. Bucky your problem is that you read but cannot learn or comprehend. Wow, Amazing what your grade 3 education has done for you. Was it a tough 8 years? Now that you've graduated to grade 4, it's time to drop out and become a preacher. Why be born again, when you can just grow up?
"Religion without science might be blind but science without religion is lame!"
"It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the 'merely personal,' from an existence which is dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings." Einstein
"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God."
-- Thomas Edison
"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination."
I have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were(permanent) seekers after Truth. They sought diligently, persistently, carefully, cautiously, profoundly, with perfect honesty and nicely adjusted judgment--until they believed that without doubt or question they had found the Truth. That was the end of the search. The man spent the rest of his life hunting up shingles wherewith to protect his Truth from the weather. If he was seeking after political Truth he found it in one or another of the hundred political gospels which govern men in the earth; if he was seeking after the Only True Religion he found it in one or another of the three thousand that are on the market. In any case, when he found the Truth he sought no further; but from that day forth, with his soldering-iron in one hand and his bludgeon in the other he tinkered its leaks and reasoned with objectors." (from What is Man?)
-- Mark Twain
"I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt."
-- Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650) That dear Bucky, is freedom.
Humanity's first sin was faith; the first virtue was doubt.
"The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."
"When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything." Umberto Eco. That is freedom Bucky.
"Philosophy itself cannot but benefit from our disputes, for if our conceptions prove true, new achievements will be made; if false, their refutation will further confirm the original doctrines."
"The hypothesis is pretty; its only fault is that it is neither demonstrated nor demonstrable. Who does not see that this is purely arbitrary fiction that puts nothingness as existing and proposes nothing more than simple non-contradiction? Galileo Galilee Means that religion is in the mind and has no substance for validity. All religions! Bucky. Wake up.
"My young son asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth--that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally--but I didn't want to upset him." Jack Handey Just because you can't face the truth doesn't mean we haven't the FREEDOM to do so.
"All this [Paul's writing] is nothing better than the jargon of a conjurer who picks up phrases he does not understand to confound the credulous people who come to have their fortune told." Age of Reason
-- Thomas Paine
Even so, why do some people have faith? Why do they choose to believe preposterous, incredible, improbable claims? Shermer's explanation- in terms of hope, simplicity, immediate gratification, and providing meaning to one's life -seems to cover most of the reasons for faith. But the desire for power should also be included in this list of fideistic motivators. Such beliefs give the illusion of control over things which are either out of one's control or which require diligent effort and intellect to effect reasonable control.
"Theologian: An uncommon individual who, though possessing finite abilities, has been called by God himself who, though possessing infinite abilities, requires the assistance of the former in explaining Himself to the rest of us."
[Translation: if God existed, theologians would be out of work.]"
"The biblical concepts of sin and salvation are an integral part of Christian doctrine. Christianity first creates a problem (sin) and then offers a "solution" (salvation). This is not unlike the protection racket; you either buy "protection"--or else!"
"Jesus' last words on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" hardly seem like the words of a man who [i]planned it that way. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure there is something wrong here."
Rev. Don Morgan
"Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer." - - anonymous
"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is
one nation under God." - - George Bush
"I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all." - - Original wording to the pledge of allegiance - the way it should be!
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that
each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
"...but when you come to Heritage USA, remember to bring your Bible
and your VISA card - because the Bible is the Holy Truth, and God
doesn't take American Express."
"He's a born-again Christian. The trouble is,
he suffered brain damage during rebirth."
"I don't mind those who are born again, just as long as
they don't think that they get twice as many rights."
And Jesus said unto them, "And whom do you say that I am?"
They replied,"You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of
our being, the ontological foundation of the context of our very selfhood revealed."( Look that up in your FunkenWagnall) And Jesus replied, "What?"
"The only difference between gOD and Adolf Hitler
is that gOD is more proficient at genocide."
If you ask the wrong questions you get answers like '42' or 'gOD'.
Blasphemy is a blast for me.
Speaking of the Babylonians, Obey Psalms 137:9! ( Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against stones.)
Jesus is coming! Wear your rubbers!
Surgeon General's Warning: Quitting Religion Now Greatly Increases the Chances of World Peace.
If "he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword" holds true, then
jesus the carpenter met his end properly. After all, he was nailed to a
piece of wood, wasn't he?
Losing your faith is a lot like losing your virginity. You don't realise how irritating it was 'til it's gone.
Waco, Pensacola, The World Trade Center, Hebron, The Spanish
Inquisition, "Eat my flesh, and drink my blood"
Jesus is real! I saw him at a party last week, he was
playing quarters with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny
Evolution is both fact and theory. Creationism is neither.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely;
God is all-powerful.
Draw your own conclusions
Jesus Christ: Imaginary Playmate to Millions of Adults!
A zealot's stones will break my bones, but gods will never hurt me.
Nine out of ten priests who have tried Camels, prefer young boys.
On the sixth day God created man
On the seventh day, man returned the favor.
"Faith is to the human what sand is to the ostrich"
I gotta million of 'em
You know what would be really cool. Define your version of freedom for us Bucky!
"Christianity is a religion that can make men good, only if they are good already". Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Little Bucky sez- now thats assinine...i know of a lot of people who were bad and turned to christianty and are good and saved now.
Yep, now he thinks he can outwit Hegel. What a loser. The point Hegel is making that they had it in them to be good anyway. Define Bad for us, Mr. Moral Accountant.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
Bucky the peabrain sez- so why don't we just get rid of all military, police or any type of law inforcement and just let people enjoy their pursuit of happiness ?whatever it is they want to do or believe in?
I dunno, why don't you ask BEN! Might be a good start, but first get rid of your phony gOD and get a fair and legitimate unembedded police/military/justice complex.