Ok, Chilly… and all believers who may be reading this; let's cut to the chase. I know I probably come on a bit strong at times. It is not going to get better from here. Because now, I am going to tell you what it was that “drove a stake in the heart” of Christianity in my personal case.
But before I do… I’d like you all to keep something in mind as you read my words. You might think I am joking, but I am not. Here it is… from an old song that only people around my age will recognize. Ready?
Now, you just keep those words in your head during the course of my little rant, and maybe you will be able to see my point a bit clearer.c’mon people now; smile on your brother; everybody get together – try to love one another right now!
Ok, put your philosophy hats on, here we go.
What do I expect of a God? Excellent question. Well, I suppose that I’d want him to guide us away from the ills of the world. I suppose that I’d want him to show us how to live like brothers. Forget the afterlife for now; let’s talk about how God will help us in THIS life.
Well then. What is the greatest ill of mankind? Well, maybe your idea of what that thing is and what my idea of that thing is happens to be different. Yes, that’s allowed. The problem comes along when we argue which is right. If we simply accepted that we have different points of view, we’d be ok. But we don’t. We each must reaffirm ourselves, myself included, by being right as much as possible.
To me, I just demonstrated the greatest ill of man in that last paragraph. Our seeming inability to accept the diversity of man. Our need to be right. Even worse, our need to cast others down as being wrong. It is this simple reason, that no, Mr. Rodney King, we can’t all just get along. We could if we accepted the diversity of man and the diversity of opinion, but we don’t. Instead, we must all believe that unless you are a conservative like Scrogdog that Scrogdog thinks you are stupid. Unless you are like me, you are wrong. And instead of devoting my life to understanding you, instead I spend it attempting to demonstrate to you why you are wrong.
Even knowing this and understanding this I *still do it*. Sounds like an ill to me, yes.
George Orwell wrote an excellent book once. It is called 1984. If there were any single book in the history of literature that EVERYONE, simply EVERYONE should read, it is Orwell’s 1984. It is a story of a society that has yielded to the weakness I have just described above. It is a story of the people in power setting the rules, demanding conformity, and quietly excising those elements whom, even after “training” are unable to conform to the main stream. Only they can be right. Harmony in society can only be achieved by identifying and eliminating those elements which don’t fit in to a given rule set, established by those who are “right”.
And now, after identifying, to me, the greatest ill of mankind, after admitting that I am too weak to be other than what I am, after thinking that only a god could possibly help us out of this mess, I turn to God and what to I find, my friends?c’mon people now; smile on your brother; everybody get together – try to love one another right now!
I find a God that does EXACTLY the same thing.
I am not done making you mad yet. I can only ask that you try to have clarity of thought through your anger as you ponder what I am about to say.
Think of this. Once upon a time, Nazis, who were supremacists and Uptopians, created something called “concentration camps”. The camps were used to contain those elements which did not “fit in”. The Nazis were, to themselves, “right”. So they made the rules that reinforced their “rightness”. Society can only be "good" if we eliminate those elements which don’t fit in. It was Orwellian horror come true.
God also has a concentration camp. He also judges. He judges us to make sure that we conform, that we have the right patterns of thought, that we believe that Jesus was divine. It does not matter how we lived our lives, impure thought is not allowed in “paradise”. True paradise can only be achieved when the elements that do not fit in are cast in to hell.
This cannot be God. I am sorry. It just CANNOT be. A God would not have the same failings and weaknesses as humans! A true God giving us the real truth would be showing us how to accept the diversity of his creation. He would not be judging people based on human concepts of right and wrong and he certainly would not be casting non-conforming elements of society to eternal torture!c’mon people now; smile on your brother; everybody get together – try to love one another right now!
I will never believe this… I don’t care what the bible says, or how God as spoken to you. In fact, it is this simple thing which demonstrates to me that the bible is 100% uninspired by God and 100% created by man. If anything, if you want to link the bible with some sort of mystical creator, then I would suggest to you that Satan inspired the bible, and you have been misled away from the true intent of God with these words.
I reject God teaching me that way of thinking.
I might accept a God teaching me this;
I know how a lot of you will now attempt to explain to me how God does exactly that and how I have misunderstood. No, my friends, I am afraid that to think that way after reading my post means that YOU are the ones who fail to understand.c’mon people now; smile on your brother; everybody get together – try to love one another right now!
But, that’s ok, brother. I accept that. For now… lol.