June 28, 2011

Wrath of the Professors

The "Wrath of God" card
from the popular
Magic the Gathering
card game.

The text reads; "All
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By Francis Nye

At last count 79 professors from various institutions signed a petition to halt the United States Speaker of the House, John Boehner from speaking before a Catholic graduating class.  These academics find this Ohio congressman’s voting recorded concerning abortion issues not to their liking.  They urge him to re-familiarize himself with church’s teachings before delivering his commencement address before the Washington D.C. Catholic University of America. 

I could understand how this could be a problem if he was going to speak on abortion but somehow I don’t think this is likely with this type of audience.  If I recall correctly at my college graduation and that of my daughter’s the keynote speaks regaled the graduating classes with what the future holds for them.  So I am not sure why they are all uptight about this man’s record on abortion issues.  I suspect their religious bigotry is bubbling up to the surface.  It’s the smug; you’re not with us so we don’t want you around attitude.  They should ask themselves is this how Jesus would treat Mr. Boehner?  Would he shun this man because his beliefs are different? 

Besides since when has God placed a high value on human life?  When I look at his track record it makes me wonder what the entire hubbub about abortion is anyway with Christians.  God has consistently killed or had killed thousands of people.  In fact God wiped out the entire population of the earth in Noah’s time with a mass flood and he promises to do it again with fire in the future.  I am quite certain if the flood tale is to be believed that babies and pregnant women died in the Great Flood story.  Also what about the time when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorra with fire from heaven?  Did he think to spare the children then?  No of course not.   He even went as far as turning Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt just for turning around to see the city burn.   I always felt pity for her.  I guess I have more compassion than God does.

Then there is this little Gem from the Book of Zephaniah:

I will sweep away everything in all your land," says the LORD. "I will sweep away both people and animals alike. Even the birds of the air and the fish in the sea will die. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, along with the rest of humanity.

In this quote you can see that not only does God destroy all the people he kills all the animals also.  I bet God has been blacklisted by PETA after that incident.

God also approves of people killing one another.  In the Book of Judges Micah butchers an entire town and God seems to let the entire incident slide. 

Then, with Micah's idols and his priest, the men of Dan came to the town of Laish, whose people were peaceful and secure. They attacked and killed all the people and burned the town to the ground. There was no one to rescue the residents of the town, for they lived a great distance from Sidon and had no allies nearby. This happened in the valley near Beth-rehob.  Then the people of the tribe of Dan rebuilt the town and lived there. They renamed the town Dan after their ancestor, Israel's son, but it had originally been called Laish. (Judges 18:27-29 NLT)

Did you get the part where the people of the town of Laish were peaceful?  I think alone speaks volumes on God’s attitude toward mankind.
I agree that abortion is appalling but please spare me your self-righteous religious outrage over abortion.  God could care less if women murder their babies by the bushels.  So instead of Speaker Boehner re-familiarizing himself with church teachings maybe these esteemed professors should bone-up on the good-book themselves.

June 21, 2011

Negative Light Being Shined on Religion

By Francis Nye

I was scanning the local paper and I happened upon an article, Suspect in Sect Deaths Pleads Guilty to One Charge.   This was a very short three paragraph article about a church leader's daughter who managed to elude law enforcement for 20 years until she was finally caught. She had murdered an eight-year-old little girl and three other members of the church's congregation for leaving their faith. She initially faced murder and other charges but now only faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs.

Now some of my detractors have come forward since I have started this blog and have accused me of only pointing out the bad in religion. That for the most part religious people are good people. That somehow my blog shines an unfavorable light upon religion for the most part. First of all I want to make one thing clear. My intention is not to persecute the individual. My intent is to demonstrate how these organizations have lost control of their message. 

Religion for a very long time has gotten a free pass in this country. The most zealous and fervent followers have committed unimaginable crimes all in the name of religion. It's not like I find one article every six months that points out some sort of heinous act that has been committed in the name of religion. Like the article above about the woman who killed an eight-year-old little girl I find these types of articles each and every week on a regular basis. Some weeks it is really hard for me to decide what to write about because there is such a plethora of articles to choose from. I wish these things only happen every once in a blue moon. Because if they did this blog wouldn't exist and there would be less hate in the world.

However what I find really appalling and surprising is how my detractors can be part of an organization whose most committed and best members commit these types of crimes on a regular basis. Then turn around and say well that is an isolated case.  Like that makes it okay. For the record I do understand that most of you are not like that. But with that being said can you step back for a moment and see how your faith has harmed so many people and cause so much social upheaval?

Can you imagine any other organization, let's say for example the Lions Club or the Masons having members killing and raping children, or treating women as second-class citizens on a regular basis, or oppressing homosexuals?  Would you knowingly want to be associated with those types of people? Do you think that these organizations would be good role models for your children? Would you once or twice a week attend their meetings? Give them money on a regular basis? I know I wouldn't. And neither would any rational thinking person. So why is it that my detractors associate themselves with all these crazy religions? 

I think people are starting to wise up. According to a Pew Report people attending religious services is on the decline. I know myself and other are really just feed up with all the cruelty and bigotry in this world that is done in the name of religion. Its articles like the one I mentioned above about the daughter of the minister that are really turning people off to religion. So the next time you want to say, those people and not me remember this; you are part of those people. They represent you. Every time they kill someone, molest a child, or treat someone as if they are a lesser being they are doing that in your name. You are in some small part responsible for their actions. You support them every time you give them money and your time. Think about this, people like Hitler and Stalin would not have been able to do the things they did without the support of the common person like you. It is the same with religion. People would not be able to hurt other people in the name of your faith if it wasn't for you supporting their actions either directly or indirectly. If you don't like that so many are committing such acts in the name of your faith then do something about it. Stop the hate!

June 14, 2011

The Gay Diagnoses

By Francis Nye

NARTH is the acronym for National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.  Did you catch that last part - Therapy of Homosexuality?  NARTH believes that homosexuality is a mental disorder like being bipolar, depression, OCD,  GAD, PSD, ect., ect.  In other words you are “mentally ill” if you are gay.

According to Healthline’s website (http://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-basics) that list mental disorders I don’t see homosexuality listed.   I also checked out the popular WebMD site (http://www.webmd.com/) and much to my astonishment I didn’t find homosexuality listed there either.  So what does NARTH know that the medical and psychological establishments don’t?  Nothing.  So what’s their agenda then?

To see NARTH’s agenda look no further than its former president.  NARTH’s past President, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi  Ph.D. was the director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic.  For those of you who are not so savvy with your church history, ThomasAquinas is a Catholic saint.  So we can infer that there are religious overtones in these mental diagnoses of homosexuality. 

It’s the beat of the same old drummer.  Being gay is a sickness.  Being gay is a choice.  Stop sinning and change your ways.  One just has to ask, when is the religious community going to get it through their thick skulls that being gay isn’t a sickness or a choice?  It’s nothing more than the same old song and dance and the persecution of the gay community.  I read post that that said NARTH gives psychology a bad name and they are no better than hate groups like the Klan or Neo Nazis.  I am not so sure I would go that far but NARTH does shed a bad light on the otherwise noble establishment of psychology in my opinion.

The only reason I bring all this up is that these so called diagnoses of NARTH are leading good people who are gay to feel so depressed about themselves that they end up committing suicide.  Kirk Murphy was just one that was treated by NARTH for his homosexuality.  His mother, Kaytee gave him over to these witch doctors when he was a boy hoping that they could cure him of being gay.  His treatment last a little less than a year but haunted him the rest of his life.  Now his mother lives with this regret the rest of her life according to an interview with AC360.

Despite acknowledging himself as a gay man in 1985, Kirk never had a loving and committed relationship and chose a career where being openly gay wasn’t even possible. He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force and then held a high-profile position with an American finance company in India. It was there, in his New Delhi apartment, that Kirk Murphy died by suicide in 2003. He was just 38 years old.

When will religious people realize that their supernatural self-righteousness has real world consequences?   That people actually are harmed in their attempt to shape the world in their own delusion of what God wants.  Enough already let people live their lives the way they want.  Gays don’t interfere and oppress Christians so what is the need to destroy their lives.  Get over it already and accept the fact that people are born gay just as people are born heterosexual.  It’s not a choice but something that is hardwired into their very being.  I am sorry that the Christians find gay people so distasteful but Christians need to worry more about their souls than the souls of others.  What was it that Jesus said, “Let the one among you that is without sin cast the first stone.”  John 8:7

View the Sissyboy Syndrome Video as seen on CNN and you can begin to understand the torture that NARTH put Kirk Murphy through.

June 7, 2011

Part II- Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?

Crazy Christian or
someone with a message?
You decide.
By Francis Nye

Last week I asked the two part question; does Jesus fulfill the 21 signs and requirements of the scripture and does he embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah? I demonstrated with a preponderance of scriptural evidence that Jesus failed the fist part of the question. He failed in most of the 21 signs and requirements of the Messiah. He did not build the 3rdtemple, he did not gather all the Jews of Israel, ect.

Now let’s look at the second part of the question; does Jesus embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah? This too is a scriptural laundry list of things like the first part of the question that will point to the true Messiah. The Messiah must be a prophet, a descendant of David, and he must lead the people in Torah observance.

Let’s look at these one by one. First Jesus was not a prophet. According to scripture prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry. During the time of Ezra (circa 300 BCE), when the majority of Jews refused to move from Babylon to Israel, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Jesus appeared on the scene approximately 350 years after prophecy had ended.

Next the Messiah must be descended on his father's side from King David (see Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1). According to the Christian claim that Jesus was the product of a virgin birth, he had no father -- and thus could not have possibly fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father's side from King David!

Finally, the Messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4) I personally think that Jesus fulfills this prophesies and that it was St. Paul that puts a spin on Jesus message not to follow the Torah. This however is a topic for another post. So because of this we now have throughout the New Testament, Jesus contradicting the Torah and stating that its commandments are no longer applicable. (see John 1:45 and 9:16, Acts 3:22 and 7:37).

It is also interesting to point out some of the mistranslations referring to Jesus and the Messiah. Biblical verses can only be understood by studying the original Hebrew text -- which reveals many discrepancies in the Christian translation. Which is not uncommon, the bible is riddled with mistranslations and contradictions as I have demonstrated in previous posts and will continue to demonstrate in future posts as well.

First there is the so called virgin birth. The Christian idea of a virgin birth is derived from the verse in Isaiah 7:14 describing an "alma" as giving birth. The word "alma" has always meant a young woman, but Christian theologians came centuries later and translated it as "virgin." This accords Jesus' birth with the first century pagan idea of mortals being impregnated by gods. Greek gods like Zeus where notorious for impregnating mortal women. This idea has been around a long time before the time of the biblical authors.

Then there is the crucifixion. The verse in Psalms 22:17 reads: "Like a lion, they are at my hands and feet." The Hebrew word ki-ari (like a lion) is grammatically similar to the word "gouged." Thus Christianity reads the verse as a reference to crucifixion: "They pierced my hands and feet."

Finally there is the suffering servant. Christianity claims that Isaiah chapter 53 refers to Jesus, as the "suffering servant." In actuality, Isaiah 53 directly follows the theme of chapter 52, describing the exile and redemption of the Jewish people. The prophecies are written in the singular form because the Jews ("Israel") are regarded as one unit. The Torah is filled with examples of the Jewish nation referred to with a singular pronoun.

Ironically, Isaiah's prophecies of persecution refer in part to the 11thcentury when Jews were tortured and killed by Crusaders who acted in the name of Jesus. From where did these mistranslations stem? Gregory, a 4th century Bishop of Nanianzus, wrote: "A little jargon is all that is necessary to impose on the people. The less they comprehend, the more they admire."

Then there is the question of Jesus and his miracles. Judaism, unique among all of the world's major religions, does not rely on "claims of miracles" as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of "miracles" to charlatans, in order to test Jewish loyalty to the Torah (Deut. 13:4).

Maimonides states (Foundations of Torah, ch. 8):

The Jews did not believe in Moses, our teacher, because of the miracles he performed. Whenever anyone's belief is based on seeing miracles, he has lingering doubts, because it is possible the miracles were performed through magic or sorcery. All of the miracles performed by Moses in the desert were because they were necessary, and not as proof of his prophecy.

What then was the basis of Jewish belief? The Revelation at Mount Sinai, which we saw with our own eyes and heard with our own ears, not dependent on the testimony of others... as it says, "Face to face, God spoke with you..." The Torah also states: "God did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us -- who are all here alive today." (Deut. 5:3)

Judaism in which the Messiah concept is derived is not miracles. It is the personal eyewitness experience of every man, woman and child, standing at Mount Sinai3,300 years ago. One only has to read the scriptures to see this.

It amazes me how many Christians have asked me if I have read the bible when they find out that I don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. I am simply stupefied by how many Christians do not understand what they have read in the bible or how they fail to connect the dots. If they did they would not ask me such a ridiculous question. I think most of them check their brains at the door and take at face value what they are taught in church on Sundays, forgoing the effort it takes to verify what they are told. It is just simply laziness. It is people’s laziness to take things at face value that makes religion such a terrible and dangerous concept. This is why it is so easy for good people to be convinced to do such bad things. Ω TRT

What are your thoughts on this situation? Please let me know below in the comment section.