Cognitive Dissonance: March 2012

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance: a discomfort caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming and denying.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Murder, rape & dead babies!

This one is handy if you meet a girl who doesn't like you, but you want to marry her. All you have to do if forcibly rape her, pay her dad equivalent of $50 and she's all yours!

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 - If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

But THEN if you decide you don't like her after all, just point out on the wedding night that she ISN'T a virgin (which the husband would know since he raped her) and then just drop her off at dad's house so she can be stoned to death!

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB - But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.

Another good one... You know what pisses me off? People that make fun of bald people! I am bald, so f*** that! Next time some punk kid calls ME "baldhead" I'm gonna curse them in the name of the LORD and have some bears tear them to shreds! Seems just, right? I mean, what else could a loving God do but tear little kids to pieces with some she bears for talking shit?

2 Kings 2:23-24 - From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces.

This last verse really moves me, right in my heart where Jesus lives!

Isaiah 13:15-18 - Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.

See, God isn't some wussy democrat, whining about stuff like indefinite detention! He doesn't take prisoners, especially not kids or babies! I mean, babies cry all the damn time, they cost a crap load of money for diapers and formula and clothes cause they keep growing out of 'em! This the how we should treat prisoners of war! Slice those kids to pieces and shoot the back-talking know it all teens with arrows! Oh, and don't forget to rape the women, as usual!

That bible is just FULL of love and happy stuffs! Go GOD!

I am DEEPLY offended by people who continually claim the bible is the ultimate source of morality, or is even remotely true.  The bible is a violent book, riddled with ignorance and depravity and malice!  The bible teaches hatred, murder, rape, slavery, infanticide/genocide, human sacrifice, etc, etc, etc are all ok, even commendable!  Western Christians/Catholics ignore this fact, they cherry pick out some nice, happy-feely verses and skip along through the meadow telling little kids their going to burn in an eternal fire if they do ANYTHING god doesn't like!  And what doesn't god like?  Well, pretty much anything we humans do enjoy, he hates.  This is horribly, horribly immoral and unethical.  I for one am so fed up and disgusted by it that I refuse to stand by idly any longer while Christians with no knowledge of history, who have forgotten the tens of millions of dead bodies that have been cut down and absorbed back into the earth in the name of the biblical god!  The Christian god is the invention of ignorant, illiterate sheep herders who couldn't explain why it rained, or what lightning was, or why sometimes seemingly healthy people died of horrible afflictions.  They attributed these things to gods because they had no knowledge of the way the world works.  We know infinitely more about the nature of life, our planet and the universe now than those bumbling fools did 2,000+++ years ago.  There is nothing described in the entire bible that cannot be explained by natural phenomena.  There are also no supernatural claims which cannot be easily debunked by science or historians just as easily.  God was invoked over the millennia as an explanation for the things we humans could not explain.  God has run out of places to hide, we've searched every nook and cranny and he just isn't there.  The evidence against the existence of ANY god, especially the ridiculous Christian version is overwhelming!

That's where "I am with god", I am where everyone should be, rejecting superstition and doing my duty to expose ignorance in the bible and trying my hardest to stop anymore lives from being destroyed by fairy tales.

Burden of proving a negative? Huh?

Many believers will say, "It is impossible for you to prove that God (Allah, Ra, Vishnu, whatever) does not exist. There is no way to prove that something does not exist." This is a silly argument for the following reason.

Imagine that we have a conversation one day and I say to you, "I believe in the gerflagenflopple. You cannot prove that the gerflagenflopple does not exist, therefore it exists." You can see that this is ridiculous. Just because I have invented something out of thin air does not mean that its non-existence is suddenly unprovable. There has to be some evidence that the gerflagenflopple exists in order to assert its existence. Since there is not, it is quite easy to say that the gerflagenflopple is imaginary.

Now let's imagine that we have a conversation one day and I say to you, "I believe in Leprechauns. You cannot prove that Leprechauns do not exist, therefore they exist." You actually have heard of Leprechauns. There are lots of books, movies and fairy tales dealing with Leprechauns. People talk about Leprechauns all the time. Leprechauns even have a popular brand of breakfast cereal. But that does not mean that Leprechauns exist. There is no physical evidence for the existence of Leprechauns. Not a single bit. Therefore, it is obvious to any normal person that Leprechauns are imaginary.

If you think about it, you will realize that there is no difference between God and Leprechauns. Lots of people talk about God as though he exists, but there is no actual evidence for God's existence. For example:
God has never left any physical evidence of his existence on earth.  All historical gods were imaginary and we know it.  None of Jesus' "miracles" left any physical evidence either.  God has never spoken to modern man, for example by taking over all the television stations and broadcasting a rational message to everyone.  The resurrected Jesus has never appeared to anyone.  The Bible we have is provably incorrect and is obviously the work of primitive men rather than God.  When we analyze prayer with statistics, we find no evidence that God is "answering prayers.  Huge, amazing atrocities like the Holocaust and AIDS occur without any response from God.  And so on…There is absolutely no evidence indicating that God exists. There is a tremendous amount of empirical evidence that God does not exist. Therefore we can conclusively say that God is imaginary. That is the only thing that a rational person can say.

Another way of looking at it.

With every other object and phenomenon in our experience, we use the scientific method to determine whether it exists or not. For example, X rays are invisible, but we know that they exist. We can devise scientific experiments to prove that they exist. Then, once proven to exist, X-rays can be used predictably in all sorts of beneficial ways.  If you would like to hypothesize that God exists, then you should say to yourself, "Let's devise a repeatable scientific experiment to provide evidence that God exists." Every experiment we devise demonstrates, yet again, that God is imaginary.

Isn't it odd that God, unlike everything else in our universe, has been put into a special category? When we talk about God, we are supposed to do so "philosophically." Why? Why not treat God just like all other objects and devise experiments to detect his presence or absence?  The classic religious response is, "God must remain hidden. If he proved his existence, that would take away faith." This is clever -- here we have an object named God that proves its existence by completely hiding its existence. Of course, in the real world, any object that provides no evidence for its existence is classified as imaginary.

Even more interesting, this object called God, which is supposedly hiding its existence completely, is in the meantime supposedly writing books, answering prayers and incarnating itself. How can that be? This obvious contradiction shows how imaginary God is. When we look at prayer scientifically, we find that "answered prayers" are actually nothing but coincidences. When we look at the Bible scientifically, ethically or rationally, we find that the Bible is wrong. When we look at all of Jesus' miracles scientifically, we find that none of them left behind any scientific or historical evidence. Nor, for that matter, did Jesus, nor did Jesus' resurrection. Strangely, not a single historical source independent of the Bible ever mentions the resurrection.

The reason why we can find no empirical evidence for God's existence is not because "God is a magical being completely able to hide from us." It is because God is imaginary.