I live in an in-between world, religion-wise that is. Although I have long renounced any religion as having anything to offer me but a nice little mythology and an excuse to get and give presents on December 25, I have not given up spirituality. There is something out there, I just don’t know what.
When most people I know about speak of God, they are thinking of a being resembling some sort of super human—all seeing, all hearing, all-knowing, and with a nasty temper. That’s religion. To paraphrase George Carlin, if God is so all-powerful, why does he always need money? Okay, enough of the jokes.
People just can’t seem to let go of the Big Daddy in the sky concept, even though to do so means twisting logic and common sense into loops and knots that a Celtic metal-worker would be proud of.
For example. One of my FaceBook friends posted something that went sort of like this:
God speaking to, someone, or maybe everyone. “If I didn’t give you sickness, how would you know I am a healer? If I didn’t give you pain, how would you know that I am a comforter? If I didn’t give you . . . . .” etc.
This was supposed to be some kind of inspirational something or other. To me it said that for that to be true, God would have to have such low self-esteem that he makes us suffer so that we turn to him for comfort, healing, etc. and know how great he is. It’s like making your child cry just so that he will come to you for comfort and see how good you are. There’s a name for that in psychology, it’s called psychotic.
The other thing that bugs me is how people don’t think this God thing through. When the Chilean miners were stuck underground for so long after a cave-in, they came out and thanked God. Sorry, it was the ingenuity and hard work of caring, thinking people who got them out, not God. They should have asked why God put them down there in the first place. Oh, yeah, see the “If I didn’t give you pain” paragraph above.
The fact that everyone believes that their ideology has the TRUTH and the fact that ideologies are vastly different, enough to cause wars, torture, and mayhem, means that SOMEONE IS WRONG! In my opinion, everyone is wrong in the greater sense and right in the personal sense. Religion, like bad poetry, should be personal, not inflicted on others.
I am going to guess that the vast majority of Christians have not read the Bible thoroughly. If they had, they could not, unless they were completely insane, believe that it was divinely inspired, or that it is literally true. That book is the most unbelievably crazy conglomerate of contradictions and nonsense. It condones slavery, incest, infanticide, patricide, violent subjugation of women, and so much more. But hey, as long as it condemns homosexuality and prostitution, what they Hell. Sorry, I said no more jokes.
Granted, the Catholics say that they don’t take the Bible literally. That’s fine, they have other problems to deal with. Subjugating the strongest drive in the human, sexuality has produced centuries of priests who, shall we say, find sexual outlet in less than socially acceptable ways. Now, I’m not condemning all priests. I’m sure many have dealt with their sexuality the way most other men without a human partner do. Let’s leave it at that.
If God is everything, then God is also evil. If God is not everything, then he/she/it is not omniscient and therefore does not fit the popular idea of God.
There is ample evidence showing how the Christian beliefs, and in fact, most of the major religions of the world, evolved. They had very little to do with a divine, omnipresent being. There is mounting evidence the Jesus’ life story was fabricated for political reasons. If anyone named “Jesus” (not his real name) existed, he was certainly not anything like the contradictory stories about him in the Bible. Hell, the Bible even gets his inception mixed up. Even though Joseph was not supposed to have been the sperm donor, the Bible counts his genealogy through Joseph’s lineage. Most of Jesus’ life was lifted from earlier myths and stories and jammed together to get fearful, superstitious folk to follow along.
It’s quite a racket to get so many people to believe that if they give you money now, you will take care of them in the afterlife. It’s kind of like the company started in the 2011 End of the World scheme. This company promised that for a fee of no small amount, they would take care of your pets when the rapture happened. I understand they got quite a few takers. I guess the consensus was that the people at that company were sinners and would be raptured. Hmmmm.
One of the reasons people take religion at face value is because they are used to it. Other people’s beliefs are wild and crazy only because they are unfamiliar. But come-on talking snakes, instant Adam and Eve, a God impregnating a young woman, walking on water, etc. etc.
Another reason people cling to religion is out of fear. Fear of Hell, and fear that if they give it up they will have to deal with how duped they’ve been, then tell mum and dad that they are no longer in the fold.
It’s all so mindless. But then, I think of how easily things become sacred to humans. Take the Hollywood Sign for example. Some years ago, there was talk of tearing it down. People were outraged. You’d think the world was coming to an end. They forgot that originally the Hollywood sign read, “Hollywoodland.” It was an advertisement for real estate.
Even people in so-called Metaphysics, who talk about being one with God and that God is everything and in everyone, and spout that we are all one. Contradict themselves in their constant thanking God for this and that, and being ever so grateful to God for blessings and gifts. God is either us or not. It can’t be both ways.
I recently pulled back from a spiritual center that I really liked because it has increasingly, to my mind, become so much like a regular religion. No, they don’t have a lot of nonsense rules, and sin, Hell, and stuff like that are thankfully still not a part of it. It just seemed to me to be increasingly religious in that the concept of the Big Daddy in the Sky is hard to let go of.
Now, as I said in the beginning, I have not let go of spirituality. I am a strong believer in
science and I think science will one day discover some kind of glue-force that holds us all together. I think this glue-force includes positive and negative poles. It is these poles that combine in ways that create consciousness.
I believe in life after death, only because I have seen and talked to so many spirits in my life, and had so many out-of-body experiences, it would be hard to deny that we continue on in some form. Right now, I still believe in reincarnation, ESP, energy healing, and astrology, plus other things like that. I believe these things because they give evidence to the incredible and scientifically unexplained personal experiences of my life. There may come a time when someone will have another explanation that makes sense to me. Then, I will happily move on from there. I have no stake in holding on to my beliefs for the sake of them. If my psychic ability is explained any other way, it will still be there.
In the meantime, I like the words of Steven Hawking, that belief in god is for children who are afraid of the dark. The only difference to me is that the God he is speaking of is the, Biblical God. I guess, I’m more of a Taoist than anything. God is a force of light and dark, positive and negative. All things come from that polarity.”
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