Religion & The Man Behind The Curtain

22Jan10

I’m sure after reading my last post, after a certain point you decided “this guy is absurd!” And I can tell you what part it was in which you decided this too. It was when I pointed out that I “don’t have to believe in a God to make sense of my life”. Yes, I know *GASP*

There’s a pattern I’ve noticed throughout a huge portion of my life. It’s very ironic actually. It’s where somebody is “Christian” and yet they are as miserable as a person can possibly be. Why is this? Why do so many “Christians” revolve their worship around “hating god” because he made them or somebody else hurt? I could rant “what’s the point of all this, omg!”, but I wont. Instead I’m going to point out things I’ve been learning about the religion that is responsible for all this misery.

What Technically Is A Religion Anyway?

A “religion”, by society’s standards, is a tool used to bring order, and to help the people of a society confide in things that they don’t scientifically understand. It is a direct reflection of the Ancient Greek and Roman era of assigning deities to things such as day, night, love, hate, war, famine, etc. They created these deities to give responsibility and therefore some kind of imaginable meaning to these things in which they didn’t have any scientific understanding.

These days, we’ve learned what the sun is (factually), how day and night work, that the earth is round, and how, the brain works in the human body (at least to a point so far). These days, we don’t assign any supernatural being to these things. So what, among today, DO we assign a deity to in which we do not understand?

Death.

We have no idea as to what is on the “other side”. We cannot scientifically explain what happens to the energy in our bodies after death. So what have we done? We’ve created a “deity” aka “God”, “Jehova”, etc, to assign responsibility over it, to give it some kind of meaning for us. Through this ancient old tradition, we use this idea to manifest ways to have “faith” that this supernatural entity is watching over us with all mighty power. We use this being to create a reason to not to worry about having accountability for ourselves – (“god told me to do it”, “just pray to god and give him your burdens”). Is this a good thing? I think that in some cases it can make things relieving. But the “case” that it depends on is actually based on what kind of a person you are.

Are You Mentally Stable For “God”?

If you are someone who, after giving all accountability to this being, is prone to loosing your ability to take mental/emotional control (or accountability) to keep yourself together after giving yours away to this being for so long, then I would say it is doing you more harm than good. What I mean is, you’ve lost all perception as to how to take control of yourself, your feelings and perceptions of your reality, because you’ve exempted it all away to “God”.

I once considered myself Christian. But I kept a very important balance about how much control I chose to keep vs how much control I chose to give completely to God. That was before I graduated from Christianity (*GASP*) and learned how to be completely accountable for myself where I once used “God” to replace that power.

People get so miserable over the common things in life because they’ve lost control of their ability to perceive things on their own terms. Instead, they’ve given all their faith (aka logical perception) over to a being who was created by the imagination of man. *GASP* “WHAT DID HE JUST SAY??” Hear me out and you’ll see why I use the word “imagination”.

“God created man in his own image”

If you knew Arabic and Latin, you would learn the original meaning in which the English (and a couple other languages), completely mistranslated this. “Image” in the original language actually is “Imagination”. In this context, it would say “God created man in his imagination”. However, due to the wording structure of the original language, the wording of this sentence is also scrambled. If it were to be said correctly, it would say (in our language and wording) “Man created God within his Imagination”. So why does the bible have the saying “God created man in his own image”? To know this, you would have to learn and understand the political implications that Jewish and Christian line of history has.

Religious Leadership 101

The bible was intentionally moderated by religious political figures to create a consistent message intended to keep society in order. But why? It’s easy. What is the one thing a political figure would do if he knew that the people had (or would eventually have) less confidence in him and what he thinks is best? He hands responsibility of his decision over to an “all-mighty super-being”, a “God”, somebody who can be created, shaped, and used to do their work. This being is somebody the people cannot factually identify. In those days, people had a very very strong fear for what they did not know of factually.

So who was Jesus? Was he in fact the “Son of God”? Well, if you choose to believe that within your imagination to give you faith, then great! But think about this. If you take away all the supernatural elements to the story of Jesus, this is exactly what you’ll get:

Jesus was a peasant raised in a world tyrannized by the Roman empire. He grew up in a Jewish family, and constantly saw people suffering because the Jewish figures were making deals with the Romans to help keep an unbalanced, biased order among the people. Jesus ran into John the Baptist who was creating a way to rebel against the Roman’s rule through a newly created religious influence. (What better way to gain freedom through rebelling against such a huge power than to influence the very people to fight against the corrupted Jewish figures of the time?) Seeing as to how many people Jesus had seen suffer in his time growing up, he liked this idea of creating this change and so he joined it. After John was beheaded, Jesus, as the natural leader he was, took ahead with the movement and relocated to another place where he could properly recruit and plan out his method of creating this religious revolution. His plan included building a solid message to instill confidence in his people and unify them, building a mass of fans, and setting up an intentional, eventual death to immortalize his movement.

But was he a miracle worker? That is up to your imagination. Politically speaking, the stories created from his life were used as a tactic to keep the spirit of that all-mighty “God” in the mix to keep people on their feet, to fear the unknown. Package it in a pamphlet of “good news! you won’t be punished in the mysterious afterlife if you come with us”, and you have the perfect religious movement, and eventually, an entire conversion through multiple societies. Pretty heavy stuff!

So let me digress here. If you are Christian, and you are miserable, you hate God and you don’t understand why he does what he does, what do you do? That depends entirely on you, as long as you realize you have a choice, if you realize that you will be just fine if you decide to redefine the reality around you to give a BETTER explanation for what’s going on. Did not God give you free will? Don’t you understand what your free will grants you? Doesn’t it grant you the right to do what you wish with your perception, your thoughts, behaviors, and ways of improving yourself? Then why not use that freewill to create your own explanation of your world to make the most sense of it? Are you evil for doing such a thing? C’mon, don’t insult yourself like that! You’ve got to be smarter about these things.

Honestly, was the tree of knowledge bad because it was evil? Or was it bad because it represented knowing what the man behind the curtain was actually doing to keep you from overthrowing him?

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2 Responses to “Religion & The Man Behind The Curtain”

  1. 1 titchus

    Ah, I love this post.

    I don’t agree with all the points, although I agree with the main idea of God being a Placebo and in many cases Christians (and followers of other religions) handing over responsibility for themselves and accountability for their actions to “God”.

    It’s tricky. Christianity, the way it is today, does not allow room for people to be happy and at peace. It’s a religion based on guilt and inaction. You are a born sinner and there is NOTHING you can do to change it, just accept that Jesus died for your sins.
    I had a girl tell me she was a Christian because “Christianity teaches that humans are evil, and that’s so true. We’re all horrible, dirty sinners.”
    Christians have so much faith in “God” and so little faith in humanity and in themselves… I’m sure Jesus’s actual teachings were much more insightful, much less arbitrary, and required actual reflection and action to improve oneself than what is currently accepted as Christianity.

  2. It really is very dis-empowering.

    “It’s easy living with eyes closed” – The Beatles (Strawberry Fields)

    I’ve discovered more and more how much of an institution Christianity has become (much like marriage). The other day, I saw a commercial on TV by a church (A CHURCH!) advertising to people to come on over and worship with them. Later that day, I noticed another commercial for a different church of the same type doing the same thing, as if their church is better than the others… “Our God is better than their God… come on down!”


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