3.  God and Religion

3A.  God:  

Does God exist?  Is he alive today?  

"God is everywhere."  Yet no one can see him.  Therefore, God is invisible.  And he may be deaf,
dumb, blind, and/or indifferent too.  Maybe he / she / they / it  doesn't even exist.  Who knows?
  How
can you tell?

God exists only in the mind of man; his existence is not detectable anywhere
else
.   Therefore God is imaginary, i.e. a work of fiction.  QED.  Yes, it is just that simple.  

In other words, since God is undetectable, nobody knows for sure if he really exists, or exactly where
he is located.  All we can do is imagine that he exists, somewhere.  Therefore, God is imaginary.  
The same can be said for all of the supernatural.

Heaven is an imaginary place - another work of fiction.  And so it goes...  And yes, it really is - just
that simple.  

Ancient men, from all over the world, for more then 200 thousand years, have created numerous
imaginary gods, and supporting casts of supernatural characters to go with them, and have created
the religions to organize everyone's worship of them and to aggrandize the priests.  (More about
ancient men in a minute.)

There are 2 kinds of things in the world - real things and imaginary things.  There would be a 3rd
category for supernatural things (things that supposedly exist but defy the laws of physics) if it could
be proven that they exist, at this time, and have supernatural powers or properties.  However, such
proof has never been forthcoming.  And if you cannot prove that supernatural entities exist and have
supernatural powers, then you can only imagine that they exist, and therefore they are imaginary.  A
simple, logical, and inescapable conclusion.  Therefore, there exists only 2 kinds of things in the
world - real and imaginary, and
all supernatural things are a part of the imaginary.  

Real things are physically detectable.  They:
  • obey the laws of physics,
  • have a physical presence, at this time,
  • afford evidential proof of their existence,
  • are not real until proven to be real.  
Everything else is imaginary - suspicions, theories, assumptions, guesses, fiction, myths, miracles,
lies, and
all things imagined to be supernatural.

For us to know that God exists, he must be physically detectable.  Otherwise, it cannot be proven
that he exists.  And until he is proven to exist, he must remain imaginary.  
All imaginary things remain
imaginary unless and until they are proven to exist.  And, all imaginary things come from the mind of
man.

God   is   imaginary   !
All gods are imaginary  !  
All of the supernatural is imaginary, works of fiction created by ancient men !!!
Without exception.  

We
could stop here, for what more needs to be said about God?   
Much more.  Gods and religions stir deep emotions that have long haunted the mind of man.  Since
gods are imaginary, religions are bogus, but they still have a big impact on all people on this planet.  
Gods and religions require a more thorough exposition.  And religions need to be replaced with
something more constructive.  
So, to continue...
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Man must have an explanation for everything, and in the absence of factual knowledge, he will fill the
void with imagination:  
mythical gods (sun, moon, rain, thunder, fire, wind, sea, father, mother,
Vishnu, Nanook, Jupiter, Zeus, Ra, etc.);  
creation myths (6 days to create an earth-centric universe,
and a human species without progenitors, Odin and Ymir, a flat world balanced on the back of a
turtle, etc.);  
afterlife myths (Heaven, Hell, angles, demons, Valhalla, reincarnation, Nirvana, etc.) ...  
Ancient men were prolific creators of gods and myths.
Modern men do not go around creating gods or myths anymore.

Ancient men were more naive and gullible then modern men because their body of knowledge was
much smaller and less diverse, as evidenced by the above myths.  
Modern science did not start until the birth of Galileo in 1564 (or maybe Copernicus in 1473), so
ancient men did not understand comets, asteroids, planets, moons, stars, galaxies, nebulae, nor the
vastness and the age of the universe.  They didn't even know there was a universe.  They thought
there was just a flat World with Heaven above and Hell below.  They didn't know the cause of fog,
clouds, rain, rainbows, lightning, thunder, fire, tornadoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, whirlpools,
volcanoes, the phases of the moon, eclipses...  They did not know about the evolution of the
universe, or earth, or the evolution of life on earth.  Their myths and scriptures reflect this ignorance.  
Ancient humans were ignorant of cosmic and human evolution for over 200 (maybe up to 400)
thousand years.  It is no wonder that they resorted to myths to explain the unknown.  
Thank God for math and science.

The gods were invented by ancient men (while sitting around camp fires), sometimes after having a
dream, or smoking weed, or eating magic mushrooms, or drinking a witch's brew or a brewer's brew...
The religions were invented by ancient men (while sitting around camp fires).
Hinduism, the oldest religion of all world religions, started sometime between 10,000 BC and 4,000
BC, and grew out of the folklore of ancient man.  No doubt tribal Witch Doctors throughout the world
had been inventing gods long before that.  
Judaism grew out of the folklore of ancient man.  
    Abraham, the "founder" of the Jewish/Christion/Muslem father god, was born in 2,018 BC, (that
    is over 200,000 years after the occurrence of the first human being, and 13.8 billion years after
    the occurrence of our universe).  After hundreds of years of oral tradition (folklore), the Torah
    was finally written down over the years from about 1450 BC to 450 BC by a long succession of
    imaginary-god inspired ancient men, including Moses (1393 - 1273 BC = 120 year lifespan?).
The commandments were carved in stone by a man.  (Imaginary beings cannot carve stone.  Ergo,
Moses was a mason, and a liar.  So the Torah lies.)  [Tradition credits Moses as the author of
Genesis, as well as Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and most of Deuteronomy.]
Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) was an ancient man born about 500 BC.
Jesus, born on day zero of the year 0 AD "of course", was an ancient mortal man who died on the
cross.  And he allegedly was the son of God the Father.  But, "there is only one god"?  And if God is
a god, then Jesus cannot be a god.  So then, Jesus was just an ordinary mortal.  (But, since an
imaginary god cannot have a mortal son, I would guess that Mary and Joseph had premarital sex
and ...)
The New Testament was written by some of the apostles and some other imaginary-god inspired
ancient men, long after the death of Jesus, but later revised by imaginary-god inspired men, and
some gospels were even expunged by imaginary-god inspired men.  The imaginary god should make
up his mind.  
    Why didn't Jesus write the bible?  He should have written a "perfect" bible, flawless in every
    way, with holygraphic pictures. And he might have told us the real date of his berth.  
    And why didn't the bible mention that the universe was 13.8 billion years old, and that earth was
    4.54 billion years old, and that the earth was round, and that it revolved around the sun, and
    that man evolved from bacteria over the course of billions of years?      Why    is    the    Old
    Testament    wrong    about    creation?    And    why    didn't    the    Bible    correct    the    Old
    Testament?     I think you already know why - Ancient men did not know about the lengthy
    evolution of the universe and the lengthy evolution of mankind and, therefore, neither did their
    imaginary god.  Of course a real god would have known.
The Koran was written by Mohammed (570 - 633 AD), a Dark Age man.
The operative word here is
man.  
The things that you ascribe to God were "told" to you by ignorant, superstitious,
ancient men, or
your own imagination, and not by any living supernatural being.  That's because there are no living
supernatural beings.

God is a guess.  
The existence of God is a matter of opinion, not fact, and your opinion is just as valid as anyone
else's, including all of the clergy of all of the churches in all of the world.  Don't let anyone tell you
what to think about God.  Nobody knows God.  Nobody knows the mind of God.  All anyone can tell
you about God is what
they think (imagine).  Do your own thinking.  "Thats why God gave you
intelligence."

God did not write the Bible, ancient men wrote the Bible.  These imaginary-god inspired ancient men
wrote about a man named Jesus doing miracles.  But miracles are supernatural - they are no more
real than imaginary gods.  So Jesus was a mortal man who died on the cross and his miracles were
man made myths (in this case - lies).  So the bible lies.
Furthermore, science has debunked the Torah/Bible regarding the formation and age of the
universe, the world, and man; and the evolution of all life on earth.  And the flatness of Earth and
then the geocentricity of the universe assumed by ancient men and adopted as dogma by ancient
priests.  
Therefore, the Torah and Bible are not reliable sources of information.  
Dreams, visions, and apparitions are not reliable sources of information.
Altered states of consciousness and hallucinations are not reliable sources of information.
Information acquired by the scientific method is much more reliable.

The only people who have any chance of ever finding out anything about God are the scientists, as
they are the only ones who study the works of God.  Clergy just study the works of man, like the
Bible and the writings of other theologians.

Faith is belief in something for which there is no evidence, something unprovable.
In other words, faith is a guess.  
Faith is belief in the invisible, the imaginary.  In order to have faith, you must use your imagination.
Faith is not knowledge.  Faith is not fact.  Faith is not truth.  Faith is nothing more than an unsub-
stantiated belief (suspicion, superstition, assumption, guess, theory, custom, habit, tradition, ...).
Religion
requires faith, and faith requires imagination, and belief in the imaginary.  And, when it
comes to religion, then skepticism, doubt, logic, reason, investigation, examination, and experimen-
tation are all anathemas.  
"You
must have faith, you must believe in the invisible, undetectable, imaginary god, or else your
imaginary soul will go to the imaginary hell."  What a crock.

Superstition and the supernatural go hand in hand.   
You cannot physically detect supernatural things; you can only imagine them.  
Thats what makes
them imaginary.  
The entire length and breadth of the supernatural is a construction of human imagination -  
    gods, angles, devils, demons, heaven, hell, limbo, purgatory, miracles, immaculate conceptions,
    resurrections, ascensions, holy trinities, omnipotence, omnipresence, eternal life, infallibility,
    invisibility, all knowing, all seeing, all hearing, souls, spirits, spooks, ghosts, ghouls,
    transmogrification, vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards, goblins, zombies, boogie men,
    elves, sprites, fairies, gnomes, ogres, trolls, Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy,  ...
None of it is real.  All of it is fiction.  Made up by ancient men who didn't know any better...
Do you ever wonder why
all of the supernatural is invisible?  Its because all of it is imaginary!
Do you ever wonder why God doesn't make appearances?  Its because he is imaginary!
Do you ever wonder why God doesn't answer your prayers?  Its because he is imaginary!
Do you ever wonder why God is indifferent to mankind?  Its because he is imaginary!
Do you ever wonder why God did not strike down Hitler?  Or Genghis Khan?  Or ...  IBHII!
Do you ever wonder why God doesn't expel Allah?  Its because they are both imaginary!
"You must believe in the imaginary god and his imaginary angles in their imaginary
heaven or else your imaginary soul will go to the imaginary hell to be tormented by
the imaginary devil and his imaginary demons, for all time imaginable."

How did the universe come to be?
We can imagine that a god was the source of the universe,
but then, who made that god?   
If the universe must have a source then, by the same reasoning, that source must have a source!
So where did that god come from?  When?  Why?  How?      
Was his creation spontaneous?  Something from nothing?  Due to some cause?  What cause...?  
And by what means?
If we cannot answer these questions, then instead of inventing an imaginary god, we could just as
easily assume that
our universe came into being spontaneously for some unknown reason and
by some unknown means, and after that it "ran" all by itself following the laws of science and
mathematics.
 No supernatural baggage, no myths, no lies, and none of the folderol that goes along
with them.  And it is a good fit with what we know about the universe.  I like it.  

But if there
is a god, then what kind of being is he?  
Is he made of atoms?  Does he breathe  air?  drink water?  eat?  sleep?  etcetera?  
Is he anthropomorphous - mammalian, primate, bipedal... ?  Or is he more like an imaginary ghost?
What ethnic group does he most resemble?  I suppose Negroes, since our oldest Homo sapien
ancestors all came from Africa.  These must be the people who were made in God's image.  Adam
and Eve must have been Africans.  Of course Eden must be in Africa too.
What is God like?  Does he have a personality?  Is he animated or does he just sit on a throne and
speak in a monotone?  Does he have a sense of humor or is he dour?  Is he kind and gentle or is he
stern, vengeful, and unforgiving?  (Eternal torture in hell does not sound very kind, gentle, and
forgiving.)  Is he moral or amoral?  Is he good, or is he evil?  Why?
What sex is he, male, female, both, neither?  Does he experience sexual passion?  Does he
procreate?  Or does he use contraceptives?  
What is his birth date?  What is his lifespan?  What is his destiny?  
Does he ware clothes?  What for?  What kind - animal skins, woven cloth or plant matter, ancient
style, modern style, or what?  (I bet he doesn't wear a tie.)  What is his favorite color?  
Is he fat or skinny or what?  How tall?  How heavy?
Does he have family and friends?  And enemies?  Or is he all alone?  Is that why he has an
imaginary friend - the Holy Ghost?  
Where does God live?  Which one of the 2 trillion galaxies in our universe?  Which one of the 200
billion trillion star systems?  Which one of the 1000? billion trillion planets?  Does he live here on the
surface of Earth?  (What ZIP code?)  Does he live in our sky, in a stealth Heaven that is in orbit
around Earth?  Or does he live in some imaginary place?   
God is undetected on this planet, and we have no way to detect his existence anywhere else in this
universe.  Therefore, we have no good reason to believe he lives anywhere in this universe - there is
no evidence, and the Bible makes no mention of the exact location of Heaven or Hell.  M
aybe he is
an extraterrestrial alien from another universe.  Maybe Earth isn't his favorite planet.  (You are free to
imagine whatever you want.)  
Do the souls of "people" from other planets live in "our" heaven, wherever that is? Alpha Centurions?
Klingons?  How about subspecies or other species like Neanderthals?  or Homo Erecti?  or dogs?
Why doesn't God come to visit anymore?  Maybe God is dead.  Or dormant?  Or maybe he is in
hiding.  But why?  What is he afraid of?  Or maybe he is indifferent and just doesn't care about us
anymore?  Or maybe he never came in the first place?  Maybe he never cared in the first place?
When God and later his son "did" visit Earth (after waiting 13.8 billion years), why did they just visit
the Jews and ignore everyone else on the entire planet?  Are the Jews special?  Why?  Are we
unworthy?  Why?  Or maybe the Jews just made up that story like all the other ancient cultures made
up stories about their gods?  
    No, the Jews are not special.  The god of the Jews is just as imaginary as the gods of all the
    other ancient nations: Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Sumerian, Mesopotamian, Persian,
    Indian, Tlingit, Navajo, Aztec, Mayan, Incan, ...  (It took the Jews to think up one god to replace
    all of the other gods.)
Does God obey the laws of physics, or is he unreal?
How does he get around in the universe?  Can he exceed the speed of light?  (Our galaxy's diameter
is 100 thousand light years wide; our universe is billions of light years wide!)  [Our solar system's
diameter is only about 1 or 2 thousandths of a light year.]
Maybe there is more than one god, say one for each star system, or each galaxy? (There are 100
billion stars in our galaxy and 2 trillion galaxies in our universe (as of October 2016).  That is a lot of
demigods.)
What does God do with his time?  Where does God spend his time?  He's not detectable here on
earth.
Why did he create all those extra galaxies, stars, and planets?  He must have had a good reason for
them.  They must be inhabited by other "people".  Did Christ die for the sins of these other people?
Do you suppose that Earth is unique among the other
1000 billion trillion planets in the universe?  
What are the odds that there are other people out there? Does God like any of them better than us?  
We don't need all those other stars and planets.  All
we need is one star, Sun, with one planet,
Earth, with an orbital period of exactly 364 days, and one satellite, Moon, with an orbital period of
exactly 28 days.  (God wasn't very exact in implementing these numbers.)
How is he able to create space, time, matter, energy?  Where did all this stuff come from?
Why does he exist?  What is his purpose in life?  And what for?  Who told him to do that?  Why?
And where did
his creators come from?  How...?  When...?  Why...?
Etc., etc.
ad infinitum.  
Some questions are unanswerable.  Ever.  
That happens a lot when you ask questions
about imaginary things.
And God can't help you.  Remember, either he is an imaginary man or a quasi-real man who is
invisible, deaf and dumb.  The only thing you can do is use your imagination and invent your own
answers, which is exactly how the whole thing about God and religion got started in the first place.

All of the gods from all of the religions are man made myths that come to us from antiquity.  

So, if our imaginary gods did not create the universe, who or what did?  And how?  Why?  ...
Nobody knows.  I don't know.  You don't know.  None of our scientists know.  None of our
preachers know, despite what they say.  Certainly imaginary gods do not know.
We will probably never know.  
Thats the way it is.  Deal with it.

In fact, if there were a god, then presumably he came from nowhere and was made from nothing,
and if an almighty God can come from nothing, then why not a mere point mass?
Nothing >
GOD > universe,  or  Nothing > point mass > universe.   Maybe the point mass was a god?  
This idea gives new meaning to the term "God is everywhere" (in bits and pieces).  We might say
that - "The universe is a god."  or rather -
"The universe was a god.", a more likely conclusion.  I
think that this guess is more feasible than the creation myth in "Genesis".  
But this still begs the questions, "Who creates the gods; when, where, why, how?"  God the Father?  
God the Mother?  God the Mother sounds more likely.  (Did God the Mother come from a rib bone of
God the Father?)

Or we could just say that "
The Source" created the universe, and that The Source is a thing or
things of
UNKNOWN origin, ancestry, history, age, lifespan, purpose, agenda, residence,
size, shape, structure, composition, sex, nature, powers, or even existence.
 (Notice the
similarities between
The Source and God.)  Some thing beyond our comprehension?   Possibly an
amoral and indifferent thing (obviously male)?  Maybe it's not a he but an it?  Maybe without
intelligence?  
    Intelligence evolved from nothing, unless you say that electrons have intelligence because they
    "know" what orbits they can inhabit, and compounds "know" what atoms to arrange in what
    structure...  Maybe intelligence permeates the universe?  Maybe the universe is a god after all?  
    There are more thoughts to think about this.  (Are the mathematics of the universe and
    intelligence linked?)

Maybe we should form a club to honor
The Source, just in case...  The Club of The Source.  We
must retain ecclesiastic organ music and choirs (they make people feel good).  And the ethereal
monumental architecture too (ditto)?   But no "Book of
The Source" !!!  (The book would have to
have all blank pages.)  And no other supernatural baggage.  Shall we have an icon?  How about a
flying sourcer?   Or maybe just a question mark?  Yes, a question mark is perfect.
To join The Club of
The Source?, send money to me, the Grand Sourcerer.  How much money?  
That's between you and
The Source?   (Warning - do not sell yourself short!)  

  • May The Source? be with you.  And have a nice day.   
  • What do you suppose happened before The Source? came along?
  • (Did The Source? come along or was it the point source that came along?)
  • What did The Source? do before he created our universe?  And thereafter?
  • Where was The Source? standing when he created our universe? (Another universe?)
  • Did he get blown apart by the Big Bang?  (That would explain a lot.)
  • All of the gods of all of the ancient nations, and The Source?, are just guesses.  Nobody
    knows if any of them really exist.  All we can do is imagine that they exist, or not.
  • Re creation, the only things we know for sure are: a) we don't know exactly how the universe
    started, and b) it was not as stated in the Torah.
  • I think I will go with "Our universe began from a point source that appeared spontaneously for
    some unknown reason and by some unknown means.", and leave all of the gods, all of the rest
    of the supernatural, and all of the religions, dwell in the realm of ancient man made myths.
  • All of the supernatural is invisible - undetectable.
  • Nothing about the supernatural has been proven to exist.
  • All of the supernatural is fiction made up by ancient men.
  • Ancient men, globally, had probably invented supernatural beings for more than 200,000 years.
  • These ancient men had no idea of modern science.
  • Thank you Copernicus and Galileo for starting modern science.
  • Thank God for math and science, especially astronomy, paleontology and biology.
  • The ancient Torah and Bible are wrong regarding creation, evolution, and miracles.

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3B.  Religion:

God is one thing but religion is something else.  No imaginary god ever organized a religion.  No
imaginary god ever wrote "The Book" on his religion.  
Religion is strictly a man thing.  Prophets,
priests, apostles, witch-doctors, etc., created and organized the religions and wrote the books.

Religions are steeped in superstition, imagination, and fiction.  
Gods and their religions were the creations of some superstitious ancient men with active
imaginations who were seeking answers to the riddles of human life on planet Earth.
How did our world come to be?  Where did we come from?  How did we get here?  Why did we come
here?  What is our purpose in life?  What happens to us when we die?  Ancient men invented gods
and religions to answer these and other unanswerable questions.  And people believed them.  
Why?  Because they wanted to believe them.  They wanted to have answers, and there were no
other answers, and "There must be a god because we don't have any other explanation.", and
"There must be a god, therefore there is a god."    
But all of the gods are fictitious.  So then, religions are groundless, bogus, phoney,
illegitimate, a lie, irrational, irrelevant.
  Despite what their priests and their huddled masses say.  

Religion is like a house of cards built on a foundation of belief that God is real.  If God is not real
then all of those cards come tumbling down.  Gods are imaginary.  Religions are bogus.  

Believing in a fictitious god is irrational.
Worshiping an imaginary god is irrational.
Putting your faith and trust in an invisible being is irrational.
To say that "there is only one god - the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost", is irrational, or bad math.  
Blindly believing what was written in a book by some ancient man or men is irrational.   
Believing that the universe, the world, and the human species were created in 6 days, despite the
enormous amount of physical evidence to the contrary, is irrational.  
Believing that human evolution did not occur, despite the enormous amount of evidence indicating
that it did occur, is irrational.
Believing that God cares about how we design our civil calendar is irrational.  (Even if there were a
God it would still be irrational.)

Religion is a form of insanity where people think irrationally and act accordingly, like:
    The Charles Manson clan, Waco, Jonestown, the Ku Klux Klan, fundamentalists, Muslim
    terrorists, Christian crusaders, worshiping invisible gods, witch burning, heretic burning, human
    sacrifice, holy wars...
"If you say that my Islamic religion is violent, then I will kill you in the name of Allah."

Religion does some good in the world but some religions have a dark side, and that dark side is
downright evil.
Religious violence is religious evil.
Religious insanity is the source of religious evil.

The Catholic and Islamic religions are among the most evil human institutions the world has ever
known.  The Catholics have now virtually stopped doing evil, but the Muslims are still hard at it.  
Islam now stands alone as the world's most violent religion.
Violence for the sake of an imaginary god is stupid !!!  Really, really stupid !!!   
Its like committing violence for the sake of your Teddy Bear, or your invisible friend.  

Religion is sometimes an impediment to logic and reason.  It demands belief in an imaginary
god, an ancient scripture, and the interpretation of that scripture by some priest.  Consider abortion,
contraception, stem cell research, evolution, calendar reform, right to die, doctor assisted suicide, ...

Some religions are anti science, as evidenced by their rejection of the Big Bang theory of
creation, human evolution, a heliocentric solar system, stem cell research, ...
Science (the big bang, evolution) proved the Bible wrong.  Consequentially, many fundamentalists
hate science and scientists, completely ignoring the fact that "God created science" - physics,
chemistry, ...
On the other hand, closed minded fundamentalists make lousy scientists.  

Religious fundamentalists are screwing up the world.
Fundamentalists believe that every word that was written by ancient men in either the Torah,
Talmud, Bible or Koran, is the word of God, and is true and eternal.  
They mean well but they have exactly the opposite effect.  
Christian fundamentalists are against family planning, birth control, population control, abortion,
the right to die, death with dignity, doctor assisted suicide, science, scientists, the big bang theory,
evolution theory, global warming theory, stem cell research, separation of the church and the state,
separation of the church and the public school system, certain calendar reforms, ...    
They are either uneducated, or at least ignorant of science, or naive, or irrational, or dumb. Trying to
reason with them is a waist of time.  The only thing we can hope to do is to outvote them.
A quotation from Barry Goldwater:
    "Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're
    sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem.  Frankly, these people frighten
    me.  Politics and governing demand compromise.  But these Christians believe they are acting
    in the name of God, so they can't and won’t compromise.  I know, I've tried to deal with them.”
Moslem fundamentalists are terrorists / jihadist / religious fanatics, who do not believe in religious
freedom or human rights, and who do believe in intolerance of infidels, and in corporal punishment
for religious transgressions, that include stoning, whipping, maiming, dismemberment and death.  
Hindu fundamentalists believe in corporal punishment...
Jewish fundamentalists -  Check out Leviticus.  

Some religions are anti women: no birth control, no abortion, no admittance to the priesthood,
clitorisectomy, no education of women, the suppression of women in society, laws biased against
women...

Some religions are anti civilization - they are against curbing overpopulation via birth control.  (I
suppose wars, pandemics, or starvation are OK methods, approved by God and the church?)  

Religion creates false hope. " We don't have to worry, God will take care of us.  ...  God will
protect us.  ...  God will not let that happen.  ... God will solve that problem."  
An imaginary god will
do nothing to help us.
 Either we take care of our problems ourselves or we will suffer the
consequences.  

Religion is the opium of the people.  The promise of a better future life in heaven makes the
masses more tolerant of a crappy life in the present.  

Religion fosters naivety.  "God is good.  Muslims believe in God, therefore Islam cannot be evil.  
Therefore the Koran does
not tell Muslims to seek out and kill infidels, and Sharia does not include
corporal punishment and is not biased against women."    Wrong!!!

Religion is a form of slavery.  The congregations must believe what the priests and the "Book" tell
them to believe and they must do what the priests and the "Book" tell them to do, or else their
imaginary souls will go to the imaginary Hell.
Islam holds all of its members in religious slavery - they do not allow religious freedom.  
Apostasy is
punishable by death.
 Infidels are to be converted, or killed or enslaved.  The Muslim people must
do what the Koran and their clerics tell them to do or else they might be physically punished,
possibly severally, and then their imaginary souls will go to their imaginary Hell.

Monotheism has given rise to religious intolerance and violent conflicts.
Paganism was much more benign (except for a few human sacrifices).

Me?  I believe in the Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Its not religion, its just common sense.  No rituals, no mumbo jumbo, no imaginary baggage, no evil.


  • It is absolutely mind boggling to think of the enormous number of people who over the ages
    have believed in imaginary gods and their religions.  
  • It is also mind boggling to think of the enormous amount of pain, suffering, death and
    destruction that they have caused in the past and are still causing today, in the name of their
    imaginary gods.
  • I think that religions have done more harm in the world than good, especially in todays world.
  • Religions are unfounded; they are institutions based on man made fiction.
  • Ancient man screwed up the whole world with their imaginary gods.  
  • Religious fundamentalists today are still screwing up the world.  
  • Muslim cleric rulers are screwing up Muslim countries.
  • Everyone has the right to believe in the god of their choice, but no one has the right to impose
    their religious beliefs, customs and habits on anyone else.
  • Separate religion from politics and government.
  • All religions, and all nations, should eliminate all corporal punishment.  
  • Outlaw all violent fundamentalists.  
  • Outlaw Islam until it reforms to be completely nonviolent and supports all UN human rights.

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3C.  Conclusions:

God exists only in the mind of man.    Therefore God is imaginary.    Therefore religion is illegitimate.

It can not be proven that supernatural entities exist - because they do not exist.

Our imaginary gods have reaped a horrible harvest of evil – wars, atrocities, intolerance, hatred...
Imaginary gods are the result of self-deception.  We should not do that to ourselves.  We should
demand irrefutable physical evidence of our gods existence, their residence, and their powers,
before committing our belief in them.  We should demand, or maybe respectfully request, that they
write their own bibles, in a clear, lucid and unambiguous language, instead of us accepting the
confusing, self contradicting, muddled parables and fables written by some self deluded, imaginary-
god inspired clerics.

We should differentiate between the real and the imaginary.  Accept the real for what it is.  Reject the
imaginary for what it is not (it is not real).  
Accept the responsibility for writing our own codes of law, morals and manners.  (We don't need an
imaginary-god inspired prophet or church cleric to do that for us.)  
And accept the fact that we do not have all the answers about creation and probably never will.  
Imaginary gods and bogus churches are a part of our problems, not solutions, for example: Muslim
fundamentalist (who are anti infidels and are terrorists) and Christian fundamentalist politicians (who
are for: school prayer, intelligent designer, biblical creation myth, global warming; and against:
science, evolution, stem cell research, birth control, family planning, homosexuals, the right to die,
doctor assisted suicide for the elderly).  
Imaginary gods are not going to take care of any of our problems for us.  We have to do that
ourselves or pay the consequences.  
Pull your head out of the clouds and take responsibility for your own life.  

Churches should have only one purpose - to help people on their journey through life.  Period.  No
imaginary baggage.  No political agenda.  No evil.   Maybe a social philosophy, a democratic moral
code...

Religion should be replaced with a democratic social philosophy of morals.
What should we do and not do in order to get along with our fellow man?  And other creatures, and
other living things, and the world on which we live, and the nearby heavenly bodies?
We need a
universal ethic that applies to every human being and that pertains to all human
intercourse - personal, social, civil, professional, commercial, political, international; and that also
pertains to man's relationship with his environment - flora, fauna, earth, water, air, and cosmos.  
All philosophers of all nations should work towards defining and establishing a universal
ethic.
 

We are all cousins.  Literally.  And we should treat each other that way.  (But don't ask me to loan
you any money.)

  • Why can't we have peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind?  Why??
  • What will it take to have world peace?  (Worldwide separation of the church and the state,
    especially in Moslem countries?   Universal acceptance of all UN Human Rights, especially in
    Moslem countries?  A Universal Ethic?  Some Universal Laws?  The elimination of weapons of
    mass destruction?  International inspection teams?  ... )  
  • It is up to us to figure it out.  No imaginary god is going to do that for us.

  • What is the definition of World Peace?
  • What are the impediments to World Peace?
  • What is the plan for achieving World Peace?
  • What is the schedule for each milestone along the path to World Piece?  
  • Shouldn't the UN be working on this?  
  • Shouldn't all of this be common knowledge throughout the world?

  • Religious fundamentalists are screwing up the world - especially Moslem fundamentalists, but
    Christian and Jewish fundamentalists too.
  • Amend the US constitution to explicitly require separation of the church and the state, and to
    ban all clergy from politics and government.  
  • We need worldwide separation of the church and the state, a worldwide ban of all clergy from
    politics and government, especially in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and a worldwide ban on
    corporal punishment.  

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1985?
Last amended:
2016-9-23


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