A Manifesto that presents inter
alia "the reason there is life on planet Earth"
A welter of
share the view that a highly intelligent, skilful and powerful Energy Force,
hereinafter Extreme Energy Force, far beyond an understanding bymere Homo sapiens, is responsible for
creating the Universe, planet Earth and the diverse variety of life on it
and the means of reproduction.
Re b. above, Earth was not made by a Christian God in six days
that rested on the seventh day, being its Sabbath day as represented in
The Book of Genesis 1:3–2:3. Prior to media technologies available
the last hundred years, most notably the internet, this tale provided
credence/comfort to some Folk. It also enthused a lot of
impressionable teenagers to believe that they had 'a vocation' to join a religious order to become
a priest, teaching brother or
a nun. The stream of new recruits into Christian seminaries intent on wearing
ornate vestments has now reduced to a
trickle, if it hasn't dried up entirely. Seemingly Australia's Catholic church now
sources its priests primarily from the Philippines, China and India.
1. Noteworthy recent engineering achievements by
modern Homo sapiens that required significant collective effort
The final three of the below four notable recent achievements in the history
of Homo sapiens would not have occurred without commitment/dedication by
exceedingly talented scientists, mathematicians and engineers, together with enormous financial
resources that were committed to those recent project accomplishments:
2. The Universe, our Solar System and life on
Earth were not merely an accident of
nature, as some atheists credulously believe
Just as the above four recent accomplishments
required much application by exceedingly talented and committed humans with an
array of different skills, successfully actioning a. to e. further above
that date back 13.8 billion years ago required an
Extreme Energy Force
that Homo sapiens will never remotely understand. Just as modern
humans enjoy knowledge/information that other living creatures such as elephants
and cats do not, the Extreme Energy Force
that created the Universe possesses skills and powers vastly beyond the understanding
of the most intelligent of the animal kingdom, namely Homo sapiens.
The Extreme Energy Force that created the solar system that
includes planet Earth
4.54 billion years circa agoand chose to put an array of life on it, and
seemingly nowhere else in the Universe, opted that life would be finite (eg. 75 years ave for a Homo sapiens and
15 years for a puppy dog circa).
Catering for life that is
finiterequired two behaviours:
i). A way to replace deceased humans with new lives
two sexes (males & females) to enable animals, mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects
ii). Instil within each of the two parents a strong nurturing,
protective instinct of safeguarding their newborn often vulnerable offspring.
Re i). above:
When the Writer was about 7 or 8 his older brother told him that our parents had
shown him and our still older brother a short book with graphics about human reproduction. The
thought of me sticking my wee wee inside the wee wee of a girl to
make a baby seemed grotesque. However, 10 years later after girls hips
bulged, rounded and curvaceous, as well as bulging breasts appeared, and the Writer had reached puberty, that prospect became infinitely more
The capacity to excite young adults to embark upon sexual intercourse driven by
testosterone and estrogen hormone levels, when prior to puberty the very
thought was detestable, is a further example of how an ExtremeEnergy Force satisfied another requirement for
sustained animal/bird/fish life on Earth.
Re ii). above:
The Writer plays golf at Nth Ryde Golf Course in Sydney Australia that has two large lakes and lots
of ducks. New ducklings are usually born between late July and early Sept.
If a golfer hits his golf ball twds the edge of either of those lakes and there
are two parent ducks with half a dozen newly hatched ducklings in close
proximity, expect to get
attacked by the male parent with venomous hisses and snarls to induce the
golfer to move away from his newly hatched ducklings. This inbuilt
instinct to protect their newborns is instilled within the psyche of virtually all
animal, bird and fish life on planet Earth. Yet a further example
of how an Extreme Energy Force
encompassed another requirement for sustained life on Earth across a
myriad of animals, birds and fish.
3. The human body is an exceedingly complex and efficient animal
Humans are classified as descendants of apes and
chimpanzees that started walking on two hind legs, not roaming on all fours. Hence,
the first humans were aptly named Homo erectus. Human life is
created when a male injects sperm into the vagina of a female. Approx. 9 months
later a beautiful, complex, tiny, offspring is ejected from its mother's uterus.
It is necessary to appreciate the complexity of the human body, and the similar
intricacy within most forms of life on Earth (animal, reptile, insect,
fish and plant) to understand that life on Earth, and the vast uniqueness of
Earth itself, was created by anExtreme Energy Force
that some Homo sapiens can only remotely comprehend. Whilst the
majority of Homo sapiens cling to the teachings they received during
childhood and adolescence, the Writer ceased believing in Santa Clause
when he was about four years old. Some adults still believe in their
Santa Clause because it is comforting to do so or out of respect for their
parents that encouraged them into Christianity 'et al'.
A tiny newborn child has two eyes to see, two ears to hear, a nose to smell, a
mouth to taste and digest food and fluid, as well as make audible sounds. It has arms to hold objects and legs to propel
itself. It has a digestive system to metabolically extract energy from foods and fluids
and organs to sort and excrete waste. All
these organs perform a different purifying and storage role in the human body -
stomach, bladder, small intestine, large intestine, liver, kidneys, pancreas.
Most importantly, there are two lungs to
capture oxygen energy and a heart to pump blood and oxygen around their tiny body. Earth contains
thousands of similarly equipped, but less intelligent animals, as well as birds, fish
and insects (eg bees and wasps) that support life on Earth.
The complex biology that grows with in the uterus of a human female over 9
months following fertilisation, and within females amongst other animals, birds, fish etc is not
'an accident of nature'
as most atheists seem to believe.
Creating Life on Earth for
animals, birds, fish and insects, and the replacement of finite life with
replacement life, may well have taxed the Extreme Energy Force
more than setting off The Big Bang 13.8 bil years ago
to create the Universe, which has no height, width or depth. Somehow it extends
4. Other animals, birds and fish are born with
Just as Homo sapiens understand science that dogs and cats and
elephants and rats cannot grasp, many Homo sapiens, not limited to
atheists, fail to understand
that an Extreme Energy Force -
A). actioned The Big Bang 13.8 bil years agocirca to create
a Universe of stars and planets; a Universe that has no limit or
bounds to its height, width or
depth, but continues in each direction forever;
B). installed planet Earth's solar system 4.54 billion
circa years ago that is heated by its Sun, with a nearby Moon that
functions much like a planet and affects Earth's water
D). instilled the means for sustaining life on Earth that is finite (all life
eventually dies) by creating two sexes with xy and yy chromosomes, and a
demonstrative sexual urge après puberty, so that life replaces itself by offspring being born;
E). designed a highly sophisticated human body (explained in
'A tiny newborn child above' - Section 3 above) and many other highly
fish and plants
natural historian, David Attenborough, has attested for eons.
Just as 2, 3, and 4 (in Section 1
above) required an enormity of resources and
expertise by some talented/committed Homo sapiens in recent times, life
on Earth, involving inter alia the complexity of
the human body, withthe intelligence/capacity to put man on
the moon and build enormous passenger aircraft (to cite just two recent
achievements), required creation by anExtreme Energy Force far greater than the fables about a
Christian God -
contained within the Bible, and mentioned in the Qur’an
5. The origins of religions have invariably been
driven by 'crowd control' - to desist the murder, rape and pillaging that
had existed as far back as Homo erectus and
"survival of the fittest' prevailed
The earlier epoch of humans, namely
the now extinct species of archaic humans, namely Homo erectus and Neanderthal,
Back say 800,000 years ago, if your neighbour had a cave and
you were 'cave-less' and it was a cold, wet night, your 'survival instincts'
often drove you to enter that cave probably at night when
s/he was asleep, then club your neighbour to death and probably then ate your neighbour and took
control of that cave until someone else bestowed the same fate upon you. It
sounds primitive because life back then was primal. Similarly, the lion on the hill top picks out the
slowest buffalo in the herd beneath for its next feed.
During at least the
last 10,000 years Homo sapiens,
across different parts of terra firma
practiced a variety of religions, in an attempt to favourably affect matters beyond their
comprehension (such as the extent of the
and life on
Earth). Early humans worshiped
Gods that they believed controlled the sun, tides, rainfall, winds, temperature etc. Religions
not limited to the following manifested to facilitate 'Crowd Control'
and progress beyond the
Survival of the fittest
The belief that there is a life after death, and that one's position in that Afterlife
is dependent upon one's treatment of others in this life, was promulgated by rulers
such as Roman Emperor Constantine (3rd Century AD) who understandably wanted peace in his time.
The Afterlife Philosophy was promoted and supported by rulers
successively to achieve 'crowd control'. The Afterlife Philosophy was successful
in achieving more orderly behaviour amongst the populace. Religious espoused faith/belief has been
beneficial through the 2,000 years
since stories about Jesus of Nazareth dying on a cross to save our souls began, and
then after three days rising from the dead. Apostle
Paul (in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15) argued that the whole point of Jesus'
crucifixion and resurrection was to undo Adam's original sin.
Those stories were bandied about
by religions, and encouraged by rulers, that each benefited from that belief,
albeit untrue because Jesus did not rise from the dead and ascend into heaven.
When the Romans painfully nailed a dissident Israelite to a wooden cross, the
Romans did not allow him/her the dignity of a burial. Rather the carcass
remained hanging on the wooden cross to be picked at by tall lunging dogs and
birds of prey for other Jews to witness. To allow the corpse to be buried would
have diminished the significance of the retribution by an excruciating, drawn
out and painful execution.
If God The Father wanted to send a patent message that his "only son", Jesus of Nazareth,
was divine, why didn't Jesus ascend into heaven with thousands of
creditable witnesses present? Why did God the Father send his "only son" to
be crucified where there were few supposed witnesses to Jesus' resurrection into
heaven, that grew in number
from each re-write of the New Testament by the Catholic Spin Doctors over the
centuries that were intent upon Burgeoning the Business? Prima facie,
God the Father did a poor job when he sacrificed his 'only son' to a
horribly painful human death -
(i.) to free us from Original Sin because
purportedly Eve, then
Adam, had eaten an apple from a forbidden apple tree in The Garden of Eden 5,420 years ago; and
(ii.) to prove that Jesus
If God The Father was going to subject his only son to
such a frightful, painful death on a wooden cross, one would expect God the
Father to max. the benefits of that endeavour. But God the Father
failed miserably, as evidenced by the empty Catholic Churches on Sundays across
the western World, none morose that the Bible Belt of the Mid-West of
America. 50 years ago Christian churches in Minnesota and Minneapolis were
packed to the rafters on a Sunday morning. Now, apart from a few
grandparents and grandchildren, they are devoid at Sunday services. Australia
has to import priests from the Philippines, India and China because Aussie teenagers are no longer
believe that they have a divine vocation to become a priest or a teaching Christian Brother or
Marist Brother. Whereas as recent
as 50 years ago, teenagers in Catholic schools were flocking to the call of God
and inducted into seminaries to wear distinctive vestments.
It is only from the far greater understanding of the evolution of humans, initially
from access to books/newspapers, then radio, TV and now the
internet, and the distribution of that knowledge by
that the gross misrepresentations regarding
Christianity, in particular that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, are becoming
clear. Seemingly the
Greeks were the first to promulgate the 'forbidden apple tree' myth.
According to Genesis
after being exiled from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve initially had two sons: Cain
Cain was the first son. The Old Testament doesn’t specify how much later that Abel was
born. A third son, Seth, is also mentioned. Hence, the population of
according to the Old Testament
had doubled from two to five. But who mothered
Cain and Abel's
children, as Eve was the only female? If Eve mothered them, surely any
would have suffered from
inbreeding and genetic abnormalities;
a solid basis for the Christian divine God to populate the planet.
Punishment by crucifixion was common during Jesus' lifetime. Why?
was cheap. All you needed was a tree.
They were always carried out in public, where people would have to see
the grossness of it.
The criminal was always left hanging long after he had died; he wasn’t
“Because the entire point of the
crucifixion was to humiliate the victim and frighten the witnesses, the
corpse would be left where it hung to be eaten by dogs and picked clean by
the birds of prey.”
Bones would be thrown into a heap of trash, which is how Golgotha got its
Reserved for the most extreme offenses: treason, rebellion, sedition,
person who claimed to have witnessed the risen Jesus died refusing to recant
unusual as many zealous Jews died refusing to deny their beliefs.
at the same time, “It was precisely the fervour with which the followers
of Jesus believed in his resurrection that transformed this tiny Jewish
sect into the largest religion in the world.”
"Understanding the politics of Jesus’ lifetime
To become a high priest in Jerusalem meant coming from a noble, high-class
The priest class collected taxes and tribute. They kept the Jewish
population in order on behalf of the Roman Empire, “tasks for which they
were richly compensated.”
Wide gap between rich and poor in the Roman Empire.
As a result, the poor often rebelled by having insurrections.
Some poor Jews thought they were doing God’s work by uprising against
the Roman elite. They saw themselves as freedom fighters while the
Romans considered them bandits.
To call yourself a messiah during the time of Roman occupation was
like declaring war against Rome.
During this time period, there were many guys who claimed this title
“In first-century Palestine, simply saying the words ‘This is the
messiah,’ aloud and in public, can be a criminal offense, punishable by
Social order in Judea crumbled as a result of revolts led by those claiming
to be messiahs. The following factors contributed to the rebellious
atmosphere in Palestine:
Over-taxation by the Romans
Corruption by the Jewish aristocracy, who bribed the Romans for more
power and influence.
Temple leadership wasn’t fair and just. Instead, it fostered widespread
injustice and crushing poverty.
"Despite Catholic doctrine of Jesus' mother’s perpetual virginity, Jesus had
brothers. Aslan says this fact is indisputable that is confirmed by both the
gospels and letters of Paul."
Jesus had at least four brothers – James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas – plus an
unknown number of sisters who weren’t named.
His brother, James, was the most important leader of the early Christian
Aslan speculates that the story about his
birth to a virgin is cover for the possibility that Jesus was born out of
"UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan’s new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of
Jesus of Nazareth,” currently occupies the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller
list. The Iranian-born Aslan, who converted from Islam to evangelical
Christianity as a teenager, then converted back
to Islam, has also received the kind of publicity that every liberal
author craves: getting dissed on Fox News.
In a July 26 interview, Fox religion correspondent, Lauren Green, peppered him
with questions about why he, a Muslim, had written “a book about the founder of
Christianity.” Progressive columnists and bloggers all over America stuck pins
into their Fox News dolls, using words like “atrocious,” “embarrassing” and “Islamophobic.”
In fact, Green’s questions weren’t so much appalling as they were irrelevant. As
Aslan explained to her, “Zealot” does not present a Muslim view of Jesus.
According to the Koran, Jesus was a prophet,
born of a virgin (although he wasn’t the son of God), but he was never
crucified, instead ascending directly into heaven.
So Aslan’s book, which portrays Jesus as a
Jewish-nationalist revolutionary with no divine self-conception, departs
from the doctrine of both Islam and Christianity. Aslan may or may not be a
devout Muslim in his private life, but his book is actually the latest
instalment in a vast body of literature reflecting the beliefs of a completely different religion: the Church of the Historical Jesus.
The aim of this church, which has been around since the Enlightenment and its
worship of rationalism, is to peel away the Gospel stories, with their virgin
birth, their miracles and their walking on water,
to uncover the “real” Jesus, a demythologized,
strictly human figure who didn’t found Christianity and who stayed dead when
he died. Its adherents tend to be non-Christians fascinated by
Jesus, secular intellectuals in general and liberal Christians, including many
clergymen and New Testament scholars, whose
sensibilities are embarrassed by traditional Christianity’s claim to
supernatural origins and its extravagant assertions about Jesus’ divinity, his
atonement on the cross for human sin and his resurrection from the dead on
Intelligent secure Folk now recognise that the following extract from
britannica.com of conflicting extracts from
and Genesis 2:5–7, 2:15–4:1, 4:25 as to when Adam & Eve lived that had comforted and directed uneducated Folk for almost 2,000 years
5th or 6th century BCE, yet
Genesis 2:5–7, 2:15–4:1, 4:25
asserts that Adam and Eve lived in the 10 Century BCE. Below is an extract
Zealot, Aslan gives us a Jesus who fights back, and not in the manner of
Gandhi. But his rebellion fails. Roman authorities crucify him for sedition.
His followers scatter. And those who return in his name reinvent him as a
pacifist lording over a purely spiritual kingdom. In short, Jesus
was a frustrated Muhammad — a man who, like Islam’s founder, came to
revolutionize the world by force. Yet unlike Muhammad, Jesus failed."
in the Old and New Testaments - scribed by a diverse
array of scattered individuals across several countries over many hundreds
back when paper had not been disseminated to Greece
and/or Israel -The physical ages of famous religious Patriarchs listed
in the Book of Genesis are not believable, because the oldest independently
verified human was Jeanne
Calment (1875–1997) of France, who lived 122 years and 164
Folk back in the embryo of Homo sapiens
existence focused on feeding their family and keeping warm in winter - a
by now become abundantly clear that the case for the ark utterly and
Despite the clever ingenuity of its proponents, nothing, from the trickiest
problems to the tiniest details, can be salvaged without an unending resort
to the supernatural. This includes so many pointless prodigies, so many
inane interventions for no reason other than to save a literalistic Bible,
that religion itself is cheapened in the process, not to mention the total
abandonment of any semblance of science. No doubt in days to come some
erstwhile archaeologists will concoct "solutions" to some of the difficulties
we have raised,
but no intellectually honest person can any longer pretend that the legend
of Noah can possibly represent a historical occurrence."
Much of the biblical flood story of Noah was plagiarized from "The Epic of
Gilgamesh," the mythical Sumerian account of Ut-Napishtim written on stone
tablets around 2000 BC. In "The Epic of Gilgamesh, one righteous man
was spared from a worldwide flood by building a large boat with a single
door and one window. The ark contained a few other human beings plus plant
and animal specimens. Rains covered the mountains with water. Birds were
sent to find land. The boat landed on a mountain in the middle east.
Ut-Napshtim sacrificed an animal as an offering, and the Babylonian gods
expressed regret for flooding the earth.
11. So much of the New Testament that recounted Jesus' words is
narrated as though the scribe, be it Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, was writing
down every word that Jesus uttered
Most religious historians believe that Jesus of
Nazareth died somewhere between 30 AD and 33 AD. Accredited theologian,
John Drane, who wrote "The
Bible as library" contend that:
Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible, the sacred scriptures of the
Jewish faith, written at different times between about 1200 and 165 BC."
New Testament has 27 books, written between about 50 and 100 AD, and
falling naturally into two sections: the Gospels, which tell the story of
Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John); and the Letters (or epistles)
- written by various Christian leaders to provide guidance for the earliest
So much of the New Testament
that recounted Jesus' words is narrated as though the writer,
be it Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, was writing down every word that Jesus
uttered. Yet no Bic biros or lead pencils,
no paper in Jerusalem
until the 10th or 11th Century. According to John Drane, who wrote "The
Bible as library", these Gospels were scribed at least 17 years after
Jesus death. A cynic could suppose that these gospels were penciled
centuries after Jesus' death and spun and re-spun right up to the last
100 years or so.
after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where
is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the
East and have come to worship Him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was
troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And
when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people
together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it is written by the prophet:
Bethlehem,inthe land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people
7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called
the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go
and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring
back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
9 When they heard the king, they departed; and
behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it
came and stood over where the young Child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with
exceedingly great joy.
11 And when they had come into the house, they
saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that
they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another
How did the apostle, Matthew, know in the
years after Jesus death when he penciled the above extract from Mathew 2 (a gospel in the New Testament).
What King Herod had actually uttered
somewhere between 30 and 60 years earlier that
reputedly occurred prior to Jesus birth in
Bethlehem of Judea? How did King
Herod know of the imminent birth of Jesus?
when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to
Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying,
“Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then
he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of
How did the Apostle, Matthew, know that Jesus' dad, Joseph, had a dream 40+
years earlier that he (Joseph) should take his wife, Mary, and "only child" to Israel? Maybe Joseph told Matthew. But he couldn't have
because Joseph only lived for 101 years and died in Israel in 1 AD - at
years before Jesus met Matthew.
Internet sites that list countless inconsistencies within both the Old and
website that identify glaring differences of the same asserted events.
In the case
of the Old Testament, according
to both Jewish and Christian Dogma, the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers, and Deuteronomy (the first five books of the Bible and the entirety
of the Torah) were all written by Moses in
about 1,300 B.C. However, there is a lack of evidence that Moses ever
In the case
of the New Testament, inconsistencies exist within the gospels, reportedly
scripted by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John between 50AD and 100AD.
Pascal reasoned that a rational person should live as though God exists
and seek to believe in God. If God does not exist, such a person will have
only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.). Whereas if God does
exist, he stands to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven)
and avoid infinite losses (perhaps an eternity in Hell).
Pascal's Wager loses some of its gloss when one digs deeper into
what life in Heaven reputedly entails.
14. Different religions make conflicting claims about
what heaven is an how many get a guernsey, and what that guernsey
entitles a lucky entrant to
Whereas as chronicled in The Book of Revelation144,000 followers of
Jehovah's Witnesses get given a new, schmickers, brand spankers body at the end of
on Earth. But bad luck for the vast majority of the 8,695,808
Jehovah's Witnesses followers
split across 120,387 Congregations (these
numbers listed on its website) that are beyond the
144,000 cap listed in Revelations.
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsbelieves that the sealing of the 144,000 relates to the high
priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting
gospel; "for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred,
tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the
earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn."
·Christian Skoptsy sect in Russia believed that
the Messiah would come when there were 144,000 Skoptsy believers, based on their
reading of the Book of Revelation.
·Unification Church founded by Reverend Sun Myung
Moon believes the 144,000 represents the total number of saints whom Christ must
find "who can restore through indemnity the missions of all the past saints who,
despite their best efforts to do God's Will, fell prey to Satan when they failed
in their responsibilities. He must find these people during his lifetime and lay
the foundation of victory over Satan's world"
144,000 is alleged to have been the number of Sahaba of Muhammad, though other
totals have been given. The number is also given as the total number
of prophets in Islam, although this has also been reported as 124,000 or
244,000. The actual number of prophets or Sahaba (Companions) is not known;
seemingly about 30 prophets are mentioned by name in the Qur'an.
Upon a closer examination
Pascal's wager doesn't possess the gloss that some might have thought.
If you die as a devout Catholic there is not a lot of attraction to being an
inanimate soul that can't even chat whilst transfixed in the glory
of God, juxtaposed against lots of fellow Catholic brethren for an eternity. If you
are a follower of Jehovah's Witnesses,or one of the other abovementioned four religions, and you
miss that tiny 144,000 entry limit to heaven, all those Bible Study classes might have been for
16. Religions over the ages have provided a vital
crutch, a stanchion against the unknown - All religions are remarkably
similar and were created to address the same human needs
Throughout the ages Homo sapiens has struggled to understand things
beyond their comprehension (such as the extent of the Universe and Life on
Earth) and created religions to fill the void. These religions have
universally sought to give meaning to our existence, show deference to the God,
or Gods, they believe must exist as creators of the things that we are incapable
of understanding. In most cases they promise eternal life to those who
truly and exclusively believe in that particular religion.
Most religions have
impressive cathedrals, churches, temples, or alters (and even massive pyramids
like the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico). They also have rituals intended to take their followers on a journey
that will impress, and in some cases, intimidate them.
Prima facie, the central purpose
of these elaborate metaphorical ancient buildings, and rituals practiced, is to
reinforce that the religion is well-established and has substance.
Priests, ministers, bishops, imams, muftis, and other religious leaders present
as important people, wearing colourful ancient garb, with the knowledge and
power to set the direction of people’s lives and help them through the big
events and crises they may encounter.
Cardinal Pell ceremoniously relied upon
pomp and ceremony
to add to his rendition.
ancient religions, there is the repetition of the figure known as the
Dying and Rising Gods, often a powerful entity himself, who is
killed or dies and comes back to life for the good of his people:
19. An Afterlife
was not an original concept by Christians
promise life after death. There was an Afterlife similar to an earthly
existence (Egypt and Greece), antithetical to life on Earth (Mesoamerica
and Mesopotamia), or a combination of both (China and India).
standard a belief in an
and set up an organized set of rituals by which an adherent could gain
everlasting life. It could be
seen that in so doing, the early Christians were simply following in the
the Greeks, and
the Romans, all of whom had their own stylized rituals for the worship
of their gods.
20. The Bible is the work of men – not the word of God
We should accept that men
such as Buddha, Mohammad,
and many of the 35 prophets who wrote the chapters of the Bible, were
perceptive and understood a great deal about the human condition. We should also
accept that under the scrutiny of thousands of critics, in particular during the
last 100 years of media technology, their writings have been shown to be flawed,
and as a result can’t be seen to be the literal word of God (as many Muslims
believe the Qur’an to be) or inspired by God as many Christians believe the
Bible to be. Little wonder, now equipped with knowledge attained from the
internet in a world that today relies heavily on scientific proof that
the authenticity of the Bible is constantly being challenged and people are
increasingly moving away from established religions.
21. Immaculate Conception, Miracles and the
Resurrection defy belief
Circa 2021, we spend our whole life in a world of
realities. We know what is required for a woman to conceive and we understand
that when a person has died they are not coming back from the dead. While we
hear of miracles having been performed, both in the Bible and in order for
someone to be recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church, these miracles have
generally been difficult to verify:
We never learn of amazing and verifiable miracles occurring
in clear view where, for example, a man who has lost his arm is given a new arm.
Based on our own experience
and understanding it is difficult therefore to accept The Immaculate Conception, the
resurrection and miracles on faith. It is much easier to believe that Jesus was
conceived in the usual way and that when he was crucified and he remained dead.
22. Churches could be seen to
be institutions that sell false hope
Most religions have a hierarchy, headed by men who gain
respect and power based on their deep understanding of the teachings and the
rituals that are part of that particular religion.
Many religions have churches and other
property, and some, such as the Catholic Church have immense wealth and
political power. Many religions have become institutions, like large
multinational corporations, with survival, and protection of Brand Name,
as key goals.
As evidenced by the publicity in recent times, for example
Buffalo USA, churches have too often sacrificed victims of
abuse, rather than tarnish their reputation.
In the Writer's view, the promise of eternal life or
reincarnation has been the source of power for most religions. If in 2021 with
all the knowledge of Evolution (available from the internet) if one accepts
there is not life after death for the most intelligent of the animal kingdom, then the obvious conclusion is that religious organizations are defrauding their followers by
promising to give them something that will never be delivered, and comfortably
taking their cash from the 'collection plates' in the meantime.
there is an omnipotent force (a God), then Science might help us better
understand it in the future
The significance of some of
the discoveries being made in areas such as quantum physics (such as light
consisting of both particles and waves) well exceeds the Writer's
Scientists have proven that the -
nearest stars (theAlpha/Proxima
Centauri star system) is roughly 4.3 light-years away;
Milky Way galaxy consists of some 300 billion stars in a spiral-shaped
conglomerate roughly 100,000 light-years across; and
Universe is expanding at a measurable
rate, and this has allowed them to peg
the Universe to be about 13.82 billion years old.
Concepts such the distance
covered by light in a year (about 6 trillion miles) is also beyond the Writer's
comprehension. However, he is confident that the measurement of the
distance to the stars and the estimate of the number of stars in the Milky Way
are reasonable because of the quantum and rigor of peer analysis to empirically
test initial hypotheses. Scientific “facts” are constantly being
challenged and refined as new techniques are discovered.
It is also possible at some
time in the future that we may also come to understand if this is part of a
cycle or process that has been going on forever, or is due to an act of creation
by an omnipotent intelligence (or other force beyond our current understanding)
that some may consider a God, or due to some other dimension of existence that we
have not discovered as yet, thereby better understand the powerful Extreme Energy Force that created the Universe and put life of Earth.
there is a God, does it listen to our needs and wants in prayers, and intervene?
There are so many other humans who struggle to feed their family, that
seemingly God does not go to the aid of
On a related
issue to immediately above, if future science actually establishes/proves the
disciplines/evidence of a God that created the
Universe including Earth and creating life on it by formulating the many laws of
science that Homo sapiens presently is incapable of understanding,
would that God
intervene in humans' lives? The Writer denounces this premise herein,
albeit one that is
imbedded in most religions, that an omnipotent God would have an interest in the
thoughts and deeds of mere humans.
Josse Lieferinxe's "Saint Sebastian Interceding for the Plague Stricken," ca.
1497, depicts Saint Sebastian kneeling to pray before God
on behalf of people suffering from or killed by the plague. (Josse
Lieferinxe/The Walters Art Museum)
Prima facie to
the Writer, the asserted God
did naught to alleviate their tragic destiny. The notion that a God
would want to intervene in humans' lives any more than the plight of other
skilled animals is an realistic
expectation. A human's thoughts/prayers would have as much interest to an omnipotent
God, as the thoughts of white ants, bees and mosquitoes would be to
humans, if humans had the capacity to read those insects thoughts.
believes that an Extreme Energy Force
is responsible for life on planet Earth. And that Homo sapiens is the most intelligent and capable of the animal
kingdom, followed by chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, dolphins etc.
But that Homo sapiens, colloquially referred to as humans, have no more right to,
or indeed a need for a life after death than other life forms.
Human had no complaints before they were born, and will have no complaints after
their deaths. Section 14 above notes that some religions believe that only the
soul of good humans ascend to heaven, whereas other religions, notably Jehovah's Witnesses,
believe that 144,000 good folk receive a new body in heaven.
The powerful Extreme Energy Force that created the Universe and life on Earth determined
that life would be finite and engendered an ingenious means to re-create life in future
generations, be they humans, elephants, turtles, birds, fish or cockroaches -
refer Section 3 above.
25. Is there are need
for a fourth category of 'believers'?
In researching various
beliefs about Life on Planet Earth, the below three categories of 'believers'
dominate writings and journals. None precisely fit the Writer's understanding:
* Agnostics - Folk
that hold the view that understanding the creation of the Universe and life on
Earth is beyond their mental
capacity, incapable of sufficient rational
grounds to justify either the belief that a God exists or the belief that no God exists -
a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or
nature of God.
also entails a profound embracing of existential mystery. As 19th-century
British scholar Leslie
“we are a company of ignorant beings, feeling our way through mists and
darkness…dimly discerning light enough for our daily needs, but hopelessly
differing whenever we attempt to describe ultimate origin…[and thus] we
shall be content to admit openly…that man knows nothing of the Infinite and
Or in the succinctly poetic words of 19th-century American orator Robert
“Nobody knows how it is. The human mind is not big enough to answer the
questions of origin and destiny.”
Based upon the limitations of
the above three renowned categories, below
is an extract from a webpage
different types of non-believers”
closely describes the beliefs
expressed by this Writer herein:
“5. Freethinker. Freethinker is
a term that dates to the end of the 17th century, when it was first used in
England to describe those who opposed the Church and literal belief in the
Bible. Freethought is an intellectual stance that says that opinions should be
based on logic and evidence rather than authorities and traditions. Well known
were called freethinkers in their own time. A magazine, The Freethinker, has
been published in Britain continuously from 1881 to the present. The term has
gotten popular recently in part because it is affirmative. Unlike atheism, which
defines itself in contrast to religion, Freethought identifies with a proactive
process for deciding what is real and important.”
Pragmatist and Realist are just as apt
is why the term Extreme Energy Forceisemployed, because the word
God garners Christian conations (eg. the Holy Trinity)
- a belief in divinity/spirituality for many Western World Folk that
naively at least half believe in the preposterous parables in Old Testament not
limited to Adam & Eve, Noah and Moses.
(The Writer was Christened as a Roman Catholic
as a baby. He shares
something in common with Adolf Hitler (Protestant Reich). They were both ‘altar boys’ in their respective
religions. But Adolf turned out to be a nasty sod that didn't follow
The Ten Commandments.)