Friday, June 13, 2014

Christianity is a superstitious belief system

In this post I would like to take the time to address one of my claims regarding religious beliefs in general and  in particular the three religions of the book: Judaism, Christianity, and  Islam. Often when I am engaged in discussions or debates about Christians and their beliefs I refer to those beliefs as ancient myths and superstitions. Before continuing let me go ahead and define those two key words for the sake of argument and then begin to lay out my case.



Now that we've defined these words let's look at why I personally think that god beliefs in general are based on myths. According to the definitions I have taken from the Merriam Webster dictionary online a myth has several characteristics.

1. tradition
2. stories
3. unverifiable history

The three religions of the book are based entirely on stories collected in a book known to us as the Bible. In fact the word Bible according to its etymology actually means book. These stories in the Bible contain a large amount of fantasy and occurrences which we know from our own life experiences to be impossible events. For example the sun and the moon standing still in the sky and not going down for the length of an entire day! 

So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. Joshua 10:13

Now when you read this it obviously doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this story also reflects the beliefs of the period in which it was composed; that the we lived in a geocentric universe. In other words, that the earth was the center of the universe and that all the other planets and heavenly bodies revolved around it. The science of astronomy has shown us that this view is outdated and in fact incorrect. This is just one of the many impossible events that are narrated in the Bible. 

Finally, the believers of the religions of the book refuse to recognize the fact that because of these so called fantastical and miraculous events that allegedly occurred, make a lot of the so called history in the Bible unverifiable or at least falsifiable through archeology. One example of this is the destruction of Egypt when God allegedly hit them with his plagues to demonstrate his power to the ancient Hebrews and liberate them from slavery. 

If the above mentioned story were true then Egypt would have perished and been a complete waste land. The Bible says that God killed the Pharaoh and his entire army in one fell swoop! That he killed all of the livestock of the Egyptians including all of the plant life. He also killed all the first born sons of Egypt, so based on this tale there would be no successor to the throne after the death of Pharaoh. But yet history has shown that Egypt is a culture that goes back for thousands of years and still exists even today. 

Now let's move on to the element of superstitious beliefs and how they relate to the three religions of the book. According to the definition given for the word superstition, there are several elements that make a belief a superstition.

1. ignorance
2. fear of the unknown
3. trust in magic
4. false conception of causation

As I pointed out in the previous section ignorance about how things work is one reason why people believe some things that would be otherwise irrational and formulate erroneous beliefs. In today's world science has helped to dispel many of the worlds  erroneous beliefs due to a lack of knowledge and understanding. Fear of the unknown is another important force that drives religious beliefs. In an age before science was established and had managed to collect the innumerable amount of discoveries it has to this point, people lived in fear. They believed in magic and the supernatural was quite natural. They believed in gods and other supernatural deities, good and evil forces working in our world, etc. 

Even as late as 1692 right here in the United States in Salem Massachusetts there were actual witch trials being conducted! The people were driven by religious fervor and they were ignorant and afraid of the world around them and how things worked in nature. They attributed their misfortunes to devils working through the medium of witches in Salem. All this is due to a false conception of causation. 

For all the followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam it is important to know that your "God did it" claim for everything that is unknown at this time even for science is itself a false conception of causation. You're still living in the dark ages full of magic, ignorance, and fear. What you call truth is nothing more than ancient myths and superstitions imagined and invented by man himself. 

Note: All definitions used were taken from the online Merriam Webster dictionary. The links to my sources are contained within the text itself.


  1. Well, technically the second-born son could have inherited the Egyptian throne. You always hear people say "the Egyptians didn't record their defeats" but an event as enormous as that described in Exodus would have been recorded by lots of people in the area - not just the Hebrews. It likely also would have ruined Egypt. Not to mention how ridiculous it is - the cattle and horses are all killed more than once! LOL!

    1. You're right about the second son inheriting the throne. I also did a detailed analysis of the plagues of Egypt in an older post where I mention the animals being killed twice right here:

  2. Curiously, the Bible actually never records the death of Pharaoh in the Red Sea crossing but only of his army in Exodus 14. Granted, it might have included Pharaoh in that number, as I am almost sure that Pharaoh would have pursued with them (in the context of the story as it was supposed to have occurred). But the Bible is silent on the actual death of Pharaoh, if it was supposed to occur, which I find to be curious because I would think the story would have mentioned that as a glorious result of God's judgment. It would probably read something like, "And Pharaoh and his army perished in the flood of the waters brought upon them by the Lord." or similar, I would think.

    1. I disagree, it does say that Pharaoh led his army after the Israelites.

      17I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

      28The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

      Exodus 14: 17;28 (NIV).

      If Pharaoh was leading his army it's safe to assume that he too had died.

    2. That's a possibility for sure.

  3. Doesn't matter if you're an atheist. You'll still die... THEN! what becomes of your indelible soul? God bless you. Meet me Upstairs.

    1. Death is a fact of life and is inevitable. All living organisms in this world eventually die. Prove to me that this so called "indelible soul" exists then we can talk about it rationally. By the way faith in the Bible's claim that you have one is not proof of the existence of the soul.

    2. Doesn't matter if you're a Christian. You'll still die... Period.

  4. @Byron
    When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemena and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon."

    18The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

    Exodus 14:5-9; 14:18

    How did God get his glory through Pharaoh and his army? By killing them all including Pharaoh.