Yahweh started out as a local god of Judea/Israel when every civilisation had their own pantheon. At the time (late bronze age) society was a patriarchy and women were seen as secondary to men. Even goddesses in Sumeria were seen as wives to the gods. So, if blokes are in charge, they are going to have a male god.Or perhaps we refer to God in a male context for the same reason some languages use male and female nouns when referring to things.
I would suggest that threats and violence have been the hallmark of all religions.There is now, but only because people went there and sold the idea to hapless uneducated peasants.
Interesting that places where its spread the most without the need for threats and violence, are also the least educated and desperate places.
Lots of Christians in Africa. Not many in Japan.
I can’t get behind this idea that if there is a creator we should be thankful for it and worship it.I can’t get behind this idea that if there is a creator we should be thankful for it and worship it.
Clearly what he/she/it has created is pretty messy and fraught with imperfections. He/she/it could fix these but doesn’t. It must revel in our suffering. In which case it is not worthy of worship or even acknowledgement.
It’s like me creating a zoo but putting all the animals in one cage. Pretty quickly things would turn sour with everything eating each other. I wouldn‘t then go; “**** it, they have free will, it’s their responsibility to learn from this.” I’d realise that my actions (and more importantly my inaction by not separating the animals) had caused this chaos and I should really do something about it.
As for Stalin, Hitler etc. I knew someone would fall into this trap and it’s a common response to Hitchen’s Challenge. “The Nazis were atheists and they did terrible things in the name of their beliefs.”
Well I’m afraid that simply isn’t true. The Nazis were not atheists. Mein Kampf states that in killing the Jews, they are doing “God’s work.” The very first line in the Nazi oath was “Ich schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid” I swear by God this holy oath. The Wehrmacht wore belts with “God with us“ written on them.
Over 50% of the SS were confessional catholics. It’s no surprise that the first and only political alliance the Vatican has ever made was with Nazi Germany. Interestingly no members of the SS were ever excommunicated for the atrocities they committed. Except Goebbels. He was excommunicated for the heinous act of marrying a Protestant, which I’m sure we can agree is much worse than taking part in genocide.
As for the rest of the Axis powers, well Hirohito was actually a God and look at what Japan did in his name.
While extreme forms of Communism might eschew traditional forms of religion, they just replace God with a living head of state. All the other trappings remain. In North Korea they even have the holy trinity, of father, son and Holy Ghost, with a dead bloke being the official head of state.
And of course I’m not saying atheists are incapable of committing evil acts, but no one is doing it in the name of a lack of belief in God. Where religion exists, otherwise good people commit evil acts in its name.
Again, Hitchen’s Challenge is to name a moral action that a person without a faith could not possibly perform, and conversely, to name one immoral action that only a person with a faith could perform or has performed in the past.
Clearly we can name thousands of immoral actions that only a person with faith would and could perform. Just look at any recent Islamic terror attack. However I can’t think of a single moral action that is exclusive to those with faith.
Ergo, we are better off without religion. We lose nothing without it.
He said he loved me.....but he never writes, he never phones..not even flowers or a card, the schmuck.Jesus died on the cross for humanity, so that you might be saved, and you throw it back in his face by calling Him a paedo.
Why the animosity towards Jesus?
Hang on. You mean god isn't a black disabled lesbian? That's not very happy-clappy inclusive now is it?Yahweh started out as a local god of Judea/Israel when every civilisation had their own pantheon. At the time (late bronze age) society was a patriarchy and women were seen as secondary to men. Even goddesses in Sumeria were seen as wives to the gods. So, if blokes are in charge, they are going to have a male god.
Because in the end it makes you a happier person.That's is one way of looking at it. I have recently been reading up on Buddhism and have started thinking seriously about some of the basic concepts.
In the end, as the Dalai Llama says "Just try to be a better person".