31 March 2009


I would argue that those who see god in everything are the ones who have a problem seeing life`s true value. They`re not able to see the enormous beauty in the immense improbability of our very existence. If god created us all for a purpose, we`re just doing a job, pawns in his cosmic game. But if we just happen be be here by random chance, then the lives we have are truly something to value, enjoy, and celebrate. - raabco

30 March 2009

16-month-old boy was denied food and water because he did not say "Amen" at mealtimes

This is a sad story.
Answering to a leader called Queen Antoinette, they [members of One Mind Ministries] denied a 16-month-old boy food and water because he did not say "Amen" at mealtimes. After he died, they prayed over his body for days, expecting a resurrection, then packed it into a suitcase with mothballs. They left it in a shed in Philadelphia, where it remained for a year before detectives found it last spring.

Is the mother guilty of the murder of the poor boy? Psychiatric evaluation found that the mother was not delusional because "she was following a religion". The defense attorney and prosecutors think the mother was brainwashed and should have been found not criminally responsible. In this case, who is responsible?

28 March 2009

I don't quite understand god's motive

Canyon Shearer says [in a comment to Evolution: A Fairy Tale For Grownups]:
God created the world for four major purposes:

First is the creativity and power of God; he created an infinitely big universe where no star, no human being, no snowflake is exactly the same as another.

Second is to show us how bad sin is, that it has led to the death of everything, that it causes unbelievable suffering, and that it is contagious.

Third is to show us that good can only come from God, and apart from God, not even the angel Lucifer can put together a working planet, having been labeled the ruler of this world. He demonstrates perfect justice, mercy, love, hatred, and a myriad of others.

Fourth is to put these three together; it shows how amazingly good and genius God is, that he is capable of saving us from sin but only by willingly going to the cross and taking our punishment, then showing his power by defeating death and bestowing his goodness on us.

How could God possibly love his enemies if he had no enemies?

Why does god need to show off to his lowly human of how great he is? I don't understand the motive of god creating this universe and man, ... etc!

Some highlights from comments to Evolution: A Fairy Tale For Grownups

Deborah Drapper's post generated 333 responses (at the time I read the post), Here are some interesting snippets from the comments: [my headings]

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
99.999% of mutations are harmful..Mutations are usually deformities

Wrong! Most mutations don’t affect genes that encode for proteins, so they have absolutely no effect on the organism.

[mutations] are some modification of the genes that are already there.

Wrong! Genetic drift doesn’t modify gene sequences that “are already there”.

nobody goes to get X-Rays without a lead shield

Wrong! Everybody goes for their x-rays without a lead shield. X-ray pictures don’t look very interesting otherwise…

[evolution must explain] indeed how does non-life bvecome life

Wrong! Evolution has nothing to say about how life began.

Creationism and Darwinism co-existing, not!
the thing is that the Bible does not leave that option open. It starts off with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Bible has man created, then through rebellion, death and sin enter the world. Evolution has millions of years of death and “struggle” before man. Jesus says in John 14:6 that He is the only way to God. Jesus also claims to be God. He doesn’t leave the option open to be a good teacher… He was either God or crazy. So in my opinion it is either creation or evolution not a mix.

Multiple Designers -> multiple gods
What is actually more probable is that MULTIPLE GODS created the universe.

If we stumbled across the remains of an ancient city, we wouldn’t ask “which PERSON build this?” but “which PEOPLE built this?” Without exception all non-trivial designs have been the work of more than one designer. Even the greatest solo inventors depend upon work undertaken by their peers and previous generations.

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the universe *was* created by Intelligent Design, as Christians suggest — we cannot know how many designers were involved. Now, if you’re basing your thinking on “which it more probable” (to quote the above) then it would be much much much safer to make the working assumption that there were MULTIPLE DESIGNERS — multiple gods.

Of course you could argue that we cannot make assumptions about the design of the universe based upon the designs we see inside the universe, but even if that is so, we’re still left (in our ignorance) with a straight 50/50 chance between single and multiple designer gods.

So, a question to Christians… you claim the reason the universe must be designed is it is far far too complex to have arisen naturally, yet the greater the complexity the greater the likelihood for multiple designers. Where, therefore, is your independent proof that there is ONLY ONE designer (only one god)…?

WOW, there are lots of information and mis-information. How can one sort out the truth? Trust your bible or trust your scientific method?


We have electricity, the internal combustion engine, the internet, antibiotics and we’ve put men on the moon. All examples, and there are many more, where science has got it right. To think that in the single case of evolution, science has got it wrong, is very strange indeed. - a comment to Evolution: A Fairy Tale For Grownups

Science got all these things right because of the rigorous process - scientific method. From Wikipedia; Scientific method refers to bodies of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.

Intelligent design / creationism fails the scientific method test and it only integrates with the bible.

27 March 2009

Fruit as a proof of god's existence

This is a parody of Comfort's banana video.

If you have not seen the original banana video, here it is:


To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy. - David Brooks

26 March 2009

101 Contradictions In The Bible

Here is a list of 101 contradictions in the bible. Author unknown. I have not checked them out!

101 Contradictions In The Bible
1.Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?
(a) God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)
(b) Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1)

2.In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel?
(a) Eight hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
(b) One million, one hundred thousand (IChronicles 21:5)

3. How many fighting men were found in Judah?
(a) Five hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
(b) Four hundred and seventy thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)

4.God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine?
(a) Seven (2 Samuel 24:13)
(b) Three (I Chronicles 21:12)

5.How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?
(a) Twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26)
(b) Forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2)

6.How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?
(a) Eighteen (2 Kings 24:8)
(b) Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)

7.How long did he rule over Jerusalem?
(a) Three months (2 Kings 24:8)
(b) Three months and ten days (2 Chronicles 36:9)

8.The chief of the mighty men of David lifted up his spear and killed how many men at one time?
(a) Eight hundred (2 Samuel 23:8)
(b) Three hundred (I Chronicles 11: 11)

9.When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after?
(a) After (2 Samuel 5 and 6)
(b) Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14)

10.How many pairs of clean animals did God tell Noah to take into the Ark?
(a) Two (Genesis 6:19, 20)
(b) Seven (Genesis 7:2). But despite this last instruction only two pairs went into the ark (Genesis 7:8-9)

11.When David defeated the King of Zobah, how many horsemen did he capture?
(a) One thousand and seven hundred (2 Samuel 8:4)
(b) Seven thousand (I Chronicles 18:4)

12.How many stalls for horses did Solomon have?
(a) Forty thousand (I Kings 4:26)
(b) Four thousand (2 chronicles 9:25)

13.In what year of King Asa's reign did Baasha, King of Israel die?
(a) Twenty-sixth year (I Kings 15:33 - 16:8)
(b) Still alive in the thirty-sixth year (2 Chronicles 16:1)

14.How many overseers did Solomon appoint for the work of building the temple?
(a) Three thousand six hundred (2 Chronicles 2:2)
(b) Three thousand three hundred (I Kings 5:16)

15.Solomon built a facility containing how many baths?
(a) Two thousand (1 Kings 7:26)
(b) Over three thousand (2 Chronicles 4:5)

16.Of the Israelites who were freed from the Babylonian captivity, how many were the children of Pahrath-Moab?
(a) Two thousand eight hundred and twelve (Ezra 2:6)
(b) Two thousand eight hundred and eighteen (Nehemiah 7:11)

17.How many were the children of Zattu?
(a) Nine hundred and forty-five (Ezra 2:8)
(b) Eight hundred and forty-five (Nehemiah 7:13)

18.How many were the children of Azgad?
(a) One thousand two hundred and twenty-two (Ezra 2:12)
(b) Two thousand three hundred and twenty-two (Nehemiah 7:17)

19.How many were the children of Adin?
(a) Four hundred and fifty-four (Ezra 2:15)
(b) Six hundred and fifty-five (Nehemiah 7:20)

20.How many were the children of Hashum?
(a) Two hundred and twenty-three (Ezra 2:19)
(b) Three hundred and twenty-eight (Nehemiah 7:22)

21.How many were the children of Bethel and Ai?
(a) Two hundred and twenty-three (Ezra 2:28)
(b) One hundred and twenty-three (Nehemiah 7:32)

22.Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66 agree that the total number of the whole assembly was 42,360. Yet the numbers do not add up to anything close. The totals obtained from each book is as follows:
(a) 29,818 (Ezra)
(b) 31,089 (Nehemiah)

23.How many singers accompanied the assembly?
(a) Two hundred (Ezra 2:65)
(b) Two hundred and forty-five (Nehemiah 7:67)

24.What was the name of King Abijah’s mother?
(a) Michaiah, daughter of Uriel of Gibeah (2 Chronicles 13:2)
(b) Maachah, daughter of Absalom (2 Chronicles 11:20) But Absalom had only one daughter whose name was Tamar (2 Samuel 14:27)

25.Did Joshua and the Israelites capture Jerusalem?
(a) Yes (Joshua 10:23, 40)
(b) No (Joshua 15:63)

26.Who was the father of Joseph, husband of Mary?
(a) Jacob (Matthew 1:16)
(b) Hell (Luke 3:23)

27.Jesus descended from which son of David?
(a) Solomon (Matthew 1:6)
(b) Nathan (Luke3: 31)

28.Who was the father of Shealtiel?
(a) Jechoniah (Matthew 1:12)
(b) Neri’ (Luke 3:27)

29.Which son of Zerubbabel was an ancestor of Jesus Christ?
(a) Abiud (Matthew 1: 13)
(b) Rhesa (Luke 3:27) but the seven sons of Zerubbabel are as follows: i. Meshullam, ii. Hananiah, iii. Hashubah, iv. Ohel, v. Berechiah, vi. Hasadiah, viii. Jushabhesed (I Chronicles 3:19, 20). The names Abiud and Rhesa do not fit in anyway.

30.Who was the father of Uzziah?
(a) Joram (Matthew 1:8)
(b) Amaziah (2 Chronicles 26:1)

31.Who as the father of Jechoniah?
(a) Josiah (Matthew 1:11)
(b) Jeholakim (I Chronicles 3:16)

32.How many generations were there from the Babylonian exile until Christ?
(a) Matthew says fourteen (Matthew 1:17)
(b) But a careful count of the generations reveals only thirteen (see Matthew 1: 12-16)

33.Who was the father of Shelah?
(a) Cainan (Luke 3:35-36)
(b) Arphaxad (Genesis II: 12)

34.Was John the Baptist Elijah who was to come?
(a) Yes (Matthew II: 14, 17:10-13)
(b) No (John 1:19-21)

35.Would Jesus inherit David’s throne?
(a) Yes. So said the angel (Luke 1:32)
(b) No, since he is a descendant of Jehoiakim (see Matthew 1: I 1, I Chronicles 3:16). And Jehoiakim was cursed by God so that none of his descendants can sit upon David’s throne (Jeremiah 36:30)

36.Jesus rode into Jerusalem on how many animals?
(a) One - a colt (Mark 11:7; cf Luke 19:3 5). “And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their
garments on it; and he sat upon it.”
(b) Two - a colt and an ass (Matthew 21:7). “They brought the ass and the colt and put their garments on them and he sat thereon.”

37.How did Simon Peter find out that Jesus was the Christ?
(a) By a revelation from heaven (Matthew 16:17)
(b) His brother Andrew told him (John 1:41)

38.Where did Jesus first meet Simon Peter and Andrew?
(a) By the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 4:18-22)
(b) On the banks of river Jordan (John 1:42). After that, Jesus decided to go to Galilee (John 1:43)

39.When Jesus met Jairus was Jairus’ daughter already dead?
(a) Yes. Matthew 9:18 quotes him as saying, “My daughter has just died.”
(b) No. Mark 5:23 quotes him as saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death.”

40.Did Jesus allow his disciples to keep a staff on their journey?
(a) Yes (Mark6: 8)
(b) No (Matthew 10:9; Luke 9:3)

41.Did Herod think that Jesus was John the Baptist?
(a) Yes (Matthew 14:2; Mark 6:16)
(b) No (Luke 9:9)

42.Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus before his baptism?
(a) Yes (Matthew 3:13-14)
(b) No (John 1:32,33)

43.Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus after his baptism?
(a) Yes (John 1:32, 33)
(b) No (Matthew 11:2)

44.According to the Gospel of John, what did Jesus say about bearing his own witness?
(a) “If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true” (John 5:3 1)
(b) “Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true” (John 8:14)

45.When Jesus entered Jerusalem did he cleanse the temple that same day?
(a) Yes (Matthew 21:12)
(b) No. He went into the temple and looked around, but since it was very late he did nothing. Instead, he went to Bethany to spend the night and returned the next morning to cleanse the temple (Mark I 1:1- 17).

46.The Gospels say that Jesus cursed a fig tree. Did the tree wither at once?
(a) Yes. (Matthew 21:19)
(b) No. It withered overnight (Mark II: 20)

47.Did Judas kiss Jesus?
(a) Yes (Matthew 26:48-50)
(b) No. Judas could not get close enough to Jesus to kiss him (John 18:3-12)

48.What did Jesus say about Peter’s denial?
(a) “The cock will not crow till you have denied me three times” (John 13:38).
(b) “Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times” (Mark 14:30). When the cock crowed once, the three denials were not yet complete (see Mark 14:72). Therefore prediction (a) failed.

49.Did Jesus bear his own cross?
(a) Yes (John 19:17)
(b) No (Matthew 27:31-32)

50.Did Jesus die before the curtain of the temple was torn?
(a) Yes (Matthew27: 50-5 1;MarklS: 37-38)
(b) No. After the curtain was torn, then Jesus crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last (Luke 23:45-46)

51.Did Jesus say anything secretly?
(a) No. “I have said nothing secretly” (John 18:20)
(b) Yes. “He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything” (Mark 4:34). The disciples asked him “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matthew 13: 1 0-11)

52.Where was Jesus at the sixth hour on the day of the crucifixion?
(a) On the cross (Mark 15:23)
(b) In Pilate’s court (John 19:14)

53.The gospels say that two thieves were crucified along with Jesus. Did both thieves mock Jesus?
(a) Yes (Mark 15:32)
(b) No. One of them mocked Jesus, the other defended Jesus (Luke 23:43)

54.Did Jesus ascend to Paradise the same day of the crucifixion?
(a) Yes. He said to the thief who defended him, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43)
(b) No. He said to Mary Magdelene two days later, “I have not yet ascended to the Father” (John 20:17)

55.When Paul was on the road to Damascus he saw a light and heard a voice. Did those who were with him hear the voice?
(a) Yes (Acts9: 7)
(b) No (Acts22: 9)

56.When Paul saw the light he fell to the ground. Did his traveling companions also fall to the ground?
(a) Yes (Acts 26:14)
(b) No (Acts 9:7)

57.Did the voice spell out on the spot what Paul’s duties were to be?
(a) Yes (Acts 26:16-18)
(b) No. The voice commanded Paul to go into the city of Damascus and there he will be told what he must do. (Acts9: 7; 22: 10)

58.When the Israelites dwelt in Shittin they committed adultery with the daughters of Moab. God struck them with a plague. How many people died in that plague?
(a) Twenty-four thousand (Numbers 25:1 and 9)
(b) Twenty-three thousand (I Corinthians 10:8)

59.How many members of the house of Jacob came to Egypt?
(a) Seventy souls (Genesis 4&27)
(b) Seventy-five souls (Acts 7:14)

60.What did Judas do with the blood money he received for betraying Jesus?
(a) He bought a field (Acts 1: 18)
(b) He threw all of it into the temple and went away. The priests could not put the blood money into the temple treasury, so they used it to buy a field to bury strangers (Matthew 27:5)

61.How did Judas die?
(a) After he threw the money into the temple he went away and hanged himself (Matthew 27:5)
(b) After he bought the field with the price of his evil deed he fell headlong and burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out (Acts 1:18)

62.Why is the field called “Field of Blood”?
(a) Because the priests bought it with the blood money (Matthew 27:8)
(b) Because of the bloody death of Judas therein (Acts 1:19)

63.Who is a ransom for whom?
(a) “The Son of Man came...to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). “Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all... “(I Timothy 2:5-6)
(b) “The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright” (Proverbs 21:18)

64.Is the Law of Moses useful?
(a) Yes. “All scripture is... profitable...” (2 Timothy 3:16)
(b) No. “ . . . A former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness... “(Hebrews 7:18)

65.What was the exact wording on the cross?
(a) “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” (Matthew 27:37)
(b) “The King of the Jews” (Mark 15:26)
(c) “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38)
(d) “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19)

66.Did Herod want to kill John the Baptist?
(a) Yes (Matthew 14:5)
(b) No. It was Herodias, the wife of Herod who wanted to kill him. But Herod knew that he was a
righteous man and kept him safe (Mark 6:20)

67.Who was the tenth disciple of Jesus in the list of twelve?
(a) Thaddaeus (Matthew 10: 1-4; Mark 3:13 -19)
(b) Judas son of James is the corresponding name in Luke’s gospel (Luke 6:12-16)

68.Jesus saw a man sit at the tax collector’s office and called him to be his disciple. What was his name?
(a) Matthew (Matthew 9:9)
(b) Levi (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27)

69.Was Jesus crucified on the daytime before the Passover meal or the daytime after?
(a) After (Mark 14:12-17)
(b) Before. Before the feast of the Passover (John 1) Judas went out at night (John 13:30). The other disciples thought he was going out to buy supplies to prepare for the Passover meal (John 13:29). When Jesus was arrested, the Jews did not enter Pilate’s judgment hail because they wanted to stay clean to eat the Passover (John 18:28). When the judgment was pronounced against Jesus, it was about the sixth hour on the day of Preparation for the Passover (John 19:14)

70.Did Jesus pray to The Father to prevent the crucifixion?
(a) Yes. (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42)
(b) No. (John 12:27)

71.In the gospels which say that Jesus prayed to avoid the cross, how many times did ‘he move away from his disciples to pray?
(a) Three (Matthew 26:36-46 and Mark 14:32-42)
(b) One. No opening is left for another two times. (Luke 22:39-46)

72.Matthew and Mark agree that Jesus went away and prayed three times. What were the words of the second prayer?
(a) Mark does not give the words but he says that the words were the same as the first prayer (Mark 14:3 9)
(b) Matthew gives us the words, and we can see that they are not the same as in the first (Matthew 26:42)

73.What did the centurion say when Jesus dies?
(a) “Certainly this man was innocent” (Luke 23:47)
(b) “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39)

74.When Jesus said “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me? ” in what language did he speak?
(a) Hebrew: the words are “Eloi, Eloi…“(Matthew 27:46)
(b) Aramaic: the words are “Eloi, Eloi... “(Mark 15:34)

75.According to the gospels, what were the last words of Jesus before he died?
(a) “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)
(b) "It is finished" (John 19:30).

76.When Jesus entered Capernaum he healed the slave of a centurion. Did the centurion come personally to request Jesus for this?
(a) Yes (Matthew 8:5)
(b) No. He sent some elders of the Jews and his friends (Luke 7:3,6)

77. (a) Adam was told that if and when he eats the forbidden fruit he would die the same day (Genesis 2:17)
(b) Adam ate the fruit and went on to live to a ripe old age of 930 years (Genesis 5:5)

78. (a) God decided that the life span of humans will be limited to 120 years (Genesis 6:3)
(b) Many people born after that lived longer than 120. Arpachshad lived 438 years. His son Shelah lived 433 years. His son Eber lived 464 years, etc. (Genesis 11:12-16)

79.Apart from Jesus did anyone else ascend to heaven?
(a) No (John 3:13)
(b) Yes. “And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11)

80.Who was high priest when David went into the house of God and ate the consecrated bread?
(a) Abiathar (Mark 2:26)
(b) Ahimelech, the father of Abiathar (I Samuel 1:1; 22:20)

81.Was Jesus’ body wrapped in spices before burial in accordance with Jewish burial customs?
(a) Yes and his female disciples witnessed his burial (John 19:39-40)
(b) No. Jesus was simply wrapped in a linen shroud. Then the women bought and prepared spices “so that they may go and anoint him [Jesus)” (Mark 16: 1)

82.When did the women buy the spices?
(a) After “the Sabbath was past” (Mark 16:1)
(b) Before the Sabbath. The women “prepared spices and ointments.” Then, “on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Luke 23:55 to 24:1)

83.At what time of day did the women visit the tomb?
(a) “Toward the dawn” (Matthew 28: 1)
(b) “When the sun had risen” (Mark 16:2)

84.What was the purpose for which the women went to the tomb?
(a) To anoint Jesus’ body with spices (Mark 16: 1; Luke 23:55 to 24: 1)
(b) To see the tomb. Nothing about spices here (Matthew 28: 1)
(c) For no specified reason. In this gospel the wrapping with spices had been done before the Sabbath (John 20: 1)

85.A large stone was placed at the entrance of the tomb. Where was the stone when the women arrived?
(a) They saw that the stone was “Rolled back” (Mark 16:4) They found the stone “rolled away from the tomb” (Luke 24:2) They saw that “the stone had been taken away from the tomb” (John 20:1)
(b) As the women approached, an angel descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and conversed with the women. Matthew made the women witness the spectacular rolling away of the stone (Matthew 28:1-6)

86.Did anyone tell the women what happened to Jesus’ body?
(a) Yes. “A young man in a white robe” (Mark 16:5). “Two men ... in dazzling apparel” later described as angels (Luke 24:4 and 24:23). An angel - the one who rolled back the stone (Matthew 16:2). In each case the women were told that Jesus had risen from the dead (Matthew 28:7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:5 footnote)
(b) No. Mary met no one and returned saying, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him” (John 20:2)

87.When did Mary Magdelene first meet the resurrected Jesus? And how did she react?
(a) Mary and the other women met Jesus on their way back from their first and only visit to the tomb. They took hold of his feet and worshipped him (Matthew 28:9)
(b) On her second visit to the tomb Mary met Jesus just outside the tomb. When she saw Jesus she did not recognize him. She mistook him for the gardener. She still thinks that Jesus’ body is laid to rest somewhere and she demands to know where. But when Jesus said her name she at once recognized him and called him “Teacher.” Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me...” (John 20:11 to 17)

88.What was Jesus’ instruction for his disciples?
(a) “Tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me” (Matthew 2 8: 10)
(b) “Go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17)

89.When did the disciples return to Galilee?
(a) Immediately, because when they saw Jesus in Galilee “some doubted” (Matthew 28:17). This period of uncertainty should not persist
(b) After at least 40 days. That evening the disciples were still in Jerusalem (Luke 24:3 3). Jesus
appeared to them there and told them, stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). He was appearing to them “during forty days” (Acts 1:3), and “charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise ... “(Acts 1:4)

90.To whom did the Midianites sell Joseph?
(a) “To the Ishmaelites” (Genesis 37:28)
(b) “To Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh” (Genesis 37:36)

91.Who brought Joseph to Egypt?
(a) The Ishmaelites bought Joseph and then “took Joseph to Egypt” (Genesis 37:28)
(b) “The Midianites had sold him in Egypt” (Genesis 37:36)
(c) Joseph said to his brothers “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt” (Genesis 45:4)

92.Does God change his mind?
(a) Yes. “The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I repent that I have made Saul King...” (I Samuel 15:10 to 11)
(b) No. God “will not lie or repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent” (I Samuel 15:29)
(c) Yes. “And the Lord repented that he had made Saul King over Israel” (I Samuel 15:35). Notice that the above three quotes are all from the same chapter of the same book! In addition, the Bible shows that God repented on several other occasions:
i. “The Lord was sorry that he made man” (Genesis 6:6) “I am sorry that I have made them” (Genesis 6:7)
ii. “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people” (Exodus 32:14).
iii. (Lots of other such references).

93.The Bible says that for each miracle Moses and Aaron demonstrated the magicians did the same by their secret arts. Then comes the following feat:
(a) Moses and Aaron converted all the available water into blood (Exodus 7:20-21)
(b) The magicians did the same (Exodus 7:22). This is impossible, since there would have been no water left to convert into blood.

94.Who killed Goliath?
(a) David (I Samuel 17:23, 50)
(b) Elhanan (2 Samuel 21:19)

95.Who killed Saul?
(a) “Saul took his own sword and fell upon it.... Thus Saul died... (I Samuel 31:4-6)
(b) An Amalekite slew him (2 Samuel 1:1- 16)

96.Does every man sin?
(a) Yes. “There is no man who does not sin” (I Kings 8:46; see also 2 Chronicles 6:36; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20; and I John 1:810)
(b) No. True Christians cannot possibly sin, because they are the children of God. “Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God. (I John 5:1). “We should be called children of God; and so we are” (I John 3: 1). “He who loves is born of God” (I John 4:7). “No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3:9). But, then again, Yes! “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (I John 1:8)

97.Who will bear whose burden?
(a) “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2)
(b) “Each man will have to bear his own load” (Galatians 6:5)

98.How many disciples did Jesus appear to after his resurrection?
(a) Twelve (I Corinthians 15:5)
(b) Eleven (Matthew 27:3-5 and Acts 1:9-26, see also Matthew 28:16; Mark 16:14 footnote; Luke 24:9; Luke 24:3 3)

99.Where was Jesus three days after his baptism?
(a) After his baptism, “the spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days ... (Mark 1:12-13)
(b) Next day after the baptism, Jesus selected two disciples. Second day: Jesus went to Galilee – two more disciples. Third day: Jesus was at a wedding feast in Cana in Galilee (see John 1:35; 1:43; 2:1-11)

100.Was baby Jesus’ life threatened in Jerusalem?
(a) Yes, so Joseph fled with him to Egypt and stayed there until Herod died (Matthew 2:13 23)
(b) No. The family fled nowhere. They calmly presented the child at the Jerusalem temple according to the Jewish customs and returned to Galilee (Luke 2:21-40)

101.When Jesus walked on water how did the disciples respond?
(a) They worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:33)
(b) “They were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened” (Mark 6:51-52)

24 March 2009


They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn`t agree with. - Gene Roddenberry

22 March 2009

Images of Jesus

Do preachers want more people in heaven or in hell?

My guest is that they want more people to be condemned to hell.

When asked if someone has been good and nice the whole life but has never heard about Jesus (or their god), where will this someone end up, the answer mostly is heaven. The reason: because that someone was ignorant about god and hence should only be judged by s/he has done in life.

My question to these preachers is WHY then you tell me about your god. If I don't know, I won't need to go to hell. Since you don't have any good evidence to show to me that your god existed, the chances that you can convince me is pretty small. You deliberately tell me about this. So you are trapping me and want me to go to hell.

To that, we should say, DAMN you, preacher!

If it is true, it is shockingly uncivilized

This was posted to youTube over 1 year ago. If it was true, the only conclusion I can draw about USA is that some communities there were shockingly uncivilized.

19 March 2009

Strange Inversion

Darwin's notion that the most beautiful creation (ie the world and living things that are in this world) is 'created' by total ignorance!

Sharia Law

Definition: traditional Islamic religious law; it covers the totality of religious, political, social and private life making no distinction between religion and life, in other words between transgressions of moral rules (sin) and of social rules. [source]

17 March 2009


Debating with creationists is rather like playing chess with a pigeon - It knocks over the pieces, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory. - unknown

Debaptism Certificate

Just download, print and display proudly anywhere you deem fit.

Buddhist's way of thinking about the beginning and the end

I got this from an email subscription to [atheism]. Good point. Why are we so obsessed in knowing the beginning when we have more immediate problems to solve?

"... a man called Malunkyaputta approached the Buddha and demanded that the Buddha explain the origin of the universe before he would become a disciple of the Buddha. Then the Buddha said that he would not go into a discussion of the origin of the Universe. To him, gaining knowledge about such matters was a waste of time because a man's immediate problem was his own suffering and his task was to liberate himself from the present state of affairs. To illustrate this, the Buddha related the parable of a man who was shot by a poisoned arrow. This foolish man refused to have the arrow removed until he was told who shot the arrow, what he looks like, the kind of wood the arrow was made of and so on. The Buddha said that before the man could learn such information, he would be dead. Similarly, our immediate task is to be enlightened, not to speculate about the metaphysical."

I deny the existence of a creator god simply because "god" is only a placebo. If god created the Universe, who created god?

I reject a personal god because it is simply too elegant to suggest any god would disrupt the rules and laws governing the universe to answer my prayer.

I despite evangelists/preachers because either they are stupid as to believe in a god or if they know there is no god, they are hypocrite in spreading a false hope for their own benefit.

I admire scientists whose pain-taking hard work, repeated testing and verification, relentless search for objective truths, find cures to many human sufferings.

I envy artists who skillfully show us the beauty and glory of life, celebrate our good luck to be at this time and at this place.

Let us be good for goodness sake and enjoy life while we can.

16 March 2009


Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. - Peter Ustinov

13 March 2009

What if there really is no god?

Daniel Florien asks the believers for an honest answer:
So we’re pretending that God doesn’t exist. What do you do? Do you throw away your current life to embrace drugs? Wreck your marriage and sleep with whores? Quit your job and go out and steal? Kill and rape people?

I have been an atheist all my life and hence I am not qualified to answer. I firmly believe that there is no god.

But I have been living an honest life, happily married to my only girl friend who has been my wife for 30+ years. I never have an affair, and we have raised a decent child. Needless to say, I have never raped anyone (pretending to rape my wife as a sexual fantasy may be the exception). I have killed some animals either because they were spreading diseases or for food (oops, a few for scientific experiments too). I have not kill any human yet. At the moment, I am taking quite a bit of drugs - to control my blood pressure and depression.

Religion as a moral standard is a joke! The bible may be morally advanced 2000 years ago. In today's standard, churches represent the repressing hypocrites.

12 March 2009


Theology, by diverting the attention of men from this life to another, and by endeavoring to coerce all men into one religion, constantly preaching that this world is full of misery, but the next world would be beautiful -- or not, as the case may be -- has forced on men the thought of fear where otherwise there might have been the happy abandon of nature. - Elbert Hubbard

Rationality back in politics

I am really glad to see politics getting free from the non-sense ideologies of the religious.

USA president had lifted the ban of the use of hundreds of new embryonic stem cell lines which *may* lead to treatment of major disorder such as Parkinson's disease and spinal injuries.

Yesterday, the Australian Federal government has overturned a ban (imposed by the Howard government in 1996) that prohibits using Australian foreign aid to support abortion in overseas nations.
The UN estimates that universal family planning could save the lives of as many as 175,000 women each year, Mr Smith said, adding about 68,000 women die annually as a result of unsafe abortions. [source]

Government policies should be made based on sound evidence. In both cases, no one is supporting the murdering of life. In the first case, embryonic stem cells from IVF treatment will be discarded after a certain of time. Why not use it for some human good. [I don't know exactly how the lines of available stem cells are defined. Here in Australia, I believe scientists in some states can use stem cells left over from IVF treatment.] In the second case, abortion is a hard decision for the woman already. When such a choice has been made, we don't need to make the process worse by forcing these poor women to go to illegal and often poor facility to do that.

Charlie bit me

Human relationship is full of joy, experiment, hurt and forgiveness. How wonderful and sweet.

This is so wrong

Stuffing non-sense through the throat of her thinking son - so so wrong!

A List of non-believers

10 March 2009

07 March 2009

Vatican vetos 'dot god' domain

A top-level domain (TLD), sometimes referred to as a top-level domain name, is the last part of an Internet domain name, that is, the group of letters that follow the final dot of any domain name. [source] Recently, the controlling body of TLD, ICANN was considering the adding of TLD such as
.catholic, .anglican, .orthodox, .hindu, .islam, 
.muslim, .buddhist

The Vatican said they don't like the idea of some registrar or other group being given control of the TLD of a particular religious tradition, with ICANN forced to determine who gets to be the gatekeeper for each particular set of beliefs.

What do you think?


The objections to religion are of two sorts - intellectual and moral. The intellectual objection is that there is no reason to suppose any religion true; the moral objection is that religious precepts date from a time when men were more cruel than they are and therefore tend to perpetuate inhumanities which the moral conscience of the age would otherwise outgrow. - Bertrand Russell

02 March 2009

Ideology and Religion Shit List

[direct copied from the link above]

Close-to-complete Ideology and Religion Shit List

* Taoism: Shit happens.

* Confucianism: Confucius say, “Shit happens.”

* Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn’t really shit.

* Zen Buddhism: Shit is, and is not.
* Zen Buddhism #2: What is the sound of shit happening?

* Hinduism: This shit has happened before.

* Islam: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah.
* Islam #2: If shit happens, blame Israel.

* Catholicism: If shit happens, you deserve it.

* Protestantism: Let shit happen to someone else.

* Presbyterian: This shit was bound to happen.

* Episcopalian: It’s not so bad if shit happens, as long as you serve the right wine with it.

* Methodist: It’s not so bad if shit happens, as long as you serve grape juice with it.

* Congregationalist: Shit that happens to one person is just as good as shit that happens to another.

* Unitarian: Shit that happens to one person is just as bad as shit that happens to another.

* Lutheran: If shit happens, don’t talk about it.

* Fundamentalism: If shit happens, you will go to hell, unless you are born again. (Amen!)
* Fundamentalism #2: If shit happens to a televangelist, it’s okay.
* Fundamentalism #3: Shit must be born again.

* Judaism: Why does this shit always happen to us?

* Calvinism: Shit happens because you don’t work.

* Seventh Day Adventism: No shit shall happen on Saturday.

* Creationism: God made all shit. (or, it takes an intelligent design to make shit)

* Secular Humanism: Shit evolves.

* Christian Science: When shit happens, don’t call a doctor - pray!
* Christian Science #2: Shit happening is all in your mind.

* Unitarianism: Come let us reason together about this shit.

* Quakers: Let us not fight over this shit.

* Utopianism: This shit does not stink.

* Darwinism: This shit was once food.

* Capitalism: That’s MY shit.

* Communism: It’s everybody’s shit.

* Feminism: Men are shit.

* Machismo: We may be shit, but you can’t live without us…

* Commercialism: Let’s package this shit.

* Impressionism: From a distance, shit looks like a garden.

* Idolism: Let’s bronze this shit.

* Existentialism: Shit doesn’t happen; shit IS.
* Existentialism #2: What is shit, anyway?

* Stoicism: This shit is good for me.

* Hedonism: There is nothing like a good shit happening!

* Mormonism: God sent us this shit.
* Mormonism #2: This shit is going to happen again.

* Wiccan: An it harm none, let shit happen.

* Scientology: If shit happens, see “Dianetics”, p.157.

* Jehovah’s Witnesses: >KnockKnock< Shit happens.
* Jehovah’s Witnesses #2: May we have a moment of your time to show you some of our shit?
* Jehovah’s Witnesses #3: Shit has been prophesied and is imminent; only the righteous shall survive its happening.

* Moonies: Only really happy shit happens.

* Hare Krishna: Shit happens, rama rama.

* Rastafarianism: Let’s smoke this shit!

* Zoroastrianism: Shit happens half the time.

* Church of SubGenius: BoB shits.

* Practical: Deal with shit one day at a time.

* Agnostic: Shit might have happened; then again, maybe not.
* Agnostic #2: Did someone shit?
* Agnostic #3: What is this shit?

* Satanism: SNEPPAH TIHS.

* Atheism: What shit?
* Atheism #2: I can’t believe this shit!

* Nihilism: No shit.

* And of course we must add…Alcoholics Anonymous: Shit happens-one day at a time!

Living a biblically life

A.J. Jacobs talks about living a year biblically:

Letting Go of God

By Julia Sweeney from TED

Homo Evolutis

These are bold predictions: Homo Evolutis

01 March 2009

Youtube comedy

Atheist Today Poll

Does it concern you that President Obama will be a member of a church?
Yes, USA constitution requires the separation of politics and religion.
No, as long as he pay someone to go for him.
Yes, every church from every religion, belief system, ethical system or philosophical position should come to him one by one.
Yes, the country is so messed up that it would be irresponsible for the president to be wasting his time in a church.
No, it doesn’t concern me.
Yes, because all other churches which he is not a member will rain fire and brimstone upon the entire world.

[This is not a real poll. Selecting any option above will not be sent to any server and of course will not be saved and tallied.]

[Inspiration from comments of Poll on Obama’s Church]