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Friday, July 14, 2006

Good God!

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.... And God saw that everything he had made, and behold, it was very good."

So begins Genesis, the first book of the Bible, widely purported to be "God's Word," written by the very finger of God himself. But perhaps God should have left his handiwork at that, as what follows and what we are currently up to our eyeballs in, isn't particularly "good." You see, God next made the mistake of taking a handful of mud and giving it life, calling it "Adam," meaning "ground" or "earth."

Unfortunately, according to the biblical fable this creature God created is for the most part so atrocious that God eventually has to send a flood to destroy almost all humans on the planet, except for Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives. God, apparently, doesn't like to take shortcuts by just snapping his omnipotent fingers to change his error-filled creation, but evidently enjoys the drama of flooding the entire earth and watching all its creatures struggle in terror and die.

Which brings me back to the present, when a flood of biblical proportions seems warranted once again. Not that I would want to bring it on, but, see, God himself has this funny way of not really fixing things in his creation but simply wiping them away when they get too messy. He's not really a very good creator in the first place, as he makes some really lousy stuff - e.g., MAN, who is so imperfect that God can hardly contain himself in trying to fix him. Heck, God even came to earth as his own son, performing this bizarre human sacrifice trick that supposedly fixed everyone by wiping away all of those sins that God apparently mistakenly imbued man with in the first place.

So many sins, so little time, God sighed. Evidently, God had a big bag of sins lying around, so when he created Adam he just had to toss them into the muddy mix. Ah, say the believers, but that's where the Devil comes in. Well, no devil is needed, thank you very much, as God can take care of himself. Are you saying that God needed a perfect foil for his little drama, so he brought in the devil to torment and destroy what his Word supposes is his finest creation? Why, that sounds like blasphemy!

In any event, looking at the world's situation, where there are a bunch of human beings with a slew of differences, from skin color to political to religious, I have to wonder, what was God thinking?

Naturally, that's a rhetorical question, because this situation, where all these diverse human beings will simply never get along, pretty much proves that the biblical god is a myth, not a reality. Of course, the response to this rhetorical question will be also to blame the humans for their obviously overwhelming nature - endowed in them by their Creator, according to this mythology - and to invoke the case of "free will." But, that's merely a puerile and deleterious excuse to explain why this omnipotent and perfect God made such a cruddy creation in the first place.

The sooner more human beings question these issues, the better off we all will be. If humanity does not wake up to this free will-activated ability to question the concept of God and the universe, we will never see an end to the constant bloodshed and horror around the globe. And, so long as we are conditioned to believe that we are superior to other people because of our erroneous religious beliefs, we will never recognize the "god" within ourselves and other human beings, in order to afford us, them and all life with the dignity we deserve.

7 comments:

crucified in space said...

Nice one. The biblical creation event was such a big story it had to be written twice, just a few chapters apart. Pity the word of God doesn't agree on things in both. Bit like Moses and the ten commandments, had to to happen three times, each time different and more bizarre.

Anonymous said...

once again, as always, ms. archarya. Absolutely brilliant. God bless you.(a bit of tongue-in-cheek for ya.) Keep it comin'.

Persephone said...

What a perfect mess we've made of the world, and what a bloody shame it is. Humans' belief in their imaginary friends has, once again, led to death, suffering and destruction. I'm tempted to ask "Will we ever learn?" But then I just get depressed when I realize the answer is no.

Goose said...

Bravo on one of your best posts ever. Of interest is that the Christians who surround me have a canned answer for everything. Of course, none of them can really tell me why God put oil in the ground. I suppose the Almighty did it as a practical joke -- She gave us just enough oil to artifically grow our population and advance our technology, and just as we get comfortable, we hit Peak Oil. But, yes, I hear that line about "free will" a lot. Surely God must have known that we humans are little assholes, but yet She created us anyway - sort of like a cosmic soap opera for Her entertainment.

Louis said...

This is a great blog, as a matter of fact it's the best one yet.

Ivar Nielsen said...

Reading the Story of Creation, it all of course goes very wrong when taking the telling literary.

- But then again, if one doesn´t know how to connect the story to the right celestial objects, it goes very wrong anyway.

- The globally Stories of Creation all are dealing with the elementary interaction of the 4 elements and the first firm soil (clay) is created in the very centre of our Milky Way galaxy which southern and northern hemispheres contours looks like 2 human beings i.e. "Adam and Eve".

The "flood" is the Milky Way River that floats OVER the Earth in the Sky and not ON the Earth as a "revenge from God".

- The story is really quite good - if one understand it as a mytho-cosmological description istead of the dogmatic non sense that we have been given up trough many centuries.

Read more here:

http://www.jcf.org/new/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3701&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Topic: “Some basic information’s regarding the Milky Way Mythology”
And:
Topic: ”Basically Symbols of Creation”

Regards Ivar Nielsen

Ivar Nielsen said...

Reading the Story of Creation, it all of course goes very wrong when taking the telling literary.

- But then again, if one doesn´t know how to connect the story to the right celestial objects, it goes very wrong anyway.

- The globally Stories of Creation all are dealing with the elementary interaction of the 4 elements and the first firm soil (clay) is created in the very centre of our Milky Way galaxy which southern and northern hemispheres contours looks like 2 human beings i.e. "Adam and Eve".

The "flood" is the Milky Way River that floats OVER the Earth in the Sky and not ON the Earth as a "revenge from God".

- The story is really quite good - if one understand it as a mytho-cosmological description istead of the dogmatic non sense that we have been given up trough many centuries.

Read more here:

http://www.jcf.org/new/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3701&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Topic: “Some basic information’s regarding the Milky Way Mythology”
And:
Topic: ”Basically Symbols of Creation”

Regards Ivar Nielsen