Thursday, August 04, 2005

Religion

Well, it’s time. Time for the world to admit that they were wrong about religion. How far are we really going to takes this? I mean we still have fanatical groups claiming that Jesus will be reborn in the year 2016! When they are wrong then we will have similar groups that say 2027; it will never end until we start to treat these types of people the same way that we treat insane humans that get locked up in a treatment facility because they believe something absurd such as Elvis is still alive and has been telling them to do incredulous activities. This is all just ridiculous. Belief should be based off of what can be predicted, i.e. we believe in the theory of gravity because when we drop a ball it will fall to the ground at a speed that can be predicted. This is still a belief, it is not fact: someday a ball may fall faster than it does today, in fact it is likely based off of the new physics that are being calculated everyday. But! And this is a big BUT! We are still going to be able to predict how the object will fall, regardless of the gravitational variable that changes extremely slowly over time.

Okay so what about the unknowns? What happens after death? Well, let’s watch the fourth grade tape again that we've all seen of what happens to a fox in a field as it decomposes. It decays. Bacteria and all sorts of parasites consume the body and soon there is hardly anything left but bones. This is because once the heart stops beating blood no longer flows and antibodies and immune cells are no longer able to reach the parasites, nor is oxygen able to get to the cells and they quickly become destroyed. Is this proof that there is no God? No. There will never be proof that there is no God and there will never be proof that there is a God, I am simply pointing out what happens with death. Notice I didn't mention that we see a soul float up out of the body and walk up a fleet of stairs to some pearly gates where that soul then gets judged by a saint for all its wrong doings. Nope didn't see that in the video did we? That is because it does not happen. Similarly, there will never be a proof that a rock will fall at a constant speed forever, there will only be a theory that it will fall at some predictable speed. The difference between theories of gravity and the idea of God is that the first helps us make predictions of the future, the latter does nothing to help us at all with anything other than to make some, extremely paranoid, people feel better about the idea of death. Death will happen to us all and should not be feared nor should it be revered, it is simply the end of life.

So the moral of this post: lock up the loonies because we have to do something about this epidemic that doesn’t seem to want to go away. Although there is a new cult spreading that involves an intelligent creator of the heavens that is a Flying Spaghetti Monster that seems to be pretty interesting... maybe there is something to religion after all.

7 comments:

focalelement said...

Curiousity gets the best of me...

how do you define "loonies" regarding religion?

And...have you ever actually taken the time to really investigate the truth claims made by different religions?

Lee
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Perdita said...

Boy are those christians gonna be upset when they find out the Myans are ending the world in 2012.

They should have made reservations sooner I guess

scott said...

Yes that would be a good question, focalement. Where do you draw the line? What about people that beleive in Allah, Buddah(sp), The great spirit or any of those things? I would think that you would be a very lonely person in this world. While yes some may come off strange because of there beliefs, just remember that you may come off strangle to other people because of your lack thereof. You wouldnt want others to take the sort of actions you are proposing torwards you. Tolerance and freedom are some ideas you should start to try to excersise in your life.

christian said...

As a Christian, I agree that when a person dies, their body is decomposed, much like the fox in the field. However, what happens to the soul? Does it just disappear? Is it recycled? Does it combine with all other dead souls? But, more important than that, who created the first soul? Darwin wouldn't and didn't even begin to deal with that issue. Yet, it looms, unanswered by science or men. What if you are wrong, and one day you face the creator of your soul? What will you say?

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Christian N. Roy said...

I don't mind much the loonies until they want to impose their beliefs to others. That is when the trouble starts because faith does not bode well with logic. Every argument can be refuted by the almighty "because God wants it that way" or this other one that I like "we cannot try to understand God's reasons" (another way of saying "I don't know and I prefer to put another mystery (God) in front of the first mystery...". My Christian friend says "What happens to the soul?" as if it was a proven reality that souls exists. Like ghosts. And if I stand in front of a Creator at some point, I will tell him or her:"Why did you dislike Africa so much?"