longer needed God. Man needed to think for himself. A few years later Nietzsche went insane and eventually died of suffering server mental illness. And yet to this day people still believe in God. Now I’m not gonna say something glib like “Nietzsche said God is dead, but God said Nietzsche is dead.”, I’m not because honestly I have a little bit more class than that. But I will point out that a long time even before Nietzsche, people have been saying that God was not real of that God was not the real God and all these people have dealt with him.
Years before Nietzsche. The Pharaoh told Moses “Where is your God ?!” and Pharaoh got the answer. God turned his water into blood, slew his first born and rained frogs on his kingdom. God used Pharaoh’s stubbornness to reveal himself. And God is still doing that today.
Why do you think that so many Atheist want us to abandon our faith ? Believe it or not, Man was made to worship. Not God exactly. But Man was made to worship something. Money, their car, whatever. Man was made to worship. True statement. It’s every where you look. Man worships money, people talk about it everyday. Man worships Science, Atheist use it as a shield against religion. But whatever it is we are made to put our trust and faith in something and YES, even Atheists have faith. The thing is where is that faith placed ? Is it placed in mankind ? Mankind is made of carbon, flesh, bones and blood, you are Man. If your faith is in Mankind, then you are sorely mistaken. Because as we have seen Mankind is pretty self centered. We kill, we cause pain, we’re selfish, we’re self righteous and anyone who has used the phrase “People suck.” Will agree with me. And if you agree with that phrase then you are not the only one. I agree with it. People do suck. That may sound like a pretty bleek thing for a Christian to say but consider this, every other religion will have you believe that Mankind is simply misunderstood and is generally okay, Christianity is the only religion that has the balls to say People suck. But there is a way they can stop sucking. First off we have to acknowledge that we are NOT in control and we are NOT the greatest. There is a force that is ABOVE us in all respects and that force is God. Once we acknowledge God, we tell God that we are sorry for sucking and will honestly make an effort to try sucking less. And if you honestly know in your heart that you have done wrong and believe that Jesus died for your sins and That God is in Heaven and in control you are instantly absolved.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN go out and commit the very same act you’re asking absolution for, this means that you have done something wrong, asked for forgiveness and should know better not to do it again. This doesn’t mean that if you do it again God’s gonna get pissed off and lightning bolt you. This just means that you’re human and you are weak. God understands this fully but as long as you’re trying hard and you believe in Him, He will continue to forgive you. Doesn’t mean you can grab and AK-47 mow down a bunch of people and then say “I’m sorry God, forgive me.”, because if you don’t believe in Him, then He’s not listening to you and you are not forgiven because you’re not accepting the fact that you’ve done wrong. You’re basically paying lip service. And doesn’t want lip service. He wants conviction. And just to show you that I’m not getting on a high horse, I’ll tell you right now, I’ve done many wrong things, some more frequently than others, I swear like it’s going outta style, I have violent thoughts about hurting people I don’t like, but in the midst of all that I know deep down that I am doing wrong and little by little I adjust myself and try not to do those things and God knows this and see my honest effort and for that He has forgiven me.
Now I ask you, is that hurting society ? Is that causing damage ? Does this sound like something that should be destroyed ? I mean even if we Christians are wrong and there is No God. Is believing there is one such a bad thing ? What damage will it cause you to believe ? God understands that you are Human. No Human is perfect and God doesn’t expect you to be, God just wants an honest effort of you trying to live by his rules. What about good people who don’t believe in God ? Sad to say they are not asking forgiveness for the bad they did, however little, they are not acknowledging that the only way to be fully empty of bad things is acknowledge that God is the only way to absolve yourself. THE ONLY WAY. I know, it sounds harsh but it’s the truth, at least the truth I believe. Now I propose to you, if you are an Atheist, if you are Agnostic, ask yourself this question honestly, I don’t believe in God because… I am NOT asking you to message me your reason for not believing, I don’t wanna get a message from you about that because this is for you to answer yourself. And be honest ! If your answer is because “it sounds silly” ask yourself why is sounds silly. But I want you to be 100% honest with yourself. If you do what I ask and you are fine with what you believe then that’s fine by me. I’ll stick to my guns you stick to yours and everything is back to the way it was. But if do what I ask and you find that you have some questions then come and talk to me and I’ll be happy to answer them if I can. And I’m using some Jedi Mind trick on you or trying to get you to convert. I’m not ordering anyone to do anything. If you finish reading this article and don’t do what I’m asking you to do then I’m not gonna know and it’s a moot point. But if you do what I ask you’re doing it out of your own freewill. There is no gun to your head, none of your family members have been kidnapped and this web browser is not brainwashing you. This is just one man asking you to do one thing. That’s all. Just take 60 seconds after this article to ask yourself Why don’t I believe in God. That’s all. And again I don’t wanna hear your reasons. I just want you to be honest with yourself. That’s all. Thank you for reading, thank you for your time and whether you believe in Him or not may God bless you. Thanks again. Hope I didn’t come off as condescending and abrasive. Thanks one last time. You maybe begin.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
In this argument, the writer of this article proposes that The Bible is repulsive. I am writing this to both refute this claim and prove why The Bible is not repulsive. His first argument involves several verses from THE OLD TESTAMENT, I'll explain why I capitalized that in a second. Here is the opening argument:
The vast majority of Americans believe that God exists, that Jesus is his son, and that God himself gave us the Bible and the Ten Commandments. In fact, Supreme court Justice Antonin Scalia has said that "Ninety-nine percent of Americans believe in the ten commandments." He has also said, "What the commandments stand for is the direction of human affairs by God."
If 99% of Americans believe in the ten commandments, how can the Bible be repulsive? Let's take the fourth commandment as an example. It says:
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. [Exodus 20: 8-9]
This, supposedly, is the word of God, the almighty ruler of the universe. Now think about this. Wal-mart is open on the Sabbath. And so is Target. Best buy is open on the Sabbath. And so is
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death.
That's right. The Bible commands the death penalty for anyone who works on the Sabbath, and we should obey. Right? This means we have to kill tens of millions of Americans. Should we line these tens of millions of Americans up and shoot them? Should we put them in giant gas chambers? I think we can all agree that the thought of killing millions of innocent Americans is repulsive. A book this repulsive has no place in our society. And make no mistake about it - the bible really means what it says. It fully intends to be repulsive. In Isaiah 40 verse 8 the Bible says:
"The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever." [Isaiah 40 verse 8]
The Bible says the same thing in 1 Peter 1 verses 24 and 25. And in Psalm 19:7 the Bible says:
"The law of the Lord is perfect."
Since the laws of the Bible are perfect, they should never change. And then there is this. In Matthew 5 verse 20 Jesus says:
"For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven". - Matthew 5:20
According to Jesus, we must follow the laws of the Bible. Do you believe that we should kill millions of innocent people because they work on the Sabbath? If not, do you want a book this repulsive to be quoted in public? Read to children? Used in our courts of law?
Okay, now of course after reading that, you're wondering how am I gonna refute this ? I mean the argument above sounds pretty solid. Very solid actually. And now I shall debunk this. Remember when I capitalized THE OLD TESTAMENT? Well that's actually very important for interrupting The Bible. You see think of The Bible as no one book but two books. I bet most people who haven't read The Bible can not explain why they separate The Old and New Testament, one answer: Jesus. In the Old Testament, the people if
The Bible wants us to kill most people in
If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the LORD gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God in violation of his covenant, and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars of the sky… Take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death. – Deut 17:2-7
In 2 Chronicles 15:12-13:
They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. - 2 Chron 15:12-13
Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases…you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God.
If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods …do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. - Deut 13:7-12
What if you take the name of the lord in vain? Leviticus chapter 24 verse 16 says:
Anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. – Lev 24:16
The Bible is quite clear. We must kill everyone who does not believe in God. There are approximately 30 million people in
And keep in mind that the word of the Lord lasts forever, and the law of the lord is perfect.
Think of this as a Christian Jihad. The idea of killing tens of millions of people because they don't believe in God is repulsive.
Ouch, once again a very sound argument but riddled with ignorance as to what he's really talking about. This again refers the answer above. If anyone has read The Bible and the book Lamentations, they EXPLAIN CLEARLY that if they screw up will have to deal with GOD'S WRATH. But again, these are quotes from THE OLD TESTAMENT, where The Israelelits were put in charge of enforcing THE LAW or deal with God's wrath. I mean you take your pick, if you're a boat and some guy keeps rocking the boat, you're all gonna die. Now you can ask him to stop and risk him not doing, so you can push him over the edge and save yourself. You understand? But again the write of the article above continues to use The Old Testament to apply to today and WE NO LONGER NEED TO, because Jesus changed the law. Moving on to the next argument:
If you curse your father and mother you are to be killed:
All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. - Leviticus 20:9
If you commit adultery you are to be killed:
If a man commits adultery with another man's wife - with the wife of his neighbor - both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. - Leviticus 20:10
If you happen to be homosexual you are to be killed.
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death. - Leviticus 20:13
Again, more quotes from THE OLD TESTAMENT. And Numbers 3 and 4 shouldn't even be included and here's why.
About Number 3, I'm sure we can all agree that sometimes our parents do things we do not agree with. We've all been in that boat before, that's nothing new. However The Bible stresses the point of cursing your mother and father, and by that I imagine saying things such as: I HATE YOU, I HOPE YOU DIE…things along that nature and actually meaning it. Of course parent and children will get into arguments but truth is we should always understand who they are and who they are to us. This maybe hard for those who had hard childhood.
Number 4 is and I'm pretty sure a VERY WEAK DEFENSE. I mean if someone banged you're wife the LAST thing you're gonna think about is "Oh man, this is wrong.". No you're gonna wanna kick that guy's ass. Again this is a cause for concern back in those days because of GOD'S WARTH. And again you really shouldn't commit adultery to begin with, so really that was a dumb argument.
Number 5 has been under much debate and I'll give my opinion on this subject ONCE, and only ONCE. Personally I have nothing against Homosexuals or Bisexuals. To me, People are People, always was, always will be. However, I will never refer to Homosexuality as normal, and here's why. Simply because it renders NO RESULT. Imagine our world and every last woman died. Without some form of female counterpart, EVERYMAN WILL DIE. Same goes for women. A Man and A Woman comes together and a baby is the end result. It preserves humanity, A Man and A Man comes together and…nothing. A Woman and A Woman comes together and…nothing. Personally I think people are under the belief that sex is simply for pleasure when in actuality it was made to benefit and continue humanity. I WILL NOT, say that Homosexual are immoral. I wouldn't say that. I know many homosexuals who are very moral. And Homosexuality is NOT a moral issue. I will NOT call it normal and I will NOT advocate it. But on another not, I will NOT prosecute anyone for being homosexual nor will condone the prosecution of homosexuals. They are NOT for me to judge, I will simply accept them as people and move on. You can call me a jerk, ass-hole, close-minded, whatever, that was my opinion and that's all I gotta say about that.
Here's another example of the Bible's idiocy. Rebellious teenagers should all be killed as well. Here's what the Bible says in Deuteronomy chapter 21:
If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him, then his father and his mother shall ... say to the elders of his town, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.' Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death. - Deut 21
Think about how many American teenagers need to die.
Again, a quote from THE OLD TESTAMENT ! Give now unless your parents tell you to do something like kill your best friend or rob a bank, there is no actual reason to disobey them. And this also states "who does not heed them they discipline him". That means if you did something bad and then got a spanking and then did it again, and keep doing it obviously that would be considered bad on your part. And again, remember by boat analogy. Just another person rocking the boat. Moving to the next argument:
In Matthew 18 verses 7 through 9, Jesus speaks:
If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. - Matthew 18:7-9
This verse is repulsive on three levels:
It is repulsive because Jesus is such an idiot here. He is completely wrong.
It is repulsive because it demands that people maim themselves.
It is repulsive because the entire concept of "hell" is repulsive.
Jesus is an idiot. Cutting off your hand or gouging out an eye accomplishes nothing. If you are having a problem with unproductive behaviors, what you need to do is talk with a counselor or see a therapist. Self-amputation is absurd and repulsive. Jesus dispenses advice that is completely useless, and recklessly dangerous as well.
This I like, because it shows the writers ignorance as to what Jesus actually means in this sentence. People who do not believe Jesus will often misquote him or misunderstand him. And in this case, the writer missed the point entirely. Allow me to clear this up for you.
I was over a friends house watching "Jackass 2". In one segment Bam had a penis branded on his ass. After being branded Bam said and I quote: "I'd rather tear my dick off and throw it in the river than go through that again."
Consider that for a second and let's get back on track. The Writer would suggest that Bam would ACTUALLY tear his penis off. This we know is false. What Jesus is saying in this quote is not to maim yourself. HE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO HARM YOURSELF! The point of this quote is to say that "It would be better for you to be cripple and maimed than go to HELL!" THAT IS WHAT HE IS SAYING! He is saying that Sinning will ultimately put you in Hell. And he is saying: That going to such extreme measures to avoid sinning, that would be better than going to HELL. But obviously Jesus does not want you to harm yourself…and once more for the people in the back HE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO HARM YOURSELF! Do you get that ? You understand ? Alrighty, moving along:
The Bible's absolute sexism is well known, and it is repulsive. Here are two examples:
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. - 1 Corinthians 14
Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. - 1 Tim 2
We can find dozens of verses that are just as sexist. The Bible's sexism is both ridiculous and repulsive.
Oh, finally some NEW TESTAMENT stuff. Alright, I'll admit these verses do not sound flattering at all to women. But allow me to explain. We have to understand that the Bible was written by people of The Jewish persuasion. And back in those days Men were commanded to be the head of the house, the people who must maintain everything. The verse from Corinthians is not saying that women have to shut up in the church, no. It's saying that a Man is supposed to be the one to educate his family on God. That's the man's role in their society. By saying it's disgraceful it's saying that a woman has no place performing a man's task. Now, before you say "Well that is sexist." LISTEN, societies since the dawn of time has had specific jobs for both men and women, that is NOTHING NEW. What this verse is saying is that this task is a man's job. That's all it's saying. The verse from 1st Timothy enforces that. It simply discusses conduct within the church not conduct everywhere. And again we must remember that these people ARE JEWISH! And things for them were A LOT different than they are now.
Also to write The Bible off as fully sexist is not only stupid but false, and here's why: 1 Tim 3:1-12, Col 3:18-19, Eph 5:22-33. There was a man named Hamman who had a plan to exterminate every LAST JEW. A WOMAN stopped him, not only that she had him killed. I'm talking about the book of Esther. Ruth was in battle with her husband. There was a man who had 10,000 chariots at his command, warriors were afraid of THIS MAN and A WOMAN killed him, with little to NO EFFORT AT ALL. Not only that but a WOMAN got full credit for the birth of Jesus. Notice how Joseph isn't mentioned at all after Jesus's birth. Catholics honor MARY ! A WOMAN. Ergo, The Bible is not a sexits document. And I seriously doubt that Women within The Church would support or read The Bible if it was sexist. Moving right along:
The Bible fully supports slavery. In fact, the Bible has been used in many cases, including the American civil war, as an authoritative justification of slavery. Here are three examples.
Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life. - Leviticus 25:44
If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property. - Exodus Chapter 21:20
Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to be refractory, nor to pilfer, but to show entire and true fidelity. - Titus 2:9
You can see that, according to the Bible:
Buying and selling slaves is fine.
Beating slaves is fine.
Slaves are to show entire and true fidelity.
If you are an intelligent person, you know that he entire idea of slavery is repulsive.
Many times than not, Slaves back in Biblical times became slaves as a result of war. The prisoners who were captured became slaves. They DID NOT randomly kidnap people from their countries and force them into slave labor. And as you can clearly see by the verses above, the slaves did indeed have rights. If you read the verse around the Leviticus verse quoted you would see that that section is entirely devoted to conduct regarding the treatment of slaves. These verses have been quoted out of context and until the writer acknowledges the surrounding verses I have nothing more to say on this matter, except for THIS DOES NOT give you the right to randomly kidnap someone and say "You're my slave, serve me." And I doubt that me being an African American would support a document honoring and permitting slavery.
The Bible is riddled with repulsion. Take, for example, this verse:
Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. - Isaiah 13
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. - Numbers 31
The verse from Isaiah is from Chapter 13, a verse in which Isaiah is telling the Babylonians what WILL happen if they do not worship the Lord. It sounds repulsive because it is, obviously Isaiah did not wish this to happen to them and told them. Same goes with the verse quoted from Hosea. The verse quoted from Numbers the people who were killed caused a plague among the Israelites, if the write continued on, Moses commanded the people who had done the killing to remain outside the camp from a number of days and had their clothes purified. Another case of misquoting.
I'd like to close by saying that since the history of time there have been people who having criticized The Bible left and right and up and down and have FAILED. And for future reference anyone who does criticizes The Bible WILL FAIL. And I'm not saying this because Jesus said so or because God said so. I'm saying this because I have found out for my self that there is always, ALWAYS an answer to every criticism The Bible encounters. That's all. Thank you for listening, God Bless, Many thanks and much love.
Proof #29 - Think about Communion
Because Christians have been participating in the communion rite for many years, they tend to forget just how bizarre this ritual is. The whole idea of "eating Jesus' body" and "drinking his blood" is grotesque in the extreme.
Have you ever wondered where this ritual came from, or why billions of people would participate in a ritual that is this bizarre? First, let's look at the part of the Bible that prescribes the ritual. You find it in Mark, Chapter 14:
And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
There are a few lines in Luke chapter 22 that are nearly identical.
Jesus gets far more graphic, however, in John chapter 6:53-55:
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
To any normal person, this sounds very much like the script of a gruesome horror film. It sounds like some sort of revolting satanic ritual. It definitely does not sound like the words of the all-loving creator of the universe.
Imagine that you are a normal person, and you have never been exposed to Christianity before. Now imagine that a Christian comes up to you and quotes John 6:53. Any normal adult would rightfully assume the Christian to be insane. Thus, you never see a bumper sticker that says "John 6:53."
However, the assumption is accurate. The dictionary describes cannibalism in the following way:
The usually ritualistic eating of human flesh by a human being
What Jesus is demanding is cannibalism.
What does your common sense tell you about all of this? What we are talking about here is cannibalism, and what Christians are doing looks exactly like a pagan/satanic ritual. If you are a Christian, the two questions you may be asking yourself right now are:
- Why in the world am I, as a sane individual, participating in ritualistic cannibalism? How in the world did I stoop to this point?
Okay, the only reason I’m entertaining this argument here is to show the author of this article how stupid he sounds and how He obviously does not understand what it is he’s trying to refute. Other than that I really wouldn’t waste the time. So his basic argument is that communion is grotesque and a form of cannibalism. M’kay. Many Catholics believe in Transubstantiation, which is basically a fancy way of saying that during the communion process the cracker and juice actually does transform into Jesus’s blood and body. I don’t believe that. Because that to me indeed sounds like a form of cannibalism.
NOW what does Jesus mean when he says “eat of my flesh and drink of my blood” ? Does Jesus want you to slice him up in pieces and eat him ? NO !
SO MANY times we get these people who feel that EVERYTHING in The Bible and EVERYTHING Jesus says in literal, and yet they fail to understand the context of what Jesus is saying and who or how He’s saying it ! Just because Jesus is perfect DOES NOT mean He can’t use regular colloquialisms to illustrate his point ! When Jesus says that “My flesh is real food and my body real drink”, HE IS NOT SAYING that His body is chicken and his blood is Sprite. He saying that food food and drink drink is only food for the body. It only feed you physically. But His Flesh, His Blood will feed you spiritually. Now on to the issue of the communion. Why do we eat the crackers and drink the juice ? Well Jesus said do this in memory of me. M’kay.
Well The Communion process is actually a representation of feeding our spirit. Basically when we take Communion are accepting of Jesus and His word and we are FEEDING ourselves HIS word. And we do this to acknowledge that we accept His word as FOOD for THE SPIRIT ! The article above is obviously short sighted, one-sighted and only give you what the author believes to be true, HOWEVER he actually took the time to understand what it is he’s talking about and got his facts straight then maybe he’d have a sound argument, And I’m not give you one side either, I’m explaining why we do this so there is no misconception. I hope this help clears up any misconception about communion. Alright, as always have a nice day or a nice night, thank you very much for reading and as always God Bless. Thanks.
By watching this short video, you will be able to prove to yourself that the idea of “God’s Plan” is impossible. The goal of this video is to help believers understand this simple fact.
If you believe in God, then you are familiar with God’s Plan. "God's plan" is the way that believers traditionally explain things like amputations, cancer, hurricanes and car accidents. Even if something bad happens, it is actually good because it is part of God's plan.
If you have ever seen this book, you know how pervasive the concept of God’s Plan is. The book is called “A purpose driven life.” According to the cover, it is a #1 New york times best seller. It has sold more than 20 million copies.
We find this remarkable paragraph in Chapter 2:
Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!" [Psalm 139:16]
There is also this:
Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you.
God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes. He has a reason for everything he creates. Every plant and every animal was planned by God, and every person was designed with a purpose in mind.
Under this view of the universe, God plans everything.
If you are a normal, intelligent person, and if you think about God’s plan for more than 30 seconds, you quickly realize that God’s plan is ridiculous, and impossible. Let’s look at four implications of God’s plan.
Implication #1 – God plans all abortions
The book says: "He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death." Let's examine one simple implication of this statement. What this means is that God has pre-planned every abortion that has taken place on our planet.
About Implication #1
First off this is totally wrong. Yes, God does know when EVERYONE is going to die and yes, He does know how and when and all that jazz. BUT, BUT, God is not happy about abortion. God is not sitting at a desk with his finger on his chin thinking “Hmmm, maybe now is a good time for an abortion.”. NO. First off all, God is NOT the cause of abortions. WE ARE ! God’s not sitting at His desk going “Hm, I think I’ll create abortion.”. NO, WE CREATED the concept of abortion. Because we created the concept of Pro-Choice, when there are THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of people in
Implication #2 – God plans all murders
About Implication #2
All Murders are blameless ? Dude, that line already sounds insane. Yes, even murder is a part of God’s plan ! As horrible a thing as murder is, God has plans for that as well.
Implication #3 – God plans many rapes
About Implication #3
This just gets dumber and dumber. Rapist are scum and they will forever be scum, if you honestly believe rapist should be rewarded then you should be shot. Point blank. I’m joking, but no, seriously if you you do believe rapist should go free something really bad should happen to you. Yes, God knows who your parents are and He knows when you’ll be born. All of that is very true. But what is Implication #3 trying to say ?
Just to play Devil’s Advocate let’s indulge the idea (if you’re a woman) say this horrible crime did happen to you and as a result you are pregnant. Quite a scary thought isn’t it ? But what are you going to do about the child ? Granted I sympathize with you, because A: You’re carrying a responsibility you didn’t want and B: The source of your condition has obviously got to cause you great amount of grief. So what do you do ? Are you going to abort this poor child who didn’t ask to be born and is blameless is this entire event ? Are you going to keep him ? Let’s fast forward and say you end up having the child. But you just can’t get over where the child came from, so obviously you don’t wanna keep the child. So you do the next best thing you give the child up for adoption.
Implication #4 – You have no free will and prayer is meaningless
About Implication #4
Well duh, but from the sound of it you’re making it sound as if God grabs a shotgun and tell you marry this chick with no teeth. Little humor just to lighten the mood.
YES, God knows who you’re going to marry and God has a way of telling you when you encounter the right person. God’s not gonna come down from Heaven in the middle of your date and say “John Doe, break up with Jane Doe and Marry Samantha !” No, God doesn’t operate like that anymore. If you’ve ever talked to people who have been in longer standing relationships and by that I mean people who are happy in their relationships they’ll tell you “I felt something and I knew I had to get to know this person better and when I met so and so, it just felt right.”. That’s God telling you that’s her/him. That’s the one I picked for you. And if you know anything about God, God doesn’t pare you up with trash unless that’s a part of his plan. But God WILL deliver.
So let's review
Do you believe that:
- God plans all abortions?
- Murderers should go free?
- Rapists should be rewarded?
- You have no free will?
Probably not. Therefore, you cannot believe in God’s plan.
So let’s review
Do you agree that.
- God is trying to show us how wrong abortions are?
- That even murder can result in something positive?
- That even rape can result in something positive?
- That God can and will works things out for you?
If so then you do believe in God’s plan.
It is time for us to state the truth. That without a God there would just be the negative left over from the evil acts. But since God is in control all of the time that He even can create a positive from the negative. This guy chooses to look at things this way because He can not see the positive, he can only see the negative of these events. If was a believer he would see that even in the midst of a tidal wave, war, whatever God is ALWAYS, ALWAYS in control and regards of ANY and ALL results, God is still in control. Thank you for reading. I love you all and may God bless you all. Thanks again. Have a good day and a good night.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Okay, I’m gonna go ahead and assume you’ve watched the following video above and as airtight and convincing as his argument sounds, I can easily debunk and explain ALL of what he said to be contradictions within The Bible and Jesus’s word. First off I wanna say that nothing makes me more frustrated than those who do not understand
what it is they are arguing against. Leaving out The Bible, I’m just talking in general because if some people would do any bit of research on the matter or put things within their proper context they’d see just how wrong they are and whoever made this video is one of those people who utterly frustrates me. Anyways, sermon over. Let’s dive in and
see what’s really going on, shall we ? We shall.
About Step #1 and Step #2
In the gospel of Luke 10:25-28 and Luke 18:18-22
Okay, Luke 10:25-28 is the Oh so famous Good Samaritan story. In Verse 29 The Lawyer asks Jesus “Who is my neighbor” and Jesus begins to tell the story of The Good Samaritan, and at the end of that tell Jesus instructs The Lawyer to be like The Samaritan. Little Side Note here, Samaritans back in those days were HATED by The Jews and vice versa. So the gravity of The Good Samaritan story would be along the lines of watching an EXTREME racist help a person he discriminates against change a tire.
Okay, so Luke 10:25-28 He got right on the money. So far nothing bad there.
Now, in Luke 18:18-22 Jesus is talking to a Ruler. A very rich man. So The Rich guy asks Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life ?” And then Jesus lays out the 10 commandments. The Rich Guy says to Jesus “ Yeah, I’ve done all those thing since I was little.” So then Jesus instructs him to sell everything…Or did he ? Let’s back up here and remember this guy is VERY rich. So is it Possible Jesus was simply testing this man to see if this Rich man truly wanted eternal life ? Because if the maker of the video Would continue on with the following verse it would say in Luke 18:23 “But when he heard this, he became sorrowful for he was very rich.” Luke 18:24 “and when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said “How hard it is for those who Have riches to enter the
So was Jesus really telling this man to SELL EVERYTHING as the video would have you believe ? Not at all. Jesus was testing the man to see if he truly wanted eternal life. And obviously this man did not. If the man would have agreed to indeed sell everything, then he would prove to Jesus that his loyalty was not to his material wealth but to his Spiritual wealth. This reminds me of the story in which God ordered Abraham to kill his son Issac. However right when Abraham was about to do it an Angel stops him and explains that it was a test and that God didn’t really want Abraham to kill his son. Now this may sound questionable BUT it shows 2 things: One: That God would not have
You commit a senseless act without watching your back and Two: That God does indeed test us. And in the vein of Luke 18:18-22 Jesus was guaging This Rich Man’s loyalty. Or rather to place this in layman’s terms: If a Man came up to you and said I have your Mother and Father held hostage and everything you own hanging over an open fire. Which do you want to save ? Now, I’m not gonna lie to you, it would really SUCK to have everything I owned go up in flames and I’d be really sad BUT I’d be a lot more sad if my Mom went up in flames. I’d obviously choose my Mom, because all that other stuff is material.
So Jesus gave this guy the same choice. And remember The Rich Guy asked Jesus, Jesus didn’t take anything hostage. It was either his riches or eternal life and he obviously wanted to keep his riches. I hope that explains that.
About Step #3
Oh Boy, this verse has taken so much heat it’s not even funny ! And to be honest it’s a real tough verse to swallow but there is an extremely valid explanation behind it. But before I explain, I want to get into a little language translation real quick. The Greek word for hatred or hate is Miseo. Now there are several words for Love in Greek. Each word meaning a different kind of love. There’s Eros= Romantic Love, Agape=Spiritual Love, Phillia= Friendship Love, and Stroge=Affection Type Love (Parent and Child) As you can seen, none of these words even closely resemble Miseo. Now in the original Greek text Jesus does indeed use the word “Miseo”. No two ways about that, it does mean hate.
Well wait a minute, Is Jesus really telling us to hate ? Let’s look at that verse again.
Yes, even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”
Wow, Jesus is a hate filled jerk ! Or is He ?
As you can see I capitalized the word HATE to show you the main focus of the verse. Or at least the main focus the creator of the video would have you focus on. However he’s focusing on the wrong part of that verse. Well,
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,
Yes, even his own life also, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.”
Yes, believe it or not that last little tidbit explains this entire verse. How ? You may ask. Well let’s look at the word
“Disciple”. A disciple, by definition means “One who adheres to the doctrines and rules of another, a loyal follower.”
Now, why does Jesus use the word Hate ? I mean that’s a pretty harsh word. Okay so you have 2 options here. Either Jesus is a wack job and he just contradicted himself and proved that he is not God and I should abandon ALL my beliefs, OR Jesus is speaking in a comparative view point. Allow me to explain in laymans terms.
I’m currently wearing my Scarface shirt, I love this shirt.
I love my Mom.
Now by using the word “love” I just expressed the same feeling I have for my shirt that I do for my mom. However we both know that’s a different kind of love. The context in which I used the love I have for my shirt and the love I have for my Mom are completely different EVEN THOUGH I used the exact same word. Jesus doesn’t do that. Jesus is saying that compared to love you have for Him, it would be to HATE everything else. Am I making sense ? Jesus doesn’t want you to go around and hate everyone ! I repeat JESUS DOES NOT WANT YOU TO HATE ANYONE !! Jesus is saying that your loyalty should be to Him ! Surely Jesus wouldn’t want you to walk up to your Mother and Father and say “FUCK YOU !”. Of course not. Man, I hope I’ve explained this well enough. If not there is a link I could forward to you on this matter. Just message me or something. Anyways, moving on.
About Step #4
See my article on Communion…
About Step #5
This, I’m not even sure why this guy put this in here. Jesus does NOT WANT you to transform into a child. And by all laws of physics that would be impossible. Jesus is suggesting that you HUMBLE yourself as a child. Children and new to the world and new to experience ergo, they are humble. Jesus is suggesting that we should humble ourselves as Children before God. It’s kinda like that saying, “No matter how old you get you’re always someone’s son/daughter.”. It means that no matter how old you are your mother is ALWAYS gonna be your mother, your father is ALWAYS gonna be your father. And that’s the dynamic. Therefore as a child you adhere yourself to them because you are humble and respectful to there position compared to yours.
About Step #6
Okay, when Jesus says born again, He does not, I repeat DOES NOT mean crawl back into Momma and sit for Nine Months. First of all, by the laws of physics that’s impossible and even if it were possible I doubt very much so that your Mom would want you crawling back in there, just so she can squeeze you out while you’re fully grown (lol, little humor to break the mood). Jesus is suggesting that you become reborn in spirit. As it says in The Bible “Flesh gives birth to Flesh, Spirit gives birth to Spirit.”. Ergo, Jesus is suggesting that you must be reborn in spirit. This is where baptism comes in which I covered several times in several articles.
About Step #7
Okay, I believe I already explained the difference between The Old Testament and The New Testament. But in case you didn’t read that article, here it is. in The Old Testament Man were give Laws to live by UNTIL Jesus (the fulfillment of The Law) would arrive. With Jesus’s arrival, The Old Testament Laws became obsolete ! OBSOLETE ! Ergo it was NO LONGER necessary to follow Lev 19:1-37 or Lev 20:1-27 to the letter ! Also, These rules were made to purge the evil and keep
About Step #8
Last but not least John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world He gave his only begotten son so that those who believe
In Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Think about what that’s saying. I mean people say it so much it because generic, but really think about this.
GOD the creator of the entire Universe, ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, CAME DOWN to Earth with the ultimate goal of DYING to prove just how much he cared ! And all you have to do is acknowledge that this event occurred and give Jesus his props. I mean if God is indeed ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING he obviously didn’t have to impart some grand gesture to show how much he cared for us, BUT HE DID ! An ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING being DIED ! DIED to prove a point. He didn’t talk about giving you salvation, He didn’t make stupid offers. Talk is cheap, this guy, this ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING being Came down from a
Zues is a selfish ass-hole.
Vishnu isn’t even in control of The Afterlife.
L. Ron Hubbard is human like the rest of us.
Are you thinking about it ? I mean even if you don’t believe in God, isn’t that a pretty cool thought ? That The Creator of The Universe took the time to come down and die for you ! I mean Jesus didn’t specify who he was dying for. He didn’t look and say “Hey Angela, I’m dying for you and only you !” NO, for God so loved THE WORLD ! EVERYBODY ! You, me, him, her, that guy over there, this guy over here, that guy from that one place, the guy who lives six blocks down the street from you, your next door neighbor, People who don’t believe in him, Your best friend’s cousin’s sisters boyfriend’s bother’s ex-girlfriend, YES, EVERYBODY ! EVERYBODY ! I mean Jesus bore ALL of God’s wrath. God’s wrath was originally intended for us.
He jumped in front of OUR BULLET ! He took one for the team ! I didn’t need Mel Gibson’s movie to show me that or get the idea. I fully understand it. It’s that a cool thought ? Think about it ! It makes me smile a little, because it’s awesome. Think about it.The Creator of the entire Universe, The Guy who was here before time began, loves you.
Granted it’s a little surreal to actually contemplate, but it’s an awesome thought. We’re not pawns on a chess board for Him. He’s not playing with our lives to amuse Himself, He actually loves us. Think about it. It’ll make you smile. 100% I guarantee it.
Anyways to sum up, I hope this explains the video above and how when things are taken out of context they can warped to suit another’s needs.And if the maker of this video would give his audience ALL of the information instead of feeding them bits and pieces in order to get his interpretation across he might have a pretty sound argument, instead of half baked claims. To anyone else who is curious and wants to know a little more feel free to ask I have a few links here and there I can direct you to. Hope this was enlightening for you, Have a good day and depending on the time you read this good night, Thank you for reading and God bless. Thanks again.