Religion Is A Scam

I found this on a blog – not saying where or linking. They don’t need extra views from me.

This is one of those pieces that sounds like ‘why can’t we all just get along?’ but in the end it’s pleading to listen to goodness of religion is not unlike Narcissus gazing into the calm waters of a shallow pond. Yes, we are encouraged to join in the shallow goals and claims of the religious. Ignore the bad parts, come look at the lovely parts and be with us, join us. Do not pay any attention to the ugliness waiting around the corner if you do. That’s not going to get ‘you’… come enjoy the lovely parts with us.

So lets see how this all really works out if you apply a critical mind to it:

Religion, if used constructively, is a tool for explaining life in a comforting manner. In this context, it’s not about infallible technical explanations — because really, that data is not available — it’s about explaining life in a way that’s easier to deal with and in a way that leads to enjoyment. Simply, religion can be a means to attain satisfaction with life.

  • If used constructively? – Right. That’s exactly how it gets used in movies and dreams. In the real world it is used to justify all the evil you can think of.
  • Explaining life in a comforting manner – Right, so the fact that a gamma ray burst could fry us all tomorrow can be explained in a comforting manner. Every six seconds a child dies of starvation or starvation related illness – how is that explained in a comforting manner? Over cheeseburgers and a shake?
  • Infallible technical explanations? – Lets skip those because we don’t have those. No, you don’t need them if you just do as I say.
  • An explanation that leads to enjoyment and satisfaction with life? – Apparently all that enjoyment leads the clergy to depression

And just because religion has been used for manipulative and destructive purposes, and as a way to stubbornly retain the past, doesn’t mean the concept can’t benefit modern civilization. If effectively utilized, religion is not the antithesis of progress, but the pathway to it.

  • Well, over 2000+ years it has not benefited civilization unless you call the progress of war and death a benefit
  • Oh, it’s just a pathway to progress… 400 years to apologize to Galileo. Yep, that’s progress. Don’t worry about the anti-marriage equality, anti-abortion, anti-health care, witch hunts or any of that other bad stuff. Really, religion is about progress… in the same way that icebergs are about making cruise liner movies

 

Ideas such as the underlying unity of all lifeforms, the rejection of selfishness, the fulfillment of purpose, the non-finality of death — these tenets can be reinforced through doctrine and adopted by anyone seeking satisfaction from life.

  • Underlying unity of all lifeforms? – Oh, you mean common ancestry? Doh, fucked that one up too.
  • Rejection of selfishness? – except for stuff like this: “Mission Congo” Exposes Robertson’s Greed
  • Purpose? – oh do tell, what is our purpose here? Practice for heaven? Fight the non-believers?
  • Non-finality of death? – really, what is more final than death, it means this life is over. Your dreams of an afterlife are just that, dreams.
  • Tenets need reinforcing? Yes, doctrine and indoctrination. That is how reasonable people make choices… not.

We can’t prove the underlying nature of life, not even after thousands of years of civilization — so we’re left with ideology — with religion. It is in our interest then, to admit the unknowableness of life and try to piece together a set of ideas to not only cope with life, but to excel within it, facilitating our satisfaction and enjoyment.

  • We don’t know the nature of life. Mind you, we did tell you what your purpose is and how to be fulfilled and satisfied. We’re going to make up the apparent dichotomy by giving you ideology… just some shit we made up… just for religion.
  • The first step is to admit that science can’t teach us anything. Only doctrine from bronze age men can give us knowledge and wisdom.
  • We have nothing newer than about 2500 years old, but we can show you how to cope with modern life AND excel within it. Look around you and see all the politicians and rich people and successful people who believe in gods. Don’t listen to any of these people or these people or these people or these people either. None of them are successful in this life because they don’t have religion.

There is nothing useful in this soggy whitewashed fluffy bullshit. This is like the guy with a windowless van offering candy to children. Isn’t it odd how many children get abused and raped by religion’s minions? I wonder why all this goodness attracts so many paedophiles. One can only wonder. Perhaps it’s the get out of jail free card or the insta-respect they demand from everyone for being good followers of an imaginary god who looks down constantly and does nothing about their abuses. I mean, fuck the children, right? They’re only kids. There’s no reason to come out of hiding to protect them… they’ll forget when they turn 18.

Fuck gods and these supposed well meaning people who  can’t take the time to examine their dogma and doctrine to find out why atheists don’t like them very much. Fuck the lot of them. They aren’t worth saving… let them drown in the backlash unless they learn to swim in the real world.

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  1. sometimes when you finish reading a post by an apologist, all you want to write is may their god help them. It appears they don’t want to live in this century. They adopt everything new that our current knowledge has allowed us to know except for religion which they don’t even question

    • People are lazy and really bad at caring for others… for the most part people are only good at getting pregnant and going to jail every now and then.. all t his religion stuff is just pretend. The harder the pretend the more they truly deserve a punch in the face

  2. Near where I used to live there’s a local school which raises additional funds renting out it’s playground at weekends for car boot sales. Principally, this is taken by an evangelical group which erects a large banner on the perimeter fence promising, among other things, “prosperity” to followers. How does one reconcile this with the teachings of the Gospels?

  3. The stages of a scam:
    “-Foundation Work
    The preparations which are made before the scheme is put in motion, including the elaboration of the plan, the employment of assistants and so forth.
    -Approach
    The manner of getting in touch with the victim—often most elaborately and carefully prepared.
    -Build-up
    Rousing and sustaining the interest of the victim, introducing the scheme to him, rousing his greed, showing him the chance of profit and filling him so full of anticipation and cupidity that his judgement is warped and his caution thrown away.
    -Pay-off or Convincer
    An actual or apparent paying of money by the conspirators to convince the victim and settle doubts by a cash demonstration. In the old banco game the initial small bets which the victim was allowed to win were the pay-off. In stock swindles the fake dividends sent to stockholders to encourage larger investments are the pay-off.
    -The Hurrah
    This is like the dénouement in a play and no con scheme is complete without it. It is a sudden crisis or unexpected development by which the sucker is pushed over the last doubt or obstacle and forced to act. Once the hurrah is sprung the victim is clay in the schemer’s hands or there is no game.
    -The In-and-In
    This is the point in a con game where the conspirator puts some of his money into the deal with that of the victim; first, to remove the last doubt that may tarry in the gull’s mind, and, second, to put the con man in control of the situation after the deal is completed, thus forestalling a squeal. Often the whole game is built up around this feature and just as often it does not figure at all.
    In addition, some games require what is called ‘corroboration’, which means what it says. This is important in games where a banker or other shrewd customer is to be the victim.”

  4. “Well, over 2000+ years it has not benefited civilization unless you call the progress of war and death a benefit”

    I had someone once tell me quite seriously that without Christianity we’d never have magnificent buildings and art. I assured them we would, and the cathedrals of Europe would instead be called Libraries.

    • I like that thought… mourn the libraries lost

  5. Yes, religion is a scam, and in most cases a death cult. The only thing they promise you is ever lasting life. (many are afraid of death, not understanding it is a part of life, a debt we must all pay) Problem is, you have to die to recieve the so called goods.(death cult) All you have to do to participate is put some of your income in the plate on Sunday, and check your intelligence at the door.

    Thing is, once you are dead, there is no way to verify that the promised goods were delivered. Best scam ever. I think religion invented the “pay as you go weekly installment plan”

    • ROFLMAO I love that pay as you go installment plan for eternal happiness

  6. Reblogged this on hitchens67 Atheism WOW!! Campaign and commented:
    It’s about money for more water parks and other religious bullshit!

  7. “Fuck gods and these supposed well meaning people who can’t take the time to examine their dogma and doctrine to find out why atheists don’t like them very much. Fuck the lot of them. They aren’t worth saving… let them drown in the backlash unless they learn to swim in the real world.”

    Yes.

    • Thanks for commenting. The whole thing can be rather frustrating…. gah

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