Friday, 18 April 2014

Idiot of the week - John Hagee

This weeks idiot has being making Armageddon predictions with a bunch of other idiot pastors following in his footsteps, or is he following in theirs. Never mind thats not important, but it you believe an eclipse is going to bring the second coming of Jesus then you are an idiot.

The fish was this big, why would I lie. (Source)

The so called four blood moon eclipses that are going to be occurring in the next two years all happen to fall on some Jewish Religious holiday. This apparently means some bad shit is going to go down, and then Jesus will come and be all swag and strut his stuff like Michael Jackson.

Honestly, why do these idiots keep making these predictions, I mean they never ever come true. If they have not learned by now, they will never learn. I suppose this is to be expected when you put all your trust in a book written by a civilization that thought it was okay to keep slaves, hell even keeping a lady of a defeated enemy as a prize of war was okay.

John Hagee you are an idiot.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Society problems - Funny

This is not my work, I found it floating on a forum last week and decided to post it here. I think it sums up a lot of the problems in society today. That is, people are basically not rational.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Religion and mental health

Finally I have gotten around to reading the recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry titled "Religion, spirituality and mental health: results from a national study of English households". This paper is pretty old, but I only recently learned about it.

The big finding in this manuscript was that the so called "spiritual" respondents had a greater chance of suffering from mental illness than atheists (non spiritual and religious respondents) and theists (religious respondents). This is not surprising as religious people have some kind of life framework. In the same vein, atheists are generally more rational and as such would also have a life framework. In contrast spiritual people are more open to different concepts and this can, in my opinion, be related to a more susceptible mind as your lifes framework is more flexible.

What I also found interesting that atheists have more fun than religious believers, no surprise there I suppose. Granted, this was in alcohol use and recreational (marijuana) drug use. However, besides these traits theists and atheists have the same probability of developing a mental health issue. So there are two ways to interpret this, and either way does not bode well for theists and their rules.

Option a: Marijuana and alchol are not bad for your mental health, as people that take them (or not) are equally as likely to get mentally ill. This conclusion is unlikely, as  spiritual people who use drugs/alchol to the same level as atheists suffer a greater chance of mental health problems. For this reason I think it is safe to say that drugs can affect mental health.

This then leads us to option two and a very interesting conclusion.
Option b: Religion is as bad for you as recreational drugs and alcohol. After all, it has the same statistical effect on your mental health.

Just a thought. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Biblically literal or metaphorical?

Was the universe created in 6 days?
Was the Flood a real event?
Did Jesus rise from the Dead?
Did the Israelite's flee Egypt?
Was John high on LSD when he wrote Revelations?

John started the party early (Source)

These are all questions that have different answers depending on which theist you talk too, as demonstrated in the video below. Some theists will tell you that Young Earth Creationists are too literal and that a day as described in the Bible in fact is a metaphor. Some Christians will tell you that Jesus revoked the Old Testament laws, while some will tell you he revoked only some, and others will tell you he revoked none. In fact it would not be a far stretch to say that every Christian you speak too will decipher the Bible differently. Or to state it in a different way, every Christian will decide what is literal and what is metaphorical in the Bible.

My question is how do these Christians know? The only way they can know is by applying their own biases/moral which are not based in their religion. If they were in fact based in the religion then everyone would believe the same things about the Bible. However, even then a problem arises. If everyone believes the exact same thing, then how do they know what is literal and what is metaphorical? The only way to be accurate is to take everything literally and then you are in science denial (idiot) territory.

So which ever way you look at it, interpretations of the Bible fail. So much for an infallible book.