Everyone is born atheist.
Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.
I’ve begun worshiping the Sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the Sun. It’s there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There’s no mystery, no one asks for money, I don’t have to dress up, and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate.
Intelligent design my ass. This planet is >70% water (mostly undrinkable), and otherwise largely frozen or scorching hot; destined to be burned up and swallowed by the sun; inside a galaxy headed for collision with another one; floating in a shooting gallery and being constantly bombarded; in a universe that will slow and freeze in complete darkness. Don’t even get me started on our bodies and the fact that any infinite number of components could shutdown or explode at any minute and kill us; the fact we breath and eat/drink through the same hole; low resolution limited vision; giving birth is complicated, painful and potentially fatal; the areas that give us the most pleasure are located adjacent to the most disgusting ones; we constantly require air, potable water, food, sleep; etc. etc.
You know, one of the signs that the second coming, is that the stars will fall out of the sky and land on Earth. To even write that means you don’t know what those things are. You have no concept of what the actual universe is. So everybody who tried to make proclamations about the physical universe based on Bible passages got the wrong answer… So what happened was, when science discovers things, and you want to stay religious, or you want to continue to believe that the Bible is unerring, what you would do is you would say, ‘Well, let me go back to the Bible and reinterpret it.’ Then you’d say things like, ‘Oh, well they didn’t really mean that literally. They meant that figuratively.’
And I am the only thing that’s controlling
My functions, my habits, and hands
And I’m alone in the vastness
I take my chances
And I am holding all my horses tight
We’ve become breathlessly dark
And we’re coming up for light