God: The illogical conclusion

Prejudice seems to be the main result for most religions, and it’s especially apparent in the Abrahamic faiths. They are often, but not always, misogynistic, racist, homophobic, judgemental, and bigoted, and if someone doesn’t adhere to the rules in their chosen sacred book, they seem to think that they are perfectly within their right to go on the offensive in God’s name. Abrahamic religions are especially disrespectful to women, and no more so in Islam where women are seen as servants and trophies, especially in Middle Eastern countries. Muslim men won’t think twice about raising their hands to their wives in public if they feel they are being disrespectful, and to strike an alleged loved one is an especially vile act of cowardice.

“For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith. The earth has been drenched with blood shed in this cause. . . .” – Felix Adler

When there are online Christian evangelicals like Ken Ham, Greg Locke and Ray Comfort who suggest to their followers that it’s perfectly acceptable to hate on behalf of God, and when you’ve got mean old bastards like Pat Robertson, who’s a televangelist, spreading loathsome religious propaganda to the masses, also on behalf of God, where exactly is the love of Christ represented in their behaviour?

“Religion is the brainchild of fear, and fear is the parent of cruelty. The greatest evils inflicted on humankind are perpetrated not by pleasure-seekers, self-seeking opportunists, or those who are merely amoral, but by fervent devotees of religion.” – Emmanuel Kofi Mensah

Not only are many representatives of Abrahamic religions hateful, but they promote fallacies for their own agendas. Be it filling the pews, lining their pockets financially, filling theme parks, or gaining notoriety. Ken Ham, for example lies in almost every tweet he makes. He’s trying to convince his followers that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, and anyone who disagrees, or promotes secularism, liberalism, and same-sex rights is controlled by Satan. His brainwashed followers then visit his theme park and museum, buy merchandise and add zeros to his bank balance, and I’m quite confident that none of it is given to people that really need it, like Jesus would want. He’s one of many charlatans, like Kenneth Copeland who lead extravagant, jet-set lifestyles, who live in luxury whilst people are living in squalor and desperation, not knowing how they can feed their families.

“I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, and the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough – I call it the one immortal blemish on the human race.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

I should feel sorry for people that are taken in by their nonsense, but I struggle to feel pity for people who are gullible enough to go through life happy with their wilful ignorance, and lazy, intellectual cowardice. Scientists spend centuries sharing discoveries and theories, living by trial and error, stumbling and occasionally making a breakthrough, just for some fundamentalist to think they know better and simply state that ‘God did it‘ with no evidence or credibility.

“Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid or produces only atheists or fanatics. As an engine of power, it serves the purpose of despotism, and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests, but so far as respects the good of man in general it leads to nothing here or hereafter.” – Thomas Paine

Any grown adult who can quite happily accept fairytales and speculation, and disregard the scientific method clearly has an underdeveloped mind. It’s natural for humans to be curious, and I’m sure most of you have touched something that say ‘hot do not touch‘ just to see if it really is hot. I know I have and it’s a natural thing to discover for yourself.

“If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.” – Robert Ingersoll

I simply cannot just accept common opinions, and I think independently and form conclusions based on reason, logic and evidence. It’s not natural for a grown adult to blindly believe something and not question it, and just accept that’s the way it is, because a collection of books ‘The Bible‘, or the ‘Qur’an‘ say so. I cannot accept that a book written by men can be the word of God. If he can create the Universe and all that’s within it, why couldn’t he create a book himself? Why did he have to tell ‘Musa’ (Moses) what the ‘Ten Commandments‘ (Ethical Decalogue) should be? It all seems a little too convenient for me to take seriously.

“Religion is the brainchild of fear, and fear is the parent of cruelty. The greatest evils inflicted on humankind are perpetrated not by pleasure-seekers, self-seeking opportunists, or those who are merely amoral, but by fervent devotees of religion.” – Emmanuel Kofi Mensah

I fail to understand how theists cannot recognise that religions are manmade and not Godmade. Man has always feared and worshipped that what he doesn’t understand ie: fire. So what better way to strike fear into the heart of man than put the threat of eternal damnation, and an ‘obey me or elseGod.

“If a man really believes that God once upheld slavery; that he commanded soldiers to kill women and babes; that he believed in polygamy; that he persecuted for opinion’s sake; that he will punish forever, and that he hates an unbeliever, the effect in my judgment will be bad. It always has been bad. This belief built the dungeons of the Inquisition. This belief made the Puritan murder the Quaker.” – Robert Ingersoll

When theists claim that they have a personal relationship with their God, that the Bible is the word of God, and the miracles, and acts God is responsible for, are fact, then I cannot help but think that they have a screw loose. If someone finds solace and comfort from their faith, then that’s fine, but believing that God is responsible for everything, and God is the first cause, is ludicrous. If the Bible is God’s word, and his wording is perfection, then there should be no inconsistencies, contradictions or illogical statements. The book of Genesis, which we all know is the first book of the Bible, is littered with errors, contradictions and repeated statements, so it’s not a great start, but at least it shows the reader what’s in store for them.

“Let us read the Bible without the ill-fitting colored spectacles of theology, just as we read other books, using our judgment and reason. . . .” – Luther Burbank

Another thing that I fail to understand is prayer, and if God is all-knowing (omniscient), and has unlimited power (omnipotent), is everywhere at once (omnipresence), what’s the point in prayer? A man can pray for peace, and another man can walk into that place of worship and execute mercilessly. If God is omnipresent, then why doesn’t he make the assailant miss, or make the gun jam, or strike them down? He doesn’t because he cannot, and he cannot as he doesn’t exist except in the mind of his flock!

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