This is the type of blog entry that really gets the “believers” heated. I like to say they are so blinded by their faith in the unreasonable that they refuse to take a long, hard look at the facts, and allow themselves to think for a minute that they could possibly be wrong. Also, although this blog entry targets Christians in particular, it could easily be applied to any religion, especially those who believe in an all powerful mono-theistic supernatural being.
My first thought anytime someone suggests a god is responsible for our existence is the following. Why do we believe in such a thing? Why is it that a book, written thousands of years ago by nomads wandering through the desert, could possibly be taken seriously in modern times? These unfortunate souls had no understanding of anything. They didn’t know why the Sun even came up each day. In fact, some of those people even thought the Sun must be their god. These were people who were alone and scared, often fighting against the odds to survive in a world where every day was a chance to be mauled by some wild animal or even killed by another tribe. They didn’t understand some of the basic fundamental facts about how the world and the universe behave, that we humans have only just discovered over the past several 100’s of years.
Just about any believer in God will emphatically fall back on the bible as one of their proofs of the existence of a god. I personally find this disturbing, as I’d like to think that anyone who lives during modern times would understand how absurd this really is. Take for example a car accident. Assume there are 5 witnesses to the accident. Of those 5 witnesses you will without question get 5 different interpretations of what they saw. Now let’s take the bible.
Every story in the bible was written at least 50-60 years after the events portrayed within it. How can any reasonable person believe that the people who wrote these books got it right? The answer should be simple. They didn’t. Didn’t we all play “telephone” when we were children in school? Remember how the first child would whisper something in to the ear of another, and it would work its way around the room until the final student would say to the class what he heard? It was always manipulated and often flat-out completely incorrect given the first message passed along. As all the books in the bible were written in this manner, from stories passed down from generation to generation verbally until they were written as text; how can we possibly come to the conclusion that they are an accurate assessment of the events that transpired? And, that is assuming these events transpired in the first place! The only logical conclusion to the writings of the bible are that they are not inspired by the “words of God” or any other supernatural being. Instead they are only a description of what humans saw before them in a time of total confusion and a complete lack of knowledge necessary to understand the world in which they lived. Any argument that the “bible says, therefore it must be true” will not be an acceptable response to anything else I have to say in this post.
I believe the single largest reason that we still find people who believe in God is simple. We don’t want to accept that our existence is insignificant. I know given our pride, that is a tough pill to swallow. However; it doesn’t make it any less true. In a universe with billions of galaxies, each with billions of stars, it is a mathematical certainty that life has evolved in the same manner as it has on our puny little rock in the vast indescribable size of the universe. Life may not be the same. For instance, we may not find other beings which appear as we do; however there most certainly are some species somewhere. Even on this planet on which we live there is absolute proof that a different species grew to dominate the planet in a manner similar to humans, at a time when hominids didn’t even exist yet. Dinosaurs!
This is a 100% completely provable fact which can only be denied by someone so completely blinded by their faith in God that they simply refuse to listen to reason. Although dinosaurs did in fact once rule the Earth, I don’t recall dinosaurs ever being mentioned in this bible to which Christians hold so dear. Why not? If the Earth and all life on it was created by God in 7 days, as the bible teaches, where do dinosaurs fit into this? Also, as scientists have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, based on layers of sediment all around the world and core samples, I once again bring to your attention that dinosaurs and humans never existed at the same time.
Next I’d like to take an example from the bible that is completely preposterous. Noah’s Ark. If you want to hear a true bullshit story…Holy Shit! Let’s remember that the bible insists that all life on the Earth, with the exception of that which was on the Ark, was destroyed during this great flood.
The “Ark” as shown above is simply a replica; however the Ark as described in the bible is actually 2 times the size of the one shown here. Even the ‘replica’ Ark built-in the Netherlands and shown here is only 150 cubits long, so it can tour the canals. And is not actually a wooden boat at all, but is supported by a steel barge. Could Noah really have built an Ark that size that could have carried the world’s life safely through the worst storm of all time? This replica was built to give tourists something to see but also to disprove the absurd notion that such a magnificent feat could ever be accomplished. Next, let’s examine the legitimacy of an Ark of this size holding all the species of the world. And for the sake of argument, this must also have included all forms of bacteria (which those opposed to the Theory of Evolution deny exists) would need to have been loaded up on this Ark. Genesis 6:15 specifies a length of 300 cubits and a beam of 50 cubits. It is impossible to give an exact conversion to today’s units as the Standard Cubit was obviously washed away in the Flood, but creationists agree that it would have been something like 450 ft long by 75 ft beam. That is a stupendous size. The Ark would have been the largest wooden ship ever constructed in the history of the world by a very big margin. Even the monster six masted wooden schooners built at the beginning of the 20th century topped out at about 330 ft by 50 ft. They used to flex visibly in any sort of sea, the leverage of their enormous length forcing the planks apart so severely they had to be pumped out continuously. The biggest of them all, the Wyoming, was lost in a storm on the New England coast despite having anchored to shelter from the blast. Imagine now that all forms of life on the Earth, including penguins, polar bears, koalas, lizards only found in South America and the many more millions of species found on this planet could have been rounded up and placed within the Ark. It doesn’t take someone with a 4th grade education to realize this fallacy.
As I mentioned evolution above, I thought it deserves a quick comment. In the scientific community there is a distinct difference between the words “theory” and “Theory”. The first means exactly how it sounds, an educated guess. The later means FACT. Those Christian fundamentalists who love to say that evolution is a myth should consider the quickest and easiest display of evolution on our planet that happens every day. Both bacteria and viruses mutate and evolve all the time. This is the very definition of evolution, “those characteristics which allow a species to survive given the environment in which it lives”. This incorrect notion that evolution is the “survival of the fittest” is not an accurate description of evolution.
So as not to drag this on forever, I’ll quote George Carlin…
“Religion has actually convinced people, that there’s an invisible man, living in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of 10 things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these 10 things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send you to live and to suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever until the end of time! But he loves you.”
To conclude, in middle school we learn about Greek Mythology. Inevitably in another 1,000 years (probably less) we’ll be learning about Christian Mythology.