Yes! I have no homework this weekend! So I can stay up all night and surf the internet with no guilt of not doing my homework or studying. Actually I should be studying regardless. I need to keep up with my studies and the tech industry. If you fucking blink for a moment you can lose out on what the happenings are. But the internet is addictive. I can't imagine living without it. It's more powerful than anything I know. We are such slaves to modern technology. We are like helpless kittens with out it. I have a feeling I'll be on YouTube tonight for a long time.
A nice and simple way I like to explain the atheist position to those who don't understand or object, goes like this. Think of a Christian, he doesn't believe in Mohammad's revelation by the angel Gabriel. He doesn't believe in the Koran which was the written word of Mohammad's revelation. This is the central belief that all Muslims must believe in, that Mohammad was a prophet and revealed to mankind God's message. Take the Muslim for a moment. He doesn't believe Jesus was the son of God, died on the cross, and was resurrected three days later. He thinks that the Jews substituted Jesus with another body and that Jesus was buried somewhere. This is a denial of the central story of Christianity that all Christians must believe.
They each think the others' central stories for which the religions are founded on are made up bullshit. What we as atheists simply do is go one step further and take the position that religious people each have about all the other religions in the world, that is that they are false. We simply believe that all of religions fantastic miracles and revelations are man-made and not true. From the Muslim and Christian perspectives, the others' miracles aren't founded on any truth, despite the billions believing them. They know that there is mass delusion going on in the other camp, oh but not theirs. They have the truth in their book. It seems more likely that if they deeply believe the other is false it seems more likely that they are both false, since them both being true would contradict each other.
It doesn't explain the very first life form's formation. It has been something I've been thinking of recently. There are numerous videos online and information about it. Science has a pretty strong argument about it it's called abiogenesis. The scientific explanation of the origin of life. Details aside for now, I wonder did it happen only once, for the very first life form? Or did it happen many times, millions, billions? Does it still happen today, or are the conditions for early life formation not existent today? If that's so, if all life were wiped out tomorrow, it wouldn't form again unless the conditions of the early Earth came back. These are tough questions that we all ought to ask. I will learn more about the origins of life in the primordial soup of our early Earth. If one day scientists can recreate the formation of organic matter into life in an experiment, I think we will be able to say for sure that life originated on its own.
Here are some videos that give insight into abiogenisis:
Creationists have the fine tuning argument that states that the fine tuning of the universe, the creation of the elements and compounds such as hydrogen and helium into the heavier elements and the distance of our Earth from the Sun all happened just the right way, so there must be a God who fine tuned it that way.
Now I say to that, first of all of coarse it's all just right or else we wouldn't be here to notice it. Second, why would an all-powerful God need to fine tune a universe anyway? Is God bound by the laws of physics? God can create complex intelligent life on the Sun if he wanted to, right? He is all powerful.
If the universe wasn't fine tuned for life and yet still produced it then I would say creationists would have a much stronger argument for there being a supernatural God with powers beyond any mortal belief who uses his powers to create and sustain that life in spite of there not existing the right conditions for it.
This is why I think that the fine tuning argument falls apart. Of course it alone doesn't disprove the existence of God, but it cuts a hole in the creationist's position on the order that which our universe appears to have. Take away one element from the early universe, or change the expansion of the universe by a minute fraction and it would not have produced the universe we know with stars and planets and of coarse...life. I can't believe a God would have to expand the universe at a precise rate, couldn't he just do whatever he wanted?
It's 4:49am and I can't sleep. I'm up all night watching YouTube videos. One after the next after the next, it just never stops. There's so many cool videos about religion and evolution and the debates between them. I watch them until the sun comes up.
That's how are Democratic and Republican parties can be described. They are both owned by corporate America and are not working for the interest of the American people at all. I thought Obama was going to be our savior but he's just like the rest of them. This little drama between the democrats and the republicans is just a little scripted drama that they play out in front of us to make us think that they're really fighting about the issues. We need to get the government on the side of the people again and not the lobbyists that represent the corporations that are greedy money worshiping pigs. There has to be hope that it will someday get better.
I did an experiment the other day. I randomly friended a few a girls who were friends of friends just to see if they'd except it. I can't remember how many I friended but 2 girls accepted my request. One a hot Latina, Dominican looking, who is a big believer in God. I commented on her wall and asked a question that might challenge her faith, and she removed it and unfriended me. Ha. It was kind of funny. We were never friends to begin with, and I'm surprised she unfriended me.
She writes a lot about her faith and trips to church. I guess she doesn't want a challenge and when she saw my profile she figured I'm a bad person and got rid of me. Too bad I would have loved to challenge her more. Oh well.
The only thing I'm not doing is sleeping or studying. I'm learning technology management and it is so fucking boring. I cannot read a single page before I get distracted by the internet, TV or my own obsessions and thoughts. This is really going to effect my grade because I will have a quiz and final coming up real soon, not to mention many assignments that I'm late on. Oh dear lord, wait who?
When it comes to Facebook "friends" the term is used too loosely. I take friendship serious. I'd rather have 5 real friends than 500 fake virtual friends. I haven't had many friend requests on FB mostly due to the fact that no one knows who the hell I am. I don't use my real name, or my picture. There are over a dozen people out there who have the same name as me on FB. I wonder how many people have searched for me and turned their profiles instead.
I've always been very secretive about my last name and many of my friends have never known it. I've seen on FB all my old friends from high school who I really don't talk to anymore. Most people on FB reunite with all their old high school friends, I haven't. There's a reason who we lost touch perhaps, and that's because we didn't have much in common. So why would I then want to reunite with them? I have only one friend from high school that I still keep in touch with in real life and on FB.
There's a term I use for FB people who friend everybody, I call them "Facebook whores." These are people who are trying to get as many friends as possible and will friend anyone and except friend requests from anyone. I must admit that I hate the idea of friending someone that I don't really know well. Partially because I fear they may not accept it and partially because I'm very private online. I do wish I had more friends on FB though. I could start friending everyone randomly.
People who have 200+ friends must be in the business of being a FB whore. It's like a high school popularity contest. I do think that FB has changed the culture. I've heard people saying and writing that a relationship is not official until it is broadcast on FB. If someone rejects a friend request it could be taken personal by the rejectee. I think I would. Imagine you meet someone, a friend of a friend, hang out one day, and then friend them on FB only to have the request linger for days and weeks. You know they've been active on FB because you can see their activity. Then next time you see that person should you bring it up? If so how do you do it? What is the person rejecting the friend request going to do? How should they explain it to the person they're rejecting as politely as possible? No matter the explanation the friendship is most likely going to be strained a bit.
This goes on to my earlier posts about why I hate social networking sites. Now you can't just have a casual friend anymore, it has to become "official" on Facebook. Now almost every time you meet someone becoming friends on FB is standard procedure, like shaking hands. There will be more pressure I'm sure to make relationships official and public on FB too. Well FB might die off like the way MySpace did, although I think FB will be around for at least another 5 years reigning supreme.
I have so much to be thankful for, I have so much that so many others dream about. Yet, I lay awake at night contemplating all that I don't have and all that is wrong.
Am I simply one of those people who is never satisfied no matter how much he has?
It is the dead of winter now. I am looking forward to having a wonderful spring and summer. Sunny days are ahead. I have good friends and I have many exciting things to do in the future. It's true that some people really piss me off, some people I would rather not ever see again. They exist and I cannot change that. Their memories exist.
I kind of wish I could forget about my past because some of it is too painful.
Look toward the bright side. I eliminated one of my biggest sources of depression over a year ago. I will never again feel trapped the way I did all those years. Good times are ahead.
Can an atheist be moral, or be a person of upstanding moral character? The quick answer that I've heard from many Christians is of coarse "yes." Now with that being said, since an atheist can be a moral person, why does the atheist need to accept Christ into their life?
If I as an atheist can be moral, without being a Christian, that what purpose does Christianity play then? Is accepting Christ into my life more important than being a person of high moral character? What is more important: The acceptance of Christ or the moral foundation to live by? If the answer is the former than it is clear that being a Christian and accepting Christ is more important than living by the morals preached by Christ.
Now the theist will say something like: Well if you don't accept Christ, even if you have your morals right, you're not believing that they are divinely ordered and that they are merely man-made and arbitrary. Well, as I have written before I think all our morals are to a degree man-made. I think there are some natural morals like the one about killing for example, it clearly can't ever be moral to kill for no reason, but it does get tricky when we mention war, self-defense, and fighting over survival.
Bottom line, an atheist can be moral and these morals don't necessarily need to be divinely enforced for a person to live by them. We must be watchful for evildoers who want to erode basic decent morality from society as well as those who want to enforce supposed laws from God (Shar'ia Law for example) on us.
There is an argument that atheists simply don't like the idea of being ultimately judged by a God and therefore we reject God, the judge, altogether.
Well, I still have to obey the orders of society. I don't not believe in the law, police or government. They are very real and the consequences of breaking our man made laws are very real and serious also.
I think there are some atheists who reject God because they don't like being judged. That's not my case. Sure I don't like the idea of having my every thought known by a supernatural deity who can tell me what to eat and who to have sex with.
I consider myself a moral man. The morals I abide by are the more reasonable ones not the crazy scrupulous detailed moral rules created by schizophrenic desert Jews thousands of years ago. If those ridiculous rules mean the difference between going to heaven or hell, so I'm told, and I reject them, that is not why I am an atheist.
I am an atheist because I don't see any real evidence that all these moral codes to which I am ordered to live by, are the work of an omniscient deity instead of the aforementioned Jews, which I believe is the real case.
I don't kill, that is one of the orders right? The moral codes that I think are reasonable I live by and the ones that are clearly ridiculous I disregard and I don't think that I'm really any different from any other "cafeteria" Christian.
A friend and I spend a Saturday night reading the Bible and the Koran a few weeks ago. It was fun and interesting. I have a lot to learn about Christianity and Islam. I wish I knew the entire Bible and Koran front to back. I'd apply them to all my arguments against their teachings which I learn more and more about.
In referring to slaves the Koran says that if a slave owner marries his slave's wife, then he must set his slave free. I thought that that was really nice of Allah, since it would be terrible for the male slave to now see his wife, former wife, now married to his owner. But the whole moral point to me is that Allah allows slaves in the first place.
The Koran just like the Bible justifies human slavery. It's interesting. I am still very new to the Koran and have yet to get into its details. As I learn more I'm sure there will be a few surprises.
I'm still into religion its just that personal issues have cluttered my thoughts recently. I was reading the bible and koran recently with a friend. We were going over the details and lies that it holds.
I'll have more on religion later on but right now I have a job interview in the morning that I must prepare for, and that means trying to get a decent nights sleep. Goodnite.
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