I don’t know if
the meme is still applicable but as of 2014, it was still illegal for atheists
to run for public office in 7 states. It is so disgraceful that in this day and
age you still need to believe in a magic being above to hold public office.
Why is it wrong when a suicide bomber detonates themselves? Lets pretend that there are no civilian casualties or building damage. The bomber fails and he or she is the only resulting death. What is the problem with that? We would still say that the person was a deranged individual. However, this person believes in martyrdom and has come to the conclusion that this needs to occur in order to please its God, Allah. It is the art of human sacrifice to a diety. If this is true, then Jesus sacrifice can be viewed in the same manner. Both are acts of human sacrifice to a God. Both died as martyrs. Both should be viewed as deranged. What do you think?
And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. – Luke 22:44. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he was crucified, it is stated in Biblical lore that his sweat became like drops of blood. Hematidrosis is a real medical condition in which the blood vessels surrounding the sweat glands rupture and mix with the sweat, producing drops of sweat. This is rare but is caused by extreme emotional distress. In this story, he knew that he was going to die. Likewise, when he was wandering the Judaean Desert for 40 days and 40 nights, when he intersected with Satan, he was truly tempted. He was starving, he knew that he was powerful and that he was there for a reason. Therefore, when the Devil offered that Jesus makes food for himself, etc., etc., it took every fiber of his being to resist.
Fast forward to today and analyze
those who participate in Lent. It is not uncommon for parishioners to abstain
from chocolate, coffee or cheese. What are these hollowed displays of piety
supposed to mean? If God actually existed, what would he say to these empty
offerings? Would God accept these pittances of sacrifice when the reality is
that you are probably doing things that are in contrast with the Bible? Is it
okay to sacrifice a food product for Lent when you are sleeping with someone
with being married? Are you following exactly what the Bible prescribes as a
godly way of life? If not, then you are wasting your time abstaining from a
food group because God will not be listening to you. Then again, he is not
listening to you because he does not exist.
Nearly two people die each second, according to http://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates/. Take a minute to contemplate that fact. Let that idea marinate in your minds. By the time you finish reading this sentence, approximately 16 people would have died either because of murder, suicide, an accident, disease, natural causes, or other reasons. If this is too surreal to comprehend, please go to http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ and watch the “Deaths Today” ticker. It is quite sobering to see the number of deaths that occur every second. After viewing the ticker for some time, contemplate on why this is happening, if you subscribe to the biblical creation account. This constant torrent of death is occurring simply because a couple of people disobeyed God and ate from the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. According to the Bible, the simple disobedience by earths primary couple is responsible for the approximately 100 billion who have died since the beginning of time. Is this a justifiable punishment for people who are not responsible for the first couple’s non-compliance? Is it moral to in essence kill billions because of our primal progenitors’ godly insubordination? Is it not more moral and understanding to think that these deaths happen because this is what occurs in evolution? Please comment below!
I almost let my son die. If not for my loving wife, I may have let my
son die. This is what the “harmless” door
knocking Jehovah’s Witnesses can do and truly expect from you. They demand blood.
from the book The True Nature Of Human Nature
Preston was going to be born with a rare heart
condition known as “Transposition of the Great Arteries,” also known as TGA.
Without going into the details, the layman explanation of the condition
is that the heart was fine, but the arteries, the plumbing of the heart, was
inversely installed. The oxygenated
blood that was meant for the body was
re-pumped back to the lungs, and the
deoxygenated blood destined to be replenished
with oxygen in the lungs was redistributed
into the body again. In essence, he was
going to choke to death almost as soon as he left the safety of the womb. He would die in minutes, hours or days. If there were
sufficient mixing in the heart (something that occurs in almost all newborns), he would live a month or two
tops. The diagnosis of TGA was a death
sentence. A baby born with TGA, if no
remedial is done, will die. It is certain
Herein lies the issue. The Jehovah’s Witness organization does not
allow the use of blood transfusions.
They use the bible as evidence that God would not allow such a thing. If a Witness were to proceed with a
transfusion, they would be disfellowshipped,
the most severe form of excommunication that exists.
Here is the defining moment for me
personally. My wife followed her own path to emancipation, and I am happy to say we all met at the same
destination of peace. We found the best
doctor in the world to do the procedure, Dr. Jan Quaegebeur and the procedure
in his hands had a 99% success rate. We
discussed with the other doctors that we needed this to be a bloodless surgery,
and they agreed to do their best. They gave our son blood expanders and would
recycle his blood as required.
However, the day of the surgery came and Dr. Q, as he is called at the hospital came up to us and said that he would do the best to avoid a blood transfusion but that he could not guarantee a bloodless surgery. There is a certain amount of blood required in the blood pump before it can operate and being that Preston was two weeks old, he did not have a lot of blood available. I kept saying out loud “this is supposed to be a bloodless surgery!” but my loving wife intervened and said, “Please do whatever it takes to save our son” and she signed the requisite waivers. I felt relieved that my wife made the tough decision but also ashamed. Did this false religion mean more to me than my son? See chapter 4 for a more in-depth view of this situation under the discussion of “Social Compliance.” I feel that in the end, I would have caved in and accepted the procedure with blood, but I will never truly know. I only know that I have Dr. Q and my loving, intelligent wife to thank for in saving the life of my son. A blood transfusion was, in fact, necessary or the chance for death was certain. I never wanted to broach the subject again, but my wife did and one day said “Are you ok with my decision for a blood transfusion? I pick the life of my son over God”. I agreed with her decision, with the weight of my shame in full view of my facial features. I thanked her for doing what I was not ready to do, save our son.
I have heard that you have decided to disassociate yourself from the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I can sympathize with your feelings and understand the hurt you are currently coping with since I myself am a disfellowshipped brother from the same congregation. I was indoctrinated into the religion since birth so I am cognizant of the internal pathos the splitting of families may actualize. I say that this action separates loved ones because that is the intended purpose of shunning. If not, this weapon would have no teeth. The sharpness of its actions would have no barbed effect. Smooth intentions lead to gentle outcomes, and that is not the outcome that is intended. The harshness of this compulsory engagement is required to turn people back towards the “truth.” However, what if this religion is not the truth? Are you willing to stake your future life in a faith that you cannot without certainty declare as true?
How can you avoid the pain of shunning from
others? Tertullian once said that “The pleasure of those who injure you lies
in your pain. Therefore, they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by
not feeling pain.”
Shun them first, and you will have severed the connection you have with the
congregation, a group of people who only have their self-interests in mind or
maybe care for you but are in the same situation that you are. They may doubt as well, but their bonds with their families are
stronger than their will to be set free.
Losing your loved ones can be
difficult but owning the one life you have is eternally more valuable,
satisfying and a much more successful way of living.
Do not listen to the members of the
congregation. They are masters of
portents and smooth speech. They are sly
speakers that only are able to deploy
false rhetoric to keep you captive in the
Jehovah’s Witness cult. You never know
who the wolves are until they show you their teeth and by that time, it is too