Twenty Random Facts

In anticipation for my book release at the end of this month. Here are twenty random, interesting facts.

  1. MSG is not actually bad for you
  2. The planet Saturn would float in water
  3. Each day, up to 150 species become extinct
  4. The Bible is the most shoplifted book in history
  5. Over 106 billion humans have walked the Earth
  6. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body
  7. Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions
  8. People have known the Earth was round for about 2,000 years, not 500 years
  9. You can survive for perhaps 15 to 30 seconds in space, provided your lungs are emptied of air
  10. There are more stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth
  11. The etymology of the word “dessert” is “to deserve,” so go ahead and eat that cup cake, you deserve it
  12. Knowledge is growing so fast that 90% of what we know in 50 years’ time will be discovered in those 50 years
  13. Hitler was not, in fact, an atheist, and actually thought Islam would be better suited to Germany than Christianity
  14. Adam and Eve did not in fact eat an apple in the Book of Genesis; in the English of King James, the world apple means fruit
  15. Both monkeys and humans evolved from a common ancestor 5 to 7 million years ago, not from monkeys themselves. That’s why monkeys are still here
  16. Your brain’s neurons fire simultaneously at the moment of death, activating every memory you ever had, which fades into a white light; it’s not heaven, it’s neurophysiology
  17. The normal matter of which we are made of, and all that we can see around us, only comprises 1% of the stuff in the Universe. The rest is dark matter and dark energy, and we have no idea what they are, only what some of their properties are
  18. The top five most common elements in the Universe are hydrogen, helium, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen, in that order. The most common elements in your body are hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen, also in that order
  19. Jesus isn’t actually the prophet that the Old Testament prophesied would come, as he didn’t fulfill the four prophecies required of that prophet, shown here in order: build the third temple; gather all Jews back to Israel; usher in world peace and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease; and unite humanity under one God, Yahweh. All four of which he did not achieve
  20. The matter in the universe is so thinly dispersed that the universe can be compared with a building twenty miles long, twenty miles wide, and twenty miles high, containing only a single grain of sand.

7 thoughts on “Twenty Random Facts”

  1. 13. Not accurate – if Hitler believed in any sort of God, he wouldn’t say that he wished that Germany followed the religion of Islam or the religion of the Japanese (you left that out). The quote you are referring to actually suggests that he was, in fact, an atheist creating an ideology to control the masses.

    19. I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove here. The Bible states that Jesus would do those things when he comes for the second time. I’m no expert, but I think the first of those was in fact fulfilled – Jesus taught that the body of a Christian is the new temple of God. We now worship God through our actions.

    1. 13. He was still a practicing Roman Catholic, and seeing as how Islam is an extension of Christianity and Judaism, doesn’t put him at odds with God, indicate he is not an atheist, and even if he was so, does not make atheism dangerous, but religion, for if religion did not exist, he would have had no power with which to brain people.

      19. Whether or not the first was fulfilled, the three others were not. The Old Testament states the saviour must do all of those things to be the saviour! He might have accomplished one…

      1. 13. Hitler’s exact quote that you were referring to was “You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”

        You left out the part about the Japanese and then proceeded to interpret the quote as indicating that “Hitler was not, in fact, an atheist, and actually thought Islam would be better suited to Germany than Christianity”.

        You’ve undoubtedly known many people who believe in God. Can you seriously suggest that anyone who believes in a particular religion (he publicly claimed to be a Christian) wish that the country followed a different religion?:) And, that too, two religions almost completely different in every way!

        I think it would be extremely disingenuous to suggest that Hitler genuinely believed believed in any religion given his quote, and quite ironically, you’re using the same quote to prove that he wasn’t an atheist:) I don’t think you were trying to deceive anyone; perhaps you were not familiar with the exact quote.

        14. Again, I don’t seem to understand what you’re trying to show here. The Bible prophesies that this will occur when Jesus comes a second time (in the future, at the end of the world). It is completely consistent with Christian belief.

        1. Well, logically and historically, Islam is a extension of Christianity and Judaism. They have the same angels, and the angel Gabriel actually states that they are coming back because the first two religions were corrupted and have lost their way. So, logically, I can totally see the connection, especially with the more fervent faith of muslims these days. With the Zen Buddhism of the Japanese, well, and here I speculate, is it not possible that Hitler experienced a lot of cognitive dissonance, and used political thinking in an attempt to further his goals? Cognitive dissonance is a very common part of the human experience in which two completely contradictory beliefs are simultaneously regarded as true, so it is not out of the realm of possibility, especially since we can conclude he was a psychopath.

          To tackle your second point, in Mark 9:1, Jesus himself says that he will return within the lifetime of his followers. So the 2nd coming was supposed to come and gone, so I consider this a moot point.

          Also, the problem, even if we take Hitler as an atheist, is not that he was acting with reason and rationality, but that he placed the Third Reich in the position of the infallible leader, with himself as God, in essence, creating a new dogma. The same goes for Stalin…

          1. First of all, just because Muslims claim Islam to be an extension of Christianity doesn’t make it so. They’ve actually rolled back everything that is in the New Testament that differentiates Christianity from Judaism. It would be more accurate to call it a changed (corrupted, if you like) version of Judaism, with characters like Jesus (who is completely different from the Biblical Jesus) added to it.

            Christianity does claim to be an extension of Judaism (naturally, disputed by the Jews). But the difference is that Christianity does not claim that Judaism is corrupted. Islam claims to be an extension, but it really isn’t – it rejects the beliefs as corrupted.

            Also, Islam isn’t the only post-Christian revelation that claims to have extended Christianity. There have been many other religions and cults. In fact, Jesus warned his followers that there would be false prophets after him.

            But none of this is relevant to the point we were discussing unless you claim that Hitler was a Muslim. Do you? If so, while it would be tempting for me to agree (since the scapegoat is someone else :)) I would still have to disagree. I believe that he was an atheist. His ideas of racial purity can only be seen as Darwinian in the extreme. He hated the Christian ideas of meekness, losing for God’s glory and to convict the other, and the sanctity of life. However, Germany was a Christian majority, so he had to corrupt it.

            Furhter proof, as I stated, is that that he wished Germany to be two completely different religions (Islam and Zen Buddhism) within the same quote – this clearly shows that he believed in no religion, because no religious person would wish others to believe in something else. I think the simplest explanation with the least number of assumptions is preferable to assuming cognitive dissonance. More likely, given the quote as it is, he was an atheist creating propaganda (he didn’t care what it was, as long it was accepted and he could control it) that could control the masses.

            A person doesn’t have to represent God to be unquestioned. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc. didn’t do so. An atheist can also not permit people to question him, by simply being authoritarian. And atheist regimes have not had a good track record – they’ve probably been worse than theist states (of any religion).

            Regarding Mark 9:1, many understand the verse to be referring to the establishment by God’s power of his kingdom on earth in and through the church, which was fulfilled starting with Pentecost. The Second Coming is expected close to the end of the world.

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