Dr. Uhl lists the main reasons for believe in a god as follows:
Wishful thinking - Humans are prone to be wishful thinkers. Whether they are blowing out birthday candles or throwing a penny into a wishing well, we would all like to believe that our wishes come true. The same is true with prayer. People genuinely want to believe it works, so they work towards the positive results to achieve the desired answer. Sometimes prayers come true, and sometimes they do not. But on the off chance that they do come true, people take that positive reinforcement as the believe that their prayers worked. When in reality, there is no connection between the prayer and the outcome. It only makes sense that if you pray for something long enough, and it comes true, then you assume you had some influence over it.
What people don't understand is that there is no supernatural influence over prayer, it is actually self-reinforcing. If you believe hard enough that something will come true, you will consciously or subconsciously take the steps to make it true. After awhile of feeling good about prayer, it becomes a sort of self-hypnosis that enforces positive behavior. When spread over a crowd of people, prayer and power of suggestion can make them all feel empowered as a sort of mass hypnosis. Dr. Uhl was taught this in the seminary, how to win over and control the crowd by using this type of mass hypnosis. Other users of this method include certain charity groups and even those trying to sway their political agenda such as Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, and even Obama. It's a certain charisma that will make people follow something even if it is a logical fallacy because they are wishful thinkers and want the message to be true.
Fear And Greed - These are the two biggest motivators to get people to believe in a religion. These powerful motivators can even override logical thought and reason. Parishioners are taught about the hellfire and brimstone teachings of the Bible and it is a great motivator to get them to obey and believe. They don't want to miss out on this great reward of eternal life offered if they just believe and obey. It's too great of a reward to pass up so they jump at the chance - even if it goes against rational thought and logic.
Greed teaches us that when someone really believes in the message of their religion, they themselves may want to begin preaching the gospel to others and "join the team of salesmen" as it empowers them. It gives them a sense of stature and if they can help convert others to their religion, then it only reinforces their beliefs. It raises them up so high that their greed just wants more and more cheap power and elevation from their beliefs.
Those Lacking In Self-Confidence - Anyone who is lacking in self-confidence can be easily swayed by anyone. Whether it's by a religion or political views or any other cause, the strong prey on the meek. In the case of religion, those who have low self-confidence are looking for the support of the authoritative figures of the church. These figures offer them the reward of eternal life and forgiveness for their mortal sins and it helps them feel less inadequate with the support of the clergy. They have such low self-confidence and self-worth that they even question their own judgment and seek empowerment from the church and this supernatural force that is all powerful and greater than them.
The first step in brainwashing someone is to shake their self-confidence. This is taught to the military for prisoners of war and Dr. Uhl discovered it in his teachings at the seminary. You have to make them humble and feel inadequate to believe in logical fallacies and sell them the hard story.
Women are more likely to believe in a deity than men. This is because of the inferior treatment of women in the early 20th century and prior. Women were not empowered like men and they lacked self-confidence. The next time you are in church, count the women to men. Modern women of today have become empowered, but women are still perceived as a minority. Thus it leads to less self-confidence than the chauvinist male. Scripture also enforces the beliefs that women are inferior, and as the matriarchs of the family, they want to pass their spiritual beliefs down to their offspring.
No One Wants To Buck The Norm - Who would want to take on the daunting task of challenging the norm of society? No one wants to be an outsider, so they tend to follow the flock of sheep to blend in. But following the herd isn't always the most scientific way. Imagine if Copernicus or Galileo followed the herd when they said the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around? Imagine if Christopher Columbus followed the herd when he said the earth was not flat? If science points the other direction, then majority opinion shouldn't sway the facts. But logical proof and reasoning are threatening to the church. This is why they cry blasphemy to anyone who challenges them.
Repeated Fallacies Become Believable - Have you ever been told that you are terrible at math and then come to find out you're not so bad afterall? If a teacher or a parent have drilled it into your head that you are bad at something, you're going to start to believe it whether it's true or not. This is the same with the religious teachings. They have been believed all of these years and repeated, therefore they must be true! Repetition is another method of brainwashing. If you hear something enough, you tend to believe it, even if it seems completely wrong.
Just as an added bonus, I thought I would throw in the seven strongest predictors of belief in God by Michael Shermer:
1. being raised in a religious manner
2. parents’ religiosity
3. lower levels of education
4. being female
5. a large family
6. lack of conflict with parents
7. being younger
Mr. Shermer used to be a fundamentalist Christian, but deconverted after exploring other options.
And these are the most common reasons people believe in God. When rational-thinking, free thought, and reason are thrown into the mixture, they begin to gain self-confidence to question what they've been spoon-fed and make a decision for themselves, not what someone else wants them to believe.
Here's a short little video that demonstrates exactly how no one can really get into Heaven.
- History. It's inconceivable that during the alleged time of Jesus no one bothered to write down anything about this most extraordinary person, yet we have nothing. Even the earliest Bible reference to Jesus dates to at least A.D. 64, and the first Gospel, the Gospel of Mark, dates to at least A.D. 70 (and probably to A.D. 170).
- Comparative Religion shows that the story of Jesus already existed in numerous religions prior to the alleged time of Jesus. Chrishna, Horus, Orpheus, Bacchus, Osiris, Dionysus, Buddha, Apollo, Hercules, Adonis, Ormuzd, Mithras, Indra, Œdipus, Quetzalcoatle, etc. The motif of a Crucified Savior was already extant prior to the alleged time of Jesus.
- Solar Mythology shows the story of Jesus is just an allegory for the sun passing through the Zodiac and the passage of the seasons of the year. Jesus travels throughout his one year ministry, and the description of his travels exactly match that of the sun traveling through the Zodiac during the year. Here we have the origin of the Jesus story. This common origin explains why all the stories of crucified saviors are essentially the same.
- The "holy trinity" originates from the early Egyptian gods, Isis, Osiris, and Horus. These three were worshipped together as a trio and were all considered holy.
- Also Isis was considered a virgin, and her son, Horus, was born of a virgin birth from Isis. Images of Isis holding Horus are almost identical to the Madonna holding the baby Jesus.
- Their legends also include a resurrection and crucifixion, which enabled their followers to believe that they could rise again and cheat death.
- In the Hindu religion, one of the gods worshipped by them is called "Krishna". He is comparable to Jesus in that he was also born of a virgin.
- Both Krishna and Jesus are considered to be the human form of god.
- Both Krishna and Jesus had fathers who were carpenters and considered of royal descent.
- Both Krishna and Jesus had the divine title of "Savior".
- Both Krishna and Jesus were crucified between two thieves.
- The Greek God, Dionysus, performed miracles on earth - including turning water into wine.
- Dionysus was also crucified as well.
- Other Gods who came before Jesus that were also born of a virgin birth include: Adonis and Hermes.
|Baptized with water by Anup||Baptized with water by John|
|Anup, the baptizer||John, the baptist|
|Born in Annu, the place of bread||Born in Bethlehem, the house of bread|
|The Good Shephard with the crook upon his shoulders||The Good Shephard with the lamb/kid upon his shoulders|
|Seven onboard the boat with Horus||Seven fishers onboard the boat with Jesus|
|The lamb||The lamb|
|The lion||The lion|
|Identified with the Tat or the Cross||Identified with the Cross|
|Of twelve years||Of twelve years|
|Made a man of 30 years in his baptism||Made a man of 30 years in his baptism|
|Horus the Krst||Jesus the Christ|
|The manifesting Son of God||The manifesting Son of God|
|Trinity of Atum the Father, Horus the Son, and Ra the Holy Spirit||Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit|
|The first Horus as the child of a virgin, the second as the son of Ra||Jesus as the child of a virgin, the Christ as the son of the father|
|The sower and Set the destroyer||The sower and Satan the destroyer|
|Carried off by Set to the summit of Mount Heep||Spirited away by Satan into an exceedingly high mountain|
|Set/Horus contending on the mount||Satan/Jesus contending on the mount|
|The Star was the announcer of the birth of Horus||The Star of the East indicated the birthplace of Jesus|
|The avenger||Who brings the sword|
|As lu-em-Hetep, who comes with peace||The bringer of peace|
|The afflicted one||The afflicted one|
|The type of life eternal||The type of eternal life|
|The child teacher in the temple||The child teacher in the temple|
|The mummy bandage woven without seam||The vesture of Christ was without a seam|
|Twelve followers as Har-Khutti||Twelve followers as the disciples|
|The revelation written down by Aan||The revelation written down by John|
|The saluter Aani, who bears witness to the word of Ra and the testimony of Horus||John bears witness to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ|
|The secret of the Mysteries revealed by Taht-Aan||The secret of the Mysteries made known by John|
|The Morning Star||The Morning Star|
|Gives the Morning Star to his followers||Gives the Morning Star to his followers|
|The name of Ra on the head of the deceased||The name of the Father written on the forehead|
|The Paradise of the Pole Star-Am-Khemen||The Holy City lighted by one luminary, that is neither the Sun nor Moon|
|The Har-Shesu, servants of Horus||The servants of Jesus|
SOURCE: All of the above information has been taken from "The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You To Read".
Also there is another source of this same info in movie form called "Zeitgeist". It's a three-part movie which is a good watch. The first part deals with the myth of Jesus Christ and how Christianity borrowed it's major themes from other religions. Also the movie explores the facts that several former gods were also considered to be born on December 25th, born of virgins, crucified, and risen again.
Another great article on comparative religions located at: http://members.cox.net/deleyd/religion/c
Ya know what's really funny with the Westboro church people? I actually admire them for knowing their dogma and sticking up for their beliefs, as ridiculous as they might be.
I mentioned this topic to a friend and her response "Well, they're not true Christians. You can't judge all Christianity by the workings of this one fringe group."
My response: Yeah they actually ARE true Christians. Ya know, the ones that actually read the Bible? I asked my friend if she had read the Bible and she admitted that she had not.
So just think about that. This is what gets me so mad. These people are preaching hate and intolerance under the name of God. The Westboro Baptist Church is actually textbook Christianity from over the years. Remember when people were killed when they weren't Christian? Remember when men that own slaves justified their actions because it said it was okay in the Bible? They ARE true Christians, my friend. It is the moderate Christian who lies, cheats, commits adultery, and commits other hypocritical sin and yet still goes to church on Sunday who are not true Christians.
This will only help to prove our case that the Bible is NOT the word of God, and it was written by first century man who didn't have the science and technologies that we have today. Thereby exposing the lies and fallacy of the entire Christian religion.
1. The Bible says the world is flat.
Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the [flat] circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.
Ezekiel 7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land [four corners of a flat square].
Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. [the mountain covered a flat area on the entire earth]
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. [every eye on earth seeing him could only happen on a flat earth]
** The world being flat was generally accepted by scholars until the times of Galileo and Copernicus. And when Christopher Columbus made his world famous voyage around the world to prove it wasn't flat. But how come God didn't know this in the first century??
2. God says insects and birds have four legs.
Leviticus 11:20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
Leviticus 11:21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
Leviticus 11:23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
** Now God allegedly created these beings, wouldn't he know how many legs they have?? This is just preposterous.
3. God says that rabbits and rodents chew their cud.
Deuteronomy 14:7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney [a term for an extinct type of rodent]: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.
** Science tells us that only animals with compartmentalized stomachs (such as cows) can chew their cud. Cows have four stomachs and rabbits and rodents do not. You would think God would know this since he created these animals.
4. The Bible believes in mythical beings such as giants, dragons, and unicorns.
Deuteronomy 2:10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;
Deuteronomy 2:11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
Deuteronomy 2:20 That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
Deuteronomy 2:21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead
Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
** It is a widely held believe that none of these mythological, fabled beings exist. Science has no proof of their existence and they are thought of by the majority as superstition.
Other religious first century beliefs included the belief that the sun revolved around the earth, that the mentally ill and epileptic were possessed by Satan, and that God killed everyone in the great flood except for those on Noah's Ark. Nevermind that the Grand Canyon is actually older than the time of the flood and has no evidence of ever having held flood water. The first century people couldn't have possibly known of its existence being on another continent, thereby they made up this great flood story.
The Vatican themselves hold councils when science proves a new theory and then they have to come up with a way that science fits in with the theories of The Bible. I can only imagine these meetings are like "oh shit, what do we do now?? They're onto us!" It has only been within the last 20 years that they have forgiven poor Galileo for not committing heresy and for actually being right about the earth revolving around the sun.
More Bible fallacies and falsehoods. When will people realize that the Bible is full of contradiction and just plain untruths. There is no way that a perfect God could have written such inaccurate information. It HAD to have been written by man, thereby throwing out the entire core of the Christian religion.