Religion doesn't have a leg to stand on
For some background, I used to be a member of the Lutheran Church before I became an atheist. I used to see the bible with the blinders, but as I studied the bible more deeply and learned about the mountian of evidence for evolution and really studied comparative mythology and what the bible really said that I decided that religion wasn't my cup of tea.
Here are some of the evidence that convinced me:
1) I watched a nova special on genetic diseases - Many of these diseases have no explaination if you don't believe in evolution.
2) When I took my wife to my friends church, the pastor referred to the passages about:
Women should submit to their husbands as onto God.
Women should cover their heads in church.
Women should remain silent in church.
And the passage in Jude about the sexual sins of angels in Genesis 6.
Why wife asked me - Why do they believe this?
I had never thought about it before so I read up on it.
I discovered the book of enoch.
According to the book of Enoch, the angels saw the daughters of men and went down and forcably took them for wives. According to the book of Enoch, this is the source of most of the evil in the world. My creationist friends say no the bible says that the fall of man is the source of evil. If you say the book is not inspired then why does Jesus and Paul quote from it.
If God can't control his servants, then he either is not all powerfull or as George Carlin put it best: he doesn't give a shit, (at least until after the fact).
Comparatibe mythology gives a rational explaination for the Genesis 6/Book of Enoch angel/human sex bullshit. In the Eygptian Flood myth: the reason that the gods flood the nile is this:
The sons of the Pharaoh's sons (the Sons of God), saw that the daughters of men (the peasant class) were beautiful and decided to take them as wives. The resulting children were wicked. So the eyptian gods decided to kill them by sending a flood. No angels and no sex.
My creationist friend will say that Genesis 6 refers to the children of Seth (Sons of God) and children of Cain (Daughters of men). This is not what the hebrew says! The expression for sons of God is always used in the Scriptures for angels and the word for Daughters of man is literally the Daughters of Adam. The Septuagint clearly states in greek that the angels had sexual relations with men.
3) The Cosmology of the Bible:
A literal reading of the bible informs us that the earth is surrounded my firmament. This hebrew word refers to a stone shell. They believed that sky was made of rocks and that the stars and sun were attached to the rock in the sky. This belief stems from the egyptian myth of Geb and Nut. In this myth, the earth and sky were lovers but brother and sister. Amen-ra seperated the two lovers. Gen the earth amd he made Nut into a dome to forever seperate the two.
4) Copy creation myths:
Note that Genesis One is almost exactly the same as the Eyptian creation myth that leads up to the Geb/Nut seperation. Except for one thing: the hebrews deleted all mention of the other Gods in the text. And they deleted the whole part about Amen-ra masterbating the world into existence.
Note that Genesis Two has almost the same structure as the Babylonian creation myth about the creation of man. Except for the fact that they delete the mention of the Enki's desire to have some servants to make him bread and beer.
Most Christian scholars will say this that the Jews copied the myths so that they could show the superiority of their God to the Egyptian and babylonian gods. If God created the heavens and the earth and told moses directly how he did it, why the hell would he quote the Eyptian and Bablyonian myths.
5) The Names of God and the Canaanite Mythology
If you look closely at the names for God:
El Shaddai, Elyon, El, Yahweh, Baal (It is Hebrew word for Lord so the Jew sometime called God baal)l.
Some of the Other gods mentioned in the Bible - Chemosh, Dagon, Asherah.
Note the Canaanite Mythology is as far as I can tell the inspiration or parallel to Greek Mythology.
El Shaddia - Cronus
Elyon - Zeus
Mot - Hades
Yah - Ares
Athirat - Hera
Not sure which god baal is since none of the Greek Gods decide to usurp Zesus
Note that the YHWH worshippers always hated Baal worshippers- The reason:
Baal and Yah where always at odd for El's throne!
Note that the bible refers to this Pantheon alot- the Elohim - Although modern translators say that this a name for God and not a pantheon.
Note that when the Elyon in Deutronomy(?) divides the Land up amongs the Elohim he gives the Jew to Yah. If you read that passage in the context of comparative religion - Zesus gaves the Jews to Ares for a people. No wonder when the Jews get to Canaan - He tells them to rape, pillage and killIf you read the christian commentary, they will tell you that El yon - God most high - is God the Father and that YHWH is Jesus. Jesus the commander of raping and pillaging. Nice imagery. I need to remember what passage it is so that I can post the english and hebrew. I'll reread the torah again and find it.
6) I love the test for a suspected cheating wife-
She is to drink dirty water and if she gets sick than she was cheating. Suspect you wife of cheating give her cholera today. Your local rabbi gives says that the lord will protect the innocent.
7) Samson and Deliah-
Samsu is the Caanite god of the Sun. (Think Apollo)
Samsu is deplicted as a god with long flowing hair. His hair is deplicted as sun rays.
Deliah name means night.
Knowing this why does every christain adamantly say that Samson was a real person. This is a parable of light versus darkness.
Thanks for listening to me rant.