Why would God “create” us to begin with?

myatheistlife:

This is an interesting take on it… and making the point about what we can choose to believe or not believe.

Originally posted on The Iranian Atheist:

If god is all knowing then surely he knows that many people will not believe in him and he will send those people to hell, but why? Why would someone do that? Purposely create humans and then punish us for not believing in him?

The Christians would likely say something to the extent of, “God gave people free will to accept Christ as their savior and if they choose not to believe, then it’s their fault.” Meanwhile, the Muslims will say something under the lines of, “Allah gave us free will, it is up to us to accept his existence and by not believing you are destined to go to hell”, and many other religions will make similar claims.

But “believing” is not really a choice. It is not as if I chose not to believe. It’s not a choice like something physical, such as choosing not to hurt people, or…

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The Bourne Connection

Amnesia (from Greek ἀμνησία from ἀ- meaning “without” and μνήμη memory) is a deficit in memory caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma.[1] Amnesia can also be caused temporarily by the use of various sedatives and hypnotic drugs. Essentially, amnesia is loss of memory. The memory can be either wholly or partially lost due to the extent of damage that was caused.[2] There are two main types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is the inability to retrieve information that was acquired before a particular date, usually the date of an accident or operation.[3] In some cases the memory loss can extend back decades, while in others the person may lose only a few months of memory. Anterograde amnesia is the inability to transfer new information from the short-term store into the long-term store. People with this type of amnesia cannot remember things for long periods of time. These two types are not mutually exclusive. Both can occur within a patient at one time.

I was going to start out with something different but I can’t remember what it was … badump pa ching

 

In the Bourne Identity we find a man suffering amnesia. He cannot remember who he is and begins to rebuild or reconstruct his life with what knowledge he does retain and any new knowledge gained. He lost only personal memories of himself. So he wakes up one day and does not have a history or identity. He is, for all intents and purposes erased. A fully trained blank.

If he were able to slowly regain his memories all would be well but as we know, that is not how it works out. He remains blank until suffering another trauma. What if he had regained his memories within days of waking up? Would he have been a blank slate during that time, or simply ‘just recovering’ for a bit? What if it only took hours to regain the memories? Would he have been considered the blank slate in that time? What if it took only a few seconds to regain his memories? Would he have had amnesia?

How long does it take you every morning to regain your memories? Are you a blank during that time? Are you sure?

If you think about it, you wake up blank but with quick easy access to your memories and full body integration your brain quickly puts everything back in place… it quickly integrates both memory and current sensory data. You go from blank to yourself, identity regained in just seconds. The process is not smooth all the time. Think about experiences you’ve had waking up which were not easy or pleasant. Did you experience instant reintegration? Did it take a few minutes for every process to come back on line?

When you are not conscious, you are not you. A blank with the amazing ability to reintegrate memories and body experience. In effect, your brain reprograms itself every time you regain consciousness.

 

 

Here’s a bit from someone that might come to exactly that conclusion. It’s a bit of a read, but I recommend it. She wonders if we are but I say we are, over and over and over again. When the simulator in our heads starts running our brains reprogram themselves to be us.

Science writer Jennifer Ouellette explores the emerging science of the self, a body of research that examines not just who we are, but also…if we are.

Does Transubstantiation Work?

Apparently not

Tip number 7 (at the link above) for gluten free communion wafers:

7. Once more: contamination is the number one concern. For me, ingesting a product with gluten in it is the same a ingesting something with poison in it. Many others suffer similarly.

So, there it is. It’s bread before it gets to the church. It’s bread when they hand it to you. It’s still bread when you eat it. Not even the glory of god almighty can neutralize the dangers of gluten.

 

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, must be criticized. Don’t let Muslims stop that with their scare tactics.

myatheistlife:

Staying silent is a form of agreement!

Originally posted on The Iranian Atheist:

Wouldn’t it be nice if the punishment for apostasy and denying Islam was just that, Nothing!? But of course that is not the case, as the Quran in numerous occasions calls for the death of non-believers. If you need passages, I will gladly share them.

I criticize Islam and Muhammad, because they deserve no respect. I criticize all religions, because I care about humanity, because I care about women, because I care about homosexuals, minorities, other atheists, people Muslims refer to as infidels, people who suffer under the hands of Islam. More importantly the ones that suffer the most are the Muslims themselves. So many people who finally come to the realization that they have been brainwashed their whole lives to believe in a religion, come to me and ask me for advice, and I am helping them all, see how beautiful the world is without the superstitions and fearful…

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Islamic Fallacies

myatheistlife:

The truth can sting … a lot!

Originally posted on The Iranian Atheist:

For those of us who have lived and grown up in Muslim countries, we are told over and over again that Islam is great in every way. They claim just because there were certain scientists many centuries ago who made contributions to the advancement of science by translating the works of other people to Arabic, this is somehow an indication that Islam is great, even though their works had nothing to do with Islamic scripture. Even if they can be credited with the greatest inventions of all time, all that means is they were regular people who lived under Muslim rule, at a time when being an atheist was unthinkable! It’s not like the Quran made these contributions. However, when millions, literally millions of people, are killed, abused, and tortured in the name of Islam precisely because of passages in the Quran and the Hadith, this is somehow not representative…

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I Don’t Know What Love Is …

In the last few days I’ve found myself thinking about or talking about love several times. One comment made should be a post.

For all I’ve done and seen and experienced, I do not know how to reconcile my thoughts against what the world professes as the meaning of love. If you asked 100 people you will probably get 114 answers. To me, love is the stuff that happens when you’re keeping a commitment to another person.

 

 

The commitment does not have to be marriage and the other person does not have to be your lover or spouse. Certainly you can make such commitments without love so it is not the commitment that is love, but I think it might be described as the ransom and tribute given to the other party as promissory note or collateral. It is not this act or that act as many people describe ‘true love’ is to me the act of giving deeply personal collateral for the loan of honesty from another being. In this way, I think the description also applies to dogs. How the repayment is arranged depends on the other particulars of the relationship… it’s not something that a person can only do with one other being. I don’t know what love is but I understand the collateral and commitment to repayment involved to create it.

Gods that do not reveal themselves cannot make a commitment and they cannot love us.

The supposed ‘almighty creator god’ cannot even do what a dog can do.

 

Does this make sense? What does love mean to you?

Want to boycott companies that support marriage equality?

myatheistlife:

If you need a laugh today, this just might be it.

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