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Let’s All Have Faith

If something cannot be proven, there is likely to be a reason for it.   If something cannot be seen, it can still be proven.  Gravity cannot be seen by of our current technology.  But its effects can be seen and measured.  Just try dropping an iron weight on your toe.  Or do you think that was a spiritual effect by god to punish you for being stupid enough to drop it on your toe?

Gravity can be measured, its actions observed and even predicted.  I knew that weight was going to hurt your toe.  You probably did too, so you decided not to drop it on your foot.

“But you must have Faith!”  OK, I am willing to test that.  Are you?

I invite you to the roof of my building.  It’s not too high, between 25 and 30 meters (80 to 90 feet).  I hand you a large belt and tell you to put it on.  As you are buckling it, I explain that it is an anti-gravity belt I have built.  I add that it repels gravitational force, just as ordinary magnets repel each other.

Like magnets, the closer it is to the earth, the more powerfully it works.  So, when you first step off the roof, you’ll fall fairly fast.  But as you near the concrete parking lot below, you’ll slow down until you stop just a short distance above the ground.  Way more fun than bungee jumping, right?

Now go on, step off the roof.  What? You want to know how it works?  The entire secret was revealed to me by a space alien in a series of visions.  He also told me that drinking too much alcohol was bad for me.  I know that to be true, so this has to be true, too.  It’s too complicated for you to understand anyway. You need me to interpret its action for you and for you to have faith.

Yes, I’ve already tried it, now it’s your turn.  Off you go now.  Take a leap of faith.

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  1. January 6, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Very good, sir.

  2. Eddie
    December 1, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Put up or STFU jimmy. You’re an uneducated blowhard

    • December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

      For those that might wonder, “Eddie” has challenged me to come “get my ass kicked” but he declines to prove where he is. Instead, he hides behind fake names, flimsy excuses, multiple fake emails, and posts messages like this on my blog. I have offered many time to come to him at my expense but he will not give any proof as to who he is, where he is, or do anything but make gay insults and brag about his “big house, car, and important job”. Those are clearly the boasts of an insecure little boy.

      He calls me an “uneducated blowhard” but knows nothing about me nor has he proven even one word I have ever said is not true. Truth doesn’t seem to matter to him though. He’s never proven one word he has said is true.

      Because I’ve left the burden of proof on him, he’s run out of even those pitiful comments. If he ever decides to be a man and actually proves his real name, location or anything, I’ll go there at my own expense. I am sure this little boy will never be anywhere to be found, though. After all, someone that has shown himself to be so craven for so long, deserves some credit if he finally delivers, right? I don’t recommend that anyone hold their breath waiting for this. LOL

  3. (soon to be) Cadet Shane Mathew Johns
    December 2, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Here’s the deal pal.
    1. God doesn’t have time for your bullshit. He realizes that you are no threat to anyone’s faith or religion because you are just another hapless conspirator like 90 percent of the welfare hippies of the world and no one would ever believe you.
    2. Just because something is written in a book by someone you think is intelligent and powerful, doe not make the context true. Red scare is a prime example of that.
    3. A website that embraces children’s honesty is not the place to pick a fight show some self control and think about someone else for once, you malignant narcissist.
    4. There is more proof that God is real than isn’t real. They have found pieces of Noah’s ark fossilized in the Himalayas some 500 foot long boards. Now come on… what else could that be from. All anything contrary has found is a couple bones that look like each other and they call it evolution. Big deal, I have a friend who looks exactly like this kid in Italy, and my friend isn’t even Italian. So obviously they aren’t related in any way shape or form. Same deal with evolution, just because they look the same doesn’t mean they are the same.
    5. America isn’t free? Come on man you ain’t fooling anyone you’re just jealous you’re welcome to get your greencard anytime.

    • December 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

      First, there is no god. For decades, I have requested thousands of deluded theists to show any proof at all. SO far, not one bit of prppf. The burden of that proof is on those making the claims. That would be you.

      That’s right, because something is written in a book, it doesn’t make the content true. That means the babble. Even if there are small entries that can be demonstrated to be historically correct, that doesn’t mean anything else is more than myths and lies. For example:

      On the 11th of September, 2001, two commercial aircraft flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing thousands.

      Some people believe that this was an act of terrorism by an Islamic fundamentalist organization.

      It was really the power of my god (he who must not be named) directing those planes to warn the people of the USA and the world to abandon their wicked ways and praise the only true god.

      The first sentence is unquestionable historic fact. The last sentence is a delusional lie but is impossible to prove to be false. The “truth” of all “holy books” is based upon this same technique.

      If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Has some evil person held a gun to your head and forced you to read something that’s true, so is offensive to you?

      Back to point 1. There is not a single piece of evidence of gar? Noah’s ark? There entire fable is so ridiculous that I am surprised anyone could be stupid enough to believe it. What proof is there that pieces of rotten would came from anything other than a tree? First of all, the elapsed time claimed would not be enough for wood to fossilize. Never mind there is not enough water on the earth to completely drown all of the land. Al of the other “details” of Noah’s flood are equally silly. I’ll enumerate them if you would like, Be prepared to be disillusioned about that particular fable.

      Finally, you show yourself to be an ignorant ass. I am an American and have earned the right to criticize it and speak the truth. You’re just an ignorant little puppy that doesn’t like something but isn’t willing or able to prove that even one word is not true.

      Finally, getting a green card isn’t as easy as you would think. My wife whose deceased husband was an American as I am has been unable to obtain a green card for over ten years. She has no criminal record, an independent income, and a guaranteed place to live in the USA. Still the pompous, arrogant fools in the immigration service refuse to issue the card. Maybe if you knew some facts instead of pompous, arrogant opinions you wouldn’t make silly posts like you have.

  4. January 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I received this request from a reader in The Netherlands. I agreed to include it for others.

    Dear Mr. Smith

    To promote skepticism/critical thinking I wrote some questions for the Christian believer. Are you able to put the link to these questions at your blog.

    Thank you very much,

    Piet – Rotterdam – Netherlands.

    The original questions

    http://www.freethinker.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8382
    The translation
    http://www.freethinker.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=10033

  5. Scott
    December 19, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Re Your interesting article on faith and the anti-gravity belt. A few problems. What you are describing is “belief” not faith. Furthermore, you are in fact lying to the individual to make him believe he will not be hurt. Scammers and conmen do this all the time.
    Faith is not belief.

    • December 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

      I have often said that “faith” and “belief” are much alike. They require accepting as true something for which there is no supporting evidence and even much evidence against. The terms con then be used interchangeably and it is the reason that atheism is not a belief. Atheists generally try to base them lives on knowledge, not beliefs.

      You are correct about lying to the individual and that con men and scammers do it all the time. That’s why religions are a scam. athey demand that you accept their nonsense on “faith” and not ask questions or demand proof.

      Thanks for your input. It’s always great to see someone that penetraits to the heart of things so quickly.

  6. Dowser
    February 12, 2013 at 2:47 am

    HI U R an A S S H O L E, and nobody respects you or your trivial bullshit wanking. Feel free to evolve.

    • February 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

      A badly-spelled, poorly written, hate-filled rant from a uninformed, willfully ignorant theist. I’m going to leave your comment on the page so everyone can see what a disgusting human being you are. Thank you for confirming my opinion of mentally deficient theists like you.

  7. Bill Carter
    April 25, 2014 at 5:47 am

    I came here through stumbleupon and i sincerely wish i hadn’t. these hatefilled rants, this one especially, are the work of the devil and the the author won’t be seeing much of heaven when judgement day comes. you’re a sick, sick man.

    • April 25, 2014 at 7:57 am

      What hate filled (two words) Tell me, exactly what have I said that is not true?

      It’s you religious reich wackos that preach hate and violence.

      All I have done in this particular article is point out the fallacy of “having faith.” You’re a deluded fool.

  8. June 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Fairly sure most of these are trolls. Anyway, I define ‘belief’ as an objective statement. I can say “I believe in God,” and still be correct because the fact that I believe may or may not be true. This is different than saying “I know there is a God” because that statement implies I am correct. In other words, one is dependent on truth, and the other is not.

    The relevance is that evangelists often rely on such implications and presuppositions in order to produce loaded questions. They will ask: “Have you been saved?” To which both a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ answer imply the need to be saved. It is like asking “Should you stop beating your wife?” Or “Have you come out of the closet yet?” Because there is no way to answer any of these without implying the thing itself.

    I go into such detail because understanding the logic (or illogic) used in these debates is key to deconstructing your opponents’ arguments.

    • June 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Many I know are the religious reich doing what I call “drive by” posts. They leave threatening or smugly arrogant comments under fake IDs and emails and then are never heard from again. I’m confident that they then go to an agreeable web site and leave a post about how they “Showed that heathen atheist the wrath of god”. They never return as they do not want to have to read a rational response. Facts and rational thinking are always fatal to any religion.

      hanks again for your posts. I do appreciate them.

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