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The World is Changing, Get Over It. August 29, 2010

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I simply cannot let my personal views on gods and religions go as public as I would like. But one day, I hope I can stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone, and be a non-believer, without fear of ridicule. I’ve been told that post-modernism is creating too much change within society, and that this change is immoral, or at least bad. The changes are things like same-sex marriage (equal rights for consenting legal adults), abortion (a woman’s right to control what happens to her own body), and the building of Mosques in New York City (which I happen to think is a really bad idea, and I do not support it at all).

Immigration is another point of contention. Our great country, our melting pot that used to welcome everyone, has become intolerant to pretty much anything that many consider wrong, bad, or immoral. And where do they get these views? The Bible! Or the Koran, in the case of Muslims. Yes, we all have to bow to the superior morals and teachings of some religious group (overwhelmingly Christian in the USA.) Apparently, we all have to sit back and pay close attention to those Christians, as they obviously know what is best for us all.

I have my own message for these morally superior Christians. The world is changing, get over it. The real problem here is that they don’t like things changing. They truly want everything to be “the way it used to be”, whatever that is (and boy is it different for each of them!) I say, too bad Christians, you are not the boss of me, or of anyone. And the fact that you don’t like something is fairly unimportant on the grand scheme. Big deal, I say. Get over yourselves.

This country is NOT a Christian nation. It is a mix of religions. Christianity is popular here, I get it. But that’s about where it ends. Keep your Christian beliefs, and your Muslim beliefs, and all other forms of dogmatic thinking and ancient mythology, to yourselves. Nobody cares what you think, any more than they care what I think, as a non-believer. The difference from where I stand, is that I have no intention of asking Christians or Muslims to behave differently because I don’t agree with them. I want them to enjoy their beliefs, and LEAVE EVERYONE ELSE ALONE. If you don’t like the United States, go find your own country – this one DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU.

You see how that works? Christians, you don’t own this country. Period. You can’t even get your own religion together to the extent that each Christian denomination agrees with each other. Leave the rest of us alone, for God’s sake! If I was going to get on my knees and pray, I would pray that your God would send you all a message to behave, and to live, and let live. Isn’t that what Jesus was all about? (don’t answer that!)

Anyway, the United States is changing. It has always been changing. It is changing because people and attitudes are changing. Things are NOT the way they used to be, precisely because PEOPLE are not what they used to be. In fact, if recent studies that show a rise in non-belief, or abandonment of religion are true, I would say that people are tired of being told how to act based on mythology, and invisible sky characters. People are tired of hearing the bigotry and hatred against homosexuals, and they are tired of being told that everything they do is a sin. They are tired of allowing Islamic extremists to impose Sharia law on otherwise innocent humans. It’s all very, very sick, and very sad.

I KNOW I am a good person. I don’t sin, I never have. I make mistakes, just like everyone else. I learn how to be a better person by making adjustments to my behaviors and attitudes, and by maturing over time. I try to teach others, like my child, how to think, and how to consider the world around them. I support any activity that attempts to remove unnecessary division created by dogmas and stupid ideologies.

The world is changing. We have a black president from a mixed parent family. We have women on the Supreme Court. We have states that fully support and recognize that consenting adults should be allowed to be married, just like everyone else. These things are not open to debate on whether they are good. They are simply the right thing to do. No one has moral superiority no matter what group they are in. But everyone has the capacity, and should have the ability to allow each of us to live peacefully among each other without ridicule and harm.

Get over yourselves, you’re truly embarrassing to the human race if you can’t.

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What Would Jesus Think? August 15, 2010

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What would Jesus think about the state of Christianity today? Well, to be honest, that’s not even a proper question, since it is quite clear that Jesus never intended to create this thing called “Christianity”, and have it split up into more than 38,000 sects, each having the truth about Jesus’ message.

I’m not a biblical scholar, nor am I a historian, or an archaeologist. I’m just someone who was born into a family that loosely held onto Roman Catholicism as its church. I went to church, sunday school, and eventually through each of the seven sacraments deemed important to that denomination. More recently in my life, I’ve realized that all gods throughout history are from the imaginations of humans – including God of The Bible and, depending on which sect you follow, Jesus the son of the God, and the actual god of The Bible (no, it wasn’t meant to make any sense.)

Anyway, for the sake of argument, I can agree that Jesus was a human who wandered in a region of our planet preaching the word of the god he believed in – just as hundreds of others were doing at that time. Specifically, if you follow the historians and true biblical scholars, Jesus preached that one should love God, abide by The Law (the Old Testament Law), and prepare for the coming Kingdom of God. He was apocalyptic – the end of the material world was coming. To me, he was deluded, just like all the other humans who believed in these types of prophecies. So how did we end up where we are today?

God had his chosen people in the Old Testament. God led these people from slavery to the promised land. Along the way, God commanded these chosen people to slaughter cities, and to take whatever they needed along the way. And suddenly, there was Jesus. Of course, the Jewish believers were unimpressed. And apparently, none of the contemporary historians had much to say about Jesus either. With the exception of the Gospels, written decades after the death of Jesus, there is almost no written words regarding the activities of the human named Jesus – the man that some claim was God himself. Jesus only came to let people know about God.

He never proclaimed that the next 2,000 years were to be used to build Christianity, fight for the religion, kill non-believers, and generally create massive division among humans all across the planet. The murders of millions of people over the years are not the message that Jesus brought. Those things were done because of misguided humans who used scripture to determine who should live and who should be murdered. Sure, there are plenty of bizarre commands throughout scripture that could be used to support murder. But the message from Jesus, as most churches would agree, was love – and the golden rule. Turn the other cheek. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

It is my personal opinion that Jesus did not preach to create a new religion called Christianity. Rather, Christianity was created by those who were convinced that Jesus was actually God. And they did so with force, in many cases throughout history. The blood of millions is on the hands of those men who made it their mission to murder people who did not agree with them, or who did not follow their interpretations of scripture. Jesus, if he was real, was a simple preacher for the god he believed was real. Saying he was actually god does not change what he did while he was here. It reinforces the delusion that people espouse when they don’t know the facts.

Moreover, there was no New Testament to speak of when Jesus was around. It took another three hundred years to finally settle on the books that comprise the New Testament. That in itself speaks volumes to the idea that it was humans who could not agree to the words that many claim are divine! Jesus uttered many phrases, apparently, and those phrases were written down by memory, by some authors. What are the chances that those utterances were remembered as they were actually spoken, decades after the fact, from indirect “witnesses”?

While Christianity has obviously spread and become the largest religion on the planet, it has also created more division among it’s own believers than any other religion. This cannot possibly be what Jesus was trying to do with his ministry. One would think that if Jesus truly wanted to create a religion, and call it Christianity, he would have said so in no uncertain terms. Where is it written in scripture that Jesus wanted Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, and all of the rest of the denominations? Where is it written that Christianity was to replace Judaism as the one true religion?

I can almost feel sorry for the Jews in this case. They had their book, they had their god, and then along came the people after Jesus died. Historically, Christianity is a split from Judaism. It really is that simple when looked at academically. And given the fact that their book is called the New Testament, it is even more obvious that the new book was designed to replace, or at best augment the Old Testament (no, I don’t agree with the OT prophecies, they are far too vague and weak to be considered worthy of recognition.)

Christianity will be around long after I am gone, I’m sure. The division will also remain, and if one were to model the splitting into denominations and sects, one could easily argue that the division among Christians will get worse. I have not personally met any Christians who even consider the massive number who disagree on scripture to be problematic. They honestly never give it much thought, is my guess. And why should they? They have their church, their preachers, and their own beliefs. So why would they be concerned about what everyone else believes?

Far be it from an atheist to stick his nose into other peoples beliefs and business regarding the delusion that their god is the one true god. But given the fact that Christianity claims to provide the answers to eternal life, or eternal damnation and hellfire, I would think that any reasonable Christian who wants to make it to heaven would be at least a little bit concerned about who Jesus really was, and what he really wanted while he was preaching. Of course, dropping the delusion altogether is another option, joining the ranks of horrible people like myself in the everlasting lake of fire that is sure to come at the end of my life!

Jesus would probably be quite disgusted if he were to see where his ministry has led us today. Then again, if he is God, he already knows! See you all in hell!