It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees

Why is it that the only time you hear of an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-seeing being is when some other human tells you about it? Dude, who told you? Another human. Think about it objectively. For argument’s sake let’s use this scenario: Another human being comes up to you and tells you about this powerful businessman who has a message for you. He has paid off your debts and now you owe him your life. You say:”Wait, what? I don’t have any debts.” The guy says: “Well, you did. Even though you didn’t know it. Like 6000 years ago your ancestors (who you’ve never heard of, but trust me they existed) fucked up and left you with this debt. Don’t ask for proof. There is none. You just need to believe without question. Have faith. Now you need to devote your life to him, live according to his rules for your life and pay me 10% of your income for bringing you his messages.” Would you say:”Wow, what a sacrifice for unworthy little old me.” or would your reaction be: “Firstly, who the f*** are you? I’ve never heard of this ancestor and why do his actions from 6000 years ago affect me? Where is this businessman anyway? Why can’t he speak to me directly?…” and so on. If you lean toward the second answer and not the first but you are also religious, chances are your ability to reason has been damaged. We are all just human beings. We’ve come far and done much but we all still don’t know our origins. What is so wrong with not knowing? We should search for real answers and truth; not accept a stone age idea just to get rid of the questions.

The deepest fear known to mankind is fear of the unknown. Its why we demonize and persecute those who are different from us. Its why myths and tales are created. It is quite easy to identify a myth. It starts with not understanding a life reality and creating a backstory to satisfy the gap in knowledge. For example, let’s take the story of Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring growth. She was kidnapped by Hades to be his wife. Her mother, Demeter, Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, now angered at Zeus for allowing Hades to kidnap their daughter, refused to allow the crops on Earth to grow. Desperate for a solution, Zeus sent down Hermes to the Underworld to bring back Persephone to her mother. Hades told Hermes that Persephone may return, on the condition that she has not eaten the food of the dead.
As Demeter and Persephone happily embraced, Ascalaphus delivered the bad news to Demeter- her daughter must return to the Underworld since she had been tricked into eating the food of the dead. Zeus pleaded to his mother, Rhea, to help him break the deadlock. Rhea proposed a compromise: Persephone would remain with her mother in Olympus for two-thirds of the year, and the remaining third of the year in the Underworld with Hades. According to this myth, this is the reason for different seasons. The third of the year, when Persephone is down in the Underworld with Hades, we have winter and no growth of crops, as Demeter is unhappy and gloomy. When Persephone returns to her mother for the remaining two thirds, Demeter becomes cheerful, and so we have spring, summer, and fall, the growing seasons for plants and fruits. This was a sincere belief held by people who did not yet discover why we have these seasons. Greek gods are now widely considered mythology. We have enough proof to understand that these beings do not exist. Studying the natural world is essential for truth. It is easier to say that magical wizards and gods did it rather than admitting that we just don’t know yet.

I love this planet. The earth is beautiful. Animals are just amazing. The universe fascinates me. The possibility of anything is exciting to wonder about. There are quite a few massive misconceptions surrounding atheism in general. I cannot honestly call myself an atheist by definition. It would contradict my understanding of how much we don’t know about the universe. Why is it that people assume atheism or any disbelief in god takes away from marveling at the world. If anything, it just increases the wonder. I’ve been referred to as a hipster on multiple occasions because I get excited talking about what the possibilities are and how goddamn incredible this planet is. But I’d rather say atheist because being agnostic means multiple different things to different people. I know that none of the gods that exist today are real. But I believe in the infinite possibilities of higher life forms; whether or not we call it (or them) ‘god’ doesn’t matter to me. Believing that all of this around us was created for you specifically opens up loopholes for environmental abuse. Religious people that I’ve met deny climate change because they legitimately believe that it’s not possible for humans to harm the earth. “God made it for us to use as we please. Climate change is a conspiracy to put factories out of business”. I could not mask my utter astonishment at this argument. I mean, even if everything was somehow snapped into existence by a god why does that justify killing an entire planet? There is this church song that, in retrospect, truly shows the disconnect between our planet and religion. It says, “This world is not my home. I’m just passing through. If heaven’s not my home then Lord, what will I do? The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” That is not a good mentality to have about the earth. This is why creationists don’t actually give a shit about climate change and environmental issues. If you tell yourself every day that you don’t belong here and the world will end soon; how can you possibly find the motivation to care about sustainability? I know that the concept of heaven helps people deal with losing loved ones but I can’t believe in fairy tales and base my entire life on someone else’s imagined concept of life after death. Every aspect of heaven and the afterlife is entirely based on things that we’ve already seen and can grasp and understand. We have almost no clue of what’s out in the universe even at this stage of civilization, but somehow people claim to know what happens after we die? How could we possibly know? What makes people think anything after death would be even slightly comprehensible to us? The image of heaven in most religions paint white cloud atmosphere, green grass, blue skies, and even pearly gates. Gates are a man-made invention. Are gates now inspired by God or did god copy some human’s invention to put in heaven? I have so many questions. So many. “Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible god and destroys a visible nature, unaware that the nature he’s destroying is the god he is worshipping.” – Hubert Reeves.

Albert Einstein is wrongly assumed to have believed in a conventional god by religious people. He, himself, cleared this up when he heard what people were saying. The way in which religious people and leaders speak of science and the scientific method is deeply disturbing. They spread untruths and misinterpretations as long as it boosts their agenda. When Einstein referred to god he spoke of nature and science. He often referred to the concept of the Abrahamic god as naive and childish. In a 1947 letter, he stated, “It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously.” In a letter to Beatrice Frohlich on 17 December 1952, Einstein stated, “The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.” After reading the philosopher Eric Gutkind’s book Choose Life, a discussion of the relationship between Jewish revelation and the modern world Einstein sent the following reply to Gutkind, “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends…. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.” These are the real quotes. He was not religious contrary to the misinformation spread by religious leaders. The majority of people accept Einstein as a genius and hold his words in high regard. Einstein is widely respected in the world so that is why they feel the need to twist his words. Einstein responded to a question about whether or not he defined himself as a pantheist. He explained: Your question is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist. I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. May I not reply with a parable? The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations. I am fascinated by Spinoza’s Pantheism. I admire even more his contributions to modern thought. Spinoza is the greatest of modern philosophers because he is the first philosopher who deals with the soul and the body as one, not as two separate things. Pantheism’s primary thesis is that God and the universe are one and the same. On 22 March 1954 Einstein received a letter from Joseph Dispentiere, an Italian immigrant who had worked as an experimental machinist in New Jersey. Dispentiere had declared himself an atheist and was disappointed by a news report which had cast Einstein as conventionally religious. Einstein replied on 24 March 1954: It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.

It’s not just him who is often widely misquoted by churches to push their agenda. Many Christians are under the impression that Charles Darwin recanted his life’s work on his deathbed. That is ridiculously untrue. He did nothing of the sort. Charles Darwin died on 19 April 1882, at the age of 73 and it was considered shameful that he departed an unbeliever. In the years that followed several stories surfaced that Darwin had undergone a death-bed conversion and renounced evolution. These stories began to be included in sermons as early as May 1882. However, the best known is that attributed to a Lady Hope, who claimed she had visited a bedridden Charles at Down House in the autumn of 1881 and witnessed his conversion (conveniently alone). Francis Darwin wrote to Thomas Huxley that a report that Charles had renounced evolution on his deathbed was ‘false and without any kind of foundation’, and Francis affirmed that he had ‘no reason whatever to believe that he [his father] ever altered his agnostic point of view’. Charles’s daughter Henrietta wrote on page 12 of the London evangelical weekly, The Christian, on 23 February 1922, ‘I was present at his deathbed. Lady Hope was not present during his last illness, or any illness. I believe he never even saw her, but in any case, she had no influence over him in any department of thought or belief. He never recanted any of his scientific views, either then or earlier …. The whole story has no foundation whatever’. It is shocking how many people simply believe every word out of the mouths of their religious leaders rather than actually researching to find out if its true. I, for one, was guilty of that. I also had heard this untruth and believed it until a time that I gained access to the internet.

Disbelief in current popular religions is incomprehensible to most people. I see this phase in human understanding as the transition period of realising the fact that the Judeo-Islamic-Christian god is mythology to explain gaps in information. According to this belief system, there are no questions left in the world. Every single event can be explained by “god did it”. Any further questions are directed to a rather strange concept called “faith”. Faith is to believe something without requiring proof of any sort. To say that I have faith in myself is untrue. I believe in myself based on previous experiences and my own determination. Belief and religious faith are very separate. In the context of religion, faith is used to explain believing in something or someone with absolutely zero evidence of it being true and denying any evidence that opposes it. Faith is necessary to maintain these ancient religions in a world that has progressed to prove these religious texts as completely false. For example, let’s take the story of Joshua in the bible. During my entire schooling career, I was taught contradictory information between the education system and religious beliefs. One of the stories that stuck out for me was Joshua leading the Israelites in battle and required more time to kill all the Amorites. So he asked God for favour and told the sun to stand still. According to scripture, the sun obeyed Joshua and he went on to murder the rest of the Amorites. Then I learned the reality of the solar system and that the sun is the center of our galaxy. The earth along with many other planets rotate around the sun and on its own axis. Joshua could have never “made the sun stand still”. It was never moving to begin with. And if the earth was EVER stopped from either of its rotations all life on earth would be wiped out. It would be a full-on apocalypse. Let’s stop pretending that this ever happened. Because it didn’t. If it did we wouldn’t even exist right now.

The origin story itself is so insanely far-fetched. A species is considered to be extinct when it loses the capacity to breed and recover. Minimum viable population (MVP) is defined as the smallest possible size at which a biological population can exist without facing extinction from natural disasters or demographic, environmental, or genetic stochasticity. For human beings, it is not 2! You cannot populate the world from 2 human beings. It is biologically impossible. Why do people prefer the idea of being human origins being incest between humans rather than evolving from another species? When I, as a child, asked how is incest okay in the bible I got the response that ‘blood was purer in the beginning and over time it became more corrupt.’ What does that even mean? Has our DNA somehow changed since ‘the beginning’? Isn’t that evolution anyway. The concept of ‘pure-blood’ is not a good thing. Inbreeding causes deformities and sickness. Do people actually sit down and think of the reality of the human population descending from just two people? Adam and Eve’s children would have had to fuck each other to make incest babies, of which did the same to continue the population. It’s far too convenient that from the point of Cain and Abel the bible gets incredibly vague about events and people and thereafter jumps in time to people just being on the earth. Where did they come from? There’s so much missing information in that biblical time period. Every single Bible story can be thoroughly debunked with our general knowledge at this point in science. I fully intend to do so as a series of posts. But regardless of whether or not god is real, I want people to read the stories from a moral analysis. I cannot get through every case of nonsensical evil so I’ll do the main ones for now.

I entirely disagree with the notion that the Bible has any high moral standing. The old testament is ignored by modern Christians. The excuse is that Jesus rewrote scripture to love and forgiveness through sacrifice. So then was God wrong in the old testament? Why did Jesus need to correct what God (who is Jesus anyway) wrote? Even if Jesus did teach kindness and love I still don’t hold his character in high regard. He refers to his followers as sheep over and over again. In our everyday lives being called a sheep is a massive insult. Why is that? It represents being a mindless, spineless follower. Shepherds guard sheep against danger; why? It’s not because the sheep are his pets. They are part of a business. They are assets. He leads them to be sheared for their wool and killed for their meat. They follow without question, get sheared without complaint and die without a fight. Why would anyone want to be called a sheep? I find it quite fitting for religion though. Every aspect of your life is dictated to you, including how you should think and feel. You must follow without question. You must give so much of your hard-earned money to the church (your pastor takes it; seriously look at his assets) for an invisible product that you only see after you die, supposedly. Religious leaders need this money because they care for your soul. Riiight… but anyway, the new testament is not all about love. The book of revelations is a prime example. This book is the epitome of horrors from the darkest minds. It is not about “Jesus returning as a symbol of sacrificial love” in the least. It’s about him returning with an army and four terrifying horsemen representing conquest, war, famine, and death. It’s about destruction and tribulation. The tribulation is described as a number of years where everyone will experience worldwide hardships, disasters, famine, war, pain, and suffering, which will wipe out more than 75% of all life on the earth before the Second Coming takes place. This is an apocalypse that has years of mental and physical torture as a starter before being burned alive for eternity for everyone not chosen by God. But let’s, for argument’s sake, assume that the human population deserves this and Genesis explains why. In the bible, there is no explicit explanation of what the serpent actually looked like. All we know is that it spoke the human tongue and ended up cursed to take the form of a slithering creature, a snake. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1)
The serpent was a creation of God. Where did it’s “cunning thoughts” come from if not its creator? Also, where was the female serpent? If it’s that she just isn’t mentioned, was she cursed as well into snake form for the sin of her male counterpart? Fair and just cannot be used to describe that action. If there was no female created, what was the purpose of God creating a single serpent if not for the very purpose of tempting Eve and also, as a sidenote, where then did female snakes come from?
The serpent gives them an offer to learn to define good and evil for themselves. Think about that. If they were created pure and had no knowledge of good and evil, how can they possibly be held accountable? When God said the word “evil” it was not a word in their understanding at all. He could have made a blowing sound that would have meant the equivalent of the word “evil” to them. The “original sin” that damned an entire world is very much open to interpretation. Could it have been an apple or some other literal fruit? If so, would you condemn your own child to death for eating a bad apple when you say not to? I would think not. If it made your child sick would you let them die as well as dole out severe punishment; or would you take them to the hospital and say “Don’t do that again, I don’t want you to ever get hurt or die.” That concept is far too ridiculous to ever be debatable. A common interpretation of the “fruit” is that it was sexual intercourse. Hence “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked…”. This interpretation goes further when god curses women with childbirth. It is believed that Cain was the child of the serpent and Abel was the son of Adam (remember that she got Adam to also have the “fruit”). For this to be even slightly realistic the serpent would have had to have the same or almost identical DNA as humans. Wouldn’t Cain be half snake, half human otherwise? The study of genetics has proven the bible story of the origin of humans to have been outrageously far from reality. The Christian God is depicted as omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful) according to the bible and also kind, loving and the very definition of good. Everything that has ever happened has been a part of his plan. This clearly means that the fall of humankind was both planned and orchestrated by him. If he truly is all-seeing then he watched his own plan for the humans (their destruction) become a reality. When they hid to cover their shame he pretended to look for them (how could he not know where they were?), got angry with them that his plan went exactly the way he wanted and then cursed them and the earth for it.

The story of “the tower of Babel” is quite sinister. There is no mention of them being evil; unless God sees unity as evil. Gen 11:4 says “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’” Firstly, god was afraid that they would succeed in building a tower to the heaven? How?? Are the heavens the clouds or in another dimension altogether? Because of science and technology we know for certain that the first isn’t true (let alone acknowledging that they would have had to be incredibly advanced to engineer a tower that high). Considering the latter renders the task with zero probability of being accomplished. Why then did this scare god to the point of dividing an entire family by both language and distance? Unless… maybe… just maybe… this isn’t about the “creator of the entire universe” who does not understand his own creation and it’s just a story made up by primitive beings who didn’t know what the sky and clouds were. Dictators throughout history kept their power primarily by dividing the people so that they cannot unify against them and ensuring that, above all, the people live in fear of them. They demanded constant praise and glorification under threat of punishment and execution. Connect the dots. Here is a real-life question: if this is how different nations were formed how did they end up across oceans and become different races? Through changing over time and adapting to their environment? That’s evolution… anyway….

Pharaoh of Egypt and his people; they enslaved the Israelites. But the Israelites were convinced that they were divinely entitled to any land and people that God said they could have. They conquered, stole, enslaved, etc wherever they went just like all other tribes and nations in that time. God explicitly commanded them to murder even the babies and unborn of the conquered nations. How were the Israelites ANY different from their enslavers except that this time the Egyptians won and they were the ones who became captives? Twice during the story pharaoh decides to release them but “God hardened the heart of Pharaoh” against it. Why? Was he just not done torturing them with plagues and simply couldn’t give up his finale of personally murdering their innocent first-born children? God delivered them from a corrupt human system – the system being slavery, the cruelty toward and murder of people from another nation? Is this not exactly the same system that God gave the Israelites to live by??? They did exactly the same to other nations whenever they won. Whenever they disobeyed and spared children god dealt with them with an iron fist. Then this means their system given to them by God is corrupt. Therefore their god is corrupt. Another real-life question: why is there absolutely no record of hundreds of thousands of Israelites ever being slaves Egypt? Ancient Egyptian documents, however, show Israelite soldiers as allies fighting alongside Egyptians.

Now, isn’t Jesus god in the form of a human? Wasn’t this ‘Satan’ his own creation?! Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” I could rest my case just from that scripture, but I won’t. Let’s talk about the unconditional loving act of god of sending his son (who is him) to die for the sins of humans (that he planned and orchestrated in the first place). Didn’t god make up EVERY SINGLE rule? If he was truly kind and loving as this religion insists why would his main theme of his plan centre around death and bloody sacrifice? Why is the brutal murder of an innocent the ONLY thing that calms down his wrath? Have a psychiatrist explain the problem with someone taking pleasure in the blood sacrifice of innocent animals and humans. God only accepts blood and sacrifice as atonement for any sin. Cain and Abel brought the first sacrifices to god. They were given no instructions; instead, they had to use their own discretion. Cain brought his finest harvests from his hard labour in the fields. Abel brought an innocent baby animal (a lamb) and performed a brutal, bloody murder. The murder pleased god but the hard work of cultivating plants was rejected by him. No further analysis of the character of God is required to determine that it is one of a psychopath. In the infamous animation, The Incredibles, there is a man who wanted to be known as the most powerful super. He created a disaster to devastate the land and people. He designed and built a robot specifically for evil and destruction and to the specification of him being the only person that could stop it and save their lives. He did this because he wanted praise and glorification from the people. He wanted them to think of him as their saviour. The writer, naturally, set him as the villain and has his plan ruined and him defeated. The movie was highly rated and loved as a whole by the people simply because we know the difference between good and evil. The god of the bible and the bible stories are not just physically and scientifically impossible and untrue; it is diabolical and the tales of a cruel dictator.

The day of the lord in revelation is a promise that he will free our world from corruption and bring about the new things that he has in store. How do you free corruption? By mass genocide and eternal torturous imprisonment of all human beings who don’t follow him regardless of whether they’ve lived a good and kind life toward others? Those who follow and bow down to him get the pleasure of spending eternity on their knees praising, worshipping and thanking him for saving them from what he was going to do them if they didn’t abide by his every word. Greek and other pagan mythology is admirable in this sense because they did not believe that the gods were good and kind and all powerful. Their gods did as they pleased because no one had the power to stop them. They killed, raped, enslaved and did much evil and were viewed as flawed by the people. The stories did not speak of characters being called kind, loving and good while performing acts of a despicable dictator. Religion was created to explain the world and as a means of controlling people. It attempts to make you feel special and powerful whilst stripping you of freedom of thought. Religious faith is not an achievement. Not requiring proof for a claim that demands lifelong subservience is not something to be proud of. The old testament is the work of a cruel and diabolical mind. Most of its teachings like stoning women who aren’t virgins and the right to owning other humans are entirely ignored by modern Christians. The new testament masks the true atrocities of this book. People nitpick the bible to fit into modern society. Why support a book where a god murders innocents in the millions but call it a religion of love and peace just because a fraction of the bible says that you should love your neighbour.

Progressive Christianity. What is that? Really. If you don’t believe the entire bible entirely but claim to be a Christian you’re just lying to yourself. Rather cut and paste the good parts into a new book and call it something else. Religious leaders capitalise on people’s ignorance and brainwashed fear to take money and services from their congregation. To me, that in itself is a clear indication of the religions being entirely man-made. Why does an all powerful god need my money for his messengers to survive? Why is me not paying 10% of my money worthy of eternal torture? I mean, seriously. My medical aid doesn’t cost that much and it cares for my health, wellbeing and saves my life if I’m dying. Why should I pay that much to sit for hours and hear some dude telling me how sinful, unworthy and helpless I am on my own. No. Fuck that. I am not unworthy of being alive.

“If the god of the bible exists, it is incumbent upon us, as a race of moral beings, to hunt it down and kill it.”

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