YES. THANK YOU. FINALLY SOMEONE ELSE SAID IT.
I’ve said this so many times, and people always react in one of these ways:
- “How can you say that? Of course the Jews were enslaved in Egypt.”
- “Well, I don’t know about the specifics, but I definitely believe that the Jews did have a mass-exodus from Egypt. It’s written about in history.”
- “You can’t say that, the bible depicts the exodus in great detail.”
No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.
The Jews were never enslaved in Egypt. It is NOT written about anywhere in history. The bible is not a “historical” account of ANYTHING. Get your fucking facts straight.
The sheer number of people talked about in the story make the whole thing logistically ridiculous.
Mother Teresa (via standingfast)
Oh yeah, because Mother Teresa was such an upstanding individual and has so much compassion for the living. You do know that the vast majority of the money she received while rubbing elbows with the world’s millionaires was dirty money, right? And when asked to return the money because it was proven to be swindled, she did not? Oh, and her “hospitals” set up to “help the sick” were really nothing more than human warehouses, just places to put the sick with the luxury of a mat on the floor to lie on and await death, never being diagnosed, malnourished and usually surrounded by countless other sick people, their only caretakers untrained Nuns and Brothers. Yeah, that sounds really nice, especially considering that humble Mother Teresa got excellent, top-notch quality care from highly trained medical professionals using state-of-the-art technology to help her when she got sick, huh?
I mean yeah, she called abortion a “destroyer of peace,” but she also said “I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.” This was probably shortly after she guilted them into giving up what little they could give, and then turning around and giving it to the fat, wealthy, luxurious Church.
Oh, and then the real icing on the cake for you Catholics—you do know about her diaries, right? The ones riddled with doubt? To quote, “I feel that God does not want me, that God is not God and that he does not really exist. People think my faith, my hope and my love are overflowing and that my intimacy with God and union with his will fill my heart. If only they knew,” she wrote, “Heaven means nothing.”
So before you decide to go a-quoting your beloved, ill-beatified saint, you might want to take a peak at her personal track record when it came to both your faith and her actual reverence for human life—and remember, children are poor and it is “beautiful” for them to suffer, and were in those disgusting excuses for hospitals, too.
Haha, as always, it just sounds so utterly ridiculous when you break it down to the basics.
When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself. - Peter O’Toole
If you ask your average Christian, they will tell you that prayer works. They will cite incidences where they petitioned their God for something and, lo and behold, their request was granted. They firmly believe that their God, the one who they believe created the entire cosmos, reached down from the sky and altered his creation to specifically accommodate their request, regardless of how it might affect someone else. I wonder if the Christian who prays for sunshine during an outdoor wedding takes into account the nearby farmer who’s crops will be destroyed if one more day passes without rain.
I wonder if the average Christian has any concept of what a coincidence is, as many of them are so fond of stating that there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason. Their logic surrounds the belief that God answers prayer in three ways; yes, no and wait. Seems the “wait” option is his favorite.
Because The Bible Tells Me So…
Many Christians are fervent in their belief about the effectiveness of prayer because what the bible says about it. In the bible, Jesus makes a number of promises on the topic of prayer. In the book of Matthew, he states that what we ask for in his name will be given. He promises that if one has the faith akin to the smallest of seeds, the mustard, that mountains will be thrown into the sea. Then there is the whole matter of healing physical ailments.
However, not all of their prayers involve the request to twist and bend the natural world to accommodate their needs, such as a change in the weather, the avoidance of destruction by natural disaster or the eradication of some terminal illness. In fact, most of their prayer requests are quite simple. A repair to a home or a vehicle is offered up, or their kids need new clothes or school supplies, or perhaps some financial assistance is required. These petitions are often “granted” because other humans were made aware of a need, and through the camaraderie that surrounds their common belief, others were called into action.
Of course, the believer will tell you that it was the hand of God that touched their hearts and that it was their God who moved these people into action. They will tell you this because they believe that Christianity has a lock on altruistic behavior and that selfless acts of love and sacrifice cannot be committed by someone who does not have Jesus living inside them. Everyone knows that Atheists are immoral, unethical, selfish, baby-eating, Satan-worshiping cretins who would not know an act of kindness if it jumped up and bit them in their infidel ass.
However, the reality of prayer having an effect on the alteration of the natural world is the same as if nothing were done at all. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, sinkholes and every other natural disaster, bar none, are in no way effected by the petition of prayer because there is nobody listening. No matter how loudly or how fervently these people pray, they are talking to themselves. Prayer has no supernatural effect on anything. If a disaster is diverted, the ignorant actually believe that their God did it. If a disaster is not diverted, they will tell you anything from blaming it on a high rate of “unchristian” behavior in the area to their God’s ways being “higher” and apparently he had a perfectly good reason which is to remain a mystery.
Those who believe that God healed the cancer patient still fail to understand that the miracle is not from heaven, but due to the evolution of the human body along with natural self-preservation, the emotional state and psychological condition of the afflicted patient. In fact, some studies have even shown a reverse effect in medical conditions due to the sick Christian being stressed out over performance anxiety.
That Old Rugged Cross…
Christians cling to prayer so strongly because if they suddenly acknowledged the evidence that surrounds the invalidity of their actions, they would have to also acknowledge all of the other inconsistencies and contradictions that pellet their faith by the shotgun of reality. Everywhere around the world there are people praying to God to heal sickness, relieve hunger or bring peace to nations in conflict and every day their requests are not granted.
People still die in third world countries of diseases that can be cured with a bottle of aspirin or for the lack of one decent meal every day. People are still murdered every day by tyrannical despots. Ethnic cleansing is still a reality. Slavery is still a reality. Human trafficking is still a reality. Honor killings are still commonplace. Child abuse and molestation are still rampant. Is he too busy? Is he overwhelmed by requests? Does he need a secretary? Oh, wait… I totally forgot about this not being his fault, but is attributed to a “fallen world” and “free will.” Sorry, what was I thinking?
In Of Itself…
The fact remains that when you remove natural human altruism from the equation, prayer alone does nothing. With regard to the physical world, the sequences of events that appear to have occurred as a result of the supplication to an imaginary deity are nothing but coincidental. Blind faith is the only attribute that can cause an individual to ignore the sheer abundance of statistical data that prove prayer has no effect on the aforementioned natural disasters.
Ignorance toward human physiology, psychology and biology can be attributed to the belief that praying to a God will heal the maladies that so commonly afflict our species. Statistics prove that God never answers prayers.
A Christian can go for a month without uttering one, single prayer or notifying a fellow believer of a need and they will find that nothing will change because no matter what they believe, feel or have been convinced of in their minds, prayer does not work. There is a scientific explanation for most of the results of their prayers, and what cannot be explained is just, thus far, undiscovered. Because something is unknown does not mean it is supernatural. It is just unknown.
It takes a huge contortion of logic to reconcile a loving and just God who hears and answers prayers with the millions of faithful believers who continue to endure unimaginable suffering every single day. It takes an astounding level of ignorance to attribute the lack of alleviation of this human suffering to an explanation as mundane and enigmatic as it not being “his will” or “according to his plan”, as well as the concepts I pointed out earlier; the equally ridiculous “free will” explanation and the effect that the “fall of man” has on our world, or the positively horrific belief that somehow it is the fault of the victim due to insincerity or the existence of unrepentant sin. That is akin to a woman “asking” to be raped.
Yet, countless numbers of people still cling to the belief that they are talking to God and that God hears them and is working things out “for the good of those who believe,” in spite of evidence to the contrary. They choose to remain ignorant to the psychology that explains those “feelings” that God is communicating with them. They believe that the hand of God guides them, denying the science of natural human intuition which our species has developed through millions of years of evolution.
Time spent praying may offer comfort to the faithful because they believe their efforts are effective, be it for personal reasons or for the benefit of others, but prayer amounts to little more than talking to oneself. If the prayer of the believer is never communicated to another person, any results are purely coincidental. Prayer, by itself, changes nothing. It is a placebo that has the same effect of a sugar pill that is marketed as a diet drug. Without a proper diet and exercise (action), it is useless.
In short, it is a colossal waste of time that could be put to much better and more productive use.
This is just fantastic :)
Some [not all] “Atheists” that I know celebrate Christmas and are very strict in their beliefs, that of which I have no problem with.
But if you don’t believe in Christ or what he did for us, why do you celebrate a holiday meant for Christians? If you’re a serious Atheist (again, no problems) tell your family. Don’t say “Oh, I don’t want them to feel bad.” You should feel bad for making them buy you gifts you don’t deserve.
lmao you’re a fucking moron
The tree and the gift-giving are pre-Christian traditions. I don’t go to church on Christmas and don’t do any religious shit to praise your jeebus, but I am still allowed to have a goddamn holiday season and get gifts I DO deserve just like anyone else. Christmas gifts aren’t a Christian right, you absolute fuckwit.
btw you don’t actually know if it’s Jesus’ birthday. this isn’t a confirmed date.
I’M AN ATHEIST I AM A HORRIBLE PERSON I DON’T DESERVE PRESENTS
IF YOU’RE AN ATHEIST FUCK YOU ASSHOLES RETURN YOUR GIFTS YOU STUPID TWATS YOU DON’T DESERVE THEM
There’s so much I could say about this, but I’ll just say this: I think it’s sad that there are people in this world with so much xenophobia and bigotry and hate and ignorance. I feel sad for them, I really do.