On the plus side, he knows how clouds form, where as the other kids think they are like cotton wool.
Go figure… the religious ones believe in cotton wool clouds, but my non-believing son is all about the science…
He asked me – “They all say they are Christians, but that’s all made up stories. If they are Christians, then what am I?“
I’m sure some of the others just ‘believe‘ to stay in with the crowd, and some just say it because, well… everyone else is saying it.
Regardless of what you might think, I have always tried to keep religion out of his life until he is old enough to make his own mind up. If he has asked a question, I have always tried to be neutral & promote understanding of people’s beliefs, and to be tolerant.
I answered in form of a question – “Do you believe that there is a God?”
He replied – “Pffft, no!”
I asked – “Are you sure?”
He replied – “It’s just stories. He’s not real, I already SAID that!”
I said – “Then you are like me. You are an Atheist.”
He looked at me, grimaced and said – “Atheist people don’t believe in God, do they?”
I told him – “No, they do not.”
I told him that as he grows up, he’ll meet a lot of people who believe in God or Gods, and he’ll meet a lot of people who don’t. I told him that I am happy for him to believe what he wants, and that other people are allowed to believe what they want, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone.
He seemed much happy to be a thing, and not just not being a Christian.
He smiled, gave me a hug and then went back to reading his book on racing Mini Coopers.
Actually, by sharing this, you ARE more likely to help save a life, or protect an endangered species, or stop someone getting car jacked, or help raise money for truly needy charities and programs…
Money scams, charity requests, sick kids, murderers, stalkers of women drivers, dead soldiers, freebies, Facebook charges….. and OMG LOOK WHAT THIS GIRL WAS CAUGHT DOING BY HER DAD…….
Rather than fuelling the crap, why not check the validity of it at somewhere like snopes.com first?
I know you mean well…. but…… ARGH!!!!
You see, every time I see a scam ‘Share this to help raise money for this child with cancer‘ story in my Facebook feed, or a tweet… even if it is well meaning… a little bit of me dies.
Okay, so technically a little piece of all of us is dying all the time, as cells die and new ones regenerate… but that’s beside the point…
Very sad, but you're not helping THIS child... or anyone else.
Most of the stories are scams and falsehoods (verily).
They are contrived rubbish DESIGNED to make people want to spread them around.
Yes…. People are arseholes who prey on other people.
At best, all these continuous ‘PLEASE SHARE THIS!!! URGENT‘ etcetera stories just numb people, and eventually, like the kid who cried……
“WOLF!!!! OH SHITOSHITOSHIT“
…….people just ignore them, they become blasé …. and in doing so, the REAL stories… the REAL advice… the REAL charities…. that GOOD stuff gets ignored too.
A High Horse, Yesterday
Whilst I’m way up here on this high (but extremely valid) horse, please….please…. don’t say things like;
“Well, maybe the one legged child didn’t save the leprous old woman, but it’s a lovely story about human nature…”
…because it isn’t. You’ve just made more people ignore REAL messages. You’ve just killed a rain forest and let more people die from an illness that NEEDED real help. Moron.
You’ll most likely find the messages, status updates, tweets etcetera, are variations of old emails that were written to make people spread the sad tales around, whilst actually spreading an attached virus that you didn’t know about.
Same goes for the emails, texts and messages that say:
“Send this to 5 friends right now or an elephant will shit on your car and your first born will be born terminally stupid“.
Then people say “What harm can it do to share it? Ho ho!!!“… apart from the virus it may carry… or the fact that people will just end up ignoring relevant information you send them because they are so used to the bogus stuff you send out…. well…. no harm at all… Although are you really that crazed to think forwarding on this pap will actually get you some good luck… or do you really fear the bad things that might happen if you don’t forward it on?
Are you really from the Middle Ages?
Look, just extinguish that witch you are burning and stop worrying that the sky is falling and CHECK YOUR FACTS FIRST….
If you want to share something, it’s not better to be safe than sorry… it’s better TO BE RIGHT.
Less fictional, poorly researched crap means people take note of the real news, the real information…. I’m sure I’ve said that enough now….
So you see… by sharing THIS blog entry, and getting people to check sites such as snopes.comfirst before blindly sharing and posting bogus information, well…. you could save a life…. because the less cries of wolf there are, the more likely it is that people will take notice of the real stories again… and then those people might help the child, donate to charity, stop the internet virus…
So… I’ve been blogging for *cough* years now, and never really done religion. There is a very good reason for this… I just don’t care what you are, as long as you’re not a total bastard. With or without religion you can still be a total bastard. I’m anti-total bastard… not anti-religion. Any way, a recent read of GOD COLLAR (by Marcus Brigstocke) made me put finger to keyboard…
You should know me enough by now that this is not going to be a boring preachy blog….
Heck, I even drop Sometimespace’s first ‘C’ bomb…
For the sake of this blog, you have to take the stance that ‘God’ exists…
Before I start I should say that I am not so stupid as to completely say God does not exist… but I don’t believe God exists. You see, even scientists are still not sure of everything…
In fact one of the things that scientists always took to be a dead certainty… the speed of light being the fastest anything could be… has been found to be wrong…(for now…).
So where I don’t believe God exists, I am perfectly open to finding myself wrong. Much like scientists who thought the speed of light was the daddy of all speeds, they still had open minds that they might be wrong.
According to all I have seen and heard:
We are the creations of God.
God is supposedly perfect.
God gave us free will.
Disasters and such like are sent by God to test us.
If the disasters are not sent to test us, they are sent to punish us.
God knows everything.
So… let’s go back to the beginning….
God creates us. He is perfect and knows everything. He gives us free will.
He puts a tasty treat on a tree and says:
“Oi, Adam… Eve… Don’t touch that bloody tantalising piece of fruit… It’s gorgeous, succulent and you can’t touch it…or I’ll fuck you up”
I may have got the words slightly wrong, but it gives you the idea.
God created us… so knows EXACTLY what we are going to do when something like that is put in front of us. There’s no way he wouldn’t know this.
It’s like putting a fine crystal vase with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on it… on a low table… and telling a 3-year-old child to not touch it… and then leaving them alone in the room with that vase… AND THEN punishing that child AND ALL OF THEIR OFFSPRING FOR ETERNITY for going ahead and breaking that vase…
Any normal parent knows that leaving that pretty child attracting vase in easy reach is going to end in one way.
This means God was ALWAYS going to punish us… because God knew exactly what the outcome of the vase/apple would be….
The disasters, the floods, the diseases, the famines…. all punishments. All punishments for things that the all-knowing God KNEW we would do anyway.
What a wanker.
Feel my WRATH!!!!
No… wait… maybe he was ‘testing‘ us….
But again, if he is perfect he wouldn’t need to test us… He’s just throwing out debilitating illnesses to our children, giving our friends cancer and generally acting like a kid with a magnifying glass on a summer’s day…. next to an ant’s nest.
He’s doing it for fun and spite….
What a totally ass-hat of a wanker.
Maybe I shouldn’t write stuff like this… I could end up burning in Hell….. but then again, God would know I am going to write this… His bastardness knows no bounds.
Just going back to the ‘free will’ thing…. It doesn’t exist. I can go out and buy a burger when ever I want.
Some starving family in Africa can’t do that…. Sure, they have the free will to be able to do it, but they can’t. Your free will is limited to the physical things that you can actually do…. And seeing as God created everything, our ‘free will’ is TOTALLY DICTATED BY HIM…..
Free will my arse.
If God does exist, then I do not want to follow him. A God that knew all along what we’d do, and knew that we would do it… and then punishes us for doing it… A God that has taken some of my close friends and family (God created cancer, don’t you know… he created EVERYTHING)… A God that leaves my friends and family suffering… that threatens my child with damnation for doing exactly what God knew would happen…. You know what God, you can fuck off.
But wait…. Maybe God isn’t perfect….. Maybe the ‘tests‘ are to see if he’s done a good job making us….
YES! He’s not raining down destruction on us for fun… it’s all a test to make us better because he’s not prefect…. AND there you go…. I do not want to follow an imperfect God…. A God who couldn’t even make us correctly….
That would be like going to the hospital, putting your LIFE on the line and undergoing major surgery… and the surgeon doesn’t really know what they are doing, so is using you as a test subject… like a surgeon in the middle ages!!!
You’d be putting your life into the hands of a fuck-wit… You wouldn’t do that, would you?
This gives a few choices then….
Follow the Perfect God… who is a cunt (yes, I said it).
Follow the imperfect God… HA! Yes, Give your life up to someone who could be as wrong as you are…
Don’t follow God.
You could – and this is just throwing it out there – just try living your life in such a way that it doesn’t totally piss off your fellow human too much, and to accept that your fellow human will try to live the same way… AND that if you do end up pissing each other off, that you have the ability to not start a war and just accept that people are different.
You could – and once again, this is wild and mad – work WITH your fellow human to find cures for disease, find solutions for disasters, get together and work as one to overcome NATURAL problems….
Come on… you know this God is a tosser who just loves to see us fight and kill and rape and murder. You know that if our own hatred to each other doesn’t get his omnipotent rocks off, that he’ll send forth famine and disease to help him reach his holy vinegar strokes…
This God is just a prom queen.. and spoilt cheerleader… the girl at school who knows she is hot, and that the boys all fight over her… and yet she lets the fights carry on because she likes it… She won’t say which religion is right… sorry, I mean she won’t end the fighting by telling the boys which one she wants.
You know this because if he really existed, he’d give a definitive, non-fairy tale, not hearsay sign to us to say he exists, and that all the religious groups should all play nicely…
Maybe a HUGE sign in the sky…. something that could only be him… and not mistaken for a weather balloon… or an oddly burnt piece of Jesus toast… Something like…
There you go… Religion…. and one of the reasons I try not to touch upon it…
Peace to you all, whatever you believe. You have free will to believe what you want, and I have the acceptance to let you get on with it… and even discuss it with me.
I’m open to everything… but until then, I’m staying a non believer who accepts there might be a God, but doesn’t believe there is.
Anyway, to finish…. to cleanse your palette… this video from ‘College Humour‘…. and Religious Nerds!!!