Category: Atheism


Good to be back!

Sorry for the absense! I’ve been very busy recently, got myself a new job, doing alot of hours, so I’ve not has as much time to get on here and vent my thoughts.

First of all, I’ll start by recapping my life at the moment, it has been a while after all! Well, I have a new job, which looks set to be permanent. It’s not a job I enjoy, the hours are horrible, and I hate my boss. It’s making me miserable, but I need the money, and maybe once I’ve got myself settled down properly, perhaps I can try and find something else. That’s all the news I have though, really. Nothing else has really changed. My knee still gives me trouble, I still drink alot, I’m still pretty miserable, and I still hate people.

Right, back to business!

 

Today in the news there was something about some police in America (Texas, I think, they had cowboy hats on, so it must be Texas…) who rushed out to some farmhouse because some psychic told them she had visions of a mass grave full of dismembered children (METAAAAL), then they were surprised when they found nothing.

How many fucking times do “psychics” have to be wrong before people realise they’re all bullshitting us? What do they just say “Oh, well, I’ll get it right next time!” and we let them off the hook?!

This is retarded, why do people give these people any thought at all? They’re always wrong, they always will be. If they weren’t, then they’d be able to provide some credible proof.

 

Stay rational, people.

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Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t updated in a while. Been pretty busy, especially with the chaotic snow conditions everywhere. Been getting stuck in traffic jams to and from work.

Anyway, I hope you all had a good Christmas, and are enjoying the time off work, unless you are working, in which case, take it easy, there’s no need to work your arse off.

Anywho, I finally have some inspiration!

Why does it always seem that theists take one thing, completely unrelated to anything Goddish, and use it as proof of God? It doesn’t make sense.

So far, I’ve seen death, evil, love, gravity, evolution and baked beans (Well, okay, maybe not baked beans) all being used as “proof” of God.

When will they understand than just because one thing is there, doesn’t necessarily mean that something unproven was ever there?

I mean, we have the obvious types of logic that go with this way of thinking. For instance, if you see an apple, you know it comes from an apple tree. That’s fine, because we KNOW that apple trees exist. I can walk down the road and see one, I can take an apple off one of the branches. I can force other people to believe in the apple (also, the apple tree), by throwing the apple at their head.

God, however, has never been seen. He’s never even been defined properly. How can anything be evidence of something that hasn’t even been defined, yet? It doesn’t make sense.

Death is proof that we die, nothing more, nothing less. If anything, it goes against some religious texts, which insist death can be undone (I’m looking at you, Lazarus.), and that at one point, it didn’t even exist. Death exists because without it, the world would just keep getting more and more crowded until we could no longer fit on it. There’s no reason to imply that it’s proof of anything else, because it doesn’t imply there is anything else. It doesn’t even HINT towards their being some kind of omnipotent being.

Love is an emotional reaction, it’s chemical, and evolutionary. If parents didn’t love their children, they’d leave them to die, and the human race would have died out before we even got started. If we didn’t love other human beings, we’d treat them like crap, and that wouldn’t help the human race propagate itself, either.

Evil? That just shows that people will do whatever serves them best, which again, doesn’t have anything to do with God.

So please, stop reading into things which aren’t there, and look for actual proof of God. Otherwise, baked beans mean that the FSM exists.

RAmen.

I seem to hear alot about belief in God apparently being a choice, which makes little sense to me. Surely if you believe… then you believe, that’s that. You can’t change your mind, either way. In the same way I can’t force myself to believe in God, I can’t force myself to not believe in this laptop, because I know what is real, and what isn’t.

 

On a (Mildly) related note, I was thinking today about belief, my post from a few days ago, when comfort and hope was brought up in the conversation. I think alot of people simply believe for the sake of believing. They shut out any doubts, in order to preserve their fragile crutch that is their faith in God. I pity these people. If only they truly realised how much hope and comfort you can get, without the need for imaginary friends and religious dogma…

So, I put up an apparently “controversial and offensive” status a few nights ago, on Faceybook;

“To those who prayed for the miners in Chile; …Well done. You didn’t do jack-shit. The people who built the rescue capsules did more than your “God”.

Respect the rescuers, first and foremost. Then the survivors. They deserve the respect, not any omnipotent beings.”

Now, I didn’t see the big deal when I posted this, as it’s just basically my opinion. I didn’t really attack anybody, and I didn’t feel it was overly antagonising.

I then got a load of comments saying “Waaah! I respect your right to disbelieve, but don’t attack my God! Waaaaah!”.

So, now, me saying that there is no God is somehow offensive? Since when? It’s my opinion, why can’t I express it?

This is like me telling someone to shut up for saying “Praise God! All 33 miners made it out safely! He truly was watching over them!”, which would be utterly stupid. Though I disagree with what they are saying, I wouldn’t get all butthurt over it.

So it seems it’s fine for them to shove God in all our faces 24/7, and we can’t say anything about it, but the moment us atheists express our opinion that God isn’t there, then we’ve committed some kind of atrocity?

Doesn’t seem very fair, to me.

Ayersy’s Conundrum.

Remember the post a while back about there being no free will, so long as God apparently knows the future? Well, so far, nobody has been able to refute that point, so it’s obviously quite a dilemma for theists to be in. Quite proud that I thought of it on my own (though I probably ain’t the first), and that it’s apparently caused people to stop and do some thinking.

I haven’t really got any other ponderings to mention, whilst I’m updating.

In personal news, however. My whore of an ex-girlfriend made an appearance on TV today (The Jeremy Kyle show), and lied her ass off, on there. I felt a combination of both rage, and pity, as I watched the huge farce unfold on my screen. It was also pretty damn funny. Anyway, all in the past now, but damn, felt weird to watch. In other news, my work is going alright, and I’m getting really used to using the system in the office.

Hoping I’ll be able to get another job within the council, albeit a little closer to home. That would rule.

I will rack my brains tomorrow and attempt to come up with a decent rant. If not, I shall regail you with the hilarious story of how I smashed my kneecap. Either way, it’ll be a good one to read. Later days!

Back on track!

Right, sorry about that, I was pretty busy over the weekend, and by busy, I mean hungover. I have recovered now and enjoyed an emmensely boring day at the office. Fun stuff.

Today’s topic is inspired by Stephen Hawking. He recently stated that God is not needed for the formation of the universe, because we know of laws of gravity, which makes formation of planets and galaxies possible. Whilst I won’t even pretend to be smart enough to be able to understand all that he’s on about, I have been saying for years that God isn’t needed for the formation of the universe, and thar gravity played a part in it, so we must be on the same page.

The way I see it, the universe is a place, a place that has always been here (Not as we know it now, obviously), and always will be. Various things will happen within that universe, such as the formation (and subsequent destruction) of galaxies.

Now, religious people. who insist God created the universe and everything in it, will insist that in order for the universe to be here, there needs to be a creator, because something can’t just always be here, or be formed from nothing.

“The universe can’t be formed from nothing, everything needs a creator.”
“Okay, who created God?”
“That doesn’t apply to him, he didn’t need a creator.”
“Why?”
“Because… it just doesn’t.”

Why does this rule apparently apply to the universe, but not to God? Why is he so special as to apparently be able to avoid this rule?

Well, the way I see it, if God can evade this rule, so can the universe. At least we know the universe exists, since we’re a part of it. There’s never been any evidence for the existence of any deity.

Ayersy: 1
God: 0

Not that I’m keeping score, or anything.

With God, there is no free will.

“Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you” – Jer 1:5

This supposedly astonishing line in the bible means that we, in fact, have no free will. Consider it for a second.

If God apparently knows you before you’re even conceived, then that means you will always have been conceived, and nothing could have ever changed that. If you weren’t conceived, he couldn’t know you.

This means that not only is God forcing your parents to conceive you, he is in fact keeping them alive in order to do it. This means there is no free will. If one of your parents wanted to kill themselves before they had sex in order to conceive you, they wouldn’t be able to. How could they? God knows you already.

This also means other people are affected, on a massive scale. Say somebody wanted to stab your father (Let’s face it, he had it coming.) the day before he and your mother got jiggy? How could he possibly kill him? He couldn’t. He wouldn’t be able to, since God apparently knows you’re already going to be conceived. No free will.

The truth is, we live in a world of chance. Everything is based on chance. Every day, we can live or die, based on chance. That speeding car hurtling down the road? If you forgot to grab your coat, causing you to go back indoors and get it, you may have gotten run over by that car. Due to sheer chance, you ain’t dead.

Businesses are built upon chance. Meet the right business associate at the right time, in the right place, and happen to make the right impression, and you may be able to strike up a deal. Remember, that particular business associate got to where he did by luckily meeting the right people and making the right impression, too.

Romance is based on chance. Going up to the bar at a certain time can decide whether you meet your future spouse. So the next time your mate spills your pint, causing you to have to go up the bar, consider that maybe because of that spillage, you could end up meeting the love of your life.

We exist as a species, solely based on chance. If an ancient ancestor of ours didn’t survive, then this world, and the entire ecosystem, would be an entirely different place, completely devoid of humans, or any other animals we see around us.

Chance is far more amazing than God could ever be, and it won’t violate your free will. Sure, you might not always get the outcome you want, and alot of the time, chance seems to reward others, whilst taking a huge dump on you, but at least we know it’s not the work of some magical deity promising free will whilst really controlling the show from behind the scenes. These are the breaks.

Chances are, we could all die tomorrow. So take some time to enjoy life, whilst you have the chance. You’re free to do so.

Well, having just got back from my first day at the office, the first thing I see in my Facebook news feed is…. this.

http://www.proofform.com/component/content/article/204-atheism/584-tony-blair-religions-must-unite-against-secularism-atheists.html

For those who haven’t got the time/can’t be bothered/can’t read (Wait, how are you reading this?), it’s basically Tony Blair telling all the monotheistic religions that they need to unite against the “evils” of atheism and secularism. Even though alot of theists approve of secularism. Tony Blair has no idea what he’s even on about, what evils have been brought about by atheists recently, or ever, in comparison to religion?

Tony Blair, you’ve just shown yourself to be a complete moron.

Voice your thoughts, people, the comments exist there for a reason. 😀

Well, I suppose I ought to reveal my actual religious background, and what I believe at the moment. You know, just so you can gain a true insight into what a pleasant individual I am.

My parents are pretty much agnostic, though my fathers side of the family is pretty strongly Anglican, which showed, through my grandmother and to a lesser extent, grandfather. On my mother’s side, my nan was heavily Christian, and I never met my grandad, on account of him being dead. That kind of makes it hard to meet up and discuss these kinds of things.

Anywho, my parents always made a point never to really shove any religion on me, since they don’t really care. My grandparents, though, were another story, and after a while, it rubbed off on me.

I was a believer as a child, as far back as I can remember, up until the age of about 15, when I realised I didn’t really believe anymore, but still wanted to. I had a minor crisis of faith, where I desperately tried to cling onto my belief in dear old God, but alas, I realised I was agnostic, and after a while, I didn’t really care anymore. I became apathetic, like most British people seem to be, regarding religion.

Once I started college, I started to gain more of an interest in religion, and the possibility of there being any deities. I did a little research, and alot of thinking. I eventually came to the conclusion there is absolutely NO evidence to condone the belief in any kind of god, and realised I was in fact, an atheist! Taa-daaaah!

I was fine being an atheist for a while, then, about a year or so ago, I started pondering the purpose and meaning of life, and began to think about the universe itself. After really thinking hard, I came to the conclusion I’m a nihilist. A moral and existential nihilist, to be precise. Basically, I believe life has no intrinsic value or meaning to it, instead, people have to give it their own personal meaning, with religion, or whatever.

I also believe there is no set moral code, and as such, morals are man-made, and are simply a system of controlling the people. Admittedly, this system of control is needed, or we’d have died out eons ago.

I now am 100% certain there is no God. I know it’s rare, and kind of arrogant, for an atheist to say, but I literally cannot logically see any way a deity could exist. There is no evidence for anything supernatural, and I can’t see there being any evidence popping up any time soon.

The other thing is, God is literally getting smaller as the years go by. The need for God is dwindling in peoples lives, as we make new discoveries. The gaps are being filled, and this leaves no place for God. The only reason people are hanging on to him is for stability, warmth and comfort, much like a fat man in a wind tunnel.

So, now you know. You’re reading the ramblings of a completely nihilistic young weirdo, who believes in nothing but the physical… and unless you can present evidence to the contrary… it’s gonna stay that way.

Now, I must get some kip, as I start my new job in the morning. Take it easy.

Since I start my new job, tomorrow, I’ve had to try getting up earlier. Blagh. Not fond of mornings.

Anyway, as I pointlessly tried to sleep last night, I was thinking (Damn brain, never turns off.) about evidence, and how people view it.

Now obviously we are supposed to be neutral when it comes to evidence, but we know people with an agenda (Not just theists, we’re guilty of it too, unfortunately) normally only notice evidence if it corresponds to their set of beliefs.

Theists typically gloss over evidence which is gradually showing their deity to be a God of The Gaps. The amount of denial and goalpost-shifting is astounding. These people will literally bend over backwards to stop their religion from looking silly, in the light of new discoveries. As individuals, we’re all guilty of a little bias, now and again, we’re all only human, after all. The problems arise, though, when groups have personal bias, for whatever reason, and then spout fallacies and bare-faced lies. The famous Answers In Genesis billboard comes to mind, or the Christian church outlawing telescopes, hundreds of years ago, afraid people might find out just too much for their faith.

So, today’s homework, kids, is to take a step back, try and remain utterly neutral, and take a look at the evidence for both sides. See what makes sense, then. Chances are, you can’t do it, I’m pretty certain I can’t, either, but it’d be interesting to see what someone truly neutral would have to say about the concept of God, wouldn’t it?

Right, I am hungry, so right now, it’s scavenging time. Peace.