Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship a Supreme Being? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
The myth of a condemning Deity has for decades struck me as an incredibly inane concept.
Exactly what kind of all-knowing and all-loving God/Allah/Whatever is It who would behave in such a regressive manner? What would be the point of this exercise of living at all if it is designed solely to cause us to struggle through a ponderous and difficult life trying to find The Way, with killing others on this pointless journey a recommended option?
Check the front page of your local newspaper. There’s a great deal of turmoil in the world because so many are so convinced that their religious Way is the Only way, and others will be damned if they insist on giving any other versions room to prosper. Wouldn’t a loving Source want or at least hope for more from us than what we’ve displayed so far? [From my book Life Will Answer.]
Yet to this very day, we’re burdened with having to wade through cultural and religious battles whose justification origins are suspect at best, and between combatants who still fail to realize that they are acting under the presumed directives of different Deities! And they remain confounded by the fact that a substantial segment of the population has decided not to buy into the rhetoric and the imaginary. Go figure!
Unless and until One of the Executive Committee Deities decides that enough is indeed enough, and actually descends to Earth on a winged chariot or some other equally impressive mode of transportation, with cameras rolling, and offers the Official Rules everyone must obey—or else [can’t forget judgment and vengeance under any circumstances, Right?]—then perhaps the faithful might consider resigning themselves to a truce and declare everyone a winner.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL
Old habits die hard, but with enough incentive and urgings from others, they might find at least one reason culled from a peaceful, nonjudgmental, mutually cooperative, beneficial, tolerant, and compassionate way of life to make it worth their while to try that option on for size. They can always keep the cultural and religious wars option as a backup if this suggested alternative proves to be unappealing.
So if that’s not enough of an inducement to change their ways, the rest of us will agree to let them go back to how things were for them if they in turn promise to let us live our foolishly peaceful, nonjudgmental, mutually cooperative, beneficial, tolerant, and compassionate ways of life without any attempts to pull us from our misery to join their various causes. Fair?
We will agree to let them have their beliefs and faith and values so long as they acknowledge that others—heathens all, no doubt—do not share their fervent beliefs in things not-to-be-believed. That means nonbelievers will not be obligated to alter their ways of life to accommodate the faithful’s various creeds, especially in public domains. Those forums must remain open and available to all. [Par of that First Amendment stuff….]
Besides, from where we sit, there are just too many Deities for our simple minds. It’s all too confusing for us, and I doubt we’d know what we’re supposed to do. Deny others the same freedoms the faithful want for themselves? Discriminate against them? Bomb them in public locations? Just insult and denigrate them? Deny them opportunities for advancement for their own good?
We will further agree not to impose any other obligations—not even hints. That deal should free the faithful to continue to ignore the poor, the homeless, the disadvantaged and assorted other undeserving riff-raff so they can instead concentrate their time and energy on the truly important matters which cause the Deity Council no end of intestinal distress: the society-ruining desires of, for instance, Mary and Diane who wish to express their commitment and love to one another by marrying—the most visible sign of their otherwise double top secret, covert-plus-plus homosexual agenda.
[The Lord, after all, wants nothing more than for mankind to keep its collective priorities straight, since He apparently can’t figure out how all of “them” got here. No passenger manifest on the Ark for anyone in that crowd!]
As a bonus, if there’s still time, the faithful can castigate the unemployed, or those who continue to see opportunities slip away in order that the wealthy and powerful [and occasionally delusional] hierarchy can continue to play them like fools and widen the have-have-not divide even more, so that the rest of us can … can … uh, why is that being done?
It’s all just too much….
NOTE: No post next week. Enjoy the holiday
~ My Photo: sunrise at Long Beach, Rockport, MA – 08.22.05 ©
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In 2014, I published an eBook entitled Life Will Answer. It’s an exploration of life, religion, and the tenuous connection one has with the other—at least as has been defined to date by the various theologies of past and present-day believers.
I don’t pretend to be a religious scholar. I am at best a casual observer of some religion-based behaviors, but given that I have also authored a book discussing those matters, perhaps that makes me more than a casual observer.
A fundamental point of the book is that Life has been established to honor and answer the choices each and all of us make—whatever they are and however they may be judged by the standards and guidelines we as a society have established. I do not accept the notion that there is a God or another Deity of choice offering wildly arbitrary thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs, or that this Deity has edicts we’re free to abide by or not (although if we don’t there will be hell to pay).
I wrote that book on the premise that there is more to this life than the narrow-minded, conflicting, and occasionally dangerous notions various religions offer. Given the large number of them each claiming passionate followers, it’s absurd for any collection of humans to insist that their Deity assures them It is the One and Only. Countless Peers and their own loyal adherents take issue with that.
Every day we are witness to the absurdities—and too often, the atrocities—committed in the name of some Deity or another by adherents convinced that they and they alone are privy to the guidance and dictates of that One and Only. There is little room, if any, for reason, logic, or rational thought. The absence of an intelligent component guiding their beliefs and conduct—replaced as it as by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences.
Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship one Supreme Being [among many]? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
Magical thinking is not a shield to the inevitable harm which results when irrational and mindless behaviors collide with reason and fact. We have some choices to make, and a future to concern ourselves with.
Re-establishing this blog is my own contribution to wiser problem-solving than what seems to be the norm. Too many are in position where their delusions carry heavy and needless consequences to all of us.
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