Category Archives: Education

Beliefs – Process – Facts

There’s an unending discussion between a belief in an existential life and a supernatural, post mortal existence. The “ungodly” are generally looked down upon as sinful, by the worshippers of deity.  The “theists” are often seen as foolish by atheists. Are we satisfied that one group are ignorant and the other are knowledgeable?

Part of this conflict arises from the thousands of differently held beliefs among the ~ “6 billion believers”. Each one has a perspective which may not be in harmony with other beliefs. If there is a God, wouldn’t there be some type of uniformity in description and purpose?

Are we operating as collective adolescents. Struggling for answers but all the while fighting among ourselves over ideology?

Some things should be obvious when it comes to knowing things. You would think for example, that people know the earth is a round three-dimensional body, yet there are those who insist the earth is flat. How do you go about determining which opinion is correct?

How do you test your own limits in knowledge?

Perhaps there’s a way of knowing, but not proving?

There are others who explain their beliefs as …

Can a scientist believe in God?

What happens to us when we die?

What are the problems if any, with a belief in deity?

Another person with an after death experience shares her story.

I don’t have any of their experience or the brilliant intellect of some of the people you may have watched in these videos. I have my doubts about an afterlife or supernatural existence, but I admit to my inability to know for sure. Anyone that reads these words might think, well he’s admitted to his own ignorance, and that is true.

What also is true, I’ve been a devout Christian, a member of the Lutheran Church while a youth, then joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), as an adult. I left that organization voluntarily in the ’90’s. I’ve read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, several times, and taught adult classes. None the less, the more knowledge I gained, the more doubtful I’ve become in the authenticity of any of these religious texts.

You’re comments, as long as they’re civil, are welcome. Your opinion can be completely different from mine and that’s not a problem. We’re all in an experience which we may think we know, but in reality there’s a lot more we don’t know, if we’re being honest.

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Same As it Ever Was. . .

This may not be what you want to read or hear from someone, but there’s nothing you or I can do about it. You – me – everyone – are going to die. Having this as a reminder and a terrific conversation starter, let’s go a little further with this, and in the end, it’s all going to make sense. If it doesn’t, I’ll give your money back. Wait! You didn’t pay me. Lesson learned, you get what you paid for…

pair of love birdsThat’s really the first lesson everyone needs, you get what you paid for. Your thinking, that’s another dumb thing, he just said. Well, actually it’s the first smart thing I’ve typed, but you might miss the point.

Whenever you get an offer that sounds too good to be true, it’s definitely not going to turn out the way you expect. Sure, you heard what you wanted to hear, or they’re saying all the right things, however the delivery or the outcome isn’t going to be what’s promised.

Promises made and quickly found to be false.

  • This won’t hurt much
  • Trust me
  • This won’t make you pregnant
  • Hi, we’re from the IRS, and we’re here to help you.

We need to learn how to be critical in our thinking. Although the repeated life lesson is, “don’t trust a promise”, we hear words that we like, and we fall for it, almost every time. That’s how bad relationships start, used cars get sold, and politicians keep their job.

When a politician of your preferred party of choice makes a promise, don’t listen to their words, look at their history of delivery. Here are some examples, which are only applicable when the promise is made. These aren’t their exact words, but it’s what they generally say.

  • I’m going to make your schools better.
  • I’m going to give you good jobs.
  • I’m going to make you safe.
  • I’m going to make things fair.
  • I’m going to get you a tax break.
  • I’m going to really screw over the wealthy but make you a deal.
  • I’m going to protect you from all those bad people outside of our group.
  • I’m going to give you clean water.
  • I’m going to give you clean air.
  • I’m going to regulate all those things that need regulation.
  • I’m going to ban all those things you know need to be banned.
  • I’m going to give you a bunch of free things without concern how they get paid.
  • I’m going to keep you healthy.
  • I’m here for you.
  • And god bless ‘merica …

Does any of that look familiar?

I started out with something that’s known to be true. Then I proceeded to tell you what you probably didn’t want to hear. Well the fact is, everyone lies, some are whoppers designed to sucker you, but to tell their lies they start with something almost everyone accepts to be true. It’s the “mom & apple pie” story we like hearing. Then come the promises. My advice is to not believe them, unless and until they deliver on that promise. Chances are they won’t.

Put on your thinking cap anytime you hear a story that doesn’t fit what you know to be true. Don’t fall for the promises of boyfriend, girlfriend, theologian, politician, soldier, sailor, or salesman. Find out whether something is PROVABLY TRUE, NOT WHAT’S BELIEVED OR SAID TO BE TRUE!

Yes, you’re going to die, but why not live your life on your own terms, and not the promises of someone else?

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How Badly Has the Bible Been Corrupted?

We should always be in pursuit of the truth, no matter what the cost.

DaVinci atomatronic model graphic

emergence from the knowledge abyss

I know this might bother some people, because this challenges ideas which people have become comfortable. It’s far easier to think in terms of absolutes, than it is to recognize it’s complexity. Truth is like seeds in a flower, some seeds are good, some aren’t going to lead to another flower, and many are hidden.

That flower and seed description is simplified, but it’s a start to a huge discussion on theological / religious thought. I’m focusing on Christianity, but the texts, history, and beliefs of every major religion have been altered, evolved.

For example: the King James version of the Bible has had > 100,000 textual changes during the period of 1611 (1st edition) to 1769 (3rd edition). *1We can’t be absolutely certain the Bible you hold in your hands is exactly the same words and meanings as the original apostles and associates wrote.”

All original manuscripts have been lost. All manuscripts would have turned to dust by the 2nd century. Papyri- made from reed paper deteriorates over time, especially if handled.

The numerous variations of manuscripts, the presence of the vast number of manuscript commentary over multiple centuries, as well as the existence of many manuscripts, suggest there’s ample support for the desire to carry forward these stories.

The Codex book form wasn’t invented by Christians, but came into favor during the 1st century by them. Scrolls fell out of favor. Copies of the original manuscripts may be traced back to about 150 AD. This suggests the original texts can be traced back before the end of the 1st century. (For those that don’t follow – a manuscript copy doesn’t precede the original)

What common kinds of variants are found? Over 99% of the textual changes are spelling.
Egyptian godsWord order changes due to language rules. Greek word order can be accounted through inflection not necessarily rewording.

*1 Daniel Wallace biblical scholar and author speaking at Purdue University 2016

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Mark Twain on the Bible: “It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.

Why the Gospels are Myths

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What is more likely, a liar or a talking snake? A liar can make up a miracle story, and have it embellished by later authors / theologians. Why should any rational person believe absurd claims just because someone wrote it down thousands of years before?

An ounce of evidence is worth a pound of assumption? There’s no believable evidence that supports two people initiated all people on earth, and from them came all racial variations. Consider the moral and physiological problems associated with this type of family incest.

Where’s the evidence to back up these claims?

  • Snakes and donkeys don’t talk.
  • Bears don’t attack children because some old man was repeatedly called names by these youths, then asks deity to condemn these children to death for their insults.
  • Eight people can’t feed, clean up after thousands of animals confined together on a large boat
  • Those animals would have nothing to eat after the earth was claimed to be totally flooded. Brackish water kills most plant life.
  • Men don’t part water through their words.
  • Virgins don’t give birth.
  • People don’t walk on water.
  • People don’t come back from the grave after being dead for 3 days.

If you claim these things happened, then there needs to be more than continually referring back to this incredulous text as support evidence.

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