Saturday, June 9, 2018

Animal Abuse is Not a Problem for Evangelical Christians


In a recent conversation, I was discussing reasons not to believe in the Christian god.  I was up against an old friend who has always been intelligent, but apparently he has selective intelligence, because he is an evangelical!  My first clue that G.D. (his initials) is not as critical a thinker as I thought is that he calls himself a “centrist,” instead of being what he should be:  a “radical, progressive, action-oriented, far-leftist!”  

G.D. subscribes to the dogma of a new group called “Alpha,” with their slant on being evangelical, which is to believe only in the good parts of Christianity and to interpret the Hell out of the Bible - literally!  He recommended that I join “Alpha Courses” – lessons from Alpha - the newest “positive” apologetic organization that is making money off of Christians who don’t want to be hateful. 

The suffering of people and animals was a big issue in our online conversation, and I expected G.D. would put some effort in explaining to me why a loving god would allow animals to suffer for millions of years, having to eat each other in the most painful ways in order to survive, and nowadays being prisoners to the atrocities committed on our farms.  G.D. disappointed me, because he passed off the answer like any other Christian.  “Ask Alpha!  I am sure one of their experts can give you an answer so you will understand.” 

I should have pounced right at that moment, but our conversation went in another direction.  Why should anyone accept an answer for animal cruelty?  What was it I needed to understand about hearing animals screaming and seeing them writhe in pain?  Why would he think there would be an answer that would ever be convincing or sufficient? 

G.D.’s thoughts were NOT that man was wrong or that god was wrong, but that I did not have the right understanding of why we torture animals and that I NEEDED to have the understanding because I NEEDED the happiness and peace of God!  To G.D. and other Christians, it is I who is lacking and has the problem - animal abuse is not a problem.  It is “sad,” but acceptable because it is part of God’s plan.  They don’t have to think about any part of "God's Plan," and will not think about it.

I saw how shallow G.D.'s thinking was to actually posit I should listen to some apologist come up with some “good” reason to torture animals, and then I would see the light: “Oh, I understand now!  It all makes sense!  Thank you and Praise God!  I’m a convert!” 
What shocks me is that people are actually that daft!  They must be, since “Room for Doubt” and other similar crazes are popular and spreading in the Christian communities; groups that tell people it is fine to doubt and they are welcome to come ask questions of experts, and then the experts give pat answers like, “Have faith, have God, don’t worry, just love.”  People fall for this because they can’t see the psychology behind what the ‘experts” are doing to them – keeping them in the church! 

Odd that my fervent proclamations like, “You should NEVER accept animal abuse – not for all the stars in the sky [or the rewards in Heaven]” are only seen as “me rebelling against God due to some childhood fear,” or “me persecuting Christians.”  They can’t see the issue of animal abuse for what it is, and they have no problem with accepting a god that allows animal abuse, because they assume, “God has a reason for all things; just have faith!” 

If I had time on my hands, I would join Alpha just to kick their butts in debates (I am that confident I can reveal their foolishness) and hopefully insert doubt into their minds, but I am too busy these days with animal rights activities, working, etc. to add “arguing with Alpha” onto the duty list.  Perhaps after I retire in a few years this will be my mission!    


Friday, March 30, 2018

Forced Forgiveness Is Harmful

No one has to forgive. It can be nice if you can and sometimes it is helpful, but sometimes I do not think it is the best answer. For instance, there are a few things in my life I do not want people to forgive me for. I want them to understand what happened, but I feel I would get off too easily if they forgave me. I do not forgive most people, but I sure do like when they change and I let the bad situations that person caused recess in my brain; but I don't forget either! "Forgive and forget" is bad advice! Forced forgiveness, as they do in churches, is harmful.
I don't forgive or forget my piano teacher for molesting me, for instance, nor do I think I should! I can accept that it happened and I can understand how it happened, and I can still love the good things about my piano teacher and be glad that I took lessons from him for other reasons; but I will never forgive him. Nor should anyone else - but that's up to you how you handle things. This is just my opinion.

So we have Easter coming up - a holiday about the sun and seasons and spring renewal that was taken over by a start-up religion to become a celebration of a fictitious man who rises from the dead after being killed by his father, the all-powerful, all-wise god. The reason for a sacrifice of an innocent person? To forgive people "for their sins!" Forgiving is not necessary! Even animals make poor judgment calls and mistakes, and here we are in a very complex society trying to deal with all sorts of people every day. We will make mistakes. It is to be expected and not to be seen as a "sin" or a "failing"; it should be seen as us not having the smarts to give a better response at the time. But if I want forgiveness or at least for the other person to understand why I lashed out, for instance, I need to talk to that person. There is absolutely no reason to switch to asking forgiveness from a third-party - a sky-god. It's like getting another person involved who has nothing to do with the situation and is not as important as the person I hurt. I can guarantee you, if I asked a sky-god for forgiveness because I wanted forgiveness, the sky-god would forgive me. I wonder why?!
There are times I forgive a person, especially if I overall like that person, but there are other times I just accept the situation happened and that's the way that person is, or I understand that the person used a poor choice of words, and move on. Sometimes, I learn from the situation just who that person is and what their mindset is and learn I don't trust that person! That is smarter than forgiving the person and hanging around a person who will harm you.
Why does it take bloodshed for an all-powerful god to forgive when he could just forgive? Why did he have to add the torture story? What a poor example he has set. Violence as a solution!
As you celebrate a "perfect person" (whose story and personality were not perfect in my opinion), and give thanks to an "all-loving" god who seems quite imperfect, perhaps add some humanistic features such as giving thanks for those who made your food, and try to eat less meat and dairy because they come from animals who were tortured and killed as youngsters, which is never good. Enjoy great company if you have friends and family over, and be thankful for that! Be thankful for having a life! Be thankful for warmer weather and a sun whose rays will be felt again! Enjoy the holiday without the yearly, "He is risen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" proclamations. No one escapes death. No one gets rewarded for doing better than someone else in this life. The rewards for having a good life - an easy life or a difficult life done well - are your own and for those around you and for whatever positive effect you left while you were living on this earth.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Too Much?

I'm creating some T shirts which takes a ridiculously long time because there is so much to figure out about making designs, images and how to create shops on various websites.  If it can go wrong, it will go wrong for me!  However, I am almost ready with nine designs and will be able to get them on the marketplace soon! 

Most of the sayings are pretty catchy.  This one may tick a lot of people off: 

"Desperately trying to save animals from you.  Go Vegan!" 


I doubt anyone seeing me in that shirt will challenge me though - they would be afraid of what it would reveal about themselves.  It kind of blew my mind when I came up with the wording, because that is exactly what we try so hard to do - save animals from all the people who are eating them.  That means you!  I hope the message will get through to those who see it.




Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year PDF for you!

If you want to try a few vegan recipes, or are a struggling beginning vegan, this PDF is for you.  It has tips, links to great websites, videos and movies, recipes, and personal stories.  The link is a bit weird - you Control/Click on the link and it brings up the Google drive underneath it.  Click on that and you will be at my PDF!  It's called, "How to Be Vegan When You Can't Cook Worth Beans!"







Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christians, Homosexuality and Sex

According to Christians, God thinks it is an abomination for people of the same sex to have what, for them, is a normal sexual relationship.  I also say “normal” because it is prevalent in nature and nature is not influenced by our customs.   Yet there is God, claiming he will punish you eternally for having sex in a same-sex relationship. 

How does he know whether you are having sex or not?  He must watch everything you do and listen in on your conversations and even your thoughts to make sure you are comporting yourself in a pure manner.  Every single time you have sex, he is leering over you with a pencil and paper, taking notes about whether you are doing it the proper way manner conservative fundamentalists have sex. 

Can you imagine after you die and stand before him and he reviews your life?  Describing in detail each date that you had sex and what was inappropriate?  And your god must be watching every single person all the time when they are having sex.  That’s a busy god! 

Now you may think I am wrong, and say, “God doesn’t watch such things.”  But then, how will he be able to call someone a sinner, or send them to eternal damnation?  You may respond, “Well, He already knows who will mess up because he made them.  He knows who will have abominable sex!”

Do you see any problem with that?  And just why is it an abomination?  What is so very wrong about it?  If you say, “It’s unnatural,” first off, that is not true; but second, we do a lot that is unnatural in life and it is perfectly fine.   

Wouldn’t it be easier to accept a godless universe with homosexuality as a normal part of many animals’ lives, including ours?  It is so much neater. 

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Where Would You Have Stood on Slavery?


At first, I thought this was not a good comparison, but when I thought about the excuses most people use to continue to enslave and kill animals, I think this meme is valid in most instances.  If you are a person who would have been enslaved yourself before the Civil War, this meme shows how you would think if you had been a free person.

Pay attention to the excuses.  They are the same excuses that were used against slavery: 

They are just animals.
They don’t matter.
They don’t have the same feelings as we do.
They aren't as smart as we are.
They don’t know any better.
It says we can in the Bible.
We are supposed to use them.
They are happy.
All we need to do is provide a slightly better life for them.
They won’t be able to function on their own.
We need them and use them in all facets of life.
There will be too big a change if we stop using them.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

GOING TO HELL FOR A CONCEPT


    I get a kick out of Christians who say “they don’t judge.” They speak of beautiful sayings such as “turn the other cheek.” Yet, their entire religion is based upon judgment, and the characters they worship sure don’t turn any cheeks!
    Christians don’t have to judge, because God will do it for them. Some even revel in saying, “You just wait to you die! You’ll get yours! God will judge you!”
    What does the Almighty One judge? A concept of a concept.
    The main criteria for floating up to Heaven instead of being thrown into Hell is whether you believe in God and have accepted Jesus as your savior. Put yourself in an atheist’s place - what if you look at the concept of an afterlife, and evidence shows that it does not exist, and you know what happens to the brain during death; you also know the history of other religions and the flaws in the Bible. Based on rational thinking and research, you make informed decisions that you do not believe the concept of God, you do not need to be saved by a character named Jesus, and that there is no afterlife. So you don’t believe the concept (having to believe) in a concept (God/Jesus/afterlife).
    If you are wrong, THIS IS WHAT SENDS YOU TO HELL! You will burn for eternity – tortured – for not believing that you had to believe in the Christian god.
    Sounds more like a religion of revenge to me. If a god exists, then there is purposely no credible evidence for any god and there is purposely a lot of evidence against any god; which means this god intentionally tricked people into not believing. Think about that.
    God is nothing but a concept. You talk for him, you learn about him from a book and from your parents or friends so that you can tell people what he is like. You are told how to communicate with him. All of it is conceptual. There is total silence from this god, even in mass shootings in a church.
    People look for anything good they can find, so they can make an excuse for their silent god. They must retain the concept that he is there and is loving, because the evidence says otherwise. The emotions and a promise of an afterlife drive that need and desire to retain the concept of a loving but vengeful god.
    Just think how petty this is: “not believing in a concept” gives you eternal burning. What really is the crime here – “a person who does not believe” or “a god who sends people to be tortured for eternity simply because they did not believe?”