God of disaster

According to the Bible, and as usual I will reference the King James Version, life is predetermined by god, and he knows what you are going to do before you do. I don’t get why Christians trust god to put them on the correct course, or believe that god’s intentions are always fuelled by his love for us when so many bad things happen every day throughout the world. Let’s ignore actions that humans are responsible for, and think for a moment about natural disasters, like hurricanes, typhoons, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, drought and famine. If god is all knowing, and all loving, why does he let natural disasters happen? If he knows that a catastrophic event is forthcoming, and he loves us, why doesn’t he prevent it?‬

‪”In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” – Ephesians 1:11 KJV‬

‪In 2011, Japan, the city of Tōhoku, was hit by a typhoon which was caused by an earthquake of great magnitude. The waves reached up to 40 metres killing nearly 16,000 people, injuring many thousands more, and several thousand were missing. As well as the human harm, it affected wildlife, and caused approximately $360 billion of damage, and whilst this happened, people still believed that god was lovingly watching over us. Out of the 10 most destructive natural disasters, China has suffered 6 of them, and the other 4 have all been in Eastern Asia, where millions of people perished.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪Cyclone Nargis hit Sri Lanka and Burma in 2008 causing disaster our flooding and landslides killing 150,000 and 50,000 more reported missing. The Bhola cyclone devastated Bangladesh in 1970 killing roughly 300,000 and thousands more reported missing. In 2010, Haiti and the Dominican Republic as hit by an earthquake, and the governments to this day still aren’t sure how many died, but it’s estimated at over 300,000. In 2019 fires broke out in the Amazon rainforests hitting Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia due to an extremely intense dry season, and it’s estimated that up to 80,000 individual fires ravaged the rainforests causing unprecedented damage and loss of life to humans and wildlife. The fires were that intense that they were observed by the International Space Station (ISS), as 3,500 square miles of forest was destroyed, which caused grave international concern due to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched.‬

‪During the last century, famine has been common place in areas of Africa, especially Ethiopia where millions of men, women, and children have died from starvation, or disease from contaminated water. The worst famine occurred in 1984 and this resulted in the Live Aid concert to raise awareness and funds to attempt to counter the devastation, but 36 years on the death toll is still there. Whilst Africa is notably affected by famine, China has suffered greatly over the centuries, and not just from the Great Leap Forward who Mao Zedong was responsible for. In India from 1876 to the turn of the twentieth century, up to 20,000,000 have perished through famine due to crop failure and seed shortages. Between 1845 to 1849 the Great Hunger hit Ireland resulting in over 1,000,000 deaths and 2,000,000 being forced to relocate over seas. This was a result from potatoes being contaminated with a disease called potato blight, that is caused from mould called Phytophthora infestans.

Yet, whilst all this was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪The Dust Bowl of North America was a series of severe dust storms that destroyed agriculture and paved the way for a number of droughts, killing plants, livestock and humans. As well as causing serious malnutrition to a great many people who relied on the local agriculture, the spread of disease was rife, and many were infected with dust pneumonia, rickets, and valley fever (a fungal infection of the lungs). Between 2006 and 2010, Syria was hit by its worst drought in history, taking the lives of over 200,000 and turning the farmland into desert. 1.5,000,000 people were displaced. In 2011, Somalia was hit by a drought, and its agriculture and livestock was destroyed, and claimed the lives of 260,000.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪In between 1918 and 1920 the world was hit by the Spanish flu, which attacks the respiratory system. It’s claimed that up to 500,000,000 were infected, and it claimed the lives of approximately 50,000,000 worldwide in just 18 months. It’s the most deadly pandemic that the world has ever seen. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), often leads on to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 35,000,000 have died from the illness, and there are currently an estimated 7,000,000 infected in Africa. The illness was discovered in 1984, so that means on average, 970,000 die every year.

Yet, whilst all this is taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪”And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” – Exodus 15:26‬

‪Throughout history, billions of people have died from diseases and illness, and as you can see from the above quote, god admits to being responsible, but don’t forget kids, he loves us all. ‬

The religion of evolution

I’ve heard this claim more times than I can mention, and I think that it’s a feeble attempt to bring the theory of evolution down to the level of the accuser. If they believe in a religion, and they have faith that their god is the divine creator, then by the same standard any opposing theory must also be a belief, require faith, and slot into the category of religion. The first mistake that they usually make is not researching evolution enough to understand it, and fail to recognise that a scientific theory is based on gathered evidence, as opposed to a standard theory which is an idea, or a suggestion to explain an event. The second mistake is thinking that the scientific method requires faith, as it’s deeply rooted in scepticism and doubt, and unlike a religion it’s able to adapt upon discovery of new knowledge, and/or evidence.

I read a dreadful article on AIG where the authors, both claiming to be doctors, suggest that there’s no observable evidence for evolution, but creationism has observable evidence in the Bible, as it’s the word of god. There are many examples of observed evidence for evolution, and nothing except words from the Bible and speculation on divine creation. Young Earth creationists believe that the Earth is approximately 6,000 years old.

“2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, 2,000 years from Abraham to Christ, and 2,000 years from Christ to today.” – Source

Here’s the scientific version.

“By dating the rocks in Earth’s ever-changing crust, as well as the rocks in Earth’s neighbors, such as the moon and visiting meteorites, scientists have calculated that Earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error range of 50 million years.” – Source

As you can see there’s a tremendously vast difference in the age of the Earth from both parties and it’s actually a four billion five hundred thirty-nine million nine hundred ninety-four thousand difference. So when you accept how creationists blindly believe the words of the Bible over science, then it’s of no surprise that they think that evolution requires faith, so by their logic, must be a religion, but that’s assuming that creationists are able to apply logic in the first place. The way the creationist mind works is obvious, and it’s a fear of uncertainty. The Bible maps the birth of the universe and the start of life as an encyclopaedia, a pseudoscientific one, but all of the answers that they require are there. Whereas science whilst in the search for knowledge, being derived from the Latin word ‘scientia’, literally meaning knowledge, it’s about applying reason and doubt. Both of these processes go back as far as the archaic Greek philosophers, mainly the skeptics.

“Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.” – Socrates

Having the honesty to say ‘I don’t know, as the evidence is insufficient’ is a frightening concept to them, and it’s rare to find a sceptic person of faith, as gods require absolute belief and obedience.

Scientists claim that they think unicellular to multicellular is in principal the same as a ‘ratcheting mechanism’, in that it can only go one way. What this means is a scenario is created where it’s only beneficial to a group, and destructive to anything alone, meaning there is no reversion to the state it was in before. In other words unicellular life banded together as a group and became reliant on each other, so there was no chance of a mutation to turn multicellular life back into unicellular life. In a group state, mathematically there’s more chance of mutation, but a mutation to go forward, and not backwards. This is Microevolution at work when there are small, but significant changes at a molecular and cellular level, caused from selection, genetic drift, gene flow and of course mutation. This is certainly a possibility of how life went from unicellular to multicellular. Biologists have been studying evolution for centuries are there are several key areas, and they include:

Anatomy – which shows that species that are similar in structure ie: humans and chimpanzees. Dogs, whales and humans all have similar bone structures in the forelimbs, which suggests that not only did the whale once walk on land, which will explain why mammals live in the sea, but the development of the related bone structure developed in a common ancestor.

DNA – genetic coding that’s shared throughout species that prove a universal common ancestor. This includes the building blocks of life; amino acids.

Resistance – this is how a species evolves to survive ie: bacteria vs antibiotics, and insects vs pesticides

Fossils – that provide evidence of our long extinct relatives.

Natural selection – is the change of biological heredity of a population through generations. Considering bacteria mostly has such a short life span, then several generations can happen very fast. Some microbes can live for hundreds of years on a surface, and some, like HIV only last seconds, but most don’t last very long at all.

Convergent evolution studies how significantly distinct species have evolved the same way through evolution. The strikingly similar features of a shark and a dolphin, despite one being a fish and one being a mammal. To look at they are similar, but anatomically they are very different. A shark has gills and cartilage structure, whereas a dolphin has bones and breathes fresh air. Physically they are very similar in that they have evolved for a common goal. To swim fast and efficiently through water.

Divergent Evolution takes us back to unicellular life, and how the diversity of modern life came from it, and how life can develop from a common ancestor.

Real time observation – watching species evolve over time, and a great example of this is the Florida green lizard who over several generations evolved its feet to climb higher up trees to narrower branches to avoid competition.

Vestigiality – this is organisms that have retained redundant body parts. Did you know that snakes have pelvic bones? Creationists will argue that was god’s doing as he punished the serpent in the garden of Eden.

Biographical relations – put the same species of animals in two different environments and over time they will change to suit the habitat. This is what inspired Charles Darwin to study finches at the Galápagos Islands.

“The fact is that evolutionists believe in evolution because they want to. It is their desire at all costs to explain the origin of everything without a Creator. Evolutionism is thus intrinsically an atheistic religion. Some may prefer to call it humanism, and New Age evolutionists may place it in the context of some form of pantheism, but they all amount to the same thing. Whether atheism or humanism (or even pantheism), the purpose is to eliminate a personal God from any active role in the origin of the universe and all its components, including man.” – Source

The above quote is taken from another creationist organisation, and this time it’s the Institute for Creation Research, and as you can see, they are as delusional as Answers in Genesis. This article, however, is extremely bitter and is a direct attack against atheism, in which because we can’t prove there’s no god, then we must have faith, thus making it a religion, and they also claim that evolution isn’t promoted as a science, it’s promoted as a secular religion. So that means that I not only practise the religion of atheism, but I also practise the religion of evolution. How do these people genuinely expect to be taken seriously when they manufacture things to suit their agenda? Because scientists can’t fully explain naturalism, or provide evidence of abiogenesis, does this mean that because we’ve an incomplete picture, then it’s obviously false? And by their standards, believing something that they claim is without evidence is a religion, then surely it’s a two way street and they are being hypocritical?

Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes

One of the most famous quotes that people take from the German philosopher, and economist Karl Marx, is:

“Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes” – Karl Marx

Translated into English this means:

“Religion … is the opiate of the people” – Karl Marx

The phrase was taken from two works of Marx, firstly ‘Zur Kritik der Hegelschen Rechtsphilosophie | Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right), and secondly ‘Deutsch–Französische Jahrbücher | German–French Annals‘ which was a journal he published with Arnold Ruge.

The full wording is as follows:

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people” – Karl Marx

Sigmund Freud’s view of religion isn’t too different to Marx’s, but with Freud being a neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, he looked at it from a mental psychology view point:

“Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world, which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessities. But it cannot achieve its end. Its doctrines carry with them the stamp of the times in which they originated, the ignorant childhood days of the human race. Its consolations deserve no trust. Experience teaches us that the world is not a nursery. The ethical commands, to which religion seeks to lend its weight, require some other foundations instead, for human society cannot do without them, and it is dangerous to link up obedience to them with religious belief. If one attempts to assign to religion its place in man’s evolution, it seems not so much to be a lasting acquisition, as a parallel to the neurosis which the civilized individual must pass through on his way from childhood to maturity.” – Sigmund Freud

As you can see, Freud compares religion to the ignorant childhood days. In other words, religion is for people who know no better, and the following quote summarises religious belief perfectly:

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud

The psychology of religion is a strange concept, and it’s literally about people passing their responsibly away, and putting God’s will in its place. Due to God taking responsibility, humans who have faith have sacrificed their freedom for indoctrination and control:

“Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion” – Sigmund Freud

From a theistic perspective, something morally good happens, then theists praise and thank their loving God; whichever one their parents decided to brainwash them with, and something immoral happens, then they have the most perfect scapegoat – ‘Satan’.

Theists believe that God gave free will, but if they are doing something that’s considered righteous they thank God, but if someone does something against God, or the words of the Bible then they are consumed and controlled by Satan. This takes away responsibility for people’s actions. How fucking convenient.

Religion accounts for approximately 85% of the world’s population which still leaves over a billion non-believers. Can 17/20 of the world’s population be wrong? Of course they can, and you have to give accountability to the people that created every religion. Religion is about controlling the masses.

“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Whilst this does seem quite accurate, I think there’s more to it than that. Religion is an answer for what some humans can’t explain, and rather than just admitting that not everything is known, and not everything can be answered, theists just claim:

‘God did it!’

When asked how they could possibly know this, you’re told that the ‘Bible, Qur’an or Torah’ is God’s word, and God doesn’t lie. What hope have you got attempting to reason with that mindset?