Showing posts with label truth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label truth. Show all posts

January 1, 2020

Atheists Instructed to Lie to their Children

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

We have seen over the years on this site and many others that professing atheists have faulty moral compasses, and their worldview has no real hope or purpose. Indeed, it is incoherent and cannot be lived consistently. If someone is an atheist, why would it be wrong to lie?

Since religious people have better mental health than atheists, disbelieving parents are told to lie to their children about God. This causes many problems for their faulty moral compasses.
Image corrected from PIXNIO.
There are times when an atheist objects to something a Christian or biblical creationist says and makes an accusation of "you're lying". Why is that wrong in their worldview? (One of the times that I defeated a certain atheist is when I asked, "If I was actually lying, which has not been proved, why would that be wrong in your worldview?" The reply was, "Because I am not like you". That answer revealed some of his irrationality.) Of course, the same question could be asked of Clinton Richard Dawkins when he indulged in this bigotry.

According to materialism, we are just "ugly bags of mostly water" that react to our chemistry. Dishonesty is neither right nor wrong. For that matter, they have no right to complain about biblical creationists because we are "born this way", and they would be consistent in ridiculing someone who was born blind!

Dr. R. Albert Mohler had a segment on The Briefing that inspired this article. In it, he discussed how someone advised atheist parents to lie to their children about God. This is strictly from a pragmatic and functionalist view of religion (used here, it is a vague word). "Religious" people have better mental health, so lie to them if you don't believe in God. They want the benefits of religion, but deny the truth and substitute the mythology of evolution.

Pull back on them thar reins and holler, "Whoa!", Wilberforce! There are accounts of Christian parents who told their children that the secular version of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are real, then when they learned that those are strictly fantasy, began to doubt the truth of the birth, death, crucifixion and bodily resurrection of Jesus. (My kids were told early on that they were just pretend.) What will the kids say when they realize that the parents blatantly lied about God? Mayhaps they'll question other "truths" that were told by these atheists.

Atheists get on the prod when we talk about recent creation and how the Bible is inerrant. They also detest the fact that their views lack the necessary preconditions of intelligibility, and by claiming something is right or wrong, they are tacitly standing on the Christian worldview. In lying to their children, atheists are contradictory. The God who gave them life and truth also commanded people not to lie. These folks need to stop suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, humble themselves, and repent before Almighty God.

I mentioned earlier that this article was inspired by Dr. Mohler. I urge you to read the transcript of download the audio. (Helpful hint: the segment under discussion is about eleven minutes long, and if you click on "Part 2", you can listen to it right away.) To investigate, click on "Friday, December 13, 2019" and look for that second part.

July 20, 2013

Atheism, Satanism and Dawkins

It is not an easy religion to adopt in a society ruled so long by Puritan ethics. There is no false altruism or mandatory love-thy-neighbor concept in this religion. Satanism is a blatantly selfish, brutal philosophy. It is based on the belief that human beings are inherently selfish, violent creatures, that life is a Darwinian struggle for survival of the fittest, that only the strong survive and the earth will be ruled by those who fight to win the ceaseless competition that exists in all jungles - including those of urbanized society. Abhor this brutal outlook if you will; it is based, as it has been for centuries, on real conditions that exist in the world we inhabit rather than the mystical lands of milk and honey depicted in the Christian Bible.
— Burton H Wolfe, Second Introduction to The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey

A Satanist practices the motto, "If a man smite thee on one cheek, smash him on the other!" Let no wrong go unredressed.

Satanism encourages its followers to indulge in their natural desires. Only by doing so can you be a completely satisfied person with no frustrations which can be harmful to yourself and others around you. Therefore, the most simplified description of the Satanic belief is: indulgence instead of abstinence.
— Anton LaVey

"Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you."
. . .
“Mock them, ridicule them in public, don’t fall for the convention that we’re far to polite to talk about religion,” a frustrated Dawkins continued, “Religion is not off the table. Religion is not off limits. Religion makes specific claims about the universe, which need to be substantiated.  They should be challenged and ridiculed with contempt.”

— Clinton Richard Dawkins on two different occasions

Previously, I have written about common elements between atheism and Satanism. I must specify again that this is regarding LaVey's Satanism, and not the idiots who sacrifice helpless animals (or even humans) to Satan. LaVey did not believe that Satan was an actual being. His Satanism emphasized self-gratification. Indeed, Aleister Crowley "Great Beast 666" restated an old expression as, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law". (Yes, he was a Satanist of sorts: "It seems I possessed a theology of my own, which was to all intents and purposes, Christianity.  My Satanism did not interfere with it at all.") Since they are essentially hedonists, is there any doubt that a Satanist will deceive in order to attain his own ends?

Anton LaVey attempted to make Satanism respectable and intellectual, and drew heavily from atheist Ayn Rand. Atheists are famous for their pseudo-intellectual posturing and sneering that they are somehow more intelligent than "theists". But while proclaiming to believe in "reason", they use abundant logical fallacies, childish name-calling, profanities, and outright lies in order to achieve their own ends. Sexual harassment is a problem in the atheist "community", which would not be surprising from a Satanist seeking his own pleasure.

In the quote at the beginning of this article, Burton Wolfe indulged in prejudicial conjecture (misleading assertions without knowledge or support) so he could affirm Satanism and misrepresent what the Bible teaches. Richard Dawkins does this kind of thing, and Dawkinsites repeat his ex cathedra pronouncements without actually thinking about them. Indeed, he uses logical fallacies and even demonstrates his own lack of knowledge about the nature of science in his efforts to destroy Christianity. It is readily apparent in his blatant hypocrisy cited earlier.

"Why would anyone want to destroy Christianity, Cowboy Bob?"

The oldest lies came from the beginning of creation. First, "Did God really say..." followed by a distortion of what God said. Then, "You shall be like God" (Genesis 3.1,5).

Modified from morgueFile/luisrock62
The sin of Lucifer was pride. Satanists reject God and embrace their selfish desires through pride. Atheists pretend that God does not exist, and bow down to "reason" and "science", using self-serving redefinitions of those words and of "reality" as well. For that matter, many liberal "Christians" weasel their way out of believing what the Bible says so that they can do what they will. People have been blinded by the lies of Satan (2 Cor. 4.4), and want to become their own gods. Thinking they're clever, they fall for the lies of the Great Deceiver. No wonder they wish to destroy the truth.

June 2, 2010

Double Facepalm for Atheists

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
- Sherlock Holmes

I had better point out to my more vicious, childish readers that I know full well that Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character. But everyone would be enriched by watching the way Jeremy Brett portrayed him! But look, there is more to logic and reason than you may think. Some people think they know everything humanly possible. How do you deal with facts that do not fit your presuppositions? You must accept the conclusions of the evidence, whether you like them or not.

There is something that I have to address with my critics. They are angry because I do not engage them in protracted discussion on other people's blogs. These arrogant atheist trolls demand that I reply to each and every comment they make, and even bring up material that I have written here, to be discussed there, even though I am commenting (or in some cases, absent from commenting) on other people's articles.

It reads like this:
  • Joe posts evidence for belief in God
  • Joe gets flamed for being a hypocrite, stupid, liar, etc.
  • I get flamed in Joe's comment section for things that I posted here
  • That's not fair to Joe
  • Once in a while I comment back, but for the most part, I ignore the noisy children
Also, the trolls are furious because I ignore things, so they demand that I reply to everything. ("Prove to me God exists, Stormbringer. I'm still waiting!" Like that's going to happen in a comment area or forum! Besides, I've made plenty of links available that offer the evidence that they seek.) But I do not have to reply there, or here. This is my Weblog. Tee hee.

Something else I should point out. They condemn me for being a "false Christian", or "hypocrite", "hateful", or something else. What is their standard?

They are appealing to the Bible (which they consider fairy tales or a book of lies), or even to God himself. So... I'm being judged by people who do not believe in the Bible or God, and they cannot understand what they are talking about in the first place. Psalm 14.1

Again, I say that lovers of "reason" and "logic" are proving my point. Way to go!

One last bit for those trolls at other people's comments areas. Why should I take you seriously? I have reasons not to do so, and reasons not to give more than a cursory scan of your comments:
  • I have been tricked and lied to, so why should I believe the next "serious question for you"?
  • Trolling and personal attacks
  • My own comments are unanswered or deliberately misunderstood
  • Although the demographic for "new atheists" is about 18-25, from the actions of the majority, I think I am dealing with 12-year-old dwellers of parents' basements
  • I have it on good authority that atheists will lie to me. The rubbish I have experienced is nothing compared to what others have dealt with. For that matter, look at the comments you people leave for Ray Comfort and for Dan at "Debunking Atheists". I'm supposed to subject myself to that kind of thing?
  • Playing the victim: "But I didn't do that..." Your sneering and mocking attitude, plus the nastiness of your fellows, keeps me from wasting my time. "Prove to me that God exists", but we all know full well that you really do not wish to have any evidence, Buttercup.
Now, can I get back to other things? Although you think that you are the center of the universe, God haters have a great deal to learn. That goes for anyone else that has an overly-inflated opinion of themselves, too. James 4.6 NASB There is more to life than you. It's really too bad. You can never know true inner peace without the Jesus that you deny. For your own sakes, I hope you think about this some more. And be honest with yourselves this time.

Addendum: This article illustrates the absurdly shallow intellects and arguments of the so-called "new atheists".

May 24, 2010

Why I Cannot Trust Atheists Part 2

Welcome to the exciting conclusion! I strongly recommend that you read Part 1 here before reading this. Just don't be like those who are afraid of the truth, and only spend about a minute there.

I have to start this section with an admission of error. When I said that the atheists that I knew when I was younger were more "live and let live", that was mostly true. However, I must not have circulated in the right circles, because arrogant militant atheism has been around for quite a long time. My perceptions were incomplete.

Part of the difference is the Internet. In my last installment, I said that today's atheists are cowards because they can hide their obnoxious selves behind anonymity, and say things online that they would not have the guts to say in person. That is probably what I dealt with in the past, that those atheists most showed some amount of civility and did not try to cram their anti-religion down my throat.

Oh, that's right. Atheists deny that they have a religion. It's a belief system and involves denial of a superior being, the supernatural, a soul, the afterlife, and so forth. Yet there is a kind of situational ethics and something that passes as a moral standard. It is a worldview. That's a religion you have there, Blossom. By the way, one of the high priests of atheism, Richard "Daffy" Dawkins, is afraid of a debate with Ray Comfort.

I've learned long ago that no matter what you say or do, some people will think evil of you. Some will say that my thoughts, experiences, observations and so forth are wrong, or even outright lies. Comments have already started between posting the first part of this article and the sequel here. Let them hate and continue to deliberately misunderstand, and deny all evidence that opposes their religion. It's almost funny that atheists accuse Christians of lying to get people to believe in "their" God. Although I'm sure that some individuals might lie to cover their egos, to lie on a grand scale or as an organized effort is absurd on the face of it. Yeah, right, I'm going to plan to lie to get you to believe in a holy and righteous God who disapproves of such things. Spare me.

OK, back to the lesson.

Atheists do not have to deal with persecution. Oh, sure, some of them like to claim that they are persecuted, but that has nothing to do with reality. In America, they've never had to fear for their lives, or endure "convert or die" situations. In fact, I think they're free in most of the world to disbelieve all they want. Even atheists cannot deny that Christians have been viciously persecuted through the centuries. I'll spare you descriptions of what has happened, this is a family show. By the way, a significant part of the persecution of Christians and Jews has happened at the hands of atheists. Can someone remind me of how many millions have died at the hands of those atheistic communists? Addendum: Here is a brief discussion of atheist hypocrisy on that subject.

Sometimes they've actually cried about persecution when I've set them up and caught them in their own foolishness in comments areas and forums. Hey, did you actually climb the basement stairs and have Mommie kiss the boo-boo?

What good are you? While the Christians have been sending missionaries to the rest of the world, building homes, and church groups are providing disaster relief for tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and so on, plus Christians are setting up charities, what do you atheists do? Congratulate each other on being so smart because you disbelieve, set up yet another rant site and then troll the Christians that are living up to their convictions. Yes, atheists are a definite plus for society.

Atheists set up impossible standards.
  • They do not understand God and Christianity, but know just enough to make demands on how they think Christians should act, or how God should act. I Cor. 2.14
  • Expecting Christians to be morally perfect in their eyes (I Cor. 2.12); any real or imagined flaw is seen as an excuse to say, "You xtians are hypocrites, liars and fools! Neener neener neener!" Well, you lot do sound that way.
  • Demanding that Christians know their Bibles inside out, as well as being thoroughly schooled in all of the world's philosophies that atheists like. Naturally, since everyone cannot answer every question, they assume, therefore, that we know nothing and dismiss us as being ignorant. Guess what? We're still learning! Everyone is still learning, so why can't we? I never claimed to have all the answers, and I do not know anyone who does make that claim. However, I do know some things, and I have links available to others who have more answers.
  • With very few exceptions, atheists are not wrong in their own eyes, and Christians are almost never right. Especially if they have taken a personal dislike to someone, then nothing they say will ever be right in atheists' eyes. Ray Comfort is constantly insulted in his intelligence and integrity, and I do not see atheists saying, "You have a good point, Ray". The same kind of thing happens to Dan at Debunking Atheists, too. Romans 1.16
One more area where atheists are right: Many Christians do not know their Bibles very well. While it is irrational and unreasonable to demand that all believers know it inside out, as I have stated, too many Christians have not read it. They claim to believe the Bible, but get cornered easily when questioned. That is because there are apostate churches acting like religious social clubs and do not teach Biblical truth and equip their people as to what and why they believe.

Atheists are dishonest. That's right, I said it! In one Weblog, an atheist asked "an honest question". It turned out that this "honest question" was a set-up. I found them in their lair, laughing about it. I was rather disappointed because I gave a heartfelt response and it was ridiculed. Naturally, I lashed out and called this cafone on it. When I shared my experience with Matt Slick of CARM on his national radio show, he told me that he only knows a few atheists that will not deliberately lie to him. Also, he told me of tricks that they play and how vicious they can get. Matt told me flat out, "Don't trust atheists".

I will tell you this: Any seeker of truth that seems to be honest, I will give honest answers. But only for a short time. I have believed this thing, and Matt agrees: Spend only a little time with atheists. If we feel that we're being played, we move on.

Atheists want God to act in a way that THEY require. That is, they think that they can understand the Creator of the universe (if they want to admit that he may exist, for the sake of argument) in human terms. Then, they rail against him, "I don't want to believe in a God like that..." Tough rocks, Rowena. You can choose to disbelieve all you want, but it will not change reality. If you take it from God's point of view, try to understand what knowledgeable Christians say (and I've provided links many times to help you out), perhaps you can gain a new perspective instead of throwing a tantrum.

Another of their tantrum-demands is, "If God is real, why doesn't he show himself in such and so way?" Because you do not understand anything about God. He doesn't have to cave in to your demands. Isaiah 40.13 NIV

I remember a story that I read years ago. A fellow was giving an open-air lecture and saying, "God, you're not real. If you're real, strike me down now!" Nothing happened, and he claimed victory (I've already talked about that fallacy of logic). Someone else took the platform and said that he was accosted by a young boy, dirty and ragged. He demanded that the man fight him. Of course, the man could have knocked seven ways 'till sundown, but he kept on going. The kid shouted that he had won. The same situation for the man demanding that God strike him dead, and the other man having to deal with the angry child. Neither thing was worth the effort, and in both cases, it was an act of compassion to not rise to the challenge.

Some people I have known have chosen against belief in God because they wanted him to be a cosmic sugar daddy. "I prayed, and didn't get what I wanted", or, "My goldfish died" or similar. You do not understand, and make no effort to try to understand.

Perhaps you've experienced hurt in your life, or had dealings with false Christians that have hurt you. It has happened to me. That is not a good enough reason to reject absolutely everything, including the existence of God. Jesus knows what it's like to be hurt and betrayed.

Atheists have no sense of humor. Well, if they make the joke, it's fine. Especially if it mockery and ridicule of God or Christians. But if Christians make a joke, stand back, it's crying time. I posted a link to this cartoon, and some clown accused me of being sick because I found torture to be amusing. Well, not only does the character in the cartoon seem unperturbed, but it's a doggone cartoon! Also, he was being disingenuous because he does not believe in God, Satan, Hell, Judgment, Heaven. Use logic much?

I have to admit to taking joy in baiting them. I put out comments and they jumped all over them. When the comments were snarky or jokes, they chose to take them seriously. (I claimed victory, because they fell into my trap and showed their true colors.) Then they demanded that I show respect to the unrespectable!

Addendum: Screaming like scalded cats when I gave them a payback: I faked a couple of "responses"from the main trolls here in the comment section, left them for a couple of days and took them down. Helps prove two of my points: They can't take a joke, and if they had lives that extended beyond trolling, they wouldn't have been pranked. Their double standards are amazing.

They have nothing to offer. I told one bunch that my mother died of a malignant glioma, that my father had Alzheimer's and Dementia and did not even know me (or even himself) when he died fifteen months ago, that my brother had Down Syndrome and had the mentality of a small child died seventeen months ago. We will all be together again. My mother is now free of pain, my father knows who he is, my brother is now perfect. What do atheists have to offer? Just as I thought. Nothing.

I am satisfied that the Bible is true. This comes not only through faith (a concept that atheists woefully misunderstand), but I am satisfied in my intellect as well.

Atheist morality is situational. I've read some discussions that it is based on society. Well, society changes. For that matter, Roman society thought it was cool to kill Christians, so they were "moral". Ancient Greek society thought it was a status symbol to have a homosexual lover in addition to a spouse. This included pedophilia. So, what if that comes back? You may think NAMBLA is a bad thing now, but society's "morals" may change to the point where that perversion is accepted. Don't get me wrong, I know some very moral atheists; some act more "Christian" than some alleged Christians I know! For a while. As Christians, we have an anchor of morality in the Bible, and it's worked for Western society for quite a long time. Isaiah 40.8

I am amazed at how atheists think that, by virtue of their disbelief, they are morally superior to Christians. As I mentioned before, the clown that doesn't want to believe in a "God like that", he elevates himself above millions of believers. Amazingly uppity, he thinks he's better than us, and it's all based on his misunderstanding!

Arrogance, vileness, trolling, lack of logic, obstreperousness, showing no respect to others — and you people wonder why I don't respect you?

"Why are you doing this in the first place, Cowboy Bob?"
  • Frankly, some of it was motivated by anger at first, and I wanted to show arrogant atheists just who and what they are. The way they act, I'm surprised that intelligent atheists want to even be associated with the loser trolls.
  • I want to clue in Christians how modern atheists act. Be wary, and do not waste much time because it is perverse sport to attack Christians. Remember, when (not if) you are persecuted because of Jesus, I Cor. 4.12, I Cor. 15.9, II Cor. 12.10, John 16.2, Matt. 5.11 and 1 Peter 4.14. Capice?
  • To show you atheists that you are not fooling people.
  • Some of us are going to speak up about atheistic nonsense.
  • To shock you into thinking instead of just reacting and trolling; you worship logic so much, how about using it? But then, you would see that we have reasons for believing in God and the Bible.
  • Speaking of reason, try Isaiah 1.18 KJV and Acts 17.11.
  • You don't have to shut off your brain to be a believer. Some of the most brilliant people throughout history have been believers. No, I won't list them. Do your own homework! Oh, what the heck, here's one list for you.
If you're reading this, there is still time. Although your habit is to deny the existence of God, your spirit, faith, the validity of the Bible, Judgment, Hell, Heaven, the existence of Satan and so forth, try listening to your heart and asking God to make himself real to you through faith as well as reason and logic. Yes, faith exists. Denying the existence of anything does not make it less real. There are many evidences and apologetics links here, as well as evangelistic links if you decide to get right with God.

"Why the sense of urgency?"

Two reasons. One I have indicated, that you may not be here tomorrow and will have to face eternity; no second chance. Another reason is that atheists are getting worse. The more they insult God and spit in his face, the more they become reprobate and hard-hearted. Eventually, there will be no way to reach them because God will let them do their own thing ("gave them over"). Romans 1.18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28.

What, you're waiting to talk with your friends? Or afraid of losing their approval? Any friend that wants you to fail and spend eternity in Hell with them is no friend at all. Now is the time! Imagine... experiencing the love of the God that you thought did not even exist. God is there, whether it's Leetsdale, Mountain View, Oil City, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Wellington, Melbourne, London or anywhere else. You wouldn't be the first atheist that became converted, and you certainly won't be the last. Hey, do you want to really be a rebel, to have a purpose in life? Give you life to Jesus and stand for something — stand for him!

Tweaked June 21, 2010

May 22, 2010

Why I Cannot Trust Atheists Part 1

Buon giorno. Let me start with an excuse. It's only been about six weeks since I have actively come back to my Christian faith, and I am still lacking in the "Christian love" department.

But I do know about truth. And I'm not in the mood to coddle anybody, so put on your "I'm all gwowed up" pants and brace yourselves.

I have learned quite a bit over the past few weeks about the modern breed of atheists. My regular readers know that I've been around for quite a while. During those years, I've encountered atheists. One guy in 1974 (I was 14) was railing in school that "all Christians should be burned at the stake!" I never did find out what brought that on. Other than him, most of the atheists have been civil, "live and let live" types who may or may not want to discuss their beliefs. For that matter, some people call themselves atheists simply because they haven't given serious thought about God and the truth of Jesus.

Now we have the "new atheists". Saying that they are "aggressive" is an understatement. You'll notice that the "comments" section of my Weblogs has been shut down because of cowardly Internet atheist trolls.

(Sigh) I suppose I have to do this every time: I am speaking in generalities, and I know that there are atheists who are calm, intelligent and rational. They would like to discuss the subjects. I know you're out there. I implore you, please think about what the Bible says and ask God to speak to your heart and show you that he's real. You may not have tomorrow, capice?

Mind you, this Weblog has been, and I intend it to remain, a multi-purpose thing. It's not all about you, it's about what I want to put on the screen to inform and entertain. And I'm going to move on to other things because these atheists are boring and predictable. That's the first reality I'm presenting that you have to deal with.

OK, now I'm going to proceed with my thoughts and observations.

"Yeah, do it, Loser! You Xtians are all big dumb stupidheads! Yer just gonna look stoopid again"

Thank you for bringing me to my first point: Although they claim to love logic, they ignore it. There are numerous logical fallacies I've seen and experienced with them, but I don't want to take the time to cover them all. Addendum: Look for the "Logic Lessons" links on this site.
  • Instead of discussions, they resort to ad hominem attacks. I have had personal attacks here, my Western Values Weblog and in other areas. Instead of sticking to the point, they attack me. I suspect that they have two goals: First, to simply be vicious (sick minds get their kicks that way). Second, to try to neutralize me by making others hate me, or to make me clam up and go away. Bad idea. Won't happen.
  • Using the "so are you" fallacy, tu quoque. Here's a news flash: Christians do not have a monopoly on being hypocrites. When their own hypocrisy is pointed out, they go bananas. Denial, deflection, ignoring and whatever else it takes is activated to dodge the issue.
  • They commonly use something similar to "false dilemma", the "either/or" fallacy. I am uncertain if I have the correct example or if I should have found a more accurate name for this, but I have been confronted with stupid questions that I have ignored. Since I did not respond to their childish "I want an answer now" demand, it was assumed that my silence was an admission of guilt, or error. No, my silence is an admission of not wanting to waste my time, Buttercup.
  • Appeal to ridicule. "You believe in magic", or, "It makes as much sense as believing in the flying spaghetti monster", or, "The Bible is just a bunch of fairy tales". The first one is absurd, nobody is saying anything about magic except you, the second is a clear example of this fallacy, the third is an insult based on extreme ignorance.
  • Poisoning the well. The ad hominem attacks are used to say that Christians are stupid, ignorant, liars, hypocrites, etc. That is just a lame excuse to avoid issues. "He's a Christian, and they're all wrong, etc.", or, "This one is a false Christian, a liar and a hypocrite", to negate what is being said, is just another way to dodge the issue.
  • Declaring something makes it true. "Religion is fairy tales. Despite this obvious truth..."
  • I have seen some wild stuff, and they even combine fallacies. Aside from being full of venom, they will combine the straw man fallacy with sweeping generalizations (like my earlier example, "You xtians are all...") and wind up babbling into incoherence.
  • Smokescreens, dodging the question, sweeping generalizations, appealing to popularity and more are easily found.
By the way, I wanted to borrow Matt Slick's term about atheist thought, "stupidificaction", for my title. Maybe I should have. "Stupidificaction — The Next Generation".

These atheists are full of hate and rage. Want an intelligent conversation? When it comes to the majority, fuggedaboudit. I cannot reprint the hate mail I have received on my comments, nor the hateful diatribes that have been sent to me and to other Christians in forums because they are obscene, illogical and full of profanities. Again, they often ignore the subject at hand, or take it to laughable extremes.

Atheists of today are cowards. It's easy to say things online that you wouldn't have the guts to say to someone in person. Add to it that they are using fake names, "unpublished" profiles at, very few will give even an e-mail address, and you get the idea. I have given many links for further resources if someone really wants to get more information, but those have received very, very few clicks. Hey, why not call the CARM radio show and debate Matt live on the air? He's waiting for you, but you have to call during Mountain Time. Click here for more information if you're not just talk and no action.

By the way, why do you troll Christians most of all? Perhaps, deep inside, you know that we have the truth? You're following the will of your father (John 8.44). I don't see atheists giving a hard time to New Agers, followers of astrology, UFO enthusiasts, Buddhists (atheists would have a field day on the doctrines of karma and reincarnation) and so forth. Obviously, you're terrified of picking on Muslims and Satanists (although atheists would fit in with LaVey Satanism, which promotes self above all else); Jews and real Christians don't perform ritual killings or murder thousands of innocent people, so maybe that's another reason we're your targets. Huh, seems that I can think of atheists that have murdered millions of people. I'll hit you with that again later.

Hateful atheists are unbalanced. I'm going to make an exception and give an edited version of one of my love letters: "Hey there pig f**ker. I know you won't let this post through, but I want you to read it. Because I want you to know that I'm not gonna let up on you. You can run from blog to blog, but every time you post, I'll find you and call you out on your hypocritical bulls**t. So start running tough guy."

Here's another one, but edited more: "I see you're already blocking comments on your posts. That' okay. I'll just copy your nonsense and paste it on another site. [Joke's on them, I'm skipping most of their comments.] This is gonna be fun. I'll hand you your false convert ass every day, until you can't take it anymore. But don't go blowing anyone up on my account. Actually you're like the gay parent on the South Park "High School Musical" episode. The one who threatened to slap everyone. Hmmmm... Are you a self-loathing gay as well?"

Yeah, I'm shaking, Bubbles.

  • These cowards throw stones at a distance, but have nothing of substance to offer. This makes me wonder, though, how useful they are in real life. One cafone listed a hobby as "messing with Christians", or something similar. Wow, that's fulfilling. Someone so hateful, so spiteful, that they have to "follow you around" cannot be playing with a full deck. Well, maybe a full deck of jokers.
  • I read book reviews at Amazon about evidence for Intelligent Design. Atheists slam the book as being ridiculous, they presume to be smarter than the author (even if he is a qualified molecular biologist), etc. Attack, attack, attack. But they look like petty fools.
  • Also, I saw some comments about Christian rock bands: "There's no such thing as God, you're all idiots", and similar.
  • There was a forum in which I used to participate, and the militant atheists would start complaining that there were "too many Christians in here, wish they'd get their own forum". Replies included, "I just slap them down when they get out of line". I shot this one with his own gun, saying that if he felt that way, why not go to an atheist-only forum? As expected, the excrement struck the bladed cooling device.
  • Somehow, they simply think it's cool to ridicule our beliefs. What else do you ridicule? They take their Unhelpful Pills before going online, yes?
This atheistic trolling online is nothing less than their anti-faith jihad! People need to get lives. That includes growing up and coming out of their parents' basements. Also, if I get angry and strike back at every petty insult, that causes me to act in a manner unpleasing to God after a while, and I don't want to sink as low as they are.

Internet atheists are full of pride and arrogance. They claim to be "bright", "free thinkers", "enlightened" and so on, plus have astonishingly arrogant forums like, "We are so freakin' smart because we disbelieve". Tell me, O Wise Ones, how does choosing to disbelieve make you so clever? If you were truly clever, you wouldn't be trolling and trying to destroy the faith of believers. Also, if you were truly intelligent, you would consider evidence and arguments that Christians present, or visit Websites of apologetics, instead of squirming and dodging.

Atheists do not admit that they, too, have faith. In their case, most of that faith is in evolutionism despite contrary evidence, and the huge lack of evidence. After all, Papa Darwin's theory is a convenient excuse to account for the existence of an astonishingly complex universe. Also, they insist that "there is no God", an act of faith itself. If you call them on this one, there is tremendous wailing and gnashing of teeth.

OK, gang, this is enough for one day. (Ha! "One day". This was days in the planning and writing.) Part 2 can be found here.

May 13, 2010

Areas that Atheists Are Right

Edited for wording and clarity.

"I might believe in the Redeemer
if His followers looked more Redeemed."

— Fredrick Nietzsche

Most of the time, my dealings with atheists are filled with their wild-eyed rants, insults, putting words in the mouths of others, outright slander, profanity, aloofness and other things in their efforts to dodge the truth. (After all, I can prove something until I'm blue in the nose, but that doesn't mean they will be persuaded.) No, we can offer things, but when it comes to actually accepting and believing, "Ya gotta wanna". Otherwise, they pretend to elevate reason and logic, but fail miserably.

Here's a hint: put on your big boy pants and deal with the subject instead of railing, mmmmkay?

One dodge that they use is to attack Christians. The problem is, some of these attacks are accurate observations.

"Why are there so many denominations?" Because we're people, not androids. There have been splits due to interpretations of scripture, maybe from misconduct, other things. Also, when immigrants came to America, they brought their own traditions and language; my great grandparents on my father's side went to a church that spoke Swedish. Of course, they did bother to learn English (unlike some people). At any rate, most denominations agree on the basics of the Bible. So atheists aren't entirely right on this point, but...

"You Christians invent God in your minds to soothe your fears!" You know, some of that is true. Especially when we don't bother to actually read our Bibles or attend a church that gives decent teaching. Then we tend to paint a picture of God in our minds for what we think (or usually want) him to be. Not good. We have to accept the real God, not the one in our imaginations.

"There is so much fighting". I can't argue with that! A while back, I was looking for something online and saw some vicious, venomous attacks on other Christians over a doctrinal issue: "He's a popular TV preacher causing millions to go to Hell!" Wow! Strong charges there, Eustace! No way the preacher in question will please that author, the preacher will have to convert to the other guy's way of thinking, or simply be silenced. (There are more examples, but no need for them, you get my point.) While truth does need to be defended, many Christians forget to practice the love of Christ in their zeal.

"Christians are hypocrites, and they don't act the way Christians should act". This one, I want to slap you for. First, the arrogant part. Second, for being right and I don't like it. The arrogant part is when someone who disbelieves thinks they know how we should act. So many have an idea that Christians should walk around with hands in a prayer position, head bowed, goofy smile, always soft spoken and sickeningly gentle, and if you squint just right, you can see a halo. Wrong! We're people.

Then the second part, about being hypocrites. I know many hypocrites, and many of them are not Christians. As singer Steve Taylor rapped, "Can't understand us Christians, so you type us all in stereo: 'They're hypocrites, they're such a bore!' Well, come on in, there's room for one more." Hypocrisy is not a unique fault of believers! I agree that there is hypocrisy among believers. The problem is, we are all "works in progress", and nobody has a right to expect us to be perfect — or to fit into an unbeliever's unrealistic expectation. The hypocrisy aggravates me, and many other are well aware of it. Chuck Swindoll ("Insight for Living") gave some great messages on the subject (like this one). The worst Christian hypocrites for me are the kind that use "God talk", carry their Bibles and essentially make a big show of it all. I've found that many of the showiest ones are not genuine, and they give real believers a black eye.

When unbelievers (and disbelievers) see these things, I get ashamed. The final truth there is to look at the actual head of the church (Jesus) as explained in the Bible. He is the faultless one, and the actions of his followers should not distract anyone from the ultimate truth. I know that it's a tough challenge, but give it a try. And remember, true followers of Christ, acting in love, have done a great deal of good in the world.

By the way. That quote at the top from ol' Freddie Nietzsche? Don't forget how the author of the "God is dead" philosophy ended up. He died, completely out of his mind, in a madhouse. Rom. 1.19-20 , and see Paul's attitude in Eph. 3.8 .

If there are any intellectually honest atheists reading this and you're not afraid of answers to your questions, I have some suggestions here. If you're sincere, you can also write to me. The address is in the profile.

To any Christians that are reading: Straighten up! 2 Cor. 5.20-21

March 21, 2008

Yes He Did!

Bunoa sera. I'm writing this on Good Friday. Christians everywhere know what it means, the crucifixion of Jesus the Christ. It wasn't a good Friday for him, but it was good for the rest of us. I'm not going to go into the details of what a horrible death it was, nor am I going to give you a theology lesson. But since I'm not planning to write anything on Easter Sunday, I'll write about Easter. But there's so much detail that I have to leave out, you'll have to do your own searches.

Ahhhh...Easter. Candy, egg hunts, candy, fluffy bunnies, candy, spring clothes, candy, diabetic comas...

"Why do we call it Easter, anyway, Cowboy Bob?"

It was named after a pagan goddess and festivals, and, possibly, the time of year that was linked to the goddess Astarte. Then, the observance of the resurrection of Jesus (the time is linked to the Passover observances of the Jews as well) as a reasonable timeframe for everything, and the Christian celebration became dominant over the pagan thing, but the pagan name remained.

He died horribly.

On the third day, he rose from the dead.

Let me take a moment and settle some counting difficulties that people have. When looking at the Gospel accounts, written two thousand years ago in ancient languages, it's a serious mistake to put 21st century Western though, customs and traditions (and expectations!) on the ancient writings. Western thought (and some crackpot "we're the one true church" cults) put the Resurrection somewhere around Wednesday, because they insist on modern interpretations and literal 24-hour periods of days.

Guess what? The way of reckoning time back then was to consider
a part of a day and count it. So, crucified and buried on Friday (day one), all day Saturday (day two), some of Sunday (the third day). Not too difficult. OK? Capice?

From the very beginning (including in the Gospel records), people have tried to suppress, hide and outright lie about this fact of history.

"Gosh, Uncle Bob, you're really being a cowboy today!"

So what? It's my Weblog. Besides, I back things up, remember?

OK, I'll let you look up where they paid off the, I have to say something there. Roman guards were very meticulous and knew that they faced the death penalty for just about any foul-up. Some genius said, "Tell them that they stole the body while you were sleeping", bribed them and "made it right" with their superiors. Quick question: How do you know what happened while you were sleeping?

Let me take that one a bit further. Suppose the disciples did steal the body. Read the accounts of their activities later on. Would you give your life to spreading a message that was unpopular, face persecutions, lose everything, get executed — all for something you know is a lie?

Had to go there, I love that one. But read the other parts in the Gospels where efforts were made to cover up for the missing body and the empty tomb.

I like what I call the "oops" theory: That everyone went to the wrong tomb. Oh, gimme a break! Nobody was expecting a resurrection! There was a lot of traffic by enemies, disciples and quite a few other people. You mean that nobody said, "Hey, I see your problem. You turned left. The real tomb is over there, make a right..."

How about this one? He was revived in the tomb. Uh huh. Let's take this to the logical conclusion. Wrapped almost like a mummy, suffering wounds, loss of blood...then he woke up, unwrapped himself, rolled a two-ton rock from the entrance of the tomb, overpowered the guards, escaped, then showed himself looking better than ever. Then he lies and says he's risen from the dead. As stupid as that sounds, what about when he really does die? So would the movement he started.

A cute one is that the Resurrection is a myth that was built up over time. Spare me! There were contemporaries. Start a rumor, build a myth — and get struck down by people who where there and saying, "Nope, didn't happen that way." Biblical archaeologist William Albright reported:
"We can already say emphatically that there is no longer any solid basis for dating any book of the New Testament after about A.D. 80, two full generations before the date between 130 and 150 given by the more radical New Testament critics of today."

Getting a bit long in this segment, I know, but this is important. So I'll tighten things up.

"It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference." — Nelson Glueck, Jewish Archaeologist. Let me add that there is more of Shakespeare in dispute, which is far more recent, than New Testament documents.

One of the most important voices in my own spiritual journeys was Josh McDowell. I highly recommend his book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict. He set out to disprove Christianity, and became on of the forefront apologists for it, instead.

As I said before, people who do not want to believe, will not believe. Sure, they have their reasons and brainwash themselves into disbelieve, but they've never bothered to read that book, or others like it: Who Moved the Stone, by Morrison (a former skeptic). Or Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.

I think I know why the nay-sayers don't look carefully. If they gave serious, open-minded investigation, they would be converted like McDowell and Morrison. After all, if the Resurrection is true, then we'd jolly well better find out about this Jesus person and what he has to say.

For some beginning research, I have a few things for you to check out if you're interested. And if you're intellectually honest.

First, Josh McDowell has a good, readable article here.
Here is one by Dr. Ian Paisley on the evidence.
And here is an article about the reliability of the Bible itself.

Addendum: Freedom's Lighthouse has a video here.

That outta hold you for a while, Gertrude. You can relax, knowing that the truth of Resurrection of Jesus Christ is, indeed, the "best attested fact in history". Happy Easter!

March 12, 2008

The Witching Hour

Buon giorno. Well, it seems that someone has been telling Nicky some tales again. These tales tied into things he was told as a child and got him a bit nervous. And I've been wanting to talk again about why we believe things. Or more importantly, why I believe things.

Particularly, it's "The Witching Hour". Now, I've been thinking about it myself off and on (especially when people run off at the mouth). What is it? When ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties go bump in the night, of course. When evil things are more powerful and will get you. Bwahahahaha!

I've heard people who believe in spirit activity say that you can be affected in your sleep during this time. Some say you can't sleep with your mouth open because something will come in and possess you or whatever. Uh huh. Sure.

OK, so the mythology is uncertain. The Witching Hour is mostly a European concept. Do other cultures have one? Also, when is it? Some say midnight, some say three AM, some say from midnight to three (that's a long hour!).

I've always wondered: do spirits observe time zones? "No, Fred, you can't possess him yet. It's central time over there!" For that matter, what do spirits or thingies do during Daylight Savings Time? That would be irritating, to be trying to do some serious evil and then have to wait a while, or discover that you missed your chance because you didn't reset your spirit clock. What happens in other countries, and when does it happen? (The evil spirits in Tibet are wearing Chinese Army uniforms.) If it's witching time here, what about in Italy, for instance? See how easily this gets absurd?

I need reasons to believe things. Not just because someone said, "This is the truth". These reasons include:
* My own experiences
* Experiences from trusted sources
* Scientific facts and evidence
* Archaeological facts and evidence
* The overall weight of evidence in light of other facts: do they hold up
* Reasoning powers
* Combinations of some or all of the above

If someone says to me, "This is so", but has nothing to back it up with, pardon me for being skeptical. For the record, the Bible meets my criteria, and I have found that it is entirely rational to believe that it is true.

Last night, I had a trip to the WC at 2.58 AM (the clock was right there, staring with its evil red eyes. I finished my urgent business and was pulling the blankets back on when I saw the clock blink to 3:00 AM. Ha! Back just in time! Good thing I believe more in getting my sleep than in being alarmed by scattered, unfounded tales.

Sleep well. I will.

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