Rebuffing Science

There are those in the Christian world who strongly refute science and prefer to replace it with a belief in a supernatural creator who, according to them, is in control of everything that happens and/or has happened.

Some go so far as to deny things about this world/earth that science has proven (with incontrovertible evidence) to be true. As an example, they will deny the earth is a sphere or that it revolves around the sun. Further, they will deny evolution and cling to their belief that Adam and his rib-wife were the first humans to exist on this planet.

Yet they take advantage of a world surrounded by the science they rebuff. Nearly everyone drives a car, uses a microwave, makes calls on a cell phone, sends messages via computer, watches television, keeps cool or warm with air conditioning, records events and people with cameras, stays healthy (or gets well) through medicine … and other scientific activities too numerous to mention.

One can’t help but wonder — since so many choose to cling to beliefs prevalent during biblical times, why then do they not live like the Amish people, who reject “modern conveniences” and live a more simple life? Or more to the point, why don’t they take seriously the words found in their revered book, such as

Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t plant or harvest or gather food into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are more valuable than they are, aren’t you?

So don’t ever worry by saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ … Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them! 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

It seems apparent that when push comes to shove,  the primary reason behind a belief in a supernatural entity is because it assuages one’s conscience, i.e., it makes one “feel good.” And so long as it doesn’t take away the enjoyments offered by modern living, it’s totally acceptable to hold onto the archaic beliefs put forth in an 2000+ year old book.

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Atheists Are People Too

The following are direct quotes from a blog conversation between an atheist and a believer. I’m not providing names as I prefer readers who are familiar with the dialogue focus (and comment) on the message rather than the messengers. (I will delete names if necessary.)

Believer:

Atheists hold no religious convictions. That’s pretty straight forward. And that’s why people don’t trust atheists.

Atheist:

So, you are claiming that people who do hold religious convictions are automatically trustworthy?

Believer:

I’m saying that atheism makes people suspicious because it makes no statements of belief. It offers no values, virtues, codes, rules or laws. A lack of belief is also a lack of substance. On atheism, right and wrong are matters of public opinion.

While not an atheist myself , I find these comments to consist of pure rhetoric. In other words, they are nothing more than tired, worn-out, meaningless, and oft-repeated words that Christian leaders use to brainwash (yes, I said brainwash) their congregations about anyone that doesn’t “profess Christ.”

Atheists are no different than anyone else EXCEPT they reject the idea/belief/persuasion that gods (any gods) exist. (As related to the above conversation, they specifically reject the Christian God.)

To say that atheists have no values, virtues, codes, rules or laws is nonsense to the nth degree. Truth be known, many are FAR more virtue-driven than those who sit in a pew every Sunday, pray before meals, cross their chests in public, display their bible on the living room table, place Christian stickers on their cars, carry placards to reject freedom of choice, etc., etc.

In other words, Christians do not have a monopoly on being a “good person.”

In fact, truth be known, many who wear a Christian badge are often far less caring and compassionate and kind towards others than those who possess no affinity to religious principles. Case in point — Christians bloggers who berate, insult, use sarcasm, and totally disrespect those who disagree with them.

Bottom line? Atheists are people too. They’re not monsters or ogres. They are not out to destroy religion (well, maybe some of them are), but they will — and do — stand up for their personal perspective on life. And it’s their right and privilege (at least in this country) to do so just as believers can express their affection and attraction to their deity.

And The Favorite Is …

Were you aware this is National Ice Cream Month? And Sunday, the 15th of July, is National Ice Cream Day! It’s true! Both of these proclamations were made by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. (You can read the entire text here)

Now, for those who participated in my recent blog post related to (yummy) Ice Cream, here are the results according to YouGovOmnibus research.

Are you surprised? Is your favorite listed? (Mine isn’t … I’m addicted to coffee-flavored ice cream!)

Did you know your tastes change as you age? And certain flavors are more predominant among certain genders and race lines? There’s a complete breakdown here (if you’re interested in that sort of thing).

The original article that started this whole thing can be found here.

So now I’m off to enjoy a BIG bowl of Coffee Ice Cream. YUM!

How Do You Know?

A recent post on another blog (Christian-based) discussed the difference between facts, knowing, and mystery. As so often happens, the author’s words triggered various thoughts … and brought me to this question:

Those who ARE Christians as well as those who WERE Christians …

How do/did you KNOW you are/were Saved, Born Again,
a Member of Christ’s Family, etc.?

Is/Was your “knowledge” based on:

  • Feelings?
    Can our emotions validate the truth?
  • Words in a book?
    Did the author(s) have credentials to substantiate what was written?
  • Assurance from others?
    What evidence could they provide to affirm your experience? 

Or was it all just a big MYSTERY?

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for …

Just read an article about this delicious subject in which it revealed America’s favorite flavor.

The subject was so enticing that I decided to take a break from the usual “heavy” blog topics and focus on something much more fun and “appealing.” 😋

So, the question of the day is …
What’s YOUR Favorite Flavor?

I’ll reveal the results from the article after each of you have had a chance to share.

P.S. No fair guessing what the article said … just tell us what YOU like.
(Besides, you may be surprised.)