Posts Tagged ‘god’

Hubble has shown us pictures of clusters of galaxies, each containing billions of stars.

We cannot define the limits of our universe, yet there are some that claim to know exactly what lies within it, who created it, and what it is allegedly there for.

I fail to grasp the concept of such arrogant behavior.

This could possibly be the most annoying phrase in existence.  It is right up there with thanking Jesus for the home run, thanking God for finding your car keys, or announcing proof of a higher being because someone survived a tragedy.  Let’s come back to reality people.  Stimulate some of that unused grey matter, and knock off the bullshit.  Give the fairy tales a rest for a bit will you?  Do you really think that the creator of all of the universe has any interest in the football score?

Nonetheless….here we go into another election season.  God is going to be blessing America left and right.  Every time a politician gets within ten feet of a microphone, God will be invoked.  Mark my words. 

You know what I hear when that ridiculous phrase is regurgitated?  “…and to hell with everyone else!”.  That is pretty much what is intended by the statement anyway.  The creator of the universe is expected to give preferential treatment to one jackass, from some arbitrarily defined piece of ground on a rock hurtling through space around a star at the center of one of billions of galaxies.  Sorry folks, but that does not pass the straight-faced test.

Oh well…I am sure that I will be voting for the lesser of two evils, once again, and regardless of which way I vote, it will be for a numbskull who wears his religion on his sleeve.  It is depressing.

I find the subject concept so patently absurd, that I suspect it is a significant part of the reason I have never been a religious person.  The idea that you can spend all of eternity in bliss…just because you eat certain things, speak a certain way, dress a certain way, refrain from certain things, partake in certain things, treat sex a certain way, read certain books, pray to certain gods, and certainly don’t pray to certain gods, is quite obviously an attempt to control human behavior.  Of course if you don’t practice all the certain things….you burn in a lake of fire for all eternity.  Lovely.

This is a child’s fear-based fantasy, and should be treated as such.  It is more fantastical than flying reindeer or toy-making elves.  It is as realistic as fitting a mating pair of every species on the planet onto a single boat, or living inside a whale.  It does not hold up to 30 seconds of reasonable questioning.

Imagine being in Heaven, while one of your relatives (or worse, your child) were being punished in Hell, for whatever trivial shortcomings in religious vanity the “good” lord declares they have displayed.  Could you really enjoy bliss knowing that your loved ones are suffering the most extreme pain and torture one can conceive?  Apologetics typically answer by stating that my memory would likely be erased of the relative’s existence.  Isn’t that wonderful?  The love of your life is ripped away from you to be tortured forever, and erased from your memory so that you can enjoy chocolate fountains and gold pavement with other people who would never violate the Sabbath.

Or…imagine the not-so-odd situation when a war widow and her new husband, after a tragic accident, meet her original husband and his original wife in heaven.  Awkward moments of silence ensue.  Polygamy must be allowed I suppose.  Or perhaps sex does not exist anymore.  What kind of bliss is that?  How old are all the dead heaven dwellers anyway?  The same age as when they died?  95 year-old Frank is reunited with his wife who died during childbirth at 20? Maybe they are not personified….yet that wouldn’t make since either, God itself is the (egotistical) image of man.

As a matter of definition, there must be no free will in Heaven. After all, one man’s free will can be another man’s burden.  There are no burdens in Heaven.  No freedom either, apparently.  Or perhaps there is free will and you can be in heaven, commit a sin, then be sent to the sadistic reaches of Hell.  I don’t see how a return trip would ever be possible, but not all is lost.  I personally would rather spend eternity with people whose behavior reflected their morals, as opposed to those who require blind faith as an entrance requirement.