26 Reasons Jesus is in Hell

0-jesus-in-hellOf course, I do not believe in Hell.
It is ridiculous.

But were such a silly thing to exist as the Bible claims,  Jesus is there suffering for his sins against God like everyone else. And according to the Gospel, he apparently never repented for them and that is another sin:

1) Jesus didn’t forgive his enemies – he condemned them. (Mark 16:16)
2) He suggested people be burned alive – “they shall be burned” (John 15:6)
3) He cursed his enemies – “Thou Fools!”(Matt. 23:17)
4) Jesus stole things – “untie them”..”bring them to me” (Matt. 21:2-3)
5) He destroyed his enemies – “Execute them in front of me” (Luke 19:27)
6) Jesus didn’t love most of his neighbors  – They are ‘Dogs’! (Matthew 15:26)
7) He told people to judge others – “Remove your blessings”! (Matt 10:14)
8) Jesus was bigoted – “They are swine” (Matthew 7:6)
9) ..Extremely bigoted – “I come only for the children of Israel” (Matthew 15:24)
10) He violently whipped people  – “He made a whip of chords” (John 2:5)
11) Jesus didn’t want peace – “I do not bring peace.” (Matt 10:34)
12) Jesus lied – “He went in secret anyway” (John 7:8-13)
13) Jesus prepared for war  – “if you have money, buy a sword” (Luke 22:36-37)
14) Jesus used force to bully others – “he did not allow anyone to carry things through the temple area” (Mark 11:16)
15) Jesus incited violence – “I am impatient to bring not peace…but disorder!” (Luke 12:51)
16) Jesus used fighting words – “I came to bring fire to the world” (Luke 12:49)
17) Jesus commanded hate – “You must hate them or you are unworthy”
18) Jesus inspired bigotry in others – “Avoid Them” (Romans 16:16)
19) Jesus hated your loved ones – “from now on I will make enemies within the household.” (Luke 12:52)
20) Jesus hated free will – “I will kill her children with death” – JESUS (Rev. 2:23)
21) Jesus accepted violence as a necessity – “My kingdom advances with violence.” (Matthew 11:12)
22) He supported vigilante murder –  “He should be drowned with a millstone” (Luke 17:2)
23) Jesus supported child murder – “How dare you ignore God’s law for your tradition? God has told you, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother must be put to death’” –  (Matthew 15:3)
24) Jesus commanded unforgiveness  – “remove your blessing of peace.” – (Matt 10:13)

25) Jesus preached Hate – “Hate your parents…hate your life or you are unworthy of me” (Luke 14:26)
26) Jesus lied – “The mustard seed is the smallest” (Mark 4:31) In fact the orchid seed is much smaller. Jesus either didn’t know this or he knew it and he lied.

Jesus committed many other sins:

– his lack of apology for all of this.
– the lie of that he was sinless.
– his cruelty to his own mother
– his command to behave in an infantile way,
– and his biggest lie: 11 explicit promises in the gospels to answer any and all prayers exactly as requested provided they are submitted in faith.

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THE BELL I COULD NOT UN-RING

fire017 - fire alarm symbolOn Dec. 14, 2012 news emerged about a room full of children massacred by a mad man with a machine gun in Newtown, Connecticut.

Like millions of others, I wept.
I knelt on my living room floor, shaken by the incalculable cruelty – as if these children had been known to me.

A Christian of 49 years, I put my hands together to pray as I had done perhaps a thousand other times. But something different happened this time. And it changed my life.

In the depth of this sorrow
I prayed,

“Dear God, please. Help them. Oh, help me understand.”

And in that split second I realized if it were possible for God to intercede to help anyone, doing so would be an immoral act if he were to come to me after having ignored the children and their parents first.

I was praying for comfort – but God had already not interceded for those children. He had allowed each step of the killer, his unstilled heartbeat, the bullets…right down to the parking space.

My anguish was nothing to the unrelenting catastrophic horror poured on those innocent people. I was in no way worthy of God’s attention compared to those lost in that gunfire.

God cannot morally intercede to help me
after refusing to help those children first.

It was a keen awareness. God must not – as a moral matter – come to my aid at all!

And God vanished.

Since then I have not believed a God could morally intercede in any way, even one presumably capable of infinite options, under the circumstances. So even my deeply felt prayer had itself been an unwittingly immoral act.

I cannot even pretend to believe in God.
God’s very existence would be immoral.

So I decided to study religion to figure out why I had ever believed in God. How religion protected itself from my honest inquiry for almost 50 years. And in a world afflicted by these mischievous theistic philosophies what, if anything, should be done about it.

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Guess Which Horrible Atheist Made This Speech?

Mystery-Customer-Person“I have wiped out many nations, devastating their fortress walls and towers. their cities are now deserted; their streets are in silent ruin.
There are no survivors to even tell what happened. I thought, ‘Surely they will have reverence for me now! Surely they will listen to my warnings, so I won’t need to strike again.’ But no!

“I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy. Now go and utterly destroy all they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling.

“As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you as slaves.

“I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives while you live to see it, and I will give them to your neighbor. He shall rape your wives in broad daylight. I will force this destruction upon all nations.

“Be joyous as you dash the babies heads against the rocks”

 
HINT: He rejected all Gods known at the time!
Please leave your answer in the comment section.

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JESUS FAILED AT BEING CHRIST-LIKE

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JESUS FAILED AT CHRISTIANITY

jesus-with-rifle-thumb-1The mark of a failed philosophy is when the person who invented it cannot follow it.
If Jesus cannot live up to Christianity, what chance can the rest of us have?

Jesus didn’t forgive his enemies –
He sent them to Hell. (Mark 16:16)
Jesus cursed his enemies – “Thou Fools!”(Matt. 23:17)
Jesus stole things – “untie them..and bring them to me” (Matt. 21:2-3)
Jesus destroyed his enemies – “execute them in front of me” (Luke 19:27)
Jesus didn’t love most of his neighbors – They are ‘Dogs’! (Matthew 15:26)
Jesus told people to judge others – “Remove your blessings”! (Matt 10:14)
Jesus was bigoted – “They are swine” (Matthew 7:6)
Jesus violently whipped people – attack at the temple (John 2:5) 
Jesus didn’t want peace – “I do not bring peace.” (Matt 10:34)
Jesus lied to people – “He went in secret” (John 7:8-13)
Jesus prepared for war – “if you have money, buy a sword” (Luke 22:36-37)
Jesus supported the death penalty -“Drown him with a millstone” (Matt 18:6)

The term “Christ-like” is an illusion.

When someone is deeply compassionate we want to label this behavior as virtuous and beautiful. But our error is to falsely credit such qualities as “Christ-like.” Clearly, the term cannot be much of a virtue if one is referring to the behavior of Jesus.

There is no reason to think the character of Jesus is a good example for anyone. Christ-like would be best described as: obedience, fear and duty to tribe.

“If the men do not abide in me…they shall be gathered and burned” – JESUS (John 15:6)

Jesus is exactly like every other person who ever found Christian doctrine unworkable.

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God Is What You Decide He Is (Which Means He Isn’t)

_80407506_178100803Religions are optional and people change their beliefs over a lifetime. Some do this many times. Ever notice we always find one which agrees with our sense of morality?

Most of us are given our first religion by our parents. We pick from the holy book particular verses and notions which form the God of our ideal expectations; a god we approve of, one we can be proud to believe in.

For example, regardless of your personal morality you can cherry pick any combination of verses from Jesus, claim them to be true and still be considered a good Christian:

Moral JESUS:
“Forgive them, they know not what they do” – JESUS 
“Love thy neighbor” – JESUS
“My peace I leave you” – JESUS

Immoral JESUS:
“I have not come to bring Peace but a sword..” – JESUS (Matthew 10:35)
“Execute them in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)
“Better to drown him with a millstone” – JESUS (Matthew 18:6)
“I shall kill her children with death” – JESUS (REV. 2:23)
“shake off their dust as a testimony against them” – JESUS (Luke 9:35)

“I have come to bring fire to the earth…and Anguish.” – JESUS (Luke 12:49-51)
“I have come to divide families and make enemies of the home” – JESUS (Matthew 10:21)
“Keep the stoning laws of Moses” – JESUS (Matthew 5:19)

The Bible offers us multiple choices which we can use to build our gods.We judge them as we create them from these building blocks. Want to believe in a Jesus who is only about tolerance? Easy. Simply pick those parts and reject or rationalize the rest from Biblical offerings.

Unfortunately, the mistake humans make is to pretend the Gods they have constructed are real and have minds of their own with commands which must be followed. That part is nonsense, since you are the one who invented the god from the raw materials you chose on your own.

No matter your religion, you are the creator (and the judge) of your God. He exists at your mercy and at your permission. When you stop believing, he disappears. They always do.

The only actor is You.

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15 Good Reasons to Skip Church

  1. There probably is no real God.

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  2. Churches spread bad ideas.
    Vicarious redemption is the idea that another person was tortured,  mutilated and died for your personal benefit. This is not an ethical concept.
  3. If a real god exists, it probably isn’t at your church.
    There are at least 200,000 proposed gods in history and many thousands of sects and religions. Probably all of these gods are man made. If a real god exists among them, the chances of you worshipping the correct true god are 1 in 200,000.
  4. Church is a staged, scripted repeat performance.
    You’ve already seen the show. There is no evidence a God cares if you miss the repeats.
  5. If God exists he can’t care where you are.
    If he birthed you in a hospital perhaps that is where he’d rather see you worship him. There is no evidence God wants you in a church, in a park, at a beach or anywhere else.
  6. The God of the Bible is not worthy of worship – even if he exists.
    He arranged for his son to be slaughtered even though Jesus begged for an alternative at the Garden in Gethsemane (supposedly). If God can’t figure out a better way to save humanity except through an agonizing blood sacrifice he is no more creative than primitive humans who were using blood sacrifice already for centuries. (Hint: this is a sign that this god is also man made)
  7. Most churches waste your money on costumes and set pieces.
    Your money will heat the building, repair the roof and feed the clergy. Expensive outreach programs will indoctrinate children into attending repeat performances every Sunday and tithing – donating 10% to the church – while threatening Hell, a mythical place of punishment for which there is no evidence.
  8. Churches insist on demeaning behavior.
    Your role in the Church performance is to play the obedient slave. Kneeling and praying with hands together is the customary position of a slave begging a master (a Lord) with manacled wrists and chains about their legs. It is demeaning and inhumane.
  9. Church leaders lie to children. 
    There is no evidence a Hell exists. There is no evidence masturbation or condoms are bad for anyone. There is no evidence that church helps anyone behave better. There is no evidence Jesus loves anyone.
    Yet churches make claims about these matters based on no evidence at all.
  10. Religions are just ideas, not obligations.
    People change religions often. Religions are ideas about reality which are completely arbitrary and malleable. Churches create “Holy Days of obligation” which are just fancy words invented by church leaders, to pull at your emotions and get you to participate and contribute to the performances. There is no evidence any god is “obligating” you to do anything. And based on the slim results of prayer there is no evidence any powerful god feels any obligations to you.
  11. The Church does not deserve the benefit of the doubt.
    If a good God exists it makes no sense for him to want us to support an institution which demeans and lies to humanity. It remains unaccountable even as society demands justice in child rape cases.
  12. The pews are uncomfortable.
  13. Sermons are mostly boring and badgering, full of claims which remain unsupportable and silly. 
  14. Worshipping gods is superstitious, primitive and wishful.
    There is no evidence that wishful or magical thinking is particularly good for people. Snake handlers, healers, gay bashers, climate deniers, evolution deniers, tongue speakers and voodoo all get vast support from churches.
  15. Thank Secular Law for your right to skip Church.
    Your right to skip Church is a victory of our US Constitution – not of religion.

    “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion, nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.”

    This law strikes the perfect balance. You can have religion if you want – or not. The best way to honor such an excellent law is to exercise those Constitutional freedoms.
    Skip church.

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Christopher Hitchens Remembered

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Christopher Hitchens died on December 15, 2011 and left vast resources of clear-eyed insights on religion across the digital universe.

The fourth anniversary of his death seems a good excuse to rediscover what made him one of the most effective wreckers of religious argument since Robert Green Ingersoll in the 1800s.

Enjoy (and take notes):

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How We Know Jesus Stole His Sermon

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“Secret of the Incas” with Charleton Heston (Left) was made 30 years before it was plagiarized for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Stealing from older material has been with us since the first civilizations.

The Sermon on the Mount also known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) is the most famous sermon preached by Jesus, the main character of the New Testament.

But historians have always known this sermon amounts to little more than a watered down version of sayings well known from ancient Sanskrit and Hinduism. Much of it sounds exactly like the Dharma a cluster of primitive sayings which pre-dates Jesus by at least 300 years:

“Reverence and lowliness; contentment and gratitude…this is a great blessing.” – Dharma (300 BCE)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” – JESUS (Matthew 5)


“To be long suffering and meek; to associate with the tranquil…this is a great blessing.” – The Dharma (300 BCE)

“Blessed are the meek….”
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – JESUS (Matthew 5)


“To bestow alms and live righteously; to give help to the kindred… this is a great blessing.” – Dharma (300 BCE)

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice…
“Blessed are the peacemakers..”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” – JESUS (Matthew 5)


“Self-restraint and purity; the knowledge of the Noble Truths… this is a great blessing.” – Dharma (300 BCE)

“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see Truth.” – JESUS (Matthew 5)

More of the wisdom of the Dharma:

“To support father and mother; to cherish spouse and child; to follow a peaceful calling —this is a great blessing.”

“To dwell in the station befitting your condition; to consider the effect of your deeds; to guide the behavior aright —this is a great blessing.”

“Much insight and education; self control and pleasant speech, and whatever word be well spoken —this is a great blessing.”
– Dharma (500 BCE)

C0incidence? I doubt it.  The more we look at ancient texts and cultures, the more Jesus looks like an invention, a conflation of several ideas woven into one character.

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Did Jesus Exist? 18 Parallels to Fictional Hero Narratives

corruptionBelow is a short excerpt from Richard Carrier’s exhaustively researched book, The Historicity of Jesus.

Ancient literature had common Hero narratives. The story of Jesus conforms to many such examples.

Consider Jesus, Socrates and Aesop:

1. They all came from humble backgrounds
2  All were exalted as exemplary men…
3. …depite all of them having opposed the established religious authorities
4. All attacked the sin and greed of the political elite
5. All attended the parties of sinners and ate and drank with them.
6. Yet all consistently denounced sinners and sought to reform them.
7. All taught with parables, questions and paradoxes.
8. All taught to despise money and have compassion on others.
9. All taught that they wanted to save everyone’s soul.
10. All were despised by some and beloved by others for their teachings.
11. All were publicly mocked in some way.
12. All were renowned for being physically ugly or deformed.
13. All were executed by the state for blasphemy, a crime they did not commit.
14. All were actually executed for speaking out against the sin and greed of the authorities.
15. All voluntarily went to their deaths despite all having had the power to escape.
16. All prophecied God’s wrath would proceed their killers and all were right.
17. All were subsequently revered as martyrs.
18. All at the outset have been given a gift of the spirit from God: Aesop was given a spirit which gave him a supernatural power of speaking. Socrates was given a spirit which counseled him and gave him wisdom and Jesus was given the Holy Spirit.

“..Even if Jesus existed, we have to worry about how much of his life is structured and forced into this model…Aesop and Jesus were itinerant preachers and died in holy cities…”

“Yet, there is no evidence Aesop actually existed. He was most likely invented to attribute his name to a collection of stories which he didn’t write.”
– Richard Carrier, The Historicity of Jesus

Something to think about.

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