I love controversy. So here we go again. Just wish I could get some bite backs, but never mind.
Before we go any further, let me declare my beliefs, or lack thereof.
I am an Atheist. Yes, fullstop, end of discussion. I do not believe in god, the devil, the angels, things that go bump in the night. Heaven, hell, purgatory, or any of those sorts of places. I came from the Big Bang, and I will return to the aftermath of the Big Bang.
What I do believe is that most people, at least in our western World, would have great problems accepting life without something to grab hold of to justify why they exist. So they turn to religion, this belief in a superior being that controls and allows everything that happens.
I don’t have this problem. I am content with my life, and I know that one day it will end and that will be it. Nothing else, that’s it. If there is one thing that I can agree on with christian religions, it is the oft made statement “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes”. To me, that is where we came from, and that is where we will return. Why we are here? Well, honestly I have no idea. And nobody else has any idea. Unless of course you hang on the coat tails of some religious sect.
Fair to say that going back through the millenia, people needed something to believe in. Maybe it was something as simple as the sun rising everyday. And then the moon rising at different times, and then not rising at other times. I can understand that. Most people back then, even the leading churchmen, had no idea what made everything tick, so I guess they came up with stories, fables, make believe, to try to explain these phenomena.
Now I’ll be fair, these leaders, churchmen, no doubt believed what they preached. They had no more idea as to why than the everyday pleb. So where does leave us today. Churches, religions, are big business. some churches are wealthier than the biggest commercial companies in the world. Now that in itself cause me worry. Why is a church so wealthy when thousands, millions, of their followers are so poor they can’t afford to look after themselves.
Just to break away for a moment, let me declare some more about myself. Would not be right to appear to be hiding something. I was baptised as a Church of England person. I found out this was done because this was the nearest church to where we lived. Clearly my parents had a religious hangup and needed to baptise me to salve their consciousness’s. Of course what I’ve learned since is that they were never married anyway. Yep, you’ve got it, I was a born and bred bastard. So I was then sent to a catholic school for education. Apparently my Mother believed the catholic system offered a better education than the state system. So I progressed from kindergarten through year 12, matriculation, in the catholic system.
Needless to say, I was fairly well indoctrinated into the catholic way of believing. But see, my personality is that of a Logician. Now apparently I am in a group of only about 3% of the population. Another story, but as I grew older, I studied what I was being taught, and naturally started to question the logic of what I was being taught. It made no sense to a person who used logic to work out all things. So when it came to religious beliefs, well I had terrible problems continuing to believe what I had been taught. So brings me to the present.
Who, or what, is god? All religions seem to base their beliefs on this person they call god. So who is he, her? An infallible, all loving, compassionate, all knowing being. Okay, first rebuttal is, if he is all compassionate and loving, why does he allow children to be abused by members of a church that claims to be doing the work of god? Which church? Any church you like. I will not criticize any particular church by name. I believe that they all fail in the same way. Many are so rich, yet do nothing for their people.
Getting off track a little. Can anyone offer me some proof of the existence of this so called god? Can anyone offer me proof of an afterlife? Can anybody offer me a reason why I should not eat meat on Friday, especially the so called “good friday”? And what these “Ten Commandments”?
#1 I am the lord thy god, thou shall not have any gods before me. Yep, fair enough, I won’t have any gods before you or after you. Just don’t believe in any god.
#2 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything. So what does that really mean? I’m not allowed to idolize my football team? Well if I’m not going to have any gods before you, why would I idolize anything else?
#3 You shall not misuse the name of the lord your god. Well that is insensible. If I wished to blaspheme, why would I call on someone or thing, I don’t believe in anyway?
#4 Remember the sabbath day by keeping it holy. Now just which day is that? Well, as I understand it, the sabbath day, or Sabato, is actually Saturday in our calendar.
#5 Honour your Father and your Mother. Well my Mother and Father were never married. So why should I honour then within the context of religious belief? And further, given my knowledge of their further daliances, why would I honour them? Yeah, they were alright people I guess, they brought me into this world, but I could of been brought into this world by any millions of couples.
#6 You shall not murder. Okay. fair enough. In the context that we understand murder, fair enough. But what about the soldier who is sent to war and looks an enemy in the face, and then blasts that person off the face of the earth? Am I any worse a person?
#7 You shall not commit adultery. Well I guess this means that you shouldn’t have nookies with somebody not your spouse. Yeah, I guess that is fair enough. If you commit to a person, you should honour that commitment. But I guess that means you can play the field as long as you are not committed by marriage.
#8 You shall not steal. Okay, that speaks for itself. Simply being in a community suggests that there are community rules which you should abide by.
#9 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour. See #8.
#10 You shall not covet your neighbours house, wife or property. Covet – Collins Dictionary – to long to possess something belonging to another. Okay, so I shouldn’t want to take your goods from you, but surely it doesn’t mean that I can’t wish for some of the wealth, or a good looking wife like your’s. I would have to go and earn it, but surely the driving force of going for it is my desire to have it?
So really, just what do these 10 commandments really mean? Who really conjured them up? Moses?? Give me a break. Show me proof where Moses went on a mountain, and somebody spoke to him from a burning bush, and gave him these commandments. I can be gullible at times, but this is pushing the boundaries.
Well I will leave there. At the start I said I was an Atheist, and so I just can’t believe any of the crap we have been fed over thousands of years. PLEASE, somebody come back at me and ask me some questions, or put other arguments. That is my challenge.