November 24, 2012

Good Without God? Nope!

Atheists like to claim that they can be "good without God". But the claim itself is self-refuting, since anti-theism presupposes theism. Atheism has no consistent moral standard, no basis on which to define "good". If atheism was rational and true, then we are just bundles of chemicals responding to our impulses; some have even said that rape is acceptable in an atheistic evolutionary worldview. And why not? One bundle of chemicals violating another bundle of chemicals, there is nothing wrong with that in this worldview.

Like any self-respecting Stalin, Hitler, Mao or any other totalitarian knows, go after the children and indoctrinate them in anti-God propaganda. This encourages distrust of parents and outright rebellion, which in turn causes a reliance on the atheistic whims of the State. A typical example of this tyranny can be seen in the latest efforts of the American Humanist Association.

So, goodness is defined by arbitrary standards, whims, convenience and sometimes by evolution (presupposing that evolution is true).
Atheists and Christians often debate such questions. In this case, the politician’s answer is true: it really does depend upon what you mean by ‘God’ and ‘without’.
In fact, atheists not only can, but must be (at least to some extent) good without believing in God—even if they hate God with every inch of their being. If they are really made in the image of God as the Bible teaches (Genesis 1:28), then that fact must have some results. They, like all of us, are fallen (as explained in Genesis 3), but even so must still have an in-built sense of the reality and the importance of right and wrong. The very fact that atheists routinely argue that this or that is moral or immoral, and that such matters are important, bespeaks that fact. Unless that were so then the Bible would start to look suspect. When society comes across someone who really does seem to have mostly wiped out the ideas of right and wrong from their mind, we label them as insane and lock them in padded cells. We don’t just say, ‘If that’s what you like, then we’ll respect your choice.

If atheists were generally able to throw off all the shackles of morality and live their lives consistently with atheism, we’d be worried. If they could consistently live out such ideas as, ‘We’re just here to pass on our selfish genes’, ‘Survival of the fittest’ or ‘Life is ultimately all without meaning or purpose’, it would put a serious question mark over the record given to us in Genesis. It would be evidence that maybe they weren’t creatures made by God after all, and that atheism might actually be true.
Read the rest of "Can we be good without God?", and you may like a follow-up article from an atheist who could not grasp the concept.

November 23, 2012

Happy CHRISTmas!

Why are people hung up on saying "Christmas"? American say "Happy Thanksgiving", and people are willing to say, "Happy Valentine's Day", "Happy New Year" and others. Maybe it's like Brad Stine said, that after 2,000 years, Jesus Christ is still intimidating people.
“Have a Happy Holiday,” I said.
I had purposely avoided saying Merry CHRISTmas because I’ve been told that I am somehow shoving my religion down everyone’s throat ever time I say Merry CHRISTmas. And far be it from me to play havoc with the mercurial beliefs of those weak-willed enough to convert based on a simple greeting.
Honestly, I had no idea that such a sentiment could be so powerful. Did YOU know that wishing someone a Merry CHRISTmas would force them to convert to my faith? Did you know that acknowledging the existence of an officially recognized national holiday celebrated by the majority of a democratic nation would officially set up a Christian Theocracy?? Did you know that the mere mention of CHRISTmas would have such an effect?  I am assured it is so.
Read the rest of "What's So Dangerous About... Merry CHRISTmas?" here.

Video: No Evidence for God

This video is short and fast-moving, showing that the claim, "There is no evidence for God" (laughable on the surface) is irrational.

November 22, 2012

Basement Cat Thanksgiving

'Twas the night before thanksgiving, and all through the place — Prowling, pacing, restlessness, midnight howling. Mix, match and repeat as needed. Our Basement Cat's Sooper Sniffer® was in high gear, even though the turkey was thawing in the refrigerator. When the bird was finally in the oven today...oh, boy.

Well, she wants her share now. My wife can't begin to eat until yon beastie is taken care of:
The cat even taps on her arm and nuzzles. Hurry up!
And...was the smell of turkey the cause of all the restlessness? We think so. An hour later:
Cuteness and contentment. And snoring. Ever hear a cat snore?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pigging Out on Thanksgiving



Give thanks to the Lord, calling on his name.
Make what he has done known among the people.
Sing to him, sing psalms to him,
and think about all of his miraculous deeds.
Find joy in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who keep on seeking the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength.
Always look to him.
Keep remembering the awesome deeds that he has done...

November 21, 2012

Spam Time!


And now for something completely different. Spammer listing: Another public service from Stormbringer Productions™. It's the evening before Thanksgiving in America. After all the turkey and things, perhaps the processed pork product that the unpleasantness in your e-mail is named after might sound like a nice change.

If you want to get involved in fighting spam, there are two heavy-hitters. The first one I use extensively, it's "Knujon" ("No Junk" spelled backwards). Just register with them and then forward your e-mail. Read the details at the site. The second is more involved, but it is another aggressive, reputable opponent in the war on spam: Spamcop. I do not use it yet, but here's the link. Since Yahoo! AOL and other providers do not seem overly concerned with the spam that their customers receive, I take the extra step and report it, even though it's in my spam folder. When certain domains are reported enough times, they get blacklisted and other domains will automatically disallow mail from those.

Spam does not have to be the obvious stuff. Repeated mail from someone you told to stop sending, especially when they send CCs to dozens of people, is also a form of spam. I report this as well, so services like knology.com and O2.co.uk should wise up and take action.

Here's the background on this. I do occasional article on spam and scams, but figure my readers are intelligent people and will not fall for the obvious "send money and I'll make you rich" or "you won money in a lottery you never entered, send money" scams. Hopefully, you know better than to click on links for pharmaceutical products that have been misspelled to avoid the spam filters ("vaigara", "cia1is" and so on). And if you click on something that went into your spam filter, I don't want to hear about it.

In one article, I listed some outrageous-sounding domain names. Those appeared in searches, bringing people to this Weblog. That got me thinking that perhaps people wanted confirmation that those domains are bad news. Now, I have many filters set up, but I've noticed some things. I'll make up a name now, "ScumbagSpammer.com". I'll get mail from ScumbagSpammer.com for a few "products" (mingle@scumbagspammer.com, drugs@scumbagspammer.com &c.), and then they move on. Heck, I've had the exact same mail from different "senders", so these people are getting sneakier.

It's too bad that they often pretend to be legitimate companies.

Before I commence, watch out for this "get your parcel" stuff:
Order No.: 368148143681364 
Order Date: Saturday, 12 October 2012 04:11 PM 
Dear Customer, Your parcel has arrived at the post office an November 12. 
Our postman was unable to deliver the parcel to your address. To rec *+++ eive a parcel you must go to the nearest office and show your postal receipt. Thank you for using our services. 
? FedEx 1995-2012 
I don't know if it's worth making this a regular feature, since the most important stuff is above. Here's the hall of shame listing:

krolded.com 
ocontical.com
pitypous.com 
ocasid.com
billuell.com
ofaven.com
guanemp.com
jeavocke.com
idibels.com
oogimbate.com
punduding.com
oxygda.com
puttive.com
ayison.com 
nocemeect.com
ornavock.com
amewing.com
napiners.com
limaticar.com
knopsiver.com
kopsit.com
irrioulan.com
gitiony.com  

November 20, 2012

Excuses for Atheism Wear Thin

"I used to go to New York University a long time ago, which is in Greenwich Village...I was in love in my freshman year, but I did not marry the first girl that I fell in love with, because there was a tremendous religious conflict, at the time. She was an atheist, and I was an agnostic. We didn't know which religion not to bring the children up in."
Allan Stewart Konigsberg


Anyway, atheists are full of excuses for their disbelief. In a discussion on the "Unbelievable?" radio show/podcast a few months ago, I heard an atheist saying that he decided God did not exist was because he had prayed for something silly, like a new bicycle, and was disappointed. Others have rejected God for somewhat less ridiculous reasons, including praying for a healing that did not happen, having absent or abusive fathers and so on.

The problem with praying and being disappointed is that these people were expecting God to be some sort of vending machine or cosmic butler. No, he's the Creator of the universe. He has revealed himself (Rom 1.19-22) and we should find out what he has to say. Is it their fault? To some extent, yes (Rom. 1.18-19). Circumstances, bad education, conditioning also contribute.

But further, these misotheists have suppressed the truth and continue to justify their self-deception and hatred of God. Ridicule is a frequent tool for those who are intellectually lacking. Arguments of atheists are are constantly being refuted. For that matter, when challenged, atheists cannot give cogent arguments for atheism, they just spew excuses about why they hate God, "religion", Christians and so on. And the aforementioned ridicule that they readily embrace when their popes advocate it. Ridicule does nothing to advance atheism. In fact, their lack of logic and vituperation work against them.

As for disbelief in God...the excuses are not fooling anyone. 

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