Tuesday, March 30, 2010

206: Atheist Day

Ecclesiastes 5-8
"In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness." - Ecclesiastes 7:15

In chapter 5, Solomon (or whoever is talking), talks about how riches are meaningless. Again, this is all very pessimistic, yet surprisingly insightful (though I may be biased, based on how un-insightful the bible usually is). He says that whoever has money will never have enough. Even when you have all the riches in the world you still want more. This makes money meaningless (I guess). Is Solomon being a Communist?! Riches can't be meaningless. I see why Glenn Beck is telling people to leave their churches.

Solomon eventually concludes that it's good for a man to toil meaninglessly, because that is the lot he's been given by God. Huh? So you're either toiling endlessly for nothing, or you're toiling endlessly for God. That's so much more meaningful.

Solomon also thinks it's meaningless for men to gain prosperity and not enjoy it. Unfortunately, his example of prosperity is a little dated, "A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he." Yes, that's what makes everyone happy, a hundred kids. These days you get a TV show about how terrible your life is if you have eight kids. Also, if you don't have a proper burial, you are better off being stillborn. Sorry, millions of people that get cremated.

In chapter seven, Solomon talks about even more of his pessimism. He says that the day of death is better than the day of birth. He doesn't say this is because the dead person is going to heaven, but because it's better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting. Apparently mourning is good for the heart, and makes a man wise. Or maybe Solomon is feeling gloomy and emo so he thinks everyone else should feel the same way.

Solomon says that he's seen people live long lives, yet be wicked, and live short lives but be completely righteous. This isn't the first time this has been said in the bible, and I still think it contradicts the concept of an all powerful, all just God.

The last chapter today is about how everyone should obey the king. And who said the bible wasn't biased? Solomon (the king) says that whoever obeys the king shall come to no harm. Yeah, right.

Reverend James Snyder has a hilarious/infuriating (I choose hilarious) view of the proximity of Easter and April Fool's Day this year.
What [my wife] was referring to were the two holidays celebrated within several days of each other. The first being, of course, April Fools' Day and the second, Easter Sunday. I had to agree with her it was rather a strange sort of affairs. There could not be two more diverse holidays to celebrate then these.

On the one hand, we have April Fool's Day. This is the primary atheist holiday and I base that on the Bible. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good" (Psalms 14:1 KJV).

[Emphasis is mine]
Atheists have a holiday?! Woo! As I said in the opener, I can either choose to find this hilarious or infuriating. This one is so ridiculous that I have to laugh. He was likely being facetious, but just in case he was serious, you can follow this link to read all about the origins of April Fool's Day. I promise it has nothing to do with atheism.

The absurdity continues:
Of course, I do not believe in atheists. I have never met an atheist in my entire life. I have met people who said they were atheists, but I never believed it. Every time an atheist gets in trouble, he blames it on God. Remember 9/11? Now, if he really does not believe in God, why does he blame things on God?
Yeah, 9/11, all the atheists blame God for that. Wait, what?! What the hell are you talking about? I have to admit, I haven't heard this one. Congratulations Reverend Snyder on reaching a whole new level of absurdity.

I maybe blame 9/11 on religion (that's not God). But mostly I blame it on the hijackers, and the people who orchestrated the hijackers. Would the attacks have happened without religion? Maybe not. But if I've learned anything from reading the bible, it's that you can make holy texts say whatever you want them to say. Not only that, you can make people believe your interpretation. So no, Reverend, I don't blame "God".

But wait! There's more crazy:
Take the controversy between evolution and creationism. After all the efforts by so-called experts, nobody has come up with any solid proof supporting the theory of evolution. Despite the labors of many to prove otherwise, the evidence supporting creationism is overwhelming. For someone to reject solid facts and then cling on to an unproven theory has to be the epitome of foolishness.


As my wife and I continued talking about this, she made a very good point. Her point being, that after 2,000 years of vicious attacks on the Bible to prove it wrong, nobody has ever come up with any proof that it is false. Not one word of the Bible has ever been proven to be false or in error.
First of all, more than you ever wanted to know about evolution, and 261 citations if you don't believe Wikipedia. Saying there is no evidence is just blatant intellectual dishonesty. As for the second paragraph, there are internal inconsistencies within the bible. What more do you need to prove that the bible is in error? Beyond internal inconsistencies, it's hard to prove that anything is false. For that matter, it's hard to prove that anything is true. But again, saying that no part of the bible is incorrect is intellectually dishonest.

Unfortunately, the Reverend didn't look very far ahead on his calendar. In 2018, Atheist Day and Easter are the same day! That's going to be a very confusing holiday.

(via The Post Chronicle)


  1. Imagine a Christian church service on 4/1/2018:
    "He is risen - April Fools!"


  2. "Solomon says that he's seen people live long lives, yet be wicked, and live short lives but be completely righteous. This isn't the first time this has been said in the bible, and I still think it contradicts the concept of an all powerful, all just God."

    Not only does it contradict the concept of an omnipotent and all-just God, it also contradicts some of Solomon's own proverbs!

  3. I think Rev. Snyder was right about one thing: He apparently really has never met an atheist, since he has no idea what they believe.



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