What would convince you Jesus is the creator of the universe?
Which came first, the belief or the believer? Evidence for god would be some universal truth, however, the closest proximities to that are the core shamanistic principles and practices common throughout all corners of the world, developed over the millennia by their utility. Nobody had ever heard of Yahweh outside the near east, which begs a question.
Did your belief in god lead you to accept nature as evidence, or did nature lead you to conclude there is a god? If you believed first in god, you’ve fallen victim to the explainers. How many of you as a child, took a walk in the forest and thought, wow, this pinecone is evidence for god, without first being influenced that direction?
“In our standard view of things, consciousness exists only in the brains of highly evolved organisms, and hence consciousness exists only in a tiny part of the universe and only in very recent history. According to panpsychism, in contrast, consciousness pervades the universe and is a fundamental feature of it. This doesn’t mean that literally everything is conscious. The basic commitment is that the fundamental constituents of reality—perhaps electrons and quarks[hence earth]have incredibly simple forms of experience”—Scientific American
Most likely consciousness is not a fundamental feature of the universe, but universe is a fundamental feature of consciousness, not the other way around. It is such a fundamental part of the whole, you can’t separately identify matter from consciousness.
Propaganda demonized the native cultures.
A first-hand recount of William Penn from 1687, telling of his interactions with the natives.
“But what is most striking in Penns delineation of the Indians character, is the often repeated eulogy of the Indians natural piety. Again and again he dwells on the fact that the Indian shames the Christian in the sincerity of his religious belief and the correctness of his moral conduct”.
Describing the frugal meal that satisfies them, “pumpkin without butter or spice, the bare ground for a table, shells for spoons and leaves of the forest for plates”, he winds up exclaiming, “these wild men who never in their life heard Christs teaching of temperance and contentment, herein far surpass the Christian”
Ten years later he goes on again with his praises; “They live far more contented and unconcerned for the morrow than we Christians. They do not over-reach in trade. They know nothing of our everlasting pomp and stylishness. They neither curse nor swear, are temperate in food and drink, and if any of them get drunk, the fault of the Christians for the sake of accursed lucre”.
They intentionally liquored the Indians to cheat them. Even as absolute surety demonstrated the Indian surpassed them in every way as human beings, they still sought them to Christ as the only way of true living. It most certainly is not, but may soon become such through attrition—our course is set.
He said; “meanwhile, we use the wild man for day labor and gradually acquire their language and make them acquainted with the teachings of Christ”—1687
The arrogance of monotheism and the conceit of faith is not a virtue. We have little hope but a Herculean breakthrough of some type or another. It won’t come by belief, but by uncultured minds that don’t yet know it’s not possible.
Italics ref—Google Books
Vol 29, pp 68-69
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
As natural as atheism. The clarity of unbelief
Atheism is not a belief, but its side-effects are an art form of independent thought, skillfully navigating through life with immunity from all religious dogmas. The art of atheism rejects religion based on its outcomes and insufficient evidence. It rejects the Jehovah Affect© and the self important aggrandizement of its zealotic “explainers”. It is simply self empowerment over our own mental and physical intuitions and abandoning the tried and failed—which was not bought in wisdom, but in opportunistic haste.
We have been stationary cycling with these ideologies long enough. And while world is ready to embrace inevitable change rather than more of the same “ancient wisdom”, monotheism digs in its heels to maintain parental control.
I am not Atheism, but Atheist. I chart my own path with purposeful impunity. Atheism is simply a million ways of clarity from the delusions of religious beliefs in gods—
How long shall we accept faith and it’s limitations by obedience to archaic laws from a violent time? Transcending belief mode is our greatest hope.
A true religion would be a rite of passage, not a permanent need.
Atheism rejects what belief has done to human anatomy, physiology, cognition, and the regressive nature of living in the past. No longer by faith am I a dis-intuitive, calcified victim of self deprecation told what “we” believe, and I refuse to accept the physiological changes that occurred through compliance to this belief, as permanent.
As we rekindle these lost arts connecting intuitions with existence, it has to be without any help from them. How long shall we chase this dead-end without a single solitary fact? Just believe…believe the hardwiring of faith and repetition can be severed.
How scripture is best interpreted through special pleading
“You just don’t know how to interpret scripture”—And though it’s been said, many times and in many ways, but the truth is nobody does—or the obvious reality, everybody does! It was just never intended to be scripture.
Even the accepted schools prop up their opinions with argument on what they wish to be true, ignoring the forgeries, add-ons and bloodshed as the will of god, which coincidentally just happens to reduce the embarrassing intentional oversights… of course, everything pointed to Jesus.
The trick is to believe it before you read it. After being compelled by the men of words (the explainers) or a beautiful girl or boyfriend (to help it really make sense) we dove into the Bible to keep peace, to find good and moral principle to confirm what you already know—and to find Jesus so he can reveal himself to you (or keep the girlfriend) takes a fair amount of mental wrangling and encouragement.
Whether deliberately abstruse, or just disingenuous acceptance, the explainers will navigate you through the conundrum of faith, jumping from verse to verse and circling the failures like a London roundabout, you’ll never reach your destination but forever be tutelaged, unworthy of passage even when you’re circling the drain. Never then free to leave without the lingering threat—God will find you even when your dead and administer physical punishment to your spirit.
So you employ belief, faith, hope, for this masters game of hide and seek, this conundrical wheel of misfortune has many answers, but the answers themselves are not inspired, but shoehorned by layering faith on faith while ignoring the missteps, the epitome of special pleading.
Special Pleading; an argument in which the speaker deliberately ignores aspects that are unfavorable to their point of view.
How can we change the world when we’re stuck in an archaic past?
The life of faith is in a race with integrity. The trick is to die before the vector of integrity is tempted to intersect faith before the finish line. Development of integrity can cost you your soul. Dying in unscrutinized belief is the safer bet. Have no fear. Your faith is the sure safety that nothing will change until you get your catastrophe.
Meanwhile, be content in the outcomes of faith which we have witnessed now for two millennia. Don’t complain, and please no worries. This is the life you choose through belief.
“The impression somehow prevails that the true believer, particularly the religious individual, is a humble person. The truth is the surrendering and humbling of the self breeds pride and arrogance. The true believer is apt to see himself as one of the chosen, the salt of the earth, the light of the world, a prince disguised in meekness, who is destined to inherit the earth and the kingdom of heaven too. He who is not of his faith is evil; he who will not listen will perish”—Eric Hoffer
“Ye are the light of the world”. What do you say to that when everything faith touches lives in a constant state of regression? Living in the past, hoping the future ends. Would a good god condemn you for truly not believing? Seems to me such integrity should be rewarded.
How school and public prayer violates the tenets of Christianity
Matthew 6:5-6—And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”
The prayers they offered yesterday are even more useless than normal. The religious right is simply posturing and openly making asses of themselves—dragging America out as laughing stocks of the world.
Get out your prayer rugs boys and girls.
Reuters:Full article in link
Trump on Friday said Democratic opponents would “tear down crosses” and pledged to bring prayer to public schools at a re-election rally to shore up evangelical support.
“We are defending religion itself, it’s under siege,” Trump said. “A society without religion cannot prosper.”
Pastors gathered around Trump on the stage for an opening prayer, while much of the audience remained standing with their hands aloft.
“These angry radicals want to impose absolute conformity by censuring speech, tearing down crosses and symbols of faith and banning religious believers from public life“—
Sounds like we’ll all be ok then. Just what we need, more thoughts and prayers. Also sounds like rhetoric and hateful propaganda. Maybe we are winning…