Religious misery is at once the expression of real misery and a protest against it. Religion is the groan of the oppressed, the sentiment of a heartless world, and at the same time the spirit of a condition deprived of spirituality. It is the opium of the people. The suppression of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the premise of its real happiness.
– Karl Marx ( Introduction to the Critique of the Hegelian philosophy of public law)
Finally I got to this re-write of an article I wrote long ago trying to debunk the many fictions (oops, I mean ‘lies’) of God/Religion. As I pleaded in the initial article, all that is needed to enjoy this article is an open mind and a critical spirit.
Living a life accepting the traditional seems boring, on this, I have tried to understand the origin of my Christain roots, I’m trying to objectively seperate facts from fiction (ignoring those who might believe that God is unquestionable or incomprehensible. Of course that is a trick to make one settle for the oblivious) and herein is the question considered.
I have divided it into manageable sections (comparble to the one long section is was in before) and of course, I’m trying to lure you to come back each day through the series 🙂 Ready? Let’s pay God a visit.
He is the creator of the universe, we believe he has his residence up in the heavens, there even exist a book that speaks of him and really interestingly, the readers are usually in awe of what he does. And for those who faithfully worship him, after their death, they would ascend and live with him to join his entourage in the heavens — I’m sure you know who I’m referring to — this is Ra, the Egyptian sun god from 3 BC.
He descended from heaven, and he is of virgin birth, came to this world as god incarnate, he is th son of God, and for his worshipers, he will come again to take them with him to his glory. Who is he? Yes, you are right, it could be any of: the Divine Teacher of Pluto, Ixim and Quirinis of Rome, Indra of Tibet, Bali of Afghanistan,Jao of Nepal,Zoar of the Bronzes,Adad of Assyria,Ixion and Quirnus of Rome, many and many more of these abound from the ancient times, and recently: Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Christain, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, it really doesn’t matter, though this series uses the Christain religion as its focus,religion isn’t all that different from themselves — the worship of some divine power and the sly oppression of persons.
Of course, the Moslems might profess that they serve a different god from the Christians, or the Hindu might call his gods many names; for the purpose of this article, they all categorize as "God."
And how do I really define God? Or to rephrase, what genre of God does this post address?
Starting from Einstein perspective: "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."
The god this article would be concerned about is the ‘personal God’ and for whom I would push the improbability of his (the male personification of God was used on purpose, most religion typify God as Male especially Christianity) existence.
However, before we proceed, we need to make this clearer: Proving or disproving the existence of a God is almost impossible; as impossible as proving the existence of a teapot revolving around the universe (an adaptation from Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)), or is it to prove that there is a Flying Spaghetti Monster in existence as this religious sect claim: here. But then, most of us would almost strongly disagree with the claim if anyone tells he just received a vision from a Celestial teapot — this attitude, I would beg that he have as we continue on our walk through this series — disbelieving until proven believeable.
One more thing I should mention before going ahea; some have assumed that there is a distinct separability of God from religion, it is really hard, if not impossible to see this line.
Religion, as defined by Oxford Dictionary says: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. And for the definition of God: a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature and human fortunes.
To add some point to this, religion has given us God. And where did religion come from? Religious practice is as old as man. As humans start developing even more complex brains, they began to not only see things in a more complex mannerism unlike say, a dog, but began to want to assign a "force" or meaning to the order of things.
We has humans, have through, millions of years been assigning meanings. The brain has in this process being thought not to admit randomness – and where are all this from? A super being. A power that predates us [humans], a force that we can neither comprehend or understand, let us in our naivety, acknowledge him, in so doing, he might even bring us more good fortune.
Let’s adopt the thinking of an ancient man for example. If he strikes a stone against a particular rock on an overcast day and let’s say it starts to rain, on another overcast day (a random day it is), strikes the stone against this rock, and it again starting to rain – the human brain would at that point have thought – I guess this god want me to strike this stone againt the rock so I can get rain. Striking the stone against the rock hence becomes a "worship" to the rain god, a process of religion – here, is the God gap.
The modern man hasn’t deviated much from the stone age man worship to the rain god. He just does it today on a more organized [sophisticated] level?.
Doesn’t matter if you go to church or not, or to the mosque or some place of worship, a belief in, and a worship of the supernatural gives a combination of God and Religion, they are inseparable.
Hope you have enjoyed the first of the series. Hope you stop by tommorrow as we look into the real story behind holy books. Was the Bible or Quran truly inspired by God?