Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Religions make people slavish, criminals and terrorists!

Religions have done more harm than good in the past and in the present. A considerable percentage of man’s resources and time have been wasted for them. Moral principles would have evolved anyway as they are essential for our peaceful co-existence.

People still believe in them more due to childhood indoctrination. Your religion, in all probability, is that of your parents. If you were born in an Arab country you would be a Muslim. If you were born in India you would be a Hindu. Earlier, if you were born in Europe  you could be a Christian- but not any more. Among the developed world only America still sticks with the foolish Christian beliefs. 

Most of the religious texts seem to be the creations of humans. The Bible is just an ancient fiction. So are the holy books of other religions. There is no scientific evidence to test what is written in them. That could be the reason why the priests of different religions dread the advance of science. All religions, without exception, discourage rational thinking and critical analysis. Each one insists on belief!
Millions of innocent people have been tortured and killed in the name of religions.  Terrorism and communal conflicts are still  rampant. Major religions, although they deny accepting it, have ill-treated Women.  There is no reason whatsoever to believe in male superiority; but it is extolled in a few major religions like Islam-perhaps to attract men into their folds-and they seem to thrive.
Do humans require such religious texts anymore? As Richard Dawkins says, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” We read in the OT that it was a religious duty to exterminate conquered races completely, and to spare even their cattle and sheep was an impiety. Based on the Bible falsehood, the Inquisition courts haunted women as witches and burnt them. They tortured or killed  scientists like Bruno (the martyr of science) and Galileo who spoke against the foolish Bible theories. Muslims have committed equal or more terror in the world in the name of their God, Allah.  

If there was no religion, there would have been no Anglo French war, no suicide bomber, no 9/11, no Crusade, no witch-hunt, no Hindu Muslim rivalry, no Arab Israeli war, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacre, no persecution of Jews, no gas chamber, no honor killing, no Jihadi, no terrorist, no Taliban, no Osma Bin Laden, no oppression of women, no beheading of blasphemers and no persecution in the name of religion.  Millions have perished in each century due to religions alone. The danger of religious belief is that it allows the otherwise normal human beings to become mad and commit acts of terror for their deity.

A believer is like a drunken man and a non-believer is like a sober one.  Religion has actually convinced believers that there's an invisible power - living in the skies - watching everything they do. He has given his directions though his prophet/son for the ordinary mortals to obey and follow. If people don’t live accordingly, the power has prepared a special place full of fire, burning and torture for them. He will send them there to suffer, get burnt, and scream forever. Still religious believers say this power is pure love. Where else will we find such stupidity? A temporary disobedience or sin deserves only a temporary reprimand. But this power gives eternal, horrendous and irrevocable punishment! Believing such bullshit, the followers lose their independence and intellectual freedom.  

Monday, February 27, 2017

11 reasons why a Christian God is impossible!

1. God's Punishment for a simple disobedience is grossly unjustified. Eternal hell for a simple disobedience-under the temptation of a wily serpent sent by the same god? God had thrown them out of the Paradise and brought all sorts of suffering and pain to them and to every future generation. 

2. The concept of the original sin is simply incomprehensible. How can a simple disobedience of the first parents become an original sin and get passed on to the offspring? What did the coming generations do to inherit it? What was the need for god’s own son to take birth, suffer, die and redeem mankind? 

3. Eternal roasting  in the nether depths of hell for a temporary sin committed in this life is grossly unjust.  A transient offense merits only a temporary punishment. 

4. Why has God killed more than half of all children before the age of 14? The purpose of creation is to merit eternal bliss with God by obeying god’s commandments-using one’s free will. But those who die as children cannot use their freewill and what purpose is served by creating them? If God rewards them heaven why not he do so for all humans obviating the need for a religion?

5. What is the purpose in creating the feeble minded, the psychotic, and the brain deficient?
They cannot even take care of themselves, leave alone the ability to use freewill to merit heaven. Life is simply a pain to them and to all their dear ones. 

6. The choice of a small tribe as His own to the exclusion of all others is against the universality of God's love. He murdered and destroyed millions to settle them. He revealed himself to this minuscule tribe and left the rest of humanity in the dark!  Majority of the world population does not know Him even now. 

7. How can  God insist on animal and human sacrifices? Why did He love the taste of animal blood and fat? Why did He send a deluge to drown all living things one earth! He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Can all living people be sinful at the same time? Why did He behead the firstborns of Egyptians?

8. Can God turn against His own people? With the coming of Christianity, Yahweh turns against the Jews and he prods the Church to persecute, banish or gas them. They were his bosom people. He had  madly protected them, traveled with them in an arc for centuries and murdered entire nations for settling them. 

9. Christianity has fragmented into warring sects. From the beginning, the Church got disintegrated into hostile denominations. The patriarch of Antioch ceded from Rome; each rival excommunicated the other. Protestants and Anglicans turned against Catholics and many bloody wars ensued. The diverse denominations with contradictory doctrines have been fighting one another.

10. The Church has always stood against mankind and perpetuated suffering. The clergy have been living luxuriously and licentiously. The Church is the richest corporation and Vatican's vaults are full of gold. But it never helps the poor but keeps making more money each day. It does not follow Jesus' advice to sell everything and give it to the poor.  One of the major reasons for the French Revolution was the clergy's exploitation and utter negligence of the poor. The Church has killed billions in crusades, sectarian wars and through its inquisition courts. Great scientists like Bruno were burnt for not accepting Church’s foolishness and even Galileo was interned for years. Innocent women were burnt at stake as witches.

11. There is only pain and suffering in this world. A number of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural calamities kill many instantly and bury them with all their dreams. Plagues and Epidemics have decimated human societies. Horrendous viruses have worked havoc with them too. Of late science and advancement in medicine have lessened child mortality rates and controlled deaths due to epidemics. But God has no part in this latter development. There are millions who die of hunger, malnutrition and diseases even now. The Church, being against birth control measures, is adding empty stomachs into the world! The poor proliferate like 'the sands on the seashore,' and the Heavenly Father does not take care of them nor let them live decently. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great Jesus-just a righteous Jew!

 Most of what we know about Jesus comes from the gospels that carry no authenticity as the authors were not historians. Some of the scholars investigating the historical Jesus, at the turn of the 19th century, thought that Jesus did not live at all. It is now usually rejected, such a person probably lived.

It may not be possible to draw the historical Jesus. The Christian authors, distorted and blurred everything. Robert Henry Lightfoot (1883 –1953), Anglican theologian: “For all the inestimable value of the gospels, they yield us little more than the whisper of his ways.” According to Rudolf Bultmann,(1884-1976) a German Lutheran theologian, we can, strictly speaking, know nothing of Jesus from the gospels. The capture of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 and the contact with the mystery cults, deposited layer after layer in what was orally transferred. Many stories and miracles were added to his life.The writers tried also to set events to suite prophecies regarding a mighty king.  
The Jewish and pagan historians of the 1st century are almost silent regarding Jesus. Flavius Josephus who died abut 100 AD published "The Jewish war" in 77/78  and "The antiquities of the Jews" in 94/95. In the earlier Greek versions there is no mention of Jesus as such. But in some other editions there are references to Jesus (which must have had been added later.) All leading scholars agree that the phrase “if it is lawful to call him a man’ found twice in later editions is simply a later addition. Cornelius Tacitus in about 116 AD mentioned in his manual: “ Nero was fiercely persecuting Christians on account of their crimes. Almost scornfully he adds: the founder of this sect named Christ was executed by the procurator, Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. Although the pernicious superstition was momentarily subdued, it again broke out not only in Judea but also in the city of Rome.” Tranquilus Suetonius who lived in the 2nd century alludes to Christians who adhere to a new and pernicious superstition in two passages in “The Live of the Caesars.” Around 112 CE, Pliny the Younger wrote to Emperor Trojan, detailing how he was conducting the trials of those accused of being Christians.  A few years later, another historian, Suetonius, wrote that Emperor Claudius had expelled Jews from Rome because of the disturbances instigated by Chrestus. 

Jesus not god! If Jesus were the guy described in the Bible--calming the seas, walking over water, curing lepers, making the blind see, the deaf hear, raising the dead, he would have been quite famous and the historians of the period would have written extensively on him. But they hardly mention about the guy. Why was the Almighty known only to handful of ignorant fishermen? No early Christian knew when Christ was born. The Encyclopedia Britannica says: "Christians count 133 contrary opinions of different authorities concerning the year the Messiah appeared on earth."

Matthew says he was born in Bethlehem (to fulfill a prophecy in the Book of Micah).But Micah had prophesied the coming of a military leader, not a divine teacher. Luke too says his birth occurred at Bethlehem, where his mother had gone with her husband, to make the enrollment called for by Augustus Caesar. Of the general census mentioned by Luke, nothing is known in Roman history. In any census,the Roman custom wanted every man (head of the family)to report at his place of residence. Wife or any dependent was not required to do so. Still Luke says that Joseph left his home in Nazareth and crossed two provinces and went to Bethlehem with his pregnant wife, Mary on the very eve of her becoming a mother. Can this be true? The Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem, City of David. Hence, as Ernest Renan, famous Bible critic, says, his birth was made to take place there.

The stories of the shepherds and wise men that recognized the child as the son of god are preserved in Mathew and Luke. Remember David himself was a shepherd in the fields of Bethlehem. The said narration could have been inserted to show the coming of the Messianic Shepherd from David’s line. Mathew describes the attempt of Herod to destroy the child and hence Joseph and Mary took flight to Egypt and returned back to Nazareth where they settled down. If Jesus was recognized as the promised King by the shepherds and if Herod accepted this fact and took measures to kill the babe, why did he emerge as a stranger from Nazareth to begin his ministry? Why were the gospel writers ignorant on the thirty years of his life? Why didn’t any one recognize him during his public life? In the 4th gospel (A much later production) Jesus is accepted by John the Baptist and the first disciples. The other three gospel writers make him Christ only by making Peter confess at Caesarea Philippi.

The story of the Immaculate Conception and connected legends and the miracles were invented to picture him as a god like the mythical gods. Many scholars find the genealogy given in the gospels totally wrong- obviously added to show that Jesus is the heir of the promise made to Abraham. But if he was born of a virgin and what is the use of giving the genealogy extending to Joseph?  

Mary and Joseph were poor people. The family grew up to be a large one (4 brothers and some sisters are mentioned in Mark 6:3) Joseph was a carpenter and Jesus evidently got apprenticed to this trade. He grew up a Jewish boy. He studied their scriptures first at home and then in the school of the synagogue. This enabled him to quote extensively form the religious books in his public life. Gospels try to show that Nazareth was his home town. Was there a city of Nazareth in the first century? The Encyclopedia Biblical says, “We cannot perhaps venture to assert positively that there was a city of Nazareth in Jesus' time." If there was no Nazareth in the 1st century, gospels are fictitious.   

After his birth, nothing is known of the life of the Almighty until he reached the age of 30. Luke mentions Jesus discussing with the doctors in the Temple of Jerusalem like Buddha did, when he was 12. There were stories of other gods who had such discussions with the learned at a very young age.  Even his birth was witnessed by the appearance of a divine star and learned men came to visit him. A ruler had tried to kill the child. But then there is darkness for 30 years and the gospels are about his ministry which lasted just 1 year according to the synoptic gospels and more than 2 as per John.

His Public Life: Jesus came forth Nazareth, received baptism from John in the river Jordan. He withdrew into the wilderness where he was tempted of Satan and was with wild beasts. Angels brought him food-much as the OT had related of Elijah the prophet. Luke and Mathew even say he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights as Moses did on  Mount Sinai(Mathew 4:1-12, Mark 1:12 , Luke 4:1-14). As the gospels were written during different periods of time, we find different narrations in different gospels.  The events associated with the lives of the Jewish prophets got incorporated into the life of Jesus. Upon the imprisonment of John he set out to preach.  Much of his teachings were based on the rabbinical writings. He introduced a new form of homely metaphor and parable to his teachings. He always tried to explain and clarify Biblical teachings. Scholars feel his words: ‘you are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its savor wherewith shall one salt? You are the light of the world, your light shall shine..’ are addressed to  Jews.

But the gospels of Mathew and Luke contain a great condemnation of the Pharisees and the scribes. The destruction of the temple of Jerusalem (AD70) gave a valid argument for the rejection of the Jews. The temple was the dwelling place of Yahweh. If it was destroyed, God had passed judgment against the Jews. This rejection must have had come from Jesus (gospels were written later and the words were put  into his mouth.) How can Yahweh turn against his own people?  Dr. Paul W. Schmiedel, Professor of NT Exegesis at Zurich, Switzerland, a foremost European theologian, tells us in the Encyclopedia Biblica, that there are only nine passages in the Gospels that we can depend upon as being the sayings of Jesus. But scholars like Professor Arthur Drews feels Christ is a myth and even these 9 passages are as unhistorical.

The story of Jesus was certainly fashioned after the mythical gods like Osiris, Dionysus, Attis, Adonis, Mithras,others like Buddha and Krishna. The narratives of some of these gods existed hundreds of years before Jesus’ story emerged and some others were almost contemporaries of Jesus. The preachers who wrote about Jesus were familiar with them and they drew from them extensively or rather they created a Jesus in their model. The stories of the virgin birth, the shepherds and wise men, the miracle of turning water into wine in the marriage party, walking on waters, making the blind see, deaf hear, curing the paraplegics, raising Lazarus, having 12 disciples, last supper, the Eucharistic ceremony, raising the dead, getting crucified and resurrecting on the 3rd day have all been adopted from the earlier gods and projected into the life of Jesus. Matthew puts a special effort to see that the messianic prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus. He studied the Jewish scriptures and models his account of Jesus to suite the so-called prophesies. He was a mere preacher who wanted to establish Jesus was Messiah, although the Jews, Yahweh's chosen tribe, rejected him and wait for the coming of the Messiah. 

Jesus was a preacher-healer-critique of Judaism. Being well versed in the scriptures he debated with the scholars. He was annoyed at the strict observance of the Jewish laws. The Pharisees and scribes were publicly criticized by him. He called the former ‘white washed tombs,’ the latter ‘sons of serpents.’ The offended Jewish elite plotted and forced Pilate to crucify him as a public nuisance.
The picture of a good man carrying a heavy cross to a hill to be crucified perhaps made Paul think that he died for the sins of others.  Paul felt the innocent guy suffered not for himself but for others. This was the foundation for the doctrine of redemption, the basis of Christianity.  Jesus’ eloquence and noble character attracted a few to him, and he was hailed as a prophet after his death. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

If Constantine did not adopt Christianity,it would have died and gone!

A new mythical god and religion begins
In the Greco-Roman world, the most dominant cult was that of a savior (pagan fertility god Osiris-Dionysus) who suffered persecution, died, and then rose up again from the dead. Other gods like Tammuz, Adonis, Mithra, and Attis, died and resurrected too. Ishtar was a famous vegetation god who died and resurfaced. The followers of a firebrand Jew–especially Paul and the unknown evangelists-replaced the pagan gods with Jesus and a new religion very similar to the ones that existed before evolved. Paul had already felt in his emotional trances that the poor Jew, Jesus, crucified as a public nuisance by the Romans, suffered and died for the sins of humans. He thought of it repeatedly and the doctrine of redemption got formulated and established.  

Paul starts Christianity 
Once the doctrine of redemption was in place, the anonymous gospel authors invented even a plan of Yahweh to redeem humans from their original sin. In the 4 Gospels, sealed as the official ones by the Early Church (burning the rest) had attempted to make the Jew a god like the mythical ones with virgin birth and many miracles. They also tried to interpret some of the vague prophesies of the OT that had nothing to do with the coming of a redeemer of sins-as fulfilled in this Jewish critique. The rationale for a new religion was in place and a new sect spread under an enthusiastic Paul's leadership.  

Roman emperor adopts Christianity 
Helena, (250-330 AD), who became the consort of the future Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus (reigned 293-306) embraced the new sect. And for this reason alone she was made a saint although she was of dubious character. She motivated her son Constantine to become a Christian at a critical juncture after he won a war and thus the nascent sect of a Nazarene became the official religion of the Roman Empire! Constantine ordered the death of his eldest son Crispus that led to the execution of his wife Fausta as well. Such a murderer was made a  saint too by the Catholic Church as a reward. 

Christianity flourishes  
When the Roman Empire made this new off-shoot their official religion, Christianity with all its foolish doctrines prospered and became rich. It made the OT's terrible, killer, tribal-chief Yahweh into a loving Almighty God.  It turned against the Jews-the chosen people of Yahweh- killing, maiming or banishing. It persecuted followers of other religions and threw them into the dens of lions or burning oil. The inquisition courts of the Church burnt witches, murdered scientists like Bruno and imprisoned Galileo for not accepting the foolish geocentric and other nonsense doctrines of the Church. The Church imposed its foolish dogmas on millions and millions under the patronage of the Roman and later by the Byzantine empires.It became a solid, rich and all-powerful religion. 

People are easily deceived with religion 
People can easily be deceived if programmed from early childhood. A religion is a non-truth for those who do not belong to that. True Christians think all other religions are falsehood and that the Bible is the only way to salvation. Islam believes that Quran and prophet Mohammed are the only truths to attain heaven.  Buddhists believe both of them are wrong. Communists think there is no god and there is no need for a religion (It is opium). A religious group's belief has no meaning, whatsoever. It's all programmed into the individuals over the course of time.    

During the 1st century there were very few Christians in the Roman Empire.
People believed in Mithra and in the Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythological gods.  Later when Constantine embraced Christianity so many of them got converted forcibly or otherwise and the new religion and its precepts became the truth and they dumped their previous beliefs. After Mohammed established Islam, many nations were conquered and the people there got converted forcibly into it. Whatever they believed before became nonsense. The Persian and Arabian conquests of India made millions of Hindus embrace Islam who accepted it as the new truth. Earlier, Buddhist missionaries had converted the followers of other religions into Buddhism and the new converts simply accepted it; whatever they had believed earlier turned falsehood. There is no objective truth in any such faith, spread with force or coercion. 

It was a pure chance occurrence that Helena accepted Christianity and she made her son, Constantine, the emperor, covert into it. That is a momentous event in the history of Christianity and if it had not  happened, the religion would have been already dead and buried under 6 feet long back. Under the patronage of the Roman empire it flourished, Christ became a god and Jews got rejected. In the course of centuries Catholic Church had both temporal and spiritual power and it tortured, killed and intimidated anyone who did not believe whatever it came to profess.     

Friday, February 24, 2017

How gods harm humans!

What is the true nature of god?
There are so many gods in the world: anthropomorphic, monstrous, naked, virulent, nature-phenomena, monkey-elephant-multiple-headed and formless ones. There are male, female, and gender less gods with and without wives/children. Some gods are loving, others demonic or a mix of everything. Many gods have already died and gone; a few survive today.      

Different religions have very different ideas of what god is.

They even disagree about basic issues. How many gods there are? what is their nature? Are they are male or female? Do  they have a family? Religions such as Buddhism, Jainism and Taoism lack a concept of god; they are atheistic. Christianity has a trinity of Gods. Judaism and Islam have one god. Hinduism is pantheistic with thousands of gods of all shapes. Some societies are animistic. There is no consensus among religions as to what god actually is.They are different;their similarity is simply superficial.

Even the ultimate purpose of life is different in each religion. Buddhism speaks of Nirvana-the cessation from attachment. For Christianity it is spiritual life with god in heaven. Islam’s heaven is a material one full of worldly pleasures. Hinduism promises Moksha- escape from life and rebirth cycles. There is no consensus here too. Even morality is altogether different. What is good in one religion can be bad or no good in another. What is strictly enforced in a faith has no meaning in another. In short their gods are different, their purpose of life is different and their morality is different.

Major religions have a number of conflicting sects too. Look at Christianity: there are many competing groups with different beliefs. Catholics, Protestants, Calvinists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Orthodox-each one having a number of sub sects with their own theology and liturgy and each one convinced that it is true. Islam has Shiites, Sufis, and Sunnis and their denominations. Religions have waged thousands of wars and their different sects have fought and killed each other. They divide people and instill hatred and mistrust among them. People kill others in the name of their god probably to establish god's superiority. Religion and gods have done more harm than good to humans.

Theists should question their beliefs because of the harm they have caused and will cause.  Religion represents a huge financial burden on them.  It's not just a matter of religious believers wasting their money on churches/temples/mosques/pagodas and so on.  Think of all the time and effort spent building them, for praying, attending religious liturgy, sermons and classes. How all that effort could be better spent! This is a wrong focus of the resources of man. If the wealth and effort so earmarked is spent for quality living, poverty alleviation or for helping the poor, the orphaned, the crippled, the retarded and the imbeciles, this world would have been a better place to live in.

What have gods to do with humans even if they exist? They do not seem to interact with the world in any way. Natural calamities (quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, plagues and even big meteorite strikes) have been going on. Horrendous viruses have decimated his favorite creation, A good percentage of people have been  in abject poverty.  Gods do not bother/interfere  at all. At least there is nothing detectable nor is there any physical manifestation. If god does not interact with our universe,  it is of no consequence whether he exists or not. Let him be there; let him not be.  t
1.6 million religious guys live as parasites!
Catholic priests:         4,14,313 (Wikipedia)+bishops and cardinals.                                                         Christian Nuns:          7,20,000                                                                                                                 Protestant  Pastors:       79,715 
Muslims priests          3,01,318?                                                                                                                 Hindu priests:            1,12, 279?                                                                                                             Think more than  1.6 million religious guys live as parasites on the earnings of the rest! Time, effort and focus of 5 billion (total religious population)  for religious activities is a colossal waste!   

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Will Jesus die and disappear like the earlier gods?

The Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods- Osiris, Dionysus, Mithras, Cybele, Horus, Zeus, Apollo, Adonis, Eros, Hercules, Isis, and thousands of others have died and gone.  Some of them like Zeus and  Apollo were stronger than mighty Yahweh or Allah. Hundreds of Indian nature gods have become defunct or dead too.

Will Jesus die and disappear? He seems to be on shaky grounds. There is no firsthand information about him. Historians do not even mention him. Only the 4 gospels written in Greek (unknown to Jesus or his disciples) a century after his death (adopted by the early church out of the many existing story-books) speak about him. There is no eye-witness account and the gospel writers are ignorant of the details of Jesus’ life until he is 30 (except that like Buddha he had a scholarly debate with the Jewish scholars in the Jerusalem Temple when he was twelve.) They contradict each other in their birth related stories and many others.

The authors try hard to prove some vague prophesies about a mighty King who will redeem the Jews form their slavery. Paul’s epistles mention nothing of an earthly Jesus who  preaches for 1 year as per the synoptic gospels and for 2 years or more as per John. In his public life, he spoke against the hypocrite deeds of the Pharisees and Scribes who pressurized the Romans to crucify him.He did not speak about redeeming people from their ‘original sin’ in his whole life; Paul invented the doctrine of redemption. Even the OT does not even mention once god’s plan to redeem humans from it.
How do we know whether Jesus lived or anything about him if he lived. Jesus was a common name and Christ a title of the times. According to many scholars Jesus did not live at all. Virgin birth, miracles and resurrection were common characteristics of the Near East mythological gods. Gospels mythologized:the common stuff of the mythical gods got filled with new names, places and other details. There are others who think that it could be possibly a controversial firebrand Jewish rabbi lived by name Yeshua who gathered a following that grew into Christianity after his death.

Poor Yeshua (Jesus)
Yeshua could have been born to Mary and Joseph. Gospels ascribe his fatherhood to Yahweh, the Jewish God. His parents could have circumcised him as per the Jewish laws (remember the covenant of Yahweh with Abraham) and he grew up with his brothers James, Joseph (Joses), Judas (Jude) and Simon and unnamed sisters (Mark 6:3, Mathew 13: 55-56). It is not clear whether Yahweh fathered the brothers and sisters also –there is no mention of it in any of the gospels-or he left the job to Joseph who accepted Mary although he had been cuckolded early. Many of the early Christians and scholars like Tertullian (160-225AD) considered the brothers and sisters were children of Mary and Joseph. The latter was a carpenter and Jesus evidently got apprenticed to this trade. He grew up a Jewish boy among the Jews. He studied the Jewish scriptures first at home and then in the synagogue.

With his fiery eloquence and steadfastness, he got a few rustic followers anywhere he went and there were a few women who really got attracted to him too. The beautiful Mary of Bethany -in all probability Mary Magdalene-who lived a sinful life, was the most conspicuous. She anointed Jesus by pouring the contents of an alabastron jar of nard (or spikenard), a very expensive perfume, which angered some of the onlookers especially Judas who felt the perfume could have been sold for a year's wages—300 denarii—and the money given to the poor!  But Jesus liked the whole episode and Mary became dearer to him. By loving a prostitute of his time he became a revolutionary.

Jesus and Mary got into a relationship that ended up in marriage. They had a few children but the ardent gospel writers wanted to make the preacher-god a virgin unlike his own father who was quite virulent. But the gospels do mention he was a Jewish rabbi and hence he had to have a family (a wife and children). He is addressed as a rabbi in Matthew 26:25, 49; Mark 9:5; 14:45; John 1:38, 49; 3:2; 4:31). The gospels also mention about Mary’s decision to visit his body on the Sunday after the Crucifixion-to wash and anoint it. Scholars feel women of Jesus’ times never washed male bodies. Only males did it-unless you were the man’s wife. Mary washed and anointed his body as she was his wife.

“The Lost Gospel”(based on a manuscript written in 570AD on Vellum–treated animal skin-in Syriac, a language closely linked to Aramaic(spoken by Jesus) found in the British Library reveal many things previously unknown. Professor Barrie Wilson -a professor of religious studies in Toronto- and writer Simcha Jacobovici  an Israeli-Canadian film-maker who translated the text-feel the sources have enough evidence to prove Jesus and Mary were married and they had two sons named Manessah and Ephrain. Bible never commented on his married life. It wanted to project him as a chaste god.
The whole story of Jesus is weak compared to that of Allah. Mohammed heard directly from his god, Allah and he lived truly to what he taught. It is possible that Islam will outlive Christianity. This is evidenced by the rejection of Christianity and Jesus by the developed world. No Muslim nation has become weak in their faith.

Catholic journalist Damian Thompson speculates that at the present rate of decline, Anglicanism will disappear from Britain by 2033. Roman Catholics decline too but at a lesser rate due to the inflow of Catholic immigrants from poor nations. In Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain, Iceland, Belgium, Switzerland and Uk Christians have already become a minority. Even former catholic nations like Ireland, Brazil and many others are rejecting Jesus. There are very few church goes in the old western Christian world. 

It is pretty obvious why Christians reject Jesus. His story is made up; its fundamental principles  are nonsense. Why did god will the test for the first parents knowing well  they would fail? He punished them enough and more; why did he then pass the sin to the coming generations? God could have just ignored a simple disobedience. How can the punishment meted out by the rulers become atonement for the sins of humans? Christians turned against god's chosen tribe and persecuted them! Jesus is on shaky grounds.    

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

God broke all 10 commandments!

See below how the Bible god violated each one of His own  commandments.

1.  I (Yahweh) am the Lord, thy God 
 But Yahweh seems to have redirected 2.2 billion Christians to adore Jesus, the so called son-of-god, thereby breaking His own commandment. And the guys who follow Yahweh’s related command verbatim –the Jews- have been haunted, persecuted, banished, and gas-chambered at the instigation of god himself in the last 2000 years. The Jews, Yahweh’s chosen tribe –just 0.002% of the world population (14.3 million) -still try to follow his express desire revealed through Moses in the OT. And God does not seem to recognize it. 
2. Thou shalt have no other god before me. No graven images or likenesses
 Yahweh was formless although he was depicted as anthropomorphic by some imaginative people. 
But the same god has instructed Christians to fill thousands of churches with the statues of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and saints. Why doesn’t Yahweh, the angry and revengeful God, burn them as He did Sodom and Gomorrah? Why doesn’t He send a deluge to kill every living idolater? But Yahweh condescends, or rather instructs Christians to be idolaters breaking his second law.   Idolaters are  promoted by Yahweh and the 1.6 billion Muslims who follow His order not to worship idols are rejected.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
 Christians have persecuted the people of Yahweh for 2000 years ridiculing Yahweh’s  name everywhere. The new god, Yahweh’s son, even prophesied that his father’s temple would be destroyed. "Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 'Do you see all these things?' he asked. 'I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.' Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem which came to pass 40 years after his death and resurrection. (Matt.24:1-8) See also Lk: 21:5-6. The god who gave the commandments was overthrown by a new god, believed to be His own son! Who is this new god to destroy the temple of the the mighty Yahweh? The new god profanes not only Yahweh’s name but he also destroys his places of worship!
4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy
 Jesus is accused to have broken this law by the meticulously religious Jewish community of his times. Because Jesus performed miracles or healing on the Sabbath, some Pharisees accused Him of breaking the Sabbath (Matthew 12:10; Mark 3:2, John 9:14-16). John records that Jesus performed a healing during one of the festivals in Jerusalem and Jews accused him of breaking the law. He was not, it seems, averse to doing his work on the Sabbath.
5. Honor thy Father and Mother
We do not know who the father of Yahweh was. We know he originated in the Mideast as a storm and war god with a consort, Asherah. We know Yahweh deserted his tribe and ancestors to find a position with the Canaanite gods under EI.   He even abandoned his consort once he was given charge of  the kingdoms of Israel and Judah by the EI hierarchy. Yahweh did not honor his forefathers or the people who gave birth to him.

6. Thou shalt not murder
 The Bible God killed the entire kingdoms of Canaan to settle his chosen tribe, Israel. The total number of people God personally killed as per the Bible accounts has been calculated to be  2,821,364 by  Steve Well.  He annihilated enemy armies even by throwing heavy stones from heaven.  He had a special love for killing children and He sent his angel to behead all the firstborns of Egyptians. Yahweh loved the smell of blood and burnt fat and He commanded his people to kill and sacrifice animals (and humans?) to Him. He had killed the whole human race (except Noah and family) through a flood and annihilated Sodom and Gomorrah in a fire-rain from the heavens. He murdered anyone he was annoyed with. He was a terror to his own chosen tribe. “I kill ... I wound ... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh.” Yahweh loved killing brides, who were not virgins. “If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.”  Israelite took Jericho, their first conquest after crossing the Jordan River and  “they killed all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword” (Josh. 6:21). Yahweh has been the greatest murderer in history.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery
 The mighty Yahweh impregnated Mary, a beautiful Palestine virgin girl without even informing her husband, Joseph. Mary delivered in the course of time and Joseph became a cuckold. There are stories in the OT of god’s sons getting attracted to the daughters of humans. But Yahweh is the first god who violated the wife of a simple carpenter. In Deuteronomy we read: ‘When 32,000 virgins were captured in war, half went to the Israelite and the other half went to those who had actually been part of the battle. From the soldier’s share, 32 were assigned to Yahweh and they were given to the priest Eleazar.’ They became perhaps cultic slaves of Yahweh as He loved the services of virgins. 

8. Thou shalt not steal
Yahweh made his Israeli soldiers loot the enemy kingdoms and appropriate their wealth, cattle and virgin women. There are many verses in the first 5 books of the OT where God and his chosen tribe steal the hard-earned wealth and possessions of their enemies.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
 Yahweh cheated the Canaanite kingdoms in overt and covert ways.  He cheated so many, trapped them into death and he would have tried false testimony too.

10. Thou shalt not covet
One can covet others’ wives, possessions, wealth, cattle, and even their position. Yahweh coveted all these for his chosen people or for himself and he tried to snatch them with force or otherwise from His enemies. Yahweh is pictured as a jealous god and he was in a rage when people turned to other gods like Baal.  He wanted his people to tear down the altars of other gods and smash their sacred pillars. “You shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.’ This jealous Yahweh coveted the position enjoyed by pagan gods whenever people turned to them. God even orders Moses to murder 3000 golden-calf enthusiasts (Exodus 32.27,29).  How can anyone covet more? 

Monday, February 20, 2017

How 2.2 Billion Christians believe this crap?

Bible-God created a geocentric world! 

The Bible says (in Genesis) that its God created sun, moon, stars, earth.. the whole world, all living beings and humans in 6 days (around 8000 years back!) Being tired, he rested on the 7th day. Today we know how that the sun with its planets, Milky Way galaxy (with >100 billion stars),the visible universe (with >200 billion such galaxies) evolved in  13.8 billion years after the Big bang! Even our earth and its star are 4.5 billion years old! Life originated here 3.5 billion years back and it took almost 3.5 billion years for humans to evolve. In this vast universe, the earth is infinitesimally small and its sun is like an atom when compared to the size of the universe. There must be billions of stars the light of which (traveling at 300,000 kms a second) have not yet reached the earth. This dot earth is not a huge object to command a central position (as mentioned in the Bible) so that other mighty objects revolve round it! Such creation stories are common in many societies of antiquity.  

Murderous Bible God

The Bible God is pictured as a notoriously revengeful deity. This fiendish and angry God killed the entire kingdoms of Canaan to settle his small, chosen tribe, Israel. He had a special love for killing children and He sent his angel to behead all the firstborns of Egyptians. In Deuteronomy we read that the Bible god was a terror who made 'His arrows drunk with blood, and his swords devoured flesh.' The total number of people God personally killed is 2,821,364 according to Steve Well.  OT God was pro-male. He loved  oppressing women, stoning adulterous girls to death, raping captured virgins, encouraged slavery,and annihilated enemy armies even by throwing heavy stones from heaven. He loved the smell of blood and burnt fat and He commanded his people to kill and sacrifice animals (and humans?) to Him. The only thing OT god does not have is love of any kind.  

Original sin and redemption-foundations of Christianity-have no meaning! 

If God really wanted to make humans happy He could have avoided sending a foolish test to the first parents. He knew, that they would fail. He had a practical experience with angels before and He never seems to learn. (He had punished Lucifer and a host of others for rebelling). Still He decided to test them and sent the wily serpent to tempt Eve. The poor woman failed. He drove them out of the paradise, sent diseases, pain, death and all conceivable hardships.The loving God created an everlasting hell to roast their souls after death. If God's love stopped his horrendous punishments with that- for eating a forbidden fruit under the prompting of His wily serpent- there was no need for the Bible, Jesus or Christianity! God passed the sin to each and every future man and woman.  A small disobedience became a mortal sin of 108 billion humans-born so far! 

Why didn't God wash away its consequences with a  nod of His head or a wave of His little finger? There would then be no need for His only Son to get tortured, scourged, beaten and crucified as atonement! The entire foundation of Christianity rests on the silly and meaningless Original Sin that made god create hell and bring all suffering on earth. It necessitated the grand plan of God to to send his son and save humans. 

The 108 billion Humans have no part in that disobedience and hence the the atonement for that sin by god's begotten son is just nonsense.or bullshit. The foundations of Christianity thus totter and fall. 

A firebrand Jew is made a god-man 

The NT speaks of  a miracle-making god-man,a Jew from Galilee. The Jewish historian Josephus & Roman historian Tacitus of his time does not say a single line about this Almighty. There is no other historical document. The 4 gospels made canonical by the early Church (burning all the others)- written after 100 years of his death, by unknown people in Greek, which neither Jesus nor his disciples knew, are the only source. 
It can be reasonably assumed  that Jesus lived and died a Jewish Pharisee. He exhorted the Jews to return to the ways of Yahweh. He could have been a righteous man who lived poor and loved the poor. But he called the hypo-critic Jewish elite 'white washed tombs' and 'sons of serpents.' At the instigation of the Jews the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate crucified Jesus as a public nuisance in Jerusalem. Many felt that the poor guy wouldn't have to suffer so ignominiously and some of them started thinking Jesus suffered for their sins. 

Paul started Christianity with the theory of redemption

St Paul, moved by the vision of a 'cross-carrying bleeding Christ,' asserted he had suffered for the sins of others. Slowly the doctrine of redemption was on a solid foundation. So was the foundation of a new religion based on that doctrine. Christianity had its beginning in Paul's brain. He adopted the rituals of Mithra-ism, Cybele  cult and many other mythological religions of his time. He adopted Holy Eucharist, Christmas and Easter as such from them. Baptism was already in Judaism. Like Mithra, Osiris-Dionysus and others Jesus was given a virgin birth and he was made to do so many miracles by the evangelists who made the good guy a dying and resurrecting god. Poor Jesus had not thought of any such development in his life. He was content being a Torah-abiding Jewish preacher-critic who wanted his people to return to Yahweh. The stories of the gospels seem to be pure fabrications evolved  in a foreign land, Greece, as mentioned in 100 years. 

No plan of saving in OT 

In the whole of the OT we do not find any plan of Yahweh to redeem humans from their original sin, other than predictions of a mighty king to redeem the Jews from their slavery. And the Jews are still waiting for the Messiah. We come to know of it only after St. Paul constructed his theory. The Roman crucifixion of an ordinary Jew got a new meaning. How can a punishment meted out by the rulers of the time become atonement for the sins of mankind?  

How can Yahweh turn against his chosen people, the Jews? 
Yahweh the god of the Jews, who had freed the Israelite from their Egyptian slavery and settled them in Canaan after massacring thousands of soldiers of the kingdoms of Canaan to settle them, traveled with them in the desert in an arc, and protected them like a fiend, later turned against them. He instigated the newly formed Christians to persecute His own people! The people of Abraham, with whom Yahweh had entered into a covenant got rejected and discarded as enemies.God forgot his covenant with Abraham and his insistence on circumcision: his new followers could keep their foreskin and they simply had to get washed in water in His name. The whole thing is shit, bullshit

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The world becomes fully atheistic by 2237?

 WIN-Gallup International opinion poll on Global Index of Religion and atheism: 59% of the world said that they think of themselves as religious person, 23% think of themselves as not religious whereas 13% think of themselves as convinced atheists.

Gods, fashioned by the early humans, as they did not understand this world or life, have been living with humans from the very beginning. Religions have the advantage of cultural, historical and evolutionary baggage. Further, religions promote group cohesion and co-operation. Getting rid of them is not all that easy.  Yes, thousands of gods have died and gone but the few, alive today, are popular and strong with great mass appeal.

Nevertheless, atheism is growing steadily and the non-religious are growing faster.  Catholic journalist Damian Thompson speculates that at the present rate of decline, Anglicanism will disappear from Britain by 2033. He points out that the number of Anglicans have already fallen from 40% of the population in 1983 to 29% in 2004 to 17% last year.

According to Global Survey on Religiosity, there are 13% atheists in 2016 against 9% in 2005 (an increase of 4% in 11 years). According to Global Survey on Religiosity, there are 13% atheists in 2016 against 9% in 2005 (an increase of 4% in 11 years). Project  4% increase in 11 years for the next century and see the result:

Year       atheists
2005        9%                                                                                                                                              2016      13%                                                                                                                                              2050      32%                                                                                                                                            2105      52%                                                                                                                                    2237    100%       

The surveys of the Pew Research Center shows there are 23% ‘nons’ (non-religious)  in the US in 2016.  This is an increase of 7% from 16% in 2007- (in a period of 9 years). By projecting the same increase to the coming century get the result as follows. 

Year        Non-religious 

2007        16%
2016        23% 
2051        52%
2115       100%

The Pew Research center has also shown that the US Christians dropped from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. See the result by taking the rate of decrease forward:

Year      % of US Christians 

2007               78.4%
2014               70.6%
2021               62.8%
2035               47.2%
2077                0 %   

The Gallup International Survey found that religious people fell from 77% to 68% between 2005 and 2011.  (9% in 6 years!) If this trend continues, world will be non-religious in 50 years’ time.  

But Rachel Newer, a freelance journalist, feels religions will not exit all that easily.  The Pew Research Center study, released recently found that major religious groups will grow and outpace the rise in atheists and the unaffiliated populations (now mostly in the developed world). While the number of Christians will increase from today's 2.1 billion to 2.9 billion by 2050, Muslims will jump from 1.6 billion to 2.8 billion. This growth will be because of high fertility rates of these groups in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.  UN population Fund (as per the median variant) predicts that the world population will be 10 billion by 2050 and then level off.  The number of the religiously-affiliated will come down thereafter as GDP will become higher.As health and finances and living standards increase religion takes a back seat. Religious beliefs decline as women are empowered resulting in fewer children.  

Decline in belief happens in countries with a higher GDP. Religion will decrease as the wealth of individuals increases. Atheists are more in richer nations with higher standards of life.  If the quality of life increases religiosity comes down.  Dr. Nigel Barber says that the market for religion is squeezed by modern substitutes like sports, entertainments and sociability. He also feels atheists will be more than the religious by 2038. But this may not the case with in the closed Islamic societies. 

Japan, China, France, Australia, Iceland, UK, Canada, South Korea, Iceland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Uruguay, New Zealand, Denmark, Belgium and a few others have the lowest belief rates. Religious people are (or becoming) a minority in each one of them. It is estimated by 2041, religious followers will become a minority in 137 nations. 

A big natural calamity may change all these. After a 2011 massive earthquake in Church-gate, New Zealand (a very secular nation) there was sudden spike in religiosity. Suffering and fear seem to draw people to gods. But religion in Japan plummeted during and after World War 11. Hence let us hope that religions are out of this beautiful world in about two