Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sunday Sermon: Not Enough Evidence God

The Sadness of PostSecret

After watching this moving video full of pain and suffering my mind came to rest on just a few reasons why this surely cannot be the best of all worlds, as many religions claim it to be.

If this is the best that any God can do, it is just not good enough ....

When God could only act in Mysterious Ways

00. MH Flight 370

To allow such a tragedy to happen, and to deny relatives, friends and family closure by keeping the (people) wreckage hidden from all

01. Loa Loa Filariasis

David Attenborough described the African Eyeworm as a cruel parasite that makes it hard for him to believe in a Kind and Loving God.

Stephen Fry had a firmer reply

02. More than 1 religion

Since there are over 3000 different religions and many have opposing beliefs it is clear that they cannot all be true.  Why has God revealed herself to humanity in so many contradictory ways?

Leading to religious strife, enmity between of faith in /their one true God/

03. Out of Time Instructions
Instructions for exchanging wives 4:20
Don't marry women that are already married -- unless they're slaves that you obtained in war. Then it's OK. 4:24
Virgins await those who enter paradise. 4:57   (Why would I want this?)

Your wives and children are your enemies. They are to you only a temptation. 64:14-15

Many instructions in holy books seem to represent the customs and ideas of their time (usually of a barbaric or pre-scientific age) and not that of an eternally true work. 

04. Contradictions
Besides there being more than 1 holy book because of the multiplicity of religion there are contradictions even inside any one religion's book

101 Biblical Contradications
Islamic Contradictions

More than straight textual inconsistencies the greatest contradictions are faced when you find your holy book and / or representative states that you must behave with hatred, violence or inequality.

05. Violent Instructions
(Courtesy of the Quran) I had a list of over 512 to choose from, forgive me, I'll stop at 10

Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them. 4:89
Allah will gather hypocrites and disbelievers into hell. 4:140
The guilty are tormented forever in hell. Allah will not relax their punishment. 43:74-75
Noah asked Allah to drown all the disbelievers. 71:26
And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. (2:191-193) Quran (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers

Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement"
Quran (9:123) - "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."
Quran (25:52) - "Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness..." 
Quran (47:3-4) - "Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah's Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)...

06. Out Group Hatred
(Again courtesy of the Quran)

Disbelievers may eat and be happy now, but the Fire will be their final home. 47:12
All non-Muslims will be rejected by Allah after they die. 3:85
Disbelievers will have their faces blackened on the last day. They will face an awful doom. 3:105-6
Allah will punish the disbelieving Jews until the Day of Resurrection. 7:167
Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to the rich and greedy Christian monks and Jewish rabbis. 9:34
Disbelievers will go to Hell. 3:196
Be stern with disbelievers. They are going to Hell anyway. 66:9

07. Charlie Hebdo
The brutal murder in 2015 by terrorists who murdered in the name of Islam is one issue.   But if apologists are correct, and by definition these attackers could not actually represent Islam,  why did Allah allow these attacks, let these terrorists interpret their Texts wrongly, and thereby cause misunderstanding and mistrust towards the Islamic community generally.  This cannot be seen to be the actions of a just God [Allah] towards its own adherents  [Muslims].

08 Mathematics
One of the cornerstones of modern Science, Mathematics is suspiciously absent from ALL holy books.  Googling the connection will lead you to a number of obscure articles which don't explain why even the simplest proofs or concepts are absent.

A perfect text?  But missing so much? 

Quran and Mathematics

Bible and Mathematics

09 Injustice
Both Christianity and Islam don't see a man and woman in equal terms.  It's fair to say that Christianity comes off much better, but follow this link about beating for the religion of Islam

Wife beating

(BTW: I tried to find a single resource that indicated that wife beating was illegal in Islam.  I was not successful, only links as to why it was allowed were shown)

To summarise
The famous British philosopher Bertrand Russell was asked what he would say if he found himself before God on Judgment Day and God said to him, “Why didn’t you believe in Me?”

Russell shot right back: “Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!”

Skeptics Annotated Bible
Skeptics Annotated Quran

Bible Contradictions Resolved