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Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:28

God Is Not A Tyrant You Bunch Of Losers!

GOD IS NOT A TYRANT YOU BUNCH OF LOSERS!!! HE IS THE PERSON WHO DIED SO THAT YOU COULD LIVE ON THIS EARTH, BUT THEN FOR YOU TO TURN AROUND AND CRUCIFY HIM AGAIN BY TURNING OTHERS AWAY FROM HIM AND CALL HIM A TYRANT IS UNACCEPTABLE, I REBUKE THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REPLY:

First of all, thank you very much for sending us your comment. Before I respond, let me be clear that I am not attacking you as a person, I will be merely responding to the ideas you brought up.

ABOUT THE NATURE OF GOD

"...HE IS THE PERSON WHO DIED..."

This comment brings us to the nature of your God. I can only guess that your god is the Abrahamic God because of your word 'crucify'. You called your god a person. Is he a person? Further, you used a masculine pronoun but is he male or female? Is he both, like some gods are? Or is he sexless?

About the mortality of gods: Can a god die, like you say your god did? We obviously don't think He died permanently right? What's the point of pretending to die when you cannot really die? Is it just for extra dramatic effect?

ABOUT GODS HAVING TO DIE SO WE CAN LIVE

"...HE IS THE PERSON WHO DIED SO THAT YOU COULD LIVE ON THIS EARTH..."

The idea of a supernatural being having to die so his creations may live is similar to some Chinese creation stories like that of Pangu, in Taoism.

There's so much conflict in your ideas and to point them out, I can only do so by asking you questions:

Why did God have to die so I could live? Did He not create us already? I'm guessing your going to mention this thing about our sins right?

Most Christians believe that God sent his Son, Jesus to Earth, so Jesus can be crucified for all our sins, past and future, to be forgiven, by God.

I ask you to think about this for a second. Think about the doctrine of Holy Trinity that says God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit are all the same. This means that to paraphrase what Christianity is asking its people to believe:

God sent Himself, as Jesus, to Earth, so He can be crucified for all our sins, so He can forgive us for our sins.

If you believe this idea of God having to die for our sins and so, we can live with our sins forgiven, why did He not just forgive us our sins in the first place without having to go through such drama?

Further, if you believe that God created everything and everyone and He is all-knowing, did He not know that Judas, including all those who accused and crucified Him, that they were going to do what they did? If you believe that God is all-knowing, then doesn't this make us all as actors just placed here on Earth to perform our roles in God's stage all for His amusement...His entertainment?

ABOUT WHO DOES THE CRUCIFYING

"...FOR YOU TO TURN AROUND AND CRUCIFY HIM AGAIN BY TURNING OTHERS AWAY FROM HIM AND CALL HIM A TYRANT IS UNACCEPTABLE..."

You are assuming two things:

  1. You assume that your god exists. To date, there is no verifiable evidence that gods exist.
  2. You assume that your god is the true god whom others might not be diverted away from.

This is where problems with virile religions begin. They already assume that a god exists even when there is no evidence for His existence. Then they expect us to all agree.

They say that their god is the only true god. Everyone else's gods are false gods. Then they establish that their Scripture is the 'word of their god'. In their scriptures, you find things like:

"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. " (Exodus 20:2-11 and Deuteronomy 5:6-11)

Religions insist there can only be one god: theirs. By framing it this way, they justify any action or behaviour that demeans and brutalises other people, who just happen not to believe to the same absurdities they are being forced to believe.

Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles. Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

- Exodus 34:13-16

If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods" (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the people around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from the Lord your God...

Deuteronomy 13:6-16

"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

- John 15:6

Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal ' rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.

Koran 9:73

Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous.

Koran 9:123

These verses are there for one reason and one reason only: to spread the religion and defeat competing ideas. Throughout our history, religious people have committed atrocities to other people in the name of their religion: from the witch hunts and the Inquisitions of the past, to the modern-day jihadists who seek to destroy you and me just because we live in societies that separate their religion from their governance.

Osama wrote in his letter to the American people:

"The first thing that we are calling you to, is Islam. The religion of the Unification of God; of freedom from associating partners with Him, and rejection of this; of complete love of Him, the Exalted; of complete submission to His Laws; and of the discarding of all the opinions, orders, theories and religions which contradict with the religion He sent down to His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

... It is saddening to tell you that you are the worst civilization witnessed by the history of mankind: You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator."

[Source: The Guardian. Full Text: Bin Laden's 'Letter To America'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/nov/24/theobserver, Published 24 November 2002.]

CONCLUSION

Instead of rebuking this website, perhaps you need to revisit the belief systems and ideas you are defending. Do they truly come from divine origins, from gods themselves, or have human beings confused themselves to a point where they can no longer recognise their myths from their truths?

//Marquez

Published in Comments & Messages
Published in Main Content
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 00:46

Do You Know Where The Soul Is?

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Published in Scientific Advances
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 21:18

Unleashed: The Tyranny Of God

For most of my life, I did not question the existence of God. My wife, most of my family, friends and relatives were all born into Christianity. We can be classified as ?non-practicing' or ?moderate' Christians. We went to church occasionally. When we did, it would be mainly for baptisms, deaths and marriages. The strength of our beliefs varied from believing that God exists to believing that religion is beneficial, regardless of His existence. Does God exist? Should we believe in God? Having an opinion on such big questions seemed inconsequential. We did not see how our lives would be impacted if we were to have an opinion on the matter. For us, there was no urgency. These questions were not as important as getting good grades, finishing studies, getting jobs or taking care of loved ones. Besides, what did it matter? We just had to be good mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and neighbours. All that mattered was that we were good to other people and that we did not inflict injury, harm, or suffering to another human being. The golden rule of treating others the way we want to be treated was our guiding thought, and to us, that was enough. But since last year, I became really curious when I realised that our beliefs, religious or otherwise, impact on our lives and the lives of others. Further, our religious beliefs permeate in everything we think and do. It is at the centre of most global issues we now face. So, I set out for a quest to try and understand our existence and find the answers to questions on God, morality and religion. My journey led me to writing a book. I have not discussed about my journey much in this blog but now that it is done, I will tell you about it. The book is called: The Tyranny Of God. One of my biggest worries in writing this book was the breadth of topics I had to cover. At times, I wondered whether I was doing the right thing in casting as wide a net as I did. I chose to proceed because, to understand the true nature of religion, we cannot limit our discussions to religious texts. Instead, we need to take a larger, macroscopic view. We need to see how it relates to human nature and to our society. We need to consult our sciences and corroborate our analysis with our history. In our struggle to broaden our outlook, we need to start from the very beginning. From there, we work progressively. We will learn about cosmology, abiogenesis, genetics, evolution, language, memes, history, current affairs and so on. The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang. I wanted to make this book easy to read and simple to understand, to the extent that I can in explaining some complex ideas. I also wanted it, regardless of the extensive amount of information, light enough to carry around whilst keeping important information intact. Reasonism.Org, a website dedicated to the subject matter of the book, has been created and is now active. It provides resources, including videos, articles and other relevant material. There is also a forum there where people can discuss and express their thoughts on the deep questions we all ask. Regardless of your religiousity, or lack thereof, I welcome and recommend that you visit it when you can. If you want to submit your stories and opinions there for publication, you may do so. I will be participating in the website as often as I can. I'll see you there.
Published in Blog
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Clerics condemn Bali bombers after execution

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Powerful Stroke Of Insight By Jill Bolte Taylor

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Published in Scientific Advances
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Indian Christians attack Hindu

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Saturday, 27 September 2008 07:47

Terror suspects arrested on German plane

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