Preamble: “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” ~ Harriet Tubman
You start dying slowly if you become a slave of your habits, walking everyday on the same paths… If you do not change your routine. You start dying slowly if you do not travel, if you do not read. You don’t see with your eyes, you see with your brain and the more words your brain has, the more you can see.
Sounds like a preachment on morality? Well what if it is.
Books give a person a holistic bigger view of the universe, yet a fanatic needs only a very narrow angle to life. Churchill summed it up excellently when he said a fanatic is somebody who will not change his minds and will not change his subject.
You start dying slowly if you do not allow yourself, at least once in your lifetime to run away from sensible advice. Mainstream religions are ostensibly sensible advice due to years of cultural conditioning.
Social Critic and humorist, Mark Twain criticized conventional religion by the sentiment whereby he felt that the church of his time had lost touch with everyday life. He went further to state that: “If Christ were here now, there is one thing he would not be– a Christian.”
JESUS WAS A RADICAL NONVIOLENT REVOLUTIONARY WHO HANG AROUND WITH LEPERS HOOKERS AND CROOKS; WASN’T AMERICAN AND NEVER SPOKE ENGLISH; WAS ANTI-WEALTH ANTI-DEATH PENALTY ANTI-PUBLIC PRAYER (MATTHEW 6:5); BUT WAS NEVER ANTI-GAY, NEVER MENTIONED ABORTION OR BIRTH CONTROL, NEVER CALLED THE POOR LAZY, NEVER JUSTIFIED TORTURE, NEVER FOUGHT FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST NAZARENES, NEVER ASKED A LEPER FOR A COPAY; AND WAS A LONG-HAIRED BROWN-SKINNED HOMELESS COMMUNITY-ORGANIZING ANTI-SLUT-SHAMING MIDDLE EASTERN JEW.
Before getting carried away, however, let it be said that A good society allows you to believe in any God or other mythical creature. What it doesn’t allow is for you to do bad things in their name.
Religion isn’t under attack. Its being called out!
Religion isn’t under attack. Its being called out!
“You should just shut up and let people believe whatever they want.”
If we did that:
People would still believe the earth is flat.
Witches would still be burned at the stake.
Black people would still be slaves.
Jews would still be burned in ovens.
Women would have no equal rights.
Gays would not be winning their own equality.
Shall I continue? Or should I just shut up and let you continue to be a coward?
“You gotta respect everyone’s beliefs.” NO YOU DON’T.
That’s what gets us in trouble. You have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs.
You have the right to believe in what you want. I have the right to believe its ridiculous.
It’s funny when monsters start calling demons bad influential statistics on the society.
The source of man’s unhappiness is his ignorance of Nature. The pertinacity with which he clings to blind opinions imbibed in his infancy, which interweave themselves with his existence, the consequent prejudice that warps his mind, that prevents its expansion, that renders him the slave of fiction, appears to doom him to continual error.
— d’Holbach, The System of Nature.
You only need one religion. Love. Love does not insist in its own way. Love is open minded. A person whose heart knows love will have a Single-minded and totally selfless pursuit of knowledge, for its own sake because the greatest impurity is ignorance. Free yourself from it. Be pure.
Kevin Gates is the best street rapper there is, an unparalleled social commentator too but when it comes to Islam, the guy is the dumber o dumbest ignoramus rabble rousing bigot. It really irks me that religion can make someone that dumb. Religion poisons everything good in this world.
The universe is made up of protons, neutrons, electrons and morons.
RELIGION: THE PRACTICE OF TRAINING YOUR MIND TO IGNORE EVIDENCE, LOGIC AND REASON, WHILE BEING ABLE TO BELIEVE IN FAIRYTALES BASED ON FAITH ALONE…
AND BEING PROUD OF IT RATHER THAN ASHAMED.
Nobody is more indoctrinated than the indoctrinator.” I chewed it and swallowed it for you. You’re welcome. When you find, or compose, or are moonstruck by a good proof, there’s a sense of inevitability, of innate truth. You understand that the thing is true, and you understand why, and you see that it can’t be any other way. It’s like falling in love. How do you know that you’ve fallen in love? You just do. So again, you’re welcome.
In this sense, God’s greatest moment is the moment you realize you need no God.
I know, I know…this is the antithesis of everything you have ever been taught. Yet your teachers have taught you of an angry God, a jealous God, a God who needs to be needed. And that is not a God at all, but a neurotic substitute for that which would be a deity.
A true master is not one with the most students, but one who creates the most Masters.
A true leader is not the one with the most followers, but one who creates the most leaders.
A true king is not the one with the most subjects, but one who leads the most to royalty.
A true teacher is not the one with the most knowledge, but one who causes the most others to have knowledge.
A true God is not One with the most servants, but One who serves the most, thereby making Gods of all others.
Science has a habit of asking stupid questions. Stupid, that is, by the standards of common sense. But time and time again we have found that common sense is a poor guide to what really goes on in the world.
Again, the good thing about science is its true. Whether you believe it or not.
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion. As much as religion is true and magnificent, It is polluted too much. And has too many bottlenecks and asterisks so profound.
The Bible is Like a rose growing in manure. Some stuff is pretty nice, but most of it is surrounded by a pile of shit.
The Bible says that there was water and plant life on earth before the sun was created.
Let that sink in.
Christians should just bow to facts and accept that their time is wrong; the world is not 6,000 years as the Bible purports, it is billions of years, According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed about 4.54 billion years ago. , Noah’s flood never happened. Evolution is real. Dinosaurs existed and died 65 million years ago.
It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition.
They should call the creation story a metaphor.
The problem lays in the literal translation of metaphors. Every faith in the world is based on fabrication. That is the definition of faith-acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Every religion describes God through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early Egyptians through modern Sunday School. Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors.
Religion isn’t under attack. Its being called out! It should be an image of Caesar’s wife, a beyond-reproach paragon of virtue. Why tell us to be perfect while you ain’t perfect.
“Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins and astrology ends, and astronomy begins.” ~ Christopher Hitchens.
First law of philosophy: For every philosopher, there exists an equal and opposite philosopher.
Second Law of Philosophy: They’re either both wrong or they are both right.
So why not integrate?
I know of no society in recorded history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable.
The world has never morphed into religion. Religion morphs into the world.
Rome, now the seat of the Vatican ; as it was expanding in the ancient Roman Empire, it always took the most formidable religion in their expansee and incorporated it into their own lore.
Rome was basically a sponge. When the Roman Republic conquered Greece in 146 BC, it took much of Greek religion (along with many other aspects of Greek culture such as literary and architectural styles) and incorporated it into its own. The Greek gods were equated with the ancient Roman deities; Zeus with Jupiter, Hera with Juno, Poseidon with Neptune, Aphrodite with Venus, Ares with Mars, Artemis with Diana, Athena with Minerva, Hermes with Mercury, Hephaestus with Vulcan, Hestia with Vesta, Demeter with Ceres, Hades with Pluto, Tyche with Fortuna, and Pan with Faunus. Some of the gods, such as Apollo and Bacchus, had earlier been adopted by the Romans. There were also many deities that existed in the Roman religion before its interaction with Greece that weren’t associated with a Greek deity, including Janus and Quirinus.
The Papacy wields too much power because of Constantine. Christianity was shaped by Paganism. Here’s evidence to prove.
Jesus Christ was a historical figure of staggering influence, perhaps the most enigmatic and inspirational leader the world has ever seen. As the prophesied Messiah, Jesus toppled kings, inspired millions, and founded new philosophies. As a descendant of the lines of King Solomon and King David, Jesus possessed a rightful claim to the throne of the King of the Jews. Understandably, His life was recorded by thousands of followers across the land. More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament, and yet only a relative few were chosen for inclusion—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John among them. Do you know Who chose which gospels to include? The fundamental irony of Christianity! The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Constantine was hardly a Christian, He was a lifelong pagan who was baptized on his deathbed, too weak to protest. In Constantine’s day, Rome’s official religion was sun worship—the cult of Sol Invictus, or the Invincible Sun—and Constantine was its head priest. Unfortunately for him, a growing religious turmoil was gripping Rome. Three centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Christ’s followers had multiplied exponentially. Christians and pagans began warring, and the conflict grew to such proportions that it threatened to rend Rome in two. Constantine decided something had to be done. In 325 A.D., he decided to unify Rome under a single religion. Christianity. Well why would a pagan emperor choose Christianity as the official religion? Constantine was a very good businessman. He could see that Christianity was on the rise, and he simply backed the winning horse. Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun-worshipping pagans to Christianity. By fusing pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition, he created a kind of hybrid religion that was acceptable to both parties. “Transmogrification,” The vestiges of pagan religion in Christian symbology are undeniable. Egyptian sun disks became the halos of Catholic saints. Pictograms of Isis nursing her miraculously conceived son Horus became the blueprint for our modern images of the Virgin Mary nursing Baby Jesus. And virtually all the elements of the Catholic ritual—the miter, the altar, the doxology, and communion, the act of “God-eating”—were taken directly from earlier pagan mystery religions.” Nothing in Christianity is original. The pre-Christian God Mithras—called the Son of God and the Light of the World—was born on December 25, died, was buried in a rock tomb, and then resurrected in three days. By the way, December 25 is also the birthday of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus. The newborn Krishna was presented with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Even Christianity’s weekly holy day was stolen from the pagans. Originally, Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagan’s veneration day of the sun. To this day, most churchgoers attend services on Sunday morning with no idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun god’s weekly tribute—Sunday. During this fusion of religions, Constantine needed to strengthen the new Christian tradition, and held a famous ecumenical gathering known as the Council of Nicaea. This Synod was insofar as its being the birthplace of the Nicene Creed. At this gathering, many aspects of Christianity were debated and voted upon—the date of Easter, the role of the bishops, the administration of sacraments, and, of course, the divinity of Jesus. Until that moment in history, Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet… a great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless. A mortal. Not the Son of God. Right. Jesus’ establishment as ‘the Son of God’ was officially proposed and voted on by the Council of Nicaea. Jesus’ divinity was the result of a vote. A relatively close vote at that, nonetheless, establishing Christ’s divinity was critical to the further unification of the Roman empire and to the new Vatican power base. By officially endorsing Jesus as the Son of God, Constantine turned Jesus into a deity who existed beyond the scope of the human world, an entity whose power was unchallengeable. This not only precluded further pagan challenges to Christianity, but now the followers of Christ were able to redeem themselves only via the established sacred channel—the Roman Catholic Church. It was all about power, Christ as Messiah was critical to the functioning of Church and state. Many scholars claim that the early Church literally stole Jesus from His original followers, hijacking His human message, shrouding it in an impenetrable cloak of divinity, and using it to expand their own power. Jesus was indeed a great and powerful man. Constantine’s underhanded political maneuvers don’t diminish the majesty of Christ’s life. Nobody is saying Christ was a fraud, or denying that He walked the earth and inspired millions to better lives. All we are saying is that Constantine took advantage of Christ’s substantial influence and importance. And in doing so, he shaped the face of Christianity as we know it today. The twist is this, Because Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status almost four centuries after Jesus’ death, thousands of documents already existed chronicling His life as a mortal man. To rewrite the history books, Constantine knew he would need a bold stroke. From this sprang the most profound moment in Christian history. Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned. Anyone who chose the forbidden gospels over Constantine’s version was deemed a heretic. The word heretic derives from that moment in history. The Latin word haereticus means ‘choice.’ Those who ‘chose’ the original history of Christ were the world’s first heretics. Fortunately for historians, some of the gospels that Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950s hidden in a cave near Qumran in the Judean desert. And, of course, the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi. These documents speak of Christ’s ministry in very human terms. Constantine’s Bible has been their truth for ages. Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!
Integration is so simple. We just need a Papal fiat. Give it a Latin name and everyone falls in line. Its not the first time it has happened.
The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council (Latin: Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum Secundum; more commonly known as the Second Vatican Council, or informally as Vatican II) addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world. Several changes resulted from the council, including the renewal of consecrated life with a revised charism, ecumenical efforts towards dialogue with other religions.
A number of Papal pronouncements have been issued against Freemasonry. The first was Pope Clement XII’s In eminenti apostolatus, 28 April 1738; the most recent was Pope Leo XIII’s Ab apostolici, 15 October 1890. The 1917 Code of Canon Law explicitly declared that joining Freemasonry entailed automatic excommunication, and banned books favouring Freemasonry.
As P.W. Anderson wrote in his article “More is Different”: “The reductionist hypothesis does not by any means imply a constructionist one.”
In Indian culture, different religious philosophies were traditionally respected as academic differences in pursuit of the same truth.
Chakras, Karma, Muslimah Giving alms Evergetism, Science, Hedonism, Taoism, Humanism, Jainism non absolutism Nihilism, Shamanism, Tantric, Yoga, Economics, Gentleman’s Clubs, Freemasonry, Budhahood, Dharma, Kama Sutra, Greek neoplatonism,tzimtzum,Immanence & Transcendence, Séance & Ancestral cultism, Rastafarian, Grace Yada yada yada..
All these possess immense wisdom if only they were integrated. Some are not well known. Not well known does not mean lacking in influential. Anything but.
In the beginning, man made GOD, and then the problems started.
If there is one religion that gives a perfect definition of from what the universe could have sprang from. It is Taoism. According to Taoists, the universe sprang from the Tao.
I agree. You can’t adopt the nihilism thesis of the aethists. The Universe began from something. It did not spontaneously appear.
The problem arose when Christians tried to define God. By defining God, they denigrated Him. Him, they even gave him a gender. The Chinese Taoism is the only religion that perhaps give you the perfect glimpse of the power manifesting itself in the Universe. They call it the Tao.
The Big Bang theory was initiated by the Tao. It is so easy to integrate this with science.
Our chief concern is with how the Chinese have thought of this Power manifesting itself in the universe.
The ancients judged of the world without mechanical aids. What they would have concluded had they had at their command all the modern mechanism for surveying the universe, passes our imagination! But, as the Taoist saw it, he judged that the invisible was greater than the visible: that spirit, from every point of view, was more excellent than matter. Lao Tan felt that behind all,—not only the visible world, but also behind the invisible world, there is a Supreme Power to which he gave the conventional name of Tao, or, as it may be translated the Cosmic Spirit. But this is only a conventional term: we cannot comprehend it and therefore it is impossible to give it an adequate name. Its quality, its power and its magnitude is so vast and deep that no human language,—language belonging to the material universe alone—can describe it. And, of course, were any term comprehensive enough to connote it, in all its mysterious greatness, it would, at once, lose its chief characteristic of the Infinite. Once a thing is defined, it becomes limited. So the conventional name of Great Tao is only an indicative name,—indicative of immensity and quality and the way. But whilst no name can adequately define it, yet it is possible for the mind to have a good conception of it, through description of its works and by analogues of what it is like. It is the Source of all and the Eternal Sustainer of all creation. It gives out energy, but without the least exhaustion of its own powers and resources.
The most useful words to stimulate an idea of the Tao are found in the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu:
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The Named is the mother of all things.
There was something undifferentiated and yet complete,
Which existed before Heaven and Earth.
Soundless and formless it depends on nothing and does not change.
It operates everywhere and is free from danger.
It may be considered the mother of the universe.
I do not know its name; I call it Tao.
All things in the world come from being.
And being comes from non-being. (form comes from formlessness)?
Tao Te Ching
The Way is to man as rivers and lakes are to fish,
the natural condition of life.
The Tao is conceived of as something self-existent and being independent of the visible world. It belongs to the invisible world and the visible comes from it.
The Tao is not a thing or substance in the conventional sense. That sort of thinking is misleading: Thinking of the Tao as some sort of object produces an understanding of the Tao that is less than the reality.
The Tao cannot be described in words. Human language can only give hints that may help the mind to form an idea.
“the” should be dropped because it gives people the idea that the Tao is a metaphysical reality, by which sense they mean a thing/ object (in the wildest sense) or an absolute being like a god. Which in conventional sense the Tao is not God too. It is not worshipped. The Tao includes several concepts in one word:
the source of creation
the inexpressible and indefinable
the natural universe as a whole
the way of nature as a whole
Phra Dharmakosacarya also known as Buddhadasa Bhikkhu was a famous and influential ascetic-philisopher of the 20th Century. Known as an innovative reinterpreter of Buddhist doctrine and Thai folk beliefs, Buddhadasa fostered a reformation in conventional religious perceptions in Thailand as well as abroad whereby he developed a personal view that rejected specific religious identification and considered all faiths as principally one.
the question that dogs you like Medusa’s face is Why not integrate the extripate the trash?
Well, Because it is impossible. Religion has only served as something to scapegoat. Use a paradigm villain, the devil as a patsy by placing all world’s evil on his shoulders. Christianity gives you free grace. There is no karma in Christianity. If you repent you are absolved from all sin. There is thrill in organization. There is thrill in organized anarchy, information- The Bible may have blatant asterisks but it is organized Science is still a work in progress.
Utilitarian philosophers and economists as early as Helvetius saw man’s rational self interest as the prime or single motivation of action.
“a metaphysical abstraction” that “amounted to no more than saying ‘man desires what he desires.’”
the society only argues to what pleases them. Money and faith are powerful motivators.
there is only irony in mercilessly thumping a cripple till they walk rather than offering a wheelchair or another route towards success.
by Walt Whitman
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.
Nobody is more indoctrinated than the indoctrinator.” Lenny Montana all I have in this world are my balls. My small plan to take care of the world, so St. Peter will have my ticket ready at the gate.
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