This is probably the perfect representation of dealing with ignoramuses who use Pascal’s Wager in an argument.
I actually think religious people should watch this video more than atheists should, because it’d inform them of their ways and possibly help them think critically about their faith.
1. Wrong. Gravity is the force that attracts matter to objects with large mass.
2. Wrong. We would not be “pulled” into outer space because without gravity, there is no force to do such a thing. We would instead float off away from Earth and the Earth itself would break apart because gravitational force isn’t holding its spherical shape together.
3. The only answer they got correct.
4. Wrong. We can explain gravitational force and have for centuries. Please, do some research.
5. Wrong. To assert that some deity has to do with natural, scientifically explained phenomena is the infamous cop-out known as the “God of the Gaps” argument, which continues to diminish as we gradually learn more and more about the observable universe.
God Is Unnatural
I find it quite humorous when religious people assert that homosexuality is a sin and that it is completely unnatural. As a matter of fact, over 1,500 animal species have been observed to show homosexual behavior. We aren’t the only ones. Here’s the thing, though. Why does it matter? Think about heaven. Such a place abandons your material body. You’ll just be a soul. You aren’t going to have sexual organs up there, nor are you going to want sex. Sexuality is meaningless in heaven, gender is meaningless in heaven. Without reproductive organs, there is no male and female. Once you’re in heaven, someone’s sexual orientation shouldn’t matter anymore, right? You want me to tell you what’s really unnatural? The idea of heaven and hell; non-observable places of either everlasting bliss, or eternal torment. And the concept of god; a divine, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent deity who can create things by speaking them into existence without any prior knowledge of even HOW and lacking the materials to create anything whatsoever. All of which is incompatible with everything we observe in the universe — incompatible with nature. I’d really like to know how you can possibly deduce that homosexuality is unnatural (while evidence suggests otherwise), but not even question the nature of your god.
There Is No Goal
While we were visiting my mother’s childhood friend’s house for Thanksgiving, my brother and I had overheard a conversation between our stepdad, mom and her friend. My mom’s friend had said something about how evolution cannot be true “because we aren’t evolving NOW.” I had half a mind to waltz in there and blatantly rage at her ignorance, but I didn’t. Instead, I just gave myself the biggest facepalm that I could, and tolerated it. I was in a house full of hardcore Bible Belt Christians after all. It’s just sad how ill-informed most religious people are. They don’t know the first thing about evolution. We ARE evolving now, and will continue to do so. Evolution is just a very slow process of incremental changes over a profuse, almost unfathomable amount of time. We don’t appear to be evolving right now because a human’s lifespan is only about 80-something years (if you’re lucky), so it’s obviously quite difficult to observe in real time. But we have mounds of evidence, and we let said evidence point us in the right direction. Homo sapiens date back to at least 150,000 to 200,000 years ago, originating in Africa and migrating throughout the world, many interbreeding with Neanderthals, and all adapting to their new environments, which is why different races exist. And we’re just one transitional form of some other species that will someday walk this earth. Religious people base their “understanding” of evolution on the presumption that natural selection has some sort of goal, which it doesn’t. It all depends on environment, adaptability, desirable traits and chance. Ninety-nine percent of all species that have ever lived are now extinct. You want to call that a successful “goal?” Homo sapiens just happened to survive because of our adaptability and the mere probability that we could. To place some divine intervention on that would be a great cop-out. One that is overused and needs to leave our minds. Everything has a natural explanation, you just have to look for it. Do some research, it’ll help.
Jesus Vs. Caesar
I find it funny when religious people try to counter the lack of evidence they have for Jesus ever even existing as a historical figure with “Well, how do you know Julius Caesar was a historical figure, considering his time was also a very long time ago?” The thing is, Caesar was a Roman general who has a whole lot of information on him because we actually have historical evidence of his existence. Even with all the information we have about Caesar, none of that should be able to compare to the SON OF FUCKIN’ GOD, right? Jesus, if he were real, would have certainly left a huge dent in the history of our world, and yet, the only records of him ever existing is merely in the bible alone. The bible is NOT a reliable source. It is just another religious book like any other. For all we know, considering all the absurdity within the bible (e.g. talking snakes and donkeys, unicorns, global floods, virgin births, etc.), Jesus could very well just be a made up character to represent good will and generosity. There is absolutely NO evidence outside of the bible that Jesus ever walked this earth, and even if there was, there’s no proof that he had magical powers. ‘Nuff said.
It’s happening! lol
A Bright Future
The United States of America’s official motto used to be “E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)” until it was changed to “In God We Trust” by Congress in 1956. The Pledge of Allegiance didn’t have “under god” in it until 1954. The Gregorian calendar (the one we use today) wasn’t even established until the 16th century. It’d be quite the understatement to say that Christianity is just a tad late. Best part is, religion is now gradually dying out as more people become wealthy and educated. Secularism is escalating rapidly throughout the developed world. Some psychologists suggest that religion will be minority by the 2040’s. I see a bright future ahead of us.