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God is all loving?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 10, 2009

Well he apparently ran out of love in the case of this little girl:

A 7-year-old Long Island girl was released from a New York hospital Tuesday, more than a month after surgeons removed six of her vital organs to tackle a life-threatening tumor.

Heather McNamara was doing “fantastic,” said her father, Joseph McNamara, as the Islip Terrace family prepared to return home. On Feb. 6, a team lead by Dr. Tomoaki Kato at New York Presbyterian-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital conducted the first surgery of its kind in a child.

During the 23-hour operation, doctors removed Heather’s stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen and small and large intestines to get at a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball, according to news reports. They couldn’t save the child’s stomach, pancreas or spleen, which were riddled with cancer.

Well, I guess he works in mysterious ways no?

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NY Pastor: God’s Wrath Is Near (Again)

Posted in LiveScience by Skepdude on March 10, 2009

We seem to be having a God theme today, so in keeping with the unofficial theme here’s an article by Benjamin Radford.

According to the founding pastor of New York City’s Times Square Church, David Wilkerson, denizens of the Big Apple should stockpile survival gear and a month’s supply of non-perishable food in preparation for an “earth-shattering calamity” that could happen at any moment. The threat is not from foreign terrorists this time, but instead from God.

Wilkerson, claiming he was prompted by the Holy Spirit, recently wrote in his blog that “An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen… It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires… There will be looting — including Times Square, New York City.” (Only a Manhattanite would assume that God’s destruction of the world would begin with New York City).

“What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath,” Wilkerson wrote. “God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations…I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off.” He suggested that those wishing to survive should gather supplies; apparently the wrath of the most powerful being in the universe can be thwarted by extra water, a flashlight, and a case of beans.

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Why would there be morals in a Godless world?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 10, 2009

The answer to me is simple. It is more beneficial for humans to be organized in societies (tribes, villages, states, etc etc) than to live alone in the midst of the wilderness. I submitt that it is impossible to have a functioning society without moral codes. What kind of society could exist if everyone would have the inclination to kill the other, steal/rape their women and steal all their provisions. The only way we can have a functioning society is if we put some limitations on such animalistic drives, and thus morals. Some morals are so crucial that they have been codified into law in many societies. Some are less crucial and are only enforced by a collective wagging of the society’s finger or scorn. God did not give us morals. We created morals in order to create a union that would benefit all of us more than if all of us lived on our own. In other words, collaboration is the reason for our species’ success. Collaboration is impossible without morals. Thus the need to collaborate and live close to each other gave us morals. It is preposterous to say that the only source of morality is a God, when I think it is clear that our own need for survival mandates moral behaviour.

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Question to Christian readers

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 10, 2009

I have a question to ask our Christian readers. This is something that has been bothering me for a while. Maybe it is a misconception or a misunderstanding, but either way I’m throwing it out there for comments:

If we are born sinful because of the original sin perpetrated by Adam and Eve, and if Jesus died on the cross for our sins (presumably absolving us of our sins) does that mean that any human born after Jesus died and was, allegedly, resurrected born free of sin? If not why not? Wasn’t that the purpose of Jesus’ death on the cross?

‘Theory of mind’ explains belief in God

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on March 10, 2009

[Originally posted at: NewScientist]

Once we had evolved the necessary brain architecture, we could “do” religion, brain scans indicate.

The research shows that, to interpret a god’s intentions and feelings, we rely mainly on the same recently evolved brain regions that divine the feelings and intentions of other people.

“We’re interested to find where in the brain belief systems are represented, particularly those that appear uniquely human,” says lead researcher, Jordan Grafman of the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland.

The researchers found that such beliefs “light up” the areas of our brain which have evolved most recently, such as those involved in imagination, memory and “theory of mind” – the recognition that other people and living things can have their own thoughts and intentions.

“They don’t tell us about the existence of a higher order power like God,” says Grafman. “They only address how the mind and brain work in tandem to allow us to have belief systems that guide our everyday actions.”

[Read the rest of this post at: NewScientist]