Thursday, 30 June 2016

Imbecile anti-islamist bogans attack mosque in Perth Australia

Anyone that reads my blog knows that I think it is important to criticize bad ideas, so I was appalled at the fire bombing of some cars and the graffiti outside a mosque in Perth Australia this last week. Clearly this is the work of uneducated thugs that think the only way that they can get there message across that they detest Islam is to use terrorist tactics. I find this action offensive and in no way representative of my views about religion. Granted I may think that bombing ISIS figheters into the atoms they consist of is a good idea, but at the same time I do not condone the attacking of innocent civilians ever.


This kind of terror attack only creates a greater divide in societies and causes fringe elements to become more vehement in what they say and do. Violence does not solve anything, it just scares people into either blind and insincere obedience or counterattack.

I realize also that this attack is not representative of Australians, just as the 2014 Sydney terror attack in the Lindt chocolate cafe was not representative of all Muslims in Australia. Lets criticize bad ideas without violence, it shows that we are morally superior than our opponents. We are morally superior to ISIS/Al-Queda/Boko Haram etc., but these bogans that carried out this attack are clearly not. The religion of Islam is never safe from criticism, but the people that believe in Islam should be safe from violence.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Reading the Bible - Genesis 32

Genesis 32 contains one of the best stories in the Bible, but to get there we have to gloss over a few parts. so here is a brief run down of verses 1-23. Jacob as we know is traveling back to his fathers land, so to try make peace with his brother Esau he send a messenger to tell him that he is coming home. The messenger returns and says that Esau is on his way to meet Jacob with 400 people, needless to say this makes Jacob rather worried as he knows Esau is not his number one fan. To combat his losses Jacob divides his people and flocks into two so that one can run if the other is attacked. Then after praying Jacob goes a step further and sends 9 flocks spaced apart ahead of him as a gift to bribe Esau into his good graces.
"Then he took some of his possessions as a gift for Eʹsau his brother: 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 female sheep, 20 rams,  30 camels nursing their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys and 10 full-grown male donkeys."
Then Jacob sent his family and the rest of the people before waiting behind to take care of some business. Got that?


Great, now we  can read the story which details what Jacob was doing once he had sent his family away. We get introduced to the grandslam, no the ultimate, neigh the pinnacle pro-wrestling match that is recounted in verses 24 - 30.



I am putting the entire text here, as I think it is just an epic story that shows qualities of Jehovah that blow holes into every apologetic argument for this God.
"Finally Jacob was left by himself. Then a man began to wrestle with him until the dawn broke. When he saw that he had not prevailed over him, he touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was dislocated during his wrestling with him. After that he said: “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” To this he said: “I am not going to let you go until you bless me.” So he said to him: “What is your name?” to which he said: “Jacob.” Then he said: “Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel, for you have contended with God and with men and you have at last prevailed.” In turn Jacob inquired: “Tell me, please, your name.” However, he said: “Why is it that you ask my name?” With that he blessed him there. So Jacob named the place Pe·niʹel, for he said, “I have seen God face-to-face, yet my life was preserved.”"
I am sure you have all heard the argument that "the God of Christianity is a just God." well, if this was true why did Jehovah have to cheat and dislocate Jacobs hip so as to win the wrestling match, is cheating just? Or how about the argument that "Jehovah God is all powerful." If this was true how the hell was Jacob able to wrestle God all night, and then even with a dislocated hip he was able to restrain god so as to demand a blessing. Or perhaps you have heard the argument that "God cannot be tested as God does not reside on Earth" or "No man has ever seen the face of God." Well if these arguments were true, then why the hell would Jacob say he has seen the face of god and survived? Seriously, this little story shows that god is impotent (can't win a wrestling match) and a fraud (promises things, yet cant win). Is this the type of person that you aspire to be like?


Lastly, and importantly, we see the Jacob gets renamed Israel and essentially becomes the big daddy of Israel. Thereby joining the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac as the grandfathers of Christians and Jews all around the world. Now while these patriarchs do not have higher levels among them, the important thing to realize is that Israel/Jacobs sons are the patriarchs of the tribes of Israel.

Lastly, we learn that Jews do not eat thigh stews, as this is a reminder of Jacob and his defeat by the cheating Jehovah. Rather bizarrely, I would think this stew would be eaten as Israel beat god, I mean what a meal that would be to remember your strength against an omnipotent and omniscient opponent. Then again I am applying logic to this, so probably my view is skewed compared to the belief and fear that normally would be used to understand this dietary requirement.


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All verses come from the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website

Monday, 27 June 2016

Why should you care about bad ideas?

Recently, I have been asked why do I carry on hammering at the same points i.e. the hazards of religion, the hazards of pseudo-scientific views etc. Essentially this is a brilliant question so let me take the time out to rationalize why I continue blogging about the same points. In a nutshell it could be broken down by the following two sentences. The most dangerous minds cannot be reached with logic. However, this problem is exacerbated by the fact that the minds that don't need to be reached, i.e. the harmless, are not interested in seeing the problems the dangerous minds instill.

Let me elaborate with some examples that should drive the point home. The Globe is warming, this is something that is not denied by any climate scientists. Yet there are still people that express opinions that the global climate is not getting warmer. Now if someone believes that the globe is not getting warmer, you cannot have the deeper conversation that the increase in temperature is anthropogenic. So the bad idea in the beginning is the false idea that the climate is not getting warmer, and these debunked lies still get mentioned by climate change deniers around the world as they believe the dangerous minds that spout them.  If you have 45 minutes this video embedded here gives a few perfect examples of this type of denial in action. It also gives you a very good idea why we have to combat bad ideas.

Then look at the highly dangerous myth that the MMR vaccine causes autism. This whole junk science story started in 1998 with the publication of a fraudulent paper in the Lancet journal. Now it is 2016, and this fraud is still believed by many people. This is a bad idea propagated through society that can, simply put, lead to dead children and babies. There is no excuse for believing this autism link, but some people are not exposed to the truth and so theycontinue believing. Is this a good enough reason to continue exposing bad ideas?

Now I will say if you cannot accept the above truths then you are either a climate change denier or an anti-vaxxer or both. Personally I think the label moron fits, but that is just me.

So what about religion? Is this a bad idea? The answer for me is a simple yes, so allow me some time to elaborate why. We as people are affected psychologically and physically by everyday situations. In fact some of these situations can harm more than others, for example the death of a loved one can cause a great deal of psychological stress. So how do you think a person would feel when they believe that the loved one that died is enduring an eternal torment in hell. Naturally most believers don't want to think about this all the time, but sometimes they will. Recurring trauma, somehow I think this is a bad idea that should be combated. Lastly, if the fact that your friend burning in hell does not bother you, then you are a psychotic prick.

Now these are just three examples of bad ideas that can cause harm to you personally or to society at large. The problem is that these examples are just the tip of the iceberg, and we have dangerous minds out there selling this bullshit. This is why I probably will keep writing for a long time and keep hammering at the same subjects. Who knows maybe someday somewhere someone will read this and it could end up saving a child's life.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Reading the Koran - Sura 2 Verses 261 -266

So what to do with the excess money you have if you are a Muslim? Well luckily for us the Koran has an answer,and this is the topic of todays Koran study.

Verse 261 of the Koran lends from the Bible for an analogy again when it talks about the grains and the number seven designating prosperity. This is seen in the parables of Jesus when he is extolling the virtues of spreading the good word of Jehovah, see for example in Matthew 13:23.
"The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is that of a grain which grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. Allah enhances severalfold whomever He wishes, and Allah is all-bounteous, all-knowing."
Interestingly, as most things in the Koran, we see that Allah is the one who decides who will be blessed. So even if you do the right thing and spread the good message of Islam you may not be blessed. This to me is a conundrum, as it seems more to be showing that there is nothing divine here as there is no way of knowing if you will be blessed. Its almost as if there is no God? Perhaps that is why the Saudi aristocracy is hoarding all their wealth. Lastly, just in case you did not get the message the first time verse 262 reiterates the point.

Verse 263, is one of those "no shits Sherlock" verses that exist in various holy texts. It is a verse that you can turn to and say, "see I told you its true, after all look at this awesome knowledge."
"An honourable word with pardon is better than a charity followed by affront. Allah is all-sufficient, most forbearing."
So basically, if you give to charity, do not go cause trouble or ask for returns from that charity after giving. Or in the words of George Carlin "Don't be a dick". This is not knowledge, this is a social construct that develops in any society. If you are a dick, you will be a cast out and you will suffer and/or die. So, amazingly we learn to get along.

Importantly, when you give to charity as a Muslim, you should never let others know as it is self righteous and not in  the spirit of charity. This is something I can get on board with, after all what is altruism if you are seeking something (i.e. recognition and praise) in return.
"O you who have faith! Do not render your charities void by reproaches and affronts,"
If you don't know how to give to charity exactly though, there is a solution. All you have to do is look at those hideous infidels and see how they give to charity and do the exact opposite.

" like those who spend their wealth to be seen by people and have no faith in Allah and the Last Day. Their parable is that of a rock covered with soil: a downpour strikes it, leaving it bare. They have no power over anything of what they have earned, and Allah does not guide the faithless lot."
Amazingly Allah does not accept charity from infidels as a good deed, as it explicitly states here that there will be no benefits. Granted you should not want something in return when you give to charity, but it does make you wonder why Allah blesses Muslims when they give.
"The parable of those who spend their wealth seeking Allah’s pleasure and to confirm themselves, is that of a garden on a hillside: the downpour strikes it, whereupon it brings forth its fruit twofold; and if it is not a downpour that strikes it, then a shower, and Allah sees best what you do."
Did you notice the contradiction? Thats right verse 261 and 266 claim different things for people contributing to Islam. In one you might get a blessing, in the other you will not get a blessing when giving to charity.

Lastly, lets consider verse 166
"Would any of you like to have a garden of palm trees and vines, with streams running in it, with all kinds of fruit for him therein, and old age were to strike him while he has weakly offspring; whereupon a fiery hurricane were to hit it, whereat it lies burnt? Thus does Allah clarify His signs for you so that you may reflect."
Uhm..... Ok, I have no idea. Apparently this is meant to refer to the time when Muhammad was in Medina after fleeing from Mecca and his enemies. At this time however, the Muslims were still getting attacked and so this message was meant to serve as a reminder that Muslims should continue fighting for the survival of Islam. Interestingly these attacks came after Muhammad and his followers would raid caravans so as to obtain resources and food. So if anything, Muhammad brought the war against Islam by his own actions. So much for the peaceful prophet and religion?



Thanks for reading. Now I am off to the bank to deposit some money into an Islamic fund....after all I need to book my way into paradise with my virgins.


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The version of the Koran I am reading is the John Meadows Rodwell translation. An online version can be found at the al-quran.info website
Additionally, for commentary I am utilizing the commentary of Maulana Muhammad Ali which is available at muslim.org/english-quran/quran.htm

Friday, 17 June 2016

In defence of ISIS/Al-Queda etc

Recently I have been considering giving up on my blogging. After all, when I look at the irrationality concerning religion and science I wonder where we are headed as a species. The truth is the world is a far better place now than it has ever been, but the way irrational thought is making a mockery of science, politics and freedoms is very concerning. Can we honestly just pretend everything is okay when families cannot go watch a game of football, when you cannot go to a nightclub, when you cannot draw a picture of a person, when you cannot even express an opinion!


But let me explain what I mean by referring to something that I have mentioned before on this blog. Many people refuse to say that there is a problem with Islam, after all not every Muslim is a terrorist in ISIS or Al-Queda. But the facts are, that there are moderate Muslims that defend  the most despicable values of Islam. In fact I have heard a work colleague defend the acts of the Taliban in Pakistan, as they are just adhering to the Koran. I also heard this same person say that women are not equal to men, after all the Koran says this is a fact. Do these views appall me? Yes, but this is moderate Islam.

Then just last week, before Orlando and the Paris killing of the police officer, I had someone telling me that ISIS is totally justified in what they are doing and that Iraqi's and Syrians are happy with ISIS in charge. In fact this idiot went on to say that ISIS is due to the Wests interventions in Iraq. To be clear, I think it could be argued that Western intervention did help towards the creation of ISIS, but it is not the reason. To make it worse, this person double downed when I pointed out that if everyone is so happy there would be no refugee crisis. He then said, this was due to other groups like Al-Queda and western backed groups (i.e. Iraqi army, etc) that everyone is leaving. Does, this appall me? Yes, but this is moderate Islam.

Clearly these two people, are not rational. But, they are what many people would call moderate Muslims, as they do not go out and kill others. They are moderate Muslims, as they are not members of ISIS or other Islamic terrorist groups. So, yes Islam is a problem, and if you disagree then you are living in a dream.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

No really Islam is a problem.

I am taking a break from my Bible study and Koran study this week, as I think it is time to discuss something that has been addressed in so many quarters, yet still seems to fly by many people.  In essence this post follows on after some reaction I got after posting Mondays simple comment that "So why is it, that if someone screams "Allah u Akbar" while murdering people they are not called a Muslim, but rather extremist."

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After last weekends mass murder in Orlando Florida at Pulse bar, I still see many people who refuse to accept that Islam is in fact a problem in the world. In fact the Fox article cited here runs the headline "49 killed in shooting at Florida nightclub in possible act of Islamic terror", and then the first paragraph reads "A gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS opened fire early Sunday morning in a packed Orlando nightclub, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53 more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history." Anyone here that has simple rationalizations skills sees what the problem is, it is labeled possible Islamic Terror, but the perpetrator is claiming Islamic ideology. However, if you are going to hide in some warped reality for a while and claim bigotism, perhaps the following will help you get a more coherent understanding ''ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday afternoon via its Amaq news agency, Reuters reported. Amaq said an "Islamic State fighter" carried out the assault." If you still refuse to see this as an Islamic problem, then stop reading as you are clearly not a rational person and are a contributor to the problem.

So we  still see so called rational people defending Islam, and I think this comes from a very biased and selected reading of the Koran. While anyone who actually has read the Koran would quickly come to the conclusion that this book can be anything...... but peaceful it certainly is not. In fact if you want to read the Koran weekly presented at a very slow pace, subscribe here. Honestly, one of the main reasons the Koran readings take so long is that there is just so much that need to be unpacked, cross referenced, designing new science etc etc.

Further, I think it is important to call Islam what it is (i.e. barbaric, and backward) for two reasons. 1) Islam needs a reformation, and it is only with intense criticism of the ideas it holds that the religion will become far better natured. 2) By not calling Islam out as a problem, should we really be surprised when tweets from morons like this arise?

After all if we cannot call a terrorist a Muslim, then we cannot expect these peoples views to change either when we call them out for irrational bigotism. The world is broken, but by acknowledging the real problems and not social justice la-la arguments we can fix it.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Why cant we call a terrorist a Muslim?

If I walk around saying Heil Hitler while giving the Nazi Salute, everyone would call me a Nazi.
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If I claim that the Earth is flat, people will call me delusional.

So why is it, that if someone screams "Allah u Akbar" while murdering people they are not called a Muslim, but rather extremist.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Reading the Koran - Sura 2 Verses 258 - 260

Last week we learned a little more about Allah as a God, and what stuff he is into. This week we will learn why we can be sure Allah is real as we see some miracles that Allah performed which leave us in no doubt to his power. Needless to say like in Christianity, the miracles in Islam have also dried up but we can believe the Koran luckily.....so have no fear the truth is in these words, and only these words, and only this god.

These three verses of the Koran deal with Abraham and an argument he was having with a Sun worshiper. Now, this story is not in the Bible and as such it can be considered as an extra nugget. Interestingly, this person that Abraham is talking too could be considered as Abraham's persona before he converted to serving Allah. We can consider it like this, as Abraham was apparently a sun worshiper before his conversion, but I will state that this is not a Koranic interpretation but one I cam too as I could not find anything else about this story in any non-biblical Jewish sources.

Verse 258 says the following
"Have you not regarded him who argued with Abraham about his Lord, because Allah had given him kingdom? When Abraham said, ‘My Lord is He who gives life and brings death,’ he replied, ‘I [too] give life and bring death.’ Abraham said, ‘Indeed Allah brings the sun from the east; now you bring it from the west.’ Thereat the faithless one was dumbfounded. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing lot."
The life and death being referred to here is apparently not only life and death, but also the rise and fall of civilizations. Firstly we see Abraham saying that Allah is the god that causes life and death, however the sun worshiper then says that he too can give life and death. Needless to say, Abraham calls this person out, and says prove it by making the Sun rise in the West. This rationalization makes sense as after all if this person can cause life and death surely they can make the sun rise in the West. As the sun not rising in the West has never happened in known human history, we can be assured that this miracle has not taken place. However, we do know that civilizations rise and fall and so we can be assured that Allah is real, granted life and death of a person has never been witnessed, but I mean civilizations.

Yes, I am not buying it, just trying my best at apologetics.

Verse 259 is meant to mimic the vision of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 37:1-14) and the raising of the skeletons.
"Or him who came upon a township as it lay fallen on its trellises. He said, ‘How will Allah revive this after its death?!’ So Allah made him die for a hundred years, then He resurrected him. He said, ‘How long have you remained?’ Said he, ‘I have remained a day or part of a day.’ He said, ‘Rather you have remained a hundred years. Now look at your food and drink which have not rotted! Then look at your ass! [This was done] that We may make you a sign for mankind. And look at the bones, how We arrange them and then clothe them with flesh!’ When it became evident to him, he said, ‘I know that Allah has power over all things.’"
So in this dream/visions we see Abraham getting given a message from Allah that Allah can raise not only the dead, but specifically Abraham as well. Interestingly, if we look back at Verse 258 then surely we have to ask, does that then not refer to rising up of dead people and not the fall and collapse of civilizations. Needless to say we cant read it like that, as then it would make no sense. It is lucky as such that this is a visions and not reality..... although there is no distinction why we should accept this as a vision and not reality .....well except for apologetics.

The last verse is a fun one as it shows us the Allah can perform miracles, while the sun god cannot.
"And when Abraham said, ‘My Lord! Show me how You revive the dead,’ He said, ‘Do you not believe?’ He said, ‘Yes indeed, but in order that my heart may be at rest.’ He said, ‘Take four of the birds. Then cut them into pieces, and place a part of them on every mountain, then call them; they will come to you hastening. And know that Allah is all-mighty and all-wise.’"
Basically, Abraham cuts up four birds and takes their parts to four different mountaintops. Then he calls them and the birds come to him, amazing! Now yes, I know this "miracle" is not as impressive as making the sun rise the wrong way, but hey it works. I mean there is no way that those four birds could be four different birds set free by followers of Abraham. Ok, basically I am calling this a crappy miracle. Is this really the level of evidence that is getting presented for Allah's power when so much is getting asked of a sun worshiper?

These three verses really can make your head spin, if you actually take the time to consider them properly. So, make your mind up and tell me what you think. Fact or fiction?

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The version of the Koran I am reading is the John Meadows Rodwell translation. An online version can be found at the al-quran.info website
Additionally, for commentary I am utilizing the commentary of Maulana Muhammad Ali which is available at muslim.org/english-quran/quran.htm

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Reading the Bible - Genesis 31

Genesis 31 has a lot to ponder, but these points are spread out, as such let me abridge the story for you and then we can dive into some details.

Jacob hears that the sons of Laban, as well as Laban, are upset with him for stealing their fathers wealth. This is largely  due to the magic that Jacob has performed regarding breeding by circumventing basic genetic laws. As such Jacob decides it is time to leave and so he gathers his wives, flocks and slaves and decides to run away. Jacob also tells his wives why they need to run, as God has told him that Laban wishes to cheat him once again. Once Jacob and his group have left, it takes Laban and the others three days to figure that they have runaway! Three days, for a person to realize a whole group of people and part of his flock are missing, really? Anyway Laban is furious that Jacob just upped and left, so he and his relatives decide to chase the man and his daughters down.

Before Laban meets Jacob, Jehovah comes to him in a  dream and warns Laban not to harm Jacob. As such Laban is wary of Jacob, but berates him for stealing his daughters and not giving him a chance to say goodbye. Needless to say Laban also accuses Jacob, rightfully so, of stealing his house idols. However, after searching for the idols Laban cannot find them, as the thief Rachel was sitting on top of them. After the fruitless search Jacob loses his cool, and tells Laban that he is dishonoring him and this is unacceptable. Eventually Jacob and Laban kiss and make up and they construct a pillar which both promise never to cross to cause harm to one another. After this Jacob makes an offering to Jehovah and then the next morning Laban leaves early after saying goodbye to his daughters. In a nutshell, that was Genesis 31.

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The first thing that springs to mind in this story, is why is Laban such a deceitful person. After all this is his mothers tribe, and these are meant to be honest noble people. But really, as previous chapters have shown, Laban and his family are anything but good people. These are people who sells their daughters into sex slavery, daughters who give their slaves as sex slaves, people who change rules, or break contracts, to get the most out of any deal. In fact Jehovah even warned Jacob about Laban! I mean when the god of everything takes time out to warn you about someone, then that person must be trash.
"And he continued, ‘Raise your eyes, please, and see that all the he-goats mating with the flock are striped, speckled, and spotty, for I have seen all that Laʹban is doing to you."

The next thing that astounds me, is that this family should be faithful to Jehovah. We can gather this from the way they accepted Jacob into their house talking about the one true god, but also surely it was required by Isaac and Rebekah. But, if this is the case then why did this family have house gods? We know they had house gods, as this is what Rachel stole from her fathers house.
"Now Laʹban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole the teraphim statue that belonged to her father."
Additionally, this stealing raises the question about the monotheistic desires of Jehovah. After all if Jehovah truly wants his offspring to be pure and righteous to him only, why would he allow Jacob to marry someone who clearly respects other gods? Add to this the fact that Jehovah does not allow the statues to be found when Laban is searching Jacobs possessions.

Another thing that blows my mind, was Laban accusing Jacob of stealing his daughters.
"But you did not give me a chance to kiss my grandchildren and my daughters. You have acted foolishly. It is in my power to do harm to you, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful about what you say to Jacob, either good or bad."
Remember this is the same father that sold both his daughters into sex slavery, so this comment just leaves me floored. I can only assume that it is included to show that Laban really is a deceitful man.

There really is a lot to take away from Genesis 31. We learn more about Jehovah's nature in so much that he allows stealing, while also protecting his special ones even if they are the ones doing the stealing. However, if this is true again we have to wonder why Isaac and Rebekah, who are Jehovah's people, would send there son into the den of thieves. Perhaps, just perhaps, these really are only stories and not a special one true gods message?

I hope this telling of Genesis 31, was more palatable than the long winded Biblical account.

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All verses come from the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website

Monday, 6 June 2016

The pointless life

The one constant thing that amazes me about looking at religion from a non-believers point of view is the vast discrepancies one sees within religious texts and/or ways of thinking. It astounds me that I continue to see new problems with religious texts, while believers do not see these same problems. So I have to come to the conclusion that I am right, or the believer is wrong. Yet to assume I am right would be pretentious, and so the only way to reach  logical decisions is to rationalize through the thought process and see what the conclusions are.

From various discussions with theists it seems obvious that omniscience cannot coexist with free will. In fact, there are some theists that will freely admit that these two concepts cannot exist together. However, they get around this problem by insisting that god has either partial knowledge, foreknowledge, or knowledge of every possible choice.... or some other ridiculous argument. Then by using these arguments they imply that we can still have free will and god is omniscient. Wrapping your head around these illogical arguments takes a lot and trying to debate a theist about simple links between free will and omniscience, once these pseudo-arguments have been introduced, is like talking to a wall. However, I think I have found a simple solution to these illogical arguments, at least from  Christian perspective.


Prophecy is a critical part of Christian theology. Without prophecy the existence of Jesus as a savior of mankind becomes an irrelevant concept. But for prophecy to exist omniscience, or extensive foreknowledge, must exist. This things brings us back to the problem that omniscience cannot exist without the loss of free will. So we have a conundrum, either prophecy is false and the Bible fails or free will is an illusion.


These are not throw away arguments, as if free will is an illusion, then predetermination exists. This means that it does not matter how we live our lives, as everything including the eternal state of our selves after death is predetermined. So me typing this post, and my dismissal of god claims does not matter, after all my future has already been determined. There is no reason for me to be saved by the blood of Jesus, there is no reason for anything.

Simply put life is pointless.

Luckily I know that life is not this pointless. I know I have one chance and I should live it to the fullest. I guess I prefer the atheistic alternative to this pointless theistic life.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Read the Koran - Sura 2 versus 254 - 257

This Koran reading this week is a good one, as it gives us insight into the mind and qualities of Allah. Clearly this is a good thing, as then we can test the validity of the god called Allah. So in a sense this reading is slightly different as we can test some claims.

Verse 154 is a good verse and a bad verse, as it tells people they should prepare for bad times when things are not that easy. The problem with this however is that all the blame for the bad things that are happening is placed squarely on non-Muslims.
"O you who have faith! Spend out of what We have provided you before there comes a day on which there will be no bargaining, neither friendship, nor intercession. And the faithless—they are the wrongdoers."
Clearly this verse is problematic from a social point of view, as it allows the Muslim to automatically blame anything bad that happens on the nonbelievers. So if Shia's get attacked by Sunni Muslims, the fault is clearly the nonbelievers that live in a country hundred of miles away. Perhaps, this gives some readers pause and understanding into Islamic terrorism around the world.

Verse 155 shows us all the traits of Allah, so lets break it up slowly.
"Allah—there is no god except Him— is the Living One, the All-sustainer. Neither drowsiness befalls Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth."
Allah is an eternal god, so before anything Allah existed and as such everything created belongs to Allah as he is the only entity that could have created it, as he was before it existed. Naturally this is great as we cannot prove or disprove things beyond our time and space, so Allah has to exist, just like pink invisible unicorns, spaghetti monsters, and peanut butter sand-witches.
"Who is it that may intercede with Him except with His permission?"
Different to some other religions, i.e. Catholicism, Allah is to be approached directly and not through any saint or idols. As such we can say Allah is truly a monotheistic God, but this goes in direct contrast to what we have read before in the Koran.
"He knows that which is before them and that which is behind them, and they do not comprehend anything of His knowledge except what He wishes."
Allah is omniscient, so we can be as such certain that free will does not exist. After all how can you have a choice if the answer is already determined. Also interesting to note here is that Allah gives knowledge as is necessary....well I wish he would bloody hurry up and give us some solutions to climate change and the ISIS problem.
"His seat embraces the heavens and the earth, and He is not wearied by their preservation, and He is the All-exalted, the All-supreme."
The last trait we encounter here is that god is all seeing and all powerful. Again pretty awesome, but I wish Allah would do something about all those starving children in Africa with that power that he has.
 
In conclusion regarding verse 155, we can come to the rational conclusion that Allah does not exist according to his own standards of all knowing, seeing and powerful. Unless, Allah is a tyrant who does not give a shit about anyone.


The next part of todays lesson tells us exactly all we need to do to go to heaven. All we need to do is believe in Allah and deny Satan and those that do Satan's work. In fact if you just do these simple things you will never ever fail. Amazingly, this is the exact crap that gets touted in Christianity. Also please remember at the same time if anything bad ever happens its because you were not believing in Allah and fraternizing with Satan and his Ilk.
"There is no compulsion in religion: rectitude has become distinct from error. So one who disavows the Rebels1 and has faith in Allah has held fast to the firmest handle for which there is no breaking; and Allah is all-hearing, all-knowing."

So, who are Satan's ilk that are doing his work?
"Allah is the Guardian of the faithful: He brings them out of darkness into light. As for the faithless, their patrons are the Rebels, who drive them out of light into darkness. They shall be the inmates of the Fire, and they shall remain in it [forever]."
Satan's followers are the unbelievers. So if you are anything but a Muslim, then you are a Satanist according to the Koran. Luckily for those devout Muslims they can smile and be happy as all us horrible Satanists are going to burn in hell forever.


Just some more reasons to realize that the doctrines of the Koran breed hatred among mankind.

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The version of the Koran I am reading is the John Meadows Rodwell translation. An online version can be found at the al-quran.info website
Additionally, for commentary I am utilizing the commentary of Maulana Muhammad Ali which is available at muslim.org/english-quran/quran.htm

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Reading the Bible - Genesis 30

Last weeks Bible study largely focused on how to sell your daughters as sex slaves. This week, we get some more lessons in the craft of sex slavery, while at the same time getting to see the birth of seven more of the patriarchs of the tribes of Israel.

At this point we need to remember that Leah has given birth to four sons. Naturally, this fact makes Leah's sister Rachel super angry, and as such she makes a rational demand of Jacob
"Give me children or else I will die."
Understandably Jacob was not impressed, and makes the point that he is not God so he cannot just make her pregnant. However, Luckily for Rachel, or is it Jacob, she has a slave that she can give to Jacob as a sex slave so that she may have children with Jacob by proxy.
"So she said: “Here is my slave girl Bilʹhah. Have relations with her in order that she may bear children for me and that through her, I too may have children.”"
Jacob has two children with Bilah, and they are:
Dan - Judge
Naphtali - My wrestlings
Interestingly, Rachel names these children. As such we are left with no doubt that sex slavery, forced surrogacy and baby stealing are all acceptable things to do.

So While Jacob is getting it on with Bilah, we hear that Leah has stopped having children which would imply she became barren, but more on that later. However, not to be outdone by her sister Leah gives her slave to Jacob to have sex with, and so enters Zilpah who summarily has two more children, and they are:
Gad - Good fortune
Asher - Happy

Now as luck would have it, we learn that prostitution is not only acceptable for men, but it is also acceptable for women according to the Bible. In verses 14 to 16, we see that Leah gets given mandrakes by her son Reuben. However, Rachel wants some of the mandrakes, and as such sells sex with Jacob to Leah for the night.
"Then Rachel said to Leʹah: “Give me, please, some of your son’s mandrakes.” .................So Rachel said: “Very well. He will lie down with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.”. When Jacob was coming from the field in the evening, Leʹah went out to meet him and said: “It is with me you are going to have relations, because I have hired you outright with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay down with her that night."
Luckily this night of passion was good enough for Leah. In fact it was so good that she magically becomes fertile again and has two more children on separate occasions. They are,
Issachar - He is wages
Zebulum - Toleration
On a side note, Leah also had a daughter by Jacob called Dinah. Dinah is important later in our Bible study for all the wrong and savage reasons, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. I should also mention that she is the first girl mentioned in the chapter that is not a sex slave of Jacob.

Finally, and thankfully for all her other slave girls, Rachel becomes pregnant and has a son. His name is
Joseph - Increase
It is also finally at this point that Jacob decides it is time to leave his uncle Laban's home and go back to his father and mother. This is justified after all, he has been staying with his uncle for give or take 14 years and 11 babies/4*10 = 17 years.

In conclusion to his time at the home of Laban. For 17 years of work, Jacob now has 11 children with four sex slaves wives. By the way, for those of you that know the tribes of Israel, have no fear the remaining patriarch will enter the narrative at a later stage.

Now we get to a very interesting story, and it has to do with the wages that Laban will pay to Jacob for all his years of work. It is the story of Jacob and Laban and the sheep. Basically, Jacob first says he will take no wages. However, he then he goes on to say, he will take the speckled and spotted sheep that get born from a flock of white sheep. As such, if any spotted sheep come from this flock, it must be attributed to a miracle. We can claim this, as Mendelian genetics tells us that white sheep cannot have spotted offspring when white is the recessive gene. So, what happens?

You guessed right! The sheep that get born to the white flock are spotted, and as such this large spotted flock that arises becomes the property of Jacob. Now while you may consider this utter rubbish, as it contradicts basic genetics, there is an answer. Maybe Jacob was having sex with the sheep.

All jokes aside, this story can only be true if there is a god. As such we can come to one of two conclusions: a) there is a god or b) this is a made up story that goes against scientific knowledge. I know which one I choose. How about you?


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All verses come from the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website