Is life worthless and meaningless without gods?

There’s this fallacy that’s flooding social media and it’s the assertion that if you’re an atheist and you accept naturalism over creation then your life is without purpose, meaning and you’re essentially worthless. They have this ridiculous notion that we are all created for a purpose. I’m yet to figure out what this purpose is other than being blind slaves to an idol figure because they’re convinced that they’ll spend eternity with them. How is this any more a purpose than an atheist who’s convinced life came about naturally (who’s cause is unknown), but we are here so let’s make the most of it whilst we still have air in our lungs?

Atheists accept that this is the only life we have and to get through it happily then you have to appeal to the greater good through virtue. Using empathy, compassion and reason embraces the intrinsic value that a heartbeat gives to a life, and these emotions are what makes us human. These emotions weren’t given to us by a god; more-so evolution and living within societies. Atheists don’t need to think their life has value as their friends and family value them so they don’t need an imaginary father figure who they value more than their own children.

It makes no sense whatsoever to live this life in preparation for the next life when that is built purely on faith and assumptions because it’s what they want as opposed to the likelihood that this is their one and only chance and they are scared of that. They’re prepared to be wrong because they’re that brainwashed into thinking they’ll one day meet their maker.

Humans are self-aware and we have the luxury of imagination with science and technology progressing so far over the last hundred years it makes the idea of organised religion seem so archaic and out of date with the modern world, yet Islam is growing so fast it really makes you consider how easily convinced humans can still be over mythology in 2022. It’s extremely worrying.

Is plant-based and cruelty-free the future?

I’ve been a vegetarian for a number of years; not for the first time as I’ve always crumbled and my will-power has failed me. This time though I’m in for the long-haul and I’ve gone one step further – veganism… I can’t claim to be liberal and an advocate of equality if it’s limited to just one of the millions of species of life on the planet. If I’m to advocate cruelty free, then that must surely extend to the rest of the animal kingdom?

One of the most annoying questions I get asked if I have to announce that I have a plant-based diet is ‘what do you eat?’ This is a question from pure ignorance as if one is to use their imagination they’ll realise that a plant-based diet requires you to sometimes leave your comfort zone and try food that you wouldn’t have previously considered, and as someone who’s not particularly food motivated this has been an important journey of experimental cuisine for me.

“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment.” – Vegan Society

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God: A Divine Megalomaniac

The word ‘divine‘ is born from Latin, which originates from ‘divina‘ that means ‘pertaining to a God‘, but it’s common modern definition in today’s world is a supernatural deity, which is considered Holy. ‘Megalomania‘ has its origin in Greek, and is two words combined. ‘Megalo‘ (μεγαλο) meaning ‘great‘, and ‘mania‘ (μανία) meaning ‘frenzy‘. It’s common modern definition means is someone who has a strong desire for greatness, and is obsessed with power and the need to be acknowledged for their greatness. One of the many symptoms of a megalomaniac is portraying an unfounded sense of entitlement and requiring constant, excessive worship and admiration. Does this sound like anyone you know?

“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. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:2-6

Just imagine having all the power that the alleged God has, and deciding to curse ‘Eve’ because she was led astray by the serpent. Because of her one mistake he punished every future mother with pain of childbirth. Yet, God loves all of his children.

“I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” – Genesis 3:16

One of god’s most valued friends was ‘Moses‘, who he trusted with the Ten Commandments, so why did God seek to kill him? And why did the sight of Moses’ son, ‘Gershom‘, being brutally circumcised by his mother, ‘Zipporah‘, calm God down? By anyone’s standards, this isn’t rational behaviour.

“And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at hisfeet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.” (Exodus 4:21-26, KJV)

What is God’s obsession with punishing the innocent? Especially sentient life that has no accountability, like children and animals? Why did God feel the need to command the butchering of babies and animals because the ‘Amalekites‘ were enemies of Israel? How is genocide of a whole nation ethical?

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” – Samuel 1:15

This isn’t the only time that God has desired the death of the innocent, and perhaps the most well known act of cruelness was when he decided to flood the Earth and kill everything that wasn’t on ‘Noah’s ARK. His reason for destroying all flesh was violence, as he claims that his creation, mankind, is evil from childhood. And he regretted his creation. Yet isn’t god supposed to be ‘omniscient‘, so wouldn’t he know when he created mankind how they’d turn out? But he’s God, the bringer of life, so why didn’t he uncreate humanity, why did innocent animals have to perish?

“The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth.” – Genesis 7:18

God encourages the murder of children and pregnant women on a number of occasions. The Bible mentions ‘Samaria‘ that was a region of Israel that the Israelites captured from ‘Canaanites‘, and were condemned by Hebrew Rabbi for their pagan riches.

“Samaria is held guilty, For she has rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, And their women with child ripped open.” – Hosea 13:16

Apologists will claim that what I’ve presented will have been taken out of context, but murdering children and pregnant women because he’s a jealous God cannot be taken out of context, and neither can the mass genocide of the majority of life on Earth in the flood. God is a cruel, vicious, barbaric monster if the Old Testament is anything to go by. He’s no more than a spoiled brat who burns his ant colony with a magnifying glass, and pulls the legs off spiders.

The God of the Bible is so pro-life that he advocates abortion.

“here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell.” Numbers 5: 21

And here he is murdering the new born of both humankind and cattle.

“For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.” – Exodus 12:29

And if you need any more evidence that God is a vile, childlike, spoiled brat, then look no further than Leviticus.

“Punishment for Disobedience

But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you.

And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again xsevenfold for your sins, and I will break ythe pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And ayour strength shall be spent in vain, for byour land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins. I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that eyour roads shall be deserted.

And if by this discipline you are not turned to me cbut walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, iI will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. When I break your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in a single oven and shall dole out your bread again by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you min fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins. You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. And I will destroy your high places and cut down your incense altars and cast your dead bodies upon the dead bodies of your idols, and my soul will abhor you. And I will lay your cities waste and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your pleasing aromas. And I myself will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be uappalled at it. And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.” – Leviticus 14:33