Saturday, November 17, 2012

Response to "Redeemed"

>"Evrything in "THE BIBLE" must be received by..."FAITH-ALONE"...with no "PROOF".

Why is that?  Why can't there be proof?   This seems like an extremely ridiculous notion to me.  In other words, the Bible can say anything at all, and not matter how absurd or immoral it might seem, you will believe it.

Your willingness to believe anything does not lead you to truth.  Consider the bumper sticker:

God said it.
I believe it.
That's final.

However, this is circular reasoning.  What it is really saying ...

I believe God said it.
I believe it.
That is final.

However, you have no rational basis to know that God said it in the first place.  How is your faith any better than any Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist?  Because you are right and they are wrong?  They would say the same thing about you.

Evidence is how you determine if something is true or not.  Reason is the process of figuring that out.

Your reasoning starts with the notion that the Bible is true.  That should be the conclusion and not the premise.

If you believe in an evil God who tortures people without mercy, and kills children, babies and pregnant women, then the Bible is the "good" book for you.  If you accept these things without any thought whatsoever, then the Bible is the book for you.  However, I don't believe these things.  I think they are evil, therefor the Bible disproves itself.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Conspiracy Theories

I think that people believe Conspiracy Theories because they see
themselves as victims. Because they view themselves as victims, they
have pent up resentment. This resentment causes people to quickly
accept rumors or partial truths as full truth.

One of my goals in life is to not see myself as a victim of anything,
which maybe isn't 100% possible. I think that this leads to a more
objective view.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

From:  Reedemed
The..."HOLY GHOST" ((("VERY POWERFUL"))) !!!
Dear..."LORD JESUS"...I ask for...("JOHN"),...


You can waste time all you want. It doesn't really hurt me. But why send me the same message 6 times? When you say that you "ask for John", you ask for John what?

Given the tone of your messages, I assume that you are a somewhat emotional person. All humans are going to be emotional to one degree or another, but I like to think of myself as much less so. (I was much more emotional in my teens, and thus religious.) The concern that I have is that emotion might cause someone to believe in something because they need something emotionally and not because it is rational.

 Regardless of what anyone believes, people have a hard time straying from their beliefs because those beliefs become part of their identity and their self esteem. If you are proud of being a christian then taking away that belief would hurt your self image.

 Real Proof that Jesus was NOT real 
The God Who Wasn't There
The Jesus Myth - Timothy Freke

 Best wishes,
 John Coffey

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Did you choose your religion? - Roger Ebert's Journal

"Today I saw an extraordinary film named "The Other Son," about Israeli and Palestinian baby boys who were mistakenly switched at birth.

The switch is discovered when the Israeli boy is turned down by the army because his blood type doesn't match his parents. We have two boys accustomed to think of themselves as Jewish or Palestinian, and they are legally each other."

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Force

Force (Star Wars)

The Force is a binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy created by George Lucas. Mentioned in the first film in the series, it is integral to all subsequent incarnations of Star Wars, including the expanded universe of comic books, novels, and video games. Within the franchise, it is the object of the Jedi and Sith monastic orders.


Lucas has attributed the origins of "The Force" to a 1963 abstract film by Arthur Lipsett, which sampled from many sources.


One of the audio sources Lipsett sampled for 21-87 was a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor, a cinematographer who went on to develop IMAX. In the face of McCulloch's arguments that living beings are nothing but highly complex machines, Kroitor insists that there is something more: "Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God." When asked if this was the source of "the Force," Lucas confirms that his use of the term in Star Wars was "an echo of that phrase in 21-87." The idea behind it, however, was universal: "Similar phrases have been used extensively by many different people for the last 13,000 years to describe the 'life force,'" he says.