Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Contradiction To Mormonism Part 1

Thinking about my relatively short time in Mormonism, I have come to find out of certain contradiction within the faith itself. In this part, I will take notice of the biblical contradictions.

First, the claim in Helaman 8: 21 of the Book of Mormon. Here, three questions are asked about the destruction of Jerusalem, if the sons of Zedekiah were truly killed except for Mulek, and if the “seed” of Zedekiah were present at that time and were driven out of Jerusalem.

And now will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem? But behold, this is not all— (Helaman 8: 21)

In reference to Zedekiah, the Old Testament shows that Zedekiah’s end was to watch his progeny die at the hands of the king of Babylon, have his eyes poked out, then to became chained and made captive. He was to remain a captive of Babylon till his death. Pretty sure that he was unable to have any children after that. As for Mulek, his name is never even mentioned in the bible.

And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain. And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon. (1 Kings 25: 2 – 7)[see also: Jeremiah 39: 2 – 7; 44: 30; 52: 5 – 11]

Second, there’s another Book of Mormon reference: 1 Nephi 1: 4. Lehi is mentioned as a person in this verse during the reign of Zedekiah. Any reference to Lehi refers to a place located in Judah, no person or living entity.

For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. (1 Nephi 1: 4)

Considering the evidence and “non-evidence”, the conclusion based on the bible itself brings to light that Mormonism, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon have no valid place in honesty or reality. Joseph Smith himself has been proven to be a fraud countless times before he brought about to fruition a whole new religion.

Thinking back, I remember a friend in Mormonism saying that he would believe in it whether it was true or not. All I could think of at that point how sad it was that anybody would prefer believing a lie over the truth, even if it made them feel good. Like taking a placebo over the real thing and therefore never truly getting better. Like Matt Dilahunty, I prefer believing as many true things as possible. Truth that is factual and evidence based.

Though I wish I at least known this when first approached by the missionaries, I am just glad I know it now. Glad they did though, or else I would not have decided to look for the information and have the ability to use it in the future. Just hoping that constructive conversation can be part of the equation of figuring out how they choose to explain what I have found. Hoping to dwindle the hold that such mythology has on the general public.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

PLACE OF WORK

I have come to the decision of not bringing up my atheistic view unless one of my Christian co-workers brings up some kind of Christian view. Even then, I am careful as to how far I would take it. Not wanting to take it to a level of arguing or fighting about it since neither would accomplish anything, I try to choose the situation that would put my view out there and have a conversation should it be pursued as such.  
Have noticed though that those that know that I am an atheist bring up things by what seems to be an attempt to get a rise or to initiate a particular negative pathway. Such an attempt usually happens to involve the concept of homosexuality. Comments made denote the person’s bigotry. When the comments are made though, I am unsure as how to respond because I am not sure as to the reason why they’re made. A thought that has persisted is of such that maybe at some point the ones making the comments and/or claims will initiate a conversation. Thinking about it honestly though, I wouldn’t be able to find out without asking since the comments are made without being directed towards anyone particular.  
If found that it was an attempt to start a fight or argument, then I can leave the “conversation” and calm myself if it aggravates me at any level. Though, if an honest and actual conversation comes out of it, perhaps the saying: “the next mind you change could change thousands” could become applicable. 
I don’t try to start anything unless the other person brings it up directly or if a random thing is brought between the person and I having the conversation. As much of the solution as I would like to be, starting has been the hardest for me. My work environment is all religious of some sort as far as I can tell. Having not found anyone besides myself who is even secular in the area of which I work, it has become hard to determine which direction to take.  
There’s a small few that know I am an atheist, a couple being a previous supervisor who has strong opinions about the kind of “views” I hold and another being a current supervisor. The current supervisor hasn’t really pushed for conversation. Suspecting that what he brings up on occasion is an indirect attempt to start a conversation, I want to  see the direction that he wants to take it. Want to see his true intent for bringing up what he brings up. Plus, it would help me learn more and to study more into what it is that I truly believe and to seek the real truth. 
Conversation for me hasn’t really been an art form. This would help me to build up what I know and create a foundation that will help me to stabilize on the reality of the world. In wanting to increase my voice, regardless of the consequences, is an effort to widen out in my association. This is to continually search out the truth and spread the truth of which I have learned.  
Religion has had too long to be rooted in society. During the time that I have admitted to myself of being an atheist, I have noticed more and more the controlling affect that religion has had. The hate, fear, and bigotry it produces does not coincide with the “love” that is supposedly pushed by religions, especially Islam and Christianity and Judaism. In an ideal world, I would have a successful conversation in turning a person away from whatever belief system they hold to. Being in the reality that exists though, I know it won’t happen that way. Therefore, figuring my approach and avoiding unnecessary conflict to best go forward would be best for the time being until the ideal world becomes a reality. This, I suspect, will be a long time coming. Though a progress does appear to be happening considering what the news and activists have reported. 
My form of activism has been limited to my blog for right now until the ability to do more presents itself. Would like to do more, but until then, I will present what I can to those around me through social media and the random talking with co-workers, friends, and family.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Can You Ever Really Be Too Beautiful For A Team Sport?







I find it odd that anyone on a sports team could be too beautiful or too much of anything apart from being too much of a bad sport. When I saw the video, it made me question why it was an issue in the first place. Many times over, activities like Cheerleading, dancing, acting, etc, have no known issue, to me anyways, with any one person being too beautiful. As far as I can tell, there's noone less then beautiful. Beauty even seems to be promoted.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Not Sure Yet About My Focus As An Atheist Blogger

Not Sure About My Focus 
Having trouble trying to have a main focus as far as what to write concerning atheism after much of what I’ve been seeing. I want to join the “fight” against passing myth, fantasy, and magic as truth and reality. Being over generalized, Atheism vs. Religion/Faith/Myth, without any clear direction as to which way it is going. No path set or any signs pointing as to which way to go, I am left with a question mark over my head at the paths going willy-nilly.  
At first, I wanted to comb through the news and find different ways of acknowledging how religion was doing it wrong. Upon further consideration, I realized I did not have a matrix of how I would go about it since I had been so used to keeping most of my opinions to myself. 
The further along I went down that line of thought, it made me think about my “time” with the JW’s. I began to realize that there had been a constant thought in the back of my mind about how I was indirectly chastised about thinking for myself and that the elders were the only ones who should do the thinking for me, along with determining whom I was to actually be. The governing body was the one who was actually pulling the strings like a puppet master, seeing how they were the ones putting out the information that was to be studied each Sunday along with whatever weekday was chosen by the congregation for the book study and other material.  
Dwelling on that, I realized that had I not left when I did, I would have allowed others to do my thinking for me as well as allowing them to have complete control over me. This could be applicable to Mormonism and Christianity in general. 
The veil had lifted, as the saying goes. I am positive that there are pure and unselfish intentions by some, but know that most do it for the control that being in such authority allows for. Interestingly, I noticed how veil equals evil. Same letters with a couple rearranged between the two allows both to go hand in hand. Intention may not have been there but the correlation has become evident to me.  
Being able to think for myself with the verifiable information allowed, makes the future brighter. As an individual, still single and no kids, happiness comes at the fact that I am not subject to a wife and children still in any particular religion with me having come out of it. As the proverb goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Freedom that is allowed to me in making my own decisions helps me to exercise my mind. Accepting as well that mistakes will be made, being human. No one is born perfect nor born with the instincts that other animals have that allow them to live in their environment. 
This idea helps me to appreciate the value of life more, having the ability to think, being able to exercise my mind that in turn will give me more capableness in being able to handle any future decisions. In particular, when any new facts come to light that will help make way for a better path; I will be ready for it. Admittedly, there is still a lot for me to learn and to overcome, especially for as long as I have been in the concept of “faith”. Appreciation for the way that believing in a deity is no different than believing in Santa Claus. Both are based, not on or in reality, but exist to give a false hope, and in most ways the way of controlling the one who believes in the concept. 
My intention is not to use this blog as a platform to rant and rave while spinning my tires in the mud. I do plan on going somewhere with it. To at least help me learn along the true path of reality and maybe to help those where I can. Reading fantasy and sci-fi genres are the best, but having to accept them as truth is no way to live. Like Aesop’s Fables and Grimm’s Fairytales are ways of conveying certain truths, so should the approach to any belief without having to take the trash with the cake. 
During work this week, a co-worker had mentioned that Satan was more of a warden when I had brought up the fact that “hell” would not be all that bad since those going there were doing what Satan wanted anyway. To say the least, I found it interesting since it was the first time I had heard of Satan being as such. Never quite heard it put that way before though I am sure that there is no reference of him being as such.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why I am an Atheist

To begin, I was born going to church, my involvement in the religious aspect lasting from 1982 to about early 2013. The journey I started on in becoming an atheist began when I was involved with the Jehovah’s Witnesses and was watching Youtube videos based on people having initially been involved with JW’s and weren’t anymore. Watching these videos made me wonder how the common reference to the JW’s as being a cult was true. At the time, I could not really see it. With fear as a common tactic described as the consensus of being part of a cult, ALL of Christianity along with Islam would be a cult. Pretty sure that most religions would fit into this category as well.

Having associated with the JW’s for approximately seven years, I started becoming disillusioned with the whole thing, especially after I started listening to atheist podcasts such as Dogma Debate, The Thinking Atheist, and The Atheist Experience. After having changed my religious affiliation on Facebook from Christian to Atheist, I started studying with some Mormons, just to see what it was that they had to offer. This was due to a curiosity that I have had since at least high school. Eye opening was the information that they provided along with info that I had found on the internet, particularly the sites that held information pointing to the contradictions of Mormonism.

After a couple times of studying with the Mormon missionaries, I was baptized. Funny thing was, I believed none of what they believed. The whole thing was just a bit silly to me, especially when they were saying the things that I knew was absolute rubbish. Their learning material was, to me, something that seemed to be made for a child-like mindset.

As for the JW’s, it soon came to my attention, apart from their continuous attempts at false prophecy as much of Christianity does, was that the date 1914 was false. 1914 is based off of the destruction of Jerusalem that happened in 597. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, the date is 607 B.C.E. as according to most of Christianity. Evidence proves 597 was the true date as proven by science.

Concerning general Christianity, the conflict of “inspiration” concerning verses of the bible has been a constant eye opening experience. Since the bible says that “god” is not the author of confusion, this conflict shouldn’t even exist. This has been a single brick in the whole foundation that brought me to being an atheist.

Then there’s the whole concept of The Great Flood. First, the flood waters. Too much salt water would kill fresh water fish. Too much fresh water would kill salt water life. Second, the vegetation. As long as the flood had lasted, the vegetation would have been killed. As a Christian friend mentioned, six months is the least amount of time for vegetation to grow back. Who can wait six months to eat again? How about the herbivores? Third, animal life on the boat itself.

At 8.7 million animals having been cataloged, 6.5 million are land animals. Following what is given towards the end of Genesis chapter 6 and use the two by two, then there’d be 13 million animals on the boat. Who has the time to gather 13 million animals from all over the world along with the food required for them to eat in 7 days according to Genesis 7?

When I had seen the video by The Thinking Atheist on the Flood story, these were some of the points brought up and truly made me think. Along with this that the carnivores would also have needed something eat so the possibility of no more herbivores would also have been good.

Lastly, with the constant expansion of the universe, there is continually less and less where “god” can hide. If biblical creation had been true, the universe would be largely smaller then what it is now. Rocks would also be younger than they are now.

As an atheist having grown up in the church and Christianity in general, I have come to my freedom through the benefit of the internet. The internet has benefited me with great freedom from providing the information necessary to break free from religion. For this I am grateful and will use it as a continual source for my growth as an individual and to help those around me.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How old is Grandma?

 

  Wow have things changed!

http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&authuser=0&biw=1920&bih=836&tbm=isch&tbnid=pLFkwy50O6PUpM:&imgrefurl=http://www.squidoo.com/grandma-instruction-book&docid=lKmBECGBLQ8YNM&imgurl=http://i1.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo_images/250/draft_lens4905352module36252742photo_1243468818Grandma1989.jpg&w=250&h=345&ei=TLuTUNanD4TH0QGdloHACg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=173&vpy=303&dur=2829&hovh=264&hovw=191&tx=77&ty=170&sig=114701754489441772131&page=1&tbnh=138&tbnw=100&start=0&ndsp=47&ved=1t:429,i:171How old is Grandma?

cid:20130212081124.27CB5FAF@m0005309.ppops.netStay with this -- the answer is at the end... It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother
About current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought
About the shootings at schools, the computer age, and
Just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute,
I was born before:
' television
' penicillin
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill

There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens

Man had not yet invented:
' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' man hadn't yet walked on the moon
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Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir."

And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man
With a title, "Sir."

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

We were taught to know the difference between right and
Wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was
A bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with
Your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the
Evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the
Evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.
cid:20130212081124.27CB5FAD@m0005309.ppops.netWe never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &10-cent (5 and dime) stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could
Afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' "chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and.
' "software" wasn't even a word.

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We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. We volunteered to protect our precious country. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready????? cid:20130212081124.27CB5FA3@m0005309.ppops.net This woman would be only 61 years old.
She would have been born in late 1952.
GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.
PASS THIS ON TO THE OTHER “OLD ONES.”
<BECAUSE THE YOUNG ONES WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.>

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