Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bible God is cruel, unjust& blood-thirsty

Who is God? People speak of him as if they know everything about Him. Do they know anything? Is it not a mere concept passed on to us by ancient man who invented him to explain his own life, wondrous nature phenomena, and calamities beyond his power and about which he knew nothing. He thought of a creator to explain what he perceived. What was this God doing before the creation? Where did come from and where does He live? Where is heaven?

The Bible speaks of his anger, vengeance, tyranny and is pictured as an ethnic maniac who loved the smell of burnt blood, and fatty flesh. In the Bible He has committed more crimes than Hitler and Napoleon combined.  He beheads the firstborn, massacres people and armies brutally, annihilates entire human race in a deluge, burns cities like Sodom and Gomorrah, persuades incest and rape of virgins; He oppresses women,  encourages slavery, and is obsessed with his tribe, Israel. Even to them He is a terror. (kindly read OT books)

This is not the picture of a Universal Being who loves all his creation. There is no element of love anywhere in the Bible at all. Even the greatest criminal does not deserve to be roasted in raging fire for all times. But God has been doing it from day one. He pushed one third of the angels into eternal fire as they failed to owe full allegiance to Him. When the first parents failed in the test, He started producing every instrument of pain –thistles, thorns, barren lands, famines, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, deadly quakes, horrendous plagues, various diseases, including contagious ones which obliterated human societies and punishment in hell after death!.  People have been dying like insects down here. More than half of all people who have so far taken birth have died before the age of 15! Is He a monster who loves creating and butchering people for his fiendish joy?  He does so by creating the psychotic, the feeble minded, the crippled, the blind, the deaf and so many other invalids.    

He consistently demonstrates a love for inflicting suffering upon his creation. He sent the test knowing very well they would fail. Further, to ensure that the first parents failed, he sent a wily serpent to tempt Eve. If He is all-knowing he should have desisted form such a foolish decision as He knew the result. But he did make them fail and brought in the all the imaginable and unimaginable cruelties.  All this goes well with His fiendish nature.

His plan for man’s salvation looks to be quite silly. He being all powerful He could have simply forgiven them or as mentioned already he could have simply avoided the test. For a momentary disobedience how can this God punish all the descendants of the first parents-trillions of innocent people- and make their life horrendous in this life and in the after life? Wild beasts had torn them apart in the beginning; people have been dying without food or water and due to the other reasons mentioned above. Pain is the only reality He sends to man.
God has promised man that he would answer all his prayers. In reality not a single prayer has been answered. He foretold that he would come with all the splendors in clouds to make the final judgment in Jesus' own time; but nothing has happened. He has asked people to multiply like the sands on the shores and He would take care of them like He does the birds of the air. But they are in extreme poverty sans food, sans cloth and sans food. He does not keep even his promises. He speaks of salvation only to those who are baptized and who follow His commandments. But people follow their own God thinking theirs is the true One. Why does He not let all people know who the true God is and how to gain eternal life?

There cannot be a God like what the Christians believe.

But there has been some notion of some kind of a god throughout history. Some others say He is above all comprehension. Anyway, from what is going on it is certain He is not loving, compassionate or merciful, but cruel, monstrous unjust and blood-thirsty.   

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bible is totally man-made

There is no evidence to support the claim made by Christians that the Bible speaks about the true God.  Bible is neither historical nor authentic; but it is a collection of 66 books cobbled together by unconnected men of antiquity who depended extensively on the myths and stories of their times, spanning over 2000 years. There are more than enough contradictions and falsehoods to prove that the Bible is not God- inspired. Entire sections of the text have been redacted over time. We do not know about the authors and there is no evidence or documental proof for the contents.
Where is the evidence for God’s love for humans?

He created men to torture them in hell for all times, it seems. Immediately after the creation, He sends a test knowing very well they will fail and even assigns the wily serpent to tempt them. Later he made them suffer in every way. They take birth and die often like insects in the natural calamities like volcanic eruptions,earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and in plagues like cholera, small pox and famines. Horrendous diseases are hounding man –cancer, blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes- and they suffer the ordeal. There are billions who cannot have a meal a day or a covering over their head. Man has been in pain ever since his appearance here. If there is an omnipotent ordaining the lives of man, He must be a monster who enjoys people's suffering and dying like ants.

If there had been a real Jesus it does not prove anything at all

The gospels are not historical documents but were written a century or so after Jesus’ death in Greek -that was unknown to Jesus or his disciples-and that too in places far away from where he is said to have lived and preached-by unknown preachers who did not have any firsthand knowledge of the man at all.  They were written after the Greek, Egyptian and Roman gods who were born of virgins and  who performed many miracles and who were killed and who rose up again and ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of their father.  

Whatever they wrote were based on hearsay upon hearsay upon hearsay accounts of early Christians who had started believing the Messiah had already come.   Still there are so many contradictions between the 4 gospels: the genealogy given by Mark and Matthew do not match at all.  There is the glaring Elijah controversy.  The gospel writers know nothing about the early years of his birth.  The birth stories, the census and references to Roman rulers are historically wrong.

For Mark, Luke an Matthew Jesus was a son of man but for John he is the Almighty God himself. There are many other mismatches between them. Mark, Luke and Matthew mention only one Passover in his time but John mentions three.  According to John his ministry lasted 3 years but the synoptic gospels mention only one year’s public life. He is known as a Nazarene although there was no mention of the town Nazareth in any document until the 4th century! The gospel authors even invented his habitat!       
The contemporary historians of Jesus’ time are totally silent about him. There is no artifact, dwelling, self-written manuscript, court record, eyewitness testimony, official diary, birth record, or book. Nothing survives from the time in which he is said to have lived.

The New Testament, as a whole, contains many other internal inconsistencies as a result of its piecemeal construction. Like the Old Testament, it too had entire books and sections redacted. The Biblical account of Jesus has striking similarities with other mythologies and texts and many of his supposed teachings existed prior to his time. It is likely the character was either partly or entirely invented amalgamating the Greco-Roman, Egyptian mythical gods, their stories  and prophecies. 

Even if Jesus’ existence could be established, this would in no way validate Christian theology or any element of the story portrayed in the Bible, such as the performance of miracles or his resurrection. Simply because it is conceivable a heretical Jewish preacher named Yeshua lived circa 30 AD, had followers and was executed, does not imply God himself walked around Palestine at that time. 

The whole story of Jesus, the savior and the grand design of God breaks down when we accept the story of evolution. If evolution is accepted there is no Adam and eve; there is no first sin and there is no need for a grand design from God to save mankind an there is no need for even the Bible itself or the Christian God.   

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Why atheism spreads?

The non-religious are the fastest growing group in USA and perhaps in the whole world. In Europe, Australia and Canada most people are secular and the ornate churches are empty. This trend is catching on in the Unites States and in the other nations too. College students are fast becoming non-religious. Hundreds of secular free thinking campus organizations are springing up everywhere. Atheists’ books such as Sam Harris’ “ End of faith,” Daniel Dennett’s, “Breaking the Spell,” Richard Dawkins’ “God delusion” and   Christopher Hitchens’s “God is not Great”  are phenomenal successes.  
You can’t believe if you don’t have the freedom not to believe. I was convinced of my faith and later  I was unconvinced of my faith.  I still basically maintain the Christian values such as kindness, love, giving and temperance.  But I have become a humane atheist. My change of mind is an indictment of Christianity itself.

Which god is true? Which religion is true? Who knows? There have been innumerable wars, communal riots and hatred thinking one’s god is superior to the other. Islam tries to convert Christians into its fold and Christianity tries to convert Muslims. American protestant evangelists try to convert Catholics into their group. Every sect tries to bring believers form other sects into its fold. Every religion and its followers think their god is the real and mightier one.

Children and people have died like insects since man’s appearance here in plagues and contagious diseases; in natural calamities like flood, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis; without adequate food, water and medical help. The so called loving god has been very indifferent and is definitely unconcerned about man down here. There is no 'eye' seeing the poor and the sick suffer. The only eye is the impersonal eye of natural selection, which is a process of survival and not a careful loving god’s eye.

 Most of the Christians have invested a lot of their time, resources and energy in Christianity and they would not want to hear an atheist as that will not get any merit from their community. Many Christians have only little familiarity with the Bible; yet they think what they believe is the truth.  Church pews are filled with Biblical illiterate worshipers. Even the least knowledgeable atheist knows enough to judge Bible’s unreliability or irrelevance. How many Christians know about Islam? Yet they feel qualified to discard Koran and Islam which is followed by millions around the world. Is a Christian rejection of Hinduism based on an extensive study of the Vedas and the Upanishads?  Is it fair for Catholicism to reject Judaism the original religion promoted by their own God?  The important question must not be whether Christianity is popular but whether it is true?

Religious believers generally agree that the evidence for God is very weak and feeble. The arguments for God is convincing only if you are predisposed to believing them.  The theists give no independent means of testing their spiritual insight. Truth does not ask to be believed; it can be tested. Scientists do not gather in a church or temple to pray we believe in gravity….what goes up must come down…. they know it. Faith is something you do not understand or know. I prefer freedom to the chains of the nonsense of orthodoxy.

The believer loses a lot by his faith. He diminishes this life by preferring the myth of an afterlife. Rejecting religion can be a positive and a liberating experience. That could be the reason why academics and scientists (least religious community) in general have become far less religious than the common believers.  Free thinkers have always been in the forefront of social and moral progress. Non-believers have more time and hence they have more ability to make this world a better place.
Religions arose due to various natural reasons: fear of death and of the unknown, ignorance of the nature phenomena, helplessness and dreams.     

Theists give no independent means of testing their spiritual insight. There is no evidence that the theists are moral than atheists; in fact the contrary is true as evidenced by centuries of religious violence which continue even now. Further they do not know which god is the true one-Christian/Islamic/Hindu one. Believers have a bigger risk than non-believers. Suppose Allah is stronger than Yahweh, he will roast Christians forever.

The stories of the Bible are just stories and Jesus is simply a myth.  Gospels were written AD70-140 In Greek by preachers who wanted to project Jesus as a god like the pagan ones form whom they incorporated virgin birth, miracles, dying and resurrection. The Old Testament stories can be found in many of the other earlier myths. If you know the Bible impartially you will discard your faith and become an atheist. Our descendants will not even listen to such primitive beliefs.  


Friday, October 23, 2015

Universe or life does not need a god

There are scientists who think of Human beings like brain controlled biological robots with no soul or free will. The question of a religion or god does not arise then. But religious people look at this world and life here from the heart and brain of their faith and they see a God behind the creation of the universe and man’s life here. The believers are perhaps in a drunken state and they feel ‘high’ with their belief in God unlike the sober non believers who have their feet firm on the soil below. As to a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail, those who are believers see god everywhere.

 Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics just like the formation of earth and life in it was an inevitable event. Because there is gravity there will be big crunches and big bangs without the aid of any external force whatsoever. Hawking has said, ‘because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. The existence of God (first mover) is no longer necessary to explain how the universe was created or is moving forward. In the quantum world of subatomic particles the law of cause and effect no more holds good; a big bang could emanate without a real cause.   ,  

  There must be thousands of stars out there with earth-like planets with probably life in there. Ignorance due to great distances does not necessitate the need for making earth remarkable or life here unique. This was thought of by man  to bring in a god who alone could design such a wonderful thing. It is simply a byproduct of a sun-like star of an ever evolving universe. The relative mass of the earth and the sun and its distance from the star are not remarkable occurrences. There must be plenty of such combinations in this vast universe; as distances involved are too big we may not have been able to locate similar combinations so far. Among the infinite number of permutations and combinations in star-planets formations, combinations similar to ours are quite possible and probable. No wonder some scientists are thinking seriously about extra terrestrial life and aliens who might colonize us.       

 There is no need to invoke God to guide our lives or  to set the universe going.  There is no soul and there is no god who interferes with man’s life. As Einstein has mentioned feeble souls harbor such thoughts out of fear  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bible God loved incest?

There is a lot of sex in the Bible including incest. See a  few of the incestuous narrations:
Cain's Incest
“And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived, and brought forth Henoch: and he built a city, and called the name thereof by the name of his son Henoch.” (Genesis 4:16-17)
Cain was the first born son of Adam and Eve, and Abel was the second. In the fourth chapter of Genesis we read how Cain kills his brother and is sent east of Eden where he “lays” with a woman.  Because Adam and Eve were the first humans – from whom all people come – Cain’s woman was either his sister which cannot be as there is no mention of a sister to Cain until this incident. So the woman had to be Eve herself–his own mother. All the early Biblical relationships were incestuous –either between son and mother or between brother and sister (with the exception of Adam and Eve). God wanted incest to happen (he could have created a number of women and men so that incest never happened).  
Abraham marries his half-sister
Howbeit, the daughter of my father, and not the daughter of my mother, and I took her to wife. And after God brought me out of my father’s house, I said to her: Thou shalt do me this kindness: In every place, to which we shall come, thou shalt say that I am thy brother. (Genesis 20:12-13)
Abraham married his half-sister Sara in Ur. The King of Gerara took her from Abraham, Annoyed, God sent the King a dream to tell him that he would be destroyed for taking a woman who already had a husband. This shows that God approved of the marriage between the brother and sister. The King returned Sara to Abraham and they remained together as a couple until she died at the age of 127 and Abraham died 38 years later at 175.  
Lot has sex with and his daughters
“And the elder daughter said to the younger one: ‘Our father is old, and there is no man left on the earth, to come in unto us after the manner of the whole earth. Come, let us make him drunk with wine, and let us lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.’ And they made their father drink wine that night: and the elder went in and lay with her father: but he perceived not neither when his daughter lay down, nor when she rose up. And the next day the elder said to the younger: Behold I lay last night with my father, let us make him drink wine also to night, and thou shalt lie with him, that we may save seed of our father. They made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in, and lay with him: and neither then did he perceive when she lay down, nor when she rose up. So the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father. (Genesis 19:31-36)
The two daughters had sex with their father and Lot could thus preserve his family line. Incidentally, this all happened shortly after they had fled from Soddom and Gomorrah which was destroyed by God for its immorality. Nine months later, the daughters gave birth to two sons, Moab (father of the Moabites), and Ammon (father of the Ammonites).
Nachor marries his niece 
And Thare lived seventy years, and begot Abram, and Nachor, and Aran. And these are the generations of Thare: Thare begot Abram, Nachor, and Aran. And Aran begot Lot. And Aran died before Thare his father, in the land of his nativity in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nachor married wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai: and the name of Nachor’s wife, Melcha, the daughter of Aran, father of Melcha, and father of Jescha. (Genesis 11:26-29)
This is one of those complex ‘generations’ quotes that are found throughout the early stages of the Bible, but if you pay close attention you can see that Nachor (Abraham’s brother) married Melcha (his niece). Phrases like these cover up incest in a number of places.
Fatal Orgasm
"And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also." (Genesis 38:7-10)

According to interpretations of the Bible, Onan removed his penis from his partner's vagina before he ejaculated so that his seed fell onto the ground and for this God slew him.  If someone refuses to commit incest, God kills him!                                                                                     

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oppression of women starts in the Bible

Women are considered evil in the Bible. Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.
God gets angry with Adam and Eve for eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Although God punishes both for disobeying his directions, He places the majority of the blame on Eve for tempting her husband. God says to Eve, “thy desire is to be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16). God wanted women to live subservient to man. We see God punishing Eve more in the Genesis . She is made to suffer and bring forth children in pain. And the harsh punishment to Eve is applied to the entire women to come after her. This is unjust and can only be construed as a prejudiced decision of God to oppress the females. 
God permits the sexual violation of women on more than one occasion. See Deuteronomy 22:28-30 "If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives." The compensation for raping a woman is paying a few shekels to the father of the girl!  God’s idea of justice for the female victim is horrendous indeed. God punishes her again by forcing her to marry the man who savagely attacked her chastity.  This is a disgusting.

If a man rapes an engaged virgin who doesn’t cry loud enough to draw attention, the community should consider the attack consensual if it took place within the city. Then the whore must be stoned to death as per God’s instructions. The man will be stoned to death as well, not because he committed a brutal atrocity against the woman, but only because he violated another man’s wife.” (Deuteronomy 22:24). This passage and the previous one show the shameful contrast in disciplinary action between raping a woman with a husband and raping a woman without a husband. Raping a married woman is punishable by death as he violated another man’s wife. Raping a virgin can be resolved by paying a few pieces of silver. God is so much obsessed with offending a man (husband) that he punishes the rapist, who offends him, with death. Double standard? Yes.

Fathers could sell their daughters as slaves to other men. See Exodus 21:7-8 Girls who engaged in prostitution could be burned! Read Leviticus 21:9 "And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire."
There is no prostitution without the involvement of men but they are not to be touched! If there is an adulteress there is an adulterer too. The adulterer goes scot free and the adulteress is to be burnt. Is this justice? 

The birth of a daughter is less desirable :(Leviticus 12:2-5) if a woman gives birth to a baby boy  she becomes unclean for 7 days. But if she gives birth to a baby girl, then she becomes unclean for 14 days!

Among those who have several wives and/or concubines are Gideon, Elkanah, David, Rehoboam, Abijah, and Solomon. Collecting more wives and sex slaves was a sign of status In the Old Testament books. King Solomon had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, Solomon was a great hero of the Jewish people.

 Women were just like any other possession of men: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Exodus 20:17.

Brides, who were not virgins or who did not have their hymen intact (as a sign of virginity) had to be killed.  “If, however the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.” Deuteronomy 22:20-21. But why there is no punishment mentioned for non-virgin men? Women would become non virgins only If men violated their own virginity. But why punish women alone on this account, you silly God?  

After winning a war with the Midianites Moses, as God had instructed him to do, asks to ave for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” Numbers 31:14-18. Even God receives thirty-two virgins as his share of the spoils, but they’re handed over to the priest. The reserved virgins will be raped  of course. Why God permits rape on virgins? The “women children” mentioned are young girls. The barbaric savages capable of killing defenseless women wouldn’t have waited for the children to reach puberty to have sex with them.

A woman’s vow is binding only if her father or husband agrees to them. “. . A woman’s vow is meaningless unless approved by her husband or father. But if her husband nullifies them when he hears about them, then none of the vows or pledges that came from her lips will stand. Her husband has nullified them, and the LORD will release her. Her husband may confirm or nullify any vow she makes or any sworn pledge to deny herself. Numbers 30:1-16. Man’s power and superiority over women is blatantly evident here.   
There cannot be any justification for the special status that Abraham’s God gave to males making women their possessions meant for child-bearing and sex gratification. Fundamentalists are still fighting desperately to hang on to the special treatment men had and the privileges they used to enjoy in the Abrahamic faith. The early books of the Bible-all of them-show that God ordained men to rule over women.

  Several atrocities are perpetrated against women in the Bible. See some of them: a woman given away as a prize (Judges 1:12-13); another offered as a sacrifice (Judges 11:29-39); married daughters given to other people (Judges 15:2). In Judges 19:22-30 we read about the rape, murder, and mutilation of women by a mob. There are several instances of abduction of women as in Judges 21:7-23 and purchasing of wives as in (Ruth 4:10 and 1 Samuel 18:25-27).  God allows David’s sons to sleep with his wives and concubines and the poor women later get punished and imprisoned for the adventure of David’s son as per the desire of the Almighty (2 Samuel 12:11-12, 16:22, 20:3). 
There are instances where God torments women in the books of prophecy (from Isaiah through Malachi). In Jeremiah 13:22 we find justification for a woman being raped. Ezekiel 18:6 denounces menstruation; Nahum 3:13 ridicules an army by labeling them women;  Zechariah 11:4 speaks about taking part in a war that concludes with women being raped.

We find in the book of proverbs sayings that reiterate how women can be evil, strange, adulterous, foolish, contentious, and so on. The book concludes that virtuous woman is a rarity. If we find one such woman, she’s worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10). The implication seems to be that men are by far virtuous and good.  

Women oppressed in the New Testament too.

The Old Testament outlook on women continues in the New Testament. St. Paul puts women under men. Peter also agrees with him in that women should submit to their husbands. He can divorce her but she cannot. She has no choice but to comply with her husband’s orders if she is to obey the scripture. The books of Peter also forbid women to wear any type of decorative jewelry to adorn their bodies (1 Peter 3:2-6). He refers to women as the weaker vessel of the couple (1 Peter 3:7). He deems Lot to be a righteous man even though he once offered his daughters as a suitable alternative for his male guests to homosexual rapists surrounding his house (2 Peter 2:8 referring to Genesis 19:4-8). A man with the immoral qualities of Lot cannot be regarded as righteous unless you discount the inherent rights of all people, more specifically, the inherent rights of women.

Paul, the most important figure in shaping, spreading and getting Christianity to where it is today, is unfortunately the most oppressive man you’ll find in the New Testament. Paul is very adamant in his belief that women aren’t useful for much more than sexually satisfying their husbands. He even remarks that it’s good for a man to refrain from touching a woman, but he realizes the need for a man to have sexual contact and permits each to have a wife (1 Corinthians 7:1-2). Paul also tells a story in his letter to the Romans about men “leaving the ‘natural use’ of the woman” to have sexual relations with other men (Romans 1:27). The passage is more or less saying that the natural use of a woman is to function as a derogatory sexual outlet for a man. He continues to spread his bigoted beliefs in a letter to the Corinthians by unambiguously declaring man to be the head of the woman, similar to the way that Jesus is the authority figure for men. Paul also says women are the glory of men and men the glory of Christ and Christ the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 11:3-9). He placed women far below men.

      Paul also establishes a few ground rules before men can bring their women to church. Women are to choose between concealing their heads and having their hair completely shaven. In the epistles of the apostles we read: ‘Women should learn in subjugation and silence. They do not have authority over men and they should not teach. Women must keep silent in Churches. It is shameful for them to open their mouths therein. If they have a question they should ask their husbands before going to church and then their husbands will ask for them in the church. She should always cover her head while praying. If a woman prays with her head uncovered then she must shave her head.’ 1 Corinthians 14:34, Colossians 3:18, Ephesians 5:22-24. Is there anything dirty about the head of a woman? What will befall if women ask their doubts directly?  Paul was a direct representative of the patriarchal society of his time. There is nothing godly in this.  

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. Adam and Eve were not equal. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. He was created in the image and glory of God and Eve in his image. . Adam neither got deceived nor sinned but Eve did both (1 Timothy 2: 11-15). The male chauvinists of the Bible times too degraded women in every possible way.

Early Christian saints see women as devil’s gateway

Listen to early Church Father Tertullian, a renowned Catholic theologian: “You [woman] are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert—that is, death—even the Son of God had to die.” 

Saints like St. Augustine said: ‘Woman is a snare, her heart is a trap, and her hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but she will ensnare the sinner.’ While it is possible to find one upright man in every thousand, it is impossible to find even one single upright woman.’ How absurd!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Can Man Conquer Death?

Do you know who lived longest in the world? As per the records available to us, it is Jean Louise Calment of France. She lived 122 years. She was born on Feb21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997). The American, Carry white, comes second  and she lived for 116 years. She was born on  Nov.18 1874 and died on Feb.14, 1991. It is generally believed that man’s maximum life span is 120-125 years. Each one –however mighty he might be- has to say final adieu around that age.

But the average life-span is hovering around 80 in the advanced nations 

Man had been dreaming to overcome death from the time he became capable of thinking. But death still haunts man and he has not been able to extend his life span by any appreciable stretch.    How to conquer death, how to delay ageing? Man has always been after these.  Food control, exercise, the conquest of bacteria and viruses et all haves not helped him to push death any further. Well, they have helped him live youthfully even in advanced ages. But man’s life-span hover around where it was:  he still cannot live beyond  120-125 years.   

According to Aubrey de Grey, a British researcher, man is on the verge of conquering death. He believes that a man who will live 1000 years has already been born. Dr. Ray Kurzweil thinks  that man can  live forever. Whatever man conceived and believed he has achieved. And he has been consistently dreaming to conquer death. Who knows there might come a time when man will die when he wants to. 

Ben Abba, an American, claims in the net to have met a man 2800 years old! He has been living around the Mediterranean sea. He speaks Aramaic, the language of Jesus and has photographed himself with  Marie Curie.  A wild imagination? Can man live beyond 125 years? Researchers believe that  if  Calorie Control is effected from very young days the whole process of ageing can be slowed down and man will be able to live beyond 150. But will man be able to conquer death? 

Anti-aging pills can be used to halt the production of free radicals that cause to increase damage within the body as we age. Researchers are also considering whether compounds like resveratrol (found in red wine) could be effective in pill form. It might have the ability to interfere with the aging process. Some scientists think that telomerase, an enzyme that mends protective coverings on cells, is the answer. Others hope, human growth hormone might do wonders.

Ray Kurzweil claims that by 2045 humans will become one with machines. Flesh and blood aren't ideal materials for longevity, so we'll turn to a bit more durable stuff.  Some futurists envision a time when computer will serve as backup for our brain and silicone parts will replace our frail limbs.
Aubrey de Grey says if you can just last 25 years more, your lives could last 1,000 years or more. “Our human genomes will be modified to include the genetic material of microorganisms that live in the soil, enabling us to break down the junk proteins that our cells amass over time and which they can't digest on their own. People will have the option of looking and feeling the way they did at 20 for the rest of their lives, or opt for an older look if they get bored. Of course, everyone will be required to go in for age rejuvenation therapy once every decade or so, but that will be a small price to pay for near-immortality.”

Fixing the ageing problem is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life. Mankind is working on its age-old dream of tapping the fountain of youth, to reverse engineer the biology that controls lifespan and devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Man is trying hard to help himself. No God has ever done it. Man with his singular efforts controlled diseases and plagues. But he has never been able to stop the ageing process. If he succeeds in it, we will have another death of the Christian God.