The End of the World

No, the world did not end today, as predicted by some Christian loons. Have you ever noticed that those who predict the world will NOT end on any particular day, month, year or "generation" have been right 100% of the time? While at the same time, over the past 2,000 years, those who have predicted that the world WILL end on a particular day, month, year or generation have been wrong 100% of the time?

Yet, it is the very ones who have been WRONG 100% of the time who give the warning that there would be "scoffers" in the "last days". Look, doom-sayers and doomsday lovers, shouldn't the rest of us scoff at your predictions after hearing them for the past 2,000 years? After all, you're the only ones who have always been proved wrong - about practically everything, so far. 

On the other hand, you might get something right if you keep guessing...but there's no reason to think so.

Unclean Meat

What do you think of the "fact" that there is a God "out there", somewhere, who thinks it is okay to eat grasshoppers and locusts but it is such an abomination to eat bacon, catfish and shrimp that you should be killed for eating it?

The Historical Jesus Sect

Jesus of Nazareth "most certainly did exist" - Bart Ehrman.

That's dogma.

This sect of Christendom also has doctrines - That Jesus was from Nazareth, that Jesus was an obscure apocalyptic preacher, that Jesus (contradictorily) was well known to be a Galilean, that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, that Jesus instituted a ritual called the "last supper", that Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Sanhedrin, that Jesus was turned over to the Roman authority by the Sanhedrin, that Jesus was crucified by Pontius Pilate, that Jesus was buried in a tomb.

The only difference between this sect of Christendom and the rest of Christendom is that in the historical Jesus sect, Jesus was only an ordinary man.

Other sects of Christendom have Jesus as either 100% God manifestation (as in Marcionism) or 50% God and 50% man (as in Arianism) or 100% man and 100% God (as in Trinitarianism).

Not all that much difference, really, it's the converting of atheists to this new sect of Christendom, called historical Jesus, that's the real bitch.

Jesus and Hercules

Historial people leave us with contemporary evidence, but for Jesus we have nothing. If we wanted to present a fair comparison of the type of information about Jesus to another example of equal historical value, we could do no better than to compare Jesus with the mythical figure of Hercules.

Paul vs. Luke

The apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:20, "Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not." So, who said Paul was lying about the things he said in Galatians 1? The writer of the Acts (supposedly Luke) did.

Luke said that Paul was struck blind and led about by hand and was taught the things he must do and was baptized by the disciples at Damascus (Acts 9: 18-19).

Paul said nothing about being struck blind but that he received a revelation from God and Jesus Christ and that he conferred not with flesh and blood but went into Arabia and returned to Damascus (Gal. 1:11-17).

Luke said that Paul went to Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples but they were afraid of him and that Barnabus brought Paul before the apostles. Then Paul was with them (the disciples) going in and coming out at Jerusalem  (Acts 9:26-28).

Paul said that he went to Jerusalem after 3 years of preaching his gospel and went to see Peter and stayed with him for 15 days and didn't see any of the other apostles except James. (Gal. 1:18-19).

Luke said that Paul was summoned to Jerusalem about the circumcision dispute and went preaching his gospel to all and then went into private conference with the apostles (Acts 15: 1-5).

Paul said that he went up to Jerusalem by revelation and spoke to the apostles privately (Gal. 2:1-2).

Luke says that the apostles added three things to Paul's gentile converts and instructed that they could learn the rest of the law of Moses by attending the synagogues in every city (Acts 15:19-21).

Paul said that "they added nothing to me" (Gal. 2: 6).

Luke said that Paul was in subjection to the other apostles (Acts 15) Paul said he wasn't (Gal. 2). But, remember that Paul said, "before God, I lie not". No doubt, somebody was lying...


Ignorance Is No Excuse

Moses, the great lawgiver of the Israelites, goes up on a mountain to have a conversation with God. This conversation lasts for 40 days and 40 nights (without food or water - in the desert) and during this time God pounds out the ten commandments on some rocks. Those rocks were pretty hard so it's no wonder that it took 40 days and 40 nights to do it (even though God had created the whole universe in only 6 days).

Anyway, after shaping the rocks into tablets, Moses makes his way down the mountain. No doubt, he's pretty thirsty from doing without water for 40 days and 40 nights in a desert environment, but Moses is one tough prophet and he doesn't need water to live like the rest of us.

Meanwhile, Moses' #1 priest, Aaron, has made a golden calf and the people are having a high old time and partying up a storm when Moses arrives at the foot of the mountain. Wow, is Moses and God ever mad at what they see! These people had already broken one of the ten commandments - which they hadn't seen or even knew about yet - but, ignorance of the law is no excuse so a bunch of them had to die and the survivors of the wrath of God had to grind up the golden calf of pure gold and eat it.

So, the lesson here is that even if God doesn't have a law against whatever it is you want to do, he probably has one coming down the mountain right now. You see, then, that you have to be able to read God's mind and anticipate that whatever it is you enjoy in life - it's probably against one of God's laws that he hasn't mentioned to you yet. Ignorance is no excuse.

Jesus Failed Weinland - Again

Yes, Jesus did not return yesterday - or was that today? It's hard to tell with the timezones and all but we have a very disappointed ex-WCG preacher today: Ronald Weinland - End Time Prophet.

See my previous post for why this will continue to happen.

Revised Truth

I'm wondering why truth has to be revised... If "the truth" was "the truth" in 1864, why isn't it still "the truth" today? Has it become a truly true truth this time so that "the truth" was not "the truth" but now it is?

I guess we would have to ask the Christadelphians about that because there seems to have been a lot of revision of books and pamphlets going on since the days of Dr. John Thomas and Robert Roberts. And hey, wasn't the world supposed to have ended in 1988 - not to mention 1868, 1972, 1996 and several other dates in between, including 2012! That's scary, huh? But, seriously, saying that the end is soon and at hand for 2,000 years is beginning to be just a little bit much, don't you think? Quit scaring the kids with it already - why do you want to give your children nightmares and cripple them psychologically for the rest of their lives? Quit it already, enough is enough.

The generation that saw the destruction of the (then standing) temple in Mark 13, Matt. 24 and Luke 21 was also supposed to see the coming of "the son of man" in power and great glory - didn't happen. Not then, and not now, no matter how much Christadelphians want to see the wicked (everyone except Christadelphians) destroyed by FIRE and be stubble under their feet, it's not going to happen.  Well, at least not the way they think, because it turns out that Christadelphians are just as wicked as everybody else.

If Christadelphians were really seekers of truth, the above truth would have been found by now, wouldn't you think? So, Christadelphians?, quit revising the truth and just accept the truth as it is. What? Are you blind? Yes, I think you are. It was all a false prophecy that did not come to pass and it never will because the prophet died and his generation passed away. John the Baptist said, "repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" - it wasn't. Jesus repeated the same words as John and it still wasn't "at hand". What turned out to be "at hand" was their own destruction, which they deserved: Deu 18:20  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak... even that prophet shall die.
Deu 18:21  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? Deu 18:22  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Are you afraid? Don't be, he was a false prophet.

Corky's Revelation

Nineteen years ago - which was fifteen years after leaving Christadelphianism and becoming an atheist - I had a vision and a revelation from God. Yes! It really happened! Well, let me tell you about it.

Shock! - Horror!

 Contributed by John Bedson

 Another Christadelphian decides that Genesis is NOT literal!

Yet another Christadelphian has joined the growing band of brothers who have thrown in the towel and accepted the bleeding obvious that Genesis is NOT literal. http://bibleq.info/answer/5240/ "Did it rain before the flood?"

The question is about as crazy as asking "Did they have nuclear weapons before the flood?", but our hero Christadelphian "Russell" gives the right answer: "There are several indications in the text that the passage is not a literal historical account..... Of course it is possible to force answers to all these objections to a literal reading. However the natural reading of the text is to interpret this passage other than literally."

After pressing the "SUBMIT" button on his post he realized that he was outside of his comfort zone and posted on another forum...

Ken Gilmore's Flawed Attack on Wilfred Alleyne

Contributed by John Bedson.

This note is a reply to Ken Gilmore's posts "Wilfred Alleyne's Flawed Attack on Evolution" at: http://berea-portal.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1155

It is written in a spirit of brotherly love and is in no sense combative.

A recent discussion in the comments section of this Ex-Christadelphian blog between myself and "Asyncritus" (Christadelphian Wilfred Alleyne) concerned the Creation/Evolution theories. As an Atheist/Agnostic Ex-Christadelphian I was putting forward my view that the natural physical laws of the Universe were adequate to explain the origin of the Universe, the origin of life and the development of life into the various species that we now observe. I was giving a simplistic "overview" of the subject because the blog article that we were discussing concerned something else entirely and I was not in a mood to get bogged down in a scientific debate about Evolution.


How to Un-Convert Christadelphians

By John Bedson

The Problem

It’s not easy. You would think that reasoning with them and showing the false nature of their “evidence” for the truth of the Bible and the existence of God would be sufficient. But that does not work, because they did not get to where they are as the result of a process of logical reasoning. Like all religious people they arrived at their faith as the result of a series of emotional “short cuts” to reasoning that fast tracked them to faith without the necessary intervening steps of logic and careful analysis of the data and evidence.


Faith is Fear

Religion is the systematic marketing of fear.

Blessed are the poor (donate heavily). Blessed are the meek (obey). Blessed are the humble (don’t question authority). Blessed are the hungry (make us rich while you starve). Blessed are the merciful (if you catch us doing something wrong, let it go). Blessed are the pure of heart (switch off your brain). Blessed are the timid, the cowardly, the fearful.

Inherited Falsehood

Please tell me you aren’t still practicing the religion you happened to be born into? Surely you’ve outgrown your baby clothes by now. Isn’t it time you also outgrew your baby religion?

What if you were born into a different culture? Would you have been conscious enough to find your way back to your current belief system? Or are your current beliefs merely a product of your environment and not the result of conscious choice?

Funding Evil

In addition to being a serious waste of time, religious practice can also be a huge waste of money.
For starters when you donate to a major religion, you support its expansion, which means you’re facilitating the enslavement of your fellow humans. That isn’t very nice, now is it?

Inbred Social Networks

Religions frequently promote inbred social networks. You’re encouraged to spend more time with people who share the same belief system while disengaging from those with incompatible beliefs. Sometimes this is done subtly; other times it’s more obvious.

If you’re one of the saved, blessed, or otherwise enlightened individuals who stumbled upon the one true belief system©, then supposedly everyone else remains in the dark. Certain religions are overtly intolerant of outsiders, but to one degree or another, all major religions cast non-subscribers in a negative light. This helps to discourage members from abandoning the religion while still enabling them to proselytize. The main idea is to maintain social structures that reward loyalty and punish freedom of thought.

Idiot or Hypocrite?

When you subscribe to an established religion, you have only two options. You can become an idiot, or you can become a hypocrite. If you’ve already chosen the former, I’ll explain why, and I’ll use small words so that you’re sure to understand.

Wasting Time

If you devote serious time to the practice of religion, it’s safe to say you practice toilet-bowl time management, flushing much of your precious life down the drain with little or nothing to show for it.

First, you’ll waste a lot of time filling your head with useless nonsense. This includes reading some of the worst fiction ever written. Then there are various rules, laws, and practices to learn.

Religious Obedience Training

Religions are authoritarian hierarchies designed to dominate your free will. They’re power structures that aim to convince you to give away your power for the benefit of those who enjoy dominating people. When you subscribe to a religion, you enroll in a mindless minion training program. Religions don’t market themselves as such, but this is essentially how they operate.

Spirituality for Dummies

If you have the awareness level of a snail, and your thinking is mired in shame and guilt (with perhaps a twist of drug abuse or suicidal thinking), then subscribing to a religion can help you climb to a higher level of awareness. Your mindset, however, still remains incredibly dysfunctional; you’ve merely swapped one form of erroneous thinking for another.

The Foolishness of Preaching

by John Bedson

“For since in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” - 1 Corinthians 1:21.
 
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” - 1 Corinthians 2:14.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise” - 1 Corinthians 1.27.
 
I look back on my two decades of preaching foolishness for the Christadelphians with a sense of embarrassment and shame The Christadelphians take pride in the weird things that they preach because the Apostle Paul described it as “the foolishness of preaching.”
That makes it difficult for Anti-Christadelphians like myself to criticize the religion, because if, after a great deal of effort and hard work I manage to convince a Christadelphian that something in their belief system is nonsense, they come back at me with “Of course it is foolish – the Apostle told us that it was foolish in 1 Corinthians 1.21” or “That means that you don’t have the Spirit (whatever that means, even the Christadelphians can’t agree on who has the Holy Spirit and what it means if you do have it) because these things are foolishness to you because they are spiritually discerned – see 1 Corinthians 2:14.”



Bible History


The bible is history? So a snake really talked? And god turned a woman into a pillar of salt? And appeared as a burning bush? And carved commandments on breakable stones? And sent "she-bears" to maul 42 kids for calling a guy bald?  And this god magically impregnated a virgin to become his own son? And who then temporarily died? And then became a sort of supernatural zombie, a god-man? And then whisked off to heaven? And now sits in judgement of everyone in trinity fashion? Really? Who knew? Or, is just some of that historical? How do you know which magic is the "true woo"? If you don't believe that the bible is history does the god of the bible punish you for all eternity?