Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. In more casual speech, by extension, “philosophy” can refer to “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group”.
Several online dictionaries define “authoritative” as
1. Having or arisingfromauthority;official.
An authoritative text, in the minds of Christians, is their Bible. Christians claim their good book is inspired by a divine being. Christians claim the Bible is the absolute perfect word of God. The Bible, Christians say, is infallible.
Yet, the Bible encourages acts of murder, rape, slavery, genocide and barbarism, that are totally illegal in the modern world. No sane person would stone a women claiming to be a witch to death because the Bible says to do it. Neither can you kill homosexuals because the Bible commands you to do so.
The Bible is morally weak in these areas and completely, totally and disgustingly wrong. The Bible shows itself to be fallible. If there was a divine, perfect being, that being definitely did not write the Bible. In fact, all evidence shows that the Bible was written by human beings. The Bible, in reality, expresses the views of the culture that existed at the time of its writing, not the desires of a God.
Where do preachers get their authority and who gives it to them?
Since none of what so-called “holy” men claim to be the word of God has been shown to be true and a great deal of it has been shown to be untrue and immoral, I doubt that an “authoritative text” is where morality comes from.
People know not to hurt other people. If you hurt people, they’ll hurt you back. Your best friends are those that help you and take care of you. In return, you help them and try to take care of them. If peaceful society, where people help each other is going to be the most moral and best one to live in.
I do not need an authoritative text to be moral. I know that if I do something that I would not want done to me, that act is wrong. I try not to hurt other people. It is fairly simple to be more.
I used to be the type of person who did not put a lot of thought into the future. I was curious about life and I just wanted to see what happened. At 18, I left home 12 days after graduating from high school and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. Had I ever been in Chicago? No. Did I have family or friends in Chicago? No. Did I have any reason for going to Chicago? No. It seemed like the scariest place in America to me at the time. I thought that would be a good way to have an adventure. And, I did. I went to Chicago, stayed for 11 months and then travelled south to Florida. By making spontaneous, reckless decisions, I managed to see a lot of the United States. I eventually ended up moving to Europe. Now, I live in Germany.
As I approach 50 years of age, I am grateful that I have survived as long as I have. I regret not having a disciplined life with concrete goals. I probably should have completed an education before I decided to travel. I probably should have had some well-defined, concrete goals, too. I think these two changes in my lifestyle would have been beneficial. There are probably a lot of other changes that I should have made, too.
Consequently, I’m a sucker for lists that claim to be able to tell you if you are living your life properly. To paraphrase Zeppelin, it is never too late to change the road you are on. A good list might just do the trick and lead one down the path to success, riches, and happiness.
Thirteen signs you are wasting your potential
I copied this life-list at Wizzed.com (which they probably stole from some other website). I hate how their website is set up. I don’t even know how I got there. There are ads all over the place. Most of the ads are made to look like “next” buttons to trick you into clicking on their ads. That annoys me.
Therefore, I am reposting the list here to save you the 5 minutes you would waste at their ad-heavy website. The list should only take 15 seconds of your life to read. I have also added a point of my own.
After you read it, please make a comment. Does this list resonate with you? Why or why not?
Thirteen signs you are wasting your potential
You are religious, homeless or addicted to meth.
You don’t leave your comfort zone
You’re not learning anything
You’re glued to your phone
You’re not working a job you want
You spend too much time with people who don’t matter
You’re spending money on things that don’t matter
You don’t get enough sleep
You’re not taking care of your body
You do things you shouldn’t be doing
You find yourself complaining a lot
You have zero goals for the future
Do you trust you and like to have you as a friend?
What I need to work on in my life
Point One (comfort zone) and Point Seven (lack of sleep) are the two items I should work on fixing. I do not like leaving my house, let alone my comfort zone. Yet, how can you learn if you are not in situations greater than your abilities. Always take jobs beyond your skill-set and then develop the skills needed to do the job well.
Point Four was a problem for a while. I took a job that I hated, so that I would be able to afford to get more education. It was a long, 18 months of back-breaking work, but I accomplished my goal. I’m in school again. If you are in school now, do not waste the time. Learn everything that you can.
As for Point Twelve, people see you differently than you see yourself. If you do not have any close friends, that’s very telling of you. If you want more friends, be nice to others. It takes no effort to treat people kindly. Being kind to people makes the world a better place and does not cost you any extra time or money.
To read the original Wizzed article, click on the picture below.
Was Jesus a zombie? Are his followers mindless zombies that fail to use their brains at all?
The history of the Bible clearly shows that the Bible was written by men. Most Christians, however, claim that the Bible is the infallible word of God. If the Bible were shown to be imperfect, would you continue to believe? If it were shown to be wrong, would you continue to believe?
These images give hidden clues into the real nature of the Christian god, Jesus.
Jesus might be partly reptile. If Jesus was a reptile, would we call him Raptor Jesus? This theory would explain why children die in such great numbers. God is a cold-blooded bastard. Someone said that this picture was painted after the artist received a vision. Since Christians believe in visions, the statement must be true.
Someone said that this picture was painted after the artist received a vision. Since Christians believe in visions, the statement must be true. I do not believe in mythical Jesus or Raptor Jesus. Both characters have the same amount of evidence pointing to their existence. None. Therefore, both are just as likely to be true.
Is God powerful enough to grow a reptile head?
Is God powerful enough to shoot an automatic weapon with one hand and still hit his target? Would Raptor Jesus enjoy shooting criminals?
Maybe Jesus rode a Tyrannosaurus Rex into Jerusalem and people thought it was a donkey. The green color might have been overlooked.
Is God powerful enough to be a reptile while retaining the head of a pony? Would he still be funny like a clown? Could Jesus fly without dragon wings? Did he actually need the chariot to get into heaven? Was that for dramatic effect? Since nobody who wrote the gospels actually saw Jesus ascend into heaven, how do we know they are true? They are all third party tellings of events that happened elsewhere? Could the stories be actually made up?
There is also evidence that Jesus might be made out of bread. If he were, would you eat Jesus?
Jesus, the mythical savior in the Christian religion, is often seen on food products. Is it possible that Jesus’ head is actually made out of toast? This is highly plausible if you consider the facts.
In Biblical writings about Jesus, he appears to have a fondness for bread. During one meal, he and his followers managed to eat 5,000 loaves of bread. He also gave people bread during his last supper and told his followers that it was his flesh. The bread was his flesh. Jesus said whoever who eats the bread, eats him.
Since the Bible is true because it says it is true, one could be expected to believe that Jesus literally meant what he said and he is made out of bread. An all powerful god could be bread if he wanted to be bread and his head could be made out of toast. That’s what omnipotent means. The ability to do anything imaginable.
Of Miracles and Toast
A few truths can be deducted from this tastefully (toastfully) true observation on the nature of Jesus.
Since Jesus has been seen coming out of a toaster more times than out of a children’s hospital, it is unlikely that his head is bionic. If Jesus were to have a bionichead, his chips would have melted in the toaster. It could also be safe to assume that Jesus likes toasters more than children. Since more children die each year than jars of Nutella break, it is safe to assume that Jesus likes Nutella more than children. Naturally, chocolate is delicious, so we should not judge the Christian god too harshly.
Furthermore, it is known that Jesus was said to be fond of miracles. He supposedly made a lot of bread and wine, even though nobody present actually wrote about it. The writings about these miracles came from stories told to third parties. They must be true because they say they are true. Therefore, Jesus the bread-loving, miracle-worker is most likely made out of Wonderbread. That’s why it is named “Wonder” bread.
More miracles of Toasted-headed Jesus
Jesus speaks through food
By now, it should be obviously that Jesus prefers to contact people through food products. That would explain why the poor are poor. They do not have enough food to receive their god’s blessings.
It does not matter if it is bread or a bread spread, Jesus keeps both avenues of communication open.
In 2009, Jesus contacted a family in South Wales through a can of Marmite. An obvious miracle, as the photos clearly show, of the Christian god’s concern for bread.
The UK newspaper the Telegraph reported that Clare Allen was the first to see the image of the deity.
Mr Allen, of Ystrad, Rhondda, south Wales, said: “Claire saw it first and called her dad to come and take a photo of it.
“When I first looked at it I wasn’t sure, but when I moved it away from me it started coming out. I thought Christ, yeah, she’s right – that’s the image of Jesus.
“The kids are still eating it, but we kept the lid.”
Jesus lives in Marmite Jars
As an American, I have no idea what Marmite is. I admit, I had to look it up on Wikipedia.
Marmite is the brand name for two similar food spreads: the original British version and a modified version produced in New Zealand, Australia. Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. Other similar products include the Australian Vegemite.
Marmite sounds disgusting. It is a bread spread made from the by-product of beer brewing. Horrible. Who would think of such a food? Why would Jesus live in such a product? How long was Jesus trapped in a warm can of old, beer-laden brewer’s yeast.
Could it be that Jesus likes Marmite because it is made out of yeast? Without yeast, bread will not rise. Clearly, since Jesus is bread, he needed the yeast to rise from the dead. He must have been executed, smeared in a yeast product and stuck into a warm cave to “rise from the dead” (probably a mistranslation of “rise, you tasty bread”).
Marmite and the Prophecy from Working Men
Did Men at Work, the popular 80’s band from Australia, know that the Christian god lives in jars of brewer’s yeast? For example, these lyrics clearly talk of being tempted. Jesus was tempted in the desert. Australia has deserts or, at least, looks kind of desert-like in movies that supposedly take place in Australia.
“Are you trying to tempt me?
Because I come from the land of plenty.”
The real secret message might be hidden in the following lyrics.
Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscle
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich