Course Correction

“If”there is a god, the rise of Christianity on first glance appears to be an attempted course correction of the millenniums-old religion of the one, true, perfect, infallible YHWH. Having a change of heart, or to keep up with man’s own superior morality a change had to be made, or is it pure conflation? Yet in an attempt to purge out the immorality of his own doing (mosaic law and divine command) he threw in a few feel-good scriptures about love, naughty clergy, heaven, end-time destruction and hell torment. Try as he might, the Old Testament god still rears his head today (the religious mindset) and claims the chain is unbroken authority from the beginning. The Old and New are carried around as one book, and out of 66 tries we still have the piety and divisiveness of the old, with the psychological faith trick in the new. Improved? Faith should never be the end-all-be-all goal of any endeavor, but a concept to work towards fact and reality. If the biblical faith is “evidence (please) of things not seen”, the equivalent of displaying sure knowledge of an imagination, that is quite the oxymoron to base your life’s work on. The inherent byproduct of monotheism is division, and initiation includes recognizing your worthlessness before the creator who loves you. This particular brand of self deprecation has one treating his neighbors as he would treat himself—unkindly

“How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?” Job‬ ‭15:16‬ ‭

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me”. Matt 10:37

*Careful trusting anyone who capitalizes “Me” when used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition.

“Christianity has percolated through the layers of dogmatism and bigotry, of intolerance and superstition, of damnation and hell fire. It takes on itself the quality of these layers and imparts them to those that are received within its folds”. Virchand Gandhi, The Monist

Those outside the faith see it clearly, while faith obscures the facts obvious to every nonbeliever.

Thanks to Judy and Tom for inspiring comments.

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38 thoughts on “Course Correction”

  1. Just a point on this quote: ”

    “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me”. Matt 10:37

    */Careful trusting anyone who capitalizes “Me” when used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition./ The “Me” in the NIV and KJV version I use is not capitalized.

    The way I see it after reading the bible many times to get the best overview I could, there are very few books I would keep in it. I’d keep Genesis 1, chapter 1 to Genesis 2, verse 3, then skip to the gospel according to Luke, throw in the book of Acts, and maybe the letter of James.

    What I found fascinating, so much so that I had to get an explanation, is the two versions of creation in Genesis. I understand the first perfectly.  I don’t have a problem with an original “creator” and no problem with the one (the Elohim – plural) who put it all together and as far as they were concerned, it was “perfect” – i.e., the machine was activated and it would work according to plan as long as there was no interference in the process. I noted the emphasis on feed being from plants and deduced that it meant there was no killing to eat in that original creation. So, no predation, therefore the “balance” was to be maintained in some other ways than inflicting terror and death on prey (or diseases).  So I found out who the Elohim were and subsequently who YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah, I AM that I AM, also was/is.  It made for some fascinating history, much too involved to share on a blog comment.

    PS: the explanations I got did not come from any earth sources but from non-earth entities, those I call the Teachers.

    Just thought I’d throw that in the discussion pot…

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    1. Génesis 1 tells me a tale I can’t ignore any longer. While I don’t believe it came from god, likeness and image are keys in my next post. Thanks for the great insights—teacher 🙂

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    2. You forget, S’T, plants are people too. You can eat of some plants, such as fruit trees or nut tress, without killing them, but every vegetable dies in order that you might eat it. If that is not killing, then I know not what killing is. (Or, at the very lesst, you kill its purpose by eating the seeds it makes to continue the life of its species.) The plants themselves die every year, except a vry select few.

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  2. It’s an interesting point I never thought of enough with, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” They seem to apply “neighbor” only to those of like faith. Most Christians seem quite loving of themselves and other Christians but can sometimes show unfathomable hate towards counter-believers. It seems the monotheistic religions trend toward this hate of members of outgroups. Hindus may as well but I’m not sure. I know Taoism and Buddhism are shining examples for the most part of “Love thy neighbor (everyone) as thyself”, sometimes even loving thy neighbor more than thyself.

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  3. First they convince you you’re a sinner, then they offer you salvation from your sins. That fits with the whole self-deprecation you mention. What I don’t get is, what exactly is your salvation? My JW brother doesn’t believe in an afterlife, so for him, it isn’t about heavenly rewards. Makes no sense to me! I suppose someday I’ll have to actually ask him to explain what is the point of his religion.

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    1. 144000 JW’s will go to heaven to rule with god. The other good JW people stay on the earth in it’s perfected, heavenly state. That from the JW website.

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        1. Lol. On your own reading you could literally take that from the Bible verses. It’s one of the odd readings that sets JW’s apart from other sects. It’s closer the the truth for an atheist, but the why, is where the details collapse.

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  4. “Initiation includes recognizing your worthlessness before the creator who loves you.” Alas, such false piety and meekness is nothing less than abdication of one’s power… and therefore of one’s responsibility… among the core “values” and “virtues” of the true believer. Thanks and peace.

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  5. Faith alone is scary. Faith needs to be based on some sort of evidence or it becomes a religion and religion is dangerous. If you point out the flaws of the Bible, you’ll get people who say they’d believe in the story even without the Bible. (I’m having this discussion with a Christian right now on my own blog) How exactly do you believe without proof? Without evidence? It’s trust. It’s 100% trusting that someone else got it right even though you can’t verify that. That’s in the same line of thinking as believing in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc…

    “Things not seen” are usually not seen because they have a fatal flaw…they don’t exist. Saying they do does not make it so. I didn’t know that for most of my life. I know it now. To hear people say that those without faith are “lost” is laughable. We teach our kids to never accept candy from strangers. Why? Because we don’t know strangers and their candy may be dangerous. God is a stranger to us and even though we are told that what he’s offering is something sweet, in reality it makes us very sick.

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    1. Cough cough. I guess we’re medicine men now Ben. They already have their noses pinched to swallow the bs of religion, its good to slip em a truth now and then.

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      1. I don’t have all of the answers and I will never claim to have them. What I do have is my own experiences and what truth I’ve learned along the way. What I’m finding is that indoctrination is a stubborn thing. Looking back, I was guilty of leaning on it to justify my faith, but now I’m left wondering why some people are not even willing to entertain the idea of being wrong. Fear is the only explanation I can think of for that. You can point out simple truths or flaws in the system and they turn to obstinance as their defense rather than facts.

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        1. I just finished your Loy dialogue. Wow. Nice job Ben but frustrating too. He’s convinced himself to mature into a deeper, more gullible unreasonality. Is that a word? lol

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        2. I do not think it is just fear, Ben, but rather fear of being wrong, which leads to fear of having wasted one’s life fearing to be wrong. Put another way, it is fear of failure. Along with religion, we are taught to always be right, even when we do not have the tools to do so. “Failure is for others, not for MY CHILDREN.” Do you remember what happened to you as a child if y8ou failed at something? I was beat within an inch of my life, because I failed at sometthing I was never taught to do properly in the first place. But I could see the problem right off the hop, so I knew it was not my failure, but the failure of those authorities around me. But my brothers and sisters, most of them were afraid to fail, and therefore they failed all the more.
          We are set up to fail. And therefore we are set up to be punished. No one would want to spend eternity in hell, yet if there was such a place 99.99999% of people would be going there. No one can live a perfect life.
          Especially not those people who consider themselves authorities. They all know inside their hearts the things they have failed at. All the more reason to pretend they are perfect.
          Bah! Humbug!
          Fear is frightening. Fear of failure is worse! Fear of wasting your life believing something that was not true to begin with is paralysing…

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    1. Crippling guilts is another $4.99. After you get them to tithe you can tweak the investment strategy to get them to pay for their own subservience.

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        1. One so-called church was just busted for pushing its members who were poor to apply for welfare benefits, disability, etc. so they could try to skim more money off those poor people. They even helped them fill out applications, encouraged them to lie on applications… I never understood that, even as a child. Why does this all powerful god need my money in the first place?

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          1. I have a theory on that. But that would give away tomorrows post. But basically by observing human nature you can see the god we’ve constructed. If you were a believer still you would be puzzled by that question, but, since you’re not, it’s pretty easy.

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            1. I’m curious how, but don’t want to pry. We used to get spanked as a group occasionally. Four boys ya know

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            2. Sounds like my mom growing up. I have some uber Christian neighbors that keep adopting kids like that. It’s their calling from the lord. Their eight year old takes care of the littles. It’s sad really

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            3. Mor(m)on mother was supposed to do the baby thing every year or two, but had 9 miscarriages instead….prompting the adoption because I wasn’t supposed to be an only child.
              They were supposed to get a girl, but it got changed to a boy at the last minute. Of course my being a girl, I was supposed to be a little mother, but I had no example to follow as I was mostly ignored unless I broke some damn rule or other, which of course was all the time.
              Definitely no love in that house, so I don’t know how they even qualified. Things for adopting were much stricter in the 50’s.

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            4. The Mormon cult/ure applies a lot of pressure, and look good on Sunday. Everything else will work out if you do it the lords way.

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            5. I absolutely freaked at the number of babies the moron women were having, & I knew then I was NEVER going to be doing that!!!!
              I always had doubts about religion, & finally told mother I was done at age 17. It took me that long to get up the nerve to tell her.
              I’m 71 now, & she’s 90, but the relationship is almost non-existent.

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