Thursday, July 06, 2006
If You're Just Going to Make Up Your Own Religion...
...why get bogged down with the mouldering doctrines of Christianity and Judaism? Why not come up with something....moral, at least?
I'm constantly amazed at how some people tell me they worship Jesus, but disregard what scripture actually says, in favour of a version of Christianity that makes more "sense" to them. If hell is just too unbelievably awful, take away Jehovah's responsibility for it. Take away Jehovah's biblical omnipotence in order to make him just another guy who probably, maybe loves you. Remove Jesuses words about hellfire and wailing and parasites and biblical wars and racism, and you have a communist, feminist peace activist. Pretend the writers of the bible had scientific knowledge. Make some parts of the bible into metaphors, while the stuff you like, the Jesus you made up, heaven, and something about helping the poor (which you heard was Christian, but never read in scripture).
Where does this religion come from? Where in the world does one get his information about Jesus and Christianity outside of scripture?
If you're going to take that "holy" bible, run it through the wash, pasteurize and process it, "logisize" it, and what do you have? It's not Christianity, that's for damned sure.
So if you're going to have a religion that "makes sense," what the hell are you doing bothering those poor, dead characters? What can you hope to get out of it, if it's not good enough for you the way it is? Make up your own God-Damned God! Make up your own saviour! Why do you want to gove lip-service to a slave-owning, racist, amoral, blood-sacrifice religion, obsessed with sex positions, men's genitals, menstruation, family curses, and barbaric capital punishment? You can pretend it isn't there, but you end up worshipping your own personal fantasy either way.
Look at your values, evaluate them for their rationality, live simply, seek happiness, take care of you and your loved ones, and maybe you don't have to worry about all these ghosts and death anymore. Maybe you'll find something better.