Sunday, April 25, 2010

Crushed Historical Content

I just learned something the other day, and it’s facts are almost a revelation.

Let me just lay it out there…

Israel Finkelstein, chairman of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University, with archaeology historian Neil Asher Silberman, in their book "The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Text." After decades of resseach in the Sini Desert, concluded and agree, THE EXIDUS NEVER HAPPENED!!

This guy is no crack pot, he is Chair of a Department of Tel Aviv University. The very Jew’s who this supposedly happened to, now admit it’s a mere fable. Rabbi’s have known this for year, few have admitted it.

The findings are shocking:
 Israelites were never in Egypt
 The Israelites did NOT wander the desert
 The Israelites did NOT conquer the land of Cannon,
 The Kingdom of David and Solomon was a small tribe, not a regional power as described in the bible.
 There was no chase of the Israelites into the Dead Sea by the Egyptians
 Tales of Abraham, Isaac, Joesph were the first to be debunked by biblical scholars due to anachronisms and inconsistencies.

In addition to a total lack of archeological evidence of anyone wondering the desert for 40 years:
 When the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramsese III conquered Canaan between 1280bc and 1260bc, there are no records of ANY Hebrew tribes. And all tribes we meticulously documented by the Egyptians.
 Herodotus (c. 484 BC – c. 425 BC), the “Father of History”, Described all the people and places he encountered during this travels throughout Western Asia… He omits both Jews and Jerusalem.
 The City of Jericho – supposedly raised by the Israelites, did NOT exist at the time, and thus there were no “walls to come tumbling down”.

Those scholars, now admitting the bible is just plain wrong, have detracted the claim of its historical importance.

Simply put, well kept Egyptian records omit the Jews. There is no evidence of encampments to support the existence of these peoples where the bible places them.

The bible is just wrong. It was folk tails told around camp fires of Bronze Age illiterates. At some point, we as race must stand erect and walk away from the belief of mysticism and magic.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Goldfish Perspective

I have fish tank with a pair of angelfish. I've had them for over 3 years.

Every morning I walk by the tank, push a button and make their sun rise. I lift the lid, and cause food to fall from the their heavens. I cause it to rain into their tank by adding more water.

It occurred to me this morning, I am God. I do for them, what is says in the bible god does for us, I must therefore be god, or a god. God of the fish tank!

From their perspective, what else can I be? I provide food, water, light, friends, I clean... their entire universe exists because I created it. Their universe continues because I maintain it. Computers, cars, laundry - all concepts beyond their comprehension.

It reminds me of Clarke's 3rd law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Or Just because you can't explain it today, does not prove devine.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Best Poster EVER!

This kinda says it all, I have to post it!!!

Sorry, it doesn't come out very well. Click it to see the whole thing!
It's worth it.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I submit man has created life - Proving no need for god

Believers claim life is to complex to “just happen". Someone, some “god” must have created it, must have planned it, and must continue to guide it. Believers equate the creation of life to throwing parts into a box, shaking it, and then having working 747 Jet liner fly out the other side.

With colleague Tracey Lincoln, Gerald Joyce (picured) has created an artificial genetic system that can undergo self-sustained replication and evolution

According to the Dictionary,
The 1st definition of life is:
the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.

Lets look at one of the building blocks of life. RNA is the building blocks of life as we know it. It is the building blocks of proteins.

Here’s the great part: Scientists have created RNA that replicates itself, on it own!
Given the right conditions, these molecules continue to replicate till their “fuel” is consumed. Growth? Reproduction? Consumption? That by itself, I submit, fits the definition of life. Life, by the hand of man. No god, no box shaking, just the basics and there have it.

We must cast off the dark shroud of ignorance. The shroud that hinders our ability to solve problems and move forward. The dark shroud is Region.

God dwells in the darkness of ignorance. The more we learn, the less the faithful have to cling on to. Believers point and say “there, you can’t explain that! There must be a god!”. Eventually, they will be left with nothing but denial and distortion of truth. Just because science can not explain something today, doesn’t mean we won’t be able to explain it tomorrow.

The reality is life happens and we can duplicate it. There is no divine hand of a hidden all seeing being, there is just natural processes.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Religion is Evil

I submit that Religion is Evil.

Let us start with the definition of Evil:
    Spelled Pronunciation [ee-vuh l] –adjective
1. morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.
2. harmful; injurious: evil laws.
3. characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.
4. due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.
5. marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: He is known for his evil disposition

In its simplest form, Evil is deeds that are harmful, or lead to misfortune or suffering.

If someone walking down a street, sees an old woman next to them slip, fall get hurt and choose not to lend assistance, just walk away…. Is that Evil? In this case it’s a failure of a deed that leads to harm, misfortune and suffering. The court systems will find you liable if you have some problem with your property – a hole, broken sidewalk, hazardous waste, etc - and choose not to remedy. Thus, failure to act, is itself a deed that can be evil when it leads to harm, misfortune and suffering.

Religions greatest crime against humanity is stops thought. It requires “faith”, which by definition is simple acceptance without challenge. Don’t think about it… just accept.

The result is that people stop looking for answers to problems in times of strife, and “believe” God will save them. They believe all they have to do is be “faithful’ or “sacrifice” , and they will be rescued to some “paradise”.

As proof, just look at the Flagellant Movement. These are the dolts that whip or torture themselves because they believe their suffering brings them closer to Jesus and his suffering. The Flagellant Movement was born during the black plague.

People believed the Plague was a punishment from God because of mans wickedness. They didn’t try to figure it out, they didn’t clean, wash, get rid of rats or flea’s, they just fell back on “faith” and whipped themselves. Had that effort and energy been spent trying to understand the problem, then fixing the problem, millions of people could have been saved… Not by the hand of god, but by people learning, doing, acting, working. This is a clear case of “Faith” failing humanity ultimately leading to the deaths of millions.

Is this historical tragedy so far in the past? Unfortunately no, this same mindless hindrance to reason and action continues in the name of faith and god. The growing population of Evangelicals and their obsession with “The Rapture” could lead us to the same dire consequences as the Flagellants. They see all the horrible things in current news and rejoice, because they believe “god” is coming to take them to paradise. Lets not try and help humanity, fix problems, make the future better for our children, lets just pray and be faithful waiting for “his glorious return”. Let’s outlaw stem cell research, lets teach dogma in school as fact, lets suppress new ideas…

All these are current, they are happening today.
They are done in the name of Religion.
They lead to leads to harm, misfortune and suffering.

There are no atheists strapping bombs to themselves with the intent of killing as many as possible. These are all Religious people.

The inescapable conclusion is that Religion is Evil.