Happy Xmas to All
Christ! Its almost Christmas. Christ sounded like a nice guy who was persecuted for his beliefs. He is one of many untold numbers of nice guys who have been persecuted or have died for his beliefs. None of the others had anywhere near the publicity campaign that Christ had! It’s a nice holiday nonetheless, but I’d rather leave the Christ out of my holidays. I don’t think Christ would have been very happy about how his beliefs have been written into THE MANMADE BIBLE and used as a tool throughout history to control and persecute the masses. Why would anyone want to be a dumb sheep? How obvious can you get.
Today, in modern times, a child knows more about the truth of how the world works than those ignorant ancient people that wrote THE MANMADE BIBLE. I don’t know how anyone could believe something that starts on page one with the most obvious and blatant lies and continues with mixed messages of love and hate. People should view it as simply a piece of ancient literature to be viewed with scrutiny and not praise. The good teachings add to the wonderful mix of information and intelligent thought that we have in this advanced stage in human development.
Religion is one of those outdated institutions that is destined for obscurity. The very premise of god and divine prophecy are manmade in ancient and ignorant times. Those very ancient and ignorant teachings are blatantly indefensible when exposed to scrutiny.
The clear indefensibility of fictitious beliefs has lead to the "closet Christian". Yes, you know them, the ones that believe in god and all the charity but criticize the institution in private. There are many who believe that everyone can coexist in a pluralistic society; it sounds very idealistic, but if THE BIBLE is inconsistent with such beliefs then THE BIBLE and those people who follow THE BIBLE as the word of god are a detriment to society. Unfortunately, “closet Christians” only add to the problem of mass ignorance and hallucination by perpetuating THE GREATEST HOAX IN HISTORY…THE BIBLE. The same hoax that has caused so many wars and has been directly responsible for some of the greatest atrocities in the history of humankind. The very same hoax that needs special protection to prevent prosecutions under hate crimes legislation. The very same hoax that has the ability to drive humankind into abomination by continuing to cause conflict through religious intolerance.
Peace on earth will never exist as a result of religion. With ever worsening unsustainability, environmental damage and population growth we are steering ourselves towards increased global conflict as resources and land continue to become scarce and valuable. On our current course, we are leading ourselves towards unprecedented death and destruction. Humankind is not destined for revelation! We will be directly responsible for the destruction of the world, either through ignorance, inaction or implicit support for the institutions that continue to represent intolerance and cause conflict throughout the world. Too many people are only along for the ride and don’t want to pick up a paddle and steer against the current. The boats getting too full and we’re heading for the rapids.
Whoa, how the hell could good little sheep possibly cause such problems and get away with it? They have always controlled everything through whichever ruler would support the church, demonize others and extend the boundaries of Christianity through brutal conquest. They continue to exert excessive influence on the future of the world.
Rather than faithfully follow the ignorant and ancient teachings of the bible, I prefer to stand on the shoulders of giants and exclaim THE TRUTH:
Voltaire (French Philosopher, 1694-1778)
"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."
"Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror."
"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense."
"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world."
You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason.
Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
David Hume (Philosopher, 1711-1776)
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
John Adams (American Statesman, 1735-1826)
“The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?"
Thomas Paine (American Statesman, 1737-1809)
"What is it the Bible teaches us? — rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? — to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”
Of all the systems of religion that were ever invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists and fanatics. As an engine of power it serves the purpose of despotism; and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests; but so far as it respects the good of man in general, it leads to nothing here or hereafter.
Thomas Jefferson (American Statesman, 1743-1826)
"There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites."
"The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power themselves…these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ."
"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity.”
The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.
James Madison (American Statesman, 1751-1836, Co-Author Declaration of Independence)
"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution."
"In no instance have … the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people."
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
Abraham Lincoln (American Statesman, 1809-1865)
I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity.
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. "
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Mark Twain (American Writer, 1835-1910):
"The Bible is a mass of fables and traditions, mere mythology."
"It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."
During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.
Mahatma K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian nationalist leader:
It is impossible for me to reconcile myself to the idea of conversion after the style that goes on in India and elsewhere today. It is an error which is perhaps the greatest impediment to the world’s progress toward peace … Why should a Christian want to convert a Hindu to Christianity? Why should he not be satisfied if the Hindu is a good or godly man?
How very nice it would be if the missionaries rendered humanitarian service without the ulterior aim of conversion.
The first distinction I would like to make … between your missionary work and mine is that while I am strengthening the faith of people, you (missionaries) are undermining it.
I consider western Christianity in its practical working a negation of Christ’s Christianity. I cannot conceive Jesus, if he was living in flesh in our midst, approving of modern Christian organizations, public worship, or ministry.
G. Wells (1866-1946), British author:
The greatest evil in the world today is the Christian religion.
I think that it stands for everything most hostile to the mental emancipation and stimulation of mankind. It is the completest, most highly organized system of prejudices and antagonism in existence. Everywhere in the world there are ignorance and prejudice, but the greatest complex of these, with the most extensive prestige and the most intimate entanglement with traditional institutions, is the Roman Catholic Church. It presents many faces to the world, but everywhere it is systematic in its fight against freedom.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish author:
When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.
Helen Keller (1880-1968), American activist and lecturer:
There is so much in the bible against which every insinct of my being rebels, so much so that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end.
Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), American politician and lecturer:
The inspiration of the Bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.
The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know.
Pitrim Sorokin (1889-1968), Harvard University sociologist
During the past few centuries the most belligerent, the most aggressive, the most rapacious, the most power-drunk section of humanity has been precisely, the Christian Western world. During these centuries western Christendom had invaded all other continents; its armies followed by priests and merchants have subjugated, robbed or pillaged most of the non-Christians. Native Americans, African, Australian, Asiatic populations have been subjugated to this peculiar brand of Christian "love" which has generally manifested itself in pitiless destruction, enslavement, coercion, destruction of the cultural values, institutions, the way of life of the victims and the spread of alcoholism, venereal disease, commercial cynicism and the like.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), irish author and playwright:
The Bible is hopelessly pre-evolutionary; its descriptions of the origin of life and morals are obviously fairy tales; its astronomy is terracentric; its notions of the starry universe are childish; its history is epical and legendary: in short, people whose education in these departments is derived from the Bible are so absurdly misinformed as to be unfit for public employment, parental responsibility, or the franchise.
Karl Kautsky (1854-1938) Czech writer and theoretician:
The Christian mission is merely the religious component of a general program of domination by the West.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British philosopher –
Christianity has been distinguished from other religions by its greater readiness for persecution. "The whole contention that Christianity has had an elevating moral influence can only be maintained by wholesale ignorance or falsification of the historical evidence.
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British author –
Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it.
I believe the spreading of Catholicism to be the most horrible means of political and social degredation left in the world.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, "Let us close our eyes and pray." When we opened our eyes we had the Bible and they had the land.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Emperor of France :
I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay their hands on everything they can get.
Alistair Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist:
If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), English naturalist:
I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separated.
The Bible account of the creation of Eve is a preposterous fable.
The dogma of the infallibility of the Bible is no more self-evident than is that of the infallibility of the popes.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), American president:
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute-where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote-where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference-and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
General Marquis De Lafayette (1757-1834), French Revolutionary:
If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy.
Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), Portuguese explorer:
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher:
I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty-I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice of all freedom, all price, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, self-derision, and self-mutilation…
A certain sense of cruelty towards oneself and others is Christian; hatred of those who think differently; the will to persecute. Mortal hostility against the masters of the earth, against the noble, that is also Christian. Hatred of mind, of pride, courage, freedom, libertinage of mind, is Christian; hatred of the sense, of the joy of the senses, of joy in general is Christian.
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), French philosopher:
Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits such a regime. True Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it and do not mind; this short life counts for too little in their eyes.
The same means that have supported every other popular belief, have supported Christianity. War, imprisonment, assassination, and falsehood: deeds of unexampled and incomparable atrocity have made it what it is.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet:
Clergymen who publish pious frauds in the interest of the church are the orthodox liars of God.
It is no accident that the symbol of a bishop is a crook, and the sign of an archbishop is a double-cross.