The Biggest Joke Book on Earth

By Carl S ~

Back in the 1960's there was a popular TV series called “Get Smart.” The show was a spoof of James Bond-type counter-espionage. Agent 86, a.k.a. “Smart,” was played by Don Adams. I didn't see many episodes, but I do remember a gag he often repeated. When Smart reported to the head of his agency, he would sometimes say things like, “Would you believe there were 200 of them?” There would be a long pause, and then, “Would you believe 100? What about 75?”

Would you believe this report: a guy fed 5000 men with 5 loaves of bread and two fishes? Well, would you believe 50 loaves and 200 fishes? Would you believe 500 men, and no women and children? Didn't you believe me when I told you he also walked on water? Would you believe me if I said the lake was frozen? Would you believe a man lived to be 400 years old, and then he built a gigantic boat, when any 100 year old man would have trouble building a ship model? What else?

One commentator wrote about an atheist mother…

If There Were No God…

By WizenedSage --

When I say that I see no evidence of a god, I am saying that the world looks to me exactly as I would expect it to look, if there were no god.

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If there were no god, I would expect to see great waste of life, as there would be nothing sacred about it.

If there were no god, I would expect to see many animal species which must kill others in order to live.

If there were no god, I would expect to see many animals having thousands of offspring at a time, so that a few will live to maturity – like fish.

If there were no god, I would expect to see millions of sperm released at a time, and wasted, when only one, or none, will succeed.

If there were no god, I would expect to see hundreds of thousands of people being wiped out at a stroke by natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes – regardless of their religious beliefs.

If there were no god, I would expect to see millions of people dying in wars, as combatants and non-combatants, and wars lasting for many years despite literally billions of prayers for them to end quickly.

If there were no god, I would expect to see much injustice in the world, such as wrongful imprisonment and the genocide of Jews and other ethnic groups or tribes (in December a Florida man, who had been imprisoned for 35 years for rape, was found innocent after DNA testing).

If there were no god, I would expect to see many people succeeding largely because they are physically attractive, not because they are wise or good or the most talented.

If there were no god, I would expect to see many beautiful things in the world like babies, sunsets, and waterfalls, alongside many ugly things, like flesh-eating bacteria, cancer, and hideous birth defects.

If there were no god, I would expect to see scientific studies by prestigious institutions showing no positive benefit of prayer (http://web.med.harvard.edu/sites/RELEASES/html/3_31STEP.html).

If there were no god, I would expect to see people NOT praying for things that neither nature nor chance can accomplish, like re-growth of a severed limb or flying by flapping the arms.

If there were no god - then all gods must be man-made - and I would expect to see people believing in many different and contradictory gods, yet often feeling their god’s presence deeply (“knowing in the heart”).

At the end of the day, it seems that if there were no god, then the world would look exactly as it does look. Now some believers tell me it requires faith to “know” god. But isn’t this just telling me that I have to believe… in order to believe? Does this really make sense to anyone? If there really is a god, then shouldn’t there be something in this physical world, at least one little thing, that would unambiguously prove that fact?

I have been looking for that one thing for over 60 years and I have not found it. Some believers would tell me that I need to keep turning over more rocks, that I just haven’t looked under the right one yet. I suggest that this is a lot like looking for dragons; there is much about the world to indicate there are no dragons and, at some point, I would be a gullible old fool to keep looking. Similarly, as I have demonstrated above, there is much about the world to indicate that there is no god, and, at some point, I would be a gullible old fool to keep looking.

I find it strange, yet fascinating, that a believer can call me a fool, yet it is he who thinks he has found the meaning of life in a book filled with such nonsense as giants, dragons, satyrs, unicorns, a talking snake, a magical fruit tree, and 900 year-old men. Could there even be a better illustration of the word, “gullible?”

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