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THINGS NOT USUALLY KNOWN BY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE

Most religious people really do not have much of an idea about their own religious, but take whatever nonsense is spoon-fed to them as the 'gospel' truth. In reality, there is plenty of hard evidence and research to show that all the so-called miracles that have been attributed to figures such as Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Buddha and the rest of the deities are either natural phenomena or merely figments of imagination.

Here are some very interesting aspects of various religious that most of their followers have no idea about. However, these are not flights of fancy or wishful thinking, but hard facts. Of course many devout people are not going to like the fact that this information gets in the way of their beliefs, but that's just bad luck. Facts are immutable and should be trumpeted from the rooftops to alleviate the ignorance of those who have blindly followed religious dogma instead of reality.

THE WORD OF GOD

Religious people often use the term "Word Of God" to describe the contents of their religious books such as the Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah and the Muslim Koran. However, this term is completely erroneous, because it implies that these books were written or dictated to by a divine entity.

The truth is that there is no "Word Of God" because every religious tract, including the Bible, Torah and Koran, were written and produced by humans. There is not a shred of evidence to show that any divine being had anything to do with producing any document. The "Word Of God" is nothing more than wishful thinking.

NO PROOF THAT ANY GOD EXISTS

There is actually not one single thing that proves that any god actually exists. Ask any religious person to show hard evidence that their divine being is real, they trot out their religious books as evidence, not understanding that those books offer absolutely no evidence as to the existence of a god.

In most religious tracts, god appeared, performed miracles, flooded the world, destroyed whole cities, wrote with fire on walls and showed his presence in many physical ways. Yet no matter how much people pray to their god, nobody has seen any evidence that such a being actually exists.

Of course there have been the usual phenomena that gullible people swallow as signs of a god, such as the face of Jesus on a piece of toast, bleeding statues of the Virgin Mary and the words "Allah Akbar" in the veins of a sliced tomato. All of these alleged signs of god are preposterously stupid and one would think that an all-powerful supreme being that created the universe and can perform any miracle, would do a lot better than to indicate his presence on a piece of toast.

In any case, believing that an image of Jesus Christ on a piece of toast is laughable. For starters, if Jesus actually existed, nobody knows what he looks like. He would certainly not have been a white man with blonde hair, as depicted in so many religious books and in church stained glass.

The people of biblical times in the Middle East were very dark Mediterranean types and their average height of men was around 1.45cm or 4'9", certainly much shorter than the average person in the early 21st century. As for the bleeding statues of the Virgin Mary, literally all of them have been proven to have been fakes.

THE MYTH OF JESUS CHRIST

Although Jesus Christ is the centrepiece of the Christian religion and revered by millions of people, it is very strange that a figure of such importance has not been mentioned once in any contemporary writings of his time, not in Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin - NOTHING. Obviously Jesus Christ is not mentioned in the Old Testament (OT) and the only place that he is mentioned is in the New Testament (NT).

The Bible is a compilation of 66 books, 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT. IT is a fact that the 27 books of the NT were written by around 40 individuals over a period of some 1600 years. It is generally acknowledged that that the first list of the present 27 NT books appeared in a letter written in 367AD by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. Thirty years later in Carthage in 397AD, a council decreed that only the canonical writings, the 'agreed' 27 books, were allowed to be used in churches as divine scriptures as the 'gospel' truth. This marked the creation of the NT.

All the other documents, hundreds of them, including the Protovangelion of Jesus, the Book of Enoch, the Apocalypse of Peter, the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Book of Jubilees, that disagreed with the official 27 books, became known as the Banned Books. In other words, the council that put together the NT did so on the basis of content, not authenticity or relevance.

In fact, even the 27 official books of the NT are contradictory to each other, even the 'synoptic' gospels of Mark, Luke and Matthew, which appear to derive from an earlier common source. This makes their relevance and authenticity very suspect. So the bottom line is that the nonsense preached from pulpits every Sunday is the ONLY THING that purports to prove the existence of Jesus Christ.

If this sort of evidence was presented in any court of law, it would be laughed off the planet. As there is nothing else to support the existence of Jesus Christ, apart from a collection of very dubious writings that were concocted probably some hundreds of years after his death, it is highly likely that Jesus Christ did not even exist, or if he did, he was certainly no Son of God, but merely a charlatan and magician.

THE MYTH OF ST PETER

As with Jesus Christ, the only mention of St Peter is within the pages of the OT and there is no independent historical evidence to substantiate his existence. The two epistles ascribed to St Peter were written in sophisticated Greek and each of them are so different, that most legitimate historians doubt that they were written by the same person.

Very few serious researchers would agree that these two epistles in Greek could have been written by a simple fisherman who only spoke Aramaic and was almost definitely illiterate and could not have written anything himself. Despite this evidence and the fact that St Peter most probably did not even exist, he is considered by the Roman Catholic Church to have been its first Pope.

THE REAL TEN COMMANDMENTS

Most Christians have been indoctrinated with what they think are the Ten Commandments, but it is fascinating to see their shock when they are informed that they have no idea what the real Ten Commandments are. Here they are, straight from the Old Testament Book of Exodus, as handed down by God to Moses and plainly listed in Exodus 34:13-28. These commandments are actually the covenant between God and Moses.

So what most Christians believe to be the Ten Commandments hardly resemble what is written in the Old Testament, however they blindly believe whatever they are told by their clerics. In fact, Part of the Egyptian religion's Book of the Dead, known as the Papyrus of Ani, bears an amazing resemblance to the Ten Commandments. Since the Book of the Dead predates the date attributed to the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and since the Ten Commandments postdate the Exodus, it appears that the Book of the Dead was the source of the Ten Commandments, rather than the opposite.

THE TURIN SHROUD

The Turin Shroud is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have been physically traumatised in a manner consistent with crucifixion. It is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy and is believed by many to be the cloth placed on Jesus of Nazareth at the time of his burial.

In 1958, Pope Pius XII approved of the image in association with the Roman Catholic devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus, celebrated every year on Shrove Tuesday. Some believe the shroud is the cloth that covered Jesus when he was placed in his tomb and that his image was recorded on its fibres at or near the time of his alleged resurrection. On the other hand, skeptics contend the shroud is a medieval forgery and others attribute the forming of the image to chemical reactions or other natural processes.

Well, the skeptics are correct. The myth of the Turin Shroud was revealed in 1988, when radiocarbon dating by three independent teams of scientists yielded results indicating that the shroud was made during the Middle Ages, approximately 1300 years after Jesus lived. Although claims of bias and error in the testing were raised almost immediately, nobody has managed to refute the scientific facts deduced from the radiocarbon dating.

Virtually all of the alleged miracles and holy icons believed by religious followers to be authentic Biblical relics have been proved to be either forgeries or have nothing to do with religion whatsoever. The Turin Shroud is neither Biblical, the burial shroud of Jesus Christ or anything but a linen cloth from the Middle Ages and that's all.

NO SUCH THING AS MIRACLES

The hysteria surrounding the canonisation of Australian nun Mary McKillop shows how completely ludicrous the Catholic religion can be. This bunch of fools allegedly investigated a couple of instances of spontaneous remissions of terminal diseases. Apparently the sufferers prayed to McKillop and they were allegedly cured because of her exhortations to her God. But many tens of thousands of dying people prayed to McKillop over the years and died of those terminal diseases and this has conveniently been ignored.

Spontaneous remission of cancer and other life-threatening diseases occur all over the world every day and there is nothing miraculous about this. However, the Catholics would rather believe that mumbling a few imprecations on their knees to a mythical deity will cause that deity to cure terminal illnesses, when so many people of other religions are also cured of them. Even dedicated Atheists enjoy spontaneous remission.

The most glaring evidence that miracles do not happen is the fact that such events are attributed to prayer by devout Catholics, but never in two thousand years has prayer managed to cause the miracle of an amputee's limb growing back or a missing eye or other organ reappearing. All the alleged miracles attributed to the Christian God also happen to people of other religions and those who completely deny the existence of such a deity and who have never prayed in their lives.

WISE WORDS
RELIGIOUS OBSESSION

Here are the top ten indications that you are obsessed with religion (the Christian viewpoint).

  1. You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

  2. You feel insulted and dehumanised when scientists say that people evolved from other lifeforms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that humans were created from dirt.

  3. You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

  4. Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the male first-born babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" - including women and children.

  5. You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans and Greek claims about gods consorting with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

  6. You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of the Earth (4.55 billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is about a couple of generations old.

  7. You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs - though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering and yet you consider your religion the most tolerant and loving.

  8. While modern science, history, geology, biology and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor "speaking in tongues" may be all the evidence you need to prove your choice of religion to be the correct one.

  9. You define 0.001% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers and consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.999% failures was simply the will of God.

  10. You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity and church history - but you still call yourself a Christian.