Category Archives: Atheism

About this great god

Yes. This is a little bit about that guy up there. The christian sky-wizard who does so many great things.

It hit me, a while ago, that someone was happy a close relative was healed from a serious medical affliction. The doctors had done quite an amazing job fixing that person up. For some reason, the someone said, “Thank god for your healing.”

I don’t get that. This man got sick and the doctors healed him. Through medical science, not by calling in the help of that great god.

Then I wondered about something else. If this god is so great, then where was he at the moment the patient got ill? If this god-character is so great, shouldn’t he have been able to prevent this man from getting into that terrible fix, making his life hang from a thread? Apparently it’s easier to wait for doctors to fix the problem and then get the praise. (Can I have a job like that?)

The christian sky-wizard is supposed to be a loving god (okay, he is also a vengeful god, which probably makes sense when you’re inebriated or under the influence of too much frankincense. If someone is a combination of those two things it probably has a reason that someone gets sick and get healed by people. There’s probably some tale that god worked through the hands of the doctors or something like that.

No. Those doctors spent years studying for this so they could save people’s lives. Whenever I get sick I will try my luck with doctors, not with the sky-master. I’m sure my chances of survival are a LOT bigger that way.

American atheism

I have started listening to a podcast series called ‘The thinking atheist‘. (Follow the link to the website.)

At first, I thought it would be an interesting addition to the podcasts I’m already listening to. As I am progressing through the podcasts though, I am more and more shocked about the state of religion in the US of A. I had no idea it was that bad!

Bad religion.

From visits to the USA I knew that religion is a more serious problem than it is here in Europe.

In Europe, you generally can be whatever and that’s fine, until your religion starts to become a problem. Christian and Islamic fanatics aren’t appreciated, although lately I see some worrying movements that aren’t silenced in the bud.

In America, it is clearly the norm to be Christian (in whatever of the hundreds of competing flavours available), and being non-religious is frowned upon, in the mildest cases. “Coming out” as an atheist is in many places something the good believers consider a first class ticket to hell (their hell, of course). From what I heard in the podcasts, things are getting better in the glorious States, but I can imagine it’s still a far cry from normal to be an atheist.

Assume nothing. Question everything.

This is the slogan or motto on the site and also the tagline each podcast starts with. Well chosen, well done.

Seth Andrews, the host and founder of ‘the thinking atheist’ idea (I know he doesn’t like the word ‘founder’ ha ha), has phone- and skype-calls with people who are atheists. People from all over the world. It’s at times horrifying to hear how people have to hide their lack of religious beliefs from their community.

People who get shunned by their family and community. You may have heard how, for instance, Amish can do that. It’s not something that’s just their prerogative; clearly many religious factions in the US reserve the right to kick people out when they don’t follow the rules and won’t colour inside the strictly defined lines any more.

It is heartwarming to hear the statements of people who have shed the yoke of religion and found their way into thinking for themselves. The people who see that the stuff in the bible and the koran and all those ‘holy’ books are filled with fables, myths, stories and scary bits, written by shepherds who had no idea where the rain came from.

I can only hope that more and more people will see the light. Yes, pun intended. The real light, not the restricted light that religion shines in someone’s eyes, allowing you to only see what they want.

God’s infallible Plan

Each time I see that somewhere on the Internet, I shake my head. Do these people really believe that? If yes, I am sad they are so brainwashed.

I googled “What is god’s infallible plan”. All kinds of stuff came up but not a definitive answer. There is a facebook page about it which makes little sense. I came across a website called ‘cityhopeboise.com‘ which talked about the infallible plan god for Joseph.

Does this mean there are more infallible plans? And what does that say about ‘the’ infallible plan?

With all the failures I see on this earth, I can tell there is no plan. This is an evolution we’re all part of, and we all can leave our mark on it. So far we’re not doing much of a good job, with climate change, pollution and companies that value money more than drinking water for people.

Fed by not a god.

I see images of children in Africa and other areas. Children starving. Not a good plan, let alone infallible. And the mantra “God will make this right” isn’t flying, folks. The world health organisation tries to make that right. Donations to organisations that want to make the world a better place help, to make that right. A god who can make it right and doesn’t do a thing is not worth one’s time or energy.

All the gods are said to be loving gods. Where is the love in all that misery and pain? Part of the greater plan?

Or did the devil do it? I am sure some people will say the devil did. And why then doesn’t the almighty god clean up this mess if he’s so ALL MIGHTY? Or is that ALmost MIGHTY?

I’m not buying it. There is no infallible plan. Nor is there an infallible god. For me and many others, there isn’t even a fallible one.

The tale of Noah’s Ark

I’ve been thinking about this funny tidbit in the bible called Noah’s Ark again.

Noah's ark

I’m sure most of you have heard of it. According to the old testament (Genesis 6-9), there was this old man called Noah (he was 600 years old, apparently) who has chats with the Christian god. The god tells Noah to build a big boat, load his family on it and also collect pairs of all the animals in the world.

God has decided something has gone wrong and he’s going to flood the world, killing off everyone except those on the boat, and start again.

Of course, it’s coincidental that the Quran has a similar thing in it, and that the Epic of Gilgamesh (far older than the bible) also contains something like it.

A few things already spark up.

  • God made a mistake and kills off everyone in the world to try again. So much for an infallible god. Even if there weren’t billions of people on earth yet, he simply decides to kill a few million people (at least?). People whom he created ‘in his own image’. Which shows me that this god is as fallible as a human. Or a human is a godly as the god he created.
  • Noah was 600 years old. Science has shown that something like that isn’t possible. The human body just doesn’t support that.

So the earth is flooded. Everyone’s dead. The boat floats around for a while. (150 days, after which the god remembers (!) the people and the animals. He lets the water disappear (where to?), the boat stops on Mount Ararat (which hasn’t been found yet) and things get well again.

More things spark up.

  • Where did all these animals come from? Did penguins walk all the way from their cold areas to the boat? (Or didn’t they exist yet?)
  • Who fed all those animals during these 150 days? How big was that boat? If there were 2 elephants on board… they eat a lot…
  • And who fed all those people?
  • Also: who shovelled all the poop overboard?
  • If old Noah and his family were the only surviving people on board, hasn’t there been a lot of incest and inbreeding going on since they left the boat and populated the whole world again?
  • Did all the animals walk and fly back to where they came from? (There is no mention that Noah gave them a lift home…)

I also wonder where the boat people got their fresh water from, for themselves and all the animals. Remember: the waters of the earth merged into 1 world-encompassing ocean, so salt and sweet water became 1 big stream of brackish water. Hardly fit for consumption. Still, they survived for 150 days on their boat.

Which brings up two other questions:

  1. Where did all the water come from to flood the earth?
  2. Where did it go when god was satisfied with his mass murder?

There may be perfectly valid reasons for that in the Christian mind (“because god made it happen”), but they don’t convince me…

The last thing that I really would like to know is: why did old man Noah have to sacrifice a dove to find land again? Remember, the first one didn’t come back and the second one brought a twig. (He had 2 of each animal, so 2 doves. How did the remaining dove procreate??) A god worth the worship should have been able to point Noah in the right direction, right? Or was that a “test of faith”? How much more faith would a god need from old man Noah after building this ├╝ber-titanic and floating around for 150 days in piss poor weather, waiting for the water to sink?

Just something I wonder about.