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Will flattery get you anywhere?

February 28, 2018

It is bewildering to me why people praise God when someone is suffering. As if flattering God will cause him to intervene and help the sufferer. Maybe they actually believe it will.

In my family there have been a few recent examples. A couple of them went ahead and died after people said God was healing them. (“Praise Him and His wisdom”) One guy is suffering now, but may actually recover. I guess God liked the flattery this time, but not the other times.

God is vile.


RIP, Billy Graham

February 23, 2018

All I’ll say is that he wasn’t the least surprised by the lack of an afterlife.

Flat Earth and Creationism

February 17, 2018

Recently one of my relatives was shocked to discover there are “Flat Earth” believers out there.

She thinks they are just messing with everyone because no one could actually believe such a thing. Not in the year 2018.

Yet, this person believes a personal God created the Universe in 6 days 6000 or so years ago, with all animals in their present forms. And made humans out of mud and rib bones.

Neither belief is any more rational than the other. They are both crazy beliefs without any basis in reality.

7 billion+ gods

January 31, 2018

No two people worship (or believe in) the same god.

They would argue against this fact. They might hate you for pointing it out. Some probably don’t realize they worship their own individual god- a god they don’t share with anyone else on the planet.

People get past this by grouping with others whose gods are similar enough they can pretend it’s the same god. And by avoiding any mention of things which would expose the singular nature of each person’s god.

If the differences get exposed in a way that’s impossible to ignore, some people will break away and form their own group with those whose gods are mostly compatible (for now).

Everyone makes up a god that they can live with. A god whose opinions mesh with those of its creator. That way when the person does horrible things, they can claim it wasn’t horrible because god says it is something they should do. Gods often approve of being monstrous toward people who obviously worship other gods, at least according to the people who carry out god’s evil preferences.

I’m not going to kill anyone over the god they worship, as long as they don’t try to kill or attack or rob me on the instructions of the god between their ears.

May you each create a decent, humane god, rather than the more popular kind.

Trading addictions

December 27, 2017

I know someone who is over-the-top religious. Well, I know a lot of people who are, but this one stuck out.

Turns out she used to be a meth addict, and possibly addicted to other drugs, as well. Heavily.

She doesn’t do drugs anymore. But, no, she isn’t “clean”. She just traded the meth for God, but she’s still just an addict, burning out her brain cells for a high.

Once I learned this, her religiosity made perfect sense. I won’t try to get her off this drug, just like I wouldn’t have tried to get her off the other drug. Some people seem to need something to be addicted to, and can’t function otherwise. God is more socially acceptable than meth. For now. It’s still tragic.

Neither one exists

December 27, 2017

I heard an amusing exchange over Christmas.

A young relative- in a highly religious branch of the family- has gotten to the age he has started seeing through the “Santa Claus” myth.

He hasn’t seen Santa, and was planning to set traps to catch his mom playing Santa, and the relatives were trying to keep him believing a little longer.

So, what was their argument in favor of the existence of Santa Claus?

“Well, you haven’t seen God, either, and you know he exists…”


The kid may shake off the superstition, after all. If they aren’t careful to keep him from thinking…

Pray, or help

November 7, 2017

If someone has a problem you can help with, or even solve, but you only pray for them, you are horrible. Worse than useless.

No, you aren’t obligated to help, but pretending to help by praying, and expecting to be considered a good person for it, is messed up.

If you can’t really do anything to alleviate their problem, then letting them know you are praying for them can be an act of compassion. But only if they know you are praying. They need to know you care, and would help if you could.

Religions of death

June 23, 2017

If your religion requires death, your religion is disgusting.

Doesn’t matter if it is the death of infidels, the death of God’s son on a cross, the death of sacrificial animals. the death of captured warriors, the death of heretics, or the death of atheists.

If your religion requires death, your religion is disgusting.

“The Resurrection” is meaningless

May 24, 2017

Christians latch onto their belief that Jesus did the impossible by coming back from the dead as proof of his divinity, and believe everything else they claim to believe must then be true.

But, why?

Yeah, it might have seemed like a miracle (if it actually even happened), but how many people have been declared dead in modern times, only to come back? Probably hundreds. Many of them while on a slab in the morgue, not during an attempt at reviving them.

These are people declared dead by modern doctors, not by primitives without medical training or experience. I would assume it is much less likely for a modern doctor to mistakenly declare someone dead than some untrained people without the medical instruments to measure imperceptible bodily processes. And, that it would be an easy mistake for the average person to make, even today.

Returning from the dead doesn’t make someone a god now, and it didn’t prove someone was a god back then. It’s just more wishful thinking.

You don’t say…

October 27, 2016

The headline says “Religious and Supernatural Belief Linked With Poor Understanding of the Physical World“.

I could have told them that. From hundreds of discussions with believers of every sort, that is the one unifying feature I have noticed in them all.

And where their poor understanding leaves holes, they fill the holes with “beliefs”.

I recommend reading the article linked above. It may give you insight into your believer friends and family, and may just make you feel a bit sorry for them.