Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Taking religion literally is insane

To demonstrate why I reject religion, I am going to talk about one example: the story of Noah and the Flood.

In that story God floods the Earth and kills all people except Noah and his family. The flood presumably also kills all the land animals except the ones Noah takes in his Ark.

This story is almost celebrated. There are cute pictures of the ark and animals for kids and there are even children's books based on it. It might seem cute until you consider the death and destruction which is conveniently ignored. It's actually like having cute pictures showing how wonderful the Holocaust was.

Supposedly all of the people that got killed were wicked. That's hard to believe. Does it mean even children and newborns were evil? What about the whole killing aspect? Most people seem to be okay with punishing evil, but did they all really deserve the death penalty? Oh, and what about the animals? Drowning animals is cruelty. Why did they deserve it? Surely an omnipotent being can be more selective in its wrath.

Then there's the impossibility of the whole thing. Consider all the species of land animals, the way some only live in remote regions, and the way some require very specific food. Consider how many employees a zoo needs, and many more animals the ark would have. Okay, that could be resolved with divine assistance. A more serious problem is that a global flood would leave some unmistakable traces for geologists and archaeologists. I don't mean what some say are traces, because those couldn't possibly be from such a recent flood and they're not worldwide. The Bible didn't say anything about God hiding the evidence.

After the flood, God said he wouldn't do it again, which may seem nice, except that he's apparently still free to hurt people and end the world in any other way. For an example, read Revelations.

If it seemed like the flood happened, I might conclude that God was messing with people as evolutionary algorithms. However, considering the lack of evidence that it happened there is one very satisfying answer: it's fiction and metaphor.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Well, actually...

Archaeologists and geologists mostly agree that the land formations, plethora of freeze-framed skeletons, and rock layers show evidence of a large flood happening quite suddenly. Where did you get your information from?

Caden said...

it's not surprising you sign in as anonymous. religion is responsible for virtually all the ills of the world.. religion was invented by the rich to keep the poor from killing them. Those of you not insane are deluded. keep it in your home. where do u get the right to teach this fantasy crap to our children? you are scary. How can you not see this is myth and superstition? jeeze

Biel said...

Most people stop believing in Santa Claus at about 8 years old but religion continues....

Millions (billions?) have died/are dying because of that. Most religion
teaches that is is wrong to kill but modern day nations still go and kill big time for profit... and that's what religion is all about - PROFIT.

Christopher said...

"Archaeologists and geologists mostly agree that the land formations, plethora of freeze-framed skeletons, and rock layers show evidence of a large flood happening quite suddenly."
This is why I would never take religion seriously. Religious people tell great big lies at the drop of a hat. ANY hat.

Christopher said...

"Archaeologists and geologists mostly agree that the land formations, plethora of freeze-framed skeletons, and rock layers show evidence of a large flood happening quite suddenly."

What? A religious person telling a big fat obvious lie? I'm shocked, shocked!!

Non Believer said...

Religion in any form will be the cause of the eventual downfall of humanity. Those of you that are die-hard believers should read history books to see that every war/conflict in recorded history was caused by religious beliefs in some manner or form. Wake up, you morons... there is no almighty deity that is commanding you to kill those that don't share your foolish religious beliefs. You dunces probably still believe in Santa Claus too.

Truth Seeker said...

Excellent look at the flood myth. Not only is it insane to believe in these fairy tale myths...religion continues to drive people mad because deep down inside people know these tales are not true...yet both christians and muslims continue to try and make the world better for "their" god....(some kind of imaginary godman in the sky which ironically sounds similar to zeus)...religion causes hatred, bias, separation, and war...just look at the history of mankind.

Anonymous said...

jesus wants your cash :)

Anonymous said...

oh, come on - take off your pants and undies, get down on your knees, open your mouth and show true appreciation to the holy father pressing upon you.

thisdude said...

Dude, to shamelessly plug my own take on this same subject. One of my recent articles is world news if god were real, you guys might like it. Really good points, there's just so much to be said about the lunacy of religion, as disheartening/frustrating as it is to see the people that cling to religion in the face of any and all reasoning, it is great to see how many people are now openly and loudly atheist.