Video: Why is Murder Wrong?

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Abusive Christian God

This is a video that shows the many similarities of an abusive personal relationship to that of a relationship with the Christian version of God.

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Difficult Questions for Atheists? Part 2: Something from Nothing

Many Christians seem to have a hard time understanding viewpoints outside of their Biblical narrative. Hopefully this post is helpful in sparking some sort of understanding.

Finding Truth

You can find part 1 here.

As I said in the last post, my friend UnkleE gave me a series of questions recently that he believes present difficult problems for an atheist’s worldview. I had forgotten, but we’ve actually had similar discussions before, and you can find them here, here, and here (thanks for the reminder, Howie).

Anyway, this time around, one of the questions UnkleE asked was this:

How did something arise out of nothing? (Or how can a series of events have no start?)

As my regular readers know, I was a devout, fundamentalist Christian for many years. When my doubts began reaching their peak, I still didn’t seriously question the existence of God. While I was approaching certainty that the Judeo-Christian god couldn’t be real, questions like the one above led me to join the camp of numerous others who were certain that…

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If Atheists Sounded Like Christians (video)

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What were Jesus’ ACTUAL final words?

It’s interesting.  Jesus’ death and resurrection are the cornerstone of Christianity.  For an event so important, you would think the Gospel accounts would connect with each other really well around these events.

You would think that Jesus’ final words would have been remembered clearly enough that the Gospels would be in agreement as to what they were, or at least close to agreement.

And yet, they aren’t.

Let’s take a look.

Matthew 27 (NLT)
46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit.

Mark 15 (NLT)
34 
Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.

Okay, looks good so far!  This is what should be expected.

Luke 23 (NLT)
46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.

Hmmmm.  Okay.  Maybe this is what Jesus shouted that the passages in Matthew and Mark referred to as Jesus’ final shout/loud cry?

It does seem a bit contradictory though.  Jesus is speaking of God abandoning him in Matthew and Mark, but is trusting “Father” God in Luke.

Okay.  Maybe John can clarify things for us.

John 19 (NLT)
28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Wait.  What?

Jesus was thirsty so he could fulfil scripture?  That doesn’t fit with the other Gospel accounts at all!

This is the most important event in Christianity and the Gospels are all over the place about this.

How are we to take the rest of Christianity seriously if the foundation of the belief has such serious cracks in it like this?

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If there is no God, murder isn’t wrong?

 

So Christians, if you found out right this instant that there is no God, would you go out and start murdering?

Here’s a video that goes into this more:

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Religion was useful, but not anymore

In searching about morality, I notice that religion is described as something that was beneficial to societies from an evolutionary standpoint.

“The adaptive value of religion would have enhanced group survival.” ~Wikipedia: Evolution of Morality

This makes sense.  If you frighten people of a common scary consequence, they likely would work together better – especially if they can’t debunk the fear.  In the past, I can’t imagine many other things bringing people together so well, aside from the threat from a nearby hostile society.

Now, looking at how developed nations tend to be letting go of religious belief, I suspect that demonstrates how traditional religion is losing its usefulness.  We don’t need to be scared of a vengeful God any longer to band together.  Enough of us are realizing how silly of an idea it is, and we have more reality-based issues to band together over now and the abilities to do so.

Though, some of those reality-based issues do end up developing questionable narratives not unlike traditional religions.

It will be interesting to see where things might lead from here.

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