September 28, 2004
People fear things that they don't understand. That's where the concept of "God" came from. Somebody wanted to know WHY that volcano erupted or the hurricane came and WHY it killed so many people. Lacking any better explanation (such as the truth, which is "shit happens"), tribal priests and witch-doctors said "God did it, because YOU made him angry. Now, go kill a goat and bring it to me. God will forgive you if you feed me."
People bit on that crap hook, line and sinker. God was one scary mutherfucker and his existence explained a lot of mysteries. Since nobody could see him, talk to him or know what he was up to at any given moment, he was PERFECT for a booming worship-industry.
Your baby died? Well, God is testing you. You lost your job and your wife ran off with another man? Well, God works in mysterious ways. Your house burned down? You must have angered God. You have incurable cancer? Well, it's God's will.
People fear and tremble before God because he's a creature of the imagination. People fear what they WANT to fear, and the less they actually know about what frightens them, the more frightened they are. That's human nature.
Go read this. It's an excellent take-down of ignorant fear-mongers who don't know what the fuck they're talking about. But they surely are frightening--- to the ignorant. Just bow at the altar, sacrifice a goat and listen to the priests. You'll be safe then.
My aching ass.
i dont have a problem w/ god. in fact,i believe in God. its those fucking priests that REALLY piss me off.
Boy, didn't ya just hit the nail right on the head with THAT post. Couldn't a said it better myself.
Proof of God is this: I just weighed myself and I've lost 4 pounds just before I'm about to be on TV! How cool is that (and given that TV probably makes you look heavier than you are.....I'm even!)
God does exist. You don't have to believe in Him. That's free will. If some want to believe in God, you shouldn't take offense or mock them; nor should they mock you for not believing. But I wonder, have you ever believed in God?
Never. Not even as a boy.
You will when he introduces himself to you. And you will say "Good to meet you after all these years. You're not what I expected"
Thanks for the link, Rob. And BTW, I agree with you on the topic of God, as well.
Good post, Rob. Ivan's post reminds me of the last time my husband dragged me to the Methodist church (remember, open minds, open hearts, open doors is their current advertising theme). The subject of the sunday school class was hell. I managed, just barely, to keep my trap shut and then the teacher called on me and asked what I think. "WTF," thought I, what's the worst that can happen? I answered the question with my standard answer, which is that I think hell is an imaginary place created to scare the sheep into behaving themselves.
A woman in the class looked right at me, pointed her finger at me, and said, in a movie psycho's voice: "You don't believe in hell now, but YOU WILL!!!"
blecchhh.You're right. People believe that pap because they WANT to believe it, it meets some deep need they have (to feel like someone's looking out for them, to feel like there's a big giant hand that will pluck them out of their mistakes and rescue them, to feel superior to sinners).
I don't need that shit.