The Extreme Left Is Also a Danger to Our Democracy

The attempted coup by Donald Trump and his fascist thugs on January 6, 2021, made apparent to everyone the dangers of the Extreme Right to our democracy. But threats to our democracy come not only from the Right, but also from the Left. Just listen to Bill Maher, not known for being a right-winger, for his take on the agenda of the Far Left:

Take a stand against the extremists, my friends, from both the Left and from the Right!

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Gary, You Are Leading Your Children to Hell!

Christian:

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Jesus of Nazareth, ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭

Gary, You have led your children astray, which is a terrible sin. Watch apologetics like InspiringPhilosophy, aka Michael Jones. He has massive evidence for God. Also what do you have that disproves the afterlife? The Consciousness does not come from the brain, it comes from the soul.

Gary: Thanks for the comment.

How do you know that your religion is the correct religion? Maybe the one true god is the god of a small Indian tribe in the rainforest of Brazil. And this god tells the members of this Indian tribe, through the visions of their medicine man, that nonbelievers like you will suffer unspeakable torment in the Underworld, for all eternity, for not worshipping the one true god. How worried are you about that possibility? And how worried are you that you may be teaching your children to worship the wrong god?

Image of the one true prophet?
Image of the one true god?

Christian: What do you have that disproves the afterlife?

Gary: What evidence do you have that disproves the existence of Peter Pan and Never Never Land?

Christian: Consciousness does not come from the brain, it comes from the soul.

Gary: Where is the soul?

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Jesus Wasn’t Very Nice

Trinitarian Christians (the overwhelming majority of the world’s Christians) believe that Jesus and the god of the Old Testament are one and the same. If true, Jesus wasn’t very nice. In fact, if Jesus is the god of the OT, Jesus is a brutal, baby-slaughtering bastard.

A smart Christian apologist will weasel out of this corner by saying that atheists cannot condemn the morality of the Christian god because atheists cannot appeal to any objective standard of morality. I know that some atheists think they can prove that they do, but Christians don’t buy these arguments.

However, if the skeptic takes the deistic position that our creator, whomever he or she was, instilled in every human being a core set of objective moral standards (which Christian apologists also believe), the Christian apologist cannot use this dodge. He is stuck defending his god’s violation of our creator’s most basic objective moral standards, proving that his god, Yahweh/Jesus the Christ, cannot be the creator.

I would love to hear any Christian apologist’s good counter argument…if there is one.

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Why Was Moses Barred From the Promised Land?

 On that same day the Lord told Moses, 49 “Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. 50 There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 This is because you ordered the slaughter of tens of thousands of Midianite mothers and their little boys; and because you allowed the virgin Midianite girls to be raped and enslaved by the Israelite soldiers. How could you commit such a horrific abomination in my name?  52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 32

Oops!

Sorry for the typo. I accidently mixed up two different stories about Moses. The slaughter of thousands of captive Midianite mothers and their little boys and the enslavement and rape of all the virgin Midianite girls was not why God barred Moses from entering the Promised Land. Silly me. Here is the real reason:

 You [Moses] will not enter the Promised Land because you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin.

Yea, that’s right. God barred Moses from entering the Promised Land because he lost his temper and hit a rock with his staff, not because he ordered the slaughter and rape of thousands of women and children.

And here is the full story about the slaughter of the Midianite women and children:

And Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation went out to meet them outside the camp. 14 But Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war. 15 And Moses said to them, “Have you [c]spared all the women? 16 Behold, they caused the sons of Israel, through the [d]counsel of Balaam, to be unfaithful to the Lord in the matter of Peor, so that the plague took place among the congregation of the Lord! 17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man [e]intimately. 18 However, all the [f]girls who have not known a [g]man intimately, keep alive for yourselves.

Numbers 31

Genocide! Mass Murder! Mass Rape! How can any person with any sense of morality worship a god who ordered the slaughter of thousands of mothers and their little boys and ordered the rape of young girls?

Christian apologist: Wait a minute, Gary! No where in the Bible does it say that God ordered the slaughter of the Midianite women and little boys. That was Moses’ order, not God’s.

Really? Well, let’s go back to the first verse of Numbers 31 and see what it says:

 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the sons of Israel; afterward you will be gathered to your people.”

True, Yahweh never says, “Slaughter all the women captives and their little boys and rape and enslave all the virgin girls.” He simply says, “Take vengeance on the Midianites” and Moses took it from there. But do you notice something in that passage? This was God’s last command to Moses prior to Moses’ trip up Mount Nebo to die!

So, after Moses had ordered the slaughter and rape of thousands of women and children, what did God say to Moses when he got to the top of Mount Nebo? Did God chew him out for committing mass murder and rape? No!

God chewed out Moses for hitting a rock!

My god. How can Christians worship such a sick monster???

Now, many modern Christian apologists see the HUGE moral problem with this passage and have contorted themselves and their consciences into pretzels to concoct elaborate excuses for this barbaric act by the Judeo-Christian god.

The most popular explanation is to say that this event never happened. That this story is a non-historical allegory. God used the brutal language of the ancient Middle East (cultural accommodation) to express a theological concept to us. Bottom line: God never ordered genocide, rape, or murder. Not of the Midianites. Not of the Amalekites. Not of the Canaanites. If skeptics would only educate themselves a little bit regarding ancient Near East literature, they would understand this. Stupid skeptics! God is (still) soooo good!

But there is still a problem, my dear Christians. No where in the Hebrew Bible or in the Christian New Testament do the authors of holy scripture ever condemn the stories of mass genocide and rape in the Old Testament. It is as if these actions were seen by the [allegedly] God-inspired authors of scripture as moral; as justifiable actions. The fact that these horrible events may have never happened is irrelevant!

The Christian religion is based on sick, depraved teachings, dear friends. If Christians cannot see the gross immorality of their holy book, they have no business condemning the barbaric acts of modern day Muslim fundamentalists.

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Don’t Blame Jesus if You Wake Up in Hell. It’s Your Fault

Christian: Punishment is not what Christianity is about. What the Bible teaches is where sin is placed; who it is that is responsible for sin. Those who choose to try and pay for their own sins will spend an eternity trying to do so. Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ, those who trust in him, will receive release from the penalty of their sin since He paid for their sins on the cross.

Now, yes, there are some who choose to not believe. We all have the freedom to choose which path to take. God doesn’t cast anyone into Hell. It’s a choice, and a very simple one.

Gary: But who is it that will “cast” me and other nonbelievers into Hell? Will I willingly jump into Hell by my own choice? I don’t think so. Someone is going to have to push me. Who will that be?

Think about this, my Christian friend: How would a court of law (and the court of public opinion) react to the following hypothetical situation:

One day I tell my wife: “Honey, I love you more than anything in the world. But if you ever reject me and leave me, I will tie you up and throw you into a pit of fire to be burned alive. I won’t want to do it. It will break my heart. But it will be your fault, not mine. You made the choice to be burned alive.”

No one with a reasonable, rational mind is going to accept the argument that it was my wife’s choice and fault to be burned alive. It is an outrageous argument! It is an horrific example of blaming the victim.

Yet Christians use the same irrational, despicable logic to justify the horrific behavior of their god, Jesus the Christ, who casts non-Christians into a lake of fire.

No one deserves to be burned alive. Even if there is no burning in Hell, as some Christians assert, no one deserves eternal punishment of any kind.

And, absolutely no one deserves to be punished for what they believe. No one. Jesus is the evil-doer if Hell is real, not the non-believer!

(Thankfully, dear Readers, Jesus the resurrected Christ does not exist. He is nothing more than an ancient superstition. No one needs to worry about Hell.)

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The Decline of Mainline Protestant Churches: The Slippery Slope of Liberalism

Liberal Protestant Churches in the United States are in significant decline. They are hemorrhaging members. Fundamentalist Protestant Churches on the other hand are holding their own or even growing. Why?

Conservative Christians will say that this phenomenon is due to liberals abandoning the historic teachings of Jesus and his apostles. God is punishing them! I call it the Slippery Slope Phenomenon.

At one point in time several centuries ago, all Christian Churches held to the inerrancy of the Bible. Whatever the Bible said about doctrine, morality, and social norms in the first century AD was still valid today. Women should be subordinate to men. Only men should serve as priests or pastors. Divorce was a terrible sin. Homosexuality was unthinkable let alone compatible with the teachings of Jesus.

At some point in the nineteenth century, highly educated, upper and upper-middle class post-enlightenment Protestant academics began to question the appropriateness of modern educated people believing in the reality of ancient supernatural tales and holding to the morality of the people who (invented?) those ancient supernatural tales. Mainline Protestant theologians and clergy began to abandon biblical inerrancy. Biblical inerrancy was seen as fundamentalist ignorance. Fundamentalists were seen as ignorant, knuckle-dragging country bumpkins. Educated Christians know better: The Bible must be reinterpreted through a modern lens.

But superstitions, especially fear-based superstitions like Christianity, work best when the masses believe they are 100% literally true. Once you inform the masses that their supernatural belief system is not entirely literally true; that some parts are literally true but other parts are not; that to know the difference one must spend years and years of study in a divinity school; the masses start to wise up…and leave the Church. Or they go to a church where the reality of their superstitions is reinforced.

Liberal Christianity is dying. Not because the intent of liberals was bad, but because superstitions and enlightened thought are incompatible.

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Who Was Israel’s First King? No, It Was Not Saul

The biblical King Saul and the boy David

During the nineteenth and early twentieth century archaeological dig after archaeological dig seemed to strongly support the historical claims of the Bible. But by the end of the twentieth century, most archaeologists rejected the historicity of the Exodus, the Conquest of Canaan, and the United Monarchy of David and Solomon. The Bible was no longer seen as an historically reliable book.

What happened?

If you ask conservative Christians, the change occurred due to a sinister conspiracy among liberal and atheist archaeologists to discredit the Bible and Christianity. “Good” archaeologists still believe in the historical accuracy of the Bible, apologists assure their Christian audiences.

Most archaeologists will scoff at this explanation. The reason that archaeology as a field has changed its opinion on the historical reliability of the Bible has nothing to do with an agenda against Christianity and everything to do with evidence. New and improved methods of evaluating the archaeological evidence just do not support the historical claims of much of the Bible, in particular in regards to the formation of the kingdom of Israel.

So who was the first king of Israel, based on the archaeological evidence: Saul? David? Solomon? No, no, and no. The answer is: Omri, the father of Ahab.

Excerpt from World Archaeology:

According to the Bible, David and his son Solomon were powerful kings who ruled the kingdom of Israel from their capital at Jerusalem. After Solomon’s death, at the end of the 10th century BC, the Bible states that their kingdom divided, never again to reach such opulent heights. But was this really so?

Drawing on a gamut of archaeological evidence, a new picture emerges – one that dates the appearance of the Kingdom of Israel to the 9th century BC, puts its original capital at Samaria, and casts King Omri and his son King Ahab as Israel’s first kings.

Gary: the authors of the Christian Bible, from the anonymous authors of the Gospels to Paul of Tarsus, believed in the historical reliability of the Jewish Scriptures (the Old Testament), in particular the historical reality of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, and Solomon and the stories about them. Most modern archaeologists doubt these characters ever existed.

What does that say about Christianity?

Christian apologists can appeal to (alleged) first century eyewitness testimony as evidence for the veracity of Christianity but if archaeological evidence indicates that Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, and Solomon did not exist, Jesus was a liar or a fool, as he too believed in the historicity of these characters.

Archaeological evidence is much stronger evidence than disputed eyewitness testimony, my friends.

Christianity is a fraud.

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If the Biblical King David Was a Myth, What Does that Say About Jesus?

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…

–The opening line of the Christian New Testament (Matthew 1:1)

The above video was made by John McCarthy, a former hostage in the Middle East. During his captivity, he was given a Bible. He read through it twice. This experience challenged him to investigate the historical claims of the Bible in comparison to the findings of modern archaeology. In the video, he interviews many prominent archaeologists at archaeological sites throughout Palestine. Very interesting. (I can’t find the English version. If someone can find it, please link it below.)

The archaeological evidence is overwhelming: There is no evidence of the biblical King David, his united Israelite kingdom, nor of his occupation of the city of Jerusalem. There is one inscription of a “king David” on a stele in northern Israel dated several hundred years after the alleged time of the biblical David, but “king of what”? This is hardly good evidence for the existence of the biblical King David.

And there is more. There is zero archaeological evidence of the great King Solomon, his temple, or of his massive empire stretching from the Euphrates to the Nile. None. Zip. Nada.

Christian apologists will be quick to chime in: “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”. And this is true. But the absence of evidence regarding the biblical King David and the biblical King Solomon is odd. Very, very odd.

If such great kings existed, why is there not only no archaeological record in Palestine of their existence, but there is no mention of them in the stelae or other writings of the surrounding peoples, such as the Egyptians, the Hittites, and the Assyrians? Nothing. These surrounding nations did leave records about many other, less important, kings of Israel and Judah, but absolutely nothing about the two greatest Israelite kings! Nothing.

Most modern archaeologists, including most Israeli archaeologists, believe that the biblical kings David and Solomon never existed. They are myths.

So what does that say about Jesus of Nazareth??

Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, a descendent of King David. If King David did not exist that makes Jesus a fool or a liar. Either way, modern archaeology proves that Jesus was not an all-knowing god but a fallible man. He certainly was not the omniscient creator of the universe, as Christianity claims.

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The One Catholic Church Tradition that Protestants Never Abandoned

Conservative Protestants are proud of the fact that they have purified Christianity by stripping their doctrine and churches of Catholic traditions—beliefs and practices based on human tradition, not on anything stated in the Bible.

But Protestants did not abandon all Catholic traditions. Protestants still celebrate Christmas, the mass of Christ, every December 25th, even though no Christian scholar on the planet believes that Jesus was born on this date, nor even in that month. But there is an even bigger Catholic tradition to which conservative Protestants tenaciously cling: the divine inspiration of the New Testament canon.

Did Jesus leave a list of inspired New Testament texts? No. Did the Twelve leave a list of inspired New Testament texts? No. So who decided which books written after the death of Jesus to include in “God’s Word” and which books to exclude? Answer: Catholic bishops!

Protestant apologists will try to wiggle out of this dilemma by claiming that the majority of the New Testament canon was approved by most if not all Christian churches by the beginning of the second century, before the Church had become “Catholic”. Does this answer help their cause? No. Even if 100% of Christian churches by the beginning of the second century considered the Gospels, Acts, and Paul’s epistles divine, does that mean that people today can be certain that these books really are the divinely inspired Words of God the Creator?? No. Absolutely not.

Neither the Creator, Jesus, nor his disciples told us one word about a new testament that would be added to the Holy Jewish Scriptures. So good Jews should reject Paul’s New Testament just as strongly as they reject Mohammad’s new testament and Joseph Smith’s new testament.

If you worship the god of the Jews, Yahweh, stick with the original Word of God (the Tanakh). Don’t be fooled by anyone claiming to have a “new” testament.

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