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I woke up this morning to children playing in the streets, the hum of cars passing by, the sound of a jet above, and the over all workings of a modern society going through its every day routines. Once again, another viral end of the world prediction didn’t come to light.

Boy, my hole-in-the-wall blog definitely got a lot of attention during this week, though. I topped out at 89 hits in one day, and even 81 hits two days before. Absolutely crazy! I would like to thank everyone that visited, and even subscribed to this blog. Even a bigger thank you to those that posted my blog onto Digg, Reddit, and even Facebook.

So what does this mean, and what will happen next? My next prediction says that Harold Camping will apologize not to those people he had mistaken, but for his own personal misfortune of being wrong. I’m not sure if he will make another prediction or not, but if he gets the chance, I’m fairly sure he will squeeze one in before his death. As for Christians around the world who have mocked Camping and his followers, I want you to look a bit more introspectively. If you believe that the rapture will happen, then you’re not much farther than Camping and his followers. To mock and ridicule those people is to mock and ridicule a part of your beliefs, too. For those that are agnostic or atheistic and ridiculed Camping, then you’re doing nothing but kicking a dead horse. Best to leave the “I told you so” to yourself and use this as evidence that Christianity, and religion, can be false.

Now with 5/21/11 out of the way, expect to hear from end of the world believers again in 12/21/12; the Mayan end of the world believers.


Welcome To the Ball and Cup Game

Imagine for one moment an entire floor of a hall filled to the edges with cups of all different sorts and colors. Now imagine if someone had told you that there is one ball in one of those thousands of cups, and if you find that ball, you then win an eternity of happiness. But, if you choose the wrong cup, there could be foul consequences. Also, you are unable to lift a cup up until your time has come.

This exact same game is played by the religious and non-religious all the time. Each person picking their own unique cup, but not knowing if that cup really contains the ball underneath it. One giant guessing game, with one giant question. Where is the ball?

Each cup, of course, represents a different religion. Each cup can even represent a whole different denomination, or even a whole church, too. Each player screams that their cup has the ball underneath it, but not a single player is wholly certain if it is or not. The worse part of the game, is that you must believe that your cup contains the ball for many, many years. No, you can’t pick up the cup and look underneath, all you can do is stare at the cup and learn about the story of the cup. You also have to judge whether or not that the stories of the cup are true or false, or just jump in blindly and follow the words passed down of the cup’s legacy.

Then there are the players that have at least one of those two burning questions. Is the ball even in a cup that is visible to everyone? Is there even a ball in a cup at all? In other words, do we even know the correct religion and God(s) at all, or does a God even exist?

Christianity has thousands of denominations all screaming they have the ball. Judaism and Islam scream they have the ball. Hindus, Buddhists, and Scientologists all scream they have the ball. Even ancient religions like Greek or Roman screamed that they have the ball. Each one of these groups claims a cup, yet can not directly prove that the ball is in their cup, because they themselves are also unable to lift the cup until their day has come.

Now you have all this information at your hands. Now you must stand and ask yourself, “am I really going to be choosing the right cup?” Now you must ask yourself, “should I switch cups?” Finally, the biggest question of them all, “does the ball even exist?”

Welcome to God’s game.

Why I Am An Atheist

The post “The Sparking of My Atheism” covered how I grew my fervency to fight against cult based religions, but it does not explain why I am an atheist today. Especially since I never grew up in a church. In other words, I never went to a church mass at all. This really gave me the opportunity to be on the outside of both positions and look inside.

My atheist thinking actually started very young. The only thing I knew of God, were the things that I saw on TV. Pastors, symbols, churches, and so on were always shown on TV, and were also around me in the world. I never did understand any point of it, nor did I have any curiosity for it. When I was about seven, we visited my aunt and I got my first introduction into Christianity. She read the story of Noah and the Ark. Yes, it was definitely a children’s book of the story, but it still involved God and Noah. I remember thinking that that story was completely separate from the Bible, and that it was in no way true, or even possible for that matter. The story was there just to teach a bit about God in a metaphorical sense.

When I finally hit the age of 12, I soon began to believe in God and Jesus. I prayed constantly. Mainly for myself the first few times, but I realized that I was being selfish and should be praying for others instead. I would pray and I would wait. Nothing would happen other than I would feel good for that hour or so. I would pray some more, I would feel good again, but nothing would happen once again. I really began to question my own self and was wondering if it was real. I was thinking that maybe if I joined a church, I would learn the proper way to pray so that I really could call on God to help others.

I was 15 when my first atheist experience happened. I found out that Noah and the Ark are in the bible and are considered to have actually happened. I also got the full gruesome details of the entire story. I could not believe this. I began to ask things like, “where did the water come from”, “why do we have plants if Noah only brought animals”, “how did Noah feed every animal”, “how did Noah get the animals from Antarctica”, “how did all those animals survive in that small of an area”, and my favorite, “how did all the animals survive after the water receded and there was no food on the ground?” The questions were a shock to my system, and I could not believe that Noah had actually existed unless there was more to the story that I didn’t know about.

Then, I hit the age of 17. My parents bought a small church and converted it into a wedding chapel. They also leased it out to different congregations. My dad even went online, payed $20, and became an ordained minister so that he could marry people. I took this opportunity to maybe sneak into a church session one day, but that idea started to crumble fast. Many of the pastors that were renting from my parents were very, very rude. They let their followers destroy our building, and they refused to even help pay for the damages, especially since they knew my parents ran their business and livelihood through it. I was also stumbling on the pastors’ finances every now and then, and seeing how much money they were pulling in from tithes and offerings. My parents were renting the building for relatively cheap, and these pastors were raking in thousands a week. Not a single one of these pastors had any community projects or offered their tithes to their own congregates who were in need. One pastor even outright stated that “church is a business”. I really began to lose faith in there being a church that could help me.

After this, I soon took on my mother’s agnostic approach of,  “if there is a God, I’ll just answer to Him. If not, then I guess I answer to nobody.” This thought process continued for quite a few years. Well, until I got a girlfriend that was very much into debating things like family life, politics, and even religion. We used to stay up for hours debating religion. She was also agnostic, but more of a spiritual agnostic that believed in ghosts and reincarnation (don’t get me started on that hypocrisy). Our main topics were definitely towards Mormonism and the blatant idiocy and attention seeking of Joseph Smith. Mainly because her family attended a Mormon church for a few months. It was also very interesting hearing her tales of Sunday teaching during mass. These conversations did keep me questioning though, and I was thirsty for answers.

I finally hit the age of 23. At this point, my girlfriend and I had split for the third, and nearly final time, and I was back to being an agnostic with questions. About a year passed, and one night, while surfing the internet, I ran across a BlogTV conversation with LovingDoubt and DannyPantsGM. Both of these two are Youtube atheists, and are great people. As I sat and listened to their stories, everything began to unravel and finally make sense. The cultish drive on my town’s church proved to me that not everything in greed is based on silver and gold. You can be greedy for popularity, too. Everything I questioned with the story of Noah was completely accurate and showed that the story is taken literally by many, but it is completely unprovable. Pastors are greedy and rude, and the majority of them do steal from their offerings and leave little remorse to anyone outside of their congregation. Now, I had found my solid ground to outright declare myself as an atheist. Not a solid professional atheist, but an atheist at the least.

I now sit at the age of 25. I have debated with many believers, and have immersed myself in with the non-believers. I have read many parts of the bible, and have heard many parts that atheists argue with. I have also immersed myself into science, which is something I have always wanted to do as a kid, and am now learning far more than what I have in all my years of schooling.

I have finally come to this conclusion. God did not create man, man created God. Man has created God and Gods in an attempt to personify the universe, but in reality, the universe is not a person, but an uncaring thing. Gods have also been used as nothing more than a crutch to explain the bad things that happen to them because of nature, and have also been used as a crutch to enlighten the good things that happen. Humanity is only allowing their minds to fool itself with the ideology of a God. Science brings the facts of our known nature to the mind, whereas religion only brings raw emotion to a person, calls it “faith”, and then proceeds to label it as fact. Fact is something that is both provable, and is replicable. Religion, in all it’s thousands of years, has yet to prove that a God does exist, or that even it’s most fundamental foundation, the spirit, exists.

Seperating Church From Senate

While in a debate against her opponent, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, a Republican and tea party member who is running for senate, shows her undeniable ignorance of the United States Constitution. The first amendment to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution clearly states that the government can not create a law respecting any religion. In other words, the government can not create a law that is directly in favor of any religious ideologies, nor can it set up an establishment in favor of any religion. This is generally known as the “separation of church and state”.  The first amendment also gives rights to freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the right to gather and protest peaceably. O’Donnell was clearly shocked to learn this new information, even though she is a self professed guru of the United States Constitution.

Upon reading this news and watching various sources on it, I can only begin to confirm what the tea party main motives have been these last few years; turning America in a true “Christian” nation. The tea party’s original movement was to protest in favor of lowering taxes, but in the last few years, the majority of tea party organizations have grown to become a driving religious force. Any atheist, agnostic, deist, Muslim, Hindu, and even Christian that is no of  “their” denomination should be very leery of these groups as they seek to change who you are, and what you must believe.

When O’Donnell began to laugh after showing her ignorance, she clearly thought she was laughing with the group, and not at the fact that the group was laughing at her. As Americans, we can not allow people like this to penetrate our system. It’s bad enough the majority of politicians are selling us out in general, but to have them also be so blatantly blissful to our own Constitution, the one document that is supplying their job and freedoms, is absolutely abhorring. To be a politician is no different than serving your country. The minute you turn your back against your country, you are no different than a traitor on the battlefield. Failing to learn even the basics of how your country works, yet being a governing force behind it, is no different.

Bonus video on American religious history (added 10/21/10)