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This is my challenge to you, folks:
I am going to assume that you are an educated Christian. You have a college degree, and you have been trained to think logically and rationally about the world we live in. For example, you might be:
– An Engineer or Scientist
– A Doctor, Pharmacist or Nurse
– A Teacher
– A Manager or administrator
– A Government employee
– A Business owner
– An Account rep
– An Executive
– A Lawyer
– An Accountant
– A person working in the Financial sector or Human resources
– An Architect or Designer
– A Software developer
In other words, you are a smart person. You know how the world works, and you know how to think critically.
If you are an educated Christian, I would like to talk with you today about an important and interesting question. Have you ever thought about using your college education to think about your faith? Your life and your career demand that you behave and act rationally. Let’s apply your critical thinking skills as we discuss 10 simple questions about your religion.
For instance, as a Christian, you believe in the power of prayer. Most Christians believe that God is curing cancers, healing diseases, reversing the effects of poisons and so on.
So here is question #1: Why won’t God heal amputees?
It’s a simple question, isn’t it? We all know that amputated legs do not spontaneously regenerate in response to prayer. Amputees get no miracles from God.
If you are an intelligent person, you have to admit that it’s an interesting question On the one hand, you believe that God answers prayers and performs miracles. On the other hand, you know that God completely ignores amputees when they pray for miracles.
How do you deal with this discrepancy? As an intelligent person, you have to deal with it, because it makes no sense. In order to handle it, notice that you have to create some kind of rationalization. You have to invent an excuse on God’s behalf to explain this strange fact of life. You might say, “well, God must have some kind of special plan for amputees.” So you invent your excuse, whatever it is, and then you stop thinking about it because it is uncomfortable.
Here is another example. As a Christian, you believe that God cares about you. Look out at our world and notice that millions of children are dying of starvation. It really is horrific. Why would God be worried about you getting a pay raise, while at the same time ignoring the prayers of these desperate, innocent little children? It really doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why would a loving god do this?
So question #2 is: Why are there so many starving people in our world?
To explain it, you have to come up with some sort of very strange excuse for God. Like, “God wants these children to suffer and die for some divine, mysterious reason.” Then you push it out of your mind because it absolutely does not fit with your view of a loving, caring God.
Third question: Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible?
Look up these verses:
– Exodus 35:2 – God demands that we kill everyone who works on the Sabbath day.
– Deuteronomy 21:18-21 – God demands that we kill disobedient teenagers.
– Leviticus 20:13 – God demands the death of homosexuals.
– Deuteronomy 22:13-21 – God demands that we kill girls who are not virgins when they marry.
And so on… There are lots of verses like these.
It doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why would a loving God want us to murder our fellow human beings over such trivial matters? Just because you work on the wrong day of the week, you must die? That makes no sense, does it? In fact, if you think about it, you realize that it is insane. So you create some kind of rationalization to explain these verses.
Question #4: Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific nonsense?
You have a college degree, so you know what I’m talking about. You know how science works. You happily use the products of science every day: your car, your cell phone, your microwave oven, your TV, your computer. These are all products of the scientific process. You know that science is incredibly important to our economy and to our lives.
But there is a problem. As an educated person you know that the Bible contains all sorts of information that is total nonsense from a scientific perspective.
– God did not create the world in 6 days 6,000 years ago like the Bible says.
– There was never a worldwide flood that covered Mt. Everest like the Bible says.
– Jonah did not live inside a fish’s stomach for three days like the Bible says.
– God did not create Adam from a handful of dust like the Bible says.
These stories are all nonsense. Why would an all-knowing God write nonsense? It makes no sense, does it? So you create some type of very strange excuse to try to explain why the Bible contains total nonsense.
Question #5: Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery in the Bible?
Look up these Bible verses:
– Exodus 21:20-21 – God says that it is OK to own slaves, and it is also OK to beat them.
– Colossians 3:22-24 – Slaves need to obey their masters.
– Ephesians 6:5 – Slaves need to obey their masters just as they would obey Christ.
– 1 Peter 2:18 – Slaves need to obey their masters, even if their masters are harsh.
And so on…
And why do all intelligent people abhor slavery and make it completely illegal? You have to come up with some kind of weird rationalization to explain it.
Question #6: Why do bad things happen to good people?
That makes no sense. You have created an exotic excuse on God’s behalf to rationalize it.
Question #7: Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible leave behind any evidence?
It’s very strange, isn’t it? You have created an excuse to rationalize it.
Question #8: How do we explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you?
Jesus is all-powerful and timeless, but if you pray for Jesus to appear, nothing happens. You have to create a weird rationalization to deal with this discrepancy.
Question #9 – Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood?
It sounds totally grotesque, doesn’t it? Why would al all-powerful God want you to do something that, in any other context, sounds like a disgusting, cannibalistic, satanic ritual?
And finally, Question #10 – Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians? Christians get married in front of God and their Christian friends, all of whom are praying to God for the marriage to succeed. And then they say, “What God has put together, let no man put asunder.” God is all-powerful, so if God has put two people together that should seal the deal, right? Yet Christians get divorced at the same rate as everyone else. To explain this, you have to create some convoluted rationalization.
So, we have looked at 10 fascinating questions. In order to believe in God, you have had to create all sorts of strange rationalizations and excuses. If you are an intelligent, college-educated person, all of these excuses and rationalizations probably make you uncomfortable. If you think about it honestly, using the critical thinking skills that you learned in college, you have to admit that your answers to these questions make no sense at all.
Now, let me show you something remarkable. What if you instead assume that God is imaginary? A funny thing happens: the answers to every one of these questions make complete sense. Just look at all ten questions as an intelligent person:
1) Why won’t God heal amputees? Because God is imaginary, and he doesn’t answer any prayers. Every “answered prayer” is actually a coincidence. All scientific evidence supports this conclusion.
2) Why are there so many starving people in our world? Because God is imaginary, and he is therefore unable to answer their prayers.
3) Why does God demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible? Because God is imaginary, and the Bible was written by ridiculous, ruthless men rather than any sort of loving being.
4) Why does the Bible contain so much anti-scientific nonsense? Ditto. Primitive men wrote the bible, not an all-knowing being.
5) Why is God such a huge proponent of slavery? Ditto.
6) Why do bad things happen to good people? Because God is imaginary and bad things happen at the same statistical rates to everyone.
7) Why didn’t any of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible leave behind any evidence? Because God is imaginary, and Jesus’ miracles are myths.
8) How do we explain the fact that Jesus has never appeared to you? Because God is imaginary.
9) Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood? Because God is imaginary, and this bizarre ritual came from a pagan religion.
10) Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians? Because God is imaginary.
Do you see what has happened here? When we assume that God exists, the answers to these ten questions make absolutely no sense. But if we assume that God is imaginary, our world makes complete sense.
It’s interesting, isn’t it? Actually, it’s more than interesting – it is incredibly important.
When you use your brain, and when you think logically about your religious faith, you can reach only one possible conclusion: the “god” that you have heard about since you were an infant is completely imaginary. You have to willfully discard rationality, and accept hundreds of bizarre rationalizations to believe in your “god.”
Now, let me ask you one last question: why should you care? What difference does it make if people want to believe in a “god”, even if he is imaginary?
It matters because people who believe in imaginary beings are delusional.
It matters because people who talk to imaginary beings are delusional.
It matters because people who believe in imaginary superstitions like prayer are delusional.
It’s that simple, and that obvious. Your religious beliefs hurt you personally and hurt us as a species because they are delusional. The belief in any “god” is complete nonsense.
You are a smart person. It is time for you to use your intelligence to free yourself from these delusions. It is time for you to begin thinking like a rational human being, rather than clinging to imaginary friends and childhood fantasies.
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